Costa Rica is a top family-friendly country in Central America because it is relatively safe and offers a lot of outdoor experiences for the nature-loving family. If you haven’t visited Costa Rica, then a Costa Rica vacation with kids should be on your to-do list. And If you do decide to visit Costa Rica with the family, here are the top things to do in Costa Rica for fun!
1. Visit Arenal Hot Springs
What’s not to like about a hot spring? The kids would certainly love a fun-packed day at Arenal Hot Springs surrounded by the Arenal Volcano. The hot spring water is relaxing and warm and once you’re in it, you won’t want to leave.
2. Have fun at Baldi and Kalambu Resorts
This is one of the places that you shouldn’t miss while planning a Costa Rican Itinerary with kids. Both resorts have water slides and a kid dedicated area that is suitable for kids of all ages. Your kids will surely enjoy the waterslides available at these locations. Baldi also has a kids club – Baldi Kids – for more kid friendly fun and activities.
3. Go for a hike in one of Costa Rica’s famous national parks
Up to 25% of the land in Costa Rica is a protected which means that you’ll see a great diversity of wildlife such as monkeys, toucans, and sloths. Visiting a national park is a top thing to do in Costa Rica with kids. Some of the famous landmarks are Monteverde, Rincon, Manuel Antonio. If you are into hiking, Costa Rica has plenty of hiking trails to keep you busy. Enjoy nature and perhaps spot some wildlife while relaxing with your little ones.
4. Spend a day playing in the sand in Tamarindo
Costa Rica is also blessed with beaches. One of the best beaches and probably one you should have on your list of things to do in Costa Rica is Tamarindo. Of course, you’d expect this beach to be crowded during the peak season but if you can make it to the beach, the kids would enjoy playing along the Pacific Ocean. Perhaps they can build a sand castle or two, or you can try some water sports like jet skiing, and surfing.
5. Watch turtles lay their eggs on Playa Jesus
Playa Jesus is one of the best places to visit in Costa Rica with kids. Go ziplining or riding a ATV. While hanging out here, you might visit the beach where turtles are known to nest. If you are lucky, you and the kids will see these huge turtles digging holes to create a nest to lay their eggs.
6. Relax at La Paz Waterfall Gardens
This waterfall garden looks like a place that was specifically built for families. With five different waterfalls as well as animal exhibits and short trails, this rainforest area is a perfect way for your kids to get close to wildlife while enjoying this stunning rainforest. And if you are in the garden area, you might be able to see and hold a toucan or two.
7. Go on a Chocolate Tour
Love chocolate? Then this is one of the top things to do in Costa Rica with kids! Make your way to Bijagua and La Fortuna where you will be able to go on a chocolate tour with the kids and learn how cocoa becomes chocolate. Along with learning how chocolate is made, your family will also learn a bit of history.
Costa Rica is on our list of top South American places to visit for several reasons including the fact that it is relatively safe, has a ton abundant wildlife, and the food is definitely worth trying. If you’ve been to Costa Rica recently, please let us know your experience!