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Costa Rica Family Experience - 9 day Adventure

Take the kids on a thrilling 9-day adventure around Costa Rica, giving them plenty of real life opportunities to learn about biology, ecology & history, with a whole lot of fun thrown in.
San Jose, Costa Rica
Duration
Duration
9 days, 8 nights
Max Group Size
Max Group Size
20
Minimum Age
Minimum Age
6 years
Fitness Level
Fitness Level
Low
Meals
Meals
Partially included
Start & End Location
Start & End Location
San Jose
What's Included

  • Get up to $90 cash back per person when you book with us
  • 9-day tour of Costa Rica, specifically designed for families with children
  • 8 nights quality, family-friendly accommodation, with good locations & facilities
  • 8 breakfasts & 1 lunch
  • A mix of transport throughout the tour, including private vehicle, boat & walking
  • Tortilla making and local lunch, La Fortuna
  • Kayaking and paddle-boarding, La Fortuna
  • A guided cloud forest night walk, Monteverde
  • A guided hike in Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Services of a locally-based CEO Chief Experience Officers to guide you through this exciting adventure
  • Arrival transfers from the airport to your hotel
  • Departs from the meeting point at Radisson San Jose-Costa Rica, Central Street & 3rd-15th Avenue, San Jose (meeting location may change, please check your final documents for the confirmed location)
What's excluded

  • Some meals – Allow USD380-495 for meals not included.
  • Optional activities
What to Expect

A holiday with the family is always a pleasure, and when the tour is taken to Costa Rica, then it is pure bliss. It's a wonderful destination to lose yourself in the lap of nature and relax. Costa Rica may be small, but it offers big adventures. 

 

Plus, nothing brings learning to life like real-world experience. This week-long trip’s engaging expedition gives kids an education in biology and ecology that can't be found in a textbook. Here, spend the days (and nights!) studying the flora and fauna that inhabit the cloud forest and Manuel Antonio National Park. Elsewhere, get in touch with the land by rappelling, rafting, swimming, horseback riding, and even surfing all over it. Science + gym? You do the math.

 

Itinerary

 

You'll hit the volcanoes, a cloud forest, and both of the incredible coasts. Chill out on white-sand beaches and explore pristine wildlife reserves. Roughly a quarter of its area is made up of protected jungle, teeming with wildlife, including spider monkeys and quetzal birds.

 

This trip is designed for parents and children to enjoy together, and you will be travelling as part of a group of families with other children. It's the ideal way for everyone to make new friends while exploring a new country.

 

Day 1 – San Jose

 

On Day 1, you can arrive any time in San Jose, and a representative will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the joining point hotel. There are no planned activities, so check into your hotel and enjoy the city.

 

Amid the hustle and bustle of this busy capital, San Jose has beautiful parks, museums and an ornate National Theatre. Start your exploration of the city in the central plaza. A mime, juggler, marimba band, magician, or storyteller may be performing for whatever is collected when the hat is passed. Artisan booths are common, creating a regular arts and crafts fair atmosphere. 

 

Day 2 – San Jose to La Fortuna

 

Set off from the capital and enjoy the countryside of the Central Valley. Stop for a tortilla-making lesson, along with a typical Tico lunch. Grind the corn, mix the “masa” (dough) into balls, flatten into circles, and then cook them up on a wood-burning stove. Afterwards, dig into a tasty “Casado” – a typical Costa Rican dish including black beans and plantains – complete with your own hand-made tortillas.

 

A 3 hr van trip brings you to La Fortuna, near the base of the spectacular Arenal Volcano. La Fortuna is a great base for active adventures. Upon arrival, there's time to relax in the hot springs that are heated by the volcano's lava.

 

During your stay in La Fortuna, there is a wide selection of optional activities sure to please every member of the family. From river rafting to rappelling down waterfalls to floating along the canals of the Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge in search of caiman, there is no excuse to be bored. Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle. 

 

Day 3 – La Fortuna

 

After breakfast, take to Lake Arenal for a morning of included stand-up paddleboarding and kayaking. Half the group will start by kayaking and switch to SUP mid-way through, and vice versa. Get ready to be wowed by beauty in every direction. Admire Arenal Volcano as you paddle over the blue-green waters of Lake Arenal, Central America’s second-largest lake. Scan the shores for more than 300 species of birds, listen for howlermonkeys and fish for sharp-toothed rainbow bass. Take time to float and soak in the stunning scenery of the rolling hills, secret coves and sky that stretches forever.

 

Then, the afternoon is free to spend as you wish, joining optional activities such as a Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge tour, whitewater rafting, or La Fortuna swimming.

 

Day 4 – La Fortuna to Monteverde 

 

From La Fortuna, make your way first by boat, then by van up the rough mountain roads to reach the fresh misty air of the Monteverde Cloud Forest. Spend two days exploring the community and nearby forest, truly a bird lover’s paradise.  

 

In the evening, join a naturalist guide for a 1 hr 30 min to 2 hr tour in the cloud forest after dark. Learn more about the habits of the area's nocturnal wildlife, including mammals, birds, insects, reptiles, and amphibians, and keep your eyes and ears open on this slow-paced walk. You never know what you might see; it depends on the day and your luck. 

 

Day 5 – Monteverde 

 

Enjoy a free day in this lush cloud forest region. There's plenty to see and do in Monteverde, so feel free to relax or try optional activities like zip-lining, visiting the hanging bridges, and horseback riding, Monteverde Coffee Plantation tour, birdwatching, or Santa Elena Cloud Forest guided tour (own expense). Your CEO has more ideas if you need them. Just ask. 

 

Day 6 – Monteverde to Manuel Antonio

 

Manuel Antonio National Park offers excellent hiking, spectacular views, and abundant wildlife viewing. An included hike goes deep into the park to explore everything that can be found here. Enjoy the beautiful white sand beaches and discover why the warm turquoise water is ideal for swimming, fishing, kayaking, boogieboarding, sailing or surfing, the perfect finale to an exciting family adventure. Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

 

Day 7 – Manuel Antonio 

 

Enjoy a free day for several optional activities like mangrove kayaking, surf lessons, a sunset catamaran tour, or take some time to relax on the beach. 

 

Day 8 – Manuel Antonio to San Jose 

 

After one final morning to soak up the sun on the beach in Manuel Antonio, return to San Jose and have time to enjoy a final evening together with your group and new friends. 

 

Day 9 – San Jose

 

With a head full of memories and adventures your kids will be talking about for years to come, your tour has come to an end, and you're free to depart at any time. 


Where we Visit:

  • San Jose
  • La Fortuna
  • Monteverde
  • Manuel Antonio
Frequently Asked Questions

Costa Rica Water Activities:

  • Drybag (Will help keep cameras and essentials dry)
  • Sport Sandals or Water Shoes (if you plan to do waterfall rappelling and/or rafting)

Documents:

  • Flight info (required) (Printouts of e-tickets may be required at the border)
  • Insurance info (required) (With photocopies)
  • Passport (required) (With photocopies)
  • Required visas or vaccination certificates (required) (With photocopies)
  • Vouchers and pre-departure information (required)

Essentials:

  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Camera (With extra memory cards and batteries)
  • Cash, credit and debit cards
  • Day pack (Used for daily excursions or short overnights)
  • Ear plugs
  • First-aid kit (should contain lip balm with sunscreen, sunscreen, whistle, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, bandaids/plasters, tape, anti-histamines, antibacterial gel/wipes, antiseptic cream, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, water purification tablets or drops, insect repellent, sewing kit, extra prescription drugs you may be taking)
  • Flashlight/torch (Headlamps are ideal)
  • Fleece top/sweater
  • Footwear
  • Hat
  • Locks for bags
  • Long pants/jeans
  • Moneybelt
  • Outlet adapter
  • Personal entertainment (Reading and writing materials, cards, music player, etc.)
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Shirts/t-shirts
  • Sleepwear
  • Small travel towel
  • Sunglasses
  • Toiletries (Preferably biodegradable)
  • Watch and alarm clock
  • Waterproof backpack cover
  • Windproof rain jacket

Health & Safety:

  • Face masks (required)
  • Hand sanitizer (required)
  • Pen (Please bring your own pen for filling out documents.)
  • Rubber gloves

Warm Weather:

  • Sandals/flip-flops
  • Shorts/skirts (Longer shorts/skirts are recommended)
  • Sun hat/bandana
  • Swimwear

 

We recommend using a backpack for your convenience, or a medium-sized suitcase if you prefer. A daypack is also essential for carrying everyday items. Space is limited on transportation, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person. You will be responsible for carrying and handling your own luggage.

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Tips are not included in the tour price and tipping is entirely at your discretion.

 

It is customary in Latin America to tip service providers such as waiters, at approximately 10%, depending on the service. Tipping is an expected - though not compulsory - component of your tour program and an expression of satisfaction with the persons who have assisted you on your tour. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. There are several times during the trip where there is an opportunity to tip the local guides or drivers we use. Recommendations for tipping drivers and local guides would range from $5-10 USD per day depending on the quality and length of the service; ask your CEO for specific recommendations based on the circumstances and culture.

 

Tipping of your Chief Experience Officer is very much appreciated. The amount is entirely a personal preference; however, as a guideline $5-7 USD per person, per day is our recommendation in the region. However, if you felt your CEO did an especially outstanding job, any additional amount will always be welcome.

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This trip is designed for parents and children to enjoy together. You will be travelling as part of a group of families with other children. The itinerary has been designed with the needs of the whole family in mind, with age-appropriate activities and hotels that know families. 

 

We have given this trip a minimum age for this trip to allow you to be sure that you have the right trip for you and your family. Minimum age of 6 years for this trip. Please see the activities for any specific minimum age requirements.

 

Enjoy upgraded service, with quality accommodations and more inclusions like meals, private transport, and activities. Plus the physical rating is only light, with light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.

 

Finally, small groups with a maximum of 20 people, but an average of 10 make it much easier to keep an eye on everyone. 

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Terms & Conditions:

  • Family adventures are designed for groups travelling with children between the ages of 6 and 17. Your group must have a child in order to book a Family tour
  • The minimum age is 6 years, & an adult over the age of 18 years must accompany each child under the age of 18 years
  • While it is The Operator's intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary, and on occasion, it may be necessary or desirable to make alterations
  • Costa Rica will not be allowing anyone to enter the country without proof of a departure ticket
  • Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate in this trip. You will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance has been sighted by your CEO, who will take note of your insurance details
  • All guests must complete & sign a waiver of liability

Cancellation Policy:

You may cancel your booking by notifying the Tour Operator. Cancellation fees, if any, will be determined with reference to the date on which notice of cancellation is received by the Tour Operator and are expressed as a percentage of the total price paid for the cancelled Tour, product or service (excluding any insurance products).

Cancellation of a Tour:

  • Cancellation received 60 days or more before departure of first product or service in relevant booking: Lifetime Deposit will be held by the Tour Operator in accordance with these Terms, the remainder of the payments made to the Tour Operator in respect of the cancelled product will be refunded
  • Cancellation received 30-59 days before departure of first product or service in relevant booking: Lifetime Deposit will be held by the Tour Operator in accordance with these Terms, an amount equal to 50% of the remainder of the payments made to the Tour Operator in respect of the cancelled Tour will be refunded
  • Cancellation less than 30 days before departure of first product or service in relevant booking: Lifetime Deposit will be held by the Tour Operator in accordance with these Terms, and no further refund will be payable

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