Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica

Costa Rica Family Vacation of A Lifetime

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Countries Visited

Costa Rica

Places Visited

San Jose, Arenal, Liberia, Gulf of Papagayo...

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Suggested Duration

8 Days

Indulge in luxury while discovering thrills around every corner during your personalized family-friendly Costa Rican vacation. The verdant marvels of the countryside contain the charms of hidden wildlife and secluded thermal baths. Capuchin monkeys forage for nuts in the trees and sloths cling to the branches in the shade of the upper canopy. Manta rays and whales glide through the azure waters of the Pacific and plantations develop the semi-sweet flavors of pure chocolate. Bring back the joys...

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Trip Highlights

  • Ride the exciting roaring rapids of the Sarapiqui River during a whitewater rafting excursion
  • Soar through the fascinating canopy and over wide canyons on a zip-line adventure in Costa Rica’s famous rainforest
  • Scour the riverbanks for signs of vibrant wildlife when sailing the waters of the Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge
  • Indulge in the flavorful creations of Costa Rican chocolate on an educational journey through the evolution of cacao from ancient secrets and tasty dessert
  • Snorkel in pristine azure waters of the Pacific and lounge on a secluded beach when traveling around the Gulf of Papagayo on a Catamaran cruise
  • Rest in the restorative waters of natural thermal baths in Arenal created by the heat of the active Arenal Volcano
  • Revel in incredible views of Arenal Volcano’s fantastic conical peak
  • Learn how to navigate the waves of the Pacific during a family-friendly surf lesson at a famous Costa Rican beach

Detailed Description

The serene beauty of the land and sea will have you and the kids saying “Pura Vida” during your 8-day family-friendly Costa Rica vacation. The soul of the country emerges from a blend of protected scenery and the wealth of local culture-changing between the highlands and coasts. Outdoor adventures connect you with the wildlife while the luxurious accommodations let the entire family immerse themselves in comfort. Whether resting beside a pool overlooking the Pacific or dipping your toes into the hot water of thermal pools, Costa Rica effortlessly brings together your family with indelible natural splendor.

Your family-friendly adventure begins with your arrival at Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose. The capital city has a bustling nature contrasting the tranquility of the untamed rainforest landscape of the highlands and lowlands. The family can roam the city for the day enjoying the cultural heritage found in the antique architecture of the Barrio Amón neighborhood or in the fun-filled galleries of the Children’s Museum. Whitewater rafting in Costa Rica is a grand adventure no matter the age of your children, where you can glide down the calmer waters of Class I to Class III rapids or challenge the Class IV Rapids on the Sarapiqui River.

A half-day tour brings an abundance of exhilaration, exotic birdlife, and lunch before transferring to Arenal. The popular region of Arenal circles around the famous conical peak of the Arenal Volcano and acts as the center for exciting excursions. The rainforest canopy provides the perfect escape for families visiting from around the world interested in learning more about the marvels of the flora and fauna on immersive experiences. Travel above the canopy on a gondola and soar through the trees on a zip-line adventure.

Arenal also boasts the relaxing pools of thermal springs heated by the geothermal activity of the volcano. Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge is one of the biologically diverse regions of Costa Rica positioned near the border of Nicaragua. A cruise along the river provides the family with a unique view of the protected landscape where the wildlife rests on the hot days and becomes active in the cool hours of the morning or evening. The region of Arenal also hosts some of Costa Rica’s distinct plantations growing popular produce items, as well as cocoa. Learn about the history and process of producing cocoa in South and Central America before sampling the chocolate made by your family.

The state of Guanacaste has plenty of sunshine and pristine coastline. Your time along the edges of the Pacific Ocean lets the whole family indulge in the beauty of the water with a catamaran excursion coupled with a snorkeling tour. The culture of the seaside provides a relaxed pace in which you can move at a slower speed, enjoying the sunlight, resting by the pool, or learning to surf under the guidance of the celebrated instructor.

Begin planning your dream Costa Rica vacation by connecting with one of our luxury Costa Rica travel agents.

Starting Price

$1,867 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.

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  • Some or all activities and tours
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Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.

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