Costa Rica Family Trip Itineraries

Are you looking for an unforgettable family trip? Head to Costa Rica, where you and your family will find pristine beaches, world-class surfing, exotic jungles, towering volcanos, and much more. Our Costa Rica family trip itineraries have something for every family member.

We craft each itinerary with a specific client in mind, from families with young kids or teens to grandparents, traveling couples, and more. When it comes to planning Costa Rica travel, transportation, lodging, activities, sites, and attractions, we keep the whole family in mind. The tours and activities available in Costa Rica will captivate your entire crew, from the kids to the most well-traveled adults.

kids surfing on family vacation
Beach life in Costa Rica is fun for the whole family!

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Our team of expert Costa Rica travel agents will help you create the perfect family trip based on your interests and budget. Our itinerary designers ensure that every trip to Costa Rica is safe and fun for your whole family and that your lodging reservations are a breeze.

Activities for the Whole Family

Explore Our Costa Rica Family Itineraries

Our unique family itineraries offer a variety of activities to fit your preferred travel style, from adventurous to laid-back and everything in between. Whether you’re looking for high-octane activities to please your teenagers, like whitewater rafting or zip lining through the cloud forests, or want to kick back and relax on the beach with the kids, we have you covered.

We tailor your accommodation choices to your group’s needs and consider the age of your children, the amount of space desired, and your tastes and preferences. We stay away from chain hotels and offer exclusively boutique properties that meet our high standards. We also offer a wide selection of unique activities in a safe and easy-to-reach destination.

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Remote Family Adventure Vacation

Remote Adventure

Turrialba -> Pacuare River -> Drake Bay

Visit some of Costa Rica’s best-kept secrets in this adventurous itinerary for families with teenage children. This Costa Ria itinerary includes an incredible array of natural rainforest environments coupled with one-of-a-kind adventures. From white-water rafting on the Pacuare River and sleeping deep in a rainforest jungle lodge to exploring the “Amazon” of the Costa Rican rainforest in the Osa Peninsula, families will surely see (and experience) the magic of Costa Rica.

Cost Range: $2,170 – $5,350 per person
Itinerary Duration: 8-11 days (7-10 nights)

Costa Rica Collection

Costa Rica Collection

Monteverde -> Arenal -> Pacific Coast (Manuel Antonio or Playa Hermosa)

This unique Costa Rica experience is the most popular of our family itineraries. It’s a great introductory trip to the country with something for every family member. In this itinerary, you’ll visit the cloud forest, rainforest, jungle, and beaches. Additionally, you’ll see volcanoes and the mountains and soak in natural geothermal hot springs before heading to the coast to relax on the beach while monkeys swing in the vines and snack on mangoes overhead. Pura Vida!

Cost Range: $1,720 – $3,915 per person
Itinerary Duration: 8-11 days (7-10 nights)



Arenal -> Pacific Coast (Manuel Antonio, Playa Hermosa or Samara)

This trip is excellent for families who want to see a bit of everything, from the mountains and rainforest to the beach, with little travel time. This itinerary allows extra time at the beach for those seeking a little additional R&R. On this trip, you will visit the beautiful Arenal Volcano before heading west to the Pacific Coast. This itinerary allows for both light and high-adventure activities and is great for wildlife lovers who want to carve out some time to hit the beach.

Cost Range: $1,670 – $4,575 per person
Itinerary Duration: 8-11 days (7-10 nights)

Rainforest Escape

Rainforest Escape

Central Highlands -> Arenal -> Manuel Antonio, Playa Hermosa or Samara

This Costa Rica trip works exceptionally well for families with younger children and students interested in learning about the rainforest. It includes a few light adventures that are perfect for families. Travelers can explore various national parks with knowledgeable naturalists and local guides. Choose from multiple beach locations and try surfing or deep-sea fishing!

Cost Range: $2,085 – $4,755 per person
Itinerary Duration: 8-11 days (7-10 nights)

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Here’s what our travelers think about their trip:

Infinite thanks to Costa Rica Escapes for planning the best trip we could have ever imagined. It was the trip of a lifetime! If we could leave tonight and do it all over again, we would in a heartbeat.” – Rebecca.

Read more reviews from our travelers on TripAdvisor (and here), Google, and Facebook. Learn more about planning a trip in our Costa Rica family vacation guide.

Short Answers to Common Questions from Parents

  • Is Costa Rica a safe place for families to take a trip? – Yes, Costa Rica is very safe for families with children of any age. This is one of the main reasons why it continues to grow in popularity among parents and grandparents as a top family destination for tropical vacations. Healthcare facilities, private clinics, and hospitals with bilingual staff are plentiful and well-developed throughout the country. There is very little violent crime in Costa Rica, and Costa Rica does not have a military. Outfitters and adventure suppliers are well-educated and adequately equipped. Tourism and adventure sports regulations are developing each day, but it is vital to use appropriate resources to connect you with the most capable providers.
  • Is it safe to drive with my family in Costa Rica? Yes, however, it is strongly recommended that you leave the driving up to the professionals and utilize private or semi-private transportation. We highly recommend not renting a car on your family getaway. Driving techniques and rules in Costa Rica are very different, and renting cars is quite expensive. Signage and lighting on roads are scarce. Roads tend to be narrow and often in lousy condition. Driving yourself and your family adds an additional layer of stress to your trip that can be easily avoided.
  • Do I have to purchase airfare before I contact you? No. Airfare can be purchased before, during, or after our conversations begin. While we do not purchase airfare on our travelers’ behalf, we can assist in the process by offering advice and suggestions on where to fly to/from and when to buy flights.
  • Which airport(s) in Costa Rica should I use? Costa Rica has two major international airports. You can choose to use one or both during your trip. This decision should be based on the experience you want your family to have. We have some thoughts on this that we can share with you in the planning process.
    1. San Jose (Juan Santamaria) – SJO is located in the center of the country.
    2. Liberia (Guanacaste) – LIR is located in the Pacific Northwest region of the country.
  • Do you offer travel insurance for our family? Yes, based on years of research, we have a preferred provider to refer travelers to for trip insurance. However, there are many reputable providers that you can choose from.
  • Is there an in-country emergency contact for us? Yes, along with a 24-hour on-country contact through our travel agency, you will have contact information for all the providers you will be working with during your travels.
  • Will my family need vaccinations? We recommend some additional vaccines for your trip to Costa Rica to consider for your family (depending on where you visit) as recommended by the CDC. Beyond routine vaccines for the whole family, the Hepatitis A vaccine is recommended (babies aged 6-11 months can be given this vaccine) along with the Typhoid vaccine (children aged two and older can get some form of this vaccine).
  • Will my family need visas or just passports? How long can we stay? According to, you and your family members will only need individual passports as long as your trip is no longer than 90 days. A return flight is required for entry.
  • Where can I find information on exchange rates for the US Dollar? We recommend to see the current exchange rate for USD (“Dollar”) to CRC (“Colon”). Also, check the current currency restrictions on

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