This country’s charming people help make our Costa Rica family holidays the perfect choice for just about everyone. Its small size makes it particularly easy to get from place to place, so no long flights or journeys which is great when you are travelling with young children who get bored easily. Costa Rica offers an incredibly diverse range of fabulous accommodation and guides for your family holidays, as well as an array of active adventures to keep even the most energetic child entertained.
Throughout the lush highlands of Costa Rica, where it is less humid and a little cooler, go zip-lining among the jungle canopy, white water rafting down river rapids or horse-riding amongst plantations of coffee and bananas. With a whole host of places to stay within a couple of hours of the capital, it makes a great place to unwind and let off steam when you first arrive after a long flight on your Costa Rica family holiday.
Walk across vertiginous hanging bridges for those who dare or head to the beautiful volcanic slopes of Poas, Irazu and Arenal to discover a whole array of multi-coloured birds, insects and mammals, visit cacao plantations to learn how chocolate is made and luxuriate in thermal hot springs after a hike or ride through this beautiful landscape. Visit local villages and go sloth and monkey-spotting in dense rainforest. Or head a little further north for laid-back but fun small local towns, as well as some great beaches on which to learn how to surf on the Nicoya Peninsula.
Families who want to make the most out of this bio diverse country and get some close encounters with a whole range of wildlife whilst on their Costa Rica family holidays should consider heading to Tortuguero on the Caribbean coast, which offers night tours to see green turtles nesting between July and September in the green season, as well as boat trips among the canals and mangroves.
Also during these long school holidays, there are large numbers of whales and dolphins off the Pacific Coast around Dominical and Uvita in Marina Ballena National Park, as well as in the warmer waters of the Golfo Dulce around the Osa Peninsula. Osa is one of our favourite corners of Costa Rica where you can combine whale and dolphin spotting with hikes through beautiful pristine forest, swimming in waterfalls, kayaking along the coast or snorkelling among rays and tropical fish in the Pacific, based in some truly magical rainforest lodges that manage to combine luxurious comfort with active adventure and some of the country’s most plentiful wildlife.