Magnificent beaches stretch along Costa Rica’s Pacific coast, but this luxurious 7-day family vacation offers much more than a beautiful coastal getaway. Walk on a volcano, raft through the jungle, discover an incredible variety of wildlife, and ultimately escape to the charms of nature. Handcrafted with exceptional lodges and family activities, these seven days will be a part beach escape and a part wilderness expedition at some of the very best of Costa Rica’s Pacific destinations.
Rincon de la Vieja National Park – Wondrous Scenery
Today, you will be welcomed to Costa Rica, which is a country of green landscapes and long coastlines. Here, your family adventure can be as laid-back or as active as you desire. A local guide will greet you at the airport for a short but private transfer to Rincon de la Vieja National Park. The beach awaits, but with a Pacific vacation, you can also savor some of Costa Rica’s other charms, such as its volcanos and wildlife. Local guides can lead your family on a short walk through the forest for some initial animal encounters, or you can rest on the verandah and absorb the private ambiance of the secluded national park.
Rincon de la Vieja National Park – Rainforest Hiking
Rincon de la Vieja is the most active volcano in Costa Rica’s Northern Pacific region of Guanacaste. It is also the largest, but it is very safe and easy to explore. After a transfer to the park gate, you will embark on a two and a half-mile hike on the volcano. This loop trail is great because there is so much rainforest and volcano to see in a relatively short space. Just as your kids are growing little tired, you will arrive at Oropendola Waterfall, which is a spectacular cascade that tumbles 80 feet out of green cliffs into a turquoise pool. This half-day tour of highlights will be followed by a free afternoon.
Tamarindo – Jungle Trails and Beaches
Traveling to Tamarindo will be a memorable family adventure this morning because you will journey by river and road to the beach. The journey will be private and customizable so that you can decide if you want to transfer straight to the sand or to enjoy an early check-in at your lodge. First, you will set out on a jungle trail, walking in a wildlife sanctuary packed with waterfalls and thermal pools. Here, you can bathe in therapeutic waters while listening to monkeys and birds high in the trees above. Afterward, you will board a small raft and float down the Corobici River. After the rainforest, it will only be about an hour by road to Tamarindo.
Tamarindo – Private Surf Lesson
This morning, you can spend a morning on the beach and stay in the shade, which is important because the sun is much stronger here than in many other parts of the world. Tamarindo’s greatest highlight is the sense of space. There will be no need to share a busy beach with other families. Instead, Costa Rica’s Pacific coast, especially Tamarindo, makes for private family time, allowing you to create new footprints in the sand. Today will be flexible and at your leisure. Private surf lessons will be booked for your kids, and they can be done by any children or adult who knows how to swim independently.
Manuel Antonio National Park – Snorkeling with Dolphins
There is a sense that Manuel Antonio National Park is a place that is yet to be tamed. Although it is Costa Rica’s smallest national park, it is home to four species of monkeys and more than 180 birds, sloths, iguanas, and marine wildlife. You will fly here from Tamarindo, and it is only a short flight, which means that you still have a full day in the national park. Perched on the sands of a quiet bay, your lodge will keep with the theme of a Pacific getaway while immersing you in the country’s incredible wildlife world. Setting off on a private catamaran, you will visit two different snorkeling spots.
Manuel Antonio National Park – Monkey Encounters
By staying in the park, you can be admiring wildlife immediately after leaving your lodge. Although a dawn start may be difficult, you will be rewarded with personal encounters with the park’s monkeys. Along the trail, you can also look out for sloths that hang from the trees, vibrant birds with red and yellow wings, and iguanas that scurry past in an instant. With a morning walk, you can be back on the beach before the park gets busy, meaning the rest of the day can be dedicated to indulging in the iconic beach pleasures. It will be you and your family on a delightful piece of the Pacific with no artificial noise or modern-day interruptions.
Manuel Antonio National Park – Departure
Domestic flights connect Manuel Antonio National Park with Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose. Today will be flexible and can be tailored around your outbound flight schedule. Late check-out can be arranged if needed so that you have more time to hang around the sand. After the domestic flight, a representative will meet you after you exit the plane to assist in transferring you to the international terminal for your outbound flight.
- Discover some of Central America’s most idyllic beaches as you escape to the spacious sands of two very distinctive Pacific destinations
- Venture up-close with four different monkey species during an evocative wildlife walk in Manuel Antonio National Park
- Hike through pristine rainforest and explore an active volcano, where fumaroles and mud pools create all types of enchantment
- Experience the thrill of the waves as your family indulges in a private surf lesson in Tamarindo
- Float through the jungle in a small raft during a family wildlife safari that features many rare animals
- Sail along the Pacific coastline with dolphins that play in the wake and magnificent sunsets that reflect off the water
- Escape from your everyday schedule by staying in three of Costa Rica’s ultimate beachfront properties
- Admire the marine world during an incredible snorkeling expedition near Manuel Antonio National Park
Costa Rica’s Pacific beaches instantly impress their visitors. Golden sand extends for miles along the coast, and the rainforest and volcanoes provide an incredible backdrop, further increasing the sense of solitude. The surf laps against the beach, but there is often not a sound. From the beach, you can hear monkeys and rare birds, while witnessing dolphins as they frolic in the waves. Turtles can be seen when snorkeling, and jungle trails extend directly from the sand. A family vacation to Costa Rica’s Pacific is not a classic beach break. Sure, you can hang around on the beach and enjoy plenty of downtime in the sun, but this incredible piece of Central America can be many different vacations in one, even if you are only traveling for seven days.
Expertly handcrafted for families with children of any age, this immersive 7-day tour will lead you to three very different Pacific destinations. You will be provided with a mixture of beach getaways, wilderness expedition, and remarkable impressions of nature. With two nights in each of three superb Costa Rican lodges, your family will enjoy the space to relax and come together. Private activities mean new experiences every day, from learning to surf to close-up monkey encounters and sailing into the sunset. Private guides will tailor each activity to your family’s ages, energy levels, and interests, so you can be more or less active, depending on how you feel. With each destination, you will have options on your choice of activities, such as a short rainforest hike or a rainforest expedition in search of a specific animal.
Your seven days in Costa Rica will begin by flying to Liberia, which is the country’s second-largest city and the most convenient entry point for exploring the Northern Pacific coast. From here, you will be transferred to Rincon de la Vieja National Park, where you can experience a volcano and the rainforest in one adventure. You will search for bubbling volcanic mud pits, watch mini geysers explore, enjoy the charms of an active volcano, and indulge in local wildlife encounters. Your expert guide can assist you in exploring jungle trails and floating along the river before leading you to the beach for two nights in Tamarindo. This is an iconic beachside town that is a haven of tranquility, mixing relaxation with exciting family activities.
You will be laying back and escaping the world during most of your two days in Tamarindo, while your kids will be partaking in private surf lessons and feeling the thrill of the Pacific waves. Then, from Tamarindo, you will fly to Manuel Antonio National Park, which is a piece of paradise home to beautiful beaches and an incredible wildlife biodiversity. It is also an easy park to explore for children of all ages because it is home to monkeys and sloths that hang around short forest trails. Out on the Pacific Coast, you can enjoy snorkeling, sailing, swimming with dolphins, and plenty of space for your kids to play. These three destinations will make for an iconic journey through some of the best of Costa Rica’s Pacific on a vacation that is customizable and offers unforgettable nature and wildlife experiences.
$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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