Monteverde Cloud Forest, Costa Rica

There is almost always a mist hanging over the Monteverde jungle. The biological reserve is the most well known cloud forest in the world for its wide variety of biodiversity, important conservation contribution and scientific researches. It houses 2,5% of worldwide biodiversity whilst Costa Rica only represents 0,03% of the landmass on the planet.

It is one of the most beautiful and famous spots on earth to go zip lining and canopy walking. It even has the longest zip lines in the country. In the Monteverde area the somewhat larger town of Santa Elena is located, a typical central American town with a square, market and some local restaurants catering the needs of tourists that come here and admire the beauty of the cloud forest in case, as Newsweek declared a place to remember before, it disappears.

Here are some awesome things to do in Monteverde Cloud Forest with kids. If you follow this list you will for sure see all the major highlights of this wonderful city. Use it as a check-list. It works really well.

  • Go hiking;
  • Go canopy walking;
  • Go zip lining, (minimum height 1,20m).

Monteverde Lodge & Gardens

400 metros al este del Ranario
Santa Elena, 25216, Costa Rica
+(506) 2257 0766

Price range



Located 15 minutes from the Monteverde Cloud Forest.


Simple rooms with no air-conditioning or television.


The hotel has one restaurant open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 

Services and amenities for kids

For an overview of the services and amenities for kids at this hotel click here. Amenities provided by the hotel in green.

Extra info

National Geographic featured this hotel in Tours of a Lifetime. The hotel is not bad, but certainly not luxurious or memorable. It is however the best hotel available in the area. And as this is a must see area when visiting Costa Rica, we decided to mention it as the place to stay when here. The rooms look much nicer on the photos on the Internet than in real life. Stayed here for 1 night, could imagine staying 2 but that would be the absolute maximum. The hotel does have a butterfly garden, something the children loved!

Address: Puntarenas, Monteverde, Costa Rica
Reservations: +(506) 8706 9921
Cuisine: Mixed kitchen
Kidsmenu: No but they serve pizza’s and pasta and fish to steaks
Experience: This little restaurant located in Santa Elena is nothing special, but it does breathe the local Costa Rica life as many locals eat here as well. My suggestion from the menu is the “Casados” a local dish.

The beautiful Arenal Vulcano – Monteverde Cloud Forest, Costa Rica

Cloud forests are typically cooler than rainforests because they can be found at higher elevations. Monteverde is such a cloud forest and will be cooler than other spots in Costa Rica due to its elevation (1,400 meters above sea level), so even in the dry season, the temperature will be lower.