Costa Rica family vacations planning advice
When it comes to entry level adventure vacations with kids, you really can’t beat Costa Rica family vacations. It’s got beaches, jungles, volcanoes, and abundant wildlife. Plus, no jetlag for us Americans!
We’re very lucky to count Jenny Jensen among our contributors. Over the years she has fielded many, many of our readers’ Costa Rica vacation questions in the comments on her post about Costa Rica
If you’re planning a Costa Rica vacation—and we hope you are!—Jenny has answered the most common questions below.
What is the best time to go to Costa Rica with kids?
Costa Rica has two seasons invierno (rainy season) and verano (dry season). In general, the dry season is dry and hot and the wet season is green, rainy and a little less hot. No guarantees, though! With climate change, the reliable patterns of the past are gone.
I recommended a minimum of 7 days (including the days you fly in/out of the country) to visit an inland location like the rainforest or volcano and the beach. You could get by with as few as 5 days if you just want to hit one location and don’t have any more days to spare.
What are some good itineraries in Costa Rica with kids?
When it comes to nature, Costa Rica has it all: rainforests, cloud forests, volcanoes, caves, beaches, mangrove forests, wetlands, mountains, waterfalls, cattle ranches and more! An overabundance of choices can make it tough to pinpoint the itinerary that will work best for you.
Can I travel with a baby in Costa Rica?
Costa Rica can be a great place to travel with a baby or toddler. My kids were 12 mo and 3 yrs during one of my favorite trips to Costa Rica. We traveled with friends and shared a sitter which gave us a lot of flexibility.
Is it safe to travel in Costa Rica with kids?
I consider Costa Rica to be a safe country to travel to with my family. However, just like anywhere in the world, there are important safety concerns to keep in mind.
Will we get sick traveling in Costa Rica with kids?
Costa Rica is considered a developing country, sometimes also called a second-world country as opposed to an undeveloped or third-world country. The capital city of San Jose is very modern. Outside the central valley, the scene changes quickly.
Renting a car and traveling on your own can be an affordable way to see Costa Rica with kids. Keep in mind that roads are not well marked and are often not in great condition. You’ll definitely want to bring or rent a GPS. Some rental car companies will require that you rent a 4WD vehicle if you plan to visit places off the main highways.
What is driving like on Costa Rica family vacations?
If your kids are anything like my kids, you’ll want to keep the drive times as short as possible. I highly recommend spending at least 2 nights, preferably 3 nights at each location. If you only have time to get to two locations, you’ll enjoy it more and see more than if you try to see too much. You will probably have a more enjoyable vacation if you go for privately escorted by an English speaking naturalist guide in a modern, roomy, air conditioned vehicle.
Where is the best wildlife viewing on Costa Rica family vacations?
Costa Rica is one of the Earth’s top 20 countries with the greatest biodiversity. With two coasts, mountain ranges, and everything in between, Costa Rica has a huge variety of ecosystems packed into a tiny country of only 19,653 square miles and each ecosystem is chock full of its own wildlife.
Renting a condo is a great way to relax on Costa Rica family vacations, especially if you plan to stay in one area for a week or several days.
If your kids are like mine, everyone sleeps better when the kids are in their own room. House rental prices are all over the place. Contact Bill Beard’s and we’ll find what you need.
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