I'm planning my first trip to CR this August with my family of 6 (me, wife and 4 "adult" children). It looks like our flight will arrive and SJO at 8:42 PM (20:42). Our first stay is a hotel in Bajos del Toro n the Poas/Juan Castro area. We are arranging a private transfer. According to Google Maps that trip takes about 1:20. I figure that with passport control/customs and just generally getting ourselves pulled together after getting off the plane and finding our driver, we won't get out of the airport until 10:00 PM (22:00) or 10:30 PM (22:30). That puts us at our hotel around Midnight. Its a 1st class hotel, so I'm sure there will be someone there to greet us even if we arrive that late. But it will definitely be late.
I'm wondering if we would be better off staying that night at a hotel near to the airport and getting started early the next day and head up country or if we would be better off just slogging it out to our first destination so we're there when we wake up the next day ready to roll.
Any insights or suggestions will be appreciated.
I have a few other trip things about which I will seek advice, but I'll put them in a separate thread.