Introduction
The Caribbean side of Costa Rica is way different that the Pacific side. But check the map: as the macaw flies, those two coasts are almost ridiculously close to each other. This awesome family trip takes full advantage of Costa Rica’s compact size and incredible diversity in a week full of multisport activities, eco-adventures and plenty of relaxation. You’ll start in Tortuguero National Park where sea turtles breed…and our hotel is only reachable by boat. Then we hop to Guanacaste where our resort is right on the beach. Every day offers something new from volcano walks and whitewater rafter to zipline glides and catamaran rides. Wildlife is everywhere, and you’ll have the chance to spot keeled-bill toucans, jaguars, orchids, howler monkeys, river otters, and on and on. Our guides will also introduce you to the surprisingly different Costa Rican people from the welcoming residents of a remote Afro-Caribbean village to the cowboys who work the ranches in the west. Best of all, every activity you read about in this itinerary is included at no extra cost. There are no surcharges or equipment rental fees.
The kids will love...
  • Spotting monkeys, caimans, tiger herons and tapirs
  • Rafting through Class III/IV rapids on the Tenorio River
  • Ziplining and snorkeling...or just lounging on the beach or by the pool
Itinerary at a glance
DAYS 1-2 – SAN JOSE / TORTUGUERO
After meeting in San José, we begin our Costa Rica family vacation with a brief flight to Tortuguero National Park (2 nights). From our riverfront hotel, we head out for some kayaking through the lagoons or a guided jungle walk with the chance to spot crocodiles, river turtles, capuchin monkeys, macaws and more. We’ll also visit a remote village accessible only by boat to meet the residents and students in their classrooms. At the Sea Turtle Conservancy, we’ll learn about the ancient migration patterns that bring sea turtles back to the local beaches every year to lay their eggs. In the months from June through October, we may even see the tiny, newly hatched turtles digging out of their nests and scrambling to the safety of the waves.

DAYS 3-6 – GUANACASTE / LIBERIA
Back in San José, we head by road to the mountains of the continental divide. There, you’ll have the option of joining river experts for some wet and wild whitewater rafting in Class III/IV rapids. Or if you prefer, walk with our guides to Llanos de Cortez, one of Costa Rica’s most beautiful waterfalls.

We settle in for the next three nights at a beachfront resort with the Pacific right out our front doors. Multisport activities here include a private catamaran ride to waters perfect for snorkeling. Or, alternatively, you can take some surfing lessons. We’ll meet the local cowboys know as sabaneros and, in season, attend the local rodeo festival.

In nearby Rincon de la Vieja National Park, we’ll walk through volcanic formations and spot wildlife ranging from peccaries and coatis to parakeets and tanagers. You’ll also ascend into the treetops for a thrilling zipline ride through the forest canopy. On our final day, we part company at Liberia Airport.
Costa Rica—Coast to Coast
Family Journey
6 Days / 5 Nights
Starting Point: San Jose - 9:00 AM **Please note: starting time is subject to change slightly before or after based on the airline schedule

Ending Point: Liberia - 1:00 PM

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Guest Reviews
“Diego was a wonderful guide, and the Costa Ricans are the most accommodating in the world. We were probably the most diverse group, with 3 very young girls, two teenage boys, 5 young adults, and 3 older adults. Everyone was accommodated, and we had many memorable experiences.”
John E., West Monroe, LA

“Our guide went above and beyond. He is a wealth of knowledge! His rapport with children is fabulous. I can't say enough good things about him!”
Lizabeth F., Waccabuc, NY

“Our family had a splendid time, learning, looking, walking, laughing, and enjoying those we were with. We will highly recommend your walk for anyone interested in Costa Rica.”
Peter L., Rock Island, IL

“We loved that we didn't have to plan anything and our days were filled with fun activities, opportunities for learning and quality time spent together everyday.”
Leslie N.

“Classic Journeys provides unbeatable access to experiences around the globe.”
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Tour Dates & Prices
Tour prices are per person based on double occupancy. Single supplement is only applicable if you are traveling solo and/or have a room to yourself.
TOUR DATES
TOUR PRICES
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
Dec 27, 2016-Jan 1, 2017$3495.00$795.00
Feb 26-Mar 3, 2017$3295.00$695.00
March 19-24, 2017$3295.00$695.00
July 2-7, 2017$3095.00$595.00
August 6-11, 2017$3095.00$595.00
November 19-24, 2017$3295.00$695.00
Dec 27, 2017-Jan 1, 2018$3595.00$795.00
  • Full time experienced guide(s) who are with you throughout the trip, handle behind-the-scenes logistics and are there to help with anything from haggling for a rug to buying a tube of toothpaste
  • Support vehicle(s)
  • Admissions to tastings, historic sites and other scheduled events as noted in the detailed daily itinerary.
  • Gratuities for hotels, meals and baggage
  • Trip literature
  • All land transportation during the trip
• All meals
Please note: Baggage restriction on this tour is limited to 30 lbs per person due to the internal airline's weight restriction.
Costa Rica—Coast to Coast
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Temperature variation is very small from one season to the next and from daytime to nighttime, with a very small difference from the hottest to the coldest month in a particular location. We think you’ll be surprised by the temperate nature of the weather. San Jose, the capital city, sits at an elevation of 3,000 feet and is in a bowl of fertile soil, surrounded by the Cerros de Escazu mountains to the west and the twin volcanoes of Barva and Poas to the north. In Tortuguero, temperatures remain the same nearly year around with average day time highs in the mid 80s to low 90s and night time lows in the upper 70s. Precipitation varies by month with the months of February, March, September and October being the driest. Guanacaste experience's little rain and consistent heat from November to April, and a wet season from late May to November. With it's hot, dry climate, the perfect time to visit Gaunacaste is year around. Average temperatures range from a maximum of 85-90 degrees and a low of 70-75.

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when sharing a room with two full-paying guests
Kids ages 11-16 receive a $500 discount; ages 7-10 receive a $750 discount; ages 3-6 receive a $1250 discount; ages 2 and younger receive a $1750 discount. When sharing a room with one full-paying guest, kids receive a $250 discount.
Hotels
Tortuga Lodge

Located only minutes away from the extraordinary Tortuguero National Park, this lodge is surrounded by a network of slow-moving creeks and rivers. Rooms have private decks and lovely wood-beamed ceilings. Be sure to check out the waterside pool.

Bosque Del Mar Playa Hermosa

A unique beachfront property in Hermosa Bay, Guanacaste, with a high-end boutique eco-concept, relaxed all-suite rooms, and steps from the beach with clear ocean waters and beautiful soft sand. Come relax and enjoy tranquility while watching monkeys play.

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