Although a small country, Costa Rica has a lot to offer families on holiday, particularly those interested in wildlife. Amongst its dense rainforests, mountains, beaches and many national parks it is home to 5% of the world’s biodiversity. The patient and eagle-eyed will see capuchin monkeys, howler monkeys, sloths, iguanas and many species of butterflies and birds. Famous national parks include the waterways of Tortuguero and the Monteverde Cloudforest Reserve.
Along with many other Central American countries Costa Rica is known for its volcanoes. Arenal is the country’s most famous active volcano. Until recently Arenal regularly threw bright orange lava from its cone, lighting up the sky at night, but at the time of writing it is generally quiet.
Costa Rica is also a pioneer within the region for adventure activities. Depending on your child’s age activities on offer may include white water rafting, kayaking and zip-wiring (canopy tours). Gentler activities are also available, such as hiking, walking through the tree-canopy on ‘hanging bridges’ and taking natural thermal baths.
Situated between the Pacific and Caribbean coasts Costa Rica also has long stretches of beautiful, sand beaches, allowing for some down time. Some of the Pacific beaches are particularly popular with surfers. Manuel Antonio National Park on the Pacific coast is a beautiful area that combines tropical forest, wildlife, opportunities for adventure activities and golden sand beaches.
Costa Rica is a family and visitor-friendly country, with a well-established tourism infrastructure, making it an excellent choice for an adventurous family holiday.