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Costa Rican Family Holidays

Costa Rica is world class when it comes to the perfect family holiday destination. For lovers of the great outdoors, those looking for some winter sun to friendly laid back locals are just a few reasons why Costa Rica should be top of your list.  Zip-lining through the canopy, visiting sloth sanctuaries, trekking up volcanoes, rafting down rivers to learning how to surf can all be a part of your Costa Rica family vacation.
Costa Rica is a small country, roughly the size of Switzerland, and is jam packed full of different ecosystems and habitats that are home to a huge variety of flora and fauna that can easily be explored with minimal time spent travelling.

Why visit Costa Rica for your family holiday?

  • Wildlife:There are 27 national parks in Costa Rica, all abundant with wildlife. To give you an idea, the Osa Peninsula that covers 164 m2 is home to over 150 butterfly species, 500 bird species, 124 mammals and 5,000 plants types. Costa Rica is great for families interested in wildlife.
  • Beaches: blessed with Pacific Ocean and Carbibean Ocean make Costa Rica a great country to explore and finish with some rest and relaxation on a beach.
  • Activites: Costa Rica has a strong infrastructure fro activites to keep teh family occupied. You can zip wire through the jungle canopy, raft down rivers, learn to surf or relax in the hot springs for something a little more peaceful.
  • Especially when agitated kids are involved, you want to make sure your family holiday is not made cumbersome by lengthy travel. This is where Costa Rica comes into its own – there is such variety in such a small country, that it has never been easier to have a logistically easy yet unforgettable family holiday
  • Which are the most family friendly hotels in Costa Rica?

    Family friendly lodges range from simpler, rustic, yet wonderfully located lodges in the heart of the jungle like Aninga Lodge in Tortuguero. For a more lavish and luxurious hotel, try Nayara, a multi award winning lodge in the volcanic region of Arenal, here you will also find Nayara Springs, an adult only section of the hotel. For the ultimate wildlife experience then Lapa Rios or El Remanso in the Osa Peninsula are the crème de la crème of Central American lodges.

    the most family friendly hotels in costa rica

    Costa Rica Family Holidays itinerary planning 

    All international flights land in San Jose, the capital city. However, especially for a family holiday, we would only recommend spending one night there as it can be a little chaotic. From here, some like to head east to Tortuguero for a fantastic wildlife experience before coming back in land to Arenal for all the activities under the sun! Some then may choose to flit over to the cloud forests of Monteverde for more wildlife and/or take their pick of their pacific coast beach destinations in the Nicoya or Osa Peninsulas. From surfer towns, to amazing snorkelling or simply laying on pristine beaches, whatever is more your family, Costa Rica is sure to cater for it in style and with a real zest for fun. 

    The most family friendly areas of costa rica

    What is the perfect age to visit Costa Rica?

    Costa Rica is perfect for children and adults of all ages because there is so much that appeals to everyone. Expert guides are well trained in looking after and engaging with people of all ages. A young child might be enthralled about spending time in a butterfly garden ticking off the different coloured butterflies they spot, or walking around looking for monkeys, to caring for sloths at a wildlife sanctuary. For those slightly older looking for a little more activity with a thrill then there are zip wires, rafting and horse riding to consider. For an older person that wants to see the wildlife and learn all about the unique ecosystem then nature trails and stays at remote lodges works perfectly well.

    How much does a Costa Rica family tour cost?

    We always tailor our Costa Rica tours to your budget and interests. A general guide for a two week trip including all transfers, excursions, good quality clean and comfortable accommodation ranges from $3,280/£2,500 pp excluding international flights.

    How does that sound?

    If Costa Rica sounds like it could be your perfect family friendly destination then we would love to hear from you. Give us a call, ping us an email, or drop into our offices for a friendly informal chat about Costa Rica. We look forward to hearing from you




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