When it comes time to plan a trip with kids, stress levels often rise. It can be difficult to take a vacation with kids because of limited activities. But if you’re planning a trip to Costa Rica, you’re on the right track.

Costa Rica is a land of wildlife and exotic rainforests, beaches, and more. All you have to do is get there and you’ll have plenty to do when you arrive. And, the kids will, too!

Quit stressing over your vacation and start planning the trip of a lifetime. You’ll love watching your children’s faces light up with each new adventure. And, you might even catch yourself having a good time.

But don’t take our word for it. Go ahead, plan your trip and get ready for fun.

In this article, we’re discussing what to do in Costa Rica with kids. Keep reading to learn more.

Zip Lines and Canopy Tours

Zip Lines and canopy tours operate all over Costa Rica so you are guaranteed to find a spot to play, no matter where you stay.

Zip Lines are safe for almost anybody but if you’d rather keep the kids close, you can try a canopy tour. Ride through the rainforest at least 100 feet above the ground where you can see exotic wildlife and foliage. Depending on your location, you might be able to see volcanoes in the distance.


There is no lack of beaches in Costa Rica so you’re sure to find your perfect location for a picnic lunch and plenty of waves. Pick up a boogie board and let the kids play in the water while you watch from the sand, enjoying the sound of the surf. Find sea turtles nesting or watch a spectacular sunset.

If you’re looking for a tourist destination, try out Manuel Antonio Beach. It’s one of the most popular beaches in Costa Rica.

Rainforest Tours

Rainforest Tours might be one of the best things to do in Costa Rica with kids because it’s like a natural Biology lesson. Kids love finding wildlife hidden in the trees and sometimes underfoot. You’ll enjoy watching your children delight in the hidden treasures throughout your tour(s).

If you already plan on stopping at Manuel Antonio Beach, you’ll have to go through the rainforest to get there. It’s part of the Manuel Antonio National Park and it’s teaming with wildlife and vegetation. But Costa Rica is full of rainforests so you can visit one nearest to where you’re staying.

Wildlife and Birds

There is a plethora of wildlife and exotic birds in Costa Rica. Think toucans and macaws. Not to mention the snakes, frogs, and insects. The kids won’t know what to do with themselves.

Look for monkeys and sloths, too!

If you’re up for some real adventure and depending on the time of year, you could take a whale watching tour to see the magnificent Humpback whales of the Pacific.


Some of the most stunning and majestic waterfalls reside in Costa Rica. Take a tour through the rainforest until you get to a waterfall where you can simply revel in the beauty or take a dip in the cool waters.

Bajos del Toro Waterfall is one of the most spectacular and largest waterfalls in the whole country. It’s a 300-foot drop tucked in a valley between two volcanoes. The sights will astound you, and the kids.


Costa Rica is home to over 60 inactive volcanoes and six that are still active. There is a lot more to see than just a simple mountain though. Relax in the hot springs created by the risen magma.

Poas Volcano is still active and one of the most popular destinations in Costa Rica. It has two lakes that contrast dramatically with one, the Laguna Caliente, noted as one of the world’s most acidic lakes. Lake Botos, on the other hand, sits on the southern side of the volcano which is cold and clear.


No matter where you go in Costa Rica, there is someplace to take a hike. Get the kids out in the warm, fresh air for a little exercise and family time. Finding a mountain or a rainforest in Costa Rica is like finding a penny on the street. Pick one and get out there!


Snorkeling is the perfect activity in Costa Rica with kids because there are options for beginners and experts alike. You’ll find sea life swimming right under your noses in the crystal clear waters of the Pacific coast. Look for manta rays, dolphins, sea turtles and the occasional humpback whale.

If your kids are old enough and you’re up for something a little more exciting, you could also try out scuba diving. Search for corals and deep water marine life such as octopus, eels, seahorses, and even white tip reef sharks.

Horseback Riding Tours

Regardless of what you’re trying to find, a horseback tour can take you there. Ride to the La Fortuna Waterfall or through the Cloud Forest to El Silencio. You can even ride around a volcano on horseback.

You can choose between full and half day tours and there are tour locations throughout the country.

Where to Stay

There are plenty of kid-friendly resorts in Costa Rica so you shouldn’t have a problem finding a place to stay.

Think about the Los Altos Resort in Manuel Antonio or the JW Marriott in Hacienda Pinilla, Guanacaste. You can also perform a simple Google search to find resorts that cater to children.

Costa Rica With Kids

There is plenty to do in Costa Rica with kids if you know where to look. Keep these tips in mind when you’re preparing your next vacation. And, don’t forget to pack the camera!

Depending on the age of your children may also depend on the activities you choose. But, regardless of age, Costa Rica with kids is a wild adventure that you won’t soon forget. You can expect the kids to be begging you to go back once you get home and you’ll probably want to come back yourself.

Plan a vacation that will enlighten your senses and give yourself a real break from the busy schedule that is life.

If you’re ready to go, or if you have questions, contact us. We’re the best of Costa Rica!

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