The best blogs on traveling with kids to Costa Rica make planning an itinerary to this Central American gem a breeze. Known for its lush vegetation and biodiversity, Costa Rica boasts a ton of outdoor activities, suitable for children of all ages. Bring to Arenal National Park to zipline, for example, or take a cold dip in the La Fortuna Waterfalls to reap its various health benefits. Every family has different expectations when it comes to traveling, so choosing activities that suit your interests is the most important aspect of traveling. Luckily, these blogs are here to help you out and present a few alternatives. To make the process easier, we’ve rounded up some of the best blogs on traveling with kids to Costa Rica.
Costa Rica with Kids: My Detailed Family Travel Guide by Wild Junket
Nellie, the mom behind the blog Wild Junket, highly recommends Costa Rica for families who love to be outdoors. In this blog, she gives some tips and advice about traveling to Costa Rica, like how to get there, how long to stay for, and where to stay. In terms of things to do, Nellie recommends going on ziplining in Arenal National Park or walking on the Hanging Bridges of Monteverde, suitable for most thrill-seekers over the age of five or six. For families that want to spend more time soaking up the sun, learning to surf on Tamarindo Beach is also a great bonding experience. Children who like animals, however, shouldn’t miss a trip to Manuel Antonio National Park, where they can spot native wildlife in the flesh. See all of Nellie’s amazing Costa Rica suggestions here.
7 Days in Costa Rica with Kids by The Traveling Child
Writing for The Traveling Child, blogger Monet visited Costa Rica with a week with her young children. In addition to the variety of outdoor activities the family partook in, they also allotted some time to explore some of Costa Rica’s more educational experiences. As Monet notes, a Don Olivio Chocolate Tour was the perfect way to get children interested in Costa Rica’s chocolate-making process, as well as treating them with a few samples during the tour’s conclusion. After spending a few days on the beach, Monet’s family also decided to venture toward San Jose to visit some of its museums and historical sites, among them The Gold Museum, The National Theater, and The National Museum. At the nearby City Mall, they were able to catch a movie, since the theater offers titles in both Spanish and English. Read all about what Monet and her family got up to in Costa Rica here.
Costa Rica with Kids by Run Wild My Child
10 Fun Things to do in Costa Rica with Kids by My Tan Feet
The blog My Tan Feet is written by a couple living in Costa Rica since 2012. As locals, they have some great suggestions for family-friendly fun in the country, particularly for children who want to witness more of Costa Rica’s wildlife. Visit some of the animal sanctuaries in the area, like Jaguar Rescue Center, The Toucan Rescue Ranch, and Kids Saving The Rainforest, a non-profit organization that was actually created by children. For families who still want to see a waterfall, but don’t want to deal with the crowds at La Fortuna, this blog also recommends some hidden gems:
How to Plan for a One Week Trip to Costa Rica by Kids Are A Trip
This guest post by Costa Rica local Sky Fisher gives a lot of great information about traveling with kids to Costa Rica, including when the best time to visit is. As Sky notes, May to October is Costa Rica’s rainy season, while December to April is when many travelers tend to visit. Regardless of the season, however, it’s important to have a specific itinerary in mind to make the most of your time. In terms of sightseeing and activities, Sky recommends visiting either the Caribbean or Pacific coasts — but not both. Costa Rica has two airports, one in the middle, and one more toward the south, which should both be utilized when planning your route. The Pacific coast is best for beach hopping and simply lounging, while the Caribbean coast and its surrounding areas are for great ziplining, white water rafting, and more adventurous activities. See all of Sky’s suggestions here.
So Close To The Sky by Wanderlust & Woozles
This beautifully written blog post by Wanderlust & Woozles details the family’s trip to Costa Rica in striking detail. They stayed at a stunning location (Santa Juana Lodge) where they were treated to three included meals per day. The family visited a sugar plantation, where they learned how sugar was created and got to try it for themselves. Then, they embarked on a hike and spent time splashing around under a crystal clear waterfall. Later that same day, the family enjoyed a cooking class. An unexpected surprise occurred on their last day — they experienced a small earthquake! Read all about this family’s time in Costa Rica here. Wanderlust & Woozles also wrote about other fun activities to try out during your time in Costa Rica, including volunteering with animals and hanging out with rescue dogs.
4 Awesome Activities Around La Fortuna, Costa Rica by Five Family Adventures
The mom of three behind Five Family Adventures offers up four great activities to check out when visiting La Fortuna, Costa Rica! One such activity is a tour of Lake Arenal to see a real volcano and the many species of wildlife that call this area home. In Arenal, you can also embark on a ziplining adventure, great for the more athletic members of your family. Your family can also do a River Safari Tour and see even more animals, including monkeys, sloths, toucans, and more. They also recommend the Golden Pineapple Tour, where your family can learn about the lifecycle of pineapples — complete with a tasting of freshly picked pineapples! You can read more about these awesome suggestions here. Five Family Adventures also spent two days in Tortuguero National Park, which you can learn more about here.
Costa Rica Itinerary: Central Pacific Coast by Fellow Farer True
While titled an itinerary, this fantastic list reads much more like a blog with a choose your own adventure approach to planning travels in Costa Rica. Shawn, the mom behind Fellow Farer True, includes many great recommendations for a family-friendly, action-packed holiday. Shawn recommends taking your family on an off-road adventure to start your trip and to get your adrenaline pumping. Families should also consider a guided hike at Manuel Antonio National Park. Known for its vibrant wildlife, this wonderful national park is sure to be a hit with kids of all ages. Looking to relax on the beach? Shawn recommends a number of white-sand beaches, including Playa Espadilla Sur. Other water activity recommendations, like white water rafting and surfing, are also included in this blog. Don’t miss her tips about lodging and other insights into embracing pura vida in Costa Rica! Read more here.
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