As a parent, you probably worry about many things when it comes to your kids, like health, education, and even entertainment. Well, we believe that there is no better way to give your kids all of that at once than to come to Costa Rica on a family adventure vacation.
- A family adventure in Costa Rica will be healthy because it will give your family the opportunity to participate in healthy activities and eat great healthy food.
- The trip will be educational because you will have close encounters with so much wildlife you will talk about it for days and days.
- The trip will be entertaining because all of those activities and close encounters can be done in enjoyable and safe settings.
Any adventure vacation with kids can only bring good to a family, but we believe that an adventurous family vacation in Costa Rica will be just unforgettable.
What Would Make a Vacation with Kids an Adventure?
An adventure means having an exciting and unusual experience. Therefore, you need to add elements of surprise, unknown, and thrills to your trip!
River Rafting Adventures that Bring all the Thrills
Imagine taking your kids on a multi-day whitewater rafting trip where not only they will experience level 3 and 4 rapids (out of 5!) but they will sleep overnight under the most beautiful star-filled sky. Do not worry, this adventure is all about safety and comfort so you (as a parent) can sleep like a baby as you’ll be in great hands with tour guides.
An overnight rafting trip on the Pacuare river is considered by many to be the greatest adventure available in Costa Rica. Imagine paddling down the river, through a lush jungle while experiencing one of the most revered rivers in the world. It’s nothing short of spectacular!
Experiencing Incredible Biodiversity
Next, imagine visiting a very remote corner of Costa Rica and hiking the most biodiverse place on earth, Corcovado National Park. This renown national park is located in the south Pacific of Costa Rica, in the outer part of the Osa Península. To access the heart of the park you can either hike more than 20 km (13 miles) or take a long-hour boat ride from Drake Bay or Puerto Jiménez. Since you are coming with kids, we recommend you take the boat!
All the hikes inside Corcovado National Park are relatively easy to walk, with very small elevation change starting at sea level. As you hike the trails you will most like run into several species of monkeys, a herd of peccaries, inattentive anteaters and, more common that one would imagine, tapirs and cats like pumas and jaguars.
Our Remote Costa Rica Adventure Itinerary includes both of these adventures (Pacuare River overnight rafting + Corcovado National Park hiking), specially thought for families with older kids. But, an adventure doesn’t need to feel dangerous, as long as you have an element of surprise incorporated into your trip!
A Variety of Family Adventure Activities for Your Vacation
If your family has younger kids you probably want to feel you’re in a controlled environment, but if you are reading this article, you also want to see a lot of the crazy variety of landscapes and wildlife that make up Costa Rica. There are so many surprising activities that you can do with your kids in Costa Rica, like seeing an active volcano, or being able to feed wild birds, surfing in the Pacific Ocean, or enjoying the sunset from a Catamaran.
Take a look at our Costa Rica Rainforest Family Escape Itinerary where we considered all of these activities as we designed an adventure with little kids in mind, as well as the tired parents that want to have a few extra days to relax by the beach.
Costa Rica’s biodiversity, landscape and people’s way of living can change in just a few kilometers. This is good news for those families that want to spend most of their time adventuring and not moving from one region to another.
Some iconic parts of the country, like the towns and natural areas surrounding Arenal Volcano or the southern Caribbean Coast, can offer your family an incredible array of adventures without having to travel far. Check out our Costa Rica Rainforest-to-Beach Family Vacation Itinerary where we line up hanging bridge tours, guided hikes around a volcano, wildlife safari river floats, canyoning and white water rafting, surf lesson, hike, snorkel, catamaran and more with short distances between lodging.
“Big Group” Family Adventure Vacations
Now, if your adventure involves a big group of people with kids of all ages, you probably need to think this through a bit. The big kids will want the adrenaline and thrills, and the small kids need to be surprised but feel safe. Here we recommend that your kids be able to see the forest from above and the underwater world from below. Combining hanging bridges and canopy tour with snorkeling and sailing is the answer to creating the unforgettable adventure you are looking for. We have created this trip for you with our Costa Rica Collection Family Itinerary…our most popular itinerary!
Time on Foot
Make sure to include several hikes (long or short) in your adventure through Costa Rica. Walking a national park trail, the sidewalks of a town, long sandy beaches or the open fields and gardens where you are lodging will give you the time and opportunities to discover the unknown. You might run into a crazy-colored spider working on its web between bushes, or a noisy monkey hanging from a branch, or a charming fruit stand with a friendly Costa Rican ready to introduce you to tropical fruits, or even a funny looking gardener that can point out a hummingbird nest with little chicks waiting for food.
What Makes Adventure Travel with Kids Memorable?
No matter what your adventure in Costa Rica with your kids ends up being, remember that the best experience you can give them is learning something new that will make them better people. Make sure to explore a lot with them and point out those natural wonders that can spike interesting conversations about not only the natural world but also your life as a family and your community back home.
Take advantage of the encounters you have with Costa Ricans, especially if you take guided tours like white water rafting, floating, canopy tours or sailing tours. Ticos are very friendly people and they will be happy to answer your questions.
Are you ready to experience Pura Vida!?
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John Rabenau has been working in the eco-tourism & adventure travel industry in Costa Rica since 2002. He has worked in a variety of capacities from Outdoor Educator & Principle Guide to Itinerary Design Manager & Business Owner for numerous organizations. He has grown Costa Rica Escapes into one of the most reputable Costa Rica travel agencies since its creation in 2006, hosting more than 5,000 people with custom vacation itineraries.