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Family Holidays, Family Friendly Hotels & Things to do with Kids in Costa Rica



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The magical land of Costa Rica, nestled between the Latin American countries in the South and Mexico in the North, offers a stunning location for a family holiday. With rainforests, beaches, volcanoes and valleys, you’ll have so much to explore you may actually run out of time.

Costa Rica is a small, thin stretch of land in South America, that keeps a grip on Mexico and the northern United States. It is one of the smallest Latin American countries, but what it lacks in size, it more than makes up for in personality.

Costa Rica is heavily influenced by the Spanish culture, and is often considered to be the greenest country in the world, so this is an ideal place to head for an eco-style family holiday. With the Pacific Ocean to its west, and the Caribbean Sea on its east, it offers two stunning coastlines with plenty of beach land to enjoy. Inland, this tiny country offers lakes, forests, mountains and volcanoes, so you’ll never run out of places to explore.

The capital city is stunning San Jose, located in the Central Valley. This modern hub is a haven for cultural fanatics, with museums, theatres, musical performances and ancient botanical gardens to visit. It is a fantastic city to enjoy as part of your holiday, and although it’s modern in design, it has few high rise buildings, and plenty of traditional colonial or Spanish designed government properties to bring a unique flair to its streets.

Heading to Costa Rica any time between November to April is best, because this is its high tourist season. It’s also the time of its driest weather and the temperatures will pick up (although they don’t tend to become too unbearable). High tourist season means higher prices though, so if you can, try booking a holiday at the start and the end of these months to see if you can negotiate a better deal. You may also find that the best attractions won’t be so crowded as well.


Things to do in Costa Rica with Children

If your family likes to try thrilling adventures when you’re off on holiday, then take a trip to the Barva Volcano on the outskirts of San Jose. Here you can experience a Canopy Adventure, clinging to a zip line and hurtling through the forest tree tops. This five hour experience will have you jumping from 400 year old oak trees, climbing around Cypress trees and climbing down the inside of hollow trunks. And if you’re aged three or over you’re welcome to join in the fun!

A trip to Costa Rica shouldn’t be without a visit to the Manuel Antonio National Park. This vibrant landscape is located on the coastline and offers the chance to enjoy the land and the sea in one day. Trek through the forests to catch a glimpse of the iguanas and the monkeys, swim and snorkel in the crystal blue waters or simply relax in the sun on the spectacular beaches. This location has something for everyone to enjoy.

Take your family on a horseback tour of the countryside, on a Cascajal Horseback Riding tour from Jaco. You’ll head off along the trails, climb through vegetation, explore mango plantations and wander across beaches. The horses are suitable for all experience levels and riders who are three years and older are welcome on these tours.

A visit to the Butterfly Farm near San Jose is a great day out for the whole family, and its educational as well as fun. You’ll spend some time learning about these fascinating creatures, their role in nature and why they are bread for sale, before handling (gently) some of these delicate animals and watching them at work. Kids of all ages will be fascinated with their time spent here.

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Recommended family friendly hotels / family friendly holidays in Costa Rica

A tropical heaven awaits you at The Barcelo hotel. This baby and child friendly resort is awarded with a Four Star rating from Blue Flag for safe, clean beaches. An organised children’s program will ensure there is a variety of activities to keep your children entertained while you enjoy the serenity of the pool and beach. Check Kuoni Holidays for its all inclusive rates.

Whether your children are young ones, all grown-up or at any stage in-between, Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica is a wonderful base for a family holiday. They go all out to provide everyone with a great rememberable holiday. Children even get their own bathrobes, complimentary baby and child toiletries, and a childs menu where children aged 5 and under eat for free. Click here to find more information with Kuoni holidays.


Eco friendly / Family activity holidays

The family can get to see volcanoes & rainforests, enjoy rafting, kayaking, canyoning, trekking, horse riding and rainforest zip wires if they wish on a unique, and unforgettable family activity holiday in Costa Rica. More details....

San Jose City Sightseeing Tour


Take this comprehensive sightseeing tour of San Jose and discover the rich history and culture of Costa Rica. Learn about the popular monuments and visit the city’s museums as your guide educates you on the architecture and history of the downtown area.Special Offer - For a limited time only, save over 15% on the recommended retail rate - book now! - Book Now!

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High Ropes and Hanging Bridges Tour at Adventure Park Costa Rica


Swing like Tarzan on a ropes and bridges activity tour at Adventure Park Costa Rica. The largest and longest high ropes course in Costa Rica has a total of 33 platforms, taking you above the trees for bird’s-eye views of the Costa Rican rainforest and the Nicoya Gulf. All activities are supervised by experienced bilingual guides on this small-group tour, limited to a maximum of 10 participants, and training and equipment are provided. It's an unforgettable way to experience Costa Rica's natural wonders!

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Hotel America

  
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Heredia al sur del parque central de Heredia 
Distance: 0.2 Miles (Show hotel on map)
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B&B Vista Los Volcanes

  
1.3 km north and 50 metres west of Autos Los Amigos, San Joaquín de Flores 
Distance: 2.5 Miles (Show hotel on map)
B&B Vista Los Volcanes

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Rooms from: 109 USD

Hotel Bougainvillea

  
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Costado Oeste Escuela Santo Tomas 
Distance: 2.6 Miles (Show hotel on map)
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Casa de Flores Boutique Guesthouse & Villa

  
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1 km north from the Barva's Church, San Jose de la Montaña Road 
Distance: 2.7 Miles (Show hotel on map)

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Adventure Inn

  
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50 mts east from Los Arcos, Ciudad Cariari 
Distance: 2.9 Miles (Show hotel on map)
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Hotel Puerta del Sol

  
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Residencial Los Arcos, Rotonda No.1, No.17 
Distance: 2.9 Miles (Show hotel on map)
Hotel Puerta del Sol

This 3-star hotel is located in the centre of Nes, just a 2-minute drive from the ferry. You can relax in the garden or on the terrace. De Jong offers free Wi-Fi and newspapers. Each room is decorated in light colours with a purple wall behind the bed. A TV and seating area are in the room. The private bathroom is fitted with a bath or shower. De Jong Restaurant offers breakfast, lunch and dinner in the tradiotional Dutch restaurant. Packed lunches are available to take along when exploring the More details

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Country Inns & Suites by Carlson, San Jose

  
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Ciudad Cariari, San Antonio de Belen 
Distance: 2.9 Miles (Show hotel on map)
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Terrazas de Golf Boutique Hotel

  
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100 metros sur 125 oeste hotel Ramada Herradura 
Distance: 3 Miles (Show hotel on map)
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DoubleTree by Hilton Cariari San Jose - Costa Rica

  
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San Antonio de Belen 
Distance: 3 Miles (Show hotel on map)
DoubleTree by Hilton Cariari San Jose - Costa Rica

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City Express San Jose Aeropuerto

  
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Diagonal al Mc Donald del Centro Comercial Cariari 
Distance: 3.1 Miles (Show hotel on map)
City Express San Jose Aeropuerto

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Family wildlife Holiday in Costa Rica, South America

A family adventure holiday offering an unforgettable wildlife holiday in Costa Rica , where you will explore a coffee and sugar plantation, an attractive butterfly farm and the Arenal Volcano.



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Useful telephone number in Costa Rica

Emergency numbers
Ambulance: 911
Fire: 911
Police: 911

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