Meet sloths on a morning adventure through the forests of Costa Rica

Costa Rica’s Caribbean Coast Family Tour

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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

San Jose, Braulio Carrillo National Park, Rio Pacuare, Puerto Viejo

Suggested Duration

7 Days

Handcrafted and customizable to all ages, this one-week tour will celebrate Pura Vida and includes all the essential elements of a Costa Rican vacation. Caribbean Costa Rica is where everybody can play. You can lounge on tropical beaches, encounter jaguars and sloths, traverse through the jungle, and escape into the country’s largest national park. From beach life to monkeys and outdoor adventure, you will adventure in Braulio Carillo, Rio Pacuare, Puerto Viejo, and Manzanillo.

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Trip Highlights

  • Encounter jaguars and sloths during a morning of wildlife adventure in Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge
  • Indulge in a day of white-water rafting down the Rio Pacuare, navigating rapids on an adventure that can be tailored to all ages
  • Feel the pulse of Caribbean life with two nights in Puerto Viejo, which is a lively town on the beach
  • Come face to face with white-faced monkeys on an open gondola tour through Costa Rica’s largest national park
  • Enjoy downtime on superb Caribbean beaches with the option to walk to beaches that are inaccessible by roads
  • Hike and zipline through Costa Rica’s rainforest, learning about flora and fauna as you go
  • Explore modern culture and live the Pura Vida on your arrival day in San Jose

Detailed Description

The Costa Rican atmosphere is dominated by Pura Vida, and this idea of pure life is perfect for families. A laid-back culture will set the scene and make you feel comfortable in the capital city and on the Caribbean coast. Exotic national parks can help you to escape the modern world, where the splendid scenery is matched by thrilling wildlife encounters with monkeys, jaguars, and more. You can relax on pristine beaches before diving into Afro-Caribbean culture, and with this tour, you can create an adventure that is tailored to every age and every mood with private activities and transfers throughout your journey.

This handcrafted, family tour of Costa Rica includes many of the activities that the country is famous for, such as ziplining, rainforest hiking, and rocking away in a hammock on the beach. This journey does stay clear of the country’s most touristic destinations, so you can focus on Caribbean Costa Rica, where there is greater natural diversity and far fewer tourists. Destinations on the Caribbean side are better-suited to customizable activities. For example, when rafting, you can choose different sections based on the age and adventurous spirit of your kids. Braulio Carillo is Costa Rica’s largest national park, and you can choose from dozens of different trails. When on the coast at Puerto Viejo, you can lounge around a beach that is backdropped by small cafe shacks or venture to beaches that are inaccessible by road.

With one week in Costa Rica, you can really discover the country’s allure without having to travel too far. You will begin with a day in San Jose, which is the capital city that will provide you with a lively introduction to the country’s fun-loving atmosphere. On day two, you will ride an open gondola through Braulio Carrillo rainforest, which is a private family activity that will introduce you to a stunning wealth of wildlife. This is the country’s largest national park, and you will also have half a day to hike the rainforest floor and zipline through the canopy. This means that within 48 hours of landing in San Jose, you can have enjoyed many of Costa Rica’s most iconic experiences.

The rest of your vacation will be all about the water. You will spend two nights on the Rio Pacuare, which allows for a full day of white-water rafting down the river. There are 16 different sections, and your guide will tailor the experience to your ages and interests. It is a great family activity because you can ease into the rafting on flatter waters, enjoy the stunning green scenery, and choose whether to continue on a roaring stretch of river. You will culminate your Costa Rican family vacation with two nights on the coast in Puerto Viejo, which is a laid-back Caribbean town with a unique vibe and friendly culture.

In Puerto Viejo, it can be easy to spend your time on the beach, and you will have the most immaculate beaches from which to choose. Soft, turquoise waters are perfect for young swimmers while isolated strips of sand can be found after a short rainforest hike. There are beaches for learning to surf, snorkeling along the coastline, and enjoying endless sand to run around. On day six, you will explore Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge, where rescued jaguars and baby sloths provide very intimate wildlife experiences. Cahuita National Park will also bring wildlife encounters, both above and below the water. A private guide will accompany you at each destination and, Pura Vida means taking it slow and enjoying everything that life in Costa Rica has to offer.

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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