Meet the jungle dwellers on this wildlife expedition to the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. Manuel Antonio National Park

7-Day Pacific Coast Family Vacation to Costa Rica

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Customizable Itinerary

This is a sample itinerary to inspire a personalized trip designed with your travel specialist

Countries Visited

Costa Rica

Places Visited

Rincon de la Vieja National Park, Tamarindo, Manuel Antonio National Park

Suggested Duration

7 Days

Magnificent beaches stretch along Costa Rica’s Pacific coast, but this luxurious 7-day family vacation offers much more than a beautiful coastal getaway. Walk on a volcano, raft through the jungle, discover an incredible variety of wildlife, and ultimately escape to the charms of nature. Handcrafted with exceptional lodges and family activities, these seven days will be a part beach escape and a part wilderness expedition at some of the very best of Costa Rica’s Pacific destinations.

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Trip Highlights

  • Discover some of Central America’s most idyllic beaches as you escape to the spacious sands of two very distinctive Pacific destinations
  • Venture up-close with four different monkey species during an evocative wildlife walk in Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Hike through pristine rainforest and explore an active volcano, where fumaroles and mud pools create all types of enchantment
  • Experience the thrill of the waves as your family indulges in a private surf lesson in Tamarindo
  • Float through the jungle in a small raft during a family wildlife safari that features many rare animals
  • Sail along the Pacific coastline with dolphins that play in the wake and magnificent sunsets that reflect off the water
  • Escape from your everyday schedule by staying in three of Costa Rica’s ultimate beachfront properties
  • Admire the marine world during an incredible snorkeling expedition near Manuel Antonio National Park

Detailed Description

Costa Rica’s Pacific beaches instantly impress their visitors. Golden sand extends for miles along the coast, and the rainforest and volcanoes provide an incredible backdrop, further increasing the sense of solitude. The surf laps against the beach, but there is often not a sound. From the beach, you can hear monkeys and rare birds, while witnessing dolphins as they frolic in the waves. Turtles can be seen when snorkeling, and jungle trails extend directly from the sand. A family vacation to Costa Rica’s Pacific is not a classic beach break. Sure, you can hang around on the beach and enjoy plenty of downtime in the sun, but this incredible piece of Central America can be many different vacations in one, even if you are only traveling for seven days.

Expertly handcrafted for families with children of any age, this immersive 7-day tour will lead you to three very different Pacific destinations. You will be provided with a mixture of beach getaways, wilderness expedition, and remarkable impressions of nature. With two nights in each of three superb Costa Rican lodges, your family will enjoy the space to relax and come together. Private activities mean new experiences every day, from learning to surf to close-up monkey encounters and sailing into the sunset. Private guides will tailor each activity to your family’s ages, energy levels, and interests, so you can be more or less active, depending on how you feel. With each destination, you will have options on your choice of activities, such as a short rainforest hike or a rainforest expedition in search of a specific animal.

Your seven days in Costa Rica will begin by flying to Liberia, which is the country’s second-largest city and the most convenient entry point for exploring the Northern Pacific coast. From here, you will be transferred to Rincon de la Vieja National Park, where you can experience a volcano and the rainforest in one adventure. You will search for bubbling volcanic mud pits, watch mini geysers explore, enjoy the charms of an active volcano, and indulge in local wildlife encounters. Your expert guide can assist you in exploring jungle trails and floating along the river before leading you to the beach for two nights in Tamarindo. This is an iconic beachside town that is a haven of tranquility, mixing relaxation with exciting family activities.

You will be laying back and escaping the world during most of your two days in Tamarindo, while your kids will be partaking in private surf lessons and feeling the thrill of the Pacific waves. Then, from Tamarindo, you will fly to Manuel Antonio National Park, which is a piece of paradise home to beautiful beaches and an incredible wildlife biodiversity. It is also an easy park to explore for children of all ages because it is home to monkeys and sloths that hang around short forest trails. Out on the Pacific Coast, you can enjoy snorkeling, sailing, swimming with dolphins, and plenty of space for your kids to play. These three destinations will make for an iconic journey through some of the best of Costa Rica’s Pacific on a vacation that is customizable and offers unforgettable nature and wildlife experiences.

Starting Price

$1,633 per person (excluding international flights)

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

What's Included

The starting price is based on travel during the low season for a minimum of two travelers staying in shared 3-star accommodations. Please inquire for a custom trip quote based on your travel preferences and travel dates.

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