We just got back from a two-week holiday in Costa Rica so wanted to give a quick trip summary - thank you for the help to those on this forum. We were traveling as a family, with two children aged 7 & 9.
A couple of general points:
Before we went, I was worried about the rain, but the weather was fine. We never needed our ponchos & only used our raincoats once.
Driving was also fine. We didn't use the 4x4 function in our car but we're glad that we had the option & were high up as went on several unpaved roads. We booked with Vamos who were great, the phone they gave was invaluable for Sat Nav
Aug 21 - landed late afternoon. Stayed that night in the Doubletree in Alajuela. Hotel was next to main road & quite noisy, also has a casino by the restaurant. But did have a pool & jacuzzi which we enjoyed after a long flight.
Aug 22-26. Drove to Cahuita. Took about 5 hours as they were doing works over the mountain & closed the road for about half an hour & we had a coffe stop. The mountain road is stunning, would have liked to visit the park there but think it would have been too much for the jet- lagged kids.
We stayed at Suizo Loco, nice two bedroom bungalow. Very pretty grounds with decent pool which the kids loved. While there we went on a guided trek in Cahuita, went snorkelling, & had a day in Puerto Viejo & Punta Uva ( our one bit of rain).
Had great sloth sightings in Cahuita, & also saw Capuchin monkeys,howler monkeys racoons, turtles, iguanas, snake & various insects.
26-28 Sarapiqui. We stayed at Chilamate Eco Lodge which was nice, family run place. Swam in the river, went white-water rafting (which my kids loved), went on a small chocolate tour and a short walk where we saw turtles, toucans & a snake.
28-31 - La Fortuna. Got a deal on The Springs so stayed there. The family room was amazing wth two connecting rooms & the kids loved the hot springs, slide & games room. Great breakfasts but pricey. I found it a bit corporate & really didn't like the way they had a tv at every bar showing sports, even the one in the rainforest. We were glad to have a car there so we did all activities independently. Went zip-lining with Sky Adventures - that was the kids' highlight. They can take children from 5 up but take them with a guide. We also did the Mistico hanging bridges unguided, saw monkeys, lizards & insects. The weather was more mixed there, we were on our way to the bridges one morning when it got really misty so went back to hot springs instead. I was glad I hadn't pre-booked as it meant wet could be really flexible with the weather. It did start raining while we were zip-lining, but was still clear & we ended up with our best volcano view despite the drizzle.
On the whole though a fantastic trip. Would like to return & do Osa Peninsula, Central Pacific & Southern Nicoya next. Such a stunning country, I was blown away by the beauty & greenery everywhere, even driving on quite main roads.
Happy to answer any questions, Pura Vida🐒🐍🦎🦜🐛🐜