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Vacation rental location question: HELP!

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Vacation rental location question: HELP!

We are a family of 6 (youngest is 13). We travel first week of January.

The rentals on vrbo etc seem to be either downtown La Fortuna, in Castiilo, around the Lake, or 1 near the Palma area. I'm imagining most days we will be out and about hiking (sounds like we are always driving 30-45 min to get anywhere!) and head back before dark to our lodging. What area is best?

Or should we just splurge go to a hotel/lodge that has a great pool, restaurant, and/or thermal spa?

I've got to make a choice and just move on already. Help!!!

Thanks!!

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1. Re: Vacation rental location question: HELP!

Around the lake is generally thought to be the best location. Great views of Lake Arenal and the volcano and not too far from activities and La Fortuna. Although - it will depend on how close/far away from La Fortuna the house is.

This might help: costa-rica-guide.com/travel-map/…

El Castillo is a very nice area - but - also pretty isolated and about 40 minutes from La Fortuna.

Really, it kind of depends on the "where exactly " for all these areas. Some parts of La Fortuna would be fine ... others not so much. And if it's far far away from La Fortuna, "around the Lake" - that might be a problem.

Edited: 7:36 pm, May 08, 2014
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