Costa Rica is a great family destination. Bring your young children, teenagers, parents and grandparents, and we will make it an adventure and a memory of a lifetime. Tours can be designed where families share some activities such as observing lava pouring down the slopes of an active volcano or looking for night critters along a rainforest trail, yet allow time for individual pursuits like nature photography or an exhilarating forest canopy “zip-line tour.” Getting together and sharing trip photos and memories of exciting and compelling experiences tends to produce bonds that last years longer than the trip, something many of us refer to as “family glue.”
To help you begin planning your family tour, here are some sample highlights of what Costa Rica has to offer:
- Chocolate and bat tours in Sarapiqui! Take a chocolate tour and learn how the indigenous people began to cultivate the cacao trees in the rainforest and how the original chocolate was made. It was very different than we know it today! At night, go out with a “bat man” guide to see bats and learn about these fascinating creatures of the night that are very important members of the rainforest that polinate night blooming flowers and disperse plant seeds.
- Hike through and over the rainforest on trails and suspension bridges near Arenal Volcano or in Monteverde. These tours take you through magnificent rainforests where you will be able to see the forest from the ground to over the tops of the trees!
- Go rafting on the classic Balsa River, a gentle class 2-3 river for younger family members and beginners. Small white water rapids give plenty of fun action at a safe level for novices
- Test your skills shooting at targets with real indigenous bows and arrows! On this tour meet local native Costa Ricans and learn about their culture!
- Go on a night tour in the inky darkness of a cloud forest to look for insects, frogs and other night creatures in Monteverde.
- Enjoy the gorgeous beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park and learn to surf or improve your style with lessons from an area pro!
- Zoom through the forest canopy on a harness and cable “zip-line” tour in a forest that protects endangered squirrel monkeys and other tropical forest animals.