Things To Do In Costa Rica With Kids
Welcome to my comprehensive guide to the best family-friendly travel in Costa Rica! Planning the perfect family vacation can be a joyful yet challenging endeavor. One of the key elements is finding family-friendly accommodations and things to do in Costa Rica with kids that cater to everyone's needs. In this guide, I have curated a selection of top-notch hotels and things to do with kids across Costa Rica. I will take you on a journey to discover exceptional family-friendly hotels and activities ensuring your next adventure in Costa Rica is filled with unforgettable moments and cherished memories. My guide is your compass to finding the perfect family retreat in Costa Rica with kids.
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Where to stay in Costa Rica
Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo
Enjoy simple life at the Four Seasons with the canopy plunge pool suite, sunset views, and breakfast in bed.
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Andaz Costa Rica Resort At Peninsula Papagayo - a Concept by Hyatt
A beloved beach escape on 1,400 acres of the Papagayo Peninsula, with three beaches, a golf course and guided nature adventures.
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Hotel Nantipa - A Tico Beach Experience
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Things to do in Costa Rica
Explore the Rainforests:
Costa Rica is famous for its rainforests, and exploring them is a must. Consider visiting Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve or Tortuguero National Park for guided tours where you can spot exotic birds, monkeys, and sloths.
For an adrenaline rush, try zip lining through the treetops. Many tour operators offer kid-friendly zip lining experiences in places like Arenal and Manuel Antonio.
Costa Rica is a biodiversity hotspot. Kids will love spotting colorful toucans, playful capuchin monkeys and the elusive quetzal. Don't forget to visit wildlife reserves and national parks.
The country boasts some of the world's most beautiful beaches. Kids can build sandcastles, play in the waves or go snorkeling in crystal-clear waters. Consider Manuel Antonio, Tamarindo, or Playa Conchal.
Visit Arenal Volcano National Park to see the impressive Arenal Volcano. Take a family hike, soak in hot springs or explore lava fields.
For older kids and teens, white-water rafting on the Pacuare River or Sarapiquí River is an exciting adventure. There are options for different skill levels.
Butterfly and Frog Gardens:
Educational and fascinating, butterfly and frog gardens like the one in Monteverde are excellent for kids to learn about these incredible creatures up close.
Costa Rica is known for its delicious chocolate. Take a chocolate tour and learn about the cocoa bean's journey from tree to treat. Some tours allow kids to make their own chocolate.
Sea Turtle Nesting:
If visiting during the right season, participate in a sea turtle nesting tour in Tortuguero or Ostional. Kids can witness these amazing creatures laying eggs or baby turtles hatching and making their way to the sea.
Choose family-friendly accommodations with amenities like pools, game rooms and organized kid's activities. Some resorts even offer childcare services.
Encourage your kids to pick up some basic Spanish phrases. Many locals appreciate the effort and it can enhance their cultural experience.
Respect the Environment:
Teach your kids about responsible travel by emphasizing the importance of preserving Costa Rica's natural beauty and wildlife.
Places to eat & drink in Costa Rica
Santa Teresa, Costa Rica, offers a variety of family-friendly dining options. Here are some places to consider:
Olam Pure Food: This health-conscious restaurant serves fresh, organic dishes with options for kids, including smoothies and fresh fruit.
Burger Rancho: A burger joint that offers a variety of burgers, including vegetarian options, along with fries and milkshakes.
The Beach House: A beachfront restaurant with a diverse menu featuring seafood, pasta and options for children.
Tacos Mary Tierra: A casual taco restaurant with a range of fillings, perfect for family members with different tastes.
Peninsula Papagayo in Costa Rica offers a luxurious and family-friendly dining experience. Here are some options:
Marea Restaurant: Located at the Andaz Costa Rica Resort, Marea offers a family-friendly atmosphere with a menu featuring a variety of dishes, including fresh seafood and international cuisine. They often have a kid's menu too.
Papagayo Restaurant: Situated at the Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica, Papagayo Restaurant provides a family-friendly dining experience with a diverse menu, including options for young diners.
Playa Nacascolo: If you're up for a beachside picnic, consider taking a packed meal to Playa Nacascolo. It's a beautiful and secluded beach within Peninsula Papagayo where you can enjoy a family picnic.
Room Service: Many resorts in Costa Rica offer room service with a variety of dining options, making it convenient for families, especially if you prefer dining in your villa or room.
Remember to check the specific restaurants' hours of operation and whether reservations are required, especially during peak tourist seasons.
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