Visiting Costa Rica with Your Children – Costa Rica isn’t an adults-only destination – and it matters not what time of year you arrive. If you want to have a vacation with your kids that is truly memorable, meaningful, and bond-worthy, you’ll create a lifetime of memories in Costa Rica.
While Costa Rica has several rainfalls throughout the year, rain is no reason to postpone your trip. The rainy season lasts from May through November. If you absolutely want to visit when there’s nothing but sunshine, plan your trip during the months of December through mid-April. August is one of the best times to visit, because you can avoid the larger crowds, enjoy the sun, and you might just catch a seasonal dry spell.
Costa Rica is known for being one of the most ecologically mindful yet luxurious places in the world. There’s a few resorts that really live up to this reputation. Kasiiva, Pacuare Lodge, and Lapa Rios are just a few of those who take genuine sustainability seriously.
Children and adults alike can appreciate all that Costa Rica has to offer. There’s ziplining, rafting, snorkeling activities, as well as cloud forests and volcanoes to explore. And if you enjoy your coffee as much as your kiddos love chocolate, you’ll both be happy with the endless coffee farms and chocolate-making opportunities. And if that’s not enough, up the ante a bit with a submarine expedition helmed by marine biologists, or hire a captain to fly your family over the tops of the volcanoes. There’s nothing too far-fetched in Costa Rica.
And if you’re looking for a more down-to-earth family vacation, why not roll up your collective sleeves and help out a community during your stay? Opportunities for volunteering extend to wildlife rescue centers, helping at medical centers, or providing care for sea turtles.
At wildlife rescue centers, your family can take part in meal preparation for rescued and injured animals like monkeys, sloths, and parrots, or assist one of the vets on their daily rounds, learning about the rescued animals all along the way.
If you’d rather help out sick or injured humans, there are medical clinics that won’t turn away the extra hands. Adults can provide assistance with items such as data entry and notetaking, while children can read or play games with patients.
Taking your family to Costa Rica will be a memorable vacation no matter how you choose to spend it.