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Costa Rica

Minimum age 5 years

Costa Rica family holiday

Take a family trip through colourful Costa Rica. Experience the drama of Costa Rica’s landscapes, the real flavours of its culture and cuisine and uncover the country’s adventurous heart. This Costa Rica  Family Adventure has been specially crafted to balance organised activities and travel with loads of free time for fun and relaxation. Come and discover this unique, diverse corner of Central America and open your children’s eyes to a colourful new world in Costa Rica.

Costa Rica Trip Highlights:

  • 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.

This family holiday to Costa Rica departs Easter, Summer, Christmas and New Year.  We share this holiday with another company, which is not a dedicated single parent company and so the group is likely to consist of one and two parent families. You can enquire for group composition before booking.

Included activities in Costa Rica

  • Santa Rosa de Pocosol – Agricultural tour
  • Santa Rosa de Pocosol – Cooking Class
  • Arenal National Park
  • Monteverde – Sky Walk
  • Manuel Antonio National Park – (Entrance fee)

Costa Rica

Day 1 San Jose – Welcome to subtropical Costa Rica! The trip begins with a welcome meeting at 5pm at the hotel in San Jose. You can arrive at any time today as there are no activities planned until this group meeting. San Jose sits in the heart of the country in the lush, wide Central Valley, and has a comfortable subtropical climate. With over half the country’s population living within its limits, it’s a bustling city with lively markets, intriguing museums and a dynamic atmosphere. It’s also easy to navigate – laid out in a grid pattern, the avenidas run east to west and the callés run north to south. After the meeting tonight, perhaps get to know the rest of the group and head out for your first taste of the local ‘taco’ food. Accommodation: KC Hotel or similar (1 night)

Day 2 San Jose 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)!

Accommodation Santa Rosa de Pocosol Homestay ( 1 night) Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 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. Accommodation:  Volcano Lodge and Hotel or similar (1 night) Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 4 Arenal

Head out for a guided morning tour of Arenal National Park. Take trails through dwarf cloud forest and listen to the birdsong of several species of hummingbird, as well as the melodious clay-coloured robin. 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. Accommodation:  Volcano Lodge and Hotel or similar (1 night) Meals Included: Breakfast.
Day 5 Monteverde
Today is a travel day as you travel via Tilaran to Monteverde de Santa Elena (approximately 4–5 hours). Break up the journey with a snack stop for great homemade cakes and refreshments before continuing uphill to cool-climate Monteverde. 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. Accommodation:  Hotel Villa Lodge or similar (1 night) Meals Included: Breakfast
Day 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. Accommodation: Hotel Villa Lodge or similar (1 night). Meals Included: Breakfast
Day 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. Tomorrow you’ll have the opportunity to explore the evergreen forest and the long, white beaches it nudges up against. 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! Accommodation Hotel El Faro or similar (1 night) Meals Included: Breakfast
Day 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. Accommodation: Hotel El Faro or similar (1 night) Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 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. Accommodation: KC Hotel or similar (1 night) Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 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. Ask us for more about this and other urban adventures in San-Jose  Meals Included: Breakfast

Vaccinations

You will need vaccinations to travel; you should ask your doctor or Health clinic, but you can check them out on The Fit For Travel Website.

Visas

Please note that visas are the responsibility of the passenger. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it is important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant Consular or Embassy website of the country or countries you are visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Visas can take several weeks to process, so familiarise yourself with any requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for processing time.

You can check visa requirements for British Citizens on the Foreign Office website. Other nationals should check with their relevant Consulate or Embassy.

What’s included in this holiday to Costa Rica:

Meals: 9 breakfasts, 2 dinners.

Transport: Private minivan

Accommodation: Hotel (8 nights), Homestay (1 night)

Activities in Costa Rica

Day 2 Included Activities

  • Santa Rosa de Procosol agricultural tour 
  • Santa Rosa de Procosol Cooking class

Day 4 Included Activities

  • Arenal National Park 

Day 5 Optional Activities

  • Monteverde – Butterfly gardens and insects farm (CRC 1696)

Day 6 Included Activities

  • Monteverde – Sky Walk

Optional Activities

  • Monteverde -Sky Tram & Sky Trek – (USD 84)
  • Monteverde -Coffee and Chocolate Tour (USD 35)

Day 7 Included Activities

  • Manuel Antonio National Park

Optional Activities

  • Manuel Antonio – Sunset Sail (USD 20)
  • Manuel Antonio – Surf/Boogie Board Rental (USD69)

Costa Rica Dates and Prices

Travel Dates Nights Adult Child 5-17 Notes
Sat 11 Apr – Mon 20 Apr 2020 9 £1345 £1195 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Sat 27 June – Mon 6 July 9 £1345 £1195 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices.
Sat 4 July – Mon 13 July 2020

Sat 18 July – Mon 27 July 2020

9 £1335 £1195 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices.
Sat 25 July – Mon 3 Aug 2020 9 £1345 £1195 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices.
Sat 1 Aug – Mon 10 Aug 2020 9 £1325 £1185 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices.
Sat 8 August – Mon 17 August

Sat 15 August- Mon 24 August 2020

9 £1325 £1185 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices.
 Sun 20 Dec to Tues 29 Dec 2020  9 £1345 £1195 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices.
Sat 26 Dec – Mon 4 Jan 2021 9 £1375 £1235 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices.
Sun 27 Dec – Tues 5 Jan 2021 9 £1315 £1180 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices.

Land only

The prices shown above exclude flights. Since flight availability and airfares change constantly, these prices are subject to availability at the time of booking so please enquire for a full quotation including flight. You may choose to buy your own flight, in which case you may want to also check out the price of a private transfer to the start of the holiday and returning to the airport at the end of your stay or information regarding shuttle buses. In many cases there will be a complementary transfer, and we can confirm the time of these transfers, where applicable. We will always endeavour to find the best available flights at the time of booking and confirm your flight inclusive price at that time. We advise that you book early to secure the best prices.

Ellen July 2018 Costa Rica was an amazing trip, especially for children. We saw loads of wildlife, including all for of Costa Rica’s monkey species. Definitely bring a really waterproof coat as it rains really hard. Overall it is an incredible experience.

Anthony July 2018 A great trip which took in many wonderful highlights of Costa Rica. Jorge was an excellent guide and there was plenty to keep adults and children of all ages entertained.

Isobel March 2018 Amazing holiday! Our guide was very friendly and well-informed. We were a mixed group of families, from different places and walks of life, but we got on brilliantly from the start, brought together through our discovery of the wildlife and inspired by this country’s approach to life.

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