Best Family Hotels in Costa Rica

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Costa Rican Family Friendly Accommodation

Costa Rica is the perfect destination for families looking for an exotic adventure on their next vacation. Costa Rica is home to some amazing Volcano’s, stunning beaches on the Pacific and Caribbean and dense tropical rainforests. The country is know for its amazing adventure activities including zip lining, whitewater rafting, ATV tours and amazing waterfalls. If you are looking to relax after an adventurous day with the family then you can find one of the amazing beaches to lay back and relax. Exotic wildlife in the country includes sloths, toucans, exotic frogs, big cats, and monkeys.

The team at Best Family Hotels love an adventure vacation as much as lying by the beach, we have found some of the best family friendly accommodation in Costa Rica including amazing beachfront villas, deep rainforest bungalows and resorts with stunning Volcano views. We have hand curate what we believe are the best Costa Rican Family Friendly hotels and accommodation.

Best Costa Rican Family Attractions

  • Arenal Volcano: A trip to Costa Rica isn’t complete without a visit to Arenal Volcano which is an active volcano 1633 metres high. Most families visit the volcano from the nearby town of La Fortuna. The Arenal Springs Resort and Spa and Hotel Arenal Lodge are great places to make camp.
  • Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio: This national park on the central Pacific coast offers rugged rainforest, white-sand beaches and coral reefs. The town of Manuel Antonio offers some great family accommodation options including the Si Como No resort  and Arenas Del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest Resort
  • Tortuguero National Park: Wilderness area on the northern Caribbean coast offering amazing wildlife.

The Best Family Hotels in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is home to some amazing Family Hotels in a wide range of styles and budgets. When looking for a good family friendly hotel you need to consider areas that are close to family friendly attractions, family restaurants and public transport options. To make your life easier we have hand selected our favorite Costa Rican family friendly hotels for you to consider.

Costa Rican Family Hotel Highlights

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Si Como No Resort

Located on about 4 hectares of forest, the beautiful Si Como No resort is a perfect weekend getaway for families

Manuel Antonio National Park | 4 stars | Beach | Swimming Pool

Located on about 4 hectares of forest, the beautiful Si Como No resort is a perfect weekend getaway for families. The hotel provides amenities like a mini-bar, balconies with stunning views of the forest and the ocean along with 24*7 WiFi access. Choose from different types of rooms such as the Superior Room, Deluxe Room, Deluxe Plus and the Honeymoon Suite. Check Prices

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Luna Lodge

The Luna Lodge is a fully sustainable resort that is run on hydro energy and perfect for families visiting Costa Rica

Carate | 3 stars | Sustainable | Superior Bungalow

The Luna Lodge is a fully sustainable resort that is run on hydro energy and perfect for families visiting Costa Rica.  The lodge offers Superior Bungalows that suit a family of 4 and is located near Corcovado National Park and surrounded by waterfalls and tropical rainforest.  The Luna Lodge also offers nature tours, yoga and spa treatments and the kids will love the swimming pool and free WiFi. Check Prices

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The Arenal Springs Resort and Spa

The Arenal Springs Resort and Spa has a wide range of room types to choose from for families

La Fortuna | Arenal Volcano | 5 stars | Airport Shuttle

The Arenal Springs Resort and Spa has a wide range of room types to choose from (23 categories), of which, Vista Grande Guest Room, 3-Bedroom Premier Suite, and Villa Palacio are the top 3. It is located 7km away from the Kalambu Hot Springs and the rooms overlook a view of the majestic Arenal Volcano. The rooms all come with flat-screen TVs and WiFi access. Check Prices

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Lapa Rios Ecolodge

The Lapa Rios Ecolodge is perfect for those families looking for the ultimate immersive jungle experience

Osa Peninsula | 5 stars | Beach | Bungalows

The Lapa Rios Ecolodge is perfect for those families looking for the ultimate immersive jungle experience. Voted as the No.1 hotel in Central America, this protects almost 1000 acres of the endangered rainforest and holds a definite spot in the list of top Costa Rica family hotels. The Ecolodge consists of 17 bungalows designed to give you the complete rainforest experience of a lifetime. Check Prices

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Barceló Tambor

The Barceló Tambor comes with an amazing view of a paradise beach right and the lush hills

Playa Tambor | 5 stars | Beachfront | All Inclusive | Great Pool

The Barceló Tambor comes with an amazing view of a paradise beach right and the lush hills. All rooms are equipped with an LCD TV, balcony to experience the wonderful view of the Playa Tombor beach, air conditioning and a digital safe to keep your belongings safe. The hotel also features a full-fledged golf course and plenty of outdoor activities for families to enjoy together. Check Prices

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Reserva Conchal Beach Resort

Spread over an area of approximately 1000 hectares, the Reserva Conchal is a luxury beach resort that aims at providing luxury without compromising on sustainability

Playa Conchal | 5 stars | Holiday Park | Beachfront

Spread over an area of approximately 1000 hectares, the Reserva Conchal is a luxury beach resort that aims at providing luxury without compromising on sustainability. The resort sports a Beach Club, a spa and a golf course, to name a few of the facilities. The resort comes with a pool and a fitness center and 24*7 WiFi access making it to the list of top Costa Rica family hotels. Check Prices

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Monteverde Lodge

The luxury Monteverde Lodge gives you the privacy that we all wish for without forgoing facilities like Jacuzzis, fireplace and conference rooms

Monteverde | 4 stars | Lodge

The luxury Monteverde Lodge gives you the privacy that we all wish for without forgoing facilities like Jacuzzis, fireplace and conference rooms. Every private room comes with hot water, a hairdryer, and a common sitting area. If your budget allows it, there are some rooms with two floors and a glass shower that adds to the luxurious feel. Enjoy visits to the coffee plantations and the Monteverde Cheese Factory if time permits. Check Prices

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Finca Rosa Blanca

The Finca Rosa Blanca hotel is filled with art and is located in the center of a plantation

Heredia | 5 stars | Coffee Plantation

The Finca Rosa Blanca hotel is filled with art and is located in the center of a plantation giving the entire surrounding a serene feeling. The hotel is situated close to the Iglesia de la Inmaculada church and houses a Latin fusion restaurant that gives visitors a chance to try authentic Latin food with a twist. Check Prices

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Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa

This Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa is situated very close to the Mirador el Silencio reserve and gives visitors a chance to explore the beauty of the natural hot springs

La Fortuna | 5 stars | Thermal Springs | Arenal Volcano

This Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa is situated very close to the Mirador el Silencio reserve and gives visitors a chance to explore the beauty of the natural hot springs. The resort is also within walking/hiking distance of the Arenal Volcano View. The resort features 2 large high-end restaurants and an outdoor pool with facilities like flat-screen TVs and lounge areas in the rooms. Check Prices

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Arenas Del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest Resort

The Arenas Del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest Resort provides all the upscale facilities including decks with ocean views, kitchens, and private hot tubs

Manuel Antonio | 5 stars | Private Beach | Airport Shuttle

The Arenas Del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest Resort provides all the upscale facilities including decks with ocean views, kitchens, and private hot tubs. The resort is situated on top of a cliff and is walking distance from Playitas Beach and the Manuel Antonio Nature Reserve & Wildlife Refuge. The resort also comes with complete WiFi access so that you can remain in the loop of the world while enjoying the experience at one of the top Costa Rica family hotels. Check Prices

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Rafiki Safari Lodge

The Rafiki Safari Lodge gives families the chance to enjoy the outdoors with luxury safari tents

Savegre Valley | 4 stars | Glamping

The Rafiki Safari Lodge gives families the chance to enjoy the outdoors with luxury safari tents. They blend the comfort of a home with the freshness of the outdoors allowing visitors to indulge in bird watching, hikes, and even horseback rides. The lodge also provides services such as spa, hot tub bath, and even a relaxing and soothing massage making it an ideal family spot for everyone. Check Prices

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JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort

The JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort is located on Playa Mansita near the town of Tamarindo

Play Mansita | Tamarindo | 5 stars | Private Beach | Airport Shuttle

The JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort is located on Playa Mansita near the town of Tamarindo. This stunning resort that is close to both the Playa Negra and Costa Rica Stand Up Paddle Adventures. The resort features an Italian restaurant along with a steakhouse that is sure to get your tastebuds tingling. For the kids, JW Marriot also provides a kid’s club and a kid’s cafe. Check Prices

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Peaks N’ Swells Surf Camp

The Peaks N’ Swells Surf Camp is an awesome all-inclusive surf camp that is bound to unlock the surfer in you

Montezuma | Surf Camp | All Inclusive

The Peaks N’ Swells Surf Camp is an awesome all-inclusive surf camp that is bound to unlock the surfer in you. The camp also has beachfront accommodations that include a pool, fully equipped kitchens, hammocks and 24*7 WiFi access throughout the camp and accommodation. Check Prices

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Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica

the Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica is located near the beaches of Culebra Bay

Culebra | 5 stars | Private Beach | Airport Shuttle

Equipped with flat-screen TVs and 24*7 WiFi access, the Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica is located near the beaches of Culebra Bay. The villas include kitchens and the rooms come with infinity pools. Kids under 18 can stay with an adult free of charge making it a pleasant surprise for families with young kids. The resort also features a golf course and is 35kms away from the airport. Check Prices

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Tulemar Resort

Famous for their wide variety of accommodations ranging from Tulemar Bungalows and Luxury Villas to Premium Villas and Private Villas, Tulemar Resorts never fail to impress

Manuel Antonio | 5 stars | Private Beach | Family Villas

Famous for their wide variety of accommodations ranging from Tulemar Bungalows and Luxury Villas to Premium Villas and Private Villas, Tulemar Resorts never fail to impress. The resort is filled with restaurants, swimming pools and spas that are guaranteed to give your family the vacation you deserve and earning its spot on the list of Costa Rican family hotels. Check Prices

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DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cariari San Jose

Located near the Juan Santamaria International Airport, the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cariari San Jose offers a cafe and an open-air restaurant in addition to 2 bars.

San Jose | 4 stars | Airport Shuttle | Suites available

Located near the Juan Santamaria International Airport, the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cariari San Jose offers a cafe and an open-air restaurant in addition to 2 bars. Premium suites come equipped with balconies while every room comes with complete WiFi access, coffee-makers, and flat-screens. Breakfast is not complimentary but is not a deal-breaker considering the remaining facilities. Check Prices

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Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort

The Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort is located near the Pacific Ocean town of Playa Herradura and is close to the La Iguana Golf Course

Playa Herradura | 5 stars | Beachfront | Kids Club

The Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort is located near the Pacific Ocean town of Playa Herradura and is close to the La Iguana Golf Course. The rooms feature facilities like 24*7 WiFi, flat-screens and balconies in certain rooms overlooking the rainforest. The resort also features a kid’s club making it a perfect choice for Costa Rican family hotels. Check Prices

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Hotel San Bada Resort & Spa

The Hotel San Bada Resort & Spa lies within walking distance of the Manuel National Park entrance and Manuel Antonio Beach

Manuel Antonio | 4 stars | Beach | Airport Shuttle

The Hotel San Bada Resort & Spa lies within walking distance of the Manuel National Park entrance and Manuel Antonio Beach. The rooms come with a beautiful design and provide all the expected facilities with the suites offering breathtaking views of the ocean. They also provide a complimentary buffet breakfast which is perfect for the kids to fill up on before a big adventure. Check Prices

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Arenal Lodge

Located near the base of Arenal Volcano the Hotel Arenal Lodge offers amazing views of this volcano

La Fortuna | 4 stars | Airport Shuttle | Arenal Volcano Views

Located near the base of Arenal Volcano the Hotel Arenal Lodge offers amazing views of this volcano. The lodge offers different modes of exploring such as biking, horseback riding, and foot. Nighttime brings about the soothing geothermal hot springs that are bound to relax you to the core (pun intended). The lodge spans an area of about 2000 acres meaning it is spacious, to say the least. Check Prices

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Los Lagos Hotel Spa & Resort

Located near the Arenal Volcano, the Los Lagos Hotel Spa & Resort is also close to the Arenal Ecoglide Park

La Fortuna | 3 stars | Arenal Volcano | Airport Shuttle

Located near the Arenal Volcano, the Los Lagos Hotel Spa & Resort is also close to the Arenal Ecoglide Park. The rooms come packed with mini-fridges, TV and a safe for all your valuables. The resort gives complimentary breakfast for all the visitors and also an open-air hot spring that is refreshing and calming. Check Prices

Best Family Hotels was launched in October 2019 by Richard and Kate Ascough while planning their latest trip to the Alaskan wilderness with their 2 young children. The Ascough family have also completed multiple trips to the USA and have also visited many cities of Europe, twice to China as well as multiple domestic Australian holiday.

2 Comments
  1. Costa Rica looks beautiful. Is it safe for families?

    • Hi Robert, We found Costa Rica to be safe and very welcoming for families. You need to make sure you take care and precautions to avoid pick pocketing and other petty crime.
      We hope you have a fantastic trip to Costa Rica

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