There are plenty of reasons to vacation in Costa Rica: beautiful beaches, gorgeously warm weather, and epic opportunities for adventure. But many are surprised to learn that these perks aren't exclusive to adults. The truth is, there is much to do in this magical country that appeals to both parents and kids and will ensure everyone has an unforgettable family vacation... if you know where to go.
That’s why we’re sharing our list of the top 5 family-friendly tours in the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica that will have you and your kids remembering your Costa Rica getaway for years to come.
1. Tamarindo Estuary Boat Tour
This estuary boat tour just outside of Tamarindo is fun for children of all ages (and children under the age of 3 can ride for free!). You’ll travel by safari boat through narrow canals in Las Baulas National Park and have plenty of opportunities to see monkeys, iguanas, crocodiles, birds and so much more. Your tour guide will point out flora and fauna of interest, ensuring everyone has an incredible adventure. The tour is approximately 2 hours long and offers free pick-up from hotels or house rentals.
2. Costa Rica Wildlife Sanctuary
Located in the Diamante Adventure Park, this wildlife sanctuary is home to a wide variety of Cost Rican animals needing a little extra TLC. Natural enclosures allow adults and children up-close viewing of native animals like sloths, jaguars, and toucans among others.
3. Horseback Tour to Conchal Beach
Experienced cowboys guide families with children ages 5 years and up on a jungle tour by horseback. This relaxing 2-hour stroll begins in the pristine jungle and offers incredible mountain views before ending at Conchal Beach where kids can splash and play while mom and dad join in on the fun or grab a cocktail at the outdoor bar. If you happen to be an experienced horse handler, know that the cowboys are happy to allow you to run your horse through mountain meadows. But those with less experience will appreciate the default speed of the horses…a leisurely stroll.
4. Zip Line Canopy Tour
For those looking for a more high-adrenaline experience, book a zip line tour that will take you and children ages 4 and up on an exhilarating journey through the jungle canopy. Be prepared for breathtaking views and natural animal encounters as you whiz through the jungle. The total tour experience can take anywhere from 1 – 2 hours. Tours are occasionally canceled due to wet weather, so try to book your tour in the mornings when possible to avoid late-day storms.
5. Puma and Sloth Sanctuary Tour
This family-friendly, full-day tour begins at Las Pumas Refuge, home to both big cats and other wildlife like tropical birds and monkeys. After touring the refuge, you’ll be whisked to the village of Bijagua where you’ll enjoy a delicious Costa Rican lunch before hiking to see both two- and three-toed sloths in their natural habitat.
And there you have it…five incredible, family-friendly activities that will make your trip to Costa Rica an adventure you and your children will never forget!