Finding quality childcare is difficult at home. When traveling abroad, it can become an even more daunting experience. In fact, it hinders some couples from traveling with their children or venturing to steal some much needed alone time when on vacation. There’s a lot of trepidation around finding someone trustworthy to watch your children especially when spending time in a foreign country.

Here are some tips on how to find childcare when traveling abroad:

Word of Mouth – Costa Rica has a strong expat community. Chances are that at least a friend of a friend in your immediate network knows someone who has traveled to Costa Rica with children. Start asking around and on Facebook for recommendations and insights. When traveling finding a babysitter through a personal reference is always the preferred way to go.

Ask a Trusted Local Source – The hotel you are staying in or the property manager for your rental property are good sources for referrals because they most likely have been called upon before for childcare recommendations. They will have an established network of potential reputable childcare providers they can recommend to you.

Check References and Social Profiles – When you find someone or if you are researching online, don’t stop at reading the reviews. Contact multiple individuals directly about their experience with the childcare provider. According to Yury Alvarez of Sunshine Babysitting in Costa Rica, she recommends going through personal referrals first, and then checking references via Facebook. “It’s always better to source through a personal trusted network,” she said. Social media is a powerful tool, use it!

You want to be sure that your children are being well cared for and having fun so you can relax and enjoy your vacation. Bottom line – with some planning and asking of the right questions, you can find someone to take care of your children while traveling.

Rates for quality babysitting and nanny services in Costa Rica range from $10 to $15 hour.

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Richard Lacey is a licensed Realtor, living and working in Tamarindo. He has run businesses in Costa Rica for 16 years and is a fluent Spanish speaker. Richard has a thorough knowledge of real estate in Tamarindo and the surrounding areas. You can visit him at 

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