tiny tour: costa rica

A stop on our Tiny Tour series is long overdue and today we have a special guest post from our friend Erynn at Tropic of Candycorn! We sought them out at Alt last Winter because we loved their concept so much. Tropic of Candycorn is dedicated to inspiring families to travel together—near and far. Travel can be intimidating, expensive, and time consuming, but since over 80% of a child’s happiest memories are away from home, it’s important. Tropic Of Candycorn encourages families to explore together and provides helpful tips, inspiring stories, and recommendations for every price point. We all recently took a turn going on a lengthy road trip/flight and died over their Travel pack for kids! Such a great gift! Welcome, Erynn!

When families are looking for an adventure outside the United States, one of the first places to consider is Costa Rica. It’s close, fun, safe, family-friendly, and worth the effort. English is practically a second language, especially in the vacation destination areas. Find a comprehensive post on their site!

Today, we want to share some of our favorite destinations in Costa Rica, and let you know what makes them special and different.

Nosara: If you have ever wanted to learn to surf, Playa Guiones in Nosara may be the perfect spot. Tiny Tour: Costa RicaRent a villa and stay a few days to enjoy one of the sunnier spots on the Pacific Coast. The friendly locals, beach culture, and surf are year-round attractions. In July and December, nesting Olive Ridley sea turtles add to Nosara’s appeal.Tiny Tour: Costa Rica

Visit the Tropic of Candycorn travelogue Good Times in Costa Rica to see how two moms took their combined seven kids to Nosara for several weeks of fun last year. Some of our favorites in this area include: Rosi’s Tica Restaurant for traditional food at a good price; the Seekretspot gelato; surf lessons; and exploring the nearby waterfalls.

Tortuguero: Tortuguero is one of the best places for wildlife viewing in Central America. This Caribbean Coast forest is home to more than 400 avian species, including toucans, herons, jacanas, and macaws. Spider and howler monkeys, otters, caimans, and sloths are fairly common here. We love Tortuguero for its beauty and wildlife density. Tiny Tour: Costa RicaMost of the lodges are basic, but affordable, and kids of all ages can participate in the activities.

Monteverde: Leaving the coastline has its advantages. The beautiful Monteverde Cloud Forest is one example—a misty mountain forest abuzz with hummingbirds, butterflies, and birdsong. The area outside the reserves is well known for zip-lines, hanging bridge trail systems, butterfly gardens, horseback tours, and the San Luis waterfall. Local cooperatives produce coffee, cheese, and ice cream;Rio Perdido: This is our favorite new family-friendly hotel in Costa Rica, but it is still relatively unknown. The lodge rests on a cliff overlooking the junction of the Rio Blanco and a rare, thermal river. The hotel has three naturally heated swimming pools, one of the best zip-line courses in the country, and miles of biking trails. We loved the river tubing tour and the volcanic mud painting. The hotel also offers a “breakfast at the farm” experience, where kids can learn to gather eggs, milk cows, make tortillas, and grind coffee. The bungalow designs are spot on—cozy, efficient, and filled with light. 

Rio Perdido: This is our favorite new family-friendly hotel in Costa Rica, but it is still relatively unknown. The lodge rests on a cliff overlooking the junction of the Rio Blanco and a rare, thermal river. The hotel has three naturally heated swimming pools, one of the best zip-line courses in the country, and miles of biking trails. We loved the river tubing tour and the volcanic mud painting. The hotel also offers a “breakfast at the farm” experience, where kids can learn to gather eggs, milk cows, make tortillas, and grind coffee. The bungalow designs are spot on—cozy, efficient, and filled with light. We had a tough time getting the kids to leave this place.Rio Perdido

If you have any tips and trips to share, you can contact cornelius@tropicofcandycorn.com to share your family travel experiences!

More about Erynn: Erynn has four daughters (2, 5, 9, and 10) and they live in Salt Lake. She was the CEO/President of an International humanitarian organization before having kids. Although she loved the (exhausting) work, she resigned when she became a mom. Travel has aways been important to them, and when Erynn’s banker husband decided he hated his job, they started Mosaico Travel. They design custom itineraries for the wealthy and sometimes famous and spend 5 to 6 weeks with their kids in a new country every year and run Tropic of Candycorn as their passion project.

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