YOUR GUIDE TO COSTA RICA
Costa Rica With Kids: A Family-Tested Recipe
What What can your kids do in Costa Rica? Well, the possibilities are endless, so let us begin:
Kids love hummingbirds, but you knew that, right? Let’s start right there. La Paz Waterfall Gardens has some 26 hummingbird species, probably the largest concentration anywhere in the world. It’s also barely over an hour’s drive from the capital, San José, so no fussy kids in car. And finally, something for the kids to make their school buddies envious about!
Have your kids spend a day hiking the lush rainforests around La Paz. It is hot and humid, and the kids get to splash around in the waters that look like crystals. For that matter, bring in the entire family to bathe underneath the cool and inviting waterfall. And, oh, there are not just one, or two, or three of them nearby. There are as many as five stunning waterfalls here, all waiting to be explored. Remember to just find one that your kids will love and that will be safe for them.
Forget going for the roller coaster rides inside those metal cans at Disneyworld. Going to Costa Rica with kids is the real deal. If you’ve always wondered why it is that the adrenaline starts to flow when there’s nothing more going on than a high-speed descent over the jungle canopy with nothing but a piece of wire fighting it out with gravity, book your family adventure on zipline tours to find out. Not only will you have your answer, you can even let your kids learn from the practical experience. Ziplining tours are all over the country but not all of them are kid-friendly, so do your research. Kids love water, but by now you already know that. This journey though is made on, not in, water.
Take your kids for surfing lessons. Feeling left out? Quit whining, and have the entire family break the surf.the kids ride out the rapids on a “float” while the rest of the adults in the family plan for an over-the-top whitewater rafting adventure. Many of the places have provision for childcare, so having kids in tow is not an adequate excuse for missing out.
Let the kids ride out the rapids on a “float” while the rest of the adults in the family plan for an over-the-top whitewater rafting adventure. Many of the places have provision for childcare, so having kids in tow is not an adequate excuse for missing out.
Kids get oodles of fun hearing the howler monkeys, well, howl. They aren’t difficult to find, although having them scream for entertaining humans might need more patience than your kids are willing to provide.
Take your kids for surfing lessons. Feeling left out? Quit whining, and have the entire family break the surf.
Bring the kids with you at riding over the river rapids, which the younger ones can safely perform on “safari floats” in a safe environment.
Hike up the absolutely picturesque Arenal Volcano with your kids. Recommended starting point would be the trails originating off of Arenal Observatory Lodge.
Introduce the kids to such weird and varied creatures as sloths, blue Morpho butterflies, and poison-dart frogs. Why not make this both fun and educational? Stir the born naturalists in your kids – they’ll thank you later.
Did you know that sloths are in fact slower than snails?
Did you know that blue butterflies aren’t really blue but an optical illusion due to their iridescence make them appear so?
Did you know poison-dart frogs sweat poison and are the most poisonous animal alive?
Go ask your kids, maybe they knew these facts already.