FAQ´S on Travelling with Kids in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a great country for any kind of traveler looking for adventure and nature walks; its natural and cultural wealth makes it unique and special. Costa Rica is one of the safest countries in Central America, making it ideal for travelling with children.
Your children will enjoy all the activities offered by Costa Rica, from walks in the woods to canopy tour or white water rafting.Our local guides and drivers enjoy socializing with families, especially children, which makes the experience more engaging for young minds.
As a family owned company with experience dating back to 1990, we have the ability to plan a wide variety of kid friendly itineraries that feed off of our local knowledge of the entirety of Costa Rica. Our guides have a lot of experience working with families and providing various locations for your family to explore accompanied by a guide who knows the area and what you are seeing. The minivan transportation we provide has daily insurance to protect your family and help ensure a sound state of mind while you travel to ensure that everyone enjoys the vacation.
In 2014 there were many changes in the traffic law of Costa Rica, one of the most important being the incorporation of booster seats and car seats in private cars.
The two vans of Costa Rica Family Adventures are considered public transportation and it is not necessary to use car seats or booster seat for your children; regardless, Costa Rica Family Adventures offers a variety of booster seats and car seats for your children at no additional cost. When you make a reservation, we will send you an email asking the weight and height of children to have the car seat or booster suitable for the child. If you would rather bring your own car seat or booster seat, we will gladly accommodate that as well.
Costa Rica Family Adventures recommends visiting your doctor two months before your visit to Costa Rica. We also recommend you visit your pediatrician for your children for vaccinations. The necessary/recommended medical preparations vary throughout the year and so it is best to talk to your family doctor.
You can also visit the website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel or call 877-394-9747 for more info health precaution.
The tourism industry produces about 5% CO2 and a tourist can emit 102 kilograms of CO2 each night spent in a hotel. We desire to keep Costa Rica beautiful for you and for other families to visit in the future. Costa Rica Family Adventures is committed to help the environment and thus mitigate the carbon footprint of travel by using environmentally friendly hotels or lodges and supporting local businesses.
We want to involve children in helping the environment, so during the tour in Costa Rica the family can participate in planting native trees or donate $ 1 to buy and plant native trees when booking a tour with our company. Education is one of the best ways to start to make a difference and bringing children to a beautiful place like Costa Rica is a great location to start or to continue their knowledge of the environment.
When you travel with Costa Rica Adventures, you will be escorted by your own personal driver and guide. Your driver/guide will manage all aspects of your tour and will escort you on your daily activities for the full period of your tour with Costa Rica Adventures. All our driver/guides are certified by the Costa Rica Tourism Board and have extensive knowledge regarding both the political history and the natural history of Costa Rica. Because we take the safety of our customers seriously, our driver/guides are reliable and experienced, and all are trained in first aid and CPR. In addition, the minivans used throughout our tours are always well serviced and fully insured. (For added security and safety, we recommend that our clients acquire separate travel insurance while traveling abroad.)
All tour packages from Costa Rica Adventures include your transportation, personal travel guide, morning hikes in private reserves and national parks, hotel, and breakfast.
We offer special family packages for up to four travelers and additional packages that are tailored to meet your particular needs and interests.
Lunches and dinners are not included in the package price.
Optional activities may entail additional, but always reasonable, costs that are not included in the travel package. The fees for these services must be paid directly to the local vendors/operators. If you are interested in a particular activity, please ask your guide for more information.
When traveling with Costa Rica Adventures, please remember to pack comfortable shoes and clothing, sandals, a bathing suit, a hat or cap, sunglasses, binoculars, a camera, a USB recharging device, sunscreen, insect repellent, a small first-aid kit, and any necessary medications. A pocket English-Spanish dictionary and relevant guidebooks will also be beneficial. Remember to carry your passport and/or identity card.
Costa Rica is a perfect place in any season. The high season (December to April) is warmer, somewhat drier, and attractive to many tourists. However, the rainy or "Green" season, (May to November) is also an excellent time to visit Costa Rica because it is cooler, the weather is more variable (from rain to sun), popular destinations can be far less crowded, and prices are often lower!
Costa Rica is a relatively small country, and the average drive from one destination to another is from 3 to 4 hours, depending on weather and traffic conditions.
Basic security concerns for travelers in Costa Rica are the same as those for travelers around the globe. For your personal safety and the security of your belongings, we recommend the following:
  • Keep track of your luggage and other possessions. Never leave items unattended, with a stranger, or in an unsafe or unprotected location.
  • Never accept luggage, packages, or other unknown items from strangers.
  • Carry credit cards or traveler’s checks, which offer greater security than does cash alone.
  • Except for money you will want on hand for small everyday purchases, carry your cash, traveler’s checks, and credit cards securely (in a lockable purse or money belt, for example).
  • Store the following in a separate bag (away from your passport and credit cards): photocopy of identity card or passport, airline tickets, credit card and bank account information, travel insurance and emergency contact information, and the addresses and phone numbers of your embassy and consulate.
  • Whenever possible, keep valuables locked in a safe (provided by most hotels).
  • Carry an ample supply of all prescription and other medications that you and your family will need while away from home.
  • Tell your tour guide if you or someone in your family has any health issues that might require special accommodation.
Costa Rica has an advanced telecommunications system that covers the entire country. Some providers offer roaming for international calls, and Internet access is available in those hotels affiliated with Costa Rica Adventures.
The Costa Rican Colon is the national currency, but the U.S. Dollar is accepted at most tourist destinations without the need to exchange currencies.
Credit cards are widely accepted, especially Visa and MasterCard.
In 2012, the government of Costa Rica passed a strict law banning smoking in all work places, public buildings, restaurants, bars, casinos, and other enclosed indoor and publicly accessible spaces as well as on all public transportation and within their terminals. The ban extends to outdoor recreational and educational areas such as parks, stadiums, and university campuses. People who smoke must do so outside these restricted areas. There are stiff penalties for individuals and businesses that violate the law.
Tap water is generally safe to drink at popular tourist destinations within Costa Rica. Still, bottled water is a safe and reliable alternative when visiting rural or remote areas of the country. If you have any concerns regarding water quality while traveling in Costa Rica, be sure to ask your guide.
For an emergency, dial 911.
For the national telephone directory, dial 1113.
If you are going to a beach vacation it requires a few casual clothes for dinning, a suitcase full of bathing suits, flip flops for the hot sand, shorts, sunglasses and protect yourself with a sunscreen. You can rent scuba equipment and surfboards, but you can also choose to bring your own. If you are going to hiking in the rainforest or near a volcano, you will need hiking boots, long-sleeve shirts, hat, lightweight pants and a bug spray. You may also want binoculars, a camera with extra batteries and a Costa Rican bird book in English. They are a must for getting a closer look at wildlife and are not available for rent in Costa Rica. We highly recommend that you bring one pair of binoculars for each person traveling in your group. That way you will all be able to experience the wildlife that you encounter on your trip. In every case, leave expensive jewelry at home so as to not tempt thieves.

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