Costa Rica is a pioneer of eco-tourism, and a quarter of the country is made up of protected reserves and national parks. This makes it the perfect adventure playground for children and parents alike. Begin your explorations by heading for the Caribbean coast, taking in waterfalls and the world’s largest butterfly collection en route, and travel by boat into the Tortuguero National Park to discover the rich jungle and marine life of this coastal rainforest. Between July and October, sights include the rare green turtle, which comes ashore to nest on the beaches.
This small Central American country is one of the most
biodiverse places on Earth, crammed with a greater variety of
plants and animals than you can shake a stick at - although we
don't advise that. Anyone, whatever age, who has a keen interest in
the natural world, will be as happy as a squirrel in a nut shop in
In the north of Costa Rica, the majestic Arenal volcano is one
of the highlights of the country. The eruptions, though frequent,
are moderate and you can often view them from safe distances,
allowing your family to see a spectacular sight, especially at
night when the glow from the crater stands out in the darkness.
River safaris, white-water rafting, horse riding, mountain biking,
wallowing in natural hot springs or windsurfing on Lake Arenal are
some of the huge range of activities available in this region. The
Arenal Hanging Bridges is a hugely memorable experience, allowing
the kids to get to grips with the fascinating and colourful world
of the rainforest canopy.
Adrenaline seekers should head the cloudforest of the central
highlands, where you can swoop through the treetops on zip wires,
or if you prefer to keep your feet firmly on the ground take part
in a nocturnal nature walk. Costa Rica has a combination of
dramatic scenery and wildlife, such as squirrel monkeys, tree
frogs, mud turtles and the rare quetzal bird. However no trip to
Costa Rica is complete with out spending a few days relaxing on the
sandy beaches of the pacific coast.