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Winter Family Vacation: Top 10 Places to Visit in 2018

If your usual winter is freezing and gray, and you and your family have to bundle up in at least 10 layers just to go outside, wouldn’t it be nice to sink your toes into warm sand instead of wool socks on a fun winter family vacation?

Let’s face it, winter might be a wonderland, but all of that snow and cold weather can get old quickly – especially if you have to shovel snow daily and drive icy streets.

Now is the perfect time to escape to a sunshine-filled winter holiday destination. You have the long Christmas break and a few long holiday weekends in January and February to get away together on a winter family vacation.

Where to go for winter sun? Escape the winter blues to perpetual summer in Costa Rica. It’s an ideal place for a hot winter holiday because it has something for everyone: incredible nature, spectacular beaches, thrilling adventures, and friendly people. Dozens of daily flights from the U.S., Canada and Europe make Costa Rica an easy place to travel.

To put your winter vacation ideas in motion, here are the Top 10 Places to Visit in 2018 for a winter getaway in Costa Rica:

San José City & Central Valley

HighlightsLocation of the Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO), Children’s Museum, Gold Museum, National Museum, volcanoes, and coffee tours.

Arenal Volcano / La Fortuna

Highlights: Lush rainforest and the Arenal Volcano, thrilling canopy zipline adventures, hanging bridges tours, whitewater rafting, horseback riding, hiking in the national park, waterfall swimming, hot springs, and lots of wildlife.

Manuel Antonio

Highlights: Beautiful coastal rainforest, white sandy beaches, the Manuel Antonio National Park, and an abundance of exotic animals like monkeys, sloths, iguanas and toucans.


Highlights: Caribbean Coast, sea turtle nesting beaches, boat and kayak tours on water canals, and Tortuguero National Park with an impressive diversity of animals.

Puerto Viejo & Cahuita

Highlights: Southern Caribbean Coast, unique Latino-Afro-Caribbean culture, relaxing, hiking, snorkeling in the Cahuita National Park, chocolate tours, and wildlife sanctuaries.

Pacuare River

Highlights: Whitewater rafting on one of the world’s top five scenic rivers, stay overnight in the rainforest at an ecolodge. (Note: the minimum age is 12 years old.)

Pacuare white river rafting

Highlights: Picturesque agricultural area, whitewater rafting, calm river float trips, horseback riding, and explore wildlife-rich rainforest.

Guanacaste Beaches

Highlights: Gorgeous sunny beaches, colorful sunsets, national parks, world-class surf, fun beach towns, all-inclusive resorts, and near the Liberia, Costa Rica International Airport (LIR).

Guanacaste Beaches

Rincón de la Vieja National Park

Highlights: Rincon de la Vieja Volcano, bubbling volcanic mud pools, hot springs, waterfalls, unique tropical vegetation, abundant wildlife, and top adventure tours.


Highlights: Misty cloud forests of Monteverde, nature walks to see amazing animals, excellent bird watching, and exciting adventure tours.

If you're looking to plan the perfect vacation for you and your family, contact us today! We will send you a vacation plan tailored specially for you, with no upfront cost! You just pay if you decide to take the trip!

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