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What to do in Costa Rica?

Welcome to our tours page of Costa Rica. You are about to set foot in one of the world’s most beautiful ecological gems. The land which Christopher Columbus named the “rich coast” is now seen as one of the safest and most progressive countries in South America. The only thing to be found in Costa Rica is the Pura Vida (literally “pure life”), an optimistic zest for life in all circumstances… The Costa Ricans (or Ticos for insiders) are constantly cheerful and welcoming to visitors! Costa Rica was also the first nation in the world to dissolve its army, a testament to their commitment to peace and prosperity above all else. It is regularly classed as one of the top countries for standards of living, and has a remarkable development model that prioritizes education, health care and protection of the environment. If you are a nature lover, you will find yourself in heaven… Costa Rica is a pioneering country in the field of ecotourism, and has an extremely rich biodiversity. Several unique species can be found in some of the country’s 33 national parks and reserves: no less than 25% of the Costa Rican territory is protected! To visit Costa Rica is to discover a wild paradise in which people are truly happy – what more could you want?
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On your family vacation to Costa Rica, you'll experience some of the world's most stunning landscapes. Cascading waterfalls, rolling mountain vistas, and volcanic landscapes are all part of the scene here. Surf and swim in the Guanacaste region, marvel at diverse wildlife and tour the sights of the capital, San José.

What makes Costa Rica a great destination for families?

Family trips to Costa Rica are great for giving kids a greater appreciation of nature. The unique, delicate natural surroundings provide inspiring sights to behold. Costa Rica is known for being a safe travel destination, with friendly locals and delicious cuisine. San José has museums and other attractions, and also offers views of the stunning mountainous landscape of the Central Valley. Evaneos's network of English-speaking guides will help you tailor your trip to meet your family's expectations.

Best things to do in Costa Rica with kids

Whether your ideal Costa Rican family vacation is spent relaxing on a beach, touring cities, or taking an adventure into nature, there's something for everyone. This Central American gem is full of cultural treasures and exciting excursions to discover.

Explore majestic Carara National Park

Costa Rica trips for families are best spent in its incomparable natural surroundings. Tour the wonderful rainforests located in this national park in the Central Pacific region. Don't forget your camera for sights like the incredible Pura Vida Gardens and Waterfall.

Experience culture in San José

The capital of San José is a superb city for family travelers. Visit the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum for its treasures, with some pieces dating from 1,500 years ago. There's plenty of side trip options to nearby destinations, including coffee farms and La Paz Waterfall Gardens Nature Park.

Hit the water in Guanacaste

Guanacaste province is one of Costa Rica's best spots, full of coastal treasures to discover. Aspiring surfers will love the waves here, or the less adventurous will enjoy simply chilling out in this secluded paradise. Rincón de la Vieja National Park is one of Costa Rica's top places for nature hikes.

Visit the old capital of Cartago

Not far from San José is the former capital, Cartago. This traditional city offers a more authentic local experience and a number of wildlife hotspots. The nearby Orosi Valley offers various historic churches and stunning landscapes as well. 

Relax in Quesada's natural hot springs

Quesada is a small city in the north, known for its hot springs. Come here to relax in charming surroundings, without large crowds of visitors. You'll enjoy its mountainous beauty and the area’s collection of resorts located around the hot springs.

Tips for planning a family vacation in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is one of Central America's safest and most popular destinations. The Costa Rican sun is strong, so pack plenty of sunscreen, clothing to cover up, and be sure to seek shade, especially after midday. When at the beach, seek local recommendations on safe places to swim as conditions can change. Credit cards are widely accepted in the country, especially in the bigger cities, but having some cash on hand is always a good idea.

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