Costa Rica

Amanda's verdict
Perfect for nature-loving families, this Central American beauty has jungles, beaches, active volcanoes, plus loads of opportunities for adventure. Spielberg’s Jurassic Park was filmed here, but you won’t find any dinosaurs (sorry kids). Instead, there’s amazing wildlife, ranging from turtles to toucans and tree frogs – with direct flights and no long road journeys.

Recommended tour operator: Rainbow Tours

Rainbow Tours says

Costa Rica offers an intoxicating cocktail of nature and adventure in distinct regions which add up to a diverse and unspoiled environment, from cloud forest and steamy jungle to volcanoes and glorious Pacific and Caribbean beaches. And all of this is contained within one small country, with nothing more than a two to three hour journey away.

  • amazing wildlife
  • direct BA flights
  • thrilling activities

The wildlife is as colourful as it is diverse with snakes, sloths, iguanas, monkeys, turtles, frogs, tropical birds, toucans and parrots all easily spotted in their natural environments.

Adrenalin-fuelled activities for all the family include zip lining, white-water rafting, canoeing, horse riding, surfing and rainforest walks (including awesome night walks in the Monteverde Cloud Forest).

Top all that with good service, a great choice of hotels (some with villas or interconnecting rooms ideal for families) and non-stop British Airways flights from Gatwick and you have the perfect family adventure holiday.

Costa Rica for Families is our signature family holiday. This exciting 10-day itinerary includes a stay in a rainforest lodge, river-rafting, wildlife-spotting, the Arenal volcano and some down time to relax and soak up Costa Rica’s natural beauty and tranquility. We can extend your stay with more time to relax on the beach before heading home with a lifetime of memories.

If wildlife is your family’s key interest, our Sustainable Wildlife Tour is the perfect option. This unique private tour is all about getting up close with Costa Rica’s incredible bio-diversity, not least its rare orchids, butterflies, birds, reptiles, insects and mesmerising sloths. You’ll stay in small family-friendly hotels, all of which hold the respected Certificate of Sustainable Tourism (recognised by the World Tourism Organisation).

Pack in the wow factor on one of our country-hopping holidays. For example, you can combine Costa Rica and Cuba for the chance to enjoy not only the best of Costa Rica and its adrenalin-pumping activities but also a few nights in sensational Havana.

Check out our full range of holidays in Costa Rica and family holidays to Latin America and Africa.

Also see the best time to visit Costa Rica.

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