10 Best Tours in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica for Families
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10 Best Tours in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica for Families

April 8, 2024

Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica, renowned for its lush rainforests, pristine beaches, and diverse wildlife,  offers an array of tours that cater to families looking for both excitement and relaxation.

Aerial view of a lush tropical Costa Rican coastline with emerald waters caressing golden sandy beaches, embraced by the dense greenery of a forest.

Here’s our guide to the 10 best tours in Manuel Antonio, ensuring a memorable experience for all ages.

Manuel Antonio National Park Tour

Dive into the heart of Costa Rica’s natural beauty with a guided tour of Manuel Antonio National Park. This family-friendly adventure is a must-do, offering the chance to spot sloths, monkeys, and colorful birds.

Because Manuel Antonio National Park sits at sea level, it is easy to hike,  making it perfect for little explorers and adults alike. The park is bordered by the Pacific Ocean and the primary rainforest and mangrove forest inside the park offer a haven to more than 100 species of mammals. Packs of howler monkeys are frequently seen in the park and it is also home to the highly endangered squirrel monkey.
Don’t forget to pack your swimsuits for a refreshing dip at one of the park’s beautiful beaches.

Manuel Antonio National Park

Horseback Riding Tour

Experience the stunning landscapes of Manuel Antonio from a new perspective on a horseback riding tour. Suitable for all skill levels, this tour takes you through rainforests and along spectacular beaches, offering a unique opportunity to connect with nature and wildlife. It’s an enjoyable way for the family to explore the scenic beauty of Costa Rica. This tour allows you to uncover the exotic secrets that lie within this secondary rainforest of Manuel Antonio. You will ride through the mountains without reaching the mountaintop. Your horse ride lasts about 2 and half hours(round trip) and it will be highlighted by amazing valley views, verdant vegetation, and numerous wildlife species such as birds and reptiles. At the end of the trail, there is a beautiful waterfall where you will be able to rest for about 30 minutes.

A joyful horseback riding adventure in Costa Rica, featuring an adult and a child, both wearing helmets, on a scenic trail with lush greenery and a clear blue sky in the background.

Catamaran Sailing Cruise Tour

Set sail on a catamaran cruise, where you can soak in the panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and the Manuel Antonio coastline. This relaxing tour includes snorkeling stops in crystal-clear waters, where colorful fish and marine life abound. Keep an eye out for dolphins, and during certain times of the year, you might even spot whales. The tour is complete with a delicious meal and breathtaking sunset views, making it a perfect family outing.

Excited passengers on a boat enjoying a dolphin sighting during a sea adventure in Costa Rica.

Kayaking Sea & Snorkel Tour

Paddle your way along the coastline with our Kayaking Sea & Snorkel Tour. This adventure combines the excitement of kayaking with the wonder of snorkeling, offering a peek into the marine life below. It’s an excellent activity for families looking to add a bit of action to their beach day. Suitable for children and adults, this tour is a great way to bond as a family while exploring the waters of Manuel Antonio.

Adventure seekers paddling through the waves in a tandem kayak, exploring the natural beauty along a rocky coastline in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica.

Surf Lessons

Catch waves with the whole family with our beginner-friendly surf lessons. Manuel Antonio’s gentle waves make it an ideal spot to learn surfing under the guidance of experienced instructors. This fun and active tour is a fantastic way for families to challenge themselves and enjoy the ocean together.

Young girl learns to surf in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica under the watchful eye of an instructor as the waves gently roll in.

Mangrove Boat Tour

Explore the serene beauty of the mangroves on a guided boat tour. This peaceful journey into the mangrove forests offers a closer look at the unique ecosystem and its inhabitants, such as birds, reptiles, and amphibians. It’s an educational and fascinating tour for families interested in learning more about the importance of these ecosystems.

A group of kids enjoying a boat tour through a serene mangrove forest in Costa Rica, with intricate root systems visible along the water's edge.

Kayaking Damas Island Estuary Tour

Embark on an eco-adventure with the Kayaking Damas Island Estuary Tour. Glide through the tranquil waters of the estuary, surrounded by mangrove forests, and observe the diverse wildlife that calls this habitat home. It’s an engaging and eco-friendly way to experience the natural beauty of Costa Rica with your family.

A group of kayakers navigating a serene and verdant forest waterway in Costa Rica.

Canopy & Spider Free Fall Tour

Adrenaline-seeking families will love our Canopy & Spider Free Fall Tour. Zip through the treetops and experience the thrill of the Spider Free Fall, a controlled descent that’s both exhilarating and safe. This tour is perfect for families looking to add some adventure to their Manuel Antonio visit.

Thrilling zip line adventure through the lush forest canopy in Manuel Antoni.

Rafting Savegre River Class II/III

Take on the rapids with our family-friendly rafting tour on the Savegre River. With Class II and III rapids, it’s an exciting but safe adventure for families with children. Experience the rush of white-water rafting while enjoying the stunning scenery that surrounds the river.

Adventurers in colorful rafts navigating a gently flowing river surrounded by lush greenery in a serene forest setting in Costa Rica.

Nauyaca Waterfalls Tour

Discover the breathtaking beauty of the Nauyaca Waterfalls, one of Costa Rica’s hidden gems. This tour involves a hike through the rainforest to reach the majestic waterfalls, where you can swim in the natural pools. It’s an unforgettable experience for families looking to explore the natural wonders of Manuel Antonio.

A group of people enjoying a refreshing dip in the natural pool at the base of a majestic, multi-tiered waterfall in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica, surrounded by lush greenery.

Book the Best Tours in Manuel Antonio with Costa Rica For Kids!

At Costa Rica For Kids, we’re dedicated to providing families with the best possible experience in Manuel Antonio. Whether you’re seeking adventure, relaxation, or a bit of both, our tours are designed with families in mind. Contact us today to book your next family adventure in Manuel Antonio, and create memories that will last a lifetime.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the best time of year to visit Manuel Antonio with family?

The best time to visit Manuel Antonio with your family is during the dry season, from December to April. This period offers sunny days perfect for beach activities and wildlife viewing. However, if you prefer fewer crowds and don’t mind occasional rain, the green season from May to November can offer lower rates and a lush landscape.

Are there family-friendly activities near these hotels?

Absolutely! Manuel Antonio is a playground for families. Nearby activities include guided tours of Manuel Antonio National Park, where you can see an abundance of wildlife, beach days filled with sandcastle building and boogie boarding, and adventure activities like zip-lining and horseback riding. Many hotels offer personalized tours and activities suitable for all ages.

Can we find accommodations that cater to large families?

Yes, many hotels in Manuel Antonio offer spacious family suites, bungalows, and villas equipped with multiple bedrooms and living spaces to comfortably accommodate large families. It’s recommended to book well in advance to secure accommodations that best fit your family’s needs.

Are there any kid-specific amenities provided by these hotels?

Many family-friendly hotels in Manuel Antonio offer kid-specific amenities such as children’s pools, playgrounds, kid’s clubs with organized activities, and child-friendly menus in their restaurants. Some also offer babysitting services, allowing parents to enjoy some alone time.

What measures are in place at these hotels for family safety and comfort?

Family safety and comfort are top priorities. Hotels typically offer 24-hour security, in-room safety features like safes and childproofing upon request, and medical services either on-site or nearby. Furthermore, many hotels are designed with families in mind, offering easy access to facilities and activities that suit all ages.

Are there any eco-friendly hotels suitable for families?

Yes, Manuel Antonio is known for its commitment to sustainability, and many hotels incorporate eco-friendly practices such as water conservation, recycling programs, and the use of renewable energy. These properties often provide educational programs for kids to learn about environmental conservation during their stay.

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