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Apr 19th, 2010, 07:38 AM
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Traveling with 1-yr-old

We're in the early stages of planning our family vacation for mid-November and are considering Costa Rica and Guatemala (along with Venezuela and Colombia). We'll have our then 1.5-yr-old child with us and prefer to avoid Malaria areas. Any travel tips on places that would be suitable for a young family? Our child, to date, has been very easy-going and has traveled internationally with us on 2 previous trips. We're hoping to change locales 2 times max during our 10-day trip to combine some sightseeing/city days with some beach time. Would love some recommendations based on others' past experiences traveling with their kids. Medical care in the country is a bit of a concern in the off chance that it's needed.

Thank you kindly!
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Apr 19th, 2010, 03:49 PM
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We don't have experience traveling with children in any of the countries you mentioned except Costa Rica, but I can tell you it is a very child friendly country. Costa Ricans love children. The supermarkets are stocked with items you might need, and health care is quite good. I'm not sure what you will hear from those who have input regarding the other locales, but we can sure vouch for CR based on years of experience, with and without small children. Good luck!
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Apr 19th, 2010, 05:16 PM
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Thanks for the reply and endorsement I've spent (too much) time further researching our choices and it seems that CR is indeed a great place - for first timers with children, Arenal and Manuel Antonio seem to be at the top of the list.
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Apr 21st, 2010, 05:04 AM
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They are, indeed. Lots of activities both areas, some of which you probably can't do with a little one, at least together. But both are beautiful. The 2nd beach inside Manuel Antonio is great for kids. We had our granddaughter there when she was 17 months; it was perfect.
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