5 Top Reasons the Costa Rica Caribbean is Perfect for Families

Costa Rica and Samasati’s Caribbean backyard is a giant playground for traveling families! On the Caribbean side, big adventures are guaranteed to get your kid’s heart’s smiling; whether it’s ziplining through the forest canopy, spotting unique wildlife on the trails at Samasati, or dipping in the aqua blue Caribbean water, this region is a tropical gem that offers a variety of fun experiences every family member can enjoy.

Close encounters with wildlife. Your kids will get to see giant trees and vibrantly colored butterflies that are unique to this region or only found in a handful of places on the planet. You won’t have to hire a sherpa or machete through a jungle either! Monkeys, sloths, toucans, and tropical reptiles can be spotted easily when walking in and near the rainforest or in wildlife parks and sanctuaries. Samasati has several accessible trails for nature observing and immersing the senses within the rainforest.

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Amazing kid friendly beaches. A few minutes from Samasati, you’ll find some of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean. In the small beach town of Puerto Viejo, your kids will love to splash and play in the calm and safe tide pools. The beaches in the south Caribbean are typically quiet and relaxing, allowing for a stress free beach day with the family.

Fun water sports. Surfing, paddle boarding, and snorkeling are all close by. Plus, if your family loves water adventure, there is white water rafting on the Pacuare River. It is not an overly challenging river, but it has 52 rapids in an 18 mile one day run – few rivers in the world can offer you so many!


World schooling opportunities. Not only can your children learn about the natural world up close and personal, there are a variety or tours that offer unique and educational opportunities. Whether you want to check out the Jaguar Rescue Center, a local sustainable cacao or coffee farm, or join a tour to learn about the customs and traditions of the local indigenous tribe, your kiddos will have fun discovering and experiencing Caribbean Tico culture and lifestyle.

Reconnect with each other. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in routine at home and distracted by digital devices that sometimes families need to be immersed in nature to rediscover each other. At Samasati, your family will be able to share stories and laughs over a family meal or during a jungle hike. Observing howler monkeys and other rainforest creatures is a fun daily activity that replaces watching tv and logging onto the computer. The whole family can get in touch with their inner child while exploring the beach towns on bicycles or paddle boarding in the ocean. Laugh, play, and explore together!