Sunday, March 13, 2016

Your Costa Rican Vacation Guide for Families With Children

Sunday, the day of preparation for the week, the day of relaxing, the day of daydreaming of far one of my favorite things to do. Which makes it weird that Costa Rica has not been on my radar, but in the past few weeks it got put on there when I saw Steph's pictures on Instagram and her Costa Rica trip recap of the senses as well as her trip in a little more detail here. Maybe those of you with families are envisioning a Costa Rica escape, and this post, written by Bill Clark, might help. Bill is a freelance journalist who specializes in writing about culture and the arts, however will write about anything that piques his interest including business, travel, and lifestyle. Find him on Twitter @BilboClark01.


Costa Rica is one of the most popular destinations on the planet not only for adventure seekers and couples, but also for families with kids. There are loads of fun things to do and see, and the great thing is that it is also a surprisingly affordable place to enjoy a much-needed getaway with those you love most.

Check out the following short vacation guide for families with children who are planning a vacation in Costa Rica to start planning your next trip.

Choose the Right Time to Travel

In Costa Rica, there are two main seasons: a dry season and a rainy season. The dry season, or the high season, runs from December to April, and it is the most popular, so expect a lot more tourists, bigger crowds at attractions, and more expensive hotel costs. On the other hand, the rainy season, which is also referred to as the green season because everything is lush and blooming from the rain, runs from May to November. This season is less popular and, therefore, less crowded and more affordable.

Book Your Accommodations in Advance

Because Costa Rica is such a popular tourist destination for people from all over the world, it really is best to book your accommodations well in advance, if possible. This is especially true if you are planning on traveling there during the peak season or during Easter or Christmas. Also, by booking early, you can grab an amazing Costa Rica rental with breathtaking views and luxury amenities at a great price.

Check Out an Active Volcano

Imagine the excitement your kids will feel over being able to explore an active volcano for the very first time. Well, they can do that in Costa Rica, thanks to the Arenal Volcano. You can view a minor eruption and stay safe with your guide as you check out this natural wonder, and then you head down to its base to experience the Tabacon Hot Springs. Hike the various trails to a waterfall, a natural pool, and a bridge, and then watch Arenal erupt from a distance.

Reconnect with Nature

Costa Rica is the ideal place to go if you want to really reconnect with nature while disconnecting a bit from the modern world. With so many rainforests, parks, and beaches to explore, and myriad species of incredible wildlife, there is no shortage of fun to be had in the great outdoors. For example, you can hike through Manuel Antonio National Park, featuring trails that are easy for kids, and search for the slots and giant iguanas. You can also head to the beach, where you can enjoy a picnic and go snorkeling so you can swim with tropical fish. Plus, because the country is a leader in being eco-friendly and providing eco-tourism, there is a lot of unspoiled beauty all around you.

As you can see, Costa Rica proves to be a perfect destination for a family vacation. There are activities the entire family can enjoy, including plenty of fun things for the kids to do each day.


Is Costa Rica on your travel list?

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  1. I have friends who winter there and another friend who taught there. It is on my radar, for sure. Great ideas in this post.

    1. Wintering in a warm place is a dream come true!

  2. it was never on my radar until Steph posted about it as well.. maybe one day!

  3. We've thought about Costa Rica but always assumed it wouldn't be a great spot to take the kids. I've always heard about how adventurous it is and not as many beach front, low key properties. This is good to know! It may be something we'll have to consider. Beautifully Candid

  4. Well I think you just convinced me to put it on my list. I've only heard good things about it and it seems like renting a house or villas is the way to goo especially if you're traveling in a group. Those Punto de Vista villas are gorgeous~

  5. I'm Costa Rican. Both of my parents were born there. It's a great country and more beautiful then any picture could capture. I have a ton of family there, unfortunately haven't been in a while but definitely plan on going back soon. Although if you go, I must warn you to watch your things, theft is extremely common in Costa Rica and they are very good. Its not recommended to leave anything in the car (even in the trunk). I definitely wouldn't bring anything I wouldn't be okay with losing there. I was actually working on a blog post about growing up Costa Rican when no one knew about it at all.

  6. Ahhhh! Thank you for sharing my post :) I've got more pictures to share but life has kicked me in the ass. I'll be back soon.


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