Family Vacation Travel Tips for Costa Rica
As summer approaches people in the Northern hemisphere are gearing up for their summer vacations. This means it is time to unpack the bathing suits, find last year’s suntan lotions and make sure that the passports are up to date. If you fall into the 65% of people that will be going on a family vacation this summer then here are a few tips that will make traveling with kids in the tropics as smooth as a cool tropical breeze.
Parents and their kids are guaranteed a wonderful vacation when they visit the beautiful, family friendly beach towns of Santa Teresa and Mal Pais on the Southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula. If you are traveling to the tropics with your family for your first time we have some ideas that will help you be prepared for the adventure vacation of a lifetime.
Everyone knows the basics of travel packing – clothes, swimsuits, cameras, toothpaste etc. But here are a few things that you may not have made your list.
- Make sure your clothes are lightweight and hand-washable. Temperatures can be high year round, and hand washing and drying can be easier than finding a laundry mat in a pinch.
- Kids are sure to get dirty and/or wet with all the outdoor activities so always keep an extra outfit on hand with you when you head out the door.
- Umbrellas, raincoats and galoshes are invaluable as wet, whiny kids can put a damper on your outing.
- Tylenol, thermometers, Dramamine, and anti-itch cream are always good to have easily accessible as your favorite brand of medicine may not be available or easy to find.
- When away from your vacation rental it is always advisable to bring a few snacks and extra water for everyone as longer than usual waits at restaurants can be common.
Santa Teresa is a safe, family orientated community, but as with traveling anywhere you will want to take precautionary measures to guarantee a fault free trip.
- Practice shaking out your shoes before putting them on or some little toes may meet with an unwelcome visitor.
- When walking through town, pack lightly enough that you can always hold hands with your kids. There are always a number of quads, motos, and trucks competing for the road along with pedestrians. Be cautious of uneven terrain and unmarked holes and other obstacles.
- Keep your valuables secure at all times and lock them away when away from the house. Keep an eye on your kids’ things and remind them to stow their goods when they are done to avoid tears.
- Buy bottled drinking water when at restaurants and avoid ice in drinks. It can be safe to drink tap water here, but do not risk ruining your vacation.
If you’re planning a Costa Rica vacation, and we hope you are, following these simple tips will ensure that your family will be well prepared for the road less traveled.
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