A Guide To Exploring Costa Rica

April 19, 2023

Finding the perfect destination for an unforgettable family vacation can often be tricky. Not only do you need to select a place that the adults in the family will love, it also has to be suitable for the younger family members, from toddlers to teens. As a destination that really does have it all, there are many reasons to choose to travel to Costa Rica for your next vacation together as a family. With a vast assortment of choice when it comes to places to stay, things to see, and activities to take part in, Costa Rica — from La Fortuna to San Jose — has a lot to offer to people of all ages.

Places to stay

One of the best reasons to choose Costa Rica as your family vacation destination is the great choice of places to stay. When you travel together as a family and perhaps with young children in tow, the last thing that you need is to all be cooped up into a small hotel room whilst on your trip. Costa Rica has a wide range of family-friendly resorts and accommodation options that are designed to be comfortable and provide your family with everything that you need during your stay.

Things to do

Although, most adults are quite happy relaxing on the beach and going to the bar at night for most of their trip, taking kids on vacation often means that you need to spend your time finding fun and exciting things for them to do which will keep them occupied. This is what makes Costa Rica such an awesome destination for families as wherever you go, you will find ready-made activities for your little ones such as snorkeling, playing beach games, boat trips, visiting National Parks and wildlife conservation centers, and even surfing! Plenty of these activities are not just for kids either; meaning that the whole family can get involved for some vacation fun.

Things to see

For many families, one of the main attractions in Costa Rica is Volcano Arenal, an active volcano which visitors can see up close and personal. Seeing a real live volcano eruption is an experience that no child is going to forget any time soon, and it is the perfect opportunity for your little ones to actually see and experience the things that they have learned about in school. Along with this, Costa Rica is full of further natural wonders that you and your family will not want to miss out on. Costa Rica’s rainforests and national parks are filled with wildlife, such as howler monkeys, iguanas, sloths, and more — a must see for inquisitive little ones who have perhaps never seen a wild animal before! If you love natural landscapes and scenery then this is the place to find it and this is a country which is truly blessed with beauty. From the rainforests to the woodlands, the ocean to the beaches, nature lovers will not be disappointed. 

More and more people are becoming conscious of the negative impact which tourism can often have and this is why the approach that the nation has is really a breath of fresh air. Eco-tourism is prominent all over the country and they have a great ethos around this, which helps to protect what they have got. For a more responsible experience, Costa Rica is the destination to choose. 

The country knows just how appealing the adventures and eco-tourism is here and this is why they are equipped with all of the required infrastructure to make your trip run smoothly. Transport links from the capital of San Jose are plentiful and despite the remote locations of many points of interest, getting there is nowhere near as difficult as it may seem. 

Pura vida

When you are in Costa Rica you will hear a lot of people refer to ‘pura vida’, which directly translates as ‘pure life’. This is more than a saying here in the country and for most, it is very much a way of life. This explains perfectly the attitudes here, the idea that they have it all because what more does one need than natural beauty, a smile on your face, adventures to find and people to spend time with.

When it comes to finding the perfect family vacation destination that has great places to stay along with a multitude of family-friendly things to see and do, Costa Rica is one place that certainly fits the bill.

Have you taken your family on vacation to Costa Rica? We would love to hear about your experience in the comments below.

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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