Pura Vida - Multigenerational Travel in Costa Rica
For many years I have wanted to take my family to see the country I grew up in and thought the holidays would be a perfect time to get everyone together. We needed a destination with adventure during the day, relaxation, exquisite accommodations and excellent food. Costa Rica was the perfect location for our family and offered plenty of activities to keep everyone busy and entertained.
Where to Stay?
Cabo Velas – Guanacaste
This 1700-acre private estate is located about an hour from Liberia airport in northwestern Costa Rica on the Pacific side. The Hacienda is a working cattle ranch on a privately owned peninsula comprised of open fields forest and mountains with over 4 miles of beaches. Ideal for multigenerational families, it is made up of four two-bedroom thatched ranchos and a main building with a kitchen, lounge and dining area. It can comfortably accommodate 16 people.
Villa Paraiso – Manuel Antonio
The ultimate jungle hilltop hideaway, gazing across the Pacific Ocean and located within the exclusive La Reserva gated community. This 8,500 sq. ft, 5-bedroom, 5.5-bathroom designer villa with a 75-foot-long infinity edge pool has it all including an aroma steam room, outdoor seating for twenty, a phenomenal outdoor kitchen and grill area and quick access to some of the most beautiful beaches in Manuel Antonio. Charter a private flight for the family from San Jose to cut down on transfer times.
Nayara Gardens – La Fortuna
Located in the rainforest with a view of Costa Rica’s most famous volcano Arenal, Nayara Gardens (and its sister adult-only resort Nayara Springs) are all about stunning natural beauty, intimate spaces and connecting with nature. With the appearance of a safari lodge, the rooms are spacious providing every comfort and terraces feature a secluded jacuzzi along with indoor/outdoor showers. As a Relais & Chateaux property rich taste and authentic flavors are at the heart of everything they do and their chefs apply fine dining techniques to local ingredients and seasonal produce to create a menu of delicious flavors in the multiple restaurants on property.
What to Do?
Costa Rica is an adventure seeker’s dream and a perfect tropical paradise for all ages looking to explore its lush rainforests and pristine beaches. A land of active volcanoes, untouched rainforests, world-famous surf breaks, waterfalls and white-water rapids.
Zip lining is one of the most exciting things you can do in Costa Rica and appropriate for many ages. Also referred to as a canopy tour, you will soar over rainforests and cloud forests. You will find canopy tours all over Costa Rica, each one just as fun as the last.
From the beautiful and pristine beaches of Guanacaste to the exotic beaches of the Caribbean, Costa Rica surfing is incredible. There are great waves wherever you go with amazing clean beaches, tropical sunsets and lush rainforests. You can find waves and breaks for every level and surf lessons and instructors all over the country.
Relax at sea with a tropical cocktail in hand, snorkel off a remote beach and enjoy a breathtaking sunset from the water. A catamaran cruise is the perfect activity for the whole family and Costa Rica has some of the best and varied boat tours out there. You’ll float past lush islands, rocky coasts and hidden beaches while enjoying snorkeling, paddle boards or just relaxing and sunbathing on the deck.
For an exciting adventure the whole family will enjoy, driving an ATV through the tropical jungle, across beaches and through rushing rivers should definitely be on your list. This adrenaline pumping activity will give you premier waterfall access and offer stunning views of the rainforest.