6 Fun Things to Do on Your Family Vacation in Santa Teresa Costa Rica

Family vacation Santa Teresa Costa Rica

An easy flight from the U.S., Canada and Europe, the safe destination of Santa Teresa, Costa Rica is a great place for your family vacation.

Costa Rica for family vacations
Costa Rica is the perfect place for family vacations.

Costa Rica is always a favorite destination for family vacations. It has a reputation for being safe, and there are plenty of direct flights from the U.S., Canada and Europe. Plus, there’s so much for outdoor-loving families to do.

Costa Rica is basically a huge outdoor playground full of cool animals, bugs, plants and trees. Each day brings the opportunity for a new and different adventure.

Blue ocean and broad white sand beaches, lots of sunshine and warm temperatures make Santa Teresa, Costa Rica the ultimate family vacation destination. The best part is Santa Teresa is both a relaxing and adventurous beach retreat.

Family vacation Santa Teresa Costa Rica
Take your family on vacation to Santa Teresa, Costa Rica.

Family-friendly hotels in Santa Teresa like Hotel Tropico Latino make Costa Rica family vacations easy. You can choose from accommodations with several beds in one room, suites with two bedrooms, and beach houses with multiple bedrooms and full kitchens. The hotel’s restaurant serves phenomenal food, and you get free Wi-Fi so you can stay in touch back home. Onsite beachfront yoga classes and a day spa ensure mom and dad get a rest too. And everyone will love the hotel’s surf camp with surf lessons right in front of the hotel in Santa Teresa’s world-class waves.

Beachfront Suite at Hotel Tropico Latino in Santa Teresa Costa Rica
One of the many beach houses you can rent at Hotel Tropico Latino in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica.

Renowned for being one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Santa Teresa is safe, family-oriented, relaxed, and full of restaurants, shops, and things to do.

6 Fun Things to Do in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica for Families

Surfing and Stand-up paddling

Kids of all ages will enjoy Hotel Tropico Latino’s surfing lessons. Professional, bilingual surf instructors safely coach you in the fun sport of surfing. Older kids might also like to try stand-up paddling, available in nearby Malpais Beach.

Family vacation Santa Teresa Costa Rica
The whole family will love surfing lessons at Hotel Tropico Latino in Santa Teresa.


A short 5-minute drive from the hotel at Playa Hermosa, there is a giant tide pool that at low and medium tide becomes a larger-than-Olympic-sized, shallow sea water swimming pool. The sun-warmed clear water is a little over waist deep (for an adult) and is filled with all kinds of interesting fish and sea creatures that get trapped when the tide goes out. Since the water is shallow and it’s right off the beach, this beautiful snorkeling site is perfect for families with kids. A great plus is that it doesn’t cost anything. Bring a picnic lunch to eat under the trees that line the beach.

Playa Hermosa Santa Teresa Costa Rica
The giant tidepool at Playa Hermosa in Santa Teresa is a great place for kids to snorkel.

Zip line tour

Feel like one of your kids when you fly through the tropical forest on a canopy zip line tour. The local Malpais Canopy Tour is safe and fun, and is one of the most popular things to do in Santa Teresa.

Canopy tour in Malpais Costa Rica
Canopy tour in Malpais near Santa Teresa.

Horseback riding

You can go riding at a local Costa Rican ranch, where your bilingual guide will take you through landscapes of rivers, mountains, forest and beach. Or you can go for a shorter ride simply along the beach – sunset rides are especially popular.

Horseback riding on Santa Teresa Beach Costa Rica
Horseback riding in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica.

Boat trip to Tortuga Island

The boat trip to Tortuga Island in the Nicoya Gulf is another of the top tours in Santa Teresa. A picture-perfect tropical paradise, Tortuga Island’s clear turquoise waters teem with tropical fish and very little ocean current, which makes it ideal for swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving. To get there, you take a scenic 50-minute boat ride, where you can watch for playful dolphins and jumping manta rays. A beach picnic lunch is usually served during the one-day tour.

Family vacation Santa Teresa Costa Rica
Snorkeling trips to Tortuga Island are a great day trip from Santa Teresa.

Hiking in Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve

The private Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve at the tip of the Nicoya Peninsula is a great place to hike with easy trails that lead you through beautiful forest. We recommend going on a guided tour to better see birds and other wildlife, plus learn all about the tropical forest.

Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve Costa Rica
See plenty of wildlife in Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve Costa Rica.

Article by Shannon Farley

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