More and more families are choosing to visit Costa Rica because of all of the wonderful activities that can be shared and enjoyed by people of all ages. Costa Rica’s biodiverse landscape and gorgeous nature is one of the prime draws for families looking to get away from the siren song of smartphones, tablets, and online activities.
Indeed, kids of all ages will happily set down their favorite gadget when there’s so much to see and do in the great outdoors of Costa Rica. Popular family-friendly activities include surfing, zip lining, mountain biking, horseback riding, hiking, stand up paddling, sea kayaking, white water rafting, and yes, even bird watching. Costa Rica is home to more avian species than anywhere on the planet, a marvelous pastiche of colorful birds like toucans, parrots, and macaws.
The Manuel Antonio National Park is located on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. Famous for its surfing beaches, Manuel Antonio is also a jewel of pristine forest and beautiful panoramas. Kids and adult alike will enjoy exploring this vast wilderness in hopes of catching a glimpse of the ghost crabs, capuchin monkeys, sloths, iguanas, parakeets, and coatis that inhabit the park. And the waters immediately offshore of the park are home to curious schools of dolphins and even the occasional pod of migrating whales.
Surfing is also a popular choice for family vacations. Getting out on the water under a clear blue sky while improving hand-eye coordination and balance is a valuable experience for children and adults alike. The tidal patterns of the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica mean that there are always perfect waves to be found. Local surf schools specialize in teaching even first-timers how to get up and ride the board on their first day.
Other activities that continue to attract families on vacation to Costa Rica include meeting with the locals, known as Ticos. Renowned for their friendliness and hospitality, Ticos are always ready to practice Spanish with visitors or kick around a soccer ball on one of the many beautiful beaches.
Costa Rica is also famous for growing an abundance of fresh produce, including pineapples, coconuts, oranges, bananas, papayas, and mangoes. Costa Rican food is known for its simplicity yet authentic deliciousness, sure to satisfy even the pickiest eaters.
The Manuel Antonio Surf School and Camp (MASS) is the ideal company to book your family tours and vacations in Costa Rica.