We are looking for a family friendly area to stay on the nicoya peninsula. We are NOT interested in an all inclusive resort type of place. We will be coming from 6 days of travel from Tortugero and Arenal and want to be on a beautiful swimable sandy beach that the surf is not to rough for kids. We want to snorkel, relax and walk or short drive to a village or small town that has a bit of a nightlife. Doesn't have to be booming but restaurants and people walking around, some spanish music. Definitely not desolate. This is our relaxing part of the vacation but we would also love to have a day trip to a national park or refugee (1-2 hour max) to view the regions unique wildlife. We will be going last week of April. I know is is not the typical turtle season. Bummer. Hoping the other wildlife will make up for that. Saw many options...samara, Hermosa, playa coco...but just not sure they fit the bill as to our above "wish list" . Can anyone help or make recommendations. Once we find a beach to stay at we are looking for a nice hotel that is clean, pool, lounge chairs, bar and restaurant. We love the down to earth low key vibe of surfing villages.