My husband and I have been to Costa Rica several times, but never to Arenal. So far, the south Caribbean is our favorite. We'll be flying into San Jose in mid Sept. then plan to drive to our favorite inn in Puerto Viejo. Our flight home is 14 days later, so we'd like to drive to Arenal after Puerto Viejo. We think this will be about 6 hours - does that sound right?
We would like to know where to stay to get the best views of flowing lava. We know viewing might be a bit "iffy" due to the time of year, but we're willing to take the chance. We don't mind paying for a nice hotel, but we're not into the $300 a night luxury hotels. We'd also like to be somewhere that either has a decent restaurant or is close so one - nothing pricey or fancy, just good food.
Any help would be greatly appreciated!