Waterfall in the jungle of Costa Rica

Cloud Forest to Coast: 8 Day Family Costa Rica Getaway

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Countries Visited

Costa Rica

Places Visited

San Jose, Arenal, Monteverde, Tamarindo

Suggested Duration

8 Days

This 8-day, Costa Rican vacation will take you and your family on a journey from the coast to the Cloud Forest to explore some of the best that this Central American paradise has to offer. This luxurious vacation encompasses the perfect blend of relaxation and adventure. You will bask in bubbling natural hot springs that are surrounded by panoramic jungle views, and private tour guides will take you on adventures into the depths of the rain forest to discover exotic birds, plants and animals....

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Trip Highlights

  • Discover Costa Rica’s most active volcano on a privately guided hike as you savor stunning views of Lake Arenal
  • Bask in the Arenal region’s bubbling hot springs that are engulfed in a 360-degree view of the jungle while listening to the relaxing sounds of nature
  • Enjoy the panoramic views of the enchanting La Fortuna waterfall as it slowly cascades into a crystal-blue swimming hole
  • Craft chocolate from scratch and sample the deliciously-rich, finished product on a private plantation tour
  • Indulge in the warm, misty air of the Monteverde Cloud Forest on your skin as you hike through the enchanting rainforest and discover rare wildlife
  • Unwind on Tamarindo’s pristine, white-sand beaches and take a dip in the turquoise Pacific sea
  • Discover dolphins, iguanas, turtles and more on a privately guided boat excursion through Tamarindo

Detailed Description

After arriving in San Jose, your Costa Rican adventure will begin in Arenal. Here, your family will be wowed by the region’s quiet beauty. The massive Arenal volcano looms over sparkling lake below, and the rolling landscape stretches as far as the eye can see. As you hike the volcano’s base, you will discover the region’s fascinating history, and stumble upon cooled lava rocks, spotted sloths, monkeys, and exotic birds along your privately guided hike. During your time in Arenal, you will bask in bubbling natural hot springs, discover the peaceful serenity of the La Fortuna Waterfall, and enjoy free time for lakeside family activities.

The next leg of your adventure will take you to the Monteverde region. Here, you will breathe in the humid, hazy air of the Cloud Forest. Your private naturalist guide will take you into the depths of one of the rarest habitats on Earth. Enveloped in the misty air, you will feel as if you are walking in a cloud. You will hear the howls of monkeys as they swing through the trees, and you will smell the sweet peppermint aroma of the forest’s leafy canopy of ferns. During your second day in Monteverde, you and your family will have the unique opportunity to immerse yourselves in the vibrant, local culture. A private guide will take you on an interactive tour of a local plantation where your children will take part in the chocolate creation process and sample the sweet result.

Your trip’s final destination will be the pristine-white sand beaches of Tamarindo. Your luxurious, oceanside accommodation will allow you to wake up and fall asleep to the calming sounds of the crystal-blue waves of the Pacific Ocean as they crash upon the shore. You will rest your adventurous muscles while lounging on the beach and exploring the region by way of private boat tours. As you float through the water, you will watch dolphins spring into the air, turtles bob through the sea, and iguanas as they bask in the sun on the shore. Each night will culminate by indulging in a gourmet, dining experience as you watch the sunset with its vibrant pink, yellow, and orange hues that fill your view. Read some of our travelers’ reviews for Costa Rica travel to discover new experiences to add to your own tour.

Starting Price

$1,435 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

  • Accommodations
  • In-country transportation
  • Some or all activities and tours
  • Expert trip planning
  • 24x7 support during your trip

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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