A Surprisingly Great Travel Stop – University of Costa Rica

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University of Costa Rica

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When you have a kid you need to find stimulating adventures. Well, at least that’s what I’m constantly looking for. That means that I sometimes I need to get creative and think outside the box.

Being married to an Academic, I didn’t even realize what a gem we were sitting on. This doesn’t apply only to Costa Rica.


This is the future of our bright, and not-so-bright minds!

If you are ever traveling and visit a town that has a university they are definitely worth checking out. For many reasons, here are my top 4:

1. It’s great to see how the local students attend school and basically get a sneak peek into their lives.

2. They are full of advertisements for upcoming events, concerts, and fun stuff. So I always keep my eyes opened for cultural events.

3. If you have a child, they get to run free without worrying about a car running them over. It is like a park to them. You just have to make sure that they are not disturbing some class.

4. Cheap cafeteria food!

Practically every educational facility houses beautiful gardens and interesting buildings. They are usually open to the public and can be a wealth of information.

It doesn’t matter if you speak the language or not, chances are the posters hanging all over the place are quite visual with the location written in bold letters. And students love to speak to everyone, eagerly pointing you in the right direction.

So check out the closest university (UNA in Heredia and UCR in San Pedro close to San Jose) and then go for a beer or a quick meal on its outskirts, you’re guaranteed to have a stimulating day, full of activities and local culture!

Costra Rica Travel Guide for Families

About Marina Villatoro

Marina Kuperman Villatoro CEO of TravelExperta.com, a travel resource site to inspire families to travel with kids of all ages. Marina has been an expat 20+ years in Central America raising 2 boys in a multicultural, trilingual household. She travels all over the world with her family to give first hand experiences of where to eat, stay and play with kids. Needless to say, it’s never boring! Join Marina on Facebook and Twitter for more unique and boutique family travel!

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