Every year it seems that Costa Rica attracts a younger and younger tourist crowd. Often, people think of Costa Rica as a tropical retirement haven or the prime destination for the adventure seeker.

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While both of these are true ‘facts’, the diversity of this small country and the large variety of activities found within its Jurassic Park like setting, are perfect for a family destination.

There is literally something for everyone in Costa Rica. The Tico culture places a high value on family togetherness, so it comes as no surprise that families are welcomed with open arms to this tropical paradise.

Depending on the make-up of your family, most attractions can accommodate children of all ages. Fancy flying through the rain forest on a zip line? How about the mini-zoo, butterfly observatory, and stunning waterfalls at La Paz Waterfall Gardens? White water rafting or tubing down a rapids filled river?

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Watch turtles nesting or hatching at one of their Pacific or Atlantic coast beaches? Surf lessons or just relaxing on a pristine, tropical beach? If your family can dream it up, chances are Costa Rica can make it happen.

Journeys International recently announced its top 10 family destinations list for 2015, and Costa Rica is at the top. Here are the countries listed in order:

  • Costa Rica
  • Peru
  • Panama
  • China
  • Japan
  • Thailand
  • Tanzania
  • South Africa
  • Galapagos (Ecuador)
  • Indonesia

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Robin Weber Pollak, the President of Journeys International, said, “Firsthand research, feedback from our clients, and the expert knowledge of our on-the-ground guides indicate that these 10 destinations offer the very best opportunities for family travelers in 2015. These countries provide unique, safe, hands-on cultures and wildlife experiences that will engage explorers of any age.”


“This is not a new trend for us. Journeys for Families is the expert in family travel and has been for years,” said Sally Grimes-Chesak, Director of Marketing and Family Programs. “Our itineraries focus on providing activities that interest both kids and adults, while allowing the oh-so-important but oft-ignored downtime that is key to a good family trip. We aim for “home base” hotel stays that minimize moving and repacking during the trip. And, our hand-picked guides possess a unique energy and excitement that makes kids feel right at home.”

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Journeys has designed three new trips that focus on adolescents; Costa Rica Adventure for Teens, Wild Indonesia for Families with Teens, and Incas & Amazon for Families with Teens. “Most companies have family trips that focus on the younger kids, but rarely plan specifically for teenagers,” Grimes-Chesak said. “We understand that different ages of kids require different itineraries, and we built these three trips specifically around the interests and needs of older kids.”

During our 8 years of doing business here in Atenas, Costa Rica, Gerardo and I have seen a marked change in the clientele that make their way to our office. Not only is Atenas still at the top of the list for retiring expats, but every day more and more families make their way to Costa Rica for fun and adventurous vacations.

Many of these young families fall ‘head over heels’ in love and end up moving here full time. Come on down to Costa Rica and bring the entire family with you. In paradise, you are never too young or too old to live your dreams!

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Costa Rica Is For Families Too!

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