by Shannon Farley

This year when planning your family’s summer vacation, you especially want a destination that is safe, not too far, and effortless for traveling.

Costa Rica fits that bill perfectly and is an easy trip with kids. Full of exotic animals, rainforests and beautiful beaches, it is also safe, accessible, and family-friendly.

Costa Rica is a peaceful country with a stable democracy that is populated by genuinely friendly and kind people. The health care system consistently ranks as one of the best in the world. Food, like fresh fruits and vegetables, is safe here. So is the drinking water. Tourism is the number one industry, making it a snap to find quality places to stay, activities and transportation.

You can get there on direct flights of only a few hours from U.S. hubs like Los Angeles, New York City, Newark, Houston, Dallas, Miami, and Atlanta, along with several cities in Canada and Europe.

Called the Switzerland of the Americas for its green forested mountains, Costa Rica is an ideal natural playground for your 2020 family vacation.

Costa Rica’s ongoing conservation efforts have protected over a quarter of its land. And with half a million plant and animal species, it’s one of the world’s most biodiverse countries. There are almost 250 species of mammals and more than 900 kinds of birds here. There aren’t too many places in the world where you can go on vacation and have monkeys, sloths, toucans, and iguanas right outside your door!

With tropical temperatures year-round, practically all activities are outdoors: zip lining, surfing, snorkeling, hiking, horseback riding, and rafting, to name a few. You and your kids will love discovering cool plants, animals, bugs and butterflies in the rainforest.

We know the choices for where to travel in Costa Rica can be overwhelming. To help give you some ideas, here are three possibilities for a fun and safe family vacation in Costa Rica. Our escorted tours offer a reassuringly uncomplicated way to travel while enjoying authentic experiences. Fly & Drive trips are also available.

The Costa Rica Volcanoes & Jungle vacation lets you see three top destinations in Costa Rica in 7 days: San Jose and the highlands, the Arenal Volcano, and the Monteverde cloud forest.

A 10-day Costa Rica Coast to Coast trip visits 5 destinations: San Jose, the Tortuguero National Park, the southern Caribbean Coast, the Arenal Volcano, and the Pacific Coast beaches of Manuel Antonio.

If you have even longer, the 11-day Costa Rica Natural Jewels trip goes to the top 5 destinations of the Tortuguero National Park, the Arenal Volcano, the Monteverde cloud forest, and Manuel Antonio beaches.