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We are parents, too. We think traveling well and traveling with children shouldn’t be mutually exclusive. We have limited vacation time, and we’re not spending our few days of freedom in lousy hotels eating bad food. We know the world is full of wonderful resorts, cool urban escapes and far-flung lodges that can make our time with our kids count. We want it all, and we don’t think it should be so hard to find. So we’re going to share it with you.



Travel Journal

Travel Journal

Dispatches from around the world

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Don't Tell Anyone About Nosara

Henley Vazquez

Nosara has occupied the "axis of cool" for a while, but now the Costa Rican surf town is eclipsing some of its more famous compatriots. More understated than the Baelerics and free of the scene-chasers in overpriced caftans that have invaded Tulum, Nosara retains all the laid-back surfer charm that put Playa Guiones on the map but with a fantastic hotel (I write loopy love letters to the Harmony in my diary), mellow eateries, a couple cool shops and more activities than I could fit into one stay. Read on to find the places not to miss on your own trip.

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A Mother and Son Adventure at AltaGracia, Costa Rica

Henley Vazquez

New York mom of two Michelle took her son on an unforgettable trip to the mountains of Costa Rica. Hacienda AltaGracia, in Costa Rica's coffee country, is an upscale country retreat with endless outdoor activities that keep even the most high-energy kiddos (and parents) occupied. Zip lining through the jungle? Hiking under waterfalls? Check, check. Read about this mama's adventurous trip to CR. 

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Your Costa Rica Babymoon

Henley Vazquez

New babies bring happiness, love, family celebrations and, of course, lots of sleepless nights and minimal "me" time. So whether you're expanding your family or just starting one, marking the exciting arrival with a pre-baby getaway is a great way to relax, bond with your partner and enjoy one last flight where you won't be lugging a diaper bag the size of an SUV. We checked in with Auberge Resorts, who are pretty expert when it comes to romance (think Napa's Auberge du Soleil and Anguilla's Malliouhana), to find out what's shaking at their newest resort in Costa Rica. Here's how to babymoon pura-vida style at AltaGracia.

Horseback Riding


Even if you're too pregnant to gallop off into the hills, go visit the resort's gorgeous stables and meet their horses. All the science shows that spending time with animals actually lowers stress levels (you probably need this, mama-to-be), plus there's an amazing collection of handcrafted artisan saddles, a birthing room to learn about equine breeding and you can send hubby off on a ride while you relax by the pool.

Food Tours

Hungry much? Spend a day at Quesos Canaán, a sustainable cheese farm where you can do tastings and make your own Swiss to bring home, age and eat in three months. Nearby as well is the town of Cedral, in the coffee-growing region at the foot of the Talamanca Mountains. Learn how the organic beans are raised, harvested and brewed, and bring some with you to kickstart foggy mornings when you arrive back home. The San Isidro farmer's market and a chocolate farm are other great spots to explore Costa Rican cuisine.

Los Cusingos Wildlife Refuge

Pre-Colombian petroglyphs, lush rainforest trails and a remarkable number of distinctive animal species make this wildlife refuge a fascinating spot for learning about local flora and fauna. Keep an eye out for capuchin monkeys, colorful parrots, armadillos and butterflies. Los Cusingos is only thirty minutes from the resort, so this is an easy way to add a quick eco-tour into your calendar and still be back in time for an afternoon spa appointment.

You Asked: Surf & Yoga in Costa Rica

Henley Vazquez

Part of family travel is escaping without the kids every now and then. A mom recently reached out for help planning a Costa Rica surf and yoga trip with girlfriends. First we asked if we could come along, then we pulled together a few options that would be the perfect girls-only getaway. These mamas are going to rule the waves solo, but we also ranked the kid-friendly factor at each lodge in case next trip, the niños are joining.

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