Family Vacation Ideas for 2021

Are you planning a family vacation?  We might have some great options for you.  Get inspired and leave the planning to us.  We are the Cayuga Collection of Sustainable Luxury Hotels and Lodges in Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Panama. 

Beach time in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica.

The Costa Rica Family Rainforest & Cloud Forest Itinerary

Visit Costa Rica’s Nature and Adventure Activities Capital Manuel Antonio on the Central Pacific Coast and the world-renown Cloud Forest in the hills of Monteverde. 

Recommended Activities:  National Park & Wild Waterfall Hikes, Coastal Trekking Adventure, Mangrove Kayaking, Mountain Biking, Cloud Forest Hanging Bridges and Canopy Tour.  And of course, plenty of beach and pool time. 

Recommended Hotels:  One night at Grano de Oro in San Jose (arrival).  Three nights at Senda Monteverde.  Five nights at Arenas del Mar Resort in Manuel Antonio. 

Arenas del Mar Resort, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

Do not miss:  Night Walk at the Aguti Cloud Forest Reserve & Nauyaca Waterfall Hike. 

Best for:  Multigenerational families or families with small children. 

Note:  Late August through early November is whale season.  This itinerary can be extended or shortened, and other destinations in Costa Rica added upon request. 

Spotting sloths is almost guaranteed on the hikes at and around Arenas del Mar in Manuel Antonio.

The Panama Tropical Island Family Adventure

If seven private beaches on a 400-acre island in calm and warm ocean waters sound like your idea of a family getaway, let’s talk.  Isla Palenque is the tropical island experience that you have been dreaming of during the past year. 

Recommended Activities:  Water sports such as: Standup Paddling and Ocean Kayaking.  Island Hopping and Whale Watching (Aug to Nov), Island Hikes or Visit to the Hotel Farm to learn about our Farm to Table Food program. 

Recommended Hotel:  Isla Palenque with 8 Beachfront Casitas or a 6-bedroom private Villa Estate.  The trip could be combined with a stay in Panama City or the hills of Boquete. 

Beachfront Casitas at Isla Palenque: Think Robinson Crusoe for the Family!

Do not miss:  The Secret of the Islands Tour which takes you deep into the rainforest of the island where you find artifacts from indigenous cultures that inhabited the island years ago.  It almost feels like an Indian Jones kind of adventure….

Best for:  Families with elementary school age kids and older that want to spend quality time together. 

Note:  Fly to Panama City and connect on a domestic flight to David.  We will pick you up there and take you to the port of Boca Chica.  From there it is a 15-minute boat ride to the island. 

What to Expect in July – August

“Best vacation ever! Who would have thought sustainable hotels could be so luxurious, educational, and fun?! Our family loved all the hikes, learned to surf, had a blast on the excursions and could not get enough of the delicious food. Of course, we also spent some time relaxing by the pool.  It changed our lives and taught all of us about sustainability (we try to avoid single use plastics now as much as we can). We can’t wait to return!”

Cecilia, Philadelphia

Ask us about opportunities to help local communities and to “give back” while on vacation.

And in case you need to get a break from the kids, we have some options for a romantic getaway as well.  Check out Hotel Aguas Claras in Puerto Viejo on the Costa Rican Caribbean Coast or the Kura Boutique Hotel in Uvita overlooking the Marino Ballena National Park. 

The Hotel Aguas Claras in Puerto Viejo accepts children 8 and older.

Get our free miniguide for your next Family Vacation here.  We have developed this guide based on the experiences of the owners of the Cayuga Collection with their families traveling with children aged 3 to 20. 

Cayuga Family Vacation Mini Guide.

Don’t miss a hike on the hanging bridges.

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