Costa Rica is located in Central America, a region known for its warm weather, lush tropical forests and spectacular beaches. The country has been called one of the top five most beautiful destinations in the world because of its gorgeous scenery, lush tropical forests, clean water and friendly people. If you’re looking for a peaceful vacation with your kids or a special trip where you can have fun with your loved ones but still take time out for yourself then Costa Rica is a great choice for you. For those who are looking for quality family-friendly places in Costa Rica, I’ve found some great family-friendly places to visit.
Whether you’re looking for beaches, rainforests or volcanoes for your adventure, Costa Rica is a great destination for families. With so many things to see and do, it can be hard to know where to start. To help you out, we’ve put together a list of the best family-friendly places to go while you are there,
Costa Rica has a very rich culture, with ancient Mayan and Aztec ruins, Mayan cities and sites dating back 8500 years (the oldest archaeological site in Central America) and fauna that is as varied as it is beautiful (the country’s wildlife is split between mammals native to the island (mostly monkeys and anteaters) and birds from all over Latin America).
From surfing beaches to exploring tropical rainforests and hot springs, to sunbathing on beautiful white sandy beaches, there’s something for everyone in this beautiful country.
A Little Bit About Costa Rica
Costa Rica is on both sides of the Pacific Ocean, with its western coast situated in the Pacific Ocean (the Pacific region), and its eastern coast in the Atlantic (the Caribbean region). The country’s northern coastline lies between two mountain ranges: the Cordillera de Talamanca, which lies to its northwest, and the Cordillera de Guanacaste, which lies to its southwest.
The country’s climate varies from tropical to arid, with temperatures from 25 °C (77 °F) in the north to 18 °C (64 °F) in Costa Rica’s tropical mountains.
The country has five provinces; Alajuela, Cartago, Heredia, San José and San José del Guaviare.
Costa Rica is known for its rich biodiversity — more than 500 species of birds have been recorded in Costa Rica as well as around 250 species of mammals and over 50 different kinds of reptiles — including sloths, jaguars and ocelots that live in mangrove forest areas.
Sloth in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica
Fun Fact: There are also 58 different types of amphibians found throughout Costa Rica’s protected areas such as Parque Nacional Los Encuentros near Liberia!
Now onto our best family-friendly places to visit:
Top 5 family-friendly places to visit in Costa Rica
1) Playa Negra: This picturesque beach resort welcomes visitors from all over the world. It’s an ideal destination for a group of friends or families who want to relax, sunbathe and play on the beach without having to deal with crowds or other tourist sights.
2) San Jose: There’s no better place in Costa Rica to go on a day trip than San Jose. It has all the amenities you’d expect from a five-star hotel (and then some), including good food, breathtaking views and free Wi-Fi! You can also get on a shuttle bus from San Jose to Tamarindo to explore the stunning area that is Tamarindo. With its gorgeous white sand beaches that are perfect for families and surfers!
3) Jaco Beach: This relaxed white sand beach was once one of Costa Rica’s most popular tourist destinations, but hasn’t been in high demand since it was purchased by local businessman Jorge Villafuerte Sanchez (who transformed it into a private residence). The area has a great reputation as one of the best windsurfing beaches in Costa Rica. This beach has received over 100 awards for its cleanliness and natural beauty over the past 25 years! It features white sand beach access with great views overlooking a pristine blue sea. Some rooms have private patios overlooking white sand beaches like this one where guests are able to enjoy morning sunrises or afternoon sunsets from their balconies. Guests have access to Wi-Fi throughout their stay at this luxurious resort as well as a WiMAX internet connection for those who like online games or streaming videos online while they relax on their private balconies.
4) La Fortuna: If you love animal parks with lots of animals around, La Fortuna is your spot! Visitors can view hundreds of animals at this zoo which represents more than 40 species. A large portion of the zoo is located at water level and visitors can enjoy watching wild animals in their natural state right before their eyes! It is located in the northern highlands about 2.5 hours from San Jose’s international airport (SJO).
5) Las Tablas: Located near La Fortuna, this lovely white sandy beach attracts both locals and tourists who want peace and relaxation while they’re here. The area is perfect for relaxing with family during their vacation time or when there are no events scheduled at nearby attractions!
More Places To Explore In Costa Rica
Costa Rica has so much to offer, that it’s unfair to keep it to just 5 of the best places to visit that are family-friendly, so I’ve listed a few more below for you to discover on your Costa Rican adventure.
Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio
The Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio (PANAMAN) is a hike-in park located in the northern part of Manuel Antonio National Park. The park was established in 1964 as an area for recreation and conservation purposes. Since then it has become one of the most popular tourist attractions in this region and attracts people from all over the world wanting to relax and discover nature during their vacation or business trip. It is one of those places where you can see animals like monkeys, jaguars and wild boars from any direction you choose.
Tropical beach in Manuel Antonio National Park
With its white-sand beaches, lush rainforest and abundance of wildlife, Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio is one of Costa Rica’s most popular tourist destinations. The park is home to three different types of monkeys, sloths, iguanas, toucans and dozens of other species of animals. There are also plenty of hiking trails to explore and several lookout points with stunning views of the coastline.
Parque Nacional Santa Rosa
If you going to go on a breakaway vacation and wanted it to be somewhere beautiful, a deserted beach under an endless blue sky is one to find. Parque Nacional Santa Rosa (PNSR), which means “National Park Santa Rosa” is the one. It’s right next to PNR-San Jose but it feels way more remote! The best part about this place is that they don’t close the bar at night so you can always enjoy your drinks whatever the time of day!
Arenal Volcano National Park
Arenal Volcano National Park is known for its active volcanoes, but it’s also home to a stunning landscape of cacti and other desert flora as well. The land is green and lush with lush vegetation, as you can see in this photo:
Arenal Volcano National Park
It’s easy to see why people love this place so much. You can get there by train from Manuel Antonio or Santa Elena towns on Costa Rica’s eastern coast.
The parks are located at an altitude of 1,500 feet above sea level (from 2,000 feet above sea level down to 1,500 feet). The air in the park isn’t particularly thin or thin-air like many other places in Costa Rica may be; it just has a unique feeling that comes from being so high up. It makes sense why people love this place.
Costa Rica’s Arenal Volcano is one of the country’s most active volcanoes and offers visitors the chance to experience some truly unique landscapes. The national park surrounding the volcano is home to lava flows, hot springs, waterfalls and hiking trails through dense jungle terrain. You can also go zip-lining or take a dip in one of the volcanic hot springs.
Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
Costa Rica is the only country in the world where, despite the vast and lush jungle, you can really feel like you are in a small town. The cloud forest is home to hundreds of species of birds, butterflies and reptiles that are typically found nowhere else in the world. It has become a very popular vacation destination for both families and couples who want to get away from it all and escape from the hustle-bustle of city life for a few days.
Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is home to more than 100 species of indigenous tree ferns (which have adapted to absorb less light), making it one of the most beautiful places in Costa Rica.
The reserve is home to an incredible variety of plant and animal life, including over 400 species of birds. You can explore the forest on foot or by taking a canopy tour through the treetops on zip lines. There are also several butterfly gardens and hummingbird gardens within the reserve that are perfect for kids (and adults!) who love seeing these beautiful creatures up close.
If you’re looking for a way to spend some quality time with your family, Costa Rica is the perfect place to go. This stunning Central American nation boasts one of the most fascinating and lush ecosystems in the world. And it’s also home to some of the most striking and beautiful natural wonders you can find anywhere in the world.
Rincon de la Vieja National Park
Located on Isla del Caño island in Guanacaste province, Rincon de la Vieja National Park was established in 1994 as an area for a protected area for endemic flora and fauna. It was created for conservation reasons but also as a way for people to connect with nature away from large cities with modern infrastructure. The park boasts one of the densest populations of endangered primates in Latin America: seven different primate species can be found here; including the giant anteater which can weigh up to 70 kg! The park is best known for its diverse birdlife which includes more than 200 species of parrots, ospreys and toucans making it one of the most comprehensive birdwatching locations in Central America.
Waterfall at the Rincon de la Vieja National Park, Costa Rica
This national park gets its name from the Rincon de la Vieja volcano that dominates its landscape. Visitors can hike to the top of the volcano for panoramic views or relax in one of the many thermal springs found throughout the park. There are also several waterfalls within Rincon de la Vieja National Park that make for refreshing swims on hot days. For those looking for an adrenaline rush, there’s even a section of the river where you can go tubing downstream!
Tortuguero National Park
Tortuguero National Park is one of the most beautiful of all Central American national parks, with almost all its terrain being just over 1000m above sea level. The park covers three municipalities in Northern Costa Rica, including Tortuguero itself. It is also considered to be an example of the tropical montane cloud forest. So what makes it so special? Well, it’s actually not so much about nature itself as it is about people, mostly tourists and their families who help protect the park from various threats like illegal activities, poaching and careless use of water resources.
Tortuguero National Park is best known as a nesting site for sea turtles but there’s much more to this park than just turtles! The park includes over 20 miles (32 kilometres) of canals which are perfect for exploring by boat or kayak. You’ll also find rainforests, mangroves and freshwater lagoons teeming with wildlife including caiman crocodiles, howler monkeys and colourful birds like macaws and parrots
I hope I have given you some ideas for exploring family-friendly places to visit in Costa Rica, if you have any questions please pop them in the comments and I will do my best to answer them.
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