‘Guide to Family Travel in Costa Rica’ Webinar

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There’s never too much planning involved when trying to organize travel to a foreign country with your little ones, and Costa Rica is no exception. That’s why our Costa Rica expert, Rodo Alvarez hosted a webinar—Guide to Family Travel in Costa Rica, with Travel Consultant Tara Cabantingan as a guest speaker. Get an insight on tips we share with our clients when planning a trip down here.

What destinations will best suit your needs? Which hotels are family-friendly? Can you trust your kids with a babysitting services? What tours are most suitable for your family members? Below you can find out answers to all these questions and more!

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And here is the overview of the most suitable destinations and hotels for family travel in Costa Rica:

Best Arenal Hotels for Families

Many families choose to start their Costa Rica adventure in Arenal. Home to the most active volcano in the Americas, in Arenal families can also ride the longest zipline in the world, catch views of toucans and howler monkeys, and soak in natural hot springs.

Arenal Manoa and Hot Springs Resort has one of the best views of the Arenal Volcano. Their spacious rooms, with two Queen size beds, all have stunning views of the volcano and surrounding jungle. We love that the Arenal Manoa offers a separate family pool to ensure that kids can have fun and be loud without disturbing other guests. Enjoy complimentary breakfast followed by a tour of the hotel’s working farm!

The Arenal Springs Hotel is also a family favorite. Here you can book the two-room Master Suite for a comfortable space for the entire family. After a busy day exploring the volcano and nearby hot springs, hop into the complimentary shuttle and head to nearby La Fortuna for dinner and a look at this charming Costa Rican town.

In addition to welcoming family travelers with open arms, the Volcano Lodge also has hot springs on site and a dedicated kids pool. This sprawling property is lined with walking trails and offers a sense of private and remoteness not found at some of the larger hotels in Arenal.

Finally, The Springs Resort is the most upscale option for families in Arenal. Your family will be spoiled with plenty of amenities on site including the popular Club Rio Outdoor Center. This outdoor adventure center offers a range of water and land-based activities for the whole family, including kayaking, tubing, hot springs and a climbing wall. Additionally, The Springs Resort offers a number of 2-bedroom accommodation options, all ideal for family groups. Don’t miss the cat rescue center onsite where kids can get up close and personal with cats like Pumas, Ocelots and Kinkajous, all rescued in the wild.

Kid-Friendly Hotels in Guanacaste

The next stop on many family Costa Rica itineraries is Guanacaste. Known for beautiful beaches and excellent surfing conditions, there are a number of perfect family hotels in this region.

The Westin Golf Resort and Spa Playa Conchal is one of Costa Rica’s few all-inclusive resorts. Packed with amenities like a world-class spa and a Kids’ Club offering a full daily schedule of classes and activities, both kids and adults love this hotel. The Westin’s family suites are ideal for family travelers, with two bedrooms and a variety of kid-specific amenities in the room.

The JW Marriott is another great family hotel in Guanacaste. Located directly on one of the most beautiful beaches in the area, kids also love the onsite Kids’ Club complete with an adjacent kids’ pool and water slides. The Spanish colonial-style property is very spread out, so be sure to take advantage of the hotel’s free shuttle to get you around comfortably.

Finally, the El Mangroove Hotel is the newest family friendly hotel to open in Guanacaste. Ideal for young children, this hotel is located on one of the safest and calmest beaches on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast. The food at this luxury boutique hotel is also extraordinary.

Best Hotels for Families in Manuel Antonio

The last stop for many families on a Costa Rica itinerary is Manuel Antonio.

Manuel Antonio National Park is also for beautiful beaches lined with a thick, wildlife-rich mangrove forest. Because of this diversity, if you only have time to visit one destination in Costa Rica, be sure to make it Manuel Antonio. In fact, this ecological hot spot is your best chance at spotting the Brown-Throated Three-Toed Sloth, Hoffman’s Two-Toed Sloth and several species of monkey.

One of the top hotels for kids in Manuel Antonio, Hotel Si Como No, offers a wide range and constantly evolving schedule of activities for kids from morning until night. Here you’ll have complimentary access to a beautiful adjacent nature reserve and be sure to take advantage of free shuttles to the beach. Kids love ending the day at the resort’s onsite movie theater with a featured film shown every evening.

Parador Resort and Spa is another popular family hotel in Manuel Antonio. The expansive hotel has three beautiful pools overlooking the ocean and offers adjoining rooms so adults and children can spread out yet sleep close by. Enjoy an easy walk to a small beach nearby, or take advantage of the hotel’s free shuttle into the Manuel Antonio Park where you will find miles of beach to explore.

Buena Vista Luxury Villas rounds out the top family-friendly hotels in Manuel Antonio. At this unique collection of individually owned bungalows and private villas you’ll find plenty of space and complete comfort for your family. Kids and adults love these expansive villas, each with a private hot tub on the large balcony. Each unit comes with a fully-equipped kitchen, so you can prepare your own meals to fit your family’s schedule. Also enjoy complimentary kayaks, boogie boards and lounge chairs on the property’s private beach.

With so many hotel options suitable for family travel in Costa Rica, at a range of price points, we’re confident we can find the perfect option for your family’s next vacation!

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