There is something for everyone in Costa Rica, with the possible exception of very young children (under 4yrs), though check out the large picture below for documentary proof of one of our clients enjoying the cloud forest with her toddler... Our agent Edmundo spent a couple of weeks touring Costa Rica, getting a feel for the different areas, and the sights and activities offered. There are a number of suppliers featuring package trips to this wonderful country at quite reasonable prices. If these package trips are not to your liking, we can custom-plan your trip with you.
Photo of tree frog in Costa RIca by Arvind Grover.
Costa Rica is great. There is so much to do there. You can visit volcanoes, cloud forests, jungles, beaches, cities, plains, each one with endless amounts of activities.
On beach with kids - Pacific Coast
One of the things that I did was visit the Arenal volcano, one of the most active (if not the most active) volcanoes in all of Central America. The volcano spews lava every fifteen or twenty minutes. The best time to see this occur is at sunset. You can actually climb the side of the volcano to get a better look. At the foot of the volcano there are also hot springs that you can enjoy during the day - very therapeutic. Also lake Arenal is one of the top 10 windsurfing destinations in the world, during the months of December to April with very fast winds - fast enough to take jumping lessons from one of the local experts.
Monteverde is the most popular cloud forest in Costa Rica. Very interesting! Lots to do. It is land purchased by American Quakers escaping the Vietnam draft, and turned into a natural cloud forest reserve. The Quakers are still there and they have expanded the reserve since they first started. They also do tours of the reserve.
Edmundo on the canopy tour
In and around Monteverde there is a lot to do. They have a butterfly farm, a hummingbird gallery, horseback riding, aerial trams, the Canopy tour, and walking in the forest looking for birds, monkeys, and reptiles. The canopy tour is something you do not want to miss. You rappel from treetop to treetop on pulleys connected to a wire that is strung from tree to tree. Very exiting if you are not afraid of heights. The longest one is about 300 feet across and 400 feet high. Awesome!
These two sites are should be a definite in your Costa Rican planning, but there is so much more.
- Do you want to see turtles nesting?
- Do you want to see the Pacific or the Caribbean?
- Would you like white-water rafting, jungle river tours?
- Do you want to see crocodiles, monkeys, birds?
- Do you want to go hiking, biking, walking, driving?
- Do you want all-inclusive on the beach with family activities?
- Do you want horseback riding holidays on a working farm?
- Would you like to stay in a five star hotel or in a jungle camp?
- Would you like to be dropped off in the most remote part of Costa Rica and walk your way out?
All are possible in Costa Rica - endless possibilities. One thing is certain, you will never be bored!