While you may think of a Costa Rican vacation as one that would be best enjoyed by lovers, you may be pleasantly surprised that families love a vacation in our tropical paradise just as much. Offering a peaceful vibe that somehow coexists easily with exciting adventures, there is always something wonderful for families to enjoy and if you are thinking about escaping the cold of your hometown this winter, we at Stay In Costa Rica are happy to provide family homes that will be your sanctuary for your stay. This guide to family-friendly winter activities in Costa Rica will ensure that no parent will ever hear the dreaded phrase, “I’m bored,” during their time in the tropics. 

Family-Friendly Winter Activities in Costa Rica

We are very close to nature here in Costa Rica, and never more so than when visiting Monteverde Cloud Forest, located in the Puntarenas Province, about 2.5 hours from your Stay In Costa Rica haven of comfort. Offering tours that include bird watching, nature hikes, and night hikes that bring the forest to life, this preserve was created in 1972 on about 328 hectares, an expanse that has increased to over 10,000 hectares today. Proving that education can be fun, Monteverde, also known as the Great Divide, sits on two continents, offering the ability to step over the separation between the Pacific Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean, allowing the kiddos the distinct thrill of being able to say they stood on two separate continents at the same time. The tours of Monteverde Cloud Forest, led by knowledgeable and personable guides, are highly recommended for all traveling groups, but when your children realize that they can touch the clouds with a visit to this preserve, the delight they express will make you happy you chose to experience this family friendly activity. 

Toes in the Sand

Of course, not all adventures have to be structured ones during your Costa Rican vacation, and perhaps the most memorable activity you can share with your children will be a visit to the beaches of our tropical nation. Greet each morning with a walk along sandy shores at sunrise for some private moments with your favorite traveling companion before the kiddos awaken, and spend entire days on these sand beaches, swimming, snorkeling, or simply sitting at water’s edge building sandcastles with your tiniest travelers. And yes, even in the winter months, this is the most popular activity, as summer reigns eternal in this part of the world and temperatures are more than likely going to be in the 90s during your stay! 

Vista Los Sueños Park

Vista Los Sueños Park in Jaco Beach is a different sort of theme park, swerving away from costumed characters and mechanical thrills, offering instead a natural adventure that will excite every member of your family. Zipline through the rainforest, marveling at the verdant beauty and the opportunity to examine Costa Rica from the sky or, if you desire the views but aren’t keen on flying through the trees strapped to a thick cable, ride a horse into this tropical paradise you can enjoy the views from the ground and still have some excitement and thrill involved! Also offering extreme canyoneering, ATV adventures, coffee tours, and an exclusive beach day tour, this experience is destined to take your breath away, making you wonder why you waited so long to take this family vacation! 


Even in paradise, the urge to chase a dimpled white ball around verdant courses can be strong, and of course, is another popular family-friendly activity in Costa Rica. La Iguana Golf Course, located in the Los Sueños Resort is an 18 hole championship course that also offers a beautiful peek into the natural side of the area, including glimpses of the iguanas that the course is named for, as well as monkeys, birds, and exotic plants. Challenging but not intimidating, La Iguana can be the perfect introduction to the game for your older children, creating a new family tradition that will be loved for years to come. 

Mini Fore?

While we aren’t quite sure that “mini fore” is even a term, we do know that the attention span of your youngest traveling companions might not be a match for an entire 18 holes of golf, but that’s ok. The Mini Golf course in nearby Jaco Walk offers the perfect introduction to the sport and the ideal way to develop a love for the sport.  

At Home with Stay In Costa Rica

But what if you decide you only want to stay close to home, relaxing and enjoying comfortable adventures with the people that mean the world to you? Choosing Stay In Costa Rica gives you the ideal way to do just that, as you swim in private pools, partake in community amenities, and fall in love with all the comforts and luxuries we provide! Contact us and escape the ravages of winter in your home town and reserve your favorite sanctuary today. 

Joaquin Rodriguez

Joaquin Rodriguez

Joaquin Rodriguez, originally from Argentina, fell in love with Costa Rica’s magic in 2002 and never looked back. This experience grants him an insider’s perspective to curate unforgettable adventures in the heart of Los Sueños. As a partner at Stay in Costa Rica, he leverages over 20 years of experience in both resort and travel management and property management services. He helps travelers create dream vacations while ensuring homeowners get the most out of their properties, all with a seamless and stress-free experience (as holidays should be!). When he’s not crafting the perfect itinerary, you might find Joaquin teeing off on a local golf course, exploring a breathtaking national park with his wife and their two teenage daughters, or playing fetch with his beloved dogs.