Your customizable family tour of Costa Rica will take you deep into the rainforest for a fabulous river safari, and then along the azure waters of the tropical Pacific in search of passing humpback whales. The best family vacations inspire life-long memories and in which the kids explore exciting destinations with thrilling experiences, and these will embody the welcoming spirit of Costa Rican Pura Vida. Witness the volcanic peak of Arenal, wander the jungle terrain at night in search...
San Jose – Arrive in San Jose with an Introductory Tour of the Capital
The capital city of San Jose sits at the spiritual and physical heart of Costa Rica within the pleasant, mild climate of the Central Valley. Colonial grandeur rises along the distinct streets of the historical neighborhoods leading to the bustling aisles of Mercato Central and the immensity of the nine-story San Pedro Mall with 260 stores capturing the contemporary culture of the city. Before exploring it all, your family will arrive at Juan Santamaria International Airport, where your private transfer will greet you at customs and guide you through.
You can take time to settle into the comforts of your luxury hotel near the epicenter of art galleries, colonial mansions, and museum collections. Your guide will greet you in the lobby eager to introduce your family to the splendors of San Jose beginning at the Museo de Jade. The fascinating gallery space spans five floors displaying 7,000 artifacts that have been preserved over the centuries. The kids will be engrossed with the stories of the native peoples who crafted the images of fertility goddesses, shamans, frogs, and snakes by hand.
Your guide can point out the distinct Mayan influences on individual pieces, and your kids will likely pause at the stunning ceramic head with a dramatic row of serrated teeth that stand out from the surrounding precious stone images glinting in the soft light. After a quick pass through the museum, the indoor design of Mercado Central will keep any jet lag at bay as your eyes take in the range of local spices to coffee beans grown around the country, as well as vibrant produce like delicious mango and rich avocado. After a good wander around for initial impressions, an early night will be yours to settle in for the week. We work closely with the best Costa Rica tour operators to ensure that you have a fully personalized trip of a lifetime.
Arenal – Travel to Artisanal Sarchi and Discover Adventurous Arenal
Arenal – Enjoy a Rafting Excursion and Nocturnal Wildlife Tour
Golfo de Papagayo – Visit Dry Tropical Forest with Family Leisure Time
Golfo de Papagayo – Relish a Family Surf Lesson and Zip Line Tour
Golfo de Papagayo – Discover the Enchanting Wilds of Guanacaste
Golfo de Papagayo – Depart for Home
- Search for the captivating wildlife of Costa Rica’s famous rainforest while floating down the Penas Blancas River to find birds, monkeys, and even caiman
- Embark on a private family surf lesson along the gorgeous shores of the Papagayo Gulf with an instructor eager to introduce the family to the sport
- Soar through the sky on an exhilarating zip-line excursion over the Guanacaste on a final cable spanning nearly a mile long
- Relish the beauty of the Pacific Ocean accentuated by the surprising grace and dramatic power of humpback whales on a whale watching tour
- Visit artisan crafters in the celebrated artistic town of Sarchi, where many craftspeople create the famous oxcarts, furniture, and artwork of Costa Rica
- Traverse the stairwell that leads to the base of the thin, elegant veil of La Fortuna Waterfall surrounded by rich green rainforest
- Bask in the soothing comforts and revitalizing temperatures of natural thermal springs heated by Arenal Volcano’s geothermal activity
- Indulge in the family-friendly ambiance and enchanting settings of your luxury accommodations throughout Costa Rica
Your 7-day Costa Rica family vacation embraces the biodiversity and eco-friendly adventures that stretch from the rainforest to the Pacific Ocean. Your custom-tailored tour captures the idea of living the “pure life” of Pura Vida by tailoring every experience to your family’s desires, from zip lining across the dry forest to trekking for panoramic views of staggering waterfalls. Search for abundant wildlife, bask in relaxing thermal springs and learn about the historical artisan culture. The entire family will find their perfect niche in Costa Rica’s family-friendly environment that boasts luxury, adventure, history, and charm.
Your adventure in Costa Rica will begin with your arrival in San Jose, the capital city. One night spent in the city will bring the bustling grandeur blended with colonial mansions and contemporary culture. This combination will bring a distinct perspective on the country’s historical context and modern living with access to immersive cultural experiences at the Jade Museum, Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, and the National Museum of Costa Rica. Two nights in Arenal will introduce your family to the artisan heritage. The town of Sarchi boasts artists working on classic displays of Costa Rican skill in woodwork, painting, and ceramics. The region of Arenal connects you with captivating excursions along the River Peñas Blancas for a wildlife safari in search of monkeys, jaguarundi, and avifauna, trekking to view the majesty of La Fortuna Falls and wandering a private reserve in the dark finding dramatic frogs, toads, and bats.
Three nights at the Golfo de Papagayo will unveil the splendor of the Pacific shoreline and the dry tropical forest of Guanacaste. The adventurous spirit of a Costa Rican vacation then continues with fantastic excursions inspiring kids and adults alike as you soar over the landscape on a zip line tour, whale watch on the open ocean, and learn how to surf the waves in one of the world’s most popular surfing destinations. The marvels of Guanacaste highlight a different side of Costa Rica for an all-around family experience that will sweep you from the rainforest to the jungle, waterfalls to golden beaches. If you would like to extend your vacation tour of Costa Rica, be sure to check out our other Costa Rica family vacations.
$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.
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