6 Great Activities for Your Costa Rica Vacation With Younger Children
Costa Rica is a fantastic place to take the whole family on vacation. After all, this is an outdoor paradise, and there are plenty of activities here that are sure to delight everyone. Here is our pick for the top five activities for families with school-age children.
There are a number of Class I and II rivers for rafting in Costa Rica that are perfect for families with school age children. An exciting adventure for everyone, there are rafting trips that range from half day or full day, to multiple day trips, and even a “twilight” river tour that starts at dusk and allows the entire family to see the forest come alive at night.
No child can resist the allure of seeing a cheerful capuchin monkey emerge from the treetops, or watching a scarlet macaw glide across the sky. There are endless ways for kids to enjoy the iconic and beautiful wildlife in Costa Rica – on a horseback ride through the rainforest; on a crocodile, turtle or monkey tour; on a bird watching adventure; or on an aerial tram ride. There are also numerous parks where kids can get up close and personal with wildlife – some of the best include Manuel Antonio National Park, Ocean Ranch Nature Adventure Park and Carara National Park.
Zipline Canopy Tours
Many people are surprised to learn that ziplining is a fun and safe activity that children can enjoy right along with their parents. And you can hardly find a more exciting thing for the family to do — whizzing through the rainforest canopy and getting a birds-eye view of the lush and beautiful rainforest floor is something will truly make a kid’s vacation unforgettable.
There are few better ways to enjoy some quality down-time with your family then heading out for a fishing trip. Whether you want a leisurely, relaxing trip or an exciting hunt for big game fish, it’s fairly easy to conjure up a boat and head out to the open sea in Costa Rica.
No one is immune to the power and awe of a volcano, and Costa Rica is a fantastic place to see them; the country features six active volcanoes and 61 dormant or extinct ones. Take your family on an all-day tour of the Poas Volcano – the country’s largest and most active volcano – or visit the ever-popular Arenal Volcano. As recently as July of 2010, the Volcan Arenal had constant eruptions, with smoke and lava visible on a daily basis. However, since then, the volcano, though still very much alive scientists assure, is “sleeping” and its seismicity, explosions and lava flow greatly decreased. Still, there is plenty to do in the area, with hot springs, a huge beautiful lake, hiking trails and nature galore.
What would a visit to Costa Rica be without a day on the beach- or several? There are numerous beautiful beaches in Costa Rica just waiting to be explored. You can certainly lounge on the sand while the kids play in the water. However, if your family prefers a bit of adventure, you can try kayaking or snorkeling, or sign up the family for surfing or diving lessons.
Be cautious, however, and find out which beaches are safe for swimming. Some of Costa Rica’s surf should never be entered without a surfboard or some other floatation device. The beach club at Los Sueños Resort is perfect for swimming, as is Jaco Beach, but no one should go in the water unless they are surfing at nearby Playa Hermosa, as the waves and current are very strong.
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