Zipline at Selvatura Park Soar above the cloud forest canopy on a zipline course, hike through the jungle between eight hanging bridges that span forested canyons and watch hummingbirds flit through the air at Selvatura Park in Monteverde.
Canoe at Las Baulas National Marine Park Canoe through Las Baulas National Marine Park near Tamarindo at dawn to spot American crocodiles, howler monkeys and Costa Rica’s bird bounty. The kids’ highlight? Watching tree crabs scuttle across mangrove roots. Hotel Las Tortugas runs guided tours.
Ride Horses at La Fortuna Waterfall Ride horses through the countryside to Arenal’s famous La Fortuna Waterfall and then descend around 500 mossy stairs on foot for a dip in the emerald pool. Look for noisy parrots and the volcano itself on the ride.
Watch Sea Turtles at Las Tortugas Hotel Sit motionless on a moonlit beach as Pacific black, olive ridley or leatherback sea turtles lug themselves ashore to lay eggs. If you’re lucky, you might even see turtle hatchlings scurrying toward the surf. Tours run nightly through turtle season, October-February.
Five Family Vacation Ideas
Where you choose to spend your holiday depends, in large part, on the wants and needs of each member of your travelling circus. Here are travel suggestions to suit families with young children, teenagers, single-parent families, multi-generational families and multiple families travelling together.
Why to Visit Costa Rica in the Summer
If you love nature, then summer is a great time to visit Costa Rica, when its famous rainforests are at their greenest. So get outside and go kayaking or surfing, hike through waterfalls and zipline over lush canopies. Plus, take advantage of shoulder-season hotel savings and don't miss turtles hatching on the beach.