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The best all-inclusive resorts in Costa Rica for families offer something for everyone, from adventurous rainforest excursions to relaxing beachside accommodations.
But the best way to travel to Costa Rica — with the fam, friends or by yourself — is to connect with a Fora Advisor. Not only can advisors score you awesome hotel perks and upgrades at the top Costa Rica resorts for families, but they can also share expert recommendations to bring your trip to the next level.
Is Costa Rica good for family vacations?
Whether you want to explore vibrant rainforests abounding with strange and fascinating wildlife or relax by pristine, white-sand beaches all day, a family-friendly vacation to Costa Rica is absolutely worth considering.
The 5 best all-inclusive family resorts in Costa Rica
The best all-inclusive family resorts in Costa Rica have it all: incredible locations, amazing food, luxury accommodations, exciting adventures and more.
1. Andaz Resort: the best resort in Costa Rica for families that want privacy
Found on the Papagayo Peninsula, one of the best places to stay in Costa Rica, the 1,400-acre Andaz Resort offers everything from a full golf course to a variety of fine dining options backdropped by the country’s beautiful Pacific coast.
Guests can choose from luxurious ocean- or forest-view rooms and suites, all of which are equipped with top-of-the-line amenities.
And as this is a Costa Rica resort for families, children and adults alike can enjoy the resort's many curated activities, like hiking through the surrounding rainforest, snorkeling at one of three private beaches and more. Check in with a Fora travel advisor for all the intel on the Andaz Resort.
2. Lapa Rios Lodge: a family resort deep in the rainforest
Eager to leave urban life behind for a spell? Maybe a nature escape on the Osa Peninsula offers the respite your family needs.
The Lapa Rios Lodge is easily one of the best all-inclusive resorts in Costa Rica for families that want to reconnect with nature from the safety of a five-star wilderness resort. Hundreds, if not thousands of tropical species can be observed from the boardwalks that connect each villa and common space. Birds, treefrogs, lizards and even the occasional large cat — like pumas, ocelots or margays — are routinely spotted.
But this Costa Rica jungle resort provides more than an off-the-grid trip to the Osa Peninsula: the resort’s included gourmet dining options source local ingredients for an authentic Costa Rican gastronomic experience, while a variety of excursions, like surfing adventures and zip lining tours, can be booked right from the resort (Costa Rica is one of the most luxurious surfing destinations in the world, after all).
3. The Springs Resort: an all-inclusive family resort below Arenal Volcano
Like Lapa Rios, the Springs Resort is built into the surrounding rainforest, bringing guests that much closer to nature, with one key difference: the Springs Resort trades the former’s beachside location for proximity to Arenal Volcano, one of the most famous landmarks in Costa Rica.
There’s no shortage of adventure in northern Costa Rica, particularly when it comes to hiking up volcanoes or rafting along the Arenal River. However, the Springs Resort’s ultimate goal is relaxation. A 14,000-square-foot spa allows adults to destress, while children can enjoy the resort’s water slide, game room and Adventure Center, which organizes kid-friendly excursions.
And remember, booking with a Fora Advisor means access to exciting hotel perks and upgrades, not to mention the inside scoop on all the best resorts in Costa Rica for families (as well as other resorts, like the best places to stay in Costa Rica for couples).
4. Four Seasons Costa Rica: the most luxurious family resort in Costa Rica
The Four Seasons is located on the Papagayo Peninsula, one of the best places in Costa Rica to stay, especially for luxury travelers.
What makes the Four Seasons one of the best all-inclusive resorts in Costa Rica for families? Guests can reserve huge, beachside villas to use as a homebase while they explore everything the resort has to offer, from gorgeous private beaches to unbelievably delicious dining options.
5. Tortuga Lodge: a beachside resort near nesting sea turtles
The Tortuga Lodge offers many of the amazing features of the Lapa Rios Lodge (they’re both run by the same group), except it’s on Costa Rica’s exceptionally chill, eastern coast.
In fact, this luxurious Caribbean Costa Rica resort somehow manages an even more laid-back vibe than its west coast counterpart. There’s slightly more separation between the jungle and each villa, and the gourmet menu has more of a Caribbean flair.
Tortuguero, where the Tortuga Lodge can be found, is remote and only accessible by boat or plane. However, that doesn’t mean there’s little to do here; check out our Tortuguero itinerary for the region’s best activities and adventures.
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