Set off on a Costa Rican wildlife adventure geared for the whole family that will have you zip lining in the rainforest canopy of Arenal, following hanging bridges through the cloud forest, horseback riding on the beach, and snorkeling off the Pacific coast.

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 Kids and parents prepare for the rain forest zip line. Credit: Dennis Wille
 Horses in Arenal
 White-faced Capuchin monkey
 Costa Rica's Arenal Volcano. Credit: Tyler Woods
 Red macaw
 The luscious cloud forest from the forest floor
 Hanging bridge in the canopy
 Poison Dart Frog
 Costa Rica beach.  Credit: Kari Hudson
 Colorful orchid

Costa Rica for Families: A Tailor-Made Journey

9 days from $4,595

Set off on a Costa Rican wildlife adventure geared for the whole family that will have you zip lining in the rainforest canopy of Arenal, following hanging bridges through the cloud forest, horseback riding on the beach, and snorkeling off the Pacific coast.

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Overview

This following itinerary is a sampling of the experiences that we offer on a tailor-made journey to Costa Rica. Working with our country specialists, you can customize your itinerary to fit your timing, your budget, and your interests, including accommodations, activities, and the places you visit.

Venture into the wilds of Costa Rica with your family, encountering incredible biodiversity on adventures in four distinct habitats. Kick off the exploration at the foot of Arenal Volcano, discovering monkeys, macaws, and more from ground level to the rainforest canopy as you zip line, mountain bike, and hike with a guide. In the Monteverde Cloud Forest, follow hanging bridges through the misty treetops, keeping an eye out for unusual flora and birds. Then head for tranquil beaches of the Pacific Coast to go horseback riding and snorkeling and enjoy ample free time to pursue fun family activities—from surfing lessons to quad rides.

Highlights:

  • Experience the rainforests surrounding Arenal Volcano on a canopy adventure by sky-tram and zip line and from the mountain biking trails.
  • Cross hanging rope bridges high in the treetops of the Monteverde Cloud Forest, spotting unusual flora and fauna.
  • Go horseback riding on the long beaches of Costa Rica’s Pacific coast and stop for a swim along the way.
  • Sail aboard a catamaran to a calm spot to enjoy snorkeling and swimming amid vivid marine life.

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1 — San José, Costa Rica

Welcome to Costa Rica! Arrive in San José and meet your private driver for the transfer to your hotel. Depending on when you arrive, you may have time to head out to explore San José this afternoon.

Day 2 — Arenal

Head for the tropical forests of Arenal with your private driver this morning. Here, a dormant volcano blanketed in jungle presides over and landscape of lakes, lava fields, rapid-filled rivers, and local farms. There are many ways to explore the region, and you’ll kick off the adventure among the treetops, getting an up-close view of the unique ecosystems of the rainforest canopy by sky tram and zip-line. Keep an eye out for monkeys, sloths, and brightly colored birds and frogs. You’ll also have the chance to take a guided rainforest trek to learn about the fascinating flora and fauna of Arenal.

Day 3 — Arenal

Take to the trails on a guided mountain bike tour this morning, pedaling through the jungle and the surrounding farms on a route that’s suitable for the whole family. This afternoon is yours to discover Arenal as you wish—whether you wish to get a closer look at wildlife at one of the sanctuaries and zoos in the area, soak in one of Arenal’s famous hot springs or simply relax by the pool at your hotel.

Day 4 — Monteverde Cloud Forest

Trace the shores of Arenal Lake, taking in stunning views as you travel with your private driver and guide to Monteverde Cloud Forest. While the road can be bumpy at times, it affords incredible vistas of mountains covered in cloud forest. Upon arrival at your hotel, enjoy the rest of the afternoon to relax or go for a walk on one of the gentle trails on the hotel grounds.

Day 5 — Monteverde Cloud Forest

Expect an early morning wake-up call this morning! You’ll meet up with a private naturalist guide for a cloud forest walk when birds and other animals are actively preparing for their day. As you follow trails and walk across rope bridges strung through the canopy, get a firsthand perspective on the biodiversity of the cloud forest and learn about the unique and symbiotic species that live here, including orchids and bromeliads, resplendent quetzals and hummingbirds.

Day 6 — Tamarindo Beach

Descend from the misty mountains with your private driver and travel to Tamarindo Beach on the Pacific coast. Settle into your hotel and start your exploration with a guided horseback ride that will bring your family into the surrounding countryside and along the pristine coast, with opportunities to spot wildlife or go for a swim along the way.

Day 7 — Tamarindo Bay

Join a sunrise surfing class this morning, then enjoy the remainder of your day to do as many—or as few—activities as you like. Go deep-sea fishing, ride quad bikes, go zip lining through the wilderness, or set off on a variety of hikes. Alternatively, relax with a book at your hotel’s pool or on the forest-fringed beach just beyond.

Day 8 — Tamarindo Bay

Take to the sea on a family catamaran cruise this morning. Stop to snorkel in calm, clear waters where marine life teems among underwater volcanic rocks.  Watch for angelfish, sea turtles, octopi, and perhaps even a manta ray! Spend your final afternoon relaxing or partaking in another fun family activity. 

Day 9 — Return Home

Meet your driver for the private transfer to San José airport and catch your flight home.

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)

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