Family Friendly Tours from Special Places of Costa Rica

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Costa Rica is a tropical paradise recognized worldwide for its natural beauty and biodiversity. If you’re planning a family vacation, you’re in for a treat, as Costa Rica offers a variety of tours and activities that will capture the attention of every member of your family.

From unforgettable wildlife encounters to exciting outdoor excursions, this enchanting Central American country has something for everyone. Costa Rica boasts a remarkable variety of ecosystems, including tropical rainforests, cloud forests, volcanoes, and stunning coastlines, providing endless opportunities for exploration and discovery. Your little ones can marvel at colorful toucans and playful monkeys, swim in pristine waterfalls, and even embark on an exciting zip-lining adventure through the treetops. 

Join us as we share our most recommended tours in Costa Rica, where your family can immerse in nature, experience the local culture, and create unforgettable memories. Prepare for extraordinary options that will delight the whole family and leave you with a deep appreciation for the wonders of Costa Rica.

A family with a dad, mom, and young daughter running through the ocean in Costa Rica.
Costa Rica offers plenty of adventures for kids of all ages (and adults will love them just as much!).

Animal-related tours

All kids love animals no matter their age, so the following compilation of tours will allow you and your children to enjoy some of the most beautiful and iconic wildlife in Costa Rica.

A black and yellow toucan with a rainbow beak sitting on a tree branch in the rainforest in Costa Rica.
Children will love encounters with exotic wildlife, from colorful toucans to playful monkeys.


Palo Verde Wildlife Safari by Boat Tour

The Palo Verde National Park Wildlife Safari by boat tour takes place in one of the most significant locations for water bird nesting in Central America. This tour is designed to be comfortable and safe for families with young children, and it consists of a leisurely boat ride through the park, allowing visitors to see a diversity of bird species, crocodiles, monkeys, and other animals. Knowledgeable guides provide educational information about the animals and plants, fostering a deeper appreciation for wildlife and conservation. Overall, it is a fun and kid-friendly experience that allows children to connect with nature, learn about it, and create lasting memories.

A blue covered boat riding through a lush green swamp in Costa Rica.
Riding a boat through Palo Verde National Park will expose children to plenty of wildlife, including monkeys, crocodiles, and birds.

You can book this tour and find more information about it here.


Diamante Animal Sanctuary

Diamante Animal Sanctuary is a haven of compassion and care for animals in need. Located in a picturesque setting in the Guanacaste Province, this sanctuary provides a safe and nurturing environment for a diverse range of animals, including orphaned wildlife.

Their dedicated team of experts and volunteers work tirelessly to rehabilitate animals, helping them heal physically and emotionally. Visitors can embark on guided tours where they will have the opportunity to learn about the stories and unique characteristics of the animals in their care. Through these encounters, they aim to foster a deeper understanding and appreciation for the value of all living beings. Whether you are an animal lover, an avid learner, or simply seeking a peaceful retreat, Diamante Animal Sanctuary promises an unforgettable experience filled with love, harmony, and the beauty of the natural world.

A brown monkey sitting on a rock in Costa Rica.
Meet monkeys, sloths, and other mammals that have been rescued and rehabilitated at the Diamante Animal Sanctuary.

You can learn more about this sanctuary and book your pass here. 


Turtle Watching Tour

If you plan to visit Costa Rica between October and March, you cannot miss this tour! Watching thousands of turtles laying their eggs on the sand is an experience like no other. 

A baby sea turtle on a sandy beach in Costa Rica.
If you’re visiting Costa Rica during sea turtle nesting season, children will love watching these baby turtles make their way to the ocean.

The giant sea turtle tour is an unforgettable experience where you can learn about these amazing creatures. Sea turtles are highly vulnerable to extinction and encounter numerous threats on their arduous voyage from the ocean to the beach where they were hatched. They are enormous and look like dinosaurs, which your kids will love to see. They are highly adapted to their watery environment thanks to their serrated beaks and hydrodynamic shells. Every few years, female sea turtles return to where they were born to lay their eggs. Every month in Costa Rica, thousands of sea turtles lay millions of eggs over a few days on protected beaches. 

Pricing, duration, and relevant details about the tour can be found here.

Adventure Tours

In Costa Rica, there is a wide range of exciting adventure tours for vacationers looking for an adrenaline rush. These activities take place in impressive natural settings, providing unforgettable experiences you will always carry. Below you will find our recommended tours that offer a complete compilation of adventures to enjoy with your family.

A group of seven adults and kids waving and wearing red vests on a white-water rafting tour.
Older kids will love thrilling adventures in Costa Rica, like white-water rafting, ziplining, and more!


Buena Vista Full Combo

The Buena Vista full combo has been designed to keep you and your family in bliss for 8 hours while covering a wide range of different activities, including hiking, birdwatching, mud baths, zip-lining, waterslides, and waterfalls. The tour takes place in the evergreen forests of the Rincon de la Vieja National Park, allowing you to enjoy a range of fun experiences with the added value of spotting beautiful wildlife.

The day begins with a hike across 12 suspended bridges in the forest. Costa Rica is known for its diverse bird species, so keep an eye out for toucans and other exotic birds. Don’t forget to bring your camera to capture the unique plants and animals you will encounter. After the hike, you’ll have the opportunity to zip-line through the treetops on ten different runs. Then, cool off by sliding down a 400-yard (365 meters) water slide in the forest. A delicious lunch will be provided, followed by a horseback ride to the natural hot springs, where you can relax and apply volcanic mud. One thing is sure, you and your children will have no problem sleeping like rocks as soon as your head hits the pillow after such a day.

A kid wearing a yellow helmet sliding down a waterslide in a black tube.
While the parents relax, kids can slide down fun waterslides at the natural hot springs.

Check more information about the tour here.


Guachipelin Mega Combo

If you want to feel alive and make the most of your day in paradise, try the Guachipelin Mega Combo.

This tour features canyoning, climbing, rappelling, Tarzan swings, via ferratas, and zip lines in a lovely forested canyon close to the Rincon de la Vieja volcano. After that, you’ll ride a horse to the next adventure, which is white water tubing on a river through the jungle. You will have a great lunch buffet with typical Costa Rican food after the tubing. In the end, you’ll go to the natural hot springs created by volcanic activity to soak in volcanic mud and hot spring pools by a river in the forest. Does this sound like one of the most exciting days, or what?

A woman climbing a rock wall over a raging river through a canyon.
Teenagers and older children might want to give canyoning or rappelling a try in Costa Rica.

Everything you need to know about this tour is here.

Incredible experiences and memories await you and your family in Costa Rica, where you will truly embrace the spirit of adventure, relaxation, and education while bonding with your loved ones. From exploring lush rainforests teeming with amazing wildlife to swimming in crystal-clear waters and immersing in local cultures, this vibrant country offers a diverse range of activities that cater to the interests of every family member. The tours described here will not only amuse and enthrall you, but they will also help you develop a strong respect for the natural world and the value of conservation.

Create Lasting Memories with Special Places of Costa Rica

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