Family vacation idea

Old Apr 10th, 2021, 10:12 AM
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Family vacation idea

Hey all -

ive been set on going to Costa Rica for years, but as Iím finally planning a vacation now, Iím wondering if itís best choice. Iíve considered Belize, Brazil, and am open to other options as well. Some key facts/desires:

- I want eco- adventure - rainforest, monkeys, waterfalls, etc.
- Iíll be traveling with three kids (6, 11, 12) ans while the beach is neither here nor there for me, Iím sure theyíd love at least some time there
- I also love ruins/archeological sites (my concern is whether Costa Rica is any good for this; Iím sure my kids could pass it, but having the option seems nice)
- covid is also obvi a concern. I wouldnít be going till mid/late summer (and fiancť and I both are vaccinated), but I donít want to put us all at too much risk either, obvi
- Iíve been tempted by resorts, simply cause of family, altho Iím more an adventure/travel than hang out in resorts person. However, I know thereís something to be said for all-inclusive and ability to entertain kids with various (included) activities.

Just wondering if anyone who has traveled with a family (2 adults/3 kids) would recommend one of the places more than others or has another idea altogether?

tia for any opinions!
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Old Apr 10th, 2021, 06:04 PM
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Only thing I have to offer is that your dates put you in the rainy/hurricane season for Central America. Hot, humid, generally just unpleasant. Typically, rain runoff makes coastal waters brown and murky, at least those areas that are near any hills. Anyway, until someone else chimes in....
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We've been going to Costa Rica for fifteen years and love it. The Arenal area combined with Manuel Antonio is the most popular combo for first timers. It has beach, volcano, wildlife, adventure activities, and waterfalls. Not much in the way of ruins in Costa Rica. Have been to Belize a couple of times and enjoyed it as well - good if you're interested in snorkeling or diving, but a lot of the beaches have sea grass.
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Chiming in, maybe a little late in the game, to say that I think Belize is an awesome family vacation spot - great caving, Maya sites, waterfalls, and blue water activities. If you're interested, in my opinion you should get your hands on a guidebook and devour it, even an older 1 from your local library would work. They have good historical and cultural background sections and suggested itineraries in addition to travel, tour, food, and lodging specifics. When you have a better idea of what youíre wanting, you can get more updated info from the internet and come back with more specific questions so we can help you better.

In the mean time here's a link to my photos with blog, travelogue, and review links on the main page of each collection - all my recommendations are embedded there.
Happy planning!
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I think Costa Rica sounds amazing for a family. Sticking to one or two main resorts would probably be easiest since you will have kids. I don't know the ages of the children, but can you imagine lugging all your stuff to more than 2 places in one week? I would say NO WAY to Brazil just because there is just more danger to worry about and do you really need that? There are so many travel warnings about watching your wallet and wasn't there a huge problem with covid just a few months ago - I mean huge!
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Belize has want you want. Have travelled the world over with 3 kids - youngest has been to some 30 countries - be adventurous - resorts are easy but not what memories are made of - and certainly do not succumb to all-inclusives - you risk missing the point of why you have travelled.
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The Lamanai Outpost Lodge is a neat spot in Belize. You travel down the river via boat which is an adventure in itself. One of the coolest things about it is that it's located right next to some gorgeous ruins. We had them all to ourselves when we went. Lots of nice birds and monkeys, and several activities were included in our stay. You could pair it with a nice beach location like Ambergris. Have also stayed at Victoria House and Chaa Creek and loved those. These are some of the pricier places, but there are less expensive options as well
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