Summer Vacations in Costa Rica for Families
Thinking about where to go for your family’s summer vacation this year?
Costa Rica’s natural beauty and fun adventures place it at the top of the list for family travel destinations. There are hundreds of beaches to enjoy on both Pacific and Caribbean coasts, exciting tropical jungle and rainforest to explore, and abundant tropical animals to see like sloths, monkeys, toucans, and sea turtles. A wide array of nature, adventure, and cultural activities will give you plenty to do. And Costa Rica’s friendly people will make you feel very welcome.
Best Places in Costa Rica to Vacation
You may have read that Costa Rica’s rainy season is from May to November. Many people don’t know that the Pacific side of the country experiences a “little summer” in July and August with considerably reduced rainfall. And the Caribbean side has its driest period between mid-August and the end of October. You can’t go wrong with where to go!
Trips tailored to travel with kids in Costa Rica recommend places like Tortuguero on the Caribbean coast, Guanacaste beaches like Nosara, central and southern Pacific beaches like Manuel Antonio and the Ballena Coast, Volcano Arenal, and the Monteverde cloud forest.
What to See in Costa Rica on Vacation
Costa Rica is home to 5% of the world’s biodiversity and has an excellent system of national parks and private reserves that cover more than 25% of its land. This puts nature centerstage for what to see in Costa Rica.
July and August are great times to see sea turtles in Costa Rica. Tortuguero National Park receives green turtles and is their most important nesting site in the Caribbean region.
Near Nosara Beach on the Pacific coast, the Ostional National Wildlife Refuge is one of the world’s top nesting spots for Olive Ridley turtles. Around the time of a new moon, hundreds of thousands of Olive Ridley sea turtles come ashore all at once to lay their eggs – it is one of the planet’s most spectacular natural events.
Also, in July and August, humpback whales from Antarctica travel to Costa Rica’s southern Pacific coastal waters to mate and give birth. You can most easily see them in the Ballena National Marine Park, along with large pods of dolphins and other marine life.
How to Visit Costa Rica
For affordable Costa Rica family vacation packages, contact Costa Rica’s dependable travel advisor Best of Costa Rica.
You can find detailed information about traveling to Costa Rica on the Costa Rica Tourism Board’s website.