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How to make the perfect family holiday to Costa Rica

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My husband and I are planning a trip to Central America (Costa Rica?) at Christmas with 2 teenage girls... we want a mix of activities/sights while having good standard accommodation and some time to 'chill'.

Asked by Mary

Central America is a great place to go during the Christmas holidays, although if your initial thought is to visit Costa Rica then my recommendation would be to try to book your holiday as soon as possible because it is one of those destinations where things do get booked up quickly and the hotels tend to be very busy over the festive period. 

Costa Rica is great for families and is very well prepared to cater for them. There are many amazing national parks where you can take part in a variety of activities that teenage girls (and parents alike) will enjoy. If you're adventurous types, there are several exciting outdoor pursuits to try, such as white-water rafting on the Pacuare River, crossing hanging bridges in Arenal, horse riding in Turrialba or kayaking in Tortuguero. Costa Rica is famous for its wildlife and you can see it both above and below the ocean's surface: there is great snorkelling in the Osa Peninsula while the major national parks like Manuel Antonio or Corcovado National park offer some of Latin America's very best wildlife watching. Everything is there for your family to explore – or you could simply choose to relax on the beach or in the soothing hot springs of Arenal. 

We feature a Private Journey which is ideal for families  which takes in the highlights of the country like Monteverde Cloud-forest, Corcovado National Park and Tortuguero National Park, but for the relaxing part of your holiday do not forget to check out our guide to the best beach hotels in Costa Rica. If you would like to discuss all the different options and choose the best property for your family, please contact me (lina.fuller@journeylatinamerica.co.uk), I will be glad to recommend the ideal location for you. 

But knowing how difficult it could be to find availability in Costa Rica over Christmas and New Year, I would like to draw your attention to a neighbouring country, which is less well known and very authentic, but which has similar attractions which are equally fun and enjoyable as the ones that you will find in Costa Rica: I would like to introduce Nicaragua to you and your family.

Lina

Answered by Lina Fuller
Travel Consultants


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