Costa Rica Family Adventure

This family-oriented itinerary covers Costa Rica's scenic highlights, including Tortuguero, Arenal and Monteverde, while incorporating an exciting mix of activities - perfect for adventurous families!

Costa Rica Family Adventure

Designed for families travelling with older children, our 13-day Costa Rica Family Adventure is packed with activities. Explore the cloud forest of Monteverde on a canopy walk, cycle around Arenal Lake, and cruise the wildlife-rich Tortuguero canals as you delve into the country's adventurous heart. The itinerary ends with an extended beach break at Manuel Antonio.

Outline Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Arrive San José

    You will be met on arrival at Juan Santamaría International Airport and transferred to the Hotel Real InterContinental 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 – Manuel Antonio

    After breakfast, depart by private vehicle transfer to Manuel Antonio (approx. 4½ hrs). Check in at Si Como no Resort for 3 nights in a superior room.

  11. Day 13: Manuel Antonio – San José – Departure

    After breakfast at the hotel, depart by private vehicle for San José and Juan Santamaría International Airport, where you check in for your international flight home.

Price guide

Price based on a family of four in shared accommodation and subject to availability at the time of booking. Quoted price is per adult. Child rates start from £595 (6-9 years, sharing with adults).

13 days from £2190pp


13 days from £2190pp

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