Children pay full fare on buses if they occupy a seat, but often ride fro free if they sit on a parent's knee. Children under 12 pay a discounted fare (variable) on domestic airline flights and get a seat, while infants under two pay 10% of the fare but don't get a seat. Children's car seats are not always available in Costa Rican car rental agencies, so bring one if you plan on driving.
In hotels, the general rule is simply to bargain, except in top-end hotels, where counts are normally posted. Children should never pay as much as an adult, but whether they stay for half price of free depends on the hotel policies or is open to discussion. A few hotels don't allow children at all or under a certain age to maintain a quiet atmosphere or if the architecture is too dangerous for them.
While 'kids' meals' (small portions at small prices) are not normally offered in restaurants, it is perfectly acceptable to order a meal to split between two children or an adult and a child.
P.S. Foreigners travelling with children will meet here with extra, generally friendly, attention and interest. Costa Ricans love Children. The creation of the thousands of pages with thousands of pictures of this web-site happened travelling throughout the country, staying in hundreds of different places with at least one (or up to three) of our children.
Pictures by Jörn Malek. The team of 1-CostaRicaLink and Costa-Rica-Information-Mobile wishes you the best of times in our little paradise called Costa Rica.
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