Costa Rica is one of the best countries for family travel. Travelling in Costa Rica with kids is safe and friendly with plenty of attractions to wow kids of all ages. There are activities for young adrenaline junkies, beach babies or aspiring zoologists.
In a land of such dizzying adventure and close encounters with wildlife, waves, jungle zip lines and enticing mud puddles, it can be challenging to choose where to go. Fortunately, there are a lot of activities nationwide where kids and parents will find epic fun in this paradise. The only protests you’ll hear are when it’s time to leave!
Costa Rica can also be a great place to travel with a baby or toddler. We have had several customers travelling with babies and older siblings and all of them enjoyed their trip. Just make sure that you talk to someone who knows the different areas and gets the right place for the right age kids. It makes the difference between having a good time – and having a really good time!.
In addition to amazing the kids, this small, peaceful country has all of the practicalities that rank high with parents, such as great country-wide transportation infrastructure, a low crime rate and an excellent health-care system.
Even the least adventurous families will feel safe here – with expert, English-speaking guides, well maintained trails and Wi-Fi in even the most remote lodges, Costa Rica with kids is a blast!
We recommend a minimum of 7 days (including the days you fly in/out of the country) for a roundtrip around the country including rainforest or volcano and the beach. You could get by with as few as 5 days if you just want to visit just one location and enjoy one day tour activities. If your kids are anything like my kids, you’ll want to keep the drive times as short as possible. I highly recommend spending at least 2 nights, preferably 3 nights at each location.
Younger families will be well looked visiting the Poas Volcano where you can easily take the stroller, Arenal where you’ll have plenty of activities for the kids and parents, Manuel Antonio with a great diversity of animals and beautiful beaches or the beaches in Guanacaste.
Families with older kids might like to include Tortuguero National park where you can observe the turtle laying their eggs from about March through October and Monteverde Cloud Forest where you’ll able to enjoy visiting the butterfly gardens, walking on hanging bridges and a great hike to the forest, while teens will thrive on the rafting, zip lining, hiking and tubing, all graded by age and ability.
Whale observation is a must on your visit from is December to April and August to December.
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