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Kid In Costa Rica Zipline Istock 171574858 By Thepalmer
Kid In Costa Rica Zipline Istock 171574858 By Thepalmer

Costa Rica Family Holidays

Outdoor adventures abound for active families in Costa Rica
If you’re seeking an active family holiday of natural wonders and vanilla sand beaches we recommend Costa Rica. Choose between Pacific and Caribbean beaches where turtles nest and the reefs abound with colourful fish. Rainforests cascade down mountainsides to the ocean.

This peaceful, compact country is awesomely bio-diverse. Since 1990 it has doubled the extent of its forests. Amazing animals and tropical birds are thriving. We’ll carefully select exclusive lodges where your family can enjoy a lifetime’s adventure.
Costa Rica is a place your family will fall in love with. It’s astonishingly beautiful, friendly and teeming with wildlife. Costa Ricans are serious about looking after their natural wonders. Forests covered 21% of the country in 1987 – now it’s 75%.

Costa Rica’s a great place to take a holiday at any time of year. Your family can zipline through the rainforest canopy, mountain bike the slopes of an active volcano. There are hundreds of miles of natural coastline to surf, snorkel and soak up the sun. The superb beach lodges that we recommend are surrounded by natural forest, adding to the beauty and interest. Call us and we’ll craft a perfect holiday for your family.
Why Choose Costa Rica For Your Family Holiday?
If abundant wildlife, opportunity for adventure and time by the beach are important to your family Costa Rica has it all. Travel from London involves one change. You can fly direct from USA. Once there, the compact size of the country makes travel between a rich variety of locations quite easy. Costa Rica has a wealth of exclusive lodges set in magnificent locations, with a variety of expertly guided activities. In this section we set out some reasons why Costa Rica is a great choice for your family trip.If abundant wildlife, opportunity for adventure and time by the beach are important to your family Costa Rica has it all. Travel from London involves one change. You can fly direct from USA. Once there, the compact size of the country makes travel between a rich variety of locations quite easy. Costa Rica has a wealth of exclusive lodges set in magnificent locations, with a variety of expertly guided activities. In this section we set out some reasons why Costa Rica is a great choice for your family trip.
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Rafting In Costa Rica Istock 172432359
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Family Costa Rica - Top 10 Experiences
Known for its pristine beaches and wildlife rich (or filled if you prefer) rainforests, Costa Rica is a destination that will capture your heart. Lap up lustrous waterfalls and rich heritage across this diminutive yet spectacularly diverse country. Full of adventure and excitement, Costa Rica offers plenty of incredible experiences for the whole family. We highlight the top ten must-do activities for your family to enjoy in Costa Rica.Known for its pristine beaches and wildlife rich (or filled if you prefer) rainforests, Costa Rica is a destination that will capture your heart. Lap up lustrous waterfalls and rich heritage across this diminutive yet spectacularly diverse country.

Full of adventure and excitement, Costa Rica offers plenty of incredible experiences for the whole family. We highlight the top ten must-do activities for your family to enjoy in Costa Rica.
What is the Best Time to Go on a Costa Rica Holiday
If you have school aged children, the main times that you’ll be able to travel will be Christmas, Easter and July/August. In fact, tropical Costa Rica has good warm weather all year round and your family can enjoy a great trip in any of these holiday seasons. Costa Rica has a mountainous interior and coastlines on two great oceans so the more detailed weather situation is quite nuanced. We’ll explain this in a little more detail in the following sections.If you have school aged children, the main times that you’ll be able to travel will be Christmas, Easter and July/August. In fact, tropical Costa Rica has good warm weather all year round and your family can enjoy a great trip in any of these holiday seasons.

Costa Rica has a mountainous interior and coastlines on two great oceans so the more detailed weather situation is quite nuanced. We’ll explain this in a little more detail in the following sections.
Which Areas of Costa Rica Should You Visit?
Costa Rica is the jewel of Central America. Verdant rain forests, fertile valleys, active volcanoes and golden beaches adorn this prosperous, peaceful land. A quarter of this unspoiled country is devoted to wildlife and nature reserves. Journeysmiths regards Costa Rica as one of the world’s best for gentle adventure, comfort and relaxation in beautiful surroundings.Costa Rica is the jewel of Central America. Verdant rain forests, fertile valleys, active volcanoes and golden beaches adorn this prosperous, peaceful land. A quarter of this unspoiled country is devoted to wildlife and nature reserves. Journeysmiths regards Costa Rica as one of the world’s best for gentle adventure, comfort and relaxation in beautiful surroundings.
Arenal Volcano Ss By Bos11
Arenal Volcano Ss By Bos11
Arenal Volcano National Park
The Arenal Volcano puffs and it grumbles, and every now and then it belches out steam. Scientists keep a close eye on its activity, and though the cone is visible from almost everywhere in the park, it’s too dangerous to ascend. If you want to see a volcano up close and peer down into its crater, you can do this at extinct Cerro Chato, which is Arenal’s volcano neighbour. Our favourite hiking trails within the national park are those which take in the Cataratas Fortuna waterfall and the hot springs of the Río Agua Caliente.
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Poas Volcano In Central Valley Ss By Michal Sarauer
Central Valley and San Jose
The former Ibero-American Capital of Culture, San Jose is simultaneously vibrant and safe. The architecture is largely European in its style, with highlights including the castle-like National Museum of Costa Rica. It’s just an hour and a half’s drive from San Jose to Poas Volcano National Park. Here there are active volcanoes, including the largest open volcano in the world. You can hike around the crater rim in a couple of hours, then return to San Jose via the La Paz Waterfall or one of the valley’s numerous coffee plantations.
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Carillo Beach In Guanacaste Ss By Marcin Roszkowski
Carillo Beach In Guanacaste Ss By Marcin Roszkowski
Guanacaste
For sun, sand, and surf, head to Tamarindo. This gorgeous beachside town has a laid back feel and splendid weather year round, but it is not over crowded or commercial. Yes, you can lie back on the sand and sunbathe, but if you do get bored of that, it’s an excellent spot for surfing and sport fishing; the marlin are absolutely huge. The town borders the Marino las Baulas National Park, one of the most important turtle nesting sites in Costa Rica. The mixture of mangrove swamps and quiet beaches are ideal for leatherback turtle, which migrate here between November and April to lay their eggs.
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Sunset View Of Playa Espadilla Beach In Manuel Antonio Istock 1135592812 Autumnskyphotography
Manuel Antonio National Park
Manuel Antonio National Park may be one of Costa Rica’s smaller parks, but what it lacks in size it certainly makes up for in attractions! Biodiversity arrives at Manuel Antonio on land and around and beyond the land reefs. In the forests you can track three of Costa Rica’s four monkey species, plus sloth, iguana, and white-nosed coati. Look up into the trees and there you’ll see birds jostling for attention. Wandering down to one of Manuel Antonio’s four beaches, green turns to dazzling white sand and Pacific blues.
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Hanging Bridge In Monteverde Cloud Forest Ss By Simon Dannhauer
Hanging Bridge In Monteverde Cloud Forest Ss By Simon Dannhauer
Monteverde Cloud Forest
The moisture in the air makes Monteverde especially fertile. It’s estimated that 2,500 different species of plants grow here, including more types of orchid than in any other place in the world. In fact, of the 420 orchid species found here, 34 were previously unknown to science. The chances are, however, that it’s not just the flora which excites you. Bird lovers will be in their element spotting quetzal, three-wattled bellbird, swallow-tailed kite, and the piratic flycatcher, which migrate from North America to breed.
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Osa Peninsula Istock 1269289088
Osa Peninsula
You will find the Osa Peninsula jutting out into the Pacific Ocean in the southern part of Costa Rica. The land is thick with a carpet of rainforest, much of which falls within the Corcovado National Park. The last great tract of virgin tropical rainforest in Pacific Central America, it’s home to half of all species in Costa Rica, including giant anteater, Baird’s tapir, and plenty of South America’s big cats.
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Turtle In Tortuguero Ss By Jollyphoto
Turtle In Tortuguero Ss By Jollyphoto
Tortuguero and Pacuare
You can only reach the Tortuguero National Park by airplane or boat, but this shouldn’t deter wildlife lovers. The park’s ecosystems range from beaches to mangrove swamps, rainforest to lagoons, and its wetlands are protected by the Ramsar Convention of being of international importance. You can enjoy all of this in the company of expert guides from one of the excellent rainforest lodges.
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