Costa Ricans live their lives with the simple saying, pura vida. Literally, that means pure life, and for Costa Ricans, it’s a mantra and a way of living that gives the country its laidback and chilled-out lifestyle. Things are easier in Costa Rica and the pura vida way of life crosses over into every aspect of life in Costa Rica, including travel.
Costa Rica is one of the easiest countries in Central America to travel to. Even with your kids in tow, it’s not difficult at all to have a fantastic family holiday. You don’t even need to stay in one place, but will easily be able to take the kids to a few great spots across the country, be it the rainforest, the Caribbean or Pacific coastlines, or even a steaming volcano.
Costa Rica has the best infrastructure in the region, it has the highest standards of living in the region and, of course, it’s one of the most beautiful destinations in the region too. If there’s anything you might be worried about, then the Costa Ricans have probably already got it covered. There’s great healthcare, great transport, and great international flight connections.
Most nationalities, especially UK, EU and US citizens, don’t need visas to travel to Costa Rica, and the international airport at San Jose has direct flights to North America and plenty more onward connections to the UK and Europe. That means that from most places, you can be in Costa Rica with just one change of plane. By Latin American standards, that’s pretty good.
As the safest destination in Central America by a long way, travelling to Costa Rica shouldn’t leave you with much to worry about, aside from the fact that your kids might not want to ever leave.