Best Costa Rica Villas for Families

Costa Rica is a fabulous family vacation destination. Between the amazing beaches and unique jungle experiences (sloths! howler monkeys!) it’s perfect if you’re looking for something a little different for your next beach vacation.

Most of my clients do a combination of Arenal in the northern part of the country, which is where you can zipline and spend some time exploring the jungle, in combination with some time at the beach. If your family prefers villa-style accommodations to that of traditional hotels, here are a few of the best Costa Rica villas for families.

Tulemar Villas near Manual Antonio National Park

When heading to Costa Rica with kids, visiting Manual Antonio National Park is a must. This is not only an excellent opportunity to tour the park with a knowledgable guide, but you’ll also have an opportunity to swim in one of the most beautiful beaches on the planet!

The tricky thing about this area is that many of the hotels don’t have beaches immediately on site. Tulemar Villas, a lovely complex consisting of villas, 4 pools, a restaurant and work out facility, also includes their own private beach.

The Tulemar 3-bedroom Villas are definitely some of the best Costa Rica villas for families. These 3-bedroom units are spacious and beautiful! In addition to 3 full bedrooms, one being a Master king, there is also a day bed where kids can sleep in the main area. The kitchens are beautiful and we can organize private chefs here. Price point is around $5,000 per week for a 3-bedroom villa.

Casa de Paz

If you are a bit more adventurous and happy to rent a 4×4 vehicle, Casa de Paz is a fun family villa in Costa Rica!  This is a private 3-bedroom villa also operated by the Tulemar group. It’s not in the same location as the Tulemar villas mentioned above and also not on the beach, rather Casa de Paz in the jungle in a private, gated community and totally off the beaten path.
Here you can walk to pristine, private jungle waterfalls and are just a few minutes drive to some of the most pristine beaches along the Pacific Coast.
My favorite features of this villa are the open air living area, infinity pool and several outdoor dining options. Here you really feel part of nature and it’s great fun for kids! The price point is extremely affordable, around $2,000 per week depending on the time of year.

Papagayo Villas

Further north, the Papagayo peninsula is a beautiful, exclusive beach destination along the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. Home to the Four Seasons resort, this area is also home to several privately owned properties and some of the best Costa Rica villas for families. Over the next 12 months, the peninsula will see a significant amount of investment in terms of walking trails, beach areas and more.

Here, I have access to a few lovely condos that work really well for family groups. The condos have amazing ocean views, 2,800 sq ft of indoor space, and another 750 sq ft of private terraces.  Paz Del Mar, for example, includes 2 King Suites, and one room with a custom built double Queen/Twin bunk bed. This is the newest condo on property, with complete refurbishment and brand new furnishings, wall treatments, custom kitchen.

Here, a concierge will meet you upon arrival, personally introduce you to your vacation home, and tell you more about the details of the home, the resort property, and any activities available during your stay.

You’ll also get membership to Arnold Palmer Signature golf course and tennis center (which are both managed by the Four Seasons) which gives you access to the amenities at the club house (golf, tennis, Caracol Restaurant). In addition, you get membership to the private Prieta Beach Club gives you access to the Beach Club’s beautiful infinity edge pools, fitness center, beach waiter service, and 2 restaurants. And of course there is a pool located right at your villa and a shared pool at the condos so plenty of places to swim.

Considering a family trip to Central America and looking for the best Costa Rica villas for families? Contact me today to learn more and get started customizing your Costa Rica itinerary. 

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