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8 Reasons You Should Take a Family Trip to Costa Rica

8-day guided vacation, from $1,850* per person, departs February through November 2019


  • AAA Members receive an $80 Optional Experience Voucher per person.

  • Visit Tortuguero National Park, a wildlife center near Sarapiqui, Arenal National Park and Manuel Antonio National Park.

  • Cruise the canals of Tortuguero National Park and trek up the slopes of Arenal Volcano.

  • 16 meals are included: 7 buffet breakfasts, 3 lunches 5 dinners and a kick-off party.


Adventure seekers have plenty to choose from, whether it’s ziplining through a cloud forest, rafting a wild river or snorkeling in a pristine coral reef. Teens will love the fine sand and world-famous surf of the Central American nation’s palm-fringed beaches, while younger kids will be eager to hunt for sloths and monkeys in one of the country’s many wildlife preserves. Travelers of all ages will be eager to hike Arenal Volcano, to explore the rugged terrain and possibly catch a lava flow in action.

Here are some of the top attractions and activities that will make a family trip to Costa Rica a vacation that everyone remembers forever.

Arenal Volcano

Photo: iStock

1. Volcanoes. Of Costa Rica’s active volcanos, the most active and accessible is Volcán Arenal, which looms majestically over the town of La Fortuna. Take a guided hike around the volcano then head for the Arenal Hanging Bridges to observe monkeys, sloths and chattering birds up close. After your adventure, try soaking in one of the natural hot springs in the area. They offer an ideal way to relax after exploring Arenal.

2. Ziplining. No family trip to Costa Rica would be complete without a zipline adventure, and Costa Rica offers a wide variety of jungle tours. Some of them feature Tarzan swings, bungee jumping and other thrills.

3. Monkeys. Depending on where you stay, you may wake to the call of howler monkeys pealing from the nearby jungle. But the best places to get up close and personal with these entertaining animals are in Manuel Antonio National Park, which is home to howlers, white-faced capuchin monkeys and squirrel monkeys.

Two-toed sloth

Photo: Sabena Jane Blackbird/Alamy

4. Wildlife-Spotting. It’s impossible not to see exotic wildlife during a family trip to Costa Rica, but take a guided hike or boat trip for the best views of sloths, crocodiles, nesting turtles and whales.

5. Surfing and Surf Lessons. There’s a reason tiny Costa Rica is one of the most popular surfing destinations in the world, and the surf camps in Manuel Antonio are the perfect place to experience the joys of riding Costa Rica’s glorious waves.

Sometimes the best wildlife sightings are not on hikes or zipping on lines from tree to tree, but sitting quietly, lying in a hammock watching it come to you.

— Alan Cook, Trafalgar manager, Latin America

Tortuguero Lagoon

Photo: Alamy

6. Kayaking, Paddleboarding and Canoeing. Costa Rica’s many bays, lakes, rivers and mangrove lagoons are perfect for paddling, and they offer lots of opportunities to spot scarlet macaws and other exotic birds, too.

7. Fabulous Beaches. A family trip to Costa Rica is all about beach time, and Costa Rica’s coastlines have it all: sun-soaked sands, calm coves for swimming, coral reefs for snorkeling, and body surfing hotspots.

8. Rainforests. On this vacation, you can help Make a Difference and support a local community’s efforts to preserve the incredible biodiversity of the Chilamate Rainforest and the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor with a visit to a family-run wildlife refuge.

Prices are per person, land only based on double occupancy. Optional Experience Vouchers and credits must be used on vacation, cannot be substituted or transferred; no cash value.

Offered by: Trafalgar

Do all this and more on the Monkeys, Jungles and Volcanoes guided vacation! Call 877-396-7159 or contact a AAA Travel Counselor to book today.

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David Kallas, AAA Travel Counselor, Murray, Utah

I'm all about once-in-a-lifetime trips to destinations such as the Cook Islands, Australia or an African safari. I love to plan trips that my clients return from not regretting anything.

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