Top 5 family-friendly destinations in Costa Rica

Embark on a memorable family adventure in the heart of Costa Rica with Aventuras Tierra Verde. As a leading destination management company (DMC), we have curated the perfect list of family travel destinations that offer a blend of natural wonders, wildlife encounters, and unforgettable experiences. Join us as we explore the Top 5 family-friendly destinations in Costa Rica: La Fortuna, Monteverde, Manuel Antonio, Tortuguero, and Rincon de La Vieja.

Discover the Top 5 Family-Friendly Destinations in Costa Rica with Aventuras Tierra Verde

1. La Fortuna: A Volcanic Paradise

Nestled at the base of the majestic Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna is a haven for families seeking both relaxation and adventure. Marvel at the imposing volcano, soak in natural hot springs and embark on thrilling activities such as ziplining and waterfall hikes. La Fortuna provides a perfect balance of excitement and tranquillity for families of all ages.

Activities in the La Fortuna:

  • Hiking
  • River Activities
  • Volcano Lake Activities
  • Hanging Bridges
  • Volcano Activities
  • Arenal Volcano National Park
  • Adrenaline Adventures (Rappel, Zipline, Horse Ride, Rafting, more)

2. Monteverde: Cloud Forest Enchantment

Discover the enchanting cloud forests of Monteverde, where lush greenery and diverse wildlife await. Walk among the treetops on hanging bridges, visit butterfly gardens, and witness the magic of the cloud forest ecosystem. Monteverde offers a unique and educational experience for families, making it an ideal destination for nature enthusiasts and a paradise for birding and nature lovers.

Popular activities in Monteverde:

  • Cloud Forest Hanging Bridges
  • Overtree Zipline
  • Birding
  • Nature Reserves Activities
  • Horse Ride
  • Night-Wild-life tours

3. Manuel Antonio: Pristine Beaches and Wildlife

For a combination of sun, sand, and wildlife, Manuel Antonio is the go-to destination. This coastal gem boasts pristine beaches, diverse marine life, and the Manuel Antonio National Park, where families can spot monkeys, sloths, and a variety of tropical birds. Enjoy water activities, relax on the beach, and immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the Pacific coast.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

  • Manuel Antonio National Park Visit
  • Beach Activities
  • JetSky
  • Catamaran, Boat tours
  • Snorkelling
  • ATVs
  • Night-life

4. Tortuguero: Turtle paradise

Embark on a journey to the Caribbean side of Costa Rica and explore the unique wonders of Tortuguero. Known as the “Land of Turtles”, this destination provides an extraordinary opportunity to witness sea turtles nesting. Take boat tours through the winding canals, encounter exotic wildlife, and contribute to the conservation efforts of this ecological treasure.

Things to do in Tortuguero

  • Manglar Tours
  • Tortuguero National Park
  • Kayak Tours
  • Turtles tours according to the season

5. Rincón de La Vieja: Adventure in the Highlands

Located in the highlands, Rincon de La Vieja offers a diverse range of activities for adventurous families. Explore volcanic landscapes, indulge in hot mud baths, and hike through lush forests to discover hidden waterfalls. With thrilling adventures and a touch of relaxation, Rincon de La Vieja is a hidden gem for families seeking a unique Costa Rican experience.

Things to do at Rincón de La Vieja

  • Hot Springs
  • National Park Hiking
  • Waterfalls
  • Volcanic Mud
  • Adventure Activities: Zipline, Horse Ride, Tubing, Canyoning, Rappel


Embarking on a family journey to Costa Rica with Aventuras Tierra Verde guarantees an immersive experience in some of the country’s most captivating destinations. Whether you’re seeking volcanic landscapes, cloud forest enchantment, pristine beaches, turtle encounters, or highland adventures, Costa Rica has it all for the perfect family getaway. Join us in creating lasting memories in the lap of nature and adventure.

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Client interest ratings for Costa Rica destinations

In the following table, you’ll find our destinations rated by our clients based on their individual interests. The rating scale ranges from 0 to 10, where 0 signifies a mismatch with the client’s interests, and 10 indicates a perfect alignment. This scale provides a clear representation of how well each destination caters to our client’s preferences, helping you make informed decisions for your next adventure.

DestinationAdventuresWellnessCultureBeachNature Lovers
San Jose521025
La Fortuna101010010
Manuel Antonio887108
Rincon de la Vieja81010210

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