Best Family Getaways 2014
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Best Family Getaways 2014

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© 2014 Ramiro Olaciregui

Whether your family is looking to surf in Hawaii or spot wildlife in Costa Rica, these trips promise to bring your passions to life—and make you feel like a kid again.

Raise a Nature Lover: Costa Rica

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With its rain forests and volcanic-sand beaches, butterfly farms and turtle nests, as well as family-friendly hotel openings, Costa Rica has become a top destination for adventure seekers. In the northwestern province of Guanacaste, there are miles of coastline and thick jungle to explore: a government mandate ensures that 70 percent of the region remains protected land. Check in to the Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo ($$$$); the Kids for All Seasons program is free (for ages 4 through 12) and feels more like summer camp than a drop-off babysitting program, with hermit-crab hunts, bird-watching, and outdoor games. At the new Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort, Costa Rica ($$$), the Cambi Kids Club includes activities such as animal rescue missions and treasure hunts. There’s also snorkeling and kayaking in the Bay of Culebra and stand-up paddleboarding lessons for the whole family. Outings can be arranged to Palo Verde National Park, home to hundreds of bird species, and for ziplining excursions with Witch’s Rock Canopy Tours, where even four-year-olds can fly 30 feet above the ground.

Best Family Getaways

Best Family Getaways 2014

Raise a Nature Lover: Costa Rica

With its rain forests and volcanic-sand beaches, butterfly farms and turtle nests, as well as family-friendly hotel openings, Costa Rica has become a top destination for adventure seekers. In the northwestern province of Guanacaste, there are miles of coastline and thick jungle to explore: a government mandate ensures that 70 percent of the region remains protected land. Check in to the Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo ($$$$); the Kids for All Seasons program is free (for ages 4 through 12) and feels more like summer camp than a drop-off babysitting program, with hermit-crab hunts, bird-watching, and outdoor games. At the new Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort, Costa Rica ($$$), the Cambi Kids Club includes activities such as animal rescue missions and treasure hunts. There’s also snorkeling and kayaking in the Bay of Culebra and stand-up paddleboarding lessons for the whole family. Outings can be arranged to Palo Verde National Park, home to hundreds of bird species, and for ziplining excursions with Witch’s Rock Canopy Tours, where even four-year-olds can fly 30 feet above the ground.

© 2014 Ramiro Olaciregui
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