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If you’re planning a family trip, perusing Costa Rica beachfront villas, and seeking out Costa Rica itinerary for families, you might find yourself overwhelmed. There are so many choices. And even with all this choice, you’re still wondering what activities are best suited the whole family.

As in, not just the kids: What’s something everyone will enjoy? Because, beyond the obvious choices of swimming and surfing, what else is there for families to enjoy together?

Great news: Costa Rica is seemingly tailor-made for kids and their adults, as we’re all always seeking new adventures. But a simple canopy tour just won’t cut it anymore (kids these days!). Fear not, parents! We’re seasoned pros when it comes to creating that just-right Costa Rica itinerary for families – and what’s more, we’re parents ourselves. Our own kids practically live and breathe Costa Rica, so trust us when we say we know what we’re talking about.

And with that in mind, here’s our handpicked selection of the top activities and must-see experiences for families visiting Costa Rica.

Costa Rica Itinerary for Families: Activities to Build Your Dream Vacation

surfing in Costa Rica

There’s so much to do in Costa Rica. Here are a few favorites:

Catch a Wave

They say the family that surfs together, stays together… or at least wipes out together!

But in all seriousness, surf lessons are a must, especially for a Costa Rica itinerary for families. There are plenty of fantastic, kid-friendly lessons available that cater to all ages and skill levels. Experience the thrill of catching a wave yourself, paired with the deep-seated joy of seeing the excitement on your kids’ faces as they pop up for the first time!

Try Boogie Boarding

If your kids (or let’s be honest, even you parents!) aren’t quite ready to tackle Costa Rica’s waves on a surfboard, no worries – boogie boarding offers a slightly more manageable yet still thrilling alternative!

You can easily rent a board in town for a wallet-friendly $10-$15 a day, depending on the town, and there are plenty of calm spots along the beach where you can set up your umbrella and let the kids ride the waves.

Discover Hidden Gems at Natural Waterholes

Llanos de Cortes Waterfall Costa Rica 16 9

Tucked away in Costa Rica’s backcountry, you’ll find enchanting waterfalls and secluded swimming holes just waiting to be explored.

These pristine natural oases not only provide a refreshing escape from sun-splashed landscapes but also offer fantastic opportunities for wildlife spotting, leisurely hikes, and delightful picnics. Don’t hesitate to inquire with us about the best and safest spots, wherever you’re going!

Embark on a Whale-Watching Adventure

A family whale-watching excursion is an absolute must. Climb aboard a boat and set off to encounter majestic humpback whales, playful dolphins, and perhaps even the occasional turtle.

Not only will this experience leave your kids awestruck and eager to share tales with their friends back home, but Costa Rica’s whale-watching tours also offer valuable insights into marine life and ocean conservation. Who knows, you might spark a lifelong passion for the sea and its inhabitants!

Get on Board with SUP

Stand-up paddleboarding, also known as SUP, is one of the hottest water sports on the Pacific coast, and for good reason. It’s not only incredibly fun and a fantastic workout but also offers an exciting way to explore the water.

Master the art of paddling while balancing (which might be easier for the kids than for you!), then venture out to explore the blue expanse. Keep an eye out for wildlife, interesting rock formations, and other memorable sights along the way.

Enjoy a Coastal Horseback Adventure

horseback riding beach Costa Rica

Indulge in a dreamy beachfront horseback ride that you’ve always fantasized about.

Picture yourself trotting along the shoreline, the sea breeze tousling your hair – it’s pure paradise. Now, seize the opportunity! Arrange a horseback ride for the whole family and discover the countryside and coastline just like our local cowboys have done for centuries.

Explore the Vibrant Farmer’s Market

If you find yourself in town on a Friday Saturday morning (from around 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.), treat your taste buds to an adventure at the local feria, or farmer’s market. (Times vary by town.)

Whether you’re an adventurous eater or prefer familiar flavors, there’s something delightful waiting for you. From common fruits like watermelon and mango to more exotic delights like rambutan, musk cucumbers, passion fruit, and other delectable treats, the market is a feast for the senses.

Join a Turtle Nesting Tour

Create unforgettable memories for your family with a turtle nesting tour in Tamarindo.

Slip into dark clothes (they’re turtle-friendly) and venture to one of Costa Rica’s many nesting beaches. During nesting season (varies by beach), witness awe-inspiring sights as colossal leatherback turtles, green sea turtles, and olive ridley turtles make their laborious journey up the beach, meticulously dig their nests, and lay their precious eggs. It’s a truly remarkable and deeply moving experience, guaranteed to captivate even the youngest wildlife enthusiasts.

Experience the Thrill of Zip-Lining

While canopy tours and zip-lining may be considered traditional activities in Costa Rica, they never fail to deliver excitement. Children aged 4 and up will squeal with delight (and a hint of adrenaline) as they soar through the treetops, while you’ll appreciate the breathtaking views from above. (Note that younger adventurers will zip-line in tandem with a guide.)

Navigate the Waters by Kayak

Start your day off right by renting a kayak – the earlier, the better for optimal birdwatching – and head out to explore Costa Rica’s rivers and estuaries.

Enjoy a leisurely paddle surrounded by scenic beauty and keep your eyes peeled for birds, monkeys, crocodiles, and other fascinating wildlife. Even if the animals are elusive, the majestic mangrove trees provide an impressive backdrop for your adventure.

Plan a Relaxing Beach Day

Santa Teresa beach views Costa Rica

It’s all too easy to overfill your itinerary, leaving little room for what truly matters: soaking up the sun on the beach!

The country boasts breathtaking beaches and a few very impressive Costa Rica beachfront villas, granting you easy access to soft sand, gentle waves perfect for surfing or swimming, and rocky areas waiting to be explored by adventurous kids. It’s a paradise for children, so why not dedicate a day (or three) to simply unwinding at your favorite beach, sipping refreshing pipas (ice-cold coconut water, straight from the shell) while the kids enjoy their beach activities.

Embark on an ATV Excursion

Ready to add a dash of adventure to your family vacation? Rent some ATVs, strap the kids in, and hit the trails!

Watch their faces light up with excitement as you navigate curves and bumps at exhilarating speeds. ATVs are the perfect way to explore Costa Rica’s backcountry, granting access to areas unreachable by car and offering unforgettable panoramic views.

Photograph Precious Family Moments

Make lasting memories against the stunning backdrop of Tamarindo’s beaches by scheduling a family photoshoot.

With some of the world’s most picturesque scenery at your feet and talented local photographers on hand, you’re guaranteed to capture unforgettable moments that you’ll cherish for years to come. (Feel free to ask us for our current recommendations!)

Indulge in Some Rest and Relaxation

Even on vacation, it’s essential to set aside a day for pure relaxation – yes, even when traveling with kids.

So go ahead, sleep in, whip up a leisurely brunch – or book one of our ocean-view or Costa Rica beachfront villas with Elite Service, which includes daily breakfast preparation – and lounge around in your pajamas or beachwear. Slather on sunscreen and bask in the sunshine while the kids splash around in your private pool. This is what vacations are all about!

Family Paradise: Beach-Adjacent and Costa Rica Beachfront Villas

The next step: Find Costa Rica beachfront villas and ocean-view vacation rentals that cater to families. Here are a few to consider:

Casa Breeze

Playa Conchal | 5 Beds | 5 Baths | 12 Guests

Casa Breeze luxury villa rental Costa Rica

Secreted into the prestigious surrounds of Reserva Conchal – and just a 2-minute golf-cart ride to the beach! – Casa Breeze is a stunning 5-bedroom villa, home to an array of striking amenities, including a private pool, a fully equipped kitchen, and spacious living areas.

But first, its location: Within Reserva Conchal, a spectacular and established community, your rental grants you access to an onsite championship golf coursespa and Fitness Centertennis courtsrestaurantshiking and biking trails, a wildlife refuge, and the Reserva Conchal Beach Club, with a beachfront infinity-edge pool, international restaurant, bar, beach gear, and onsite activities, including snorkeling, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, and more.

Of course, you’re here for more than your surrounds and in that, Casa Breeze delivers with luxurious amenities, including fairway views, outdoor living areas with an infinity pool and waterslide, a top-floor honeymoon-suite-style master bedroom with balcony, and our Elite Service (including daily housekeeping). Welcome to paradise!

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Casa Guayacan

4 Beds | 4 Baths | 11 Guests

Casa Guayacan golf front villa Hacienda Pinilla

Nestled amidst rare tropical dry forest and adjacent to Hacienda Pinilla’s prestigious golf course, Casa Guayacan offers a tranquil oasis where you can unwind, indulge, and explore, often without encountering another soul.

Here, you’re just a leisurely morning stroll away from the pristine beach, with sweeping views of the lush, championship golf course. Within minutes, you’ll find yourself amidst Hacienda Pinilla’s array of amenities. Yet, despite this proximity, you’ll feel ensconced in your own private sanctuary – a hidden retreat where luxury awaits at every turn.

Casa Guayacan elevates its exceptional service with the addition of a dedicated “house mom” who attends to housekeeping, laundry, and prepares your daily breakfast, lunch, and cocktails (except Sundays and holidays). As guests, you’ll also enjoy exclusive access to Hacienda Pinilla’s extensive amenities, including the stunning Beach Club, golf course, nature trails, tennis courts, and horse stables.

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Casa Amuga

Playa Grande | 6 Beds | 6 Baths | 14 Guests

Casa Amuga Costa Rica villa rental

Step into Casa Amuga, your tropical retreat just steps away from Playa Grande and a short drive to Playa Ventana. Nestled in a charming surf town renowned for its consistent waves, this remarkable home comprises a main house, a pool casita, and a separate two-bedroom ‘casita’ for the little ones.

Indulge in the luxury of your own private pool, ideal for leisurely afternoons or invigorating morning swims. Set within a secluded natural sanctuary teeming with wildlife, Casa Amuga offers a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Your stay at Casa Amuga promises more than just accommodation—it’s your gateway to relaxation and adventure. Welcome to the good life!

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Design Your Ideal Costa Rica Itinerary for Families

When you reserve one of our Costa Rica beachfront villas or vacation rentals, you’re guaranteeing yourself both a spectacular vacation home and full (and FREE) travel concierge services.

So, what does that mean? After you make your reservation, your personal concierge will get in touch. She’ll send our welcome book, which includes plenty of details about the Tamarindo area, activities, tours, and other need-to-know information. Then, your concierge will follow up, in order to know you and your travel group as well as s/he knows Tamarindo.

After you’ve built your must-see, must-experience list, your concierge will help you build your trip around your wish list: tours, adventures, spa services, personal chefs – whatever you seek, your concierge will source. Then, s/he will book them all on your behalf, with zero markup.

And, while you’re here, your personal concierge is on call to attend any problems, questions, or other issues. You’re never without helping, and that itself is its own amenity.