There are plenty of family fun things to do in and around Los Sueños Costa Rica for Spring Break
With Spring Break just a couple of weeks away, it’s time to think about a family get-away and Los Sueños Resort, Costa Rica is the perfect place for it. You don’t have to worry about how to entertain the kids; most tours are suitable for children as young as five years old. If you have an infant or toddler, be sure to ask the activity’s suitability.
For beachtime, Playa Herradura (4.4 miles north of Los Sueños) has a nice black-sand beach. Playa Jacó, a busy tourist beach is also nearby. A bit further south at Playa Hermosa it’s quieter and the beach is a major nesting site for Olive Ridley sea turtles and includes the Playa Hermosa Wildlife Refuge. As always, keep a close eye on the kids and check for riptides.
Carara National Park, north of Playa Herradura, includes Amazonian and Mesoamerican ecosystems, with flora and fauna from both habitats. A boat tour through the mangroves provides a closer look at the crocs. A bit further on, Punta Leona is home to some 330 migratory and native bird species, including three-wattled bellbirds, trogons, hummingbirds, toucans, and the increasingly rare scarlet macaw. You’re also likely to spot spider and capuchin monkeys, coatis, iguanas, sloths and butterflies.
The resort itself has plenty of recreational opportunities on site, as well as a beachfront and a marina, where you can take a variety of cruises, charter a boat or rent kayaks.
You can also book zipline canopy tours, horseback rides to waterfalls, ATV and buggy tours through the jungle. All activities include bilingual guides, safety orientations and equipment. Transportation, equipment, snacks and beverages are usually included and often lunch.
Kayaking will get the whole family out on the water. Bilingual guides lead the way to spectacular scenery, lush forests, secluded beaches and plenty of wildlife. Some tours also include snorkeling, stand-up paddleboards and outrigger-canoe tours. The outriggers are especially suited for families with grandparents and younger children.
Most canopy tours are suitable young children (7 and older). Tour guides will accompany your family along the cables and point out the canopy inhabitants. For the youngsters or the meek (like me), try the aerial tram for a truly excellent tour through the canopy. Your guide will stop the car to point out the animals and explain the forest ecology.
The family can also mount up for a horseback ride to a nearby waterfall at La Quina Farm. There’s plenty of exotic plantlife, wildlife and staggeringly beautiful views. The mineral spring waterfall is a great way to refresh everyone. Children over 5 are welcome on the ride.
If riding horseback isn’t your thing, take the family ATVing (or pile everyone into a buggy) along jungle trails and through rivers and sometimes-bumpy dirt paths. Expert guides lead the way and share their local knowledge of the area.
Whitewater rafting on the Savegre River is another option for families with older children or teens (aged 8 and over). The river runs through remote primary jungle, but river guides will see you safely over the Class II and III rapids. You might even have time for a swim.
HRG Vacations staff can point you toward (or even book) reliable tour operators. Take advantage of low season offers this spring for a surprisingly affordable family trip. It may be the Green Season, but a little rain doesn’t have to stop the pursuit of Costa Rica’s Pura Vida, eh.