Things to Know About a Family Vacation to Costa Rica

Breathtaking view of the Cordillera de Tilarán mountain range taken from the district of Monte Verde in Puntarenas.
Things to Know About a Family Vacation to Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a country in Central America with an estimated population of five million. It’s also one of the most famous tourist destinations in the region and welcomes travelers from all over the world on a yearly basis. Here is everything you need to know to plan an exciting and memorable family trip to Costa Rica.

How to Get to Costa Rica

Most major U.S. airlines offer direct flights to one of the two international airports in Costa Rica. Both the Juan Santamaría International Airport and the Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport are located in close proximity to the country’s largest cities and most popular resorts.

Espadilla Beach arguably the most famous beach in Costa Rica.
Things to Know About a Family Vacation to Costa Rica

What to Do Upon Arrival

Costa Rica has relatively light restrictions upon entry, despite the ongoing pandemic. It doesn’t require a negative test or quarantine but wants all visitors to complete a digital health pass 48 hours before boarding their flights. It also wants tourists to have travel health insurance that covers at least $2,000 in lodging expenses and $50,000 worth of medical expenses.

Shuttle service transporting tourists to their hotel while taking the scenic route.
Things to Know About a Family Vacation to Costa Rica
Once you have been allowed within the country, you can easily reach your destination within a few hours by car. Most hotels and tours offer free local shuttles, however, you should note that children’s car seats are quite uncommon, meaning that you must pack yours to ensure your kid’s safety.

Places to Visit While in Costa Rica

The country is home to some of the most beautiful natural sites in the world. The Manuel Antonio National Park is the place to meet different animals such as howlers, squirrels, sloths, white-faced monkeys, iguanas, and more. The Marino Ballena National Park is another must-visit landmark as it offers its guests to observe migrating humpback whales.

Parque Central de San José, one of the capital city's busiest squares, and popular meeting spot.
Things to Know About a Family Vacation to Costa Rica
The capital, San José, is home to numerous museums and theaters that are worth your time. It also has amazing restaurants and bars that will enable you to try local delicacies and beverages. All in all, Costa Rica has everything you could want for a perfect family vacation.