Costa Rica makes an ideal family holiday destination for children of all ages. Small, friendly, great value and full of fascinating creatures to discover in the rainforest as well as being malaria free means even your little ones can enjoy the adventure here.
As you arrive in San Jose in the middle of the highlands, even after a longer flight you have the option of some stunning central cloudforest locations only a short drive away, meaning you can make the most of your time away.
The Pacuare and Sarapiqui Rivers that run through this area ensure that every adrenalin junkie, young or old, can get their fix of thrilling white-water rafting trips or river floating safaris, from as young as 6 years old.
We love arranging family holidays and will ensure all your children can take part in exciting adventures in the forest, whatever their age. Enjoy action-packed days filled with canopy zip lines, kayaking on lakes, horse-riding and short hikes looking for insects and mammals with fun and engaging guides.
Try your hand at painting patterns like you will see on the traditional Tico oxcarts in the rural communities or head to a cacao plantation where you can learn about how chocolate is made from bean to bar.
Older children may be fascinated to stay in rustic homestays with a local Bribri community down in the south of the country or visit some of the country’s dramatic volcanoes and see steam rising from crater lakes. And with easy access to all these delights from a very comfortable base, we feel it is the perfect destination to choose even with younger children as you look for more adventurous holidays as a family.
When it comes to wildlife, children of all ages will be fascinated by the many creatures big and small that you can see. Looking for animals in the dense rainforest makes for a fun competition between siblings to see who spots the first monkey in the trees. Head to the Caribbean Coast at Tortuguero, from July – September, for a chance to observe turtles nesting on the beach at night.
This time of year is also perfect, as is January – March for a really good chance to see humpback whales breaching in the Golfo Dulce off the Osa Peninsula as well as dolphins. And of course, throughout the beautiful pristine forests of this wonderful wildlife haven, you will see cheeky white-faced capuchin monkeys, vividly coloured frogs, toucans, scarlet macaws and a whole host of exotic insects to intrigue your family.
With some delightful accommodation options from remote jungle lodges that are very family-friendly to ocean view villas with private pools for some R&R for you and surfing lessons, snorkelling, beach horse rides and fishing for them, Costa Rica really does make a wonderful place to choose for your family holiday, whether in the summer or Christmas holidays.
Contact us to arrange a Costa Rica family adventure which will give you all some unforgettable memories.