Traveling in Costa Rica With Kids!

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First and foremost who in Costa Rica doesn’t have a kid! And if they don’t have one yet, there’s one on the way. It’s contagious. Even us ex-pats are multiplying like bunnies down here. My husband and I have made a sport out of counting the amount of pregnant women we see on the street within an hour.

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On average I’d say eight to ten. So you can understand how great Ticos (friendly acronym Costa Ricans use for themselves) are with kids. If you want to enjoy your family travel this Central American country is the place to travel to.

I’m one of those people who never noticed babies, puppies or other supposedly-cute living things, even after having one of my own. But that’s so unlike the people who inhabit this country. Women and girls will cross highways and roaring cross-ways to coo, ahh and pick up your child. Even older men will sneak in a quick game of peek-a-boo. However, the most shocking contradiction of all are the local teens.

Being that I was an extremely self-absorbed, self-centered teen myself, seeing these punked-out adolescents with spikes for bracelets, ripped jeans and hunched over backs breakout of heated, passionate, revolutionary conversations to gawk and tickle my son and tell me how absolutely cute he is always leaves me a bit skeptical. But after this has happened over and over again, I’ve come to believe the genuineness of this culture’s adoration and patience of little people.

So bring your kids to a place where their egos will be pampered, their whims will be granted while you glow with gratitude that some countries still have the time to take out and appreciate the true joys of life.

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About Marina Kuperman Villatoro

Marina Kuperman Villatoro CEO of, a travel resource site to inspire families to travel with kids of all ages. Marina has been an expat 10+ 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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