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Costa Rica Family Vacation With Teens

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Top Ten Teen Tours for Your Los Sueños, Costa Rica Family Vacation

When it comes to summer vacation activities, teens can be a bit harder to please than younger kids. Fortunately, there are a multitude of things to do in Costa Rica that have the novelty, adventure and unforgettable experiences teens are seeking. Here is our list of the top ten things teenagers will enjoy here on their summer break.



Costa Rica is perfect for teens who love to surf. There are many beaches ideal for intermediate and advanced surfers who want to try show off their skills. If your teen is a novice surfer looking to learn, head to Jaco Beach. The waves are gentle, and there are plenty of highly qualified instructors available for lessons. The whole family can join in. For more advanced surfers, Playa Hermosa, just 15 minutes from Los Sueños Resort, is the perfect choice and there are lots of restaurants right on the beach. On Saturdays The Backyard Bar and Grill has a weekly surf contest that is always a lot of fun for the entire family.

Crocodile Tours

Cute capuchin monkeys and colorful toucans are fun to spot on wildlife-watching outings, but following crocodiles on a  boat tour offers a special thrill for the teen set. These giant reptiles are easy to spot in the wild, and there are a number of bilingual crocodile tours that the HRG Concierge Team can set you up with. The most thrilling part? The guides actually get in the water with these giant beasts and feed them.


Teens will enjoy the thrill of rappelling down waterfalls, traveling through canyons and climbing rock walls. There are repelling adventures available in Costa Rica for any age and skill level, but older teens may get the most out of it, as they can handle the more challenging hikes and climbs.

Zip line Canopy Tours

There just isn’t a better way to really experience the rainforest than gliding through the dense canopy on a zip line. This is a not-to-be-missed adventure for any age, but a particular favorite of teens.

Horseback Riding

Far from a lap around a track on a pony, horseback riding in Costa Rica is a full-fledged adventure that is perfect for teens. Guided tours will take them up mountains, across beaches and through the rainforest, where they will see unforgettable views and catch unexpected glimpses of wildlife.

ATV Tours

The choppy, rough terrain of Costa Rica is made for ATVs. Many spots in Costa Rica offer great guided ATV tours through rain forests, swamps and beaches. It is a truly exciting way for teens to see the Costa Rica’s wild side.


There are numerous parks, biological reserves and protected rainforest areas in Costa Rica, and within them there are hiking trails for every interest, age and ability. Teens can hike around active volcanoes, through dense rain forests, or up mountains, where they will find everything from exotic wildlife, to hidden waterfalls, to lakes perfect for swimming and kayaking.

Whitewater River Rafting

The wet season in Costa Rica also brings about whitewater rafting season. There are many rivers in Costa Rica, and there are plenty of places to enjoy a thrilling ride through the rapids, for novices and experts alike.

Scuba Diving

Exploration in Costa Rica isn’t limited to land. There’s plenty to see under the ocean as well. A scuba diving excursion is a great way for teens to learn about underwater ecosystems, and see some breathtaking wildlife.

Big Game Sport Fishing

A thrilling hunt for big game fish on the open seas is a perfect way for an adventurous teen to spend the day. There are plenty of game fish in Costa Rican waters, and the Team at HRG can help you charter a boat out of Los Sueños Marina so the entire family head out on an unforgettable fishing trip.

Teens can be sometimes hard to please when it comes to family vacations; nonetheless, when you stay in Los Sueños, it’s almost a guarantee that you’ll never once hear those cranky, teen-typical words, “I’m bored” while vacationing with the family in Costa Rica




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