Does a love for adventure run in the genes? There’s nowhere better for a fun-filled family experience than the colourful landscapes of Costa Rica…
With young children in tow, luxury holidays usually include perching by the pool or barefoot strolling along the beach in one of Europe’s dreamy destinations. But as youngsters grow older and their imaginations begin to wonder what the world holds, it may be time to journey to a destination that will alight their love of adventure.
Why choose Costa Rica?
Rich with biodiversity and geography, yet extremely safe and family-friendly, Costa Rica is becoming a popular choice for thrill-seeking families. Whether you’re looking for a far-flung escape with little ones or a destination with a difference to draw tech-loving teens away from their devices, this Central American gem has it all.
The country has a year-round tropical climate with plenty of sunshine between May and September – perfect timing for the schools’ summer holidays. No need to worry about the stress of multiple airport connections either, as direct flights from the UK to San José are available with British Airways, helping to ensure the whole family’s travels get off to a seamless start.
In northern Costa Rica, the relatively small area of Arenal is home to so many activities, families could easily spend two to three action-packed days here. Whether it’s zip-lining through the cloud forests, taking the Sky Tram above the volcano or exploring on a horse-riding or quad-biking tour, there’s plenty of ways for every generation to see the sights of this magnificent region. Of course, the nature of these activities means they’re typically suited to older children.
Manuel Antonio National Park is one of the most popular parks in Costa Rica. With an unbelievable variety of wildlife to see, spending the day hiking along the park’s picturesque trails with a local guide is the perfect chance to spend quality time as a family. If you plan on staying for the day, why not bring a picnic and enjoy lunch in one of the world’s most scenic settings?
Need to recharge? Where better than the world-class beaches of Guanacaste? Linger along the white-sand shores with a cold drink in hand, or cool off in the tropical waters, maybe trying your hand at surfing whilst you’re there, or go diving to see the exotic marine life beneath the surface.
Hotels in Costa Rica
In tune with their hotels around the world, Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica in Guanacaste provides the complimentary Kids For All Seasons club. Alongside the usual children’s club facilities, well-trained staff aim to immerse young travellers in Costa Rica’s culture with activities including chocolate-making classes, salsa dancing and surfing lessons.
On the Limón Province, Pacuare Lodge is fabulous for families with older children. The adventure begins when you raft your way to the entrance, followed by finding your suite, which will be located down by the Pacuare River or up in the treetops – it’ll take youngster’s ideas of a garden tree house to a whole new level!