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Costa Rica Family Adventure Itinerary

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Travellers of every age will fall in love with Costa Rica on this customisable, 11-day family tour. Dive into an adventure across tropical landscapes, across hanging bridges above the canopy, past the staggering Arenal Volcano, and through Monteverde and the exotic beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park. If you’re lucky, you might even see nesting green turtles (July to October). With t...

Travellers of every age will fall in love with Costa Rica on this customisable, 11-day family tour. Dive into an adventure across tropical landscapes, across hanging bridges above the canopy, past the staggering Arenal Volcano, and through Monteverde and the exotic beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park. If you’re lucky, you might even see nesting green turtles (July to October). With the perfect combination of activities, wildlife, and relaxation, it's the perfect way to explore Costa Rica with little ones.

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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: Arrival in San Jose

Your tropical adventure is about to begin…

• Arrival at San Jose International Airport
• Transfer to your hotel to get settled in for the evening
• Relax and eat at one of your hotel’s exclusive restaurants

Visited:
San José
Accomodation
Night at Aurola Holiday Inn (San José)

Day 2: Braulio Carrillo National Park

Welcome to one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world…

• Early start for your transfer to Braulio Carrillo National Park
• Learn about local industry at a banana processing plant
• Take in a local museum, beach, and charming little village

Visited:
Tortuguero National Park Braulio Carrillo national park
Accomodation
Night at Evergreen Lodge (Tortuguero National Park)

Day 3: Jungle Tour in Tortuguero 

Glide through peaceful jungle canals…

• Explore the canals of Tortuguero, ‘Venice in the Jungle’
• Hike up Tortuguero Hill or along one of the canals
• Take a dip in the hotel pool or simply relax in the sunshine

Accomodation
Night at Evergreen Lodge (Tortuguero National Park)

Day 4: Arenal Volcano National Park

Sleep nestled at the base of a volcano...

• Transfer to Caño Blanco and then on to Arenal Volcano
• Lodge next to the volcano, close to geothermal hot springs
• Relax in your hotel or explore your surroundings by foot

Accomodation
Arenal Springs Resort (Arenal Volcano National Park)

Day 5: Jungle Hike and Eco Termales

Indulge all your senses…

• Hike through Arenal Volcano Park with a local guide
• Taste some local delicacies in the kitchen of a local chef
• Bathe under cascading waterfalls surrounded by jungle

Accomodation
Arenal Springs Resort (Arenal Volcano National Park)

Day 6: Boat Trip to Monteverde

Snap photos as you glide across the water…

• Hop on a boat across Arenal Lake to the Rio Chiquito
• Transfer to the lush Monteverde Region by car
• Put your feet up at your hotel and relax for the evening

Accomodation
Heliconia (Monteverde Reserve)

Day 7: Canopy Tour in the Cloud Forest

Head deep into mysterious jungle…

• Ascend above the canopy on the suspension walkways
• Stroll across 1.8 miles of bridges to look at nature below
• Take an optional horse riding tour, or visit a local village

Accomodation
Heliconia (Monteverde Reserve)

Day 8: Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve

Visit one of the best sanctuaries for wildlife in the tropics…

• Take in the biodiversity of Monteverde Cloud Forest
• Spot 100 mammal, 400 bird or 120 amphibian species
• Free afternoon for relaxation or another activity

Accomodation
Heliconia (Monteverde Reserve)

Day 9: Manuel Antonio National Park

The white sands and ocean sounds await…

• Transfer to Manuel Antonio National Park
• Walk to the small fishing town of Quepos
• Choose from canopying, rafting, jungle cruises or beach fun

Visited:
Manuel Antonio
Accomodation
Parador (Manuel Antonio)

Day 10: Activities in Manuel Antonio

Keep an eye out for turtles underwater…

• Follow your guide through Manuel Antonio
• Marvel at the bizarre geological formations of the park
• Head to the beach for swimming or snorkelling

Visited:
Manuel Antonio
Accomodation
Parador (Manuel Antonio)

Day 11: Departure from San Jose

Time to head home…

• Enjoy your final morning in Costa Rica
• Transfer back to San Jose Airport for your flight home
• We hope you've all had an incredible time!

Visited:
San José

San José Tortuguero National Park Braulio Carrillo national park Arenal Volcano National Park Monteverde Reserve Manuel Antonio

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. £1,310 / 11 days
Excluding international flights
Price per person, based on double occupancy



Included in price:

  • 1 night in San José at Aurola Holiday Inn
  • Land and boat transportation to Tortuguero
  • 2 nights lodging at Ever Green or Mawamba in Tortuguero
  • All meals and tours at Tortuguero (entrance fee to the park or night tour is not included)
  • 2 nights lodging at Arenal Springs Hotel or Arenal Paraiso Hotel, 2 breakfasts
  • Hiking tour to lava flows
  • Eco Termales Hotsprings, dinner
  • 3 nights lodging at Heliconia Hotel in Monteverde, 3 breakfasts
  • Hanging walkways at Selvatura (with guide)
  • Hiking tour to Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve
  • Shuttle transportation to Manuel Antonio
  • 2 nights lodging at a Garden View room, Parador Hotel
  • Hiking tour to Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Transfer to International Airport

Not included in price:

  • International flight
  • $29.00 exit taxes

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