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Where to go with a family of five?

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Where to go with a family of five?

Need some help! we are two adults, three teens traveling to costa rica next month (march), flying in and out of san jose. Cant decide on an itinerary....there are some many places to see. We want a "nature" trip with the opportunity to see many animals. Also, some activity for the kids, zip line, white water rafting etc. Since we live in Florida, relaxing on the beach and water sports is not that appealing to us since we do this all the time. We want a jungle experience. We have 8 days in Costa Rica. THanks for your help!!

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1. Re: Where to go with a family of five?

my suggestion given what you say you are looking for is the Arenal area and then somewhere in the Osa Peninsula.

Some will depend on your budget and also how much travelling you want to do within the country.

Pura vida

Raquel

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2. Re: Where to go with a family of five?

Maybe...Monteverde Cloud Forest...then Arenal Volcano área...then Saraiqui...and then back to SJO...

Very much everything you are looking for..and is a big circle trip...

From SJO to Monteverde about 3 hours...

From Monteverde to Arenal...take the jeep boat jeep...

From Arenal to Sarapiquí you can even rent a car is about 2 .5 hours even less great road...

From Sarapiquí to SJO a bout 2.5 hours...nice roada all the way and you can return your car at terminal!

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3. Re: Where to go with a family of five?

With 8 full days (so arrival and departure datey should be outside of 8 days) got for Monteverde 2 days, Arenal 3 days and Sarapiqui 3 days. Otherwise skip Monteverde.

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4. Re: Where to go with a family of five?

One of the best places is Corcovado and Drake Bay, have bunch of activities and the place is amanzing. You see lots of animals and takes you less than an hour to get there by plane. The hotels have tours and more for you. Just take a look, you can go by plane like the airline Sansa, find more here www.flysansa.com

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5. Re: Where to go with a family of five?

I didn't see manuel antonio listed in any of the above itineraries. Would anyone recommend this area for wildlife and activites for teens?

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6. Re: Where to go with a family of five?

manuel Antonio is definitely a good choice as there are lots of options for activities, wildlife and some nice beaches. I often recommend it. However, the reason I went with the Osa was that i figured since beaches we re not a priority you might be looking for something a bit less developed with let us say wilder wildlife. I think others suggested the places they did for the same reason.

Raquel

Edited: 27 February 2014, 19:33
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7. Re: Where to go with a family of five?

I think MA is great. Nice beaches, good restaurants, lots of monkeys. This is a very user friendly area.

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8. Re: Where to go with a family of five?

Our teenagers loved MA so much it prompted us to build a house there. In Costa Rica the jungle goes all the way to the beach so you have both. Jungle is everywhere and so are many many activities. But that pertains to most of CR. Your teenagers are going to love this trip!

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9. Re: Where to go with a family of five?

Thanks for all the responses. I am working on my itinerary. If I have to chose between monteverde cloud forest or Arenal Volcano due to time constraints which destination is the most recommended. We will also be going to ma and pacure lodge (dont know the city). We want something different from ma an pacure. Thanks!

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10. Re: Where to go with a family of five?

Thanks to the msg from roadadvisor. Wondering if possible to see monteverde cloud forest and arenal. when you say "boat, jeep, boat" what is the travel time on this?