I go to Hermosa every year. Hermosa Palms is a gated private residence about a km south of El Mendro. You can rent these homes from the owners cheaply. Most are 3-4 bedrooms though, and I know you said it was only you, wife and child. Just something to think about if you wanted to bring a friend or two. Safe, guarded 24-7, great managment , beautiful homes with all the empty peaks you want right out front. Bout $150/night. Let me know if you want more info.
The owner (Greg) stays on the grounds and he is a avid surfer (he will even come pick you up at the airport). The cam on surfline for Hermosa is actually hanging off his house. There is also a local guy who stays with him and knows CR like the back of his hand. We went on a trip with him up to Boca B one of the days and it was going off. Great people there and it is much cheaper than the backyard hotel which is right down the road. The good thing about the backyard they have ladies night ever Wed. (I think that is the day) and it gets packed with some really nice poon. Only 3 bucks to get in. (not that you would be looking for it with the kid and wife....
I recommend Sand Pipper and the next time I go back to Hermosa it will be there.
P.S. The French bartender that works at the hotel restaurant is SMOKING HOT!!!!
but you may have some drug offers in Jaco, but Hermosa is mellow...
Dude.. Jaco is a bullseye for trouble. If you ever hear somebody talking about a horrible experience regarding police, drugs, prostitution, stealing, robbing, or raw sewage being pumped into the ocean there is a 99% chance they are talking about Jaco.
Jaco was nice... until around 1990ish... even maybe up to the mid 90's. Since then it has been in the decline and has fallen apart completely in the last couple of years.
The last place I would bring a family to.
Oh, and I am completly a hellraiser, btw. I have no trouble throwing back the brews and getting into trouble at all, but that's not why I travel. I like to surf and spend time with my family & friends in a low key manner when I'm in other countries.
I WOULD highly recommend to the SandPiper Inn like JMD said. You will find plenty of surf and the owner is an awesome guy from South Bay out here in LA. I have friends who are good friends with the owner. Great location, very family friendly, and plenty of things to keep everybody busy while you steal some time away to go surf.
Damn JMD, that's funny you brought that place up. That's the first place I thought of when reading the original question posted by motion.