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Family Fun Unleashed: Top Things to Do in Costa Rica with Kids

February 13, 2024

Welcome to the land of Pura Vida – Costa Rica! A tropical paradise filled with breathtaking landscapes and exciting adventures, it’s the perfect destination for an unforgettable family vacation. If you’re wondering about the top things to do in Costa Rica with kids, you’re in the right place. In this guide, we’ll unlock a treasure trove of kid-friendly activities, ensuring your family experiences the best of this Central American gem.

Wildlife Encounters

Costa Rica is renowned for its rich biodiversity, making it a haven for wildlife enthusiasts of all ages. Take your little explorers to Proyecto Asis in La Fortuna, where they can participate in a wildlife rehabilitation program and get up close and personal with monkeys, sloths, and various bird species. Another fantastic option is the Manuel Antonio Guided Hike, where a knowledgeable guide will lead your family through the national park, pointing out fascinating wildlife along the way.

Tip: Both tours offer unique experiences, but Manuel Antonio Guided Hike is especially great for families with younger children.

project asis in La Fortuna

Zip-lining Adventures

For families seeking a thrilling experience, Costa Rica offers some of the best zip-lining opportunities in the world. Experience the Ecoglide Canopy Tour in La Fortuna, where you’ll glide through the rainforest with breathtaking views of Arenal Volcano. Another fantastic option is the Sky Trek Monteverde, offering an adrenaline-pumping adventure above the cloud forest canopy.

Insight: The Sky Trek Monteverde is known for its long cables and stunning views, providing a memorable experience for older kids and teenagers.

ecoglide la Fortuna

Beach Fun for Everyone

Costa Rica boasts pristine beaches along both the Pacific and Caribbean coasts. Embark on a Catamaran and Snorkel Tour in Manuel Antonio, where your family can enjoy a relaxing cruise, spot dolphins, and snorkel in crystal-clear waters. For a more active beach day, try the Punta Uva Sea and River Kayak Tour, exploring the vibrant marine life and mangroves.

Tip: The Catamaran and Snorkel tour is perfect for families with diverse interests, offering a mix of relaxation and water activities.

Punta Uva Kayak tour

Chocolate Tours

Kids (and adults!) will love the sweet experience of a chocolate tour in Costa Rica. Combine chocolate with adventure on the Chocolate and Rafting Combo Tour, where your family can enjoy a thrilling rafting experience before diving into the world of chocolate. Alternatively, explore the Finca Rosa Blanca Organic Coffee Tour, where you’ll not only learn about chocolate but also discover the secrets of coffee production.

Insight: The Chocolate and Rafting Combo is ideal for families seeking an active and educational experience.

chocolate tour la fortuna

A Day in the Arenal Hot Springs

Unwind and relax at the Hot Springs in La Fortuna, surrounded by lush rainforest and the iconic Arenal Volcano. Consider the Full Day Adventure with Hot Springs, which combines exciting activities like horseback riding and ziplining with a soothing soak in the hot springs. Another option is the Club Rio Adventure Day Pass, offering a variety of family-friendly activities like tubing and wildlife encounters.

Tip: Club Rio Adventure Day Pass is perfect for families looking for a full day of fun and relaxation in the Arenal region.

ecotermales arenal

From: $75

white water rafting

Family White Water Rafting Río Balsa (Class 2 & 3)

The half-day adventure on the Rio Balsa provides plenty of action and thrills, but with Class II-III rapids, children ages 8-11 can come along on this wet and wild adventure. 

From: $50

kid ziplining eco glide

Ecoglide Young Family Canopy Tour

Family adventure begins on this Ecoglide Canopy tour as your family gets fitted for harnesses, helmets and clipped onto the ¨School Cable¨

From: $95

adventure combo - chocolate tour

Chocolate Tour and Rafting Class 2-3

This full-day tour offers a delightful blend of chocolate exploration and thrilling whitewater rafting, ensuring an unforgettable experience.

Costa Rica is a true playground for families, offering a perfect blend of nature, adventure, and relaxation. Whether you’re exploring the rainforest, flying through the treetops, or simply enjoying a day at the beach, Costa Rica provides an unparalleled family vacation experience. So, pack your bags, embrace the Pura Vida lifestyle, and create lasting memories with your loved ones in this enchanting destination.

Remember, the key to a successful family trip is planning and flexibility. Enjoy your family adventure in Costa Rica, where every moment is an opportunity for discovery and joy!

Is Costa Rica safe for families with kids?

Yes, Costa Rica is considered a safe destination for families. Exercise normal precautions and be aware of your surroundings, especially in tourist areas. Stick to reputable tour operators and accommodations, and you’ll likely encounter no safety issues.

What's the best time to visit Costa Rica with kids?

The dry season (December to April) is generally recommended for families due to more predictable weather and fewer rain showers. However, the “green season” (May to November) offers lush landscapes and fewer tourists, but there might be rain during the afternoon.

Are there age restrictions for adventure activities in Costa Rica?

Most tour operators have age and height restrictions for certain activities like zip-lining or white-water rafting. However, there are plenty of family-friendly options suitable for children of various ages, such as nature hikes, wildlife spotting, and gentle river floats.

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