I am planning a family trip to Costa Rica for spring break.  Two summers ago, I volunteered my family’s seats on a Delta flight in exchange for airline vouchers which we used for this trip.  Sounds so easy but it took several weeks, many phone calls, and a panicked, wasted trip to the airport to sort out the validity of the vouchers. Bottom line:  Always suspect anything handwritten.TravelingMom.comA few years ago (I can’t believe it), I met several girlfriends in CR to celebrate my 40th birthday, where I learned (using term loosely) to surf.  Even though I must be the only person ever to go to CR and not see one sloth, monkey, or rainforest it was an incredible trip that makes me smile right now.This trip will be very different.  I am taking my sand-hater husband and 3 kids and I will be working –  looking for bargains [value] in paradise.  CR has become so commercialized, I wonder how hard I will have to look for authenticity.  My kids have never experienced hot springs so we will start off at Tabacon.  Luckily, our previous au pair who is from CR will be our guide.  I think the kids are most excited about seeing her.Anyone have travel tips for CR that go beyond ziplining and Arenal?