I originally voted to close a question asking for things to do on a trip to Quepos, Costa Rica, with teenagers. There were some general ideas, and it had tags, but nothing was really detailed or specific, so I felt it was too broad. This is the question. Based on the comments to the question the core reason it was reopened was summarized in this comment (emphasis mine):
I agree with @PaulPaulsen. We have many questions very much like this one. If we closed or migrated our "travel-recommendation" type questions, we'd lose much of our popular content. Many are broad and opinion-based, but that's part of our culture here. Admittedly there's some confusion if you look at this type of question over the years, some get closed, some don't. This one may have an issue because OP hasn't been back yet to give more detail, but I don't think it invalidates the type of question. As always, that's just my opinion! Thank you for listening.
I'm not asking for this question to be reclosed (I think it should) as much as I'm asking should I adjust how I vote to close in the future.
In general I won't vote to close if the question is broad but I feel like a "best" answer is reasonably likely. In my mind the Quepos question fails this test because there are so many options and the OP hasn't given us a real indication of their preferences that I don't know how "best" is reasonably defined. Unless the OP tries every suggestion and then says "I accept this answer because I enjoyed it the most." Additionally this question is absolutely a list question. Since they are essentially asking, "What is fun to do outside at
insert city name?" the potential answers are nearly boundless. For example I can think of lots of different answers just based on the whitewater-rafting tag: go kayaking, rafting, canoeing, cata-rafting, tubing, for each of the multiple rivers not to mention the potential fishing suggestions a willingness to be on the river(s) opens up. We also don't know the experience/fitness level of the group in general, or in jungle environments. Since "off the beaten path" is mentioned I might recommend finding a local guide to cross Los Quetzales National Park on foot. Is this appropriate or were they just trying to avoid tourist traps?
Those were the kinds of thoughts I was thinking when I voted to close. I think "travel-recommendation" (to use the term in the comment) type questions can be on topic here but I also think they need to be much more specific than the Quepos question. In my opinion closing a question that needs significant clarification is beneficial for everyone, including the OP. How should I adjust my thinking?