Your day-by-day itinerary
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
Overnight in Alajuela
Rather than head back into the city, you’ll check into a nice hotel in the rural suburb of Alajuela. The kids will have a swimming pool to enjoy, and you can relax for your final evening before your flight the next day.