15 family farms in Costa Rica you can visit with kids to experience the best of rural Costa Rican food and culture.
If you want to experience authentic Tico culture while giving your kids an intense learning experience and possibly other kids around them to connect with and the chance to make friends with a local family during your vacation, Costa Rican farms offer a sustainable option for you.
Ecotourism is well developed and farming still plays a big role in Costa Rican economy and culture. In everyday life, Ticos until recently used bulls and colorfully painted wagons for transportation. You will also make your stay healthy when eating farm-to-table meals, hiking, and learning on farm tours about traditional Costa Rican ways to milk cows, make cheese and bread, and grow coffee or cacao.
Family Farms In Northern Costa Rica
On this farm in the San Carlos region, you can hike, relax in hot springs, enjoy horseback riding, and a spa area, all close to the spectacular Rio Celeste waterfall. This is a phenomenal place to visit with kids and you can read the full review of our visit here.
Close to Costa Rica’s northern border and the Miravalles Volcano, you can enjoy privacy in your own cabins on this family-friendly farm, while exploring the natural attractions of the area. Breakfast is included, and the dining area offers amazing views of local birds.
This private reserve in Monteverde offers a farm stay in beautiful wooden houses. Here, they have their own farm animals such as and you can learn about cheese making. The beautiful cloud forest around Monteverde is ideal for wildlife watching, hiking, and horseback riding, all of which Terra Viva can offer.
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Costa Rica Farm Experiences – Central Costa Rica
East of La Fortuna and close to the Arenal Volcano and the Arenal lake, this family-run off-grid farm offers an experience that is all-inclusive while fully sustainable. You can try to milk a cow milking, explore the farm, enjoy farm-to-table meals and yoga. Read more about Rancho Margot here.
On this beautiful farm close to Pozo Azul and Agua Azul in the Sarapiqui region, you can milk goats, see how cheese is made, go horseback riding, see a tapir, and much more! Warren Cordoba, a Tico who has worked as a renowned chef in California for years, offers culinary specialties in a harmonic, natural setting.
This farm grows Cacao and will teach you all the process from planting a been to savoring the rich bittersweet chocolate flavors.
To experience how coffee is grown and process and try some directly on the farm, visit this farm in the Alajuela province.
Located in the cool, high mountains of Costa Rica close to the Cerro de la Muerte this place has amazing nature and hiking along with animals and homestead farming. They have a big family and will make you feel right at home.
Farms In Southern Costa Rica
This organic farm just outside San Isidro in the foothills of the Talamanca mountain range grows vanilla, amongst other crops. They are family and animal friendly and a great place to see in the southern zone.
This five-star resort in the Southern Zone around San Isidro offers an introduction to a sustainable Costa Rican family farm and will show guests how to make cheese, teach about Costa Rican cuisine, and give private coffee and wildlife tours. They equally offer yoga and fitness as well as meditation classes. For outdoor sports, they offer mountain biking as well as horseback riding and you can go ahead and harvest some food from the sustainable farm. Hacienda Alta Gracia has private rainforest trails and access to waterfalls.
While this beautiful farm close to Uvita does not offer housing options, they are all about horseback riding and offer tours on the stunning beaches around the Marino Ballena National Park. You can also enjoy a nice hike around their property with 506 hectares of primary and secondary wet forest, along with mangroves and beaches.
This beautiful farm is all about high-quality spices. Here you can learn how plants like cinnamon, black pepper, and vanilla are grown and harvested… and what’s more, you can try them all. The farm also biodynamically grows and ferments delicious cacao and offers spice related farm and tasting tours. It is located on the Pacific coast close to Quepos and just around the corner from Costa Rica’s famous Manuel Antonio National Park.
On the far south corner of the pacific coast in Pavones, this place offers Yoga and a relaxing atmosphere amongst Titi monkeys and fruit trees.
On the opposite side of the country, in the southern Caribbean, is another jungle jewel. Located in an abandoned afro-Caribbean settlement and cacao farm, that is now reclaimed by the jungle, Punta Mona is an off-grid permaculture farm, that can be reached only by hiking through the jungle or by boat. It is perfect for day touring and seeing crops such as sugar cane grown. With the herbalists in the community, you can also learn a lot about medicinal plants and the distillation process to make alcohol for tinctures and other medicine.
With a unique collection of tropical trees from all around the world and arguably the best chocolate in the world, this farm in Playa Negra close to Puerto Viejo is worth a visit!
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