Costa Rica Family Adventure

Costa Rica Family Adventure

This 13-day Costa Rica holiday itinerary takes in the best that the country has to offer, including the capital of San José, the Tortuguero Canals, Arenal Volcano, Monteverde and Selvatura Park. You'll enjoy a wide range of activities, from nature walks, river boat trips and birding safaris, to a number of adventure activities suitable for older children. Your Costa Rica holiday ends with an extended beach break at Punta Islita.

Outline Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Arrive in San José

    You will be met on arrival at Juan Santamaría International Airport and transferred to the Costa Rica Marriott for 2 nights in a standard room.

  2. Day 2: Poás Volcano National Park and the La Paz Waterfall Gardens

    An early start this morning (approx. 7:30am), as you depart San José for Poás Volcano National Park. The crater of this volcano is over 1.5km in width, making it one of the largest geysers in the world. Though active, Poás is safe for viewing.

  3. Day 3: San José ‐ Tortuguero

    Depart San José early morning and drive through the magnificent Braulio Carrillo National Park towards Tortuguero, stopping for breakfast along the way. On arrival at Caño Blanco pier, set off on a 2 hour boat journey through the canals, ending at Pachira Lodge, your home for the next two nights.

  4. Day 4: Tortuguero

    After an early breakfast, begin your exploration of Tortuguero National Park. You will explore Tortuguero by foot and by boat, starting with a cruise along the canals in a small, open boat that will allow you to get as close as possible to the unique fauna and flora. A guided walking tour of the park (with picnic lunch) will follow in the afternoon.

  5. Day 5: Tortuguero – Arenal

    After breakfast at the lodge, return to Caño Blanco by boat. On arrival in Caño Blanco, meet with your driver for the driven transfer to Guapiles, where you stop for lunch. From Guapiles, continue to La Fortuna de San Carlos, at the base of Arenal Volcano, where you check-in at Arenal Springs for three nights.

  6. Day 6: Arenal Rainforest

    Explore the Arenal Hanging Bridges this morning, with the rest of the afternoon free to participate in any of the varied activities available in the area.

  7. Day 7: Arenal Volcano bike tour

    After breakfast at the hotel, set off on a guided bike tour around Arenal Lake. This is a leisurely ride through forest and along the lakeshore, via an old, mostly paved road that connects the Arenal Dam with the entrance to the National Park.

  8. Day 8: Arenal – Monteverde

    Leave Arenal this morning for Monteverde. It's a 30 minute drive to the Arenal Dam, where you board a pontoon boat and cross the lake to Río Chiquito. If the skies are clear, expect marvellous views of Arenal. On arrival at Río Chiquito, a bus will transfer you to El Establo Hotel for the following two nights in a suite.

  9. Day 9: Selvatura Park

    A full day of guided activities in Selvatura Park.

  10. Day 10-12: Monteverde – Punta Islita

    After breakfast, depart for Guanacaste province and to Punta Islita Hotel by private vehicle. Check in for three nights in a two-bedroomed villa.

  11. Day 13: Punta Islita – San José – Departure

    After breakfast at the hotel, depart by private vehicle to Puerto Jimenez airstrip, where you take a domestic flight to San José.

Price guide

Price based on a family of four in shared accommodation and subject to availability at the time of booking. Reduced rates apply for children under the age of 16.

13 days from £2750pp


13 days from £2750pp


I had a wonderful time in Costa Rica so BIG THANK YOU... I couldn't fault it if I tried!



A huge thank you for organizing a great climb to the top of Kilimanjaro