If you can only pick one location within Costa Rica to visit, make it Manuel Antonio. Here you’ll find the best of this country’s many gifts: incredible beaches, fun activities and spectacular wildlife. Happy children are virtually guaranteed in Manuel Antonio, with kid-friendly zipline tours, hikes through the national park to spot endangered monkeys and three-toed sloths, and jet ski rides off the vibrant, lively public beach. Fortunately, places to stay are just as kid-friendly as the region itself. Choose an intimate property tucked away in the cliffs of the jungle; go for a luxury beachside resort; or spread out in condo-style accommodations with full kitchens. Regardless of your home base, make time to watch the incredible sunsets each evening.

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