Thrill-seeking travellers of all ages have long known about the myriad things to do in Costa Rica to satisfy their thirst for adventure.
But with one of the world’s best records in both environmental performance and human development, there’s so much more for families to experience here than merely excitement (though we’d also recommend a bit of that as well).
Below we’ve rounded up a few of our favourite things to do in Costa Rica that will reveal the country’s natural splendour—and put family trips to Disneyland to shame. (Sorry, Mickey.)
9 Things to Do in Costa Rica with the Family
Braulio Carrillo National Park
Of the few remaining primary rain forests still standing in Costa Rica, the Braulio Carrillo national park is absolutely magnificent in its lushness.
Established in 1978, the park covers 44,099 hectares, 80 per cent of which is primary forest. It contains five different ecological zones, more than 500 species of birds and 135 species of mammals.
Be sure to keep a look out for the “poor man’s umbrella,” a large Gunnera plant whose leaves create a natural canopy that makes it excellent for both hiding out from the rain and snapping a selfie.
Osa Peninsula, Corcovado National Park
Corcovado National Park is the last remaining Pacific lowland rainforest of sustainable size in Central America.
Located on the Osa Peninsula in southwestern Costa Rica, Corcovado is the “crown jewel” of a world-renowned national park system. Including 13 separate ecosystems, almost one thousand species of trees and nearly one hundred species of birds, Corcovado has been called “the most biologically intense place on earth.”
Here, among the largest trees of Costa Rica, can be found the densest population of tapirs, jaguars and scarlet macaws in Meso-America.
This roadway starts up in Alaska and extends all the way down to Tierra del Fuego, Argentina. Each country is responsible for its own section.
For countries like Costa Rica, the intense rains that fall during the wet months in the central valleys make road maintenance an ongoing battle.