Costa Rica for Teens

If your teens are looking for adventure, look no further. Costa Rica is a natural playground for active children. Known as the ‘rich coast’ due to its wealth of natural wonders, Costa Rica truly is Central America’s jewel. It’s also a safe yet exciting destination to travel to with your teens.

Costa Rica for Teens

It has an incredible mix of flora and fauna, stunning, diverse landscapes, an abundance of wildlife and an array of adrenaline fueled activities, ensuring that no member of the family will go bored. From the remote and ruggedly beautiful Osa Peninsula in the south to magnificent, wild beaches surrounded by dense forests and mountains in the north west of the country, there’s something for everyone.

The wildlife viewing in Costa Rica is some of the best in the world. Head to Corcovado or Manuel Antonio National Park, where your family can trek through lush jungles, spying iguanas, monkeys, birds, caimans or even sloths. You can take in the amazing view from the ground, or, if you’re feeling particularly daring (and you’re not afraid of heights), by zipline or suspension bridge. This bird’s eye view will surely give your family a whole new perspective of Costa Rica.

Immersing yourselves in all the nature around you, opens up educational opportunities for your teens. A trip to Costa Rica is ecotourism at its finest and the country is one of the ‘greenest’ in the world. Living this eco-culture lifestyle will help them soak up and appreciate the environmental awareness that is such a priority here. One of the most fun ways to see this eco-friendly outlook taking place in Costa Rica is by visiting one of the wildlife reserves or witnessing the incredible experience of mother sea turtles hauling themselves on the beach to lay eggs. It’s the type of holiday your family can feel good about.

If your teens are less interested in just learning about the nature around them and would prefer to really experience it, there are tons of adrenaline filled activities to keep them entertained. The adventurous experiences for teens in Costa Rica are unparalleled. Your family can go white water rafting, ziplining, horseback riding, quadbike roaming, volcano hiking, waterfall hunting, surfing, snorkelling and kayaking. The possibilities are endless. And after action packed days discovering the unbelievable terrain of Costa Rica, you can relax on the unspoiled beaches the line the coast. At Scott Dunn, we know how to plan a holiday to Costa Rica that will amuse even the most hard-to-please teenagers.


Arenal Volcano Walk

Arenal, Costa Rica

The best way to get as close as possible to the spectacular Arenal Volcano is to walk the reserve’s easy series of trails, which will take you through secondary rainforest and former lava fields. The park is known for its diverse wildlife.


ATV Surf Trip to the North

Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Enjoy and exciting ATV excursion beginning in Tamarindo. From here, travel north along the coast until reaching beautiful Playa Grande. Take a refreshing dip in the ocean upon arrival before tackling some serious waves on your surfboard!

Sailing & surfing Adventure

Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve

Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

Explore the Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve, Costa Rica's first protected area, accompanied by an experienced naturalist guide. Head into vibrant tropical jungle and experience the natural wonders which surround you in this area of true natural beauty.

Couples Wildlife

Coastal Kayaking & Snorkelling Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

Experience one of Costa Rica’s most striking coastlines by open-seat ocean kayak. Paddle to Biezans Bay for a refreshing swim and snorkel or just relax and enjoy the tranquillity of a private white sand beach.


Corcovado National Park

Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica

Fly into the teeming rainforest of Corcovado National Park, one of the world's most biologically intense places, for an incredible wildlife experience, looking for tapirs, jaguars, ocelots, brilliantly coloured birds and much else besides.


Damas Island & Mangrove Kayaking

Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

Explore the Damas mangrove ecosystem by kayak. Spend a few hours paddling as your highly trained, bilingual naturalist guides reveal the protected inland waterways of the Damas Estuary home to an array of flora and fauna.


Golfo Dulce Dolphin Tour

Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica

Take a boat out into Golfo Dulce to look for dolphins. On occasion, super-pods of 300+ dolphins can be seen cavorting in the sparkling waters. The trip ends with an opportunity to snorkel over a coral reef, and a beach picnic.


Horseback Riding at Hacienda Ario

Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

Ride through the grounds of this beautiful hacienda, enjoying spectacular views as you explore the 15,000 acres, crossing rivers, passing through patches of jungle and along unspoiled beaches, pastures and meadows.

Couples Riding

Irazu Volcano Tour

San Jose and Central Valley, Costa Rica

Enjoy spectacular views of Irazu's volcanic crater lake and, on a clear day, both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Pass through a variety of vegetation as you ascend its slopes, exploring coffee plantations and fern forest before reaching the summit.


Kayaking the Pochote Mangroves

Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

Surround yourself with nature on this fun tour of the area's mangroves by kayak, looking out for the resident wildlife as you paddle through winding canals and past the small village of Pochote.

Adventure Beach Wildlife
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Playa Cativo Lodge

Golfo Dulce, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica

Playa Cativo Eco Lodge is a beachfront boutique hotel on the Golfo Dulce offering an unparalleled experience set in 1,000 acres of private rainforest, surrounded by the Piedras Blancas National Park, a former extension of the Corcovado National Park.

Adventure Eco/ethical tourism Wildlife

Arenas del Mar

Manuel Antonio National Park, Manuel Antonio & Uvita, Costa Rica

The secluded beachfront eco resort of Arenas del Mar is located close to Costa Rica's Manuel Antonio National Park, home to wild, tropical beaches, unusual flora and fauna and rocky outcrops backed by lush forest.

Wildlife Beach

Pacuare Lodge

Turrialba and Pacuare, Costa Rica

Pacuare Lodge is a luxurious nature and adventure lover’s paradise hidden away in the heart of Costa Rica’s most pristine jungle. Best accessed by white water raft, it combines thrilling adventure activities and an abundance of wildlife.

Adventure Eco/ethical tourism Off the beaten track

Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo

Papagayo Peninsula, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Four Seasons Resort Papagayo offers luxurious resort-style accommodation, exemplary service and superb facilities in a beautiful setting on Costa Rica's northern Papagayo peninsula south of Liberia. A great option for families and has its own kids club.

Golf Beach Spa & health Fishing

Nayara Gardens

Arenal, Costa Rica

A stylish hotel surrounded by lush tropical forest with unbeatable views of one of the world's most picturesque volcanoes, Arenal. Nayara Gardens provides the perfect base from which to explore the central region of Costa Rica.

Adventure Wildlife

Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort

Papagayo Peninsula, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

The Andaz Peninsula Papagayo is a fantastic beach resort set on the beautiful Papagayo Peninsula in northern Costa Rica with fabulous views of the Pacific Ocean and surrounding tropical forest. The Andaz is a great choice for both couples and families.

Beach Golf

El Mangroove

Papagayo Peninsula, Guanacaste and Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica

El Mangroove is a stylish yet casual beach hotel located in the lovely Papagayo bay. The hotel's 85 suites are styled with recycled wood, local artwork and contemporary stone finishes. Facilities at the hotel include 2 restaurants, a pool, spa and beach.

Beach Couples Golf Adventure
7 Hotels
10 days

Wild Costa Rica

Central Valley, Tortuguero, Osa Peninsula & Manuel Antonio

Travel from coast to coast exploring Costa Rica’s wildlife rich natural highlights while staying at charming hotels in spectacular surroundings and enjoying a variety of outdoor activities. Unwind at the end at a boutique beach retreat on a lush hillside.

Adventure Eco/ethical tourism Wildlife Beach

GBP £4,700pp

10 days

Costa Rica with Kids

Central Valley, Tortuguero, Arenal & Papagayo

A fun-filled family adventure through Costa Rica's diverse landscapes from coast to coast, taking in wonderful wildlife, majestic volcanoes and beautiful beaches. Enjoy adventurous activities suitable for all the family from lagoon boat trips to canopy walks and finish up with a splash of relaxation on the sun-kissed Pacific Coast.

Adventure Wildlife Beach Eco/ethical tourism

GBP £3,600pp

13 days

Family Fun in Costa Rica

San Jose, Pacuare, Osa Peninsula, Arenal & Papagayo

Explore the stunning natural diversity of Costa Rica and sample the very best activities on this action-packed and fun-filled family adventure across the jewel of Central America. Try rafting, paddle boarding and look out for the incredible wildlife!

Adventure Wildlife Beach Eco/ethical tourism

GBP £6,100pp

11 days

Active Costa Rica

San Jose, Turrialba District, Arenal and Santa Teresa

A fantastic introduction to Costa Rica that begins with off the beaten track adventure at the wonderful Pacuare Lodge, includes a stay near the iconic Arenal Volcano and finishes up with a few days of laid-back luxury in charming Santa Teresa.

Wildlife Adventure Eco/ethical tourism

GBP £4,700pp

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