Sloth hugging and some of my favorite things in Costa Rica


November 9, 2012 by admin

visiting the sloth sanctuary where you can see sloths with kids in costa rica

The hubby and I finally sat down to look at the last half of our Costa Rica trip (from AUGUST!) and I fell in love all over again.  Looking back at this trip, I think it is still one of the trips I will remember for my lifetime and it’s one I’ll always think about fondly and want to go back.  Sloth hugging is probably the biggest reason why I will always remember this trip.

Here I am at the Toucan Rescue Ranch holding my favorite type of baby.  I was so honored to be able to stay here and help care for some of these beautiful, gentle creatures.

hugging and helping to care for sloths at the toucan rescue ranch

Th Toucan Rescue Ranch  is so magical!  (Leslie, I’m already trying to figure out how to come back soon!)  It is a beautiful, thoughtful and caring place and such a sanctuary for  both animals and people.  This is the type of place that reminds you that you need nature in your life.

a visit to the toucan rescue ranch in costa rica with kidswaking up to costa rica with kids at the toucan rescue ranch

a great place to stay with kids in costa rica at the toucan rescue ranch

We also loved Manuel Antonio. The Hotel Si Como No is absolutely amazing. We actually saw monkeys, iguanas and beautiful birds from our balcony.  This is the view from the Outdoor Lobby.

family travel in costa rica at the hotel si como no in manuel antonio

We enjoyed drinks IN the pool.

family travel costa rica a great place to stay with kids

ALL my boys loved the slide.

hotel with waterslide in manuel antonio costa rica

And the breakfast.

eating out with kids in costa rica

We even ordered the famous fiery banana dessert at the Rico Tico Bar at the hotel.  All these happy little geckos were licking our table before the show and we couldn’t figure out why until the show started and a sweet liquor was poured ALL over the table and lit on fire….it was definitely memorable.

geckos in costa ricarico tico famous firey banana dessert in costa ricamanuel antonio famous firey banana dessert

My guys LOVED El Avion.  It’s a restaurant that has an old abandoned plane inside.  We had a scrumptius meal here too.

el avion restaurant with kids in manuel antonio costa rica

cool airplane restaurant to vist in costa rica with kidscool airplane restaurant kids will love in costa rica

And the train restaurant. There are so many cool restaurants in Manuel Antonio.  This is what makes Costa Rica such a fun place to visit with kids.

train restaurant in costa rica with kidseating out with kids in costa rica

And this house we rented in Cahuita was just divine.  (Thank you, Jenny at Global Family Adventures!) It was so nice having a kitchen for a couple meals and the beaches nearby were AMAZING!

great places to visit in costa rica with kidsgreat places to stay for families in costa rica

The hubby is still dreaming about the breakfasts.  We made sure we brought back pineapple and guava jam but it’s just not the same without the sunshine and beach.

beautiful costa rican breakfast with family

And I’m just dreaming about my sloths.  I love that pictures can just bring you back to the moment and I always come home wondering why we didn’t take more.

where to see sloths up close in costa rica



  1. Lisa says:

    Fabulous photos – Every time I see pics from Costa Rica it makes me want to book a trip there! That sloth is adorable!!

  2. Love seeing more of your Costa Rica pictures! The boys look like they had such a blast on this trip. We really want to go to Costa Rica but I’m not sure it’s going to happen next year since other trips came up. You guys stayed at some wonderful places. You’re not that far behind with pictures and posts…I’m still writing about a trip from January 🙂

  3. Sonja Key says:

    Who would have thought sloths could be so cute and snuggly? The resort looks like a fabulous place – thanks for sharing!

  4. My 7-year-old daughter and I are now dreaming of Costa Rica. That El Avion restaurant looks interesting (and what a backstory). My girl likes that you can drink in the pool. And we both like that baby sloth.

  5. Danielle says:

    Such great pictures!

  6. Costa Rica is high on my must visit list! I’d love to explore Manuel for its plentiful wildlife and to visit a place where I can hold or even see a baby sloth – that’s golden!

  7. Dana says:

    It looks like a great trip, but I think my favorite would be holding the sloth!

  8. My daughter and I loved visiting Costa Rica last year. Looks like I need to go back so I can hug a baby sloth!

  9. globalmouse says:

    Oh what a wonderful place for a family trip, love all the wildlife. I need to get to Costa Rica!

  10. Tonya says:

    Oh my gosh, that sloth is the cutest! Costa Rica is on my husband’s list of places to visit in 2016 and of course he wants me to go with him, so maybe I’ll be able to cuddle a sloth too.

  11. globalmunchkins82 says:

    We visited Costa Rica but we were in the drylands with NO sloths. I was so bummed. We HAVE to head back soon. That sweet sloth baby has me needing to book a ticket STAT!

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