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Booked: Multigenerational Family Trip to Costa Rica

Booked: Multigenerational Family Trip to Costa Rica

If you’re looking for an adventurous vacation filled with lush rainforests, stunning beaches, and abundant wildlife, then Costa Rica’s a great choice for your family.

My family and I spent some time in the country to take advantage of the kids’ Christmas Break and to escape the chilly Canadian winter.

The five of us love spending the holidays with extended family, so we decided to bring them along with us on this trip. With my parents and my sister’s family, we had a total of six adults and six kids ranging in age from 4–68.

Planning group travel is always a bit challenging as you have to try to work around everyone’s schedule and their points/miles balances or, sometimes, lack thereof.

Since we were travelling with three generations of family, we also had to find activities suitable for everyone. My parents aren’t the adventurous types, and my sister’s family likes to take it easy, whereas I personally like to hop around and see as much as I can.

With these factors in mind, read on to find out how we planned it all.

The Trip

Costa Rica is a country in Central America blessed with natural wonders. Being close to the equator, it’s hot and humid year-round, and it has a dry season and a wet season. The dry season runs from mid-November to April, and the wet season runs from May to November.

Areas within the country also have their own microclimates. Even if you’re travelling during the dry season, make sure to pack rain gear as you can still experience short periods of rain randomly.

The dry season coincides nicely with Christmas Break and March Break for school-aged kids. The only disadvantage to travelling at this time is that this also coincides with Costa Rica’s peak travel season, so flights and hotels often cost more.

For this reason, and for additional reasons I’ll explain later in the post, my tip is to book hotels and flights early.

Costa Rica is a big country, with several hours of driving between some destinations, so plan your time there accordingly. With 11 nights in the country, we decided to divide our time between the rainforest and the beaches.

After landing in Liberia to start our trip, we headed to the small town of La Fortuna, where we spent three nights.

Nestled at the base of the Arenal Volcano, it serves as a great base to visit Arenal Volcano National Park, where you can hike trails to catch breathtaking views.

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