Family Adventure: Pura Vida Costa Rica

By: Natasha Zamecnik, Economist

Children: Clara age 7 and Octavio age 4

 

My Family Adventure Costa Rica

Natasha Zamecnik, Economist & Travelling Mom

 

 

Why Go

We decided to plan a vacation to Costa Rica since I was attending a two-week course in the country. Originally we planned to travel to the Caribbean Coast, to visit the Parque Nacional Tortuguero and to Puerto Viejo. However we soon realized that during Costa Rica’s rainy season (or green season) the Caribbean Coast is particularly rainy, and so we opted for the Pacific coast instead.

 

My Family Adventure Costa Rica

Costa Rica has been a world leader in conservation policies with protected areas that encompass over 25 percent of its total landmass – the highest in the world

 

Costa Rica is a safe country with a lot to offer for adults and children. The government’s green approach, increase of forest cover and wildlife protection has resulted in the establishment of numerous national parks and promoted wildlife watching.

 

My Family Adventure Costa Rica

No crowds to be seen

 

 

Where to go

Costa Rica has a number of National Parks and beautiful beaches on both coasts. However vacation plans should take into account the centralization of the bus system and impact of the rainy season.

 

My Family Adventure Costa Rica

Happy kids

 

Although we enjoyed all of our Costa Rica adventure, we particularly enjoyed the canopy zip line near Manuel Antonio National Park, at el Santuario, seeing dolphins during our speed boat ride from Jaco to the Nicoya Peninsula and relaxing at the Funky Monkey Lodge in Santa Teresa.

 

My Family Adventure Costa Rica

Zip-lining in Costa Rica, one of our holiday highlights

 

After meeting in Turrialba, we took a bus to San Jose and from there to Manuel Antonio. The next day we explored Manuel Antonio National Park where were saw a number of monkeys, iguanas and raccoons and spent the afternoon at the beach. The following day we were picked up early by the canopy zip line company. The canopy tour has 11 zip lines, including Central America’s longest zip line, and allows children as young as 4 to participate.

 

My Family Adventure Costa Rica

Kids as young as 4 can zipline

 

From Manuel Antonio we took a taxi to Jaco and then a one-hour speedboat ride to Montezuma on the Nicoya Peninsula. From there we took a shuttle to Santa Teresa, a small surf town on the bottom western edge of the peninsula.

 

My Family Adventure Costa Rica

The government’s green approach has resulted in numerous national parks

 

 

The Best Part

Aside from the canopy tour, the best part of our trip was relaxing at the Funky Monkey Lodge. We spent lazy days swimming in the pool, playing ping-pong, walking on the beach, playing in the waves and eating delicious fish.

 

My Family Adventure Costa Rica

We spent lazy days walking on the beach, playing in the waves and eating delicious fish.

 

 

Three Things You Should Definitely Do

1. Visit a National Park: Costa Rica’s national park system is a network of protected rainforests, tropical dry forests, cloud forests, marine areas, and wetlands. Costa Rica has been a world leader in conservation policies with protected areas that encompass over 25 percent of its total landmass – the highest in the world.

2. There are a number of opportunities for hiking, wildlife watching or other outdoor adventures, including canopy zip lining, surfing, white water rafting, hiking etc.

3. Take surf lessons on a beach on either coast.

 

My Family Adventure Costa Rica

Despite visiting in the rainy season, we got lots of beach time

 

 

 

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