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Costa Rica with Kids: Itinerary and Weather

We spent two weeks in Costa Rica with our kids, 9 and 11,  to learn Spanish and to explore the country.  Our trip started in San Jose, Costa Rica. From there we drove to Manuel Antonio, Playa Flamingo for our Spanish Immersion class, then to the Andaz Resort Papagayo Peninsula.

I listed our family activities and linked the locations.  I included weather which is very important for families traveling in between Costa Rica’s two seasons, rainy and dry.

We had a wonderful time and recommend all of the activities for your trip to Costa Rica with kids!

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Day 1 Monday
Location: San Jose
Weather: 70° Partially Cloudy
Arrive at San Jose Airport in Costa Rica
Check in to Hotel Bougainvillea
Explore the mass gardens at Hotel Bougainvillea
Late lunch at the hotel
Unpack and plan our week

Day 2  Tuesday
Location: San Jose and Cartoga
Weather: 65° Cloudy with Scattered Shower
Breakfast at Hotel Bougainvillea
(Rental Car Delivered to hotel arranged by staff at the hotel)
Drive to Irazu Volcano: 1hr 30min
Explore Irazu Volcano  (50° and Cloudy)
Return to San Jose for Coffee Tasting at Cafeoteca
Dinner at Kalu Restaurant (located in same building as Cafeoteca)
Return to Hotel Bougainvillea

Day 3 – Wednesday
Location: San Jose and Paos Volcano Area
Weather: 70°  Scattered Showers
Morning workout and tennis at Hotel Bougainvillea
Breakfast at Bougainvillea
Museo del Oro Precolumbino  in San Jose
(PreColumbian Gold Museum)
Doka Estate Coffee Tour with lunch  Poas Volcano Area
Return to Hotel Bougainvillea
Light dinner in the hotel room

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This was our first language immersion experience and I’m so happy that I chose CPI. The staff and instructors were very professional, friendly, and exceeded my family’s expectations.


Day 4 – Thursday

Location: San Jose and Manuel Antonio
Weather: San Jose 70° Partial Clouds,
Manuel Antonio 75° Showers
Breakfast at Hotel Bougainvillea
Pool at Bougainvillea
Check-out of hotel
Drive to Manuel Antonio (3 hours)
Check-in to Si Como No Hotel
Pool at Si Como No
Dinner at Si Como No

Day 5 – Friday
Location: Manuel Antonio
Weather: 85° Sunny
Breakfast at Si Como No Hotel
Edwins Manuel Antonio  Nature Tour (3 hr tour)
Beach inside Manuel Antonio Park
Late lunch at El Avión
Pool at Si Como No Hotel

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After a full day touring Manuel Antonio National Park we ate lunch at El Avion. The food was delicious and we had the BEST view of the Pacific Ocean.

Day 6 – Saturday
Location:  Manuel Antonio
Weather: 70° Scattered Showers
Breakfast at Si Como No Hotel
Pool at Si Como No
Butterfly Garden at Si Como No
Browse Shops
Lunch at the Train
Movie at Si Como No

Day 7-Sunday
Location: Manuel Antonio and Playa Flamingo in Guanacaste
Weather: 80° clear skies with late afternoon showers
Breakfast at Si Como No Hotel
Depart for Playa Flamingo (3.5hr Drive)
Lunch at Kentucky Fried Chicken in Jaco
Check-In to Casas del Toro
Shop for groceries at a market near Casas del Toro
Pool at Hotel
Dinner at Casas del Toro

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What a wonderful way to cool off in the infinity pool in Costa Rica at Garcia’s restaurant at MarVista. Located in the Playa Flamingo area.

Day 8-Monday
Location: Playa Flamingo
Weather: 85° clear skies
Breakfast at Casas del Toro
Spanish Class at CPI
Pool at CPI
Lunch at Casas del Toro
Pool at Casas del Toro
Cooked Spaghetti Dinner at Casas del Toro

Day 9-Tuesday
Location: Playa Flamingo
Weather: 85° clear skies
Breakfast at Casas del Toro
Spanish Class at CPI
Lunch at CPI
Pool at Casas del Toro
Cooked dinner at Casas del Toro

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Brasilito is a small town close to Playa Flamingo and CPI Language School. We ate lunch at a small restaurant near the beach.

Day 10- Wednesday
Location:  Playa Flamingo 
Weather: 85° Partly Cloudy
Breakfast at Casas del Toro
Spanish Class at CPI
Free Cooking Class at CPI
Pool at CPI
Lunch in Brasilito
Cooked dinner at Casas del Toro

Day 11-Thursday
Location: Playa Flamingo 
Weather: 85° Partly Cloudy Afternoon Showers
Breakfast at Casas del Toro
Spanish Class at CPI
Lunch at CPI
Playa Flamingo
Dinner at Coco Loco at Playa Flamingo

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We enjoyed the beaches the most in Costa Rica. Each beach has unique qualities. This is the beach at the Andaz Beach House in Papagayo. The sand was perfect for mermaid art!

Day 12 – Friday
Location:  Playa Flamingo
Weather: 85° Clear skies
Breakfast at Casas del Toro
Spanish Class at CPI
Lunch at Casas del Toro
Pool at Casas del Toro
Dinner at Surf Box

Day 13- Saturday
Location: Playa Flamingo
Weather: 80° Scattered Showers
Breakfast at Casas del Toro
Playa Conchal
Snack at the Coffee House
Lunch and Pool at Garcia in MarVista
Watched the Sunset at Playa Flamingo
Dinner at Surf Box

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Playa Flamingo is a short walk from our Spanish class at CPI. We spent the afternoon on the beach, dinner at Coco Loco and watched the beautiful sunset.

Day 14-Sunday
Location: Playa Flamingo and Papagayo
Weather: 85° Scattered Showers
Breakfast at Casas del Toro
Check Out of Casas del Toro
Drive to Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Penisula Papagayo
(1 hour 15 min.)
Pool and lunch at Andaz Resort
Dinner at Otro on

Day 15-Monday
Location: Papagayo
Weather: 85° Clear skies
Breakfast at Andaz Resort
Snorkeling and Canoeing at the Andaz Beach House
Barista Class at Andaz
Pool at  Andaz Resort
Dinner at Rio Bongo at Andaz Resort

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A refreshing local treat poolside at the Andaz Papagayo Peninsula.

Day  16-Tuesday 
Location: Manuel Antonio and Playa Flamingo in Guanacaste
Weather: 80° Clear skies
Breakfast at  Andaz Resort
Check out of Andaz Resort
Drive to Liberia Airport and rental car drop off (45 minutes)

Any questions or comments, leave them below.

Also, check out this Costa Rica with Kids Packing List.
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