I'm planning our trip for the first half of next December. We will have between 10-14 days on the southern Pacific. We'd like to stay in either the Manuel Antonio area or anywhere south of there all the way to and including the Osa. I am confused as to what area would be best.
Really all that we are looking for is a hotel/rental house that sleeps 4 (2 adults and 2 kids ages 4 and 9) ideally under $100 per night at a beach (walking distance is ok, too and a swimming hole/waterfall would be fine instead of beachfront) that is kid-friendly and we're likely to see monkeys everyday (an occasional sloth, macaw or toucan would be a bonus but my kids are nuts about monkeys). And, we need a kitchenette.
For MA, we are looking at: Villa Prats or Hotel Verde Mar
For area between MA and the Osa: El Coquito at Playa Matapala or Hacienda Baru
For the Osa area: Jumanji Bungalows in Drake or Cabinas Jimenez in Puerto Jimenez
Maybe all these areas fit the bill and I am just torturing myself! Any and all advice is appreciated.Edited: 10:27 pm, January 03, 2013