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I can recommend the best places to visit with children in Costa Rica, based on their ages and the family`s interests and budget. My two children were born in Costa Rica and I have traveled with them all over the country while doing research for my guidebook, The New Key to Costa Rica. I also help people (with or without children) pick the best and most responsible ecotourism destinations and can advise them on the best ways to get around within the time they have.

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Author of best selling guidebook for 32 years.


Author of Costa Rica's original guidebook, The New Key to Costa Rica, now in its 19th edition.


BA in Social Science Field Major with a minor in Spanish from the University of California Berkeley

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People who are planning trips to Costa Rica and want to get the most out of their vacation.

What do you like about this subject?

Costa Rica has a lot to share with the world about its unique social, political and environmental policies. I think it is important for visitors to understand these aspects of Costa Rica, because its innovative policies have made it different from many other countries.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

Tourism which is carried out in a responsible way actually helps save animal habitat and benefits local communities and culture.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

Most large hotels recommended by most travel agents are not practicing responsible ecotourism

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Bill01/30/17101010Thank you for your response.
Alan10/20/131010Thank you taking the time.
Michelle05/09/13101010Very helpful insider advice!

Recent Answers from Beatrice Blake

2017-01-30 Costa Rica Family Vacation in August:

Dear Bill,     Thanks for getting in touch.    The best way to find bilingual naturalist guides and drivers is through your hotels. They will also recommend the best tours. In Arenal, the Arenal Hanging

2015-02-06 scouting trip for potential relocation!:

Dear Kristi,    This is the only Waldorf school I have heard about lately:    Sámara is a nice beach for kids because it is reef-protected and thus doesn't

2014-07-18 Costa Rica:

Dear Bud,   All the resorts offer day trips to interesting places. Just look at their websites. Each hotel has a concierge that will arrange trips for you and explain what each trip entails. Sometimes

2013-10-19 Car/People Ferries from U.S.A:

Dear Alan,    i am not aware of any companies that provide ferries to Costa Rica, but many cruises include stops at the Atlantic port of Limón or the Pacific port of Caldera, see http://www.windstarcruises

2013-05-09 2 weeks in Costa Rica:

Dear Michelle,    Rincón de la Vieja National Park is about 2 hours northeast of Tamarindo. It's a good place to hike and see mini volcano activity like boiling pots of mud, etc. Be sure to stay on the


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