Costa Rica's top family-friendly spots
Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio by Juan J. Montero
Mischievous monkeys and steaming volcanoes, mysterious rainforests and palm-lined beaches – Costa Rica sometimes seems like a comic book reality. The perfect place for family travel, it is a safe, exhilarating tropical playland that will make a huge impression on younger travellers. The country’s myriad adventure possibilities cover the spectrum of age-appropriate intensity levels. Additionally, the warm, family-friendly culture is extremely welcoming of little ones.
In addition to amazing the kids, this small, peaceful country has all of the practicalities that rank high with parents, such as an excellent transportation infrastructure, a low crime rate and a world-class health-care system. But the reason to bring the whole family is the opportunity to share the country's unique experiences, like spotting a dolphin or sloth, slowly paddling a kayak through mangrove channels or taking a night hike in search of tropical frogs. Here are some Costa Rica’s fun places for families.