Costa Rica is the perfect destination for families looking for either an active or relaxed holiday.
With a low malaria risk and numerous activities such as rafting, zip-lining, canopy walkways, active volcanoes, tubing, snorkelling, whale watching, birdwatching and boat trips, Costa Rica provides a wonderful way to experience the rainforest and cloudforest with incredible wildlife viewing that will appeal to children of all ages.
A wide range of excellent lodges and beach hotels to choose from in Costa Rica also means you are not stuck in one area, and whilst those with children aged 3 and under may be more limited with the activities in which they can partake, there are many hotels with excellent child facilities that are more than capable of keeping children entertained.
Costa Rica family holiday ideas
Recommended family accommodation in Costa Rica
Punta Islita is a wonderful, peaceful place to stay and the perfect end to a trip to Costa Rica. Apart from the location, service and quality of the hotel we love it for its model approach to responsible tourism.
Hotel Si Como No
Located on the main road into Manuel Antonio, the Si Como No offers friendly and relaxed accommodation with excellent facilities, especially for families.
Family activity ideas in Costa Rica
Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge
The Cano Negro refuge itself is located 25 kilometres south of Los Chiles in the northern area of the Alajuela province, approximately a two hour drive from Arenal. It has been declared a site of international importance for the nesting of migratory birds and occupies an area of 9,969 hectares in the Río Frío Basin.
Rain Forest Aerial Tram
The 2.6km long ride lasts about 90 minutes and takes you on a fascinating journey through the canopy which is one of the most biologically diverse rainforests in Costa Rica.
Sarapiqui River Rafting
This trip takes in some of the best grade II and III rafting on the Sarapiqui river and offers a more gentle rafting experience than some of the other river trips in Costa Rica. Wildlife such as toucans, cormorants, kingfishers and howler monkeys can be spotted along the water's edge.