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Third Time to Costa Rica - Need Advice on Beach Locations

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My family is in the process of planning our third trip to Costa Rica.

First time was just me & my husband.
Second time we had three kids along.
Third time, we will have four kids along! :) Ages 7, 6, 4, 1

In the combined past trips, we have been to Arenal, Tamarindo, Atenas (exploring Central Valley) and Dominical.

We do not want the typical 'kid place' recommendations - if there is such a thing in Costa Rica. Nothing too touristy. We like our space and we like to explore. Our kids LOVE being outside and hiking. While Manuel Antonio is always high on the lists of recommended spots, we still shy away from it because of the crowds and because of it being more difficult to walk around to/from beach with the kids.

As for the first part of the trip, I was all geared up to take the kids to Arenal and I just read that it hasn't had lava flow since 2010! Still considering Arenal or Monteverde...not sure where else. We usually split our whole time with 2 vacation rentals....but we may consider three this time.

For the 2nd week, I have been looking at Nosara, Avellanas, Malpais/Santa Teresa, and Montezuma.

And, I just recently started thinking about the possibility of doing something down in the Osa. We can't afford BdC....so that's out!

So....here are some priorities for us....if anyone can shed some light or make some recommendations, that'd be great! (FYI - we will most likely be renting a house property and are not really looking into hotels).

- We want to have some acreage to our property and feel like we are 'in the rainforest' while still being close to the beach.
- We prefer white/golden sand over the black sand in Dominical
- We really like a fun, artsy part of town for strolling and eating out with decent beachside restaurants (low key places for good margaritas and fajitas!) :)
- It'd be ideal if we could see turtles nesting (we're considering late April/early May)
- We didn't see monkeys with the kids on the last trip and would love to have more of a wildlife experience with more animals
- We like easy, family friendly hikes nearby (though our kids are troopers...we live in Colorado and they have done 3 1/2 mile hikes!)
- Would like to be near some wildlife reserve type places
- We don't want anything too crowded or built up (we liked Tamarindo when we went as a couple....but that was almost 10 years ago and it seems it is even more touristy now)
- We will need to weigh options against access to a reputable hospital (one of our daughters has Type 1 diabetes...I will post a separate post asking about hospitals). While we don't expect we will need to utilize it, we never know and may not want to be completely isolated if the need arises and the only option is San Jose.

Sooo....big, quiet beaches with green backdrop.....lots of wildlife......great views.....funky town......lots of exploring....

Any takers?

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