Adventures in the Great Outdoors

2-Week Adventure & Nature Family Holiday - Costa Rica

Prices from £1,685 pp

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Duration15 days / 14 nights (flexible)


ItinerarySan Jose - Tortuguero - Sarapiqui - La Fortuna - Monteverde - Samara - Alajuela

Suitable for families

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If your family like a little action and adventure, this holiday delivers plenty of both. You’ll explore jungles by boat, zipline through cloudforests, kayak across a lake at the foot of the Arenal volcano and go surfing in the Pacific Ocean. All along the way, you’ll experience Costa Rica’s amazing wildlife and spectacular landscapes.

*Some of the activities are for ages 8 and above, but we can easily adapt the holiday for younger kids too.

What's included

  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast, plus full-board on Tortuguero
  • Transport (transfers and shuttle buses, or car hire with full insurance and GPS)
  • Excursions as described
  • 24hr support from our Local Partners in Costa Rica, should you need them.

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Strolling Through San Jose

Costa Rica’s capital might not be top of your family’s must-do list, but the city has its Latin charms and is a pleasant place to start your journey through the country. You’ll be transferred to a comfy hotel with pool just outside of the city centre, where you can recharge your batteries and set out to explore the city at your own pace. Whether you’re travelling by hire car or transfers, we’ll have made all the arrangements for you and you’ll also meet with our local partners who’ll be there to support you throughout your trip.

a girl outside a colnial building

Wildlife & Waterways of Tortuguero

For the next couple of days you’ll be taking your family back to nature as you stay in the lush Parque Nacional Tortuguero – a breeding ground for sea turtles, and home to sloths, monkeys, toucans, caimans, river otters and a whole host of birdlife. The park is full of waterways cutting through the jungle and you’ll set out to explore them by boat, and on foot, with experienced local guides who’ll know exactly where to look for all that wildlife the kids (and adults) will love.

a guide takes a family into the wildeness

You’ll spend 2 nights at a comfy lodge amongst the trees, with a swimming pool for the children and freshly prepared food throughout your stay. If you’re travelling during turtle season (July to October) then you can arrange a night tour with the lodge, to see the green turtles laying their eggs on the beach….a really unforgettable experience for the whole family, if you get the chance!

Red Eyed Tree Frog with Family in backgroubd

Pit Stop in the Pineapple Fields

Nestled in the picturesque countryside of northern Costa Rica, spend a couple of days in the peaceful village of Sarapiqui. You’ll be staying in a lodge with a big garden, and forests, fields and rivers all around. It’s a nice little pit stop on your family adventure, where you can breathe in the fresh air, soak up local Costa Rican life and sample some freshly grown pineapples. We’ll arrange for you to take a boat trip to spot the local wildlife, but you could also try your hand at rafting on the Sarapiqui River.

Trying some pineapple in Sarapiqui

Footsteps (and Kayaks) at the Arenal Volcano

La Fortuna is home to the famous Arenal Volcano, a lush destination full of nature and adventure – something for all the family. Despite La Fortuna becoming more and more popular, it still maintains that ‘small-town’ feeling and is the perfect place to explore the greenery of Costa Rica. Take a wander around the national park, before getting out on the beautiful Arenal Lake on a kayak trip arranged by us.

Footsteps (and Kayaks) at the Arenal Volcano

Head in the Cloudforest - Monteverde

Over the next few days, you and your family will explore the cloud forests of Monteverde, a laid-back hilltop town, some good restaurants and plenty of family-friendly activities. You’ll stay in a lodge on the outskirts of town, and set out to explore the tree-tops. Walk across hanging bridges high above the forest floor, keeping your eyes peeled for sloths hanging in the trees, then on the sky tram which takes you high above the canopy. Finally you’ll head to the ziplines, for a final flight through the cloud forest.

Head in the Cloudforest - Monteverde

Sand & Surf in Samara

Relax and play around on the quiet beaches of Costa Rica’s Pacific coast. You’ll stay in a small-scale hotel with a pool in the little beach town of Samara, where life moves at a snail’s pace and you can spend a few days reading your book whilst the kids splash around in the sea. The waves here are perfect for learning to surf too, and we’ll arrange a lesson to get you all started! You can arrange dolphin spotting, snorkelling trips, rent a quad bike or even go zip lining. In the evenings you can sit by the sea with a cocktail or two – total relaxation!

a father and son in front of a surf shop
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