Your classic Costa Rica family vacation lets you enjoy the highlights of adventure and relaxation in Central America’s tropical wonderland. The hand-crafted tour immerses the family in the splendor of the cloud forest and seclusion of an island estuary. Traverse the canopy on aerial bridges and witness the grandeur of a looming volcano while cruising over a placid lake. Whether relaxing in the luxuries of sustainable resorts or taking advantage of the endless adventurous excursions, your Costa...
Monteverde – Arrive in Costa Rica and Transfer to your Monteverde Resort
Costa Rica promises a wealth of adventures wrapped up in the vibrant mixture of rainforest and beaches, winding rivers, and staggering waterfalls. The family arrives at Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose, where your private transfer greets you. You make your way through the bustling streets of Costa Rica’s capital city noticing colorful homes and lush trees even in the heart of the largest city. On the outskirts of San Jose, the kids point to the fruit on display by vendors along the sides of the streets. Watermelons grow as large as car tires, and bushels of bananas dangle from the rafters.
Signs for cold coconuts offer passersby sweet relief from the moderate temperatures of the Central Valley. The road to Monteverde winds through the mountains revealing more of the lush greenery for which the country is famous. The thick forestry grows denser the farther you travel from the capital city. You pass through a town where your driver points to a series of cables passing over the street. He calls the cables “monkey bridges” because they were built to allow the arboreal wildlife a way to pass over the streets protecting both the wildlife and drivers. You reach the comforts of your luxurious hotel nestled into the heart of the sensational cloud forest. The remainder of the day is yours for the family to settle into the relaxing pleasures of the mountains. Sip a decadent hot chocolate and watch the nightly mist roll over the surrounding rolling peaks.
Monteverde – Hike the Iconic Biodiversity of Monteverde’s Cloud Forest
Arenal – Travel to Arenal by Boat on Lake Arenal with Views to the Volcano
Arenal – Trek the Arenal Hanging Bridges and Hike to La Fortuna Waterfall
Arenal – Enjoy a Free Day with the Family in the Beauty of Arenal at Leisure
Manuel Antonio – Enjoy the Scenic Flight to Manuel Antonio National Park
Manuel Antonio – Traverse the Trails and Beaches of Manuel Antonio
Manuel Antonio – Relish a Free Day to Discover Manuel Antonio’s Charms
Manuel Antonio – Depart for Home
- Traverse the highland trails of Monteverde’s Cloud Forest Reserve with a naturalist guide in search of stunning wildlife and sensational biodiversity
- Wander through the treetops discovering the unique flora and fauna when exploring the hanging bridges of Arenal
- Enjoy the refreshing waters of a hidden emerald swimming hole fed by the enchanting cascade of La Fortuna Waterfall
- Explore the fascinating white-sand beaches and dense lowland rainforest of Manuel Antonio National Park
- Sample the delectable chocolate of Costa Rica on an optional educational chocolate tour and tasting in Arenal
- Wind the canals of the Damas Island estuary with a kayak safari finding caiman, crocodiles, monkeys, and a variety of tropical birds
- Relish the best panoramic views of Arenal Volcano’s famous conical summit on a boat ride across Arenal Lake
Your 9-day Costa Rica vacation is perfect for every family and tailored to the tastes of you and your children. You don’t have to settle for a once-size-fits-all vacation and instead can settle into the adventure of a fun-filled getaway for all ages blending exploration, discovery, and relaxation from the central highlands to the Pacific coast. Visit the classic locations of Monteverde Cloud Forest, Arenal Volcano, and Manuel Antonio National Park experiencing the majestic scenery.
The journey begins in Monteverde, located in the highlands known for the preserved biodiversity of the cloud forest. Whether a fan of watching birds or interested in seeing the unique ecosystem feeding off the moisture from the clouds, the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve provides the family with a unique view of nature shrouded in endless greenery, blossoming orchids, and absorbing wildlife. Arenal has become a great place for exciting excursions hosting zip-lining tours, whitewater rafting journeys, and a number of trails to explore around the base of the towering summit of Arenal Volcano. The region also hosts fantastic thermal baths in which the family can relax after time wandering the aerial bridges or indulging in the decadent flavors of Costa Rican chocolate. From waterfalls to floating safaris, you can experience an adrenaline rush or the tranquil seclusion of the rainforest’s depths.
Manuel Antonio National Park encompasses a small but popular region on the Pacific coast with stunning resorts tucked into the surrounding nature. The marvelous landscape is treasured for the protected biodiversity and accentuated by the sheltered marine park boasting exotic coral, fish, dolphins, and passing whales. The paradise on the Pacific is perfect for families interested in searching for wildlife on land and sea. You can partake in adventures walking on the trails of the national park or whale watching between July and November or from December to March. Snorkel over tremendous coral gardens or traverse the Damas Island estuary on a kayak excursion. No matter your preference of activity, the family is sure to have the time of their lives as you discover the splendor of Costa Rica’s classic family-friendly destinations.
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