The participants find that going abroad, on a paid fun time without the kids… is simply not fun anymore. 25% of participants found to be a drawback to spend their time off, away from the family, according to an article by the Incentive Research Foundation (Page 17).
In terms of parenthood, quality time has proven, over the years, to be a solution for working parents and so is involving them in the work environment. Combining good quality time, the job and a lot of fun is a great solution for all of us with children and all the concerns that come with them.
Now… What makes Costa Rica a great destination to travel with the family?
1. It’s small! Oh! If we could have $1 for every time we hear in our lives the infamous traveling question: “Are we there yet?”!
Costa Rica is about the size of West Virginia, yet, it concentrates, adventures, rainforests, wildlife sightings great hotels and gorgeous beaches (On two oceans) in its tiny territory! It is like a huge theme park altogether!
2. English speaking. Even though Spanish is the mother tongue for Costa Rica, education in the country is oriented to create a bilingual population. So, children can feel safe and comfortable as they get to be understood from their very early years, and understand what’s going on if they are older.
3. Costa Ricans are truly children friendly: It is not a commercial, learned pose… Costa Ricans are into pampering, smiling and getting on the knees to play with little ones! And teaching, joking and playing with older kids is also a common sight! You will see bellboys and waiters providing special attention and care to small children. Tour Guides giving two tours in one (One for the adults and one for the children) on the bus and everywhere you go, people will be trying to help as much as they can, without any false pretences or expectations.
4. There is a little bit for everyone: Not only the kids clubs at the hotels, or the baby sitting great services… But! The real McCoy! From small children fascinated with monkeys jumping very close to happy teenagers sliding through the rainforest there is a bit for every single age in the Costa Rican optional activities
5. Costa Rica food is not spicy (It actually can even seem bland at times!) and you can find things suitable for kids 2+ in any restaurant. Typical Costa Rican food is white rice, beans and some kind of grilled meat/fish so kids can usually find something to eat. Lots of fruit such as bananas, pineapple, papaya and mango.
6. Costa Rica water is fine to drink and -unless you are specifically told not to- you can drink it from the tab.
7. Medical Care. We never want to think we’ll end there… But you just never know, and hospitals and clinics are simply everywhere in the country. Plus, in the capital city you can find the National Children Hospital, which is one of Latin America’s best.
8. Special children’s activities: Hotels offer special activites for children while the parents are at meetings, dinners, etc. Even hotels that don’t have a Kid’s Club or Children Garden do it!
9. Lots of optional activites for participant companions: There are all sorts of one day and half day activities that are optionals to the winners companions.
10. U.S. Dollars are taken everywhere. For children and teenagers is easier as they don’t have to be changing it back and forth in their minds.