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Family holidays in Costa Rica are packed with one astonishing experience after another, so picking just 10 out of thousands takes skill. Fortunately, the Costa Rica Tourism board are experts on every thrilling inch of their country. Take a look at their top recommendations, then check out how many more extraordinary experiences didn’t make the cut. 

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1/10  Monteverde Cloud Forest, Puntarenas

If you want to immerse in Costa Rica’s Pura Vida, take a soul-purifying forest bath in Monteverde Cloud Forest. The entire reserve covers over 26,000 acres, it’s 90% virgin forest and contains 2.5% of the world’s biodiversity, along with more than 500 different animal and bird species, 2,500 plant species, and more orchids in one place than anywhere else on earth.

For less-contemplative kids, Monteverde is a sustainable playground, to soar through on ziplines, eyeball monkeys off hanging bridges, fly high on sky trams, or pony trek, and hike in the company of expert local guides. Here, they can literally have their head in the clouds, then feed fruit to giant butterflies, spot scarlet-eyed tree frogs, and even stand with one foot in the Pacific divide, and the other in the Caribbean.

Visiting Monteverde isn’t officially a rule, but unofficially, it really is one experience no family should miss in Costa Rica. 

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