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Costa Rica, a gem in Latin America, is a top choice for family travel. Known for its safety, cleanliness, and English-speaking locals, it offers a diverse range of experiences in a compact area. From rainforests and volcanoes to wildlife and palm-fringed beaches, Costa Rica is a paradise waiting to be explored. Rent a car for the ultimate freedom to explore at your own pace. The travel experts at CostaRicaKids share their top 5 must-visit spots in Costa Rica for families. Let’s dive in!

1. Discover the Wonders of Monteverde Cloud Forest

Monteverde, one of Costa Rica’s most renowned destinations, is home to a mesmerizing cloud forest. This unique ecosystem is teeming with vibrant toucans, frogs, hummingbirds, and playful monkeys. You can explore the forest through guided walking tours or opt for a thrilling canopy tour. Ready for an adventure?

2. Experience Pineapple Picking at Don Rudolfo

In the heart of Sarapiquí’s pineapple fields, you’ll find a welcoming finca run by a local Costa Rican family. Here, you can enjoy a refreshing dip in the pool and visit Don Rudolfo’s pineapple farm. Learn all about pineapples and savor the taste of freshly picked fruit.

3. Relax in La Fortuna’s Hot Springs

Nestled near the Arenal volcano, the small town of La Fortuna is a haven of natural beauty. Surrounded by lush forests, vibrant flowers, and cascading waterfalls, it offers a plethora of activities. You can hike up the volcano, go canoeing, or unwind in the hot springs heated by volcanic activity. A perfect way to end a day of exploration!

4. Experience the Magic of Turtle Beach at Tortuguero

If you’re visiting Costa Rica in the summer, you’re in for a treat. This is the perfect time to witness the majestic green sea turtles laying eggs on the beach, a spectacle that occurs from July until October. At the National Park Tortuguero, you can immerse yourself in nature by staying in a real jungle lodge. As evening falls, join a guide to the beach and watch the turtles come ashore to lay their eggs. It’s a truly mesmerizing sight to see these beautiful creatures in a trance, laying their eggs under the cover of night. If you’re a beach lover, don’t miss out on exploring these beach towns in Costa Rica.

5. Relax and Unwind at Manuel Antonio Beach

Manuel Antonio is renowned for its long, beautiful, gently sloping beaches that offer plenty of shade. It’s an ideal spot for kids and a paradise for those who love building sand castles. Here, the sea and the rainforest converge, resulting in beaches fringed by lush green jungle. You can explore the Manuel Antonio National Park on foot or opt for one of the snorkeling trips. For more exciting activities, check out these 9 incredible things to do in Manuel Antonio.

This article is a guest post by CostaRicaKids, travel experts and part of the tour operator RiksjaKids. If you’re planning to visit Costa Rica with kids, CostaRicaKids offers tailor-made trips for families with young children. Our travel experts, who know the country like the back of their hand and regularly travel with their own families, would love to help you design an unforgettable trip to Costa Rica for you and your kids.


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