I'm looking for some insight in where to stay in and around the San Jose, Arenal, Quepos area in Costa Rica. We are planning to go sometime next summer likely July and would like to rent a car to see the volcano then to Manuel Antonio to visit my parents. I'll have 2 kiddos my husband and myself for about 10 days.
Is it safe to rent a car and drive around the country? Any advise or words of wisdom or things we should be aware of?
What hotels (Marriotts pref.) do you suggest?
In Quepos, we'll likely stay with my parents but a backup would be nice in case they try to micro manage our time.
What are the top 3 - 5 must do's?
My husband and I visited Quepos years ago but we didnt have a car and had to rely on my parents to take us everywhere. This time we want to be a little independent and really enjoy the country.
I appreciate any info you guys can offer!