Costa Rica Luxury Family Holidays – Best Child friendly Hotels & Tours

KEY FACTS:
DIRECT FLIGHTS FROM THE UK: 3 times a week from London Gatwick
FLYING TIME: 11 ½ hours
TIME DIFFERENCE: – 6 hours
BEST TIME TO TRAVEL: Between December and May. Ideal for Christmas and Easter school holidays.
Costa Rica is the perfect destination for an active family holiday. Families can experience an amazing variety of wildlife and lush rainforests with zip line excursions above canyons of stunning scenery. Outdoor adventure opportunities abound for families with treks atop an active volcano, experiencing bubbling geysers and taking refreshing swims under waterfalls. For further family adventure see amazing wildlife from an inflatable white water raft tour.
Costa Rica is safe, accessible and perfect for an unforgettable family holiday.
BEST THINGS TO SEE AND DO:
Arenal National Park – in the northern highlands for volcano hikes, canopy walks, zip line rides, sky tram, Tabacon hot springs, white water rafting
Central Valley – White water rafting, horse riding, coffee plantation tours
Corcovado National Park – on the south-west Pacific coast and accessed by an internal flight for wildlife guided treks, bird watching, and Camo Island dolphin excursion
Manual Antonio – on the west coast with sandy Pacific Sea beaches and a National Park offering white water rafting, boat trips, kayaking and horse riding
Monteverde –  Cloud Forest canopy walkways, treks and trails, orchid gardens and butterfly farm
Northern Guanacaste – on the north-west Pacific Sea coast for horse riding in the tropical dry forest, surfing, canopy walkways, volcanic tours and therapeutic sulphur springs
Pacific Coast Beaches – pristine beaches, boutique hideaways, eco lodges, cattle ranches and volcano treks
San Jose – a city capital with many museums and a lively base for exploring nearby towns, adventure days, coffee plantations and a short drive to La Paz Waterfall Gardens
Tortuguero – on the north-east Caribbean coast, with access by plane or boat only, for turtle-nesting beaches and wildlife boat trips
Costa Rica wildlife – throughout all of these areas abounding wildlife sightings which include howler monkeys, sloths, turtles, crocodiles, iguanas, butterflies, frogs, dolphins, and a myriad of birds including humming birds, tropical kingbirds, boat-billed flycatchers, toucans, and white crowned parrot.
BEST ITINERY IDEAS:
Best for families
9 NIGHTS – 2 nights San Jose, Poas Volcano, Doka coffee plantation, La Paz Waterfall Gardens; 2 nights Arenal Volcano and National Park, Penas Blancas River safaris; 2 nights Monteverde Cloud Forest; 3 nights Manuel Antonio National Park and beach.
Best for highlights
11 NIGHTS – 2 nights San Jose, Poas Volcano, Doka coffee plantation, La Paz Waterfall Gardens; 2 nights Tortuguero National Park; 2 nights Arenal  and Cano Negro; 2 nights Monteverde Cloud Forest; 3 nights Manuel Antonio National park and beach.
Best for style
13 NIGHTS – 2 nights San Jose staying in a resort hotel and spa on a coffee plantation; 3 nights Corcovado National Park, and a day trip by boat to Cano Island, travelling by an internal flight and along the Sierpe River to stay in a forest lodge nestled in a private reserve; 2 nights Arenal staying in luxury at the hot springs location; 2 nights in Monteverde Cloud Forest reserve; 4 nights on the Pacific Coast staying at a beachfront retreat on the Nicoya peninsula.
 

COSTA RICA LUXURY FAMILY HOLIDAYS – CHILD FRIENDLY TOURS

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1: Fly direct with British Airways to San Jose, an ideal base from which to start your Costa Rica adventure.

Day 2: A visit to the Poas Volcano with its huge crater. On the way a breakfast and coffee stop at Doka coffee plantation . Later enjoy the stunning La Paz Waterfall Gardens to experience rainforest wildlife and vegetation.

Day 3: The Arenal Volcano and National Park, ideal for adventurous families to enjoy zip-lining, mountain biking, hiking and wildlife spotting.

Day 4: A boat trip down the Peñas Blancas River for family viewing of colourful birds, monkeys, sloths and butterflies.

Day 5: Another boat trip this time across the Arenal Lake and onward to Monteverde Cloud Forest for twilight and evening wildlife hunting.

Day 6: A day with spectacular views from the air on zip lines and high suspension bridges across the forest canopy observing howler monkeys and colourful birds in their habitat.

Days 7-9: Spend the next 3 nights at Manuel Antonio National Park where the stunning jungle and rainforest meets the beaches of the Pacific Ocean. Excursions can be booked from here for white water rafting, boat trips, kayaking and horseriding.

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