Costa Rica Family Holiday – 17 Day Tour for Families With Teens

Costa Rica Family Holiday

17 Day Multi-Activity Tour for Families With Teenagers

Wildlife Experience Costa Rica 17 Days Family-Friendly Hotels All year round Small Groups (During Local Tours)

From US$ 3,300 per adult / US$ 1,320 per child

Our local Partner for this Trip

Our partner is an Austrian-Costa Rican family owned travel company with 10 year of experience in creating personalized travel programs in Costa Rica. The company primarily works with small local suppliers to help improving the development of individual regions and create new work places through tourism and supports different social welfare projects and non-profit organisations, such as the Brotes de Oliva in Tibas, a children's shelter as well as Pack for a Purpose.

Trip Facts: Costa Rica Family Holiday

Costa Rica's Wildife

Enjoy close-up encounters with Costa Rica’s diverse wildlife: monkeys, slots, toucans, crocodiles, turtles and whales to just name a few of the animals you will see during this trip.

Outdoor Adventures

Raft along rapids, explore the cloud forest on suspension bridges zip-line between treetops and snorkel along coral reefs in the crystal blue sea.

Self-Drive Holiday

Explore Costa Rica by rental car and enjoy the freedom of traveling at your own rhythm and pace and with the possibility to take spontaneous stops and detours.

Family Friendly Accommodation

The hotels in the trip have been especially selected for families. Most hotels are locally owned and some of them have a swimming pool.

TRIP ITINERARY

Costa Rica is a wonderful destination for families with teenagers. Experience this wonderful country during adventurous activities and with the freedom of your rental car. Costa Rica is a safe country and the majority of the main roads are in a good condition. To make sure you start your trip well prepared you will receive a detailed travel kit with emergency phone numbers, maps and an itinerary description and your car will be equipped with a TRIO device (GPS, internet hotspot and mobile phone) to make sure you don't get lost. In each location you will participate in excursions and activities, experiencing the highlights of each place in an exciting way and this family trip is truly packed full of fun activities your children will love: observe numerous wildlife, visit the beautiful beaches of the Carribean coast, raft in crystal-clear waters, explore the treetops of the cloud forest on suspension bridges and zip-lines, spot whales and snorkel along coral reefs. Embark on an adventure together and create wonderful travel memories that will last a lifetime!

DAY 1: WELCOME TO COSTA RICA!
  • Upon arrival at the international airport of San José, you will be picked up and taken to you to your hotel
  • The rest of the day is at leisure to rest from your flight or relax at the hotel’s swimming pool
DAY 2: TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK
  • In the morning transfer to Guapiles, and after a traditional breakfast further to Pavona, where you continue the trip to your lodge by boat
  • During the boat trip trip, you will have the opportunity to spot herons, seabirds, howler monkeys, iguanas, water turtles and, with a little luck, even an anteater
  • In the afternoon join a guided boat tour to spot some more of Costa Rica’s amazing wildlife and learn about its flora and fauna
DAY 3: BOAT TOUR & HIKE IN THE RAINFOREST
  • Today you will explore the tropical rainforest during a hike on the lodge’s private trail
  • Spot monkeys, slots or toucans, to just name a few of the animals seen here frequently
  • Return to your lodge for lunch and visit the small town of Tortuguero in the afternoon
DAY 4: CAHUITA AT THE CARIBBEAN
  • After breakfast take the boat back to Pavona and from there the bus to Guapiles where you will enjoy a hearty lunch
  • Meet up with a representative from the Car Rental who will hand you over the keys to your rental car
  • Start your “Self-Drive Adventure in Costa Rica” heading towards Cahuita, one of Costa Rica’s most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean
  • After a relaxing day at the beach, get yourself prepared for a typical night and enjoy the sound of Reggae with a delicious fruit cocktail
DAY 5 & 6: CAHUITA NATIONAL PARK
  • Visit the beautiful beaches around Cahuita, enjoy the sunset and take a walk in the Cahuita National Park where you can see sloths, monkeys and many other animals
  • Discover the marine wildlife during a snorkeling trip to the greatest coral reef in Costa Rica
  • Alternatively we can arrange a visit to the sloth rescue center “Aviarios Del Caribe” or a visit to the indigenous tribe Kekoldi to learn more about their costums and traditions
DAY 7: MAQUENQUE WILDLIFE REFUGE
  • After breakfast, your journey will take you to the newly created Maquenque National Wildlife Refuge.
  • Surrounded by tropical rain forests, and bordering the Majestic San Carlos River, the Wildlife Refuge has become famous for being a unique region for ecology, wildlife observation, unique birding and adventure tours
  • In the afternoon you can make a contribution to offset greenhouse gas emissions by planting a tree of native species on the property – the footprint you leave will be the beginning of a new life!
DAY 8: SAN CARLOS RIVER BOAT TOUR
  • Depart to the hotel dock, where you will board a boat and navigate downstream on the San Carlos River
  • During the tour you will be able to observe crocodiles, turtles, bats, herons, kingfishers, king buzzards and many more species
  • Arrive at the border with Nicaragua (Rio San Juan), where you will make a stop visiting the town of Boca San Carlos, learn about the local lifestyle and share some time with the town’s residents
DAY 9: ARENAL VOLCANO & HOT SPRINGS
  • Continue to La Fortuna, the village on the foot of the world-famous Arenal Volcano
  • In the afternoon we recommend to visit La Fortuna Waterfall, explore the 1968 private reserve offering stunning views of the Volcano and Arenal Lake or enjoy the rest of the day at your hotel’s hot springs
DAY 10: BALSA RIVER RAFTING
  • Today you will experience a thrilling river rafting adventure floating down the crystal-clear waters of Balsa River
  • Once at the river, you will have a safety talk, gear up and get ready for some exciting whitewater action
  • Upon returning, enjoy a warm lunch before heading back to your hotel
DAY 11: DRIVING TO MONTEVERDE
  • Continue to your next destination, the town of Santa Elena, located in the Cloud Forest Region Monteverde, a paradise for outdoor enthusiast, nature lovers, bird watcher and adventurers
  • In the afternoon you have time to visit the village St. Elena – we especially recommend to try the lunch in the Tree House Restaurant or take a tour through the Monteverde Frog Pond and Butterfly Garden
  • Alternatively you can take a walk through the private reserve of your hotel and end the day with a coffee on the terrace of your hotel
DAY 12: SELVATURA TREETOP WALK - HANGING BRIDGES AND CANOPY
  • Today you will get to see the cloud forest from a completely different perspective! Take a hike on hanging suspension bridges of various lengths which connect the treetops of the forest and then swing yourself via a zip-line from one treetop platform to another
  • Experience the sensation of flying, enjoy the cloud forest from above, spot a wide variety of wildlife and be amazed by the panoramic views
DAY 13: SOUTH PACIFIC, OJOCHAL
  • Continue your way towards the south, to Ojochal, located in Costa Rica’s still wild south-western Pacific coast, and also close to Marino Ballena National Park
  • Your accommodation for the next days will be the secluded Oasis de Las Palmas, located 20 minutes from Playa Uvita
DAY 14: SNORKELING TOUR IN MARINO BALLENA NATIONAL PARK
  • Today you will explore Marino Ballena National Park, one of the best places for whale watching in the world
  • Embark on a search for humpback whales and listen to their songs, observe the acrobatic displays of two different species of resident dolphins and spot other marine life such as Bride’s Whales, Pilot whales or False Killer whales
  • Snorkel at a coral and rock reef and observe the wonderful marine wildlife of the Ballena Marine Park from below the water
  • Visit Ventanas’ beach cavern, an amazing cavern that was carved by the ocean and tectonic movements during thousands of years
DAY 15: CORCOVADO NATIONAL PARK
  • Today you will visit one of the world’s most biodiverse places on earth: Corcovado National Park
  • Drive to Sierpe from where you depart by boat to San Pedrillo Ranger Station, the starting point for today’s explorations
  • Hike through primary forest, appreciate huge trees and plants of great biological value and observe several birds and mammals
DAY 16: LAST SPLASH AND BACK TO SAN JOSÉ
  • Today you have the morning at leisure so you can dip one last time in the Pacific or suntan by your hotels pool
  • In the early afternoon drive back to San José where you will deliver your rental car at hour hotel
  • Enjoy the last evening in Costa Rica
DAY 17: GOODBYE AND HASTA PRONTO!
  • Enjoy your last delicious breakfast with a good Costa Rican coffee, then take a transfer to the airport for your flight back home
  • ¡Hasta pronto in Costa Rica!

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