Kid-Friendly Activities in Costa Rica Involve Volcanos, Waterfalls and Monkeys

Costa Rica is a great place to bring the kids on holiday. There are so many things to do, the only complaint from the kiddos will be that there aren't enough hours in the day to do all them. Tandem ziplining is the kid-friendly version of Costa Rica's signature  Canopy Tour, much more fun than any rollercoaster. Reef Runner Divers encourages families to snorkel together on an underwater exploration of the Caribbean, where sea horses and nurse sharks live along the coral reef. At the expansive InBio Park just outside of San Jose, an eye-popping insect collection gets kids excited, and the mushroom exhibit is a cool intro to Costa Rica's extra-large fungi. While you may spot monkeys and sloths all over the country, at the Jaguar Rescue Center kids of all ages are invited to visit and play with the creatures in recovery. The frogs you'll see at the Ranario in Monteverde are more to be looked at than touched, some of their skin is toxic to the touch. For many kids, the best part about a trip to Costa Rica is a visit to an active volcano like Irazu or Arenal. If you're lucky, you'll stumble upon a kid-friendly street festival, featuring a fancy horse parade followed by an even fancier fireworks display.

El Parquecito Beach
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El Parquecito is a small curved cove near the center of Puerto Viejo, where small fishing boats line the white sand, and the water is calm and protected on two sides. Salsa Brava beach lies directly south, and Puerto Viejo Beach lies directly...  Read More



When the weather heats up, sometimes there's just nothing like a swimming pool to cool you off, even in Costa Rica, with it's bounty of beaches on both coasts. What's even better, is that Balneario de Aguas Termales Los Patios has 6 pools to...  Read More

Ranario Monteverde
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Frog spotting can be a fun past time in Costa Rica, especially since some species, like the exquisite and now Missing Golden Toad, are disappearing fast as more and more humans begin to visit their terrain. At the Monteverde Ranario, or Frog...  Read More



Iraz� Volcano National Park encompasses the area around the Iraz� Volcano in Cartago Province. The volcano is not far from the capital city and makes for an excellent day trip attraction from San Jose. Iraz� Volcano National...  Read More



La Paz Waterfall and gardens is a delightful eco-excursion just outside the city of San Jose, and with a half or full day trip, you'll be treated to not only five rushing waterfalls, but lush tropical rain forest, exotic birds, butterflies,...  Read More



Yes, it is the quintessential Costa Rican adventure, and yes it is a must-do experience, if you enjoy the great outdoors, that is. You'll feel the adrenaline in your veins and the wind in your hair as you whiz from platform to platform (there...  Read More



At the Jaguar Rescue Center in Playa Chiquita, a few kilometers south of Puerto Viejo, a primatologist and her herpatologist husband are a couple of passionate animal lovers who created the Jaguar Rescue Center in response to a need for a place...  Read More

Cocles Beach
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Cocles Beach, called "Beach Break" by locals, is the most popular beach in the area among locals and tourists, for its long golden sand beach and for its consistently good surf. A majestic craggy rock sits a few meters off-shore, and legend has...  Read More

INBio Park
Photo courtesy of Dave McCracken


InBio Park is Costa Rica's national institute for biodiversity and conservation, and it's main attraction is a theme park for all ages that introduce's Costa Rica and many of its natural wonders to the public. InBio collaborates with government...  Read More



Reef Runner Divers is a one-stop dive shop located in a prime beachfront spot in Puerto Viejo de Limon, Costa Rica. With a staff of experienced divers and a trusty panga boat named "The Reefer" this long-standing outfit has access to the most...  Read More


Meet Sophia LaMonica

On Sophia's first trip to Costa Rica, she came face to face with white-faced monkeys, gasped at the sight of giant purple crabs, and rode horseback through plunging waterfalls. Costa Rica...  More About Sophia