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Top 5 Family Activities To Do In Costa Rica

Updated on February 21, 2019
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Brandon is a freelance writer and travel enthusiast who is passionate about living life to its fullest.

It’s no secret that Costa Rica is one of the most beautiful and vibrant countries on earth. It’s full of rich history, culture, delicious cuisine, and premier coastlines. No wonder it’s one of the most desired places to travel to. With so many things to do, exploring Costa Rica with your family can be one of the most memorable experiences of your life. To avoid missing out on the best that Costa Rica has to offer— here are the top 5 family activities to do in the Pura Vida country.

#1 Surfing

If you haven’t seen the classic documentary, Endless Summer II, then you need to know (if you don’t already) that Costa Rica is home to some of the world’s best surf spots. Because of Costa Rica’s unique geographical position, the surfing is good year-round. Additionally, Costa Rica is known to have surfing embedded in its culture. In fact, there are many Costa Rican resorts dedicated to the sport of surfing.

Not only is surfing ridiculously fun, but it's great for your health! It's a full body workout that requires strength, cardiovascular endurance, balance, and flexibility. While most people don't go on vacation to workout, it's a great way to burn some of those extra vacation calories that you're consuming.

Make sure to get a surf instructor. Surfing can be a tremendous undertaking if you don’t know what you’re doing. A surf instructor will ensure that you and your family are making the most out of Costa Rica’s world-class surfing.

#2 Ziplining

If you want to experience world-class rainforests, look no further than Costa Rica. Ziplining allows you and your family to experience the vast Costa Rican rainforest from the ground up. Ziplining is one of the most exhilarating experiences you can have, and it’s fun for nearly all ages. Make sure to do your research on what type of ziplining tour would be best for you and your family.

#3 Horseback Riding

If you don't do so well with heights but still want to see the beautiful landscape of Costa Rica, you should consider going on a horseback riding tour. It’s a relaxed, enjoyable, and non-strenuous group activity that will surely bring your family closer together. Additionally, it will allow you to travel through several miles of mountain, beach, and jungle trails effortlessly. You can find horseback tours that take you along the coastline, through majestic mountain trails, or both! I would recommend using Trip Advisor to find the best horseback riding tour adventure that fits you and your family's interests.

#4 Sunset Cruise

Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway or a relaxing family sightseeing adventure—a sunset cruise is an unforgettable experience. Most sunset cruises offer food, beverages, and snorkeling gear. Plus, there’s a good chance you can see some beautiful marine animals. Most people launch from Guanacaste because you get to see a lot of the pristine beaches along the Pacific Coast.

#5 Beach Hopping

This one may seem obvious, but it’s easy to stick to the beach that’s by your resort. Try branching out to different locations. Different beaches in Costa Rica may have darker sand, lighter sand, clear water, or turquoise water. Each beach is unique and special in its own way.

Traveling to Costa Rica may be a once in a lifetime experience for you and your family. The most important thing to do is to spend quality time with them. But, make sure to have fun while you’re doing it!


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