Costa Rica Family Vacation

  • 7 Days
  • 16 People Max

    5 - 14 guests

  • Activity Level 2
    • Activity Level 2

      On the Move

      Sure, I own some hiking boots, they're even worn in, but they don't go on long trips. I like my creature comforts and I like to give a range of activities a go.

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  • Trip Start: San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Trip End: San Jose, Costa Rica
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Experience Pura Vida on a Costa Rica family vacation as you explore lush green jungles, white sand beaches, and an incredible array of wildlife.

As one of the world’s greatest destinations for family travel, Costa Rica invites you to discover the natural beauty and welcoming culture of Latin America’s eco-tourism gem. From Arenal to Marino Ballena, swim crystalline bays, hike in cloud forests, rappel down refreshing waterfalls, and surf in the Caribbean. Explore by foot two of Costa Rica’s most intriguing national parks searching for crawling bugs, sleepy sloths, twisting vines, and blooming buds. Horseback ride through forests and pastures to reach postcard-perfect views of the iconic Arenal Volcano. Peek into the dense vegetation of Arenal National Park to catch a glimpse of screeching toucans, endangered poison dart frogs, and curious spider monkeys.

The perfect balance of adventure and relaxation awaits you, whether you’re exploring a jungle, walking along a white sand beach, or just recalling the memories you’re making with your family. 

  This trip is operated by Austin Adventures

Costa Rica Family Vacation ~ Itinerary

Trip Start: San Jose, Costa Rica Trip End: San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Day 1Arrive in San José, welcome!

  • Day 2Hike La Paz Waterfall Gardens and learn farming at Vida Campesina

  • Day 3Bird watching and canyoning in Arenal National Park, horseride around Arenal Volcano

  • Day 4Explore Carara National Park in search of wildlife

  • Day 5Surf in Marino Ballena National Park

  • Day 6Cruise the Sierpe River, kayak Marino Ballena National Park and Uvita Bay

  • Day 7Depart San Jose

  • Day 1

    Arrive in San José, welcome!

    Arrive at the San José International Airport and transfer to your hotel for the evening. Once you arrive, you are free to explore the expansive private forest reserve at the resort, take a dip in the sunset pool, and enjoy a delectable local meal on your own.

    Xandari Resort & Spa

  • Day 2

    Hike La Paz Waterfall Gardens and learn farming at Vida Campesina

    Meet with your guide for a trip orientation over breakfast. Begin the four-hour shuttle to the Arenal region, then for a hike through lush tropical rainforest and lunch at La Paz Waterfall Gardens. Finish up the day learning about traditional Costa Rican farming at Arenal Vida Campesina Organic Farm followed by an authentic meal.

    Arenal Manoa Resort Hotel & Hot Springs, San Carlos (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

  • Day 3

    Bird watching and canyoning in Arenal National Park, horseride around Arenal Volcano

    Choose to take a birding walk in the early morning for anyone interested. Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and gear up for an afternoon of canyoning and get your adrenaline pumping. Explore an organic orchard run by a local family, learning about traditional Costa Rican farming at Arenal Vida Campesina Organic Farm immersed in the warm and natural habitat facing the Arenal Volcano and surrounded by rivers and rainforests. Enjoy a delicious home-cooked lunch prepared by the owners! Mount a horse and ride off into the picturesque hills of Arenal Volcano, riding through cattle fields and beautiful primary forest along the way. Take in views of the Arenal Volcano, dense forests, and the vast Arenal Lake. After a day full of adventure, return to the resort for dinner

    Arenal Manoa Resort Hotel & Hot Springs, San Carlos (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

  • Day 4

    Explore Carara National Park in search of wildlife

    This morning we’ll transfer to Uvita Beach by road, stopping along the way for a walk and lunch at Miriam’s House. Explore Carara National Park on its well-kept trails, rich in flora and fauna, Carara boasts many habitats including marshes, primary and secondary forests and is home to parrots, parakeets, toucans, trogons, three species of monkeys, agoutis, coatis, sloths, tamanduas and more. Check into our accommodation for the next three nights and enjoy dinner at the hotel tonight

    Cristal Ballena Boutique Hotel, Puntarenas (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

  • Day 5

    Surf in Marino Ballena National Park

    Meet your instructors on the beach for private surfing lessons on the Marino Ballena shore. Break for lunch at a local restaurant. Shuttle back to the hotel and enjoy the afternoon at your leisure: hang out by the swimming pool, walk along the hotel’s rainforest hiking path or take a shuttle to the beach.

    Cristal Ballena Boutique Hotel, Puntarenas (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Notes: * Sea kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, and snorkeling available in the afternoon at an extra cost.

  • Day 6

    Cruise the Sierpe River, kayak Marino Ballena National Park and Uvita Bay

    After breakfast, we head out on the Sierpe River for a boat tour exploring the beautiful maze of canals, river mouths and estuaries that flood the largest untouched expanse of mangroves in all of Costa Rica. Eat lunch in Palma Sur followed by a visit to Stone Spheres Park (can you figure out the mystery of how they were created and why?). Discover the Marino Ballena National Park by sea kayak! Paddle across the calm waters of the Uvita bay, en route, take in the expansive views around you and the various hues of blue water below you, with the chance to see pelicans, boobies, frigate birds, colorful fish, and other marine creatures. After a pleasant walk on the beach we enjoy a final dinner back at the hotel.

    Cristal Ballena Boutique Hotel, Puntarenas (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

  • Day 7

    Depart San Jose

    Have breakfast at the hotel and transfer one hour to the Quepos Airport. Sit back and relax on a charter flight to San José. From here, you can board your international flight to make your post-trip connections home.

    No Accommodation (Breakfast)

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Discounted child prices are available for children 12-years-old and under. Click the BOOK button for your preferred departure below to see child prices.

USD $5999/per adult , USD $5399/per child

Child rates apply for children 12 years and under.

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By paying in full we are able to pass on savings to our guests, but please note that by opting for this payment plan, your booking becomes non-refundable, non-cancellable, and non-changeable. 

We highly recommend that you purchase Cancel For Any Reason (CFAR) insurance. We recommend Redpoint Insurance – you can find details here.

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Useful Info

Where does the trip start?

On the first day of the trip we’ll meet you at the San José at Costa Rica’s Juan Santamaría International Airport and transfer you to the Xandari Resort & Spa.

After passing through Immigration, you will be greeted by a member of the National Chamber of Tourism (CANATUR). You will be given a sticker that helps our Costa Rica Sun Tours representative identify you once you exit the airport building.
Take the right-hand side exit door and proceed to customs. When you leave the building after clearing customs, look for a Costa Rica Sun Tours representative who will be holding a sign with the Austin Adventures logo and your name on it.

Where does the trip end?

Your trip ends with a transfer to the Quepos Airport for a short charter flight to San José where you may choose to extend your stay in Costa Rica or fly out of the International Airport in the afternoon.

What flights would you recommend?

Arrival: We recommend arriving at Juan Santamaria Airport the night before the trip starts, or no later than 12pm on the first day of the trip. Many guests like to arrive a day or two early to accommodate potential flight delays and/or explore the city prior to your trip start.

Departure: Flying out on the last day of the trip, we recommend departing from Juan Santamaria Airport after 2pm. Earlier flight times will require a separate transfer booked at your own expense.

What accommodations do we stay at on this trip?

You'll encounter a quintessential Costa Rica experience at Xandari Resort & Spa, with the property’s forest reserve hosting five waterfalls and miles of trails for bird-watching, it provides the nature guests expect from a visit to Costa Rica.

Arenal Manoa Resort Hotel & Hot Springs provides beauty and tranquility of the Costa Rica countryside, with tunning views of the Arenal Volcano, warm, friendly hospitality and fresh, seasonal and local cuisine come together to create one of Costa Rica’s most relaxing resorts.

The last 3 nights will be spent at t his beautiful four-star Mediterranean-style hotel. Cristal Ballena Hotel offers you everything you need for your dream beach, adventure, and nature vacation in Costa Rica. Resting on a rainforest-covered hill overlooking the famed Ballena Marine National Park, a crucial site for the world’s Pacific Humpback Whales to reproduce and give birth. On the expansive 12-hectare (29.6 acres) grounds near the City of Uvita, you will find luxury suites, the reception building, a souvenir shop, an immense ocean-view swimming pool, an open-air gourmet restaurant and bar, soothing Spa, and rainforest hiking paths.

How do rooming arrangements work?

Trip prices are based on shared arrangements (typically two guests per room), unless otherwise stated. For solo travellers, we’ll pair you with another person of the same gender to share rooms and if there’s no one suitable to share with, there’s no forced single supplement. However, if you specifically request your own rooms, you can opt to pay the single supplement. Solo travellers who book within 90 days of departure, where there are no other solo travellers willing to share, will be required to pay the single supplement. 

For Family Vacation bookings, families consisting of four guests traveling with children aged 17 and under will be automatically assigned one shared room. However, the following alternative rooming allocations are available:

  • Families consisting of four guests with all children aged 13 and above are welcome to opt for additional rooms as per advertised double occupancy adult rates.
  • Families consisting of four guests with at least one child aged 12 and under are automatically assigned a shared room. However, families can opt to pay the adult rates for all guests in their family to have an additional room.
  • The same principles apply for families consisting of more than four guests.

Rooming preferences are subject to availability and must be communicated in writing at time of booking. Automatic assignments as per this policy will be applied in the absence of any specification provided by guests. Any request for additional rooms during trips will be at guests’ own expense and subject to rates made available by the accommodation provider at the time. All minors (guests aged 17 and under) must be accompanied by at least one adult.

Is tipping expected in Costa Rica?

Most people do choose to tip their Active Adventures guides and we recommend USD$20 per day, per guest, per guide. During your Active Adventures trip, your guides will take care of all included restaurants and service tips for you. For other restaurants or services during your time in Costa Rica, 5-10% is a typical gratuity amount.

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