Introduction
Your Costa Rica family vacation is the trip we ourselves would most like to have done as kids! It has everything for budding nature-lovers and adventurers. You’ll look into an active volcano and go whitewater rafting. There’s a walk on hanging bridges up into the forest canopy. And wildlife? The list only begins with white-faced monkeys, iguanas, butterflies and crocodiles. You’ll stay in very cool mountainside lodges that feel like treehouses. You’ll be accompanied by local guides and naturalists. Costa Rica is a great learning experience with an emphasis on fun. Whether you’re spotting scarlet macaws…dozing on a gorgeous beach…or kayaking in search of basiliscus lizards, everyone in your family will remember this trip as a wonderful adventure.
Itinerary at a glance
DAYS 1-2 - SAN JOSE / ARENAL
Our Costa Rica family vacation meets in San José. Leaving the capital, we all stretch our legs on an easy walk to five splashworthy waterfalls. Then it's on to Arenal Volcano where our very cool lakeside resort (2 nights) is within view of bubbling, red lava. We're greeted at a private cloud forest reserve where the nature is amazing, but the hanging bridges and zipline through the canopy are even more awesome. We watch for remarkable birds like emerald toucanets on separate adult and kid walks, then we drop by a village school to meet the local kids. Next day, it's amazing to spend time in Carara National Park, one of the last major breeding sites of the scarlet macaw and home to white-faced monkeys and sloths.

DAYS 3-6 - MANUEL ANTONIO PARK / SAN JOSE
Our next lodgings in Manuel Antonio Park (3 nights) overlook the Pacific. A chorus of monkeys is our wake-up call, and they may join us for breakfast in the open-air dining room. On ocean beaches, in mangrove swamps and in primary jungle, the game and bird viewing here is unrivaled. Join in guided walks and some easy river rafting, then boogie board, snorkel or take a siesta by the pool.

After returning to San José, we part company—or you can opt to continue with us on our 4 day/3 night Tortuguero Sea Turtle Extension.
Starting Point: San José - 9:00 am
Ending Point: San José Hotel or Airport - 1 pm (or 4:00pm if guests do not have a same day flight departure)

Costa Rica: Arenal & Manuel Antonio Park
Family
6 Days / 5 Nights

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The kids will love...
  • Riding zipline cables through the trees
  • Eating breakfast with the monkeys
  • Counting butterflies in the world’s largest observatory

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Costa Rica: Arenal & Manuel Antonio Park
Family
6 Days / 5 Nights

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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
November 22-27, 2020$3595.00$695.00
Dec 27, 2020-Jan 1, 2021$3995.00$795.00
February 14-19, 2021$3895.00$595.00
March 21-26, 2021$3695.00$595.00
June 20-25, 2021$4095.00$595.00
November 21-26, 2021$3795.00$695.00
Dec 27, 2021-Jan 1, 2022$4195.00$795.00


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What's Included
  • Accommodations for 6 days and 5 nights
  • Support vehicle(s)
  • Trip literature
• All breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
• Full-time experienced guide(s) who are with you throughout the trip and handle behind-the-scenes logistics
• Admissions to scheduled events as noted in the detailed daily itinerary
• Gratuities for hotels, meals, and baggage
• All land transportation during the trip
Above & Beyond Benefits
  • Invisible Check-In
    When your group arrives, we whisk you and your bags to your room immediately. No waiting – no tipping.
  • Privileged Access Events
    One-of-a-kind access to remarkable people, places and activities arranged just for you.
Costa Rica: Arenal & Manuel Antonio Park
Family
6 Days / 5 Nights
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 José, 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. The climate of the areas visited during the first half of the trip is mild, with daytime temperatures ranging from 70 to 75 degrees, and nighttime temperatures ranging from 65 to 70 degrees. During the second half of the trip, in the rain forests, the climate is warmer and more humid, as we are lower in elevation and along the coast. Whereas San José is dry, Manuel Antonio Park is a lowland rain forest, situated at sea level. As such, it is warmer and more humid than the other areas. However, our lodge is located in the hills above the park and beaches, offering us cooling trade winds. Please note, Costa Rica is located in the tropics, meaning, a chance for rain is always possible regardless of the season.

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Accommodations
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Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort

This multi-award winning 5-star luxury resort is located at the base of Arenal Volcano. The property boasts its own thermal springs, heated by the volcano. Rooms are beautifully appointed with handicrafts and furnishings made by Costa Rican artisans.

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Parador Resort & Spa

Located on the most desirable promontory in Manuel Antonio Park, the resort has private beach access, plus incredible views of the Pacific and the rainforest. Relax on the beach, go for a dip in the swimming pools, or enjoy the hotel's fine spa.

Costa Rica: Arenal & Manuel Antonio Park
Family
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