The Way Family Vacations Should Be

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After a fun summer of travel to Toronto, Nashville, Los Angeles, Greece, Puerto Rico, Martha’s Vineyard, and Seattle the Kohler family is home and the kids are back in school. Peter is a sophomore at University of Miami, Elizabeth is a senior at New Trier High School and Nicholas is entering 8th grade at Washburne Jr. High. Mike and I are now getting all the details for the upcoming trips finalized to make them truly unique and awesome. We hope you will join us.

We know this can be a very stressful time of year getting kids back in school. Some kids adjust easily, but some don’t like the kids in their classes or their teachers. Change can be overwhelming. Moms have to get back in the routine of making lunches, helping with homework, driving kids, etc. Now is the time to think about your next break! Have something to look forward to.

We design our trips for busy families just like yours. Our trips are a combination of luxury (accommodations fit for a king), sports (either as participant or spectator) and cultural immersion (get up close with the local culture). There really is something for everyone because happy kids make happy parents. Our next trip is to Costa Rica. If the following article sounds interesting either come with us or we can design a trip there just for your family.

Awe-Inspiring Costa Rica

In the last few decades, Costa Rica has become one of the most popular travel destinations in Central America—and for good reason. Boredom is unheard of in this tropical paradise: Costa Rica offers a list of attractions and activities so long, and so varied, that your family will never want to leave.

A peaceful, politically stable, democratic nation (in contrast with its often unsettled neighbors), Costa Rica’s prosperity in recent years has influenced both the local population and the tourism industry. A destination now tending less toward the cheap, and more toward the chic, you’re assured an easy and comfortable journey through this beautiful region.

For the Nature Lover

Costa Rica’s biodiversity is simply mesmerizing. Within its vast network of national parks and protected areas—covering nearly a quarter of the country—your family will discover an incredible variety of flora and fauna. The topography ranges from rainforests to volcanoes, beaches, wetlands, and even mountains. Plant life abounds: Costa Rica is home to a jaw-dropping 1500 species of orchids and 800 species of ferns. And the wildlife? Well, it’s something you’ll have to see for yourself. The jaguar, the poison dart frog, the leatherback turtle, and the white-headed capuchin monkey can be found throughout the country.

Birdwatching is a favorite activity among visitors to Costa Rica. You’ll have the chance to spot 16 species of parrots and 50 species of hummingbirds, not to mention 19 species of owls, on hikes and treks across the region. The Parque Nacional Corcovado is a spectacular coastal rainforest with prime opportunities for wildlife encounters. And don’t miss the Reserva Rara Avis, an ecotourism destination that contains more kinds of plants, birds, and butterflies than the entire European continent.

Last but not least, if you’re the beachy type, you’re in luck: with two coasts—along the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea—Costa Rica features numerous world-class beaches. While the Pacific side sees more beach tourism, both coasts have a lot to offer. Corcovado, a black sand beach on the Osa Peninsula, is fronted by dense tropical rainforest, and the Playa Santa Teresa on the Nicoya Peninsula offers both natural beauty and a relaxed atmosphere. Increase your chances of spotting sea turtles by visiting the Playa Grande in the Guanacaste Province.

For the Thrill Seeker

If your family is full of active, restless adrenaline junkies, you’ll have plenty of options to get your heart racing. Go ziplining, surfing, scuba diving, snorkeling, horseback riding, mountain biking, spelunking, and more. Canopy tours are extremely popular: strap on a harness and watch the tree tops whiz by in Monteverde. Or if heights aren’t your thing, opt for whitewater rafting on the Savegre River—sure to be an unforgettable bonding experience for your whole family.

Trekking is the best of both worlds in Costa Rica, offering the opportunity to explore the countless natural wonders of the country, but at an easy pace. Prime hiking locations are Lankester Gardens, Rincón de la Vieja National Park, La Selva Biological Station, and Arenal National Park.

If any of this sounds appealing (how could it not?), join us in Costa Rica December 27th – January 3rd.

Happy Travels!
Liz and Mike Kohler
Co-Founders of The Family Odyssey

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