The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – Costa Rica has been named several times as a perfect destination for family vacation packages. In fact, the country is one of the most popular destinations around the world for couples with kids to go on vacations due to its security, hospitality and of course, its natural wealth.

Families who live in big cities where life is always a rush and the awareness of nature hardly exists, love to bring their children to countries like Costa Rica because they can learn a lot about the importance of taking care of the natural resources and they can see how people can take advantage of nature without compromising future generations.

Recently, a new recognition for the country was made by U.S. News and World Report magazine, who chose the 8 Best Family Vacations in Central and South America and Costa Rica scored the first place. According to the magazine, the list was made by taking into account the family-friendly activities, lodging and dining options that the countries have, as well as expert recommendations and their reader’s opinions.

Other reputable places are also on the list such as Machu Picchu, Rio de Janeiro and Galapagos Islands; but none of these were able to overcome the fact that in Costa Rica you can hike active volcanos, zip-line through cloud covered rainforests and surf warm turquoise waters within the span of a few days.

Among the favorite tours of families in Costa Rica are horseback rides, snorkeling tours, whale watching expeditions and visits to national parks like Poas Volcano, Arenal Volcano and Manuel Antonio. Of course there are thousands more tours that families can enjoy together in their vacations in Costa Rica, all depending on the age of the children and the interests of their parents. Some families are more used to extreme sports like mountain biking or rafting, so for them there are a lot of options.

Obviously Costa Rica also has lodging options specially designed for families. There are some hotels with fully-equipped kitchens, with two or more bedrooms and with connecting rooms for families who don’t want to share beds. All of these kinds of details have made the country a perfect place for families to have the trip of a lifetime.

Finally, one of the greatest advantages of having Costa Rica vacations is the cost. Costa Rica fits the bill and then some. It won’t break the bank — it’s easy to find cheap flights — and since English is widely spoken, it’s also not hard to travel throughout it. If the visit is planned for green season and you don’t mind getting a little wet, special offers may be available in some hotels. “Stay 3 nights and pay only 2” or “kids eat free” are some of the most common ones.  If the budget is not a problem, then the best time to visit the country is from mid-December to May, as this season has plenty of sunshine, making it an ideal time for exploring rainforests and lounging on beaches.

The Costa Rica News (TCRN)

San Jose, Costa Rica