Our Best Costa Rica Family Vacation Packages
Costa Rica is rapidly becoming a favorite destination for family travel. This lovely, small country features activities and adventures to delight the whole family. Whether your dream getaway is a white sand beach, a week-long whitewater rafting trip, or a visit to a mangrove jungle, there's something for everyone!
Exciting & Unique Costa Rica Family Vacations
Whether you’re looking for adventure or a relaxing getaway with family in tow, Costa Rica is the perfect destination spot for everyone to enjoy. This is more than just a chance to see the tropics. Costa Rica’s unique biodiversity and dedication to the environment makes it an ideal place to learn about conservation, the environment, and how much fun can be found in the midst of nature. It’s the perfect destination for discovering a passion for wildlife, adventure, or the natural world.
From deciding on destinations to picking out activities everyone will enjoy, vacation planning can be such a stress – and when it comes to planning a trip abroad, it can get even worse. There are so many options when it comes to visiting Costa Rica, and it’s tough knowing where to start. By planning your complete customized family vacation with Costa Rica Experts, you leave the worry up to us! Explore our sample itineraries for inspiration, then give us a call to start creating your dream vacation. With 27+ years of experience and guaranteed 24/7 in-country assistance, our Travel Experts are dedicated to helping you every step of your vacation – from the minute you start planning to the second you get off your return flight, we’ve got you covered.
Experience the Natural Wonders of Costa Rica with your Family
Visit the Monteverde Cloud Forest, one of the most unique environments in the world, for a horseback ride while trying to spot the beautiful and near-mythical Resplendent Quetzal. Head to Tortuguero, where you can watch one of the world’s most amazing natural wonders – the arriba, when hundreds of sea turtles come ashore in a single night to lay their eggs. Keep an eye on your toes, however; leatherback sea turtles can weigh up to 1500lbs! Green, Hawksbill, and Loggerhead sea turtles also come ashore in Costa Rica for egg-laying. Venture into the limestone caverns of the Venado Caves; while not for the claustrophobic, there’s no denying that the rock formations, bats, and strange subterranean creatures are fascinating. Sharp eyes might even glimpse the fossilized remains of fish and ancient animals embedded in the stone. Even driving from one destination to another can be fun with an en-route tour, such as a stop at the Tarcoles River, where the massive (some up to 20 feet long!) American crocodiles can be seen sunning themselves on the banks.
A meaningful vacation experience can create a lifetime of memories that will keep the family reminiscing for years. With the rich biodiversity and the vast variety of unique adventures found in Costa Rica, there’s always something exciting for every young traveler to discover.
Best Destinations for Costa Rica Family Adventure
Sitting between the Pacific and Caribbean Oceans, Costa Rica features innumerable activities for the whole family. Miles of coastline and acres of protected land makes it no wonder that Costa Rica stays at the forefront of adventure. Each beach offers a distinct personality – from Playa Conchal’s pink-hued waterfront made up of millions of crushed seashells to the white sand and palm trees found along the Caribbean. The very diversity of the country, ranging from the misty cloud forests and tropical rainforests to the arid rolling hills of Guanacaste, brings variety no matter the activity – you could horseback ride every day of your vacation, and still discover something new in each destination.
Costa Rica’s variety of terrain guarantees that there’s something fun for every young traveler. Over the years, a number of areas in Costa Rica have become world-renowned for their adventures. At the Arenal Volcano, ziplines and canopy tours are perfect for the thrill-seekers, and the nearby Pacuare River is well-known for incomparable whitewater rafting trips. Tamarindo is a surfer’s paradise for both experts and amateurs – and whether you’re 7 or 70, learning to get to your feet while riding the waves is an experience everyone should have.
Find Your Perfect Vacation Spot
Looking for an adventure with a bit less thrill? Guests love the La Paz Waterfall Gardens at Peace Lodge – this delightful inn is also home to a butterfly garden and a snake exhibit. Activities range from birdwatching and hiking to a coffee plantation tour. At El Silencio Lodge, explore the nearby artisan town of Sarchi, world-renowned for their vibrantly painted oxcarts, try out a Tico cooking class, or hike to the magnificent Bajos del Toro Waterfall.
The perfect getaway is all about balance, but with so many activities and destinations in Costa Rica to choose from, vacation planning can be quite the headache. Even this tiny country offers hundreds of places to stay and thousands of tours to experience. Our Costa Rica Experts can help guide you to the best of the best, creating a customized family vacation itinerary that matches your dream escape.
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Discover Luxury Family Vacations with Costa Rica Experts
Family vacations are usually all about the kids, but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out! There are a number of locations in Costa Rica that manage to combine exciting fun for the kids and serious luxury for the parents. Visit The Springs Resort, where 5-star hospitality and kid-friendly fun aren’t mutually exclusive. Extensive hot springs (with an adults-only section) and a 14,000 square foot spa are guaranteed to delight, and for adventure the Club Rio Outdoor Center features a wide variety of activities – horseback riding, hiking, kayaking, canyoning, and more. For an incomparable all-inclusive Costa Rica vacation, the Westin Playa Conchal features not only a lovely beach, but also a Kids Club, a massive spa, and a complete 18-hole, par 71 golf course, all set on 2400 beautiful acres. Planning a fun vacation for the family doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy yourself as well!
Whether you’re looking to spend a week in a safari tent, surrounding by acres of lush rainforest, or ten days at an all-inclusive resort on a golden-sand beach, the Costa Rica Experts are here to help.
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