My husband and I and our two teenagers (17 and 18) have a week to spend in Costa Rica in late December/early January. I've reserved a villa in Parrita for the week, and a car (4-wheel drive) to get us there from SJO. I was thinking we could use Parrita as a base and make day trips elsewhere (nearby beaches, Manuel Antonio, Arenal?). Does that make sense, or should we stay somewhere else part of the time (La Fortuna or elsewhere)? We're looking for a relaxing vacation, not manic sightseeing. And my husband and I have been to Monteverde and Poas before, and rafted the Pacuare (albeit 20 years ago!), so we don't need to repeat those adventures (although I'd be happy to, if only we had unlimited funds!). We all appreciate beautiful scenery and wildlife, and I'm sure the kids would enjoy something like ziplining, but we're mostly interested in low-key, low-cost activities: relaxing at the beach, off-the-beaten-path hiking, maybe horseback riding. Is it reasonable to spend a week in Parrita doing those kinds of things? Would you recommend an alternate destination? And any special thoughts on where/how to celebrate New Year's Eve? Thanks so much!