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Costa Rica Family Vacation Packages
My family has been going to Flamingo Beach Resort with friends since 2005. We call it our home away from home. We start planning our trip for next year the moment we arrive back in the US. People call our family a walking advertisement for your hotel because we rave about it to everybody.
I have been going to Flamingo Beach Resort since I was small; the best memories of my life have taken place there! We get together there every year with my Dad's family, who live in San Jose, Costa Rica. I remember wading and collecting sea shells in the tidal pools with my cousins when we were small, and then graduating to boogie boards on those great waves when we were older. We all took surfing lessons during our teenage years, and have enjoyed many fishing and snorkeling expeditions, as well as doing the jungle canopy ziplines, visiting the volcanoes, horseback riding and ATV tours. There is always so much to do!
The Ideal Resort For Costa Rica Family Vacations
Flamingo Beach Resort was built by a family and designed for families. The resort has a number of special features to ensure your Costa Rica family vacation is the best it can be. The large pool is beautifully lit at night, and the attached shallow kiddie pool is completely covered by a large palapa roof to keep kids - and even sun-sensitive adults - protected from strong solar rays. Avid sunbathers will be thrilled with the pool's semi-submerged lounge decks perfect for those working on their tans. There's an attractive outdoor play area next to the pool for the little kids, and the nearby swim-up Magallenes Pool Bar serves a tempting array of fresh fruit smoothies and drinks as well as casual lunch fare.
Families who enjoy pool games will be thrilled with the resort's smaller pool on the side of the hotel that's perfect for relaxing or for an invigorating game of family volleyball. The resort also has a family center with complimentary pool tables & fooz ball, and even has a small movie theatre, and a lighted outdoor tennis court.
Families have a variety of dining choices from which to choose. The resort's Arenas Restaurant serves typical Costa Rican and international fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and specializes in fresh local seafood and local organic fruits and vegetables. Guests can eat indoors in air-conditioned comfort or enjoy their meal and the surrounding tropical scenery on the restaurant's outdoor open-air oceanfront patio. The rooftop Sunset Lounge on the second floor provides panoramic views and is a lovely spot to watch the spectacular sunsets. the restaurant offers a special children's menu that is guaranteed kid friendly! The resort also offers both a breakfast plan and an all-inclusive Costa Rica family vacation package. Both are popular options.
Off-property dining options are plentiful, and several restaurants within easy walking distance of our Costa Rica family resort. Some of the best restaurants in the area include Angelina's Restaurant, Marie's, Mar y Sol, Camaron Dorado and the Happy Snapper.
Babysitting services can be arranged for parents who would like to enjoy a romantic dinner out on the town, perhaps followed by an evening of fun at the resort's Flamingo Casino, featuring a variety of slot machines, video poker and video roulette.
Amazing Adventures Await At Our Costa Rica Family Friendly Resort
Flamingo Beach Resort's outstanding location is comprised of so much more than its long and luscious stretch of beach. The property sits within easy driving distance of an extensive array of adventures that will keep every member of the family wide-eyed with excitement. Fiery volcanoes, adrenaline-pumping zip-lines, indigenous Indian cultures, jungles filled with monkeys and colorful birds, volcanic mud baths and natural hot springs - they're all waiting to be discovered during your Costa Rica family getaway .
The resort's on-site Tour Desk can help make arrangements for a variety of family-friendly excursions. Many families enjoy taking a leisurely boat ride along the Tempisque River through Palo Verde National Park. Curious monkeys, large green iguanas, basking crocodiles, and a variety of exotic tropical birds can often be seen along the river. This is a very popular trip, so make sure to make your reservations early.
Another favorite is the full-day combination tour to Arenal Volcano and Tabacon Hot Springs. Arenal Volcano is one of the most active volcanos in the Americas, and is well worth the trip.
Families with teens will enjoy the Buena Vista Hot Springs Canopy Experience and Water Slide. This long day tour provides one adrenaline rush after another. Pump up your Costa Rica family vacation with an exciting zip-line adventure through the jungle canopy, followed by an exhilarating trip down a long water slide, horseback riding, a natural mud bath, and a dip in the hot springs. Lunch is also provided on this tour.
Those who would prefer their adventures closer to our Costa Rica family resort should take the 25-minute ride to the little surf town of Tamarindo. Spend the day here relaxing at the beach, taking surf lessons, exploring the many shops, and having a leisurely lunch at one of the beachfront restaurants.
Families booking their Costa Rica family getaway from November through February may have the opportunity to witness one of Mother Nature's most spectacular events: the nesting and hatching of highly endangered leatherback turtles at Las Baulas National Park, often referred to as Playa Grande. If you're interested in this activity, check to find out how turtle season is going this year and at what time turtle viewing may be likely. Reservations are required and can be made by phone up to one week in advance. Participation is limited to 60 people per night, so it is very important to make your reservations early, especially in the prime nesting periods of mid-November through early February. For information, email the tour concierge at firstname.lastname@example.org
Whatever you do, don't miss being on the resort's beach at sunset. Every evening serves up a different kaleidoscope of colors and surprises - each more magical than the next. So gather up the kids and take them down to the beach as the sun melts into the sea. If you're lucky, you might even see the green flash!
Adapted from the Family Travel Network
Written by Nancy Schretter