Hi all! Our trip is finally right around the corner :) We'll be in Costa Rica next Saturday (September 6th). Yay!! Just had a couple of logistic and recommendation questions. We land at 10:20am on Saturday and are headed to La Fortuna. By the time we go through customs, get the rental car, and factor in that home is 2 hours ahead, I'm sure we'll be ready for lunch by the time we hit the road. Any recommendations for a nice lunch spot along the way? It doesn't have to be fancy as we would probably like to eat fairly quickly so that we get our driving done as early in the day as possible.
Speaking of driving, I understand there are two different main ways to get from SJO to La Fortuna. I've seen different forums recommending different things but the hotel provided directions on both ways, but really just want to know which one is the safest and easiest. Along with stopping for lunch, we'd like to stock up on a few snacks and a case of bottled water for the rest of our trip. Is there a good place to stop along the way, or does one usually just wait until they get into La Fortuna? Are basics like protein bars or other snack items quite a bit more expensive than in the US or about the same? (We'll probably bring a few things along these lines with us but don't want to waste too much space in our luggage on things we could just as easily get there).
Lastly, I'm also looking for a lunch recommendation on the drive between La Fortuna and Manuel Antonio. We plan to leave by 7 or 8 in the morning that day, so we would be open to pretty much anywhere along the way since we should have adequate time to stop and enjoy lunch. We do plan on stopping to see the crocodiles in Tarcoles. Also, I love being on/near the ocean so wouldn't mind eating lunch in a "beachy" type place.
Thanks in advance for your help and insights!