Costa Rica Family Holiday

Costa Rica
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Discover the incredible biodiversity of Costa Rica – and the culture shaped by the tropical wilderness – with your loved ones, on a trip that’s tailored for families. Pick produce and make dinner with a local family during an agricultural homestay, look for three-toed sloths in the thickets of the Manuel Antonio National Park and walk through the canopy of Monteverde’s cloud forest on a suspended bridge. Take a break from active adventure by soaking in springs heated by Arenal Volcano and lying beneath swaying palms on pristine beaches while the kids play nearby. This adventure takes you into the wild heart of a country many visit but few truly know.

Availability

From 30/03/2024 to 05/01/2026

Departure dates & prices

Dates Availability Price
  • Mar Sat 30 2024 to Apr Mon 08 2024
    Sold Out
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    $3,310*
  • Apr Thu 04 2024 to Apr Sat 13 2024
    Sold Out
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    $3,145*
  • Jun Sun 30 2024 to Jul Tue 09 2024
    Available
    From
    $3,255*
  • Jul Sat 06 2024 to Jul Mon 15 2024
    Limited Availability
    From
    $3,060*
  • Jul Sat 13 2024 to Jul Mon 22 2024
    Available
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    $2,950*
  • Jul Sun 28 2024 to Aug Tue 06 2024
    Limited Availability
    From
    $3,255*
  • Aug Sat 10 2024 to Aug Mon 19 2024
    Available
    From
    $2,785*
  • Dec Thu 19 2024 to Dec Sat 28 2024
    Available
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    $3,005*
  • Dec Thu 26 2024 to Jan Sat 04 2025
    Available
    From
    $2,920*
  • Dec Sat 28 2024 to Jan Mon 06 2025
    Available
    From
    $3,005*
  • Jan Sat 04 2025 to Jan Mon 13 2025
    Available
    From
    $2,920*

What's included

Go beyond a biology lesson and immerse yourself in nature, from spotting rare birds in Monteverde to listening for the evocative call of howler monkeys in Manuel Antonio National Park.
Harvest produce and come together to cook a rustic meal from scratch during a homestay with family in an agricultural community.
Get active on guided walks through forest and jungle, plus an incredible canopy walk along suspended bridges in Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.
Family holidays aren’t always relaxing, but this trip offers plenty of opportunities to take it slow in thermal springs and pools and on beaches.
End this adventure by hitting Manuel Antonio National Park, where the evergreen forest grows right up to the long, white beaches and irresistible water.
Breakfasts Included: 9.
Lunches Included: 1.
Dinners Included: 1.
Hotels (8 nights),Homestay (1 night).
Private Minivan.
Age: min 5.
Group Size: 1 - 16.
Santa Rosa de Pocosol - agricultural tour.
Santa Rosa de Pocosol - Cooking Class.
Arenal National Park - Hike and Lake.
Monteverde - Sky Walk (Entrance).
Manuel Antonio - Cooking Class & Lunch.
Manuel Antonio National Park - (Entrance fee).
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Itinerary

  • 1 - San Jose Welcome to subtropical San Jose! Meet your leader and fellow family travellers at a welcome meeting at 5 pm at the hotel. If you arrive early there is plenty to see in this bustling city, and as the streets are laid out in a grid pattern it's relatively easy to navigate too. Check out a few of the optional activities below, just note that as these activities are not included, they may incur an extra charge. The Spirogyra Butterfly Garden, for example, is the perfect way to introduce kids (and adults) of all ages to Costa Rican biodiversity while getting some respite from the clamour of the city. After the meeting tonight, perhaps get a taste of 'Tico' food (and get to know the other families and your tour leader) with an optional dinner as a group.
  • 2 - Santa Rosa de Pocosol Fuel up on breakfast and get some books or classic car games ready for the 3-hour drive to Santa Rosa de Pocosol. The tiny agricultural community of Juanilama (pop. approximately 200) in the Santa Rosa de Pocosol area is predominantly dedicated to milk production and raising cattle. It's the perfect place to experience life in small-town Costa Rica - you'll even be staying with a local family! Settle in and get to know your hosts before going on an agricultural tour. During the tour the children will learn how to plant vegetables as well as gather some produce to be used in tonight's cooking class. You will have some free time to wander around the community before coming together to create a meal with the produce collected earlier. Vamos a comer (Let's eat)!
  • 3 - Arenal Today you'll cross west through the north of the country to Arenal (approximately 1 hour), which lies beneath the volcano of the same name. Rising from verdant plains, Arenal Volcano shoots up 1633 metres in a perfect cone and in certain light resembles a storybook drawing. The landscape is mainly cloud forest and rainforest, cut through with rivers, lakes and -- thanks to the volcano's inner workings -- thermal hot springs. On arrival you are free to explore the area at your own pace. Or perhaps you'd prefer to unwind by the hotel pool in view of the mighty Arenal Volcano. Your accommodation also features onsite hot springs where you can relax your muscles in preparation for an active day tomorrow.
  • 4 - Arenal Today begins with a hike to the Peninsula section of the National Park, near Lake Arenal. Here we will begin a 1.5 km (1 mile) long walk along an easy trail for about an hour. Throughout the tour you can enjoy excellent views overlooking Lake Arenal and the Tilaran Volcanic Mountain Range in the observation bays that are found along the trail. At the end of the walk, we will have the opportunity to climb to the observation platform of approximately 12 meters (40 ft) high for a closer and amazing view of the volcano. At the end of the trail, we will take our boat for a tour along the forested shores of Lake Arenal and islets to try to find some animals. This is the ideal place to take scenic photographs of the volcano, if it is clear. After about 45 minutes, the boat docks in the sector of the Arenal Dam. The afternoon is then free for optional activities in the local area. Please note as these activities are not included, some incur extra cost. To get a closer view of the majestic volcano peak, you could take a hike past old lava flows on the Arenal 1968 Trail. There are two options on the 1968, including a shorter route suitable for families with younger kids. Or maybe a slow-paced soar on the Sky Tram is more your family's speed? Chat to your leader about these and the many other options on offer today.
  • 5 - Monteverde Today is a travel day as you travel via Tilaran to Monteverde de Santa Elena (approximately 4-5 hours). In 1951 North American Quakers founded the nearby Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, a sanctuary for the unique flora and fauna of Costa Rica. More than 2000 species of plants, 320 bird species and 100 different types of mammals call the reserve home, and over the next few days you'll get acquainted with some of them. There may be time to make an optional visit the nearby Butterfly Garden today upon arrival (an additional cost). Otherwise, settle into your accommodation and enjoy the tranquillity of nature.
  • 6 - Monteverde See the forest from a different perspective on an included canopy walk across the suspended bridges of Monteverde. The sheer variety of bird life in Monteverde is enough to make an ornithologist out of anyone, so don't be surprised if younger children have a new answer to the question 'what do you want to do when you grow up?' While you're up among the treetops look (or listen) out for the reclusive resplendent quetzal, the blue-crowned motmot or the emerald toucanet. The rest of the day is free for you to relax or partake in some optional activities. You could visit an orchid farm or whizz through the trees on zip-lines. If conditions are right, there might be a chance to hike through the forest at dusk, a unique opportunity to see the area's nocturnal creatures begin to stir.
  • 7 - Manuel Antonio National Park Wave adios to Monteverde and hit the Pan-American Highway for a southward journey past beaches and palm plantations to Manuel Antonio (around 6 hours). Arrive at your accommodation, located close to the national park, and spend an evening at leisure. On your way you will stop at a local family home where you'll enjoy a cooking class and lunch. An activity the kids will enjoy! All the dishes will be based on traditional Costa Rican cuisine. Tonight, maybe take the family for a traditional Costa Rican meal at a soda (local restaurant), where you can mix with locals and try some of the region's incredible fresh produce. Please note this dinner is not included, but your leader can give you tips on where to go and what to order!
  • 8 - Manuel Antonio National Park After breakfast enjoy a 3-hour guided walk along the trails that snake through Manuel Antonio National Park. Immerse yourself in nature and learn more about the area's diverse wild and plant life from your guide. Look and listen carefully and you may be able to spot howler monkeys, two- and three-toed sloths, iguanas and more. The afternoon is free to explore this magical area further at your family's desired pace. Maybe you'd like to relax on one of the idyllic palm-lined bays while the kids splash in the water. Active types have the option to rent equipment to kayak, surf or fish in the glittering ocean (for an extra cost). There are no wrong choices in this balmy paradise.
  • 9 - San Jose Rise and shine for your final morning in this beachside haven. Enjoy your last hours in Manuel Antonio with some free time before making the return drive to San Jose in the mid-afternoon (approximately 3 hours). There are no activities planned on arrival at San Jose but maybe head out as a group for a final optional dinner to reminisce about your time together.
  • 10 - San Jose There are no activities planned for today. Please remember to comply with the hotel's internal check-out times if you are leaving today. Can't get enough of San Jose? Why not head out on a Tropical Rainforest and Chocolate Urban Adventure, which uncovers the chocolate and wildlife secrets of the jungle. Find out more at urbanadventures.com/San-Jose-tour-tropical-rainforest-and-chocolate-adventure.
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