(This was previously posted on the Liberia Forum. I moved it here hoping for more traffic and specific responses).
Greetings all, and thank you for previous posts which helped us to decide on Casa Conde del Mar for a family vacation. While there in mid-July, we hope to do a few things, and would appreciate hearing about your experiences on the following. We will have a rental car.
1) Snorkeling - we will have gear. How is the snorkeling off the beach at the hotel? Clarity, variety? Also, any specific recommendations for 1/2 day boat based snorkeling tours?
2) Volcanoes - We thought about driving to Arenal, but that's a long drive, and I've heard that it's a crapshoot on whether or not you can see the summit for the clouds. What about Rincon? We'd be interested in some trail hiking in a volcanic area.
3) Canopy tours - We're more interested in seeing/ learning about wildlife than in zipline excursions. What's a good day trip? A river trip by boat would be a nice addition.
4) Surprises - What can you recommend in the area that is not on a typical list like the above, but that were special and fun?