My husband and are considering a trip to Costa Rica next summer. Any thought on which property to stay at? Marriott vs. JW? We stated at JW in Cancun and loved it. Also looking to find out about White Water Rafting.
Have stayed at Marriott Los Suenos twice. About a 3 hr drive from San Jose and about a hour drive from Manuel Antonio National Park which is spectacular with the rain forest, monkeys and cliff overlooks and beaches on the Pacific. Jaco is 15 minutes away with a variety of places to eat. Zip line and other acitivties readily available. Hotel and grounds are beautiful. Would recommend renting a car.
The hotel and grounds are beautiful but the beach is not. Water is cloudy and sand is muddy at low tide. The summer is the "green" season and you may have a great deal of rain. This is the heart of the tropics and the ITCZ is right on top of Costa Rica and Panama that time of year.
The JW Marriott in Guancaste is in a somewhat drier climate, but I don't think that much drier in the summer months.