Take your family to Costa Rica for fun and learning! Enjoy an active adventure that also teaches the kids about nature, conservation, and sustainability. 

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 Squirrel monkey in the rain forest  Kids and parents prepare for the rain forest zip line. Credit: Dennis Wille  Red-eyed tree frog crawling between leaves in the jungle  A sloth at home in the tree tops  Oak Tiger Butterfly. Credit: Phil Parsons  A brilliantly colored morpho butterfly  The luscious cloud forest from the forest floor  Arenal Volcano  Costa Rica coffee field  Learning about Costa Rica's coffee industry

Exploring Costa Rica: A Family Journey

8 days from $2,995

Take your family to Costa Rica for fun and learning! Enjoy an active adventure that also teaches the kids about nature, conservation, and sustainability. 

or Call 855-330-1542

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WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

This was the trip of a lifetime for my daughter and me. We both were overwhelmed by the beauty of the country and the many new adventures offered to us. The zip line was a favorite. We can't say enough good things about our guides - knowledgeable, engaged, patient and fun! 

- Mary B.

Dear Danny [guide], your positive attitude and attention to detail allowed me the rare opportunity to completely enjoy a vacation. It is always stressful to travel with kids, however, on this trip I was able to relax and watch my son grow with each of our adventures. You were so much more than a tour guide. You, my friend, are a memory maker. You and this trip will forever be in our hearts. Thank you! 

- Lauren D.

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Overview

Lush, tropical Costa Rica is a veritable playground for families, providing endless opportunities for fun. Enjoy an active adventure that also teaches the kids about nature, conservation, and sustainability.

Highlights Include

  • Active Adventure: Catch beautiful vistas of Arenal Volcano from a zip line and hanging bridges. Plus, relax in the thermal hot springs of the area. Hike through the Los Angeles Cloud Forest Private Nature Reserve and glide along the waves during family surf lessons on the stunning beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park.
  • Incredible Wildlife: Glimpse beautiful native bird species and a rainbow of multihued butterflies as you walk through private nature reserves. Tour Manuel Antonio National Park on foot to scope out sloths, iguanas, rare and mischievous squirrel monkeys, and colorful little crabs.
  • Family Fun: Walk the “red carpet” at your photographic world premiere. Learn to capture wildlife, nature and culture through your own individual lens in one of the most sustainable locations on the planet, Costa Rica. Families will create a custom photography journey and enjoy a “premier showing” of their work during our farewell evening. 
  • Conservation and Sustainability: Explore Costa Rica’s famous Cloud Forest from your home base at Villa Blanca, a sustainable, luxury hotel with a kid’s nature club featuring daily activities to engage all ages. Learn about crops and the economy during visits to vanilla and coffee plantations, a sugar mill, and a rural mountain village. And throughout your adventure, learn about rain forest ecology and conservation efforts in Costa Rica. 

This was the trip of a lifetime for my daughter and me. We both were overwhelmed by the beauty of the country and the many new adventures offered to us. The zip line was a favorite. We can't say enough good things about our guides - knowledgeable, engaged, patient and fun! 

- Mary B.

Dear Danny [guide], your positive attitude and attention to detail allowed me the rare opportunity to completely enjoy a vacation. It is always stressful to travel with kids, however, on this trip I was able to relax and watch my son grow with each of our adventures. You were so much more than a tour guide. You, my friend, are a memory maker. You and this trip will forever be in our hearts. Thank you! 

- Lauren D.

To see itinerary, please click on an option below.

Itinerary

Day 1 — Arrive and Transfer to Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel

From Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) in San José, transfer to Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel and Nature Reserve. At Villa Blanca, comfort, heritage, and conservation co-exist in harmony reflecting a commitment to sustainable hospitality. Daily activities offered include the Kid’s Nature Club, which provides documentaries and family movies in the hotel’s own movie theater, workshops with our registered and licensed Nature Interpreters at the Jose Miguel Alfaro Research Center, and organic gardening demonstration where families will learn techniques they can incorporate into their own gardens. Enjoy dinner at El Sendero’s Cloud Forest Restaurant. (D)

Day 2 — Activities in Arenal Volcano Area

This morning, enjoy an adventure zip lining in Arenal & Hot Springs. Enjoy the beautiful vistas as you head off to Arenal Volcano for zip lining, hanging bridges, and the relaxing hot springs in La Fortuna. This afternoon, slip into Nature's own hot tub at the Eco-Termales thermal hot springs with a selection of pool temperatures ranging between 98º to 107º degrees. After your time at the hot springs, you will return to your hotel tucked in the cloud forest.

Special Evening Activities: After dinner, parents have a special evening of local cordials and dessert tasting while the kids enjoy a movie night in the private hotel theater with popcorn included! (B,L,D)

Day 3 — Sustainable Coffee Farm Tour, Cooking Class, and Evening Mystery Walk

Get an early start today to experience the rural life of Costa Rica by immersing yourself in the heartland of Costa Rica’s Central Highlands on this guided tour of sustainable local agriculture, traditions, and regional cuisine. Starting in the colorful town of Bajo Zúñiga, you’ll visit a working vegetable farm and coffee plantation. Stopping at various sections of the farm, you’ll see how the principles and practice of organic agriculture are applied with a blend of time-honored techniques and new innovations. Continuing to the Piedades Norte district, you’ll tour an authentic sugar mill operated by a local family. As part of this unique experience, you’ll sample sobados, delicious homemade candies. We will be bringing back local products to incorporate into your family cooking class at Villa Blanca, where Costa Rican cuisine will be shared as a cultural tradition through learning with a local chef and enjoying your preparations at lunch.

If you’re looking for the region’s wildest nightlife, look no further. When the sun goes down, the cloud forest transforms like no other habitat in the world. Nighttime is when the cloud forest breathes; pumping out higher concentrations of oxygen along with layers of the sweet fragrances of nocturnal plants and flowers. Then, something truly extraordinary happens—the forest is filled with the music of nature’s most spectacular symphony as the voices of millions of life forms fill the cool night air. You’ll see an important amount of nocturnal species representing the countless variety of insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals that comprise this amazing jungle. You’ll discover a world rarely seen by visitors to other parts of Costa Rica. Followed by dinner at El Sendero. (B,L,D)

Day 4 — Cloud Forest Nature Reserve and Manuel Antonio National Park

Enjoy a morning nature hike through part of the Los Angeles Cloud Forest Private Nature Reserve and spot a variety of native bird species and insects, including a rainbow of colorful butterflies. Enjoy a boxed lunch en route to our next hotel, Si Como No.

Later this morning, transfer to Manuel Antonio National Park and Si Como No Resort & Wildlife Refuge. At Si Como No, the same comfort, heritage, and conservation co-exist in harmony reflecting a commitment to sustainable hospitality. With a profound respect for the natural surroundings and uncompromising standards of personal service, Si Como No maintains the same level of truly exceptional Costa Rica experience as her sister hotel, Villa Blanca. The resort also holds Five Green Leaves by The Certification of Sustainable Tourism (C.S.T.), Costa Rica’s highest award for sustainable practices from hotel operations to community programs.

The afternoon is at your leisure to relax poolside or visit the stunning beaches of Manuel Antonio or visit the resort’s adjacent Wildlife Refuge with free passes to the Butterfly Gardens plus nature park tour exhibits, including crocodile lagoons and amphibian gardens. The resort features Greentique’s Kid’s Nature Club, including documentaries and family movies in the resort’s own movie theater, workshops with our registered and licensed Nature Interpreters in the adjacent Manuel Antonio Nature Park at the Butterfly Garden Atrium and Reptile Lagoons. Plus, nature and cultural classes are offered at the new Rancho Rico Tico Family Pool. Wrap up the day with dinner at the Rico Tico Tex-Mex Grille. (B,L,D)

Day 5 — Manuel Antonio Park Tour and Surfing Lessons

This morning, spend the day in Manuel Antonio with a guided tour of Manuel Antonio National Park. Established in 1972, Manuel Antonio was created to preserve one of the most beautiful and bio-diverse areas of Costa Rica. Although it is the country's smallest national park, the stunning beauty and diversity of wildlife in its 683 hectares is unequaled—featuring a charming combination of rain forest, beaches, and coral reefs. Lined with lush forest, these beaches are amongst the most beautiful in the country. The coastal forest is home to sloths, iguanas, rare and adorable squirrel monkeys and colorful little crabs. Attend lunch at a local restaurant near the beach. Afterward, glide along the waves during an introductory surfing lesson.  Great for adults too so get ready to “Hang Ten". Later, enjoy dinner at the Claro Que Seafood Restaurant (B,L,D)

Day 6 — Damas Island Estuary

This morning after breakfast we will visit an ecosystem paradise, the Damas Island Estuary. The Mangrove forest is one of the most important remaining ecosystems in Costa Rica, covering thousands of acres, and is home to a large number of birds, reptiles, mammals, and insects. A mangrove forest is where trees grow in coastal sediment from the ocean, which causes a unique underwater root system to attract various species of animals.

Our journey begins by boarding a covered boat, which takes us through the complex and beautiful estuaries and mangroves surrounding Damas Island. Experience curious families of monkeys as they migrate across the mangrove ecosystem in search of food and adventure. Look out for sloths, green iguanas, crocodiles, crab-eating raccoons, silky anteaters, and birds. Also discover how the native trees of Costa Rica replenish the environment worldwide, yet sustain themselves for decades of growth. Return to the hotel for lunch. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure at one of the beautiful pools at SiComo No or head back to the beach or explore the quaint town of Quepos. (B,L,D)  

Day 7 — Vanilla Spice Tour

This morning, visit Villa Vanilla where you'll learn about the world’s most popular flavor, vanilla. Just 10 miles east of Quepos, the plantation features 27 acres of agriculture land and 125 acres of primary and secondary rainforest. Native to Central America and Mexico, vanilla is also the second most expensive flavoring agent. The reason for its high cost is the labor-intensive nature of vanilla cultivation and processing. Each vanilla orchid is carefully fertilized by hand and during pollination season, visitors learn how to pollinate vanilla flowers. Vanilla is the only edible member of the orchid family, the largest plant family on the planet. The grounds also feature Ceylon cinnamon, cocoa, black pepper, allspice, turmeric, and a variety of exotic fruits and essential oils. You’ll also see an extraordinary collection of epiphytes (air plants) including orchids and bromeliads. The tour begins in the post-harvest warehouse where spices are dried, processed, and packaged and is followed by a beautiful walk through a dedicated “Epiphyte Trail” winding through the plantation. You will then pass by the fishpond on the way to the viewpoint, where in addition to enjoying the vistas, you will experience a special “Flavors of the World” tasting. All items are made fresh on the farm from scratch and use as many ingredients from the plantation as possible. Come taste the flavors of the rainforest and get inspired to try a little cooking and baking at home with some fresh organic spices! The last stop is at the famous “Spice Shoppe", where visitors and chefs alike stock up on vanilla beans and extract, Ceylon cinnamon, savory chile-infused hot chocolate and other products grown on the farm to give as gifts or try in their own recipes! Later, take the afternoon at your leisure. (B,L,D)

Day 8 — Depart for the U.S.

Private transfer from Si Como No to from Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) in San José for your return flight. (B)

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