Costa Rica Family Adventure

See awe-inspiring wildlife in their natural habitats, hike in the shadow of Arenal volcano, explore Monteverde’s lush cloud forest and Costa Rica’s spectacular Pacific coast, and zipline above the forest canopy.
When: Year-round
Duration: 8 Days/ 7 Nights

 

Destinations

  • Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve ~ Acclaimed as one of the best wildlife refuges in the New World Tropics and home to more than 100 species of mammals, 400 species of bird, tens of thousands of insect species and 2,500 species of plants.
  • Arenal Volcano ~ Arenal National Park was created in 1994 and up until very recently, it was considered one of the world’s premier volcano-watching areas. While Arenal still has occasional volcanic activity, it has for the most part gone quiet. Despite the changes in volcanic activity, Arenal National Park remains one of the most popular destinations in Costa Rica and the surrounding area offers a wide variety of activities for visitors.
  • Manuel Antonio National Park ~ Famous for its expansive white sand beaches that meet tropical rainforest along the shore. The park’s beaches and islets are ideal for swimming and snorkeling. The more adventurous can try surfing on Manuel Antonio’s breaks.

OTHER COSTA RICA ITINERARIES

Below are some of our sample itineraries, but note that we can customize the perfect Costa Rica adventure that meets your needs.

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Sample Itinerary


DAY 1: Arrival/ Monteverde Cloud Forest ~ Upon arrival to Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO), you’ll be met for your private transfer to Monteverde where you’ll spend the next two nights. Located in the Tilarán Mountains, Monteverde is one of Costa Rica’s premier family-friendly destinations. Monteverde’s montane cloud forest is famous for its lush epiphytes and tree ferns and its elusive resplendent quetzal. Overnight at Los Pinos Cabañas y Jardines.

Resplendent quetzal

DAY 2: Monteverde Cloud Forest ~ Your first full day in Costa Rica includes an adrenaline-pumping canopy adventure at Sky Adventures (aeriel tram, ziplining, and suspension bridges). You have until this evening to enjoy all of the activities on offer in the area. Discover nocturnal sights and sounds of the cloud forest this evening during a guided night hike. Overnight at Los Pinos Cabañas y Jardines.

Optional activities in the area include horseback riding, guided nature walks during the day and at night, visiting the butterfly farm or serpentarium in town, coffee tour, chocolate tour, cheese factory, etc.

DAY 3: Monteverde Cloud Forest ~ Start your day with a guided nature hike in Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve. Santa Elena isn’t as famous as Monteverde, but has very similar features in terms of flora and fauna with far fewer visitors. Proceeds generated by visitation to the reserve help support educational programs in the community. Overnight at Los Pinos Cabañas y Jardines.

Guided nature hike in Costa Rica

DAY 4: Monteverde Cloud Forest/ La Fortuna and Arenal Volcano ~ Today, you’ll be picked up for your taxi-boat-taxi transfer to the town of La Fortuna near Arenal Volcano. Up until recently, Arenal Volcano was labeled one of the most active volcanoes in the world. Arenal now seems to be dormant, but the views in the area remain spectacular. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy the amenities on offer at the hotel and/or optional activities available in the area. Overnight at Casa Luna Hotel & Spa.

Optional activities in the area include a guided night hike, horseback riding, hiking to La Fortuna Waterfall near your hotel, Cerro Chato Volcano hike, ziplining, canyoning and waterfall rappelling, mountain biking, whitewater rafting, hanging bridges, visiting town, and spelunking in Venado Cave.

DAY 5: La Fortuna and Arenal Volcano ~ Start your day with your choice of kayaking or stand up paddle boarding on Lake Arenal, Costa Rica’s largest lake. Keep an eye out for rainforest species like howler monkeys and toucans along the lake’s shore. This afternoon, enjoy a guided nature walk at Arenal Volcano National Park. One of the most visited parks in all of Central America, Arenal’s popularity is warranted. The trails in the national park aren’t strenuous so they’re great for a leisurely and informative guided hike. While at the park, it’s possible to see a wide variety of Costa Rica’s flora and fauna while learning about Arenal Volcano’s eruptive past.   Your day ends with a traditional Tico dinner and hot springs at EcoTermales. Overnight at Casa Luna Hotel & Spa. (B,D)

Arenal Volcano

DAY 6: La Fortuna/ Jaco ~ This morning, you’ll be met for your transfer to the beach town of Jaco on Costa Rica’s central Pacific Coast. You have the rest of the day to enjoy the beach in front of the hotel and to explore the area. Overnight at Jaco Laguna Resort. (B)

DAY 7: Jaco/ Manuel Antonio National Park ~ Today, you’ll visit Manuel Antonio National Park for a guided nature walk. Manuel Antonio National Park was voted by Forbes as one of the World’s Most Beautiful National Parks. The views from the hills overlooking Manuel Antonio are spectacular, especially at sunset. The beaches are idyllic, its jungles are inhabited by howler and white-faced monkeys and sloths, an array of tropical birds, and vibrantly-colored frogs. Overnight at Jaco Laguna Resort. (L)

Howler monkey and baby

DAY 8: Departure ~ Transfer back to the SJO Airport in time for your flight home.


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DETAILS

Meals: B=Breakfast; L=Lunch; D=Dinner

Pricing from $1130 per person based on a family of four sharing accommodations.

Package includes accommodations and meals as listed, ground transfers between airports and hotels, local bilingual English-Spanish speaking guides/interpreters on shared basis during guided excursions, transfers and entrance fees for guided excursions, and sales taxes. A donation to support local conservation efforts will be made on behalf of each participant.

Exclusions: international airfare, passport/visa fees, taxis, optional activities, gratuities, alcohol, items of a personal nature, and travel insurance.

This sample itinerary is a suggested outline.  It can be customized to best suit your travel plans.