Ten Hip Family Vacations

Costa Rica: Hardcore Adventure
Adventure paradise, courtesy of Costa Rica (Corbis)

The next time you're on the couch, dead to the world, and your kids are still running circles around you, remember this: Not only can they handle an adventure vacation, they'll revel in one—and Costa Rica is tailor-made to tire out even the most energetic of your offspring.

Austin-Lehman Adventures specializes in biking, rafting, and kayaking trips, with outings available for two different age groups. The Volcanoes and Jungles Multisport trip for teens will have you biking on gravel roads flanking Arenal volcano, paddling through the rapids on the top-rated Pacuare River, and kayaking Tortuguero National Park's canals in search of sloths, toucans, monkeys, and crocodiles.

The Family Adventure package, for kids five to 12, has you rafting the more placid Pejibaye River, visiting tropical gardens and waterfalls, horseback riding, and kayaking the canals.

Each package trip covers a fair amount of the country and lasts from seven to eight days, with adults and kids sharing a room.


Away.com's resident family expert Candyce Stapen has written the book on family travel, having authored some 1,400 travel articles and 27 books, 26 of them on family travel. She is the winner of the 2004 "Caribbean Travel Writer of the Year for North America" award and a three-time winner of the Society of American Travel Writers' Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism award. Her articles have appeared in publications including Nick Jr , FamilyFun , Parents , Better Homes & Gardens , Conde Nast Traveler , National Geographic Traveler , and the Family Travel Network , among others. Her book, the National Geographic Guide to Caribbean Family Vacations is available from Amazon.com.

Published: 11 Apr 2005 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

Best Hotels in Costa Rica

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Volcano Lodge and Springs
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Costa Rica Marriott Hotel San Jose
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The Westin Golf Resort & Spa, Playa Conchal
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Pumilio Mountain and Ocean Hotel

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