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Bridget Gleeson

I'm a travel writer based in Buenos Aires. I've been all over Argentina (and South America) on assignments for a variety of web and print publications.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"Latin America. In South America, I specialize in Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, and Brazil, but also Peru and Ecuador. In Central America, I specialize in Nicaragua. I also love Mexico and have traveled there many times.

I'm also well-traveled in Europe. I lived in both Rome and Prague, so I know those cities well, and I've traveled extensively in Italy, Spain, and Germany.

Also: Morocco, California, Portugal, Cuba."

How did you get involved in travel?

"I was born into it: my parents are world travelers."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"Swimming with penguins, sharks, seahorses, and giant sea turtles in the Galapagos has to go down as one of the most memorable experiences of my life."

Hike to a waterfall during a short stay in Costa Rica
4 Days in Costa Rica - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

With four days to spend in Costa Rica, it's wise to focus on one region. A popular choice is a highlights tour of the Arenal area, featuring volcano hikes and a dip in hot springs. Head to Manuel Antonio National Park for an active itinerary that includes surfing and kayaking, or travel to Monteverde for zip line adventures and horseback riding in the cloud forest. Alternatively, opt for a wildlife-themed luxury tour around the Osa Peninsula, or mix wildlife spotting with cultural experiences in Tortuguero National Park.

Go for a swim with view of the Costa Rican rainforest
Wildlife Luxury Adventure in Arenal, Monteverde & the Osa Peninsula - 11 Days

Discover the spectacular landscapes of Costa Rica on this luxurious 11-day trip. You'll explore the great outdoors by day and sleep in luxury lodgings at night, traveling first to the Osa Peninsula to do some world-class snorkeling in the Isla del Caño Biological Reserve. Then hike around Arenal Volcano, soak in natural hot springs, and enjoy a gourmet dinner in a beautiful natural setting. Finish the itinerary with a nighttime nature walk and zip-lining in the Monteverde cloud forest.

Hampton Inn & Suites San José Airport 
The 3 Best San José Airport Hotels

Costa Rica's capital city has much to offer, from culture to nightlife. But if you have an early flight to catch, you may prefer to stay near San José's airport. Also located near the Pan American Highway, car rental agencies, and a train station where you can catch a ride into the city's downtown, these hotels are excellent options for an overnight stay at the start or end of your trip.

Take the family for a sunset sailing outing
Costa Rica for Families: Outdoor Adventures & Wildlife - 11 Days

This family-oriented journey around Costa Rica leads you around the country's beautiful waterfalls, lush rainforests, and vibrant wildlife habitats. Do some cultural sightseeing in San José before moving on to Arenal to hike around a volcano, look for sloths in the wild, and go for a dip in hot springs. Learn how chocolate is made from bean to bar before exploring Monteverde Cloud Forest. The adventure culminates in Manuel Antonio National Park with a sailing and snorkeling trip.

Snorkel with the kids in Costa Rica
11 Days in Costa Rica - 6 Family-Friendly Itinerary Ideas

Outdoor adventure, wildlife viewing, and relaxing beach time await families on these exciting 11-day itineraries around Costa Rica! Travelers with younger children might opt for a trip featuring sunset sailing, farm tours, and easy walks through the rainforest, while those with older kids may prefer an itinerary with zip-lining and snorkeling around a coral reef. Whether you spend your time around Arenal Volcano and the Monteverde Cloud Forest or venture further to the beaches of Sámara and Palo Verde National Park, these trips offer fun for the whole family.

Run and play with the kids on Costa Rica's beaches
10 Days in Costa Rica - 6 Family-Friendly Itinerary Ideas

From natural landscapes to wildlife experiences and adventure sports, Costa Rica has much to offer families. Travelers with younger children might opt for a 10-day itinerary with easy guided hikes and visits to wildlife refuges. And those with older kids may choose a trip plan that features zip-lining, whitewater rafting, and surf lessons. Whether you focus your time around Arenal Volcano and Monteverde Cloud Forest, base yourself in the surf town of Tamarindo, or go further off the beaten path on a trip to coastal Sámara, these family-friendly itineraries offer outdoor education and thrills for all ages.