These are countries where children are treasured, so cast your net wide when traveling in Central America with kids.
Costa Rica has a well-established tourism set up, with English speaking guides to lead you up into Monteverde’s cloud forest or to see the turtles of Tortuguero. Older children will go ballistic white water rafting on the Pacuare River too. Similarly, Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula is far from yucky, with the likes of Uxmal for ancient culture (Chichen Itza gets really packed) and too cool for cool cenotes, or natural swimming pools, for pure fun.
Family adventurers- be amazed by the welcome you get off the beaten track in, say, Nicaragua, surfing and seeing turtles one day, and climbing volcanoes the next. And the whole place has a Caribbean vibe, with what feels like one big party out on the streets, where children are always given centre stage.