Costa Rica is a very popular destination for nature and adventure-loving families seeking an active vacation combined with some downtime at the beach. Easy flight connections through major hubs ease the travel time to the land of monkeys, exotic birds, cloud forests, and six active volcanos. There is a lot to see in this country, and most week-long trips include an inland experience like the Arenal volcano area or Monteverde Rain Forest followed by a few days at a Pacific Coast beach. Choose a beach destination based on your preferred activities and which primary Costa Rican travel method you mind less: small-plane travel or bumpy roads! You’ll not be able to see everything wonderful here in one week; many travelers make a second trip to explore additional areas of this eco-friendly, nature-rich, and welcoming country.
In the Arenal volcano area, you’ll enjoy hot springs, authentic Costa Rican meals, rain forest hikes, white-water rafting, hanging bridges in the forest, and canyoneering and canopy tours via adrenaline-inducing ziplines. A popular hotel in this area is the Springs Resort and Spa with natural mineral springs and waterfalls, plus a new Club Rio Outdoor Center featuring mountain biking, kayaking, river tubing and more.
Along the Pacific Coast, resorts range from small, intimate spots within walking distance of colorful coastal villages to large all-inclusives with swim up bars, several restaurants, ATV’s and horseback riding on the beach. Surfing is also a popular pursuit, with lessons for beginners and more challenging areas for big-wave seekers. Many travelers also enjoy sailing, snorkeling, and fishing along the coast.
The most discriminating travelers and those seeking some luxury after their inland adventure choose the Four Seasons on Peninsula Papagayo, known for its romantic setting, a great complimentary kids’ program, teen concierge and local school service opportunities. Lodging options range from large rooms with tropical or ocean views to canopy suites with plunge pools and private residences. As a Four Seasons Preferred Partner affiliate, Travel With Martha’s clients receive added amenities such as daily breakfast for two, a spa credit, and potential room upgrade.
Summer and Fall vacations here are a good choice for avoiding the Atlantic hurricane season but may include some afternoon rain, as it is the “green season.” Expect drier weather, but more company, in December through April. However, Costa Rica offers a memorable vacation any time of year!