Couple of years ago, we had a fantastic trip to Costa Rica.
Although I have been there many times, this time we were accompanied by family friends (another family of 4) and felt a bit of the pressure to show them a memorable time.
So much to see! Not enough to cover in one trip, so we decided to divide the trip in two section for maximum exposure: Beach and Jungle.
For part 1, we found a rental house in a location we thought was a good one to base our explorations, near Jaco Beach – It was a fantastic house: on the beach, and with a great pool. We did exploration trips from the base house to the beaches, and Central Valley… For Part 2, which was a bit more remote, we stayed at the Hotel Arenal which was very reasonable and very nice.
Very happy to report we all had a great time, and we build a lifetime of memories!
I am publishing our schedule in the hopes that it may help someone else.
(Pardon the simplicity! — I hope to add pictures and more details at some point)
|14-Dec||Late Arrival SJO – Costa Rica Marriott San José (GREAT HOTEL! )
|15-Dec||Drive to the Beach House (Playa Agujas near Jaco.)
|16-Dec||Manuel Antonio National Preserve Trip Day
|17-Dec||Local Sightseeing – House / Beach / Short Drive (80 Km round trip)
|18-Dec||Local Activity (total Drive time 2 hours)
|19-Dec||Back to the City (Long day!)
House / Beach (Relax Day – Pool & Beach)
House / Beach – (Relax Day – Pool & Beach)
|23-Dec||Capital day: Get to know the City: San Jose
|24-Dec||House / Beach ( Relax Day – Pool & Beach)
Christmas Eve Dinner at the house
|25-Dec||Drive to Arenal Area:
Destination: Los Lagos Resort
|26-Dec||Explore Arenal Area Day 1 –
|27-Dec||Explore Arenal Area Day 2 –
|28-Dec||Drive back to San Jose
|29-Dec||Relax Day –
Thank you dinner at: El Rodeo Steak House – San Antonio De Belen
(Not too far from the hotel)
|30-Dec||Leave back to the USA — Airport (early)|
In researching my trip, I found a few other resources and guides that may be helpful as well. I will try to update this from time to time… They follow:
- Crocodile Bridge (The RealLife Project)
- Creekmore – Costa Rica Family Adventure
- Costa Rica Family Vacation / Trip Itineraries
- Just Back From | A Week In Costa Rica
Like in many of our trips we go completely crazy on the amount of photos we take, here are just a few generic one: