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Costa Rica Extended Road Trip For Families With Teens

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Our fully customisable, private 18-day Costa Rica tour has been designed for families travelling with teenagers or older children. Your tour starts and ends in San José, taking you through the picturesque Costa Rican countryside as you stop off to see the highlights of the country before spending a few incredible days in the sunshine on the Pacific coast. Teens will love.....

Our fully customisable, private 18-day Costa Rica tour has been designed for families travelling with teenagers or older children. Your tour starts and ends in San José, taking you through the picturesque Costa Rican countryside as you stop off to see the highlights of the country before spending a few incredible days in the sunshine on the Pacific coast. 

Teens will love...

• Jet skiing in the Pacific before relaxing on the beach

• Seeing Costa Rica's native animals on a canopy tour of the cloud forest at Monteverde

• Horse riding along the white sand beaches of Tamarindo

Parents will love...

• The perfect balance of family-friendly activities and down time

• The freedom of having a rental car

• The safety of 24:7 on-the-ground assistance

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Customisable trip itinerary

This tour idea is fully customisable

The itinerary has been created by our local agency with one idea in mind: to inspire you. Every element can be adapted to your needs and interests, from duration to accommodation and activities.

Day 1: ​San José - Arrival & Welcome

Upon arrival, a representative from our agency will greet you at the airport and take you to your hotel for the first night. Settle in and enjoy your first evening in Costa Rica.

Transfer time: 1 hour

Visited:
San José

Day 2: Tortuguero - Central Caribbean

Travel from San José to the beautiful Tortuguero. The journey will be by bus and by boat.

Transfer time: 5 hours

Visited:
Tortuguero

Day 3: Tortuguero - Rainforest Boat Tour

Enjoy a boat ride through Tortuguero Canals to spot the native wildlife in the surrounding areas and experience views like you've never seen before.

Transfer time: 1 hour

Visited:
Tortuguero

Day 4: Boca Tapada - Northern Rainforest

Get back to Guapiles Dock to then head to Boca Tapada to enjoy the feeling of being surrounded by the forest and being at one with Costa Rican nature.

Transfer time: 4 hours

Visited:
Boca Tapada

Day 5: Boca Tapada - Hike & Wildlife-Spotting

Enjoy a hike and/or ride to see the differences in the wildlife living at Boca Tapada. See all the animals you could ever dream of in their natural habitats.

Transfer time: less than 1 hour

Visited:
Boca Tapada

Day 6: Arenal Volcano - La Fortuna

Travel from Boca Tapada to La Fortuna to see the colossus: Arenal Volcano. See the volcano towering over you and appreciate the natural beauty of your surroundings. 

Transfer time: 3 hours

Visited:
Arenal Volcano

Day 7: La Fortuna - White Water Rafting

Enjoy a rafting experience of class II & III rapids to get your heart rate going on a thrilling journey downstream.

Transfer time: less than 1 hour

Visited:
La Fortuna

Day 8: ​Tenorio - Tenorio Volcano National Park

Go on a hike through the rainforest to see this magical part of the world; with turquoise coloured pools and exotic animals around every corner.

Transfer time: 1 hour

Visited:
Tenorio

Day 9: ​Monteverde - Night-time Cloudforest Tour

Travel from La Fortuna to Monteverde and join a nighttime expedition to experience the Cloud Forest and spot its animal inhabitants that hide during the day.

Transfer time: 3 hours

Visited:
Monteverde

Day 10: Monteverde - Jungle Canopy Tour

Walk along suspension bridges high up in the trees before enjoying a delicious lunch and then joining in for a canopy experience that you'll never forget.

Transfer time: less than 1 hour

Visited:
Monteverde

Day 11: Rincón de la Vieja - Volcanic Hot Springs

Travel from Monteverde to Rincón de La Vieja, which means 'the old woman's corner' to enjoy Volcanic Hot Springs and learn about the myths and legends that give this place its unusual name.

Transfer time: 4 hours

Visited:
Rincón de la Vieja Volcano

Day 12: Rincón de la Vieja - Trio of Adventure

Horse ride, canopy walk and tubing... All in one day. Enjoy an action-packed day today as you go from one thrilling activity to the next.

Transfer time: Less than 1 hour


Day 13: Tamarindo - The Pacific Coast

Travel straight to the Pacific at Tamarindo, a beautiful seaside location. 

Transfer time: 3 hours

Visited:
Tamarindo

Day 14: Tamarindo - Jet Skiing & Beach Time

Enjoy a jet ski ride in the fresh Pacific waters to get your fix of adrenaline for the day.

Transfer time: 1 hour

Visited:
Tamarindo

Day 15: Tamarindo - Horse Ride on the Beach

Why not enjoy a horseback ride along the beach? Ride along the white sand and feel the fresh air as well a the feeling of real freedom.

Transfer time: 1 hour

Visited:
Tamarindo

Day 16: Tamarindo - Sunset Catamaran Cruise

Set sail into the sunset, fully equipped with drinks and snacks for the perfect evening activity.

Transfer time: 1 hour

Visited:
Tamarindo

Day 17: Tamarindo - Back to San José

Enjoy one last swim in the Pacific and then head to San José for the last time.
Transfer time: 5 hours

Visited:
Tamarindo San José

Day 18: San José - Departure for Flight Home

According to your flight times, you will board a shuttle to the airport to board your plane. Have a safe trip home. 

Visited:
San José

San José Tortuguero Boca Tapada Arenal Volcano La Fortuna Tenorio Monteverde Rincón de la Vieja Volcano Tamarindo

Price details

This tour idea is fully customisable

The price reflects this specific tour itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.

Approx. £1,700 / 18 days
Excluding international flights
Price per person
Low Season £1,680
High Season £1,840

Included in price:

  • Cost of activities specified in the tour
  • Transfers to/from airport on days 1 & 18
  • Entry to sites/buildings (including tax)
  • Welcome kit & local gift for your children upon arrival
  • 24:7 on-the-ground assistance
  • Meals: Breakfasts x 17, Lunch x 5, Dinner x 4
  • Guides: English-speaking guide for activities on days 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12
  • Transport: 4x4 rental car including rent, full insurance cover, a GPS and child booster seat (if required)

Not included in price:

  • International flights for your arrival/departure
  • Entrance fee to National Parks
  • Tips for guides/ drivers
  • Personal expenses
  • Extras at the hotels (such as laundry)
  • Lunch on days 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 12-18
  • Dinner on days 6 - 18
  • Visas

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