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Happiest Place on Earth? – You Might Want to Think Outside the Castle

August 25, 2020

Costa Rica for Kids

Happiest Place on Earth? – You Might Want to Think Outside the Castle

Multi-generation family travel brings out the kid in us all! Learn all about the places to visit, active and non active experiences and tours as well as why Costa Rica is so happy! 

With thrill, adventure and awe in store for family members of all ages and stages, Costa Rica is the perfect place for multi-generation family vacations. Active (and even the not-so active) grandparents can find joy in time spent with the grandkids in this tropical paradise. With custom itineraries, you can choose an off-the-beaten-path adventure vacation to a remote location like the Osa Peninsula or Rio Celeste, or a more easily accessible National Park Tour in Manuel Antonio or The Arenal Volcano. Combined with visiting the beaches of the warm Pacific, you are sure to experience the happiest family vacation ever!


You can pick one area of the country to explore or vacation in multiple regions. Using the services of a destination expert, it is easy to put together a vacation that flows well and gives your family exactly the experiences and excitement you’re looking for. We are seeing a lot of multi-generation family travel, where grandparents are seeking experiences to share with their grandkids.  Grandparents have told us many times, they get as much pleasure from seeing things through the eyes of their grandchildren as they did from participating themselves when they were younger. They can live vicariously through the kids, and have the joy of seeing them experience nature and wildlife, delving into a new culture, or learning to do something new like surfing or diving. Popular places multi generation families visit are the beach areas of Manuel Antonio or Guanacaste and inland to experience the cloud and rainforests of Monteverde or La Fortuna. These locations have abundant opportunity to experience wildlife and adventure tours while at the same time providing relaxing beach and hot spring time for the entire family! 

Parents get a much needed break when the grandparents are with the kids, and the bonding that is forged between grandparents and grandkids is something that can’t be bought. That is why many families are choosing not to buy presents for birthdays and graduations, but instead are opting for vacation time and shared experiences. It gets harder every day to buy kids something they don’t already have, but something non-tangible like a vacation gives life-long memories for both you and them. It is simply a win, win, win.

Why vacationing in Costa Rica makes people happy


The natural beauty and ease of getting to Costa Rica is why most people choose to vacation in Costa Rica. With 25% of the country dedicated to national parks, it is easy to see why the key phrase in Costa Rica is “Pura Vida!” – the Pure Life. National Geographic has termed Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula one of the most biodiverse spots on the planet. Costa Rica is home to one of the only five blue zones in the world. A blue zone is a geographical location where people life extraordinary long and healthy lives. What a happy place to live! 

Experiences that will have your family smiling! 

While visiting Tortuguero you can take a boat tour through the jungle or in Manuel Antonio glide through the dense mangroves in kayaks or boats. Enjoy a soak in the hot springs at Tabacon, Baldi or Kalambu, where the kids will love the waterslides. Explore La Paz Waterfall Gardens, which features short trails and animal exhibits. Take the Rainforest Chocolate Tour, where you’ll learn how cacao is grown and transformed into the sweet stuff, or an authentic family Costa Rican culture experience including a Tortilla Making Tour. And talk about wild life… Sloths are the number one animal on most vacationer’s “must see” list while visiting Costa Rica. Monkeys, Toucans, Nesting Turtles and Humpback Whales abound in Costa Rica. You can even find the Baird’s Tapir and not just one, but three types of Anteaters.

tortilla making mom and son

You might come to Costa Rica because of the natural beauty, but you and the kids will love the adventure and fun. Kids can learn to dive, snorkel or surf. Or maybe something more high adrenaline like zip-lines, waterfall canyoning or river rafting is their idea of fun. Most kids love and respect the guides and teachers that enable them to experience these things, so you see a lot of smiling faces when they are participating in these fun-filled, action-packed activities.

Costa Rica is one of those rare destinations where you can enjoy the oceans, mountains and jungle during the same vacation. You can be whitewater river rafting, zip lining or waterfall rappelling in the mornings, surfing in the afternoon, and scuba diving at night. It is up to you to choose how active or laid-back you want your multi-generational vacation to be, but whatever you pick, you can be sure you will be making memories that will last a lifetime.

Now, its time we asked you…

What are the odds Costa Rica will bring out the kid in you? We are learning more towards, Yes! Our Family Destination Experts are happily awaiting your request, click here to start planning your Costa Rican Family Vacation!





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