Family vacations for my crew are all about serious adventure, exhausting the kids, and having some new experiences along the way. I strive every day of vacation to play hard and exhaust my kids physically and mentally. I aim to stimulate their minds to total exhaustion. At the end of the day, I hope that they are so tired and overstimulated that they forget to bicker and are forced into a sleep trance by 9 p.m. (which leaves me about 2 hours of quiet adult time to relax). Flashing back to last summer, we took an adventure to Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica. Hands down, this is the most beautiful place I’ve been so far, absolutely breathtaking. Really this place had it all…plenty to explore, beautiful beaches, amazing people, and tons of adventure.
Manuel Antonio is one of the most popular National Parks in Costa Rica and thought by many to be one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. It sits on the Pacific Ocean, and it is where the jungle meets the sea. The monkeys and lizards roam freely on the beach, giving an amazing show and entertaining travelers several times a day. The beaches are great for surfing, horseback riding was amazing, and the dining was fantastic. While the kids would vote the playtime on the beach was the highlight, I think I vote the zip lining as my highlight. I have to admit that seeing my middle schooler (that knows everything) a little frightened was a bit entertaining. If you’re reading this Son, stop now. You might not like the next picture. Overall for family adventures, Manuel Antonio has it all.
The lodging options are endless in the Manuel Antonio area. There are rustic hostels to elaborate villas. Since I was traveling family style and watching a budget is always a concern, I found our dream vacation spot right in the middle. After many hours of research and planning, I decided on a private home in the Tulemar Gardens gated community. Best decision ever. The waves on their private beach were perfect and the kids loved the boogie boards and sand toys. There were cocktails served on the sand and the monkeys were always around to entertain you during the day. The kids were happy (and exhausted at the end of the day) and I was relaxed.
After a full day of fun in the sun, we settled in to our comfortable home to enjoy a dinner on the patio while watching the sun set. Casa Panorama was truly a perfect spot for a family or group of friends. Whether we were preparing a great meal in the gourmet kitchen or sitting in the hot tub, this was the perfect home away from home.
So, families looking for a big adventure to exhaust your own little monkeys, Manuel Antonio has it all. There was always somewhere to explore, waves to ride, and monkeys to watch.
WARNING: I am not a professional videographer. Actually, I’m a pretty crappy amateur videographer. So, if you are prone to motion sickness, watch this at your own risk. At least it will give you a visual of my monkeys being entertained by some real monkeys and amazing scenery of the jungle meeting the sea.