Hello, we are a family of 5 with children ages 2, 7 and 9 when we plan to travel for 2 weeks to CR in March. We have noticed seat sales today that are making us think that we should buy our tickets by the end of the day although our itinerary isn’t set yet…
Our priorities are seeing wildlife and jungle as well as some beach time. We’d love to see both the Pacific and Caribbean coasts but not sure if that’s realistic.
Can you suggest some key destinations you’d prioritise for our family? (We’d pictured ourselves renting a car.) And with these stops in mind, would you suggest flying in and out of San Jose or is it worthwhile using Liberia on one end of the trip to shorten drive times to a key destination? We can easily get international flights to either city.
Thanks for your help – we’d love further assistance once we have booked our tickets and are planning the details of the trip.
It’s hard to say exactly where to suggest without knowing the specific activities that you are interested in but on the surface (wildlife & jungle, and visiting both coasts) we would say that San Jose (SJO) would give you the most options. Some destinations you might like for the family are Manuel Antonio, La Fortuna, Puerto Viejo, Tortuguero (requires small boat shuttle if you are okay with that) and maybe Monteverde. There are lots of other towns though that would be a good fit depending on your interests, you can take a look at our Destinations Summary Guide to get short descriptions of the major towns. Once you buy tickets we would be happy to help you with specifics. Just get in touch through our Itinerary Help Page. Good luck with tickets!
Thank you! Tickets in and out of San Jose are booked! I appreciate your suggestions. We land at 7am and leave 13 days later at 8am. We’re now thinking something along the lines of La Fortuna-3 nights, Monteverde (2 nights) & Manual Antonio (4-7nights) +/- Drake Bay/Corcovado (0-3 nights), San Jose (1 night) but… I notice that above and on your family itinerary in your book I just bought you do not include Corcovado . Is this because you don’t think it’s suitable for wee ones? I have to say that Corcovado sounds amazing but then I picture traveling with my two year old and wonder… And if Corcovado is not recommended, would you spend 7 nights in Manuel Antonio or do you think it’s worthwhile shortening that trip to fit in another key destination? We are looking for a balance of enjoying each location and seeing new sights. Seeing animals would definitely be the highlight for our 7 and 9 year olds (and of course our little guy too) and we’ll travel to a 4th destination if it will give us something different (less crowds for example or different animal or local experiences). Thanks for your help! Love your book and your blog. Super helpful!