Introduction
Our 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. We’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 we’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.
The kids will love...
  • Riding zipline cables through the trees
  • Eating breakfast with the monkeys
  • Counting butterflies in the world’s largest observatory
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.
Costa Rica—Arenal & Manuel Antonio Park
Family Journey
6 Days / 5 Nights
Starting Point: San Jose - 9:00 am

Ending Point: San Jose - 1:00 pm

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Guest Reviews
“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

“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

“We took this trip with all of our family members to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary and it proved to be just what we hoped for - a really fun week for all of us.”
Michael and Christine O., Midland, MI

“Our guide was wonderful! One morning he took our daughter on a bird hike and shared his extensive knowledge willingly. He was always willing to go the extra mile for any of us.”
Christine O., Midland, MI

“It was stress free for me and my husband. My boys loved the wildlife. The hotels were amazing.”
Brooke H., Abilene, TX

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Extend your trip
Choose one of three fascinating extensions to the Galapagos, Panama or Costa Rica’s Tortuguero sea-turtle preserve on the Caribbean.
Choose your options at no extra cost
Will you walk hanging bridges or zipline in the forest canopy? Go whitewater rafter or kayaking? Every activity we offer is included in your trip cost.
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 20-25, 2016$3195.00$695.00
Dec 27, 2016-Jan 1, 2017$3495.00$795.00
February 12-17, 2017$3295.00$695.00
March 26-31, 2017$3295.00$695.00
June 25-30, 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 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
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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. 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 Jose 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.

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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
Kioro Suites & Spa

Set amid 27 acres of undulating gardens, this lovely hotel overlooks Arenal Volcano. Rooms are decorated in traditional style. Try a soak in the private thermal springs or lounge by the pool with its amazing views of surrounding woodlands and the volcano.

Parador Hotel

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.

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Choose your options at no extra cost
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