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suggestions for taking toddlers on a 3 week trip to Costa Rica

Old Mar 24th, 2010, 09:29 AM
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suggestions for taking toddlers on a 3 week trip to Costa Rica

Hi,
We're considering taking a family trip to Costa Rica in June for 3-4 weeks. This will be our first trip to Costa Rica and our first trip out of the country with the kids (2 girls, age 3 and 6). Ideally, we'd like to stay in one place the whole time so that we can really get a feel for the area. We'd like to spend a lot of time relaxing with probably slightly less time touring. We'd definitely like to be able to take the kids to some different areas but we don't see a need to do this every day.

We've been looking for cottages/bungalows with kitchens and within walking distance of a beach (so that we can just take the kids there when they need to get out). We've looked at places in Nosara and Samara but aren't sure if those are the best locations for being able to take (day) trips to various locations, or if those are the best places for a first trip to Costa Rica.

Does anyone have any thoughts on locations that might fit this kind of trip? We'd really like to stay away from the resort/spa type of places and instead try for places like El Pequeño Gecko Verde.

Also, would it be worth having a car for the entire trip? Or is this something that is easy to manage once we're in Costa Rica?

Thanks for any input,
Josh
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Old Mar 24th, 2010, 09:50 AM
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It would be worth a car. I would suggest one area each week.

Arenal would definitely be an area you might enjoy. Lots to do, great hotels geared toward kids.

Samara/Nosara not so great for daytripping, my opinion.

With kids, we love the Playa Flamingo area, and we like Flamingo Beach Resort simply because it has both an amazing and huge and warm pool, with a fabulous kids' pool covered in thatch for sun protection--and the beach there is gorgeous, fun for play and for viewing the beautiful sunsets. The accomodations are nice and roomy. I wouldn't get the all-inclusive plan as the food isn't that good. There are lots of really excellent restaurants very closeby. Our granddaughter simply loves Playa Flamingo. It is a good spot for traveling to the north or south to different beaches/communities/dining, etc.

These are just a couple of suggestions based on our experiences with toddlers in CR.

CR is a great place for kids! Have fun, whatever you decide.
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Old Mar 24th, 2010, 10:34 AM
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Los Lagos is Arenal/La Fortuna is really popular with young families. Also check out Tulemar Bungalows and Buena Vista Villas in Manuel Antonio.
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Old Mar 24th, 2010, 07:29 PM
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Thanks for the comments. Those all seem like really nice places. But are there other options in the same areas that might be more reasonably priced and might feel more personal (i.e. smaller place with only 4-5 bungalows rather than a larger place that feels like a hotel)

Thanks again,
Josh
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Old Mar 25th, 2010, 08:24 AM
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In Arenal we love Silencio del Campo . It's smaller, beautiful grounds, hot springs and locally owned. In the Dominical/Uvita area Shelter from the Storm and Villas de las Aves are both wonderful and small. There many, many cozy places in the Puerto Viejo area. Korrigan Lodge, pachamama Bungalows, Azania Bungalows.
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