BEST Family Resorts in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a rising contender for the title of Best Family Vacation Destination. The intriguing wildlife and picturesque beaches are just a 3-hour flight from major hubs like Miami and Houston, with direct flights now offered from Newark, Chicago, and more. Costa Rica is an accessible and thrilling choice for families who want a little bit of everything.

One of the reasons families contact Costa Rica Experts for help with their family vacation is because they are simply overwhelmed by all the choices.  To help narrow down the options our Experts have selected their top picks for the best family resorts in Costa Rica:

The Springs Resort | Arenal Volcano

Best Family Resorts in Costa Rica

Large resort, activities center, hot springs

The Springs Resort and Spa is designed to offer a one-stop shop of hot springs, adventure, fine dining, and relaxation. The hotel sits in an elevated position, giving spectacular views of the massive Arenal volcano from just about every inch of the sprawling property.

During the day families can take advantage of the Club Rio Outdoor Center and enjoy activities like river tubing and horseback riding without leaving the hotel grounds. Also on-site is an animal sanctuary that features big cats, monkeys, sloths, and more.

In the evening dine in one of the many restaurants before a relaxing soak in the resort’s many hot springs.

Our Experts love these accessible options for families who want to spend less time traveling and more time doing.

Tulemar Resort | Manuel Antonio

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Private beach at Tulemar Resort

Villa-style, rainforest, private beach

Beachfront hotels are surprisingly rare in Costa Rica due to conservation laws, but there are a few exceptions for families who want sand and surf within arm’s reach.

Tulemar Resort in Manuel Antonio offers direct access to a private beach and complimentary use of the hotel’s boogie boards and beach equipment. Combine this with beachside lunch service and you’ve got a whole day of family fun without ever leaving the hotel.

The newly-renovated villas are unique in their octagonal design and set into the surrounding rainforest. With full kitchens and in-unit laundry, Buena Vista Villas can easily be your beach home base for an entire week.

Tortuga Lodge | Tortuguero

Best Family Resorts in Costa Rica

Eco-Lodge, remote rainforest

It may be unrealistic to drag your kids all the way to the Amazon, but Tortuguero is a family-friendly alternative that won’t burn through your budget (and it’s a lot easier to reach).

This remote rainforest region on the northern Atlantic coast allows families to explore exotic jungle canals by boat, eliminating the hassle of taking young ones on long hikes. It is not uncommon to spot monkeys, tropical birds, reptiles, and sloths while cruising the waterways of Tortuguero with a naturalist guide, who explains the inner workings of this unique eco-system. Who says vacation can’t be educational?

Tortuga Lodge is accessed by a combination of ground and boat transfers, though families may prefer to take a short domestic flight from San Jose to minimize time in transit.

Andaz Costa Rica Resort | Papagayo Peninsula

Best Family Resorts in Costa Rica

Boutique resort, calm beaches, golf

The Andaz Papagayo Resort offers more than eye-catching design and world-class culinary experiences. The boutique resort expands its authentic charm to families with a Kids Club program that offers unique cultural options, a large family pool, and an activities beach where guests can use kayaks and snorkel gear. Custom spa treatments featuring local ingredients will delight parents in need of a bit of pampering.

The resort sits on the edge of the bay, protected from the rough surf of the Pacific. The calm waters make for worry -free swimming for all ages.

Being less than an hour from the airport is a plus for families who want to cut down on in-country travel.

Hotel Si Como No | Manuel Antonio

Best Family Resorts in Costa Rica

Boutique hotel, beach meets rainforest

Hotel Si Como No in Manuel Antonio was made for family vacations. This mid-size boutique hotel boasts a family pool, 2 restaurants, a butterfly garden, a free beach shuttle, and a small private cinema that plays family-friendly movies each evening. Wake up to gorgeous views of the Pacific and, if you’re lucky, a few monkeys hanging around your balcony.

Si Como No is just 5 minutes from Playa Espadilla and the Manuel Antonio National Park – ideal for families who want the beach and rainforest without changing locations. Other nearby activities like zip-lining, mangrove tours, and whitewater rafting are enough to keep everyone entertained and active.

JW Marriott | Hacienda Pinilla, Guanacaste

Best Family Resorts in Costa Rica

Familiar resort style, Kids Club, Golf

One of the most common requests from families traveling to Costa Rica is a hotel where the kids can have fun while the adults can relax without being too far. In this case, the Experts recommend the JW Marriott Guancaste Resort and Spa, home to the largest pool in Central America.

Indulge in a spa treatment or relax while the Kids Club enthralls the little ones. Explore the tide pools together, start a beach volleyball match, or take a family day trip to nearby Tamarindo to watch a surfing competition and eat in a local restaurant.

The resort is part of the Hacienda Pinilla development, which features a beach club, biking and jogging trails, and an 18-hole golf course.

Related Article: Costa Rica Family Resort Review: JW Marriott

Peace Lodge | La Paz Waterfall Gardens

Luxury, Cloud Forest, Animal Exhibits

Costa Rica is a small country but because of the varying terrain, getting from one destination to another can take 3-4 hours.  For those averse to long drives, the Peace Lodge and La Paz Waterfall Gardens are an all-in-one experience, similar to its sister hotel and fellow family resort The Springs. Just an hour north of San Jose, this is a great way to begin or end any family vacation.

Kids love the on-site animal sanctuary where they can observe big cats and monkeys almost as much as the aviary where they can feed toucans on a guided tour. Adults love that their children can see these creatures in a controlled setting. Also on the property are hummingbird and butterfly gardens, reptile and amphibian exhibits, a series of waterfalls, and a large swimming pool – perfect for kids who love to zoo and adults who love convenient luxury.

Nayara Tented Camp | Arenal Volcano

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You don’t have to travel all the way to Africa to give your family an amazing tented camp experience!  If you’re heading to the Arenal Volcano region and want a top-of-the-line family eco-resort, look no further than Nayara Tented Camp. Constructed within the renowned Nayara Resorts complex, the Family Tents and Grand Residences bring luxury safari style to the Costa Rican rainforest. Each tent comes with a private plunge pool, in-room mini-bar amenities, and an eco-chic design. Enjoy amazing volcano views from Ayla restaurant and the resort’s stunning pool. Guests also have access to the dining and pool facilities at Nayara Gardens – the beloved hotel that originated the signature Nayara Resorts brand.

Koora Monteverde | Cloud Forest

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While families love the unique cloud forest environment in the Monteverde region, finding family-friendly accommodations has historically been a challenge for families of 5+. Koora Monteverde has changed the game in Monteverde with their spacious suites, some of which offer space for up to 6 passengers. Nature-loving families who stay at Koora enjoy complimentary access to the neighboring Aguti Reserve, which is especially popular for night tours!

Westin Playa Conchall All-Inclusive Resort | Guanacaste

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Costa Rica has an amazing selection of boutique resorts and eco-lodges, but families looking for a straightforward all-inclusive beach resort can find bliss at The Westin Reserva Conchal. The resort’s Family Junior Suites offer kid-friendly amenities and many of them connect, creating a spacious option for larger families. The Westin also offers access to one of the country’s best beaches, Playa Conchal.

Los Altos | Manuel Antonio

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The condo-style accommodations at Los Altos Resort make it one of the best options for family vacations in Costa Rica. Each condo offers two-bedroom and three-bedroom options, and the top-level Four-bedroom Penthouse Suites can accommodate as many as 8 passengers. The spacious swimming pool and central location make Los Altos a great base for exploring Manuel Antonio’s rainforest and beaches.

Tabacon Thermal Resort | Arenal Volcano

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While this resort has an adults-only section that caters toward honeymoons and couples, families can enjoy the Tabacon Thermal Resort experience in the entry-level Orchid rooms, which have the ability to connect (when available).

The highlight of staying at Tabacon is the resort’s hot springs, which have a reputation as the best in the country. These thermal waters are fed by a natural river and surrounded by lush tropical vegetation, designed to create an experience that feels both natural and polished. Tabacon’s two restaurants offer a blend of international and Costa Rican cuisine, ranging from casual lunches to fine-dining dinners.

If you’re looking for the best family resorts in Costa Rica these Expert picks are a great place to start. Whether you want a standard resort or a remote rainforest eco-lodge, Costa Rica has everything.

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