7 Must-Try Family Activities in Costa Rica

by Eduard

There are so many activities to do in Costa Rica, sometimes it is hard to choose!  We have compiled a list of our 7 favorite activities and tours while on vacation in Costa Rica.

Canopy zip lining  


One of the most popular family activities in Costa Rica is canopy zip lining. This is a truly unique experience where you will get to fly through the trees and view the wild forest from above; a view point not everyone gets to experience in their lifetime. Kids absolutely love this one!

Sailing catamaran tour

A catamaran tour, either private or with other families, is a very stress-free, no worry, and hands-off family activity. Typically, these fun sailing trips last about four hours and are complete with an open bar, delicious snacks and lunch, snorkeling gear, water toys, and an opportunity to swim and float in a protected bay. Not to mention, the setting is perfect for that family photo you told yourself you were going to get on this trip.

Nature hiking (day and night)

Costa Rica is bursting at the seams with plants and animals. Taking a guided day or night hike through the rainforest, cloud forest, or tropical dry forest is your best chance at spotting some of Costa Rica’s most iconic animals. If you have the chance, you should definitely take at least one day and one night hike since some animals are diurnal and other are nocturnal.


There are beginner-friendly surf breaks all up and down the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. Costa Rica is an excellent place to learn and practice surfing. A private surf guide can help make your family’s quest for standing up on a wave a success. For fast learners or already experienced surfers, your surf guide can take you to some of the best breaks in the country.

Sea Kayak & Snorkel

To paddle out in a Kayak across the bay to the islands and reef in Samara bay is not only a good workout, but a relaxing tranquil trip out to one of our favorite snorkel locations. The experienced guide will escort you around the bay and out to the reef where you will jump overboard to experience a variety of underwater sealife.

ATV excursion

Got a teenager with a need for speed? Here’s a family activity that is sure to bring a beaming smile to your kid’s face. From cruising alongside lush mountains to deserted dirt roads that lead to hidden beaches, this is an exhilarating way to explore a part of Costa Rica.

Fly Like a Bird in a Gyrocopter


You’ve hiked through the jungle, strolled along the beach, climbed to the top of zipped through the canopy, gazed up at a waterfall, and rafted down a mighty river, but have you experienced these natural wonders in Costa Rica from the sky? A gyrocopter tour is a one-of-a-kind experience where you will be granted a bird’s eye view from an ultralight and open-air aircraft!

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