Every couple of years my husband’s extended family takes a trip (13 people, 5 kids, 8 adults), 3 years ago it was Disney World, this time Quepos, Costa Rica. We rented a house through HomeAway for our Orlando trip, so thought why not do it again.
We picked Quepos, on the Pacific side of Costa Rica, near the Manuel Antonio National Park mainly because of the options we had available. We looked at HomeAway and found the perfect home for us, overlooking the ocean, fully staffed and a pool. (Quepos Home)(we do not receive compensation for including the link, but because it was such an amazing experience we have included). Flights from S FL we very reasonable, we found a JetBlue flight from FLL to San Jose for under $250 roundtrip. We were looking to rent a van, but my brother-in-law had a friend whom frequented Costa Rica refer a driver and we were sure happy for the help. Not that driving in Costa Rica would have been difficult, we just had one more person to show us around, Costa Rica.
Once we made it to Quepos, we had the pleasure of finding the house, now for a family originally from Montana the terrain seemed to be fitting, it was in the middle of nowhere and if it had been the rainy season we would have needed 4×4. The fact that it was in the middle of nowhere was ideal because we were secluded and felt like we had our own slice of Costa Rica.
While in Quepos we enjoyed the man offerings the area had to offer, we took a boat ride to watch the dolphins and snorkel. We visited a Vanilla plantation to see how vanilla is cultivated…we also got to sample some great cookies and ice cream. We also took a trip to a waterfall (which was really just a small stream), which to our drivers surprise because it was the first time he had taken tourists to such a place, it’s something they normally do as locals.
By far the biggest delight on the trip was the kids were able to have fun with their cousins. One found memory is the little zip line on the road to Manuel Antonio park. The zip line isn’t something we would have to do if it were for the kids as it is very small but affordable. Keira was super excited to go on it, so she went first and as she was waiting for her cousin to go (because she thought it was a little scary), Keira asked the employee if she could go again and they were happy to let her go for free. After talking herself out of the ride Keira’s cousin decided not to do it, so we left. After our lunch and site seeing around the Manuel Antonio area, Keira’s cousin decided to try the zipline…which meant Keira had to go again…three more times! In all, Keira did the zipline 5 times that day.
It was a trip none of us will forget and we don’t typically travel to places we’ve already been, but we might make an exception for Quepos!