Best Places To Stay in Costa Rica with Kids

Ready for an action-packed trip to Costa Rica with kids? You’ve come to the right place to plan your vacation — our trip from last spring break with the award-winning tour operator Kensington Tours is still fresh in my mind, plus we have loads of additional insight from Dana’s trip a few years ago.

Where to Stay in Costa Rica with Kids

Your first trip planning stop should be our Costa Rica with kids page, where our accommodation recommendations and travel tips are all in one place. Here’s the short list of great family hotels in and around Costa Rica’s top family destinations:

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Pools heated by Mother Nature at The Springs in Arenal are fantastic

Costa Rica Family Hotel Favorites

Finca Rosa Blanca | San Jose: Managed by luxury eco-specialists the Cayuga Collection, Finca Rosa Blanca makes a wonderful 1-2 night stay on the front or back end of a Costa Rica itinerary. This working coffee plantation is tucked away in a lush hillside with gorgeous views of the valley below. The open-air onsite restaurant is delicious and the ambiance is quite unique, as it is filled with local art and artifacts. Finca Rosa Blanca a convenient 20-minute drive to the San Jose Airport for early morning departures.

Grano De Oro | San Jose: This is Cayuga Collection’s other jewel in San Jose. It’s in town and doesn’t have the views, but it does have a charming interior in a historic Victorian mansion with a wonderful gourmet restaurant that is popular with locals and tourists alike.

The Springs Resort & Spa | Arenal: A full-service resort where families can engage in adventure activities without leaving the property. Families staying outside the property pay a day fee just to access Club Rio … that’s how much kids love to play here.

That said, the word is out on The Springs and they can be booked. We have another longtime favorite on Ciao Bambino. Email our travel agency [email protected] for details.

Tabacon Grand Thermal Spa Resort | Arenal: Like The Springs, the focus of this resort is their natural hot springs. It has fewer amenities geared just for families, but people love staying here too.

Monteverde Lodge & Gardens | Monteverde: If you have the time to explore Monteverde Cloud Forest, the Monteverde Lodge & Gardens makes a wonderful base with lovely service, an excellent onsite restaurant, and a gorgeous garden.

Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica | Payagayo: We didn’t make it to the Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica, but I’ve heard excellent things about this full-service hotel over the years for families who want some beach time. They offer a Kids For All Seasons kids’ club and a Teen Center. Read the full report from a family perspective on Four Seasons Family Website: Have Family Will Travel.

Tortuga Lodge & Gardens | Tortuguero National Park: We also didn’t make it to Tortuguero National Park on the Caribbean side of Costa Rica, but our writer Dana did and raved about it in her Costa Rica itinerary roundup. Our friends who own the Monteverde Lodge have a second property in this area, the Tortuga Lodge & Gardens, with an excellent reputation.

Arenas Del Mar | Manuel Antonio: Arenas Del Mar is one of the few beachfront properties in Arenas Del Mar. If you can get a room with an ocean view and the pricing is in your budget, it’s worth staying here, although they have limited kids’ amenities. We didn’t add it to the CB! Collection for that reason, but the views and position of this hotel are stunning.

Si Como No | Manuel Antonio: See Como No is a great family option in Manuel Antonio, with a family pool and slide that are ideal for activity breaks.

Lapa Rios Ecolodge | Osa Peninsula: The Osa Peninsula is one of the world’s ecological gems and Lapa Rios, also part of the Cayuga Collection, is a treasure for families who want to experience a top ecolodge and surrounded by outrageous wildlife and engaging activities. It’s remote, but the tradeoff is the access to an authentic and immersive Costa Rica experience.

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Editor’s Note: The Springs photo by Amie O’Shaughnessy.

Relevant Links:

Costa Rica tips, advice and recommended family hotels

Why families love to vacation in Costa Rica

Best itinerary for a weeklong Costa Rica trip

Kensington Tours Kidtastic Costa Rica Adventure

Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation and InnHotel Grano De OroThe Springs Resort & Spa at ArenalTabacón Grand Spa Thermal ResortMonteverde Lodge & GardensFour Seasons Resort Costa Rica At Peninsula PapagayoTortuga Lodge & GardensArenas Del Mar Beach & Nature ResortSi Como No HotelLapa Rios Eco Lodge

Mentioned in this post
  1. Hotel Grano De Oro
    Attraction in San José Costa Rica

    Calle 30
    San José Costa Rica
    2255 3322
    http://www.hotelgranodeoro.com/
  2. The Springs Resort & Spa at Arenal
    Hotel in Fortuna San Carlos Costa Rica

    9 Km Oeste y km 4 Norte
    Fortuna San Carlos Costa Rica
    2401 3300
    http://www.thespringscostarica.com/
  3. Tabacón Grand Spa Thermal Resort
    Hotel in Costa Rica

    Costa Rica
    5191900
  4. Monteverde Lodge & Gardens
    Hotel in Santa Elena Costa Rica

    Santa Elena Costa Rica
    2257 0766
    http://www.monteverdelodge.com/
  5. Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica At Peninsula Papagayo
    Hotel in Peninsula Papagayo Costa Rica

    26Km al Norte del Doit Centre Liberia Guanaste
    Peninsula Papagayo Costa Rica
    (800) 332-3442
    http://www.fourseasons.com/costarica/
  6. Tortuga Lodge & Gardens
    Attraction in Costa Rica

    Ent al Área de Conservación Tortuguero
    Costa Rica
    2257 0766
  7. Arenas Del Mar Beach & Nature Resort
    Hotel in Manuel Antonio Costa Rica

    Manuel Antonio
    Manuel Antonio Costa Rica
  8. Si Como No Hotel
    Hotel in Costa Rica

    KM 4 Manuel Antonio Road
    Costa Rica
    2777 0777
    http://www.sicomono.com/
  9. Lapa Rios Eco Lodge
    Attraction in Puerto Jiménez Costa Rica

    Puerto Jiménez Costa Rica

One Comment

  1. Those all sound so lovely! But Finca Rosa Blanca sounds like my cup of tea or shall I say coffee. An Eco Lodge located on a coffee plantation. I’d say there is no better way to wake up in the morning but with the freshest coffee grown right there on property. Thank you for this great list. Definitely pinning it for a later date.

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