We will be flying into San Jose for a week stay.
About our likes/dislikes:
We've done Eco resorts and loved it, but we're on a budget for this trip, maybe $1k for the week stay for two adults. Looking for safe, clean lodging, something quaint. We don't need television, phone or fancy amenities, but would like something comfortable, I'm assuming we'd want air conditioning for the month of May or June??? Something in close proximity to restaurants and things to do. We aren't into the all-inclusive or large resort feel, but don't mind the occassional drink poolside with a good book, and mingling with the locals. Something with a balcony to enjoy a view would be nice, though we are used to beach vacations, this obviously isn't it, so I'm looking for suggestions and ideas.
We are a bit adventurous, but try to blend in with the locals as much as possible, and safety is a priority. Recommendations?
What should we do while we're there???? Local food is a must, we also like zip line tours, jungle tours (I'd love to see exotic animals), enjoying our coffee in the morning in a quaint setting, and getting a real taste of the local culture. Nothing "americanized" please. If I'm traveling this far, I don't want to hear American music at my hotel! LOL.
Are travelers checks a necessity? What is the currency?
Tell me what you like, and why. Thanks much.