Costa Rica Family Adventure Vacations
Two Natural Adventure Playgrounds in One Location!
Looking for a family vacation in Costa Rica that will offer much more than a typical gated resort? Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge will give you an unparalleled opportunity for your entire family to learn together about the rainforest, tropical marine environment, conservation and sustainability… All while being immersed in two natural adventure playgrounds in one location!
The Golfo Dulce is the "front door" to the Lodge which is only accessible by boat. This Sweet Gulf is one of only four tropical fjords in the world; and its calm, warm waters are perfect for snorkeling, swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding and fishing.
Our "back door" sends you right into the rain forest. The series of private trails surrounding the lodge, as well as those attached to the Piedras Blancas National Park, will provide your family with days of rich & fun adventures.
Our vacation approach is authentic, educational and adventurous, fit for all ages. We provide you with the right mix of adventure and quality down time with family. You may choose from plenty options for self guided activities and unstructured adventure or relaxing; or take a guided adventure tour. And after all the fun, our fresh and delicious locally-sourced tropical cuisine will amaze and replenish everyone.... small kids and big ones too (read all about the unique Dining experience Nicuesa offers >).
Get Drenched & Have Fun
- Kayak to nearby hidden coves.
- Catch a fish with your kids.
- Cannonball off the dock into warm waters.
Immerse in the Rainforest
- Hike to rainforest waterfalls.
- Discover the mangroves & view wildlife while kayaking a jungle river.
- Look for monkeys, wild pigs and majestic blue butterflies on the trails or perhaps even from the lodge terrace.
- Forage the rain forest for jungle edibles and play "chef" for the evenings meal.
- Practice yoga together at sunrise & sunset.
- Take a tour of the nearby animal sanctuary & release program - Always a favorite of the kids!!!
Nature's Classroom Your kids won't know that Playa Nicuesa's tours are educational because they will be having too much fun. They'll learn how to open coconuts, find out how pineapples grow, and learn about local insects. They can even eat sweet tasting termites!
We also offer many opportunities for spontaneous self guided adventures from jumping into the Gulf for a swim, or taking a breathtaking kayak discovery-ride, or a variety of hikes ranging from easy flat walks to steep climbs into the primary rain forest.
For Families Big and Small Playa Nicuesa's Two Room Cabins can fit up to 5 guests and offer comfort and privacy. The Mango Guesthouse with four separate rooms is ideal for large groups wanting to rent the whole house; or better yet: you may also rent the whole lodge and bring your whole family and friends together for a big nature-bash!
Food is also an important and interesting part of the experience at Nicuesa (menu example). Almost all of the food at Playa Nicuesa is minutes fresh, from source to plate. We believe in reducing food miles, and therefore we grow a variety of organic fruits and vegetables on the preserve, and catch or purchase fish, and other food locally.
A trip to this magical location will be an authentic and transformational journey for both kids & adults. Your stay at Nicuesa will stretch the imagination and create family adventure memories of a lifetime.