Combining lazy beach hours with wildlife encounters and wilderness adventures, this luxurious 7-day adventure is the perfect mix of family downtime and active exploration. Savor the serenity of the Caribbean coast and provide your family magnificent and natural experiences in Costa Rica. Handcrafted with private tours and exceptional lodges, this exciting journey will include everything from comfortable snorkeling excursions to hiking with monkeys.
Irazu – Discovering an Active Volcano
After landing at the country’s main international airport, you will be met by a local guide and transferred along the road toward the Caribbean. As you arrive at your luxurious accommodation in Irazu, you will check-in to your lodge that will be tucked beneath the frame of Irazu Volcano. The lodge is emblematic of Costa Rica’s appeal and will provide you with luxury and space within sublime and natural surroundings. Once you are settled in, you can traverse an active volcano that last erupted in 1994. It is very safe to explore at the moment, but you can still encounter superior volcanic power. At the summit, you can stroll along some hiking trails, so your time on Irazu can be as active as your family desires.
Tortuguero National Park – Family Rafting
This morning, you will depart your lodge after breakfast. Today’s adventure will lead you deep into the wilderness to the Rio Pacuare for a white-water rafting adventure. Most of the river is calm, so you will spend the morning drifting through nature. After lunch and some time to rest, your journey will continue on the Guapiles Highway. Along your way, you enter Braulio Carrillo National Park, where a beautiful road will lead you further into the wild. To complete your journey, you will need to travel by boat. Once you arrive in Tortuguero, you can rest along the river and listen to monkeys howl at dusk.
Tortuguero National Park – Encounters with Sea Turtles
With two full days, you can fully explore the jungle and the coast of the national park. Today, you will explore the coast by cruising along a 22-mile beach, where you cannot swim, but you can watch your kids drain some energy. Traveling onward, your guide will show you a safe place for swimming and snorkeling. Usually, your guide will lead you back to the lodge in the afternoon. Then, after dark, you will return to the beaches in search of hatching sea turtles. The next generation of turtles will crack out of their shells after dusk. With a roving spotlight, you can often watch their first steps, which will prove to be an intimate experience as much as it is authentic.
Tortuguero National Park – Cruising through the Jungle
Today’s activities will lead you into the interior along canals and rivers that are teeming with life. Your local guide will lead the way, teaching you about different bird species, including toucans, kingfishers, and macaws. Hopefully, a large capuchin monkey troop will swing past you, bringing wide-eyed wonder to your kids. Usually, you can see howler monkeys high in the trees, and sometimes, sloths hang from branches that rise above the water. After a morning tour, your afternoon will be flexible, so you can choose whether to venture deeper into the jungle or to soak up some sun on the Caribbean coast.
Puerto Viejo – Colorful Charms of the Coast
When you are ready this morning, you will transfer to Puerto Viejo. For these final two nights, you will be staying on the beach, where you will enjoy barefoot access to the sand and all the charms of an idyllic, coastal getaway. Almost instantly, you will be immersed in the area’s laid-back atmosphere, and today, you will live the preconceptions regarding a luxurious Caribbean vacation. Nothing specific will be planned for today, and you can check-in to your lodge early, lounge around the sand, swim in calming waters, and enjoy the space that has been provided to you. Like elsewhere on your tour, Puerto Viejo will create a space for you to come together as a family.
Puerto Viejo – Snorkeling and Hiking
Puerto Viejo has a wonderful location that can allow you to experience the best of both worlds. Here, there are beaches and laid-back Caribbean hours in addition to a wonderful array of nearby national parks and wildlife. Cahuita is one of these national parks, and it is excellent for families because there is a diverse range of adventures and activities. You can be hiking in the wilderness or indulge in a longer hike in search of white-faced monkeys, colorful crabs, and stunning viewpoints. With a local guide, you can snorkel in the refreshing water. If snorkeling is not for your family, then Gandoca Manzanillo will prove to be an excellent alternative. Here, you can witness playful dolphins, manatees, and caimans on a boat tour or from tandem kayaks.
Puerto Viejo – Wildlife Refuge and Departure
A late flight out of San Jose will allow you time for more wildlife experiences. Not far from the coast, you will find the Jaguar Rescue Center, which is a forested enclave that is home to jaguars, sloths, monkeys, anteaters, and wild cats. You will not be guaranteed to see all of these animals, but it is remarkable how much is visible within a small space. After a short visit to the center, you will travel by road for 45 minutes to Limon, where you can catch a domestic flight to San Jose. Here, a representative will greet you and assist you with your transfer to your international flight.
- Cruise along the serene rivers of Tortuguero National Park for interactive moments with monkeys and caimans
- Escape to breathtaking Caribbean beaches, where there is all the space and privacy that is needed for your family to come together
- Swim and snorkel in calming waters alongside turtles and other beautiful marine life
- Explore an active volcano, where surreal colors and smells can make for a very educational family experience
- Discover a wildlife refuge, where jaguars and sloths provide wide-eyed amazement for kids and adults
- Admire how the Costa Rican wilderness has been made so accessible as you venture on a family hike in monkeys’ habitat
- Drift down the Pacuare River on a calm, white-water rafting trip that may have you feeling the thrills
Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast is sublime and surreal. Its dense jungle leans out above pristine beaches, and monkeys howl from the trees. During this luxurious, 7-day vacation through Costa Rica, you can rest and relax in destinations that feel cut off from the rest of the world. You can also indulge in an adventure deep into the jungle or out onto enchanting reefs. Costa Rica’s Pacific coast is becoming increasingly popular, but the Caribbean has preserved its rich and untouched fell. With only one week in Costa Rica, it is difficult to combine both coastlines, but seven days in the Caribbean can blend coastal pleasures with more of the country’s iconic experiences, such as active volcanos and wildlife refuges.
Most importantly, Costa Rica’s Caribbean offers an enormous sense of freedom and space. Here, you children can find a place to run around and play in nature. There is also solitude and all the serenity that you can expect from a tropical locale in addition to the natural adventure that makes Costa Rica so exciting and inviting. It is amazing how many different experiences you can combine into just seven days in Costa Rica and the Caribbean, and this handcrafted tour will lead you from an active volcano to a jungle river and then from a wildlife-rich national park to the beach bliss of Puerto Viejo. This vacation will provide you with seven days of becoming closer as a family, but also seven days of exploring one of the world’s friendliest and most biodiverse nations.
After flying to San Jose, you will be met by a local guide for a short transfer to Irazu, where you will witness an active volcano with three craters and surreal thermal power. A tour around the summit will intrigue you before having some downtime at a boutique lodge. Continuing toward the Caribbean, you will spend a day rafting down the Rio Pacuare, which is an easy adventure that is possible for almost all ages and is mostly about drifting through nature. Most of your week in Costa Rica will be spent in two contrasting Caribbean destinations: Tortuguero National Park and Puerto Viejo.
Tortuguero is part jungle and part coast, making it a mystical world where monkeys howl and sea turtles provide hours of pure joy. River cruises will bring you intimately close to many different animals, while nocturnal beach walks can reveal sea turtles as they hatch from their eggs. From your accommodation, you can listen to the wild and still only be a short ride to the waves. Then, in Puerto Viejo, you will indulge in classic experiences. While there is a unique aura of peacefulness and serenity here, there is adventure as well. On day six, you will snorkel and swim in the turquoise water before a guided hike through the wonders of Cahuita National Park thoroughly excites you. You will even have time to stop at a wildlife refuge before you fly back to San Jose and depart the country.
$1,255 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.
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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