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Costa Rica is a beautiful country that’s just waiting to be explored. From beaches to rainforests, volcanoes to waterfalls—you’ll find it all here! And with so much to do and see, you’ll want to return and again. Here are some tips on planning your trip:

Where to stay

family travel beach resort in europe

One of the biggest decisions you’ll make while planning your stay in Costa Rica is where to stay. Some people prefer staying at all-inclusive resorts, while others prefer smaller boutique hotels or even hostels. Here’s what to expect at each type of hotel:

  • All-Inclusive Resorts

All-inclusive resorts are great for families because they offer so many activities and amenities under one roof. You don’t need a car or bike, because your resort provided everything you could possibly want—restaurants (both buffet and a la carte), pools with water slides, bars, nightclubs…the list goes on! The downside is that it can be more expensive than other options (but not always). Transportation to and from the airport typically isn’t included either, which means paying extra for this service if there aren’t taxis readily available nearby once you arrive at your destination; also consider whether there will be transportation available during daylight hours when everyone is out exploring Costa Rica’s natural wonders instead of lounging poolside at their resort!

  • Boutique Hotels & Smaller Properties

If price is important but having everything within walking distance isn’t as important for you yet still want some peace away from bustling city life, then choosing a small property might be right up your alley! These types of accommodations typically offer fewer amenities than larger properties but still provide enough comfort without breaking the bank!

Things to do

Hike in Costa Rica
Hike in Costa Rica
  • Hike. Costa Rica’s tropical rainforests are home to a huge variety of plants, animals and insects—the perfect setting for a nature lover.
  • Boat ride. You can go on a boat tour to watch whales, dolphins or sea turtles in their natural habitat!
  • Zipline. Ride your way through the forest canopy on one of these exhilarating aerial adventures! Is there anything cooler than flying over treetops? Well…maybe if you were also attached to an elephant at the same time (just kidding). But seriously though: zip lining is pretty great.
  • Horseback ride. There’s nothing quite like riding across lush landscapes on a trusty steed—and learning about local culture along the way! Or maybe that’s just me and my horse obsession talking…either way this activity would be fun for anyone who loves horses or just wants something different from their usual sightseeing routine on vacation!
  • Hot-air balloon ride. If you’re looking for something even more unique than zip lining, then consider taking your first hot air balloon trip—you’ll feel like you’re floating above everything else while also experiencing some truly breathtaking scenery below!

Food and drink

Enjoying the local food is one of the best ways to get a taste of a new culture. In Costa Rica, you’ll want to try their amazing coffee and water—it’s safe to drink! You can also sample some of their excellent local beer, wine, or soda. If you’re looking for something sweet, don’t pass up dessert!

Roasted Baronang Fish with Spicy Bumbu (Rica-Rica)
Roasted Baronang Fish with Spicy Bumbu (Rica-Rica)


Shopping is a big part of the trip. You can buy souvenirs for friends and family, for yourself, and even for your kids. The list goes on from there as well! There are plenty of things to take home with you that will remind you of your trip to Costa Rica.

You and your family will have fun exploring the world-class shopping options in San José. If the kids want something special, they can pick up some souvenirs at one of our many kid-friendly stores in this area. You might want a few items yourself too—we’re not going to judge! And if you’re married or living with someone who loves traveling as much as you do, why not find a gift here? After all, being together 24/7 isn’t always easy…and we know how much they appreciate seeing new places together!

Packing tips

When traveling, keeping your bag light can make all the difference. You want to be able to carry it around without straining your back or feeling like you’re being weighed down. The best way to do this is by packing clothes that are easily layered and have multiple uses. It’s also important to pack some basic items (like first aid kits) in case of emergencies, but don’t go overboard—you don’t need a full medicine cabinet if you’re only going on a one-week trip!

Getting around

Costa Rica is a small country, and you can get around by car, bus, or plane. Renting a car is a good option for families because driving in Costa Rica isn’t for the faint of heart. If you don’t know how to drive in another country or it’s been awhile since you’ve driven on winding roads with no guardrails, this might be one of those times when it’s better to let someone else drive if possible. On the other hand, if your kids are getting antsy in the backseat while driving through Europe and they’ve never been abroad before then maybe it would be better for everyone if they could drive their own vehicle around town instead of being stuck on public transportation all day long!

You will have the time of your life going on this trip

  • You will have the time of your life going on this trip.
  • You’ll be able to relax and bond with your family while getting to know each other better.
  • You can do a lot of things, including shop and eat great food!
  • The city is easy to get around in, so you won’t have any trouble finding things to do or places to eat.


Going to Costa Rica will be one of the best decisions you ever make. You’ll have a blast!