The best Costa Rica family vacations blend excitement, relaxation, intrigue, and adventure. Discover wildlife, bask in the coastal sunshine, and wander through a mixture of cloud and rainforest during your Costa Rica vacation that is custom-tailored for the whole family. Soar through the sky on a thrilling zip line excursion offering views of nesting birds and resting sloths, then indulge in hot springs for a reprieve from the countless exciting activities. Venture onto the trails at night to...
Arenal – Arrive in San Jose and Transfer to the Volcanic Area of Arenal
Families from around the world travel to Costa Rica to enjoy the thrill of discovery, the exhilaration of adventure, and the comforts of attentiveness and luxury from the Central Valley to the Pacific Coast, the Highlands to the secluded Caribbean Sea. Your flight lands at Juan Santamaria International Airport, where your private transfer greets you upon arrival. The capital city, San Jose, bustles with importance as the economic and cultural center of the country. Mansions dating back to the 19th and 20th centuries represent the aristocracy that emerged from the coffee trade when residents were eager to prove their elegance and prominence through their Victorian, art deco and colonial-style homes.
You pass through the edges of the city finding colorful markets with open walls and glowing with tropical colors. Your kids marvel at the brightness of the watermelon cut in half to showcase its freshness. Bananas dangle from the rafters alongside plantains, and the herbaceous aroma of the tall grass and thriving tropical trees fills the air. You continue around the winding roads and over the mountains encircling the Central Valley to reach the town of La Fortuna. The once sleepy agricultural community rests on the foothills of Arenal Volcano.
Your driver points into the trees along the riverbanks at sleeping sloths and the kids gaze into the branches searching for the lazing mammals that use the tree like a hammock. The road in front of you frames the perfectly cone-shaped peak of the volcano. Upon reaching the opulence and family-friendly grounds of your luxury resort, you sink into the surrounding comforts with ease, taking to the naturally heated thermal springs connected to the property for an unparalleled welcome to Costa Rica.
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Arenal – Enjoy a Family-Friendly Zip Line Tour and Organic Farm Visit
Arenal – Horseback Ride to La Fortuna Falls and Delight in a Chocolate Tour
Monteverde – Travel over Arenal Lake for a Night Hike in the Cloud Forest
Monteverde – Choose your Family-Friendly Cloud Forest Adventure
Guanacaste – Float Down the Corobici River to Find Stunning Wildlife
Guanacaste – Bask in a Sunset Sail and Snorkeling Excursion
Guanacaste – Choose from a Variety of Activities at Diamante Eco-Adventure Park
Liberia – Depart for Home
- Create unforgettable family memories during a sensational zip line tour over the rainforest of Arenal, taking in the view of the perfect cone-shaped volcanic peak
- Learn about the history and mysteries of chocolate before sampling a variety of flavors during a tasty tour
- Scour the banks of the Corobici River on a rafting safari providing views of the marvelous reptiles, birds, monkeys, and sloths that call the canopy home
- Wander the trails of Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve with a seasoned guide on a night tour searching for nocturnal activity
- Relish the comfortable sea breeze and gorgeous evening colors of the sky on an afternoon cruise often accentuated by pods of passing dolphins
- Traverse the trees of the cloud forest in Monteverde on a tour of the famous hanging bridges offering a chance to spot toucans and resplendent quetzals
- Visit the celebrated Diamante Eco-Adventure Park in Guanacaste where you can walk through the Animal Sanctuary to find butterflies, hummingbirds, and big cats
Costa Rica is like an endless playground for family, fun, and adventure during your 9-day Costa Rica vacation. From zip lines to rafting safaris, hanging bridges to meandering trails full of wildlife, you will have an endless choice of activities. Your vacation in Costa Rica offers effortless bonding experiences, all while enjoying the splendors of the rainforest, cloud forest, and coastal scenery. You begin your family vacation with your arrival at Juan Santamaria Airport in San Jose where your private transfer greets you at customs and escorts you to a luxury resort with a view of the famous cone-shaped peak of Arenal Volcano.
You have time to relax at the pool or discover the thermal springs connected to your resort property. The adventures abound in Arenal with family-fun activities that are both safe and exciting. Spend time in the trees on a fabulous zip line excursion and visit an organic farm that offers insight into the cultivation of the thriving produce around the country. Travel the trails to a waterfall while on horseback and learn to make velvety dark chocolate that everyone in the family can enjoy.
Your journey to Monteverde offers another exciting adventure by cruising the waters of Arenal Lake, followed by a 4x4 jeep excursion leading up the mountain to your lodge. In the evening, you have a guided tour along the trails of Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve in search of the nocturnal wildlife of the region, which includes jaguars, snakes, and frogs. The marvels of the forest include the hanging bridges and a hike in Santa Elena Reserve, offering you a choice of natural splendors from which to choose and experience.
En route to your luxury lodge on the Pacific Coast, you stop for a river safari on the calm waters of the Corobici River where you can spot birds, monkeys, sloths, and crocodiles. While in Guanacaste you bask in the comforts of a sunset cruise and snorkel tour. You will then discover the unique biodiversity protected by Diamante Eco-Adventure Park, where a mixture of zip lines, hanging bridges, and private beaches help support the animal rescue and wildlife sanctuary.
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$1,615 per person (excluding international flights)
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