Costa Rica Family Holidays

Costa Rica is known to be one of the happiest nations in the world and a magical destination for a family holiday. Wildlife is abundant as too are the chances to swing through the trees, climb volcanos or career down rapids.

A small country and hugely diverse, a holiday here can include rainforest, beach, sloths and monkeys, mountains, rivers and mangroves, all in two weeks. Distances are small so the family can be ziplining in the morning, surfing in the afternoon and spotting multicoloured frogs by nightfall.

Ideas for a Costa Rica Family Holiday

  • Peer into a volcano crater
  • Discover how to make chocolate, from plant to stomach
  • See turtles nesting on the beaches of Tortuguero
  • Raft and zipline through the jungle canopy and abseil down waterfalls
  • Join a local family for a cooking class, extract juice from sugarcane, milk a cow and make cheese
  • Search for crocodiles in the mangroves where Jurassic Park was filmed
  • Snorkel with manta ray and turtle

Family Holiday Suggestions

The sunny Caribbean coast makes a perfect destination for a family holiday during the British summer - cruise the waterways of Tortuguero in search of caiman and turtles before snorkelling and searching for wildlife on the jungle-fringed beaches of laid-back Puerto Viejo. Alternatively, during the Easter break, combine the volcanic landscapes and activities of Arenal with a whitewater adventure on the Pacuare River and time to surf the waves of the Pacific - A fun-filled family adventure to Costa Rica.

Recommended Family Properties in Costa Rica

A luxury jungle lodge on the shores of the stunning Pacuare River. Reached by white water raft with ziplining and canyoning on arrival. 

Located in the shadow of the mighty Arenal volcano, spend days soaring through the treetops, cycling or horse riding.

Bordered by the jungle and a private beach and accessible only by boat this remote lodge offers snorkelling, kayaking and wildlife.

Nestled in the rainforest on the canals of the Tortuguero National Park, search for caiman and toucan by day and nesting turtles at night.

Advice from Our Family Experts

“Invest in head torches and some binoculars to get the most out of wildlife viewing with the kids. A Go Pro is also a great way to capture all the action, as the family zips through the jungle canopies or rafts the rapids. Don’t worry about taking a water bottle, a Steppes Travel bottle will be waiting for each member of the family on arrival.”

John Faithfull | Steppes Travel Family Expert

Holiday Ideas in Costa Rica

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