Costa Rica is just naturally a great family vacation destination with warm weather
Perfect Family Costa Rica Vacation
Costa Rica for Family. Great resorts, beautiful beaches, and lots of nature adventures. White beaches, abundant birdlife, active volcanos and magical cloud forests. Costa Rica is the ideal destination for the active familiar seeking an exciting alternative to traditional vacations. There are plenty of kid-friendly activities for the enjoyment of the entire group.
If you are thinking of taking a long trip with your children, consider Costa Rica very seriously among your possibilities. But not only by its nature. We are facing one of the safest and most reliable countries in the world. In fact, since 1948 Costa Rica has not had any kind of military army, instead, they decided to invest in health and education. In this sense, it has been named “The Happiest Country in the World” on several occasions according to the Happy Planet Index of the New Economics Foundation, a ranking that it topped in 2009, 2012 and 2016.
Do you need more reasons? … Because surely if you ask the children they will prefer to go to Disney, Sea World or a destination with theme parks. Of course, they want to have fun. But before you start looking or even letting yourself be convinced by them, let us explain why Costa Rica does not need a theme park or anything similar so that you travel with the whole family and the children do not get bored in the least! It is one thing to see animals behind glass or in a cage and quite another, to see them in their natural environment. It’s true wildlife. Costa Rica offers numerous opportunities to immerse yourself in wildlife, be it snorkelling to see fish in the small natural pools at low tide; observing monkeys and toucans from the hanging bridges of the Monteverde cloud forest; sailing the seas on a whale-watching cruise off the coast of the Osa Peninsula, or chasing butterflies at the La Paz waterfall.
Sleeping in the treetop
There is no typical way to stay in Costa Rica. There are infinite. You can stay in luxury in 5-star resorts or in small charming inns. It is very easy to adjust your budget when it comes to stay (logically as long as you avoid very seasonal periods of vacation). High-end resorts can help you with planning excursions like zip lines or jungle cruises, and many have a kids’ club where they can entertain them in case one day you decide to go on an adventure a little more complicated.
There are also unique accommodation options. A couple of curious examples: on a ranch or working farm or in a log cabin in the top of a tree in the middle of a forest.
The Pacuare River is considered by National Geographic magazine as one of the best rivers in the world for rafting. It’s brutal. There are several categories or classes -between I and V-, depending on the difficulty. There are levels designed for children, the rapids are smoother and you can see all kinds of fauna and flora. For example, the floats of Corobici (Guanacaste), Savegre (Manuel Antonio) or Peñas Blancas (near Arenal) allow you to go on safari and observe a great variety of extraordinary animals: the puma, monkeys, sloths or toucans among others.
The minimum age depends on the conditions of the river and the rafting company, but most have activities for children from the age of eight. Families with older children can choose faster waters from the Pacuare River or the upper reaches of the Tenorio River.
Ziplines from the age of six
If you thought zip lines were only suitable for adults, this is not the case. Children from the age of six can also get into the action. Of course, under the control of an expert guide on the long routes from the top of the trees, where they will be closely monitored to make sure that the equipment and material are fully insured. . If you think they were into roller coasters, be prepared for when they try this. Also, with all our respects for Mickey Mouse, Cinderella or Space Mountain, but there is nothing like taking a photo with your family in the middle of the sunset on the beach of Tamarindo or with the background of the bright blue waterfall from Río Celeste or at the top of the highest platform of a canopy tour.
Children need to see what animals really are like. They have to learn to respect them. Knowing that they live in a world with other species that they have to help. This is a great opportunity to (for example) visit the Sloth Sanctuary (this centre is responsible for rehabilitating injured, run over, orphaned or electrocuted sloths who arrive there) near Puerto Viejo. They will appreciate it, you’ll see!