Fantastic option for a family gather. This sample promises memorable experiences such isolated areas, inspiring canal – rafting tour, an island that has a distinction of having no cars, cloud forest, scenic landscapes, and backdrops to adventure, wellness & cultural experiences.
If some of the tours pre-scheduled are not suitable enough for any family members, the experiences can be modified, so that everyone could explore and experience at the same timing.
- Traveling through protected wilderness areas of Costa Rica
- Biodiversity & beautiful landscapes
- Zip lining down the mountains
- Hot springs - heated hot springs pools
- Hanging bridges traversing the rain forest canopy
- Hidden waterfalls
- Outdoor experiences
San José is the capital. It is in the Central Valley. The city offers many options for hotel accommodations and has several historic buildings such as the Melico Salazar Theater, National Museum, Metal Building, Children’s Museum, Costa Rican Art and Design Museum, Museum of Jade (recently renovated).
Tortuguero National Park
Tortuguero National Park is a protected wilderness area on Costa Rica’s northern Caribbean coast. Originally intended to protect a major nesting beach of the Atlantic Green Sea Turtle, Tortuguero now has 51,870 protected acres, one of the last large areas of tropical rainforest in Central America. Eleven habitats are found in.
Its beaches are famous nesting grounds for sea turtles, including endangered green turtles. The park’s freshwater creeks and lagoons, which can be navigated. more than 320 species of birds including all six species of kingfishers found in the new world, three species of toucans, eight species of parrots, and other neotropical species such as the Slaty-tailed Trogon, White-collared Manakin and the Purple-throated Fruit crow.
The marked trail along the beach is used mostly for observing turtle nesting
Turtle Nesting Season is from mid -July to September
Baby Turtle hatching is from Mid-September to late November
Arenal Volcano National Park
Arenal Volcano National Park is a protected area in northern Costa Rica. It’s also known for its hot springs, active Arenal Volcano, and wildlife, including jaguars and tree frogs.
Within the national park, short trails pass through secondary forest as well as lava fields from previous eruptions.
A growing tourism industry has taken advantage of this natural resource to heat up pools and fountains for the amusement of visitors, together with activities such as mountain biking, canopy rides, horseback riding and kayaking on the lake.
Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
Monteverde is privileged and internationally recognized thanks to its natural exuberance. Part of the fascination generated by this beautiful area comes from its diversity of landscapes. The variety of ecosystems and virgin forests and the commitment of people to protect and enjoy them is remarkable in Costa Rica. At the Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, you can embrace the misty atmosphere, which serves as one of the most coveted ecotourism destinations in Costa Rica. There is no doubt that the Monteverde Cloud Forest is a true paradise for nature lovers.
Hilton Garden Inn, San José
This hotel is in the Sabana Business Center, next to Sabana Park; surrounded by restaurants, and embassies, with easy access to attractions like the National Stadium, and La Salle Natural Sciense Museum.
Relax in this stylish 28 square meter 2 double bedded room. Enjoy a restful night that provides the perfect balance between comfort and support.
This room also features a mini-fridge, adjustable air-conditioning, coffee/tea maker and an iron/ironing board to make you feel at home. Stay connected to the office with our 24-hour business center, which provides complimentary printing, fax and copy machines.
Tortuga Lodge & Gardens
Exotic wildlife and exhilarating eco-adventures, has captivated travelers for generations. On the island’s Caribbean coast, tucked between the Tortuguero River and gorgeous plantation-style gardens, Tortuga Lodge & Gardens offers an award-winning getaway unlike any hotel in Costa Rica. Just outside your door, the pristine rainforest surroundings beckon you to explore the mysteries of this complex ecosystem.
A rustic river lodge built in harmony with its tropical environment, our hotel offers a tranquil, relaxing, and exclusive experience. Each of the rooms features sweeping views of the Tortuguero River and luxury amenities.
River View Downstairs Terrace Room
River View Downstairs Terrace Rooms have everything you need to make your visit memorable. Experience the comfort of your room after returning from busy days in the National Park or our own private reserve. These rooms have partial views of the canal, the gardens, and the forest.
An array of bedding options is available. One room is wheelchair accessible with two baths, one King size and one single bed. Four Rooms have one King bed. Six Rooms have two full beds, and one downstairs room has one Queen and one full bed. All rooms are non-smoking.
In-Room: Free Wi-Fi, nightly turndown service, safes, hot water, rain showerheads, ceiling fans and large screened windows and private balconies, wellies for hiking and exploration.
Arenal Kioro Suites & Spa
Discover Arenal Kioro Suites & Spa, a green friendly luxury hotel located just ten minutes from the town of La Fortuna. The tranquility of the rainforest setting and the proximity to the replenishing waters of the Titokú hot springs provide a peaceful setting for exploring the beauty and exhilarating activities of Arenal Volcano National Park. The hotel is framed by the crystalline waters of the La Palma and Kioro streams, lush, vibrant gardens, and private thermal water spas.
Relax in one of 53 spacious, air-conditioned suites designed for couples or families. Additional complimentary guest perks include a breakfast each morning and onsite parking.
Enjoy warm, personalized service at every moment. Sneak away for a massage, spa therapy or beauty treatment at Neidin Spa, or ride our free shuttle to Titokú hot springs, where hotel guests enjoy complimentary admission to the heated hot springs pools.
All suites are equipped with private hydromassage tubs and floor-to-ceiling-windows and sliding doors opening onto two terraces with uninterrupted volcano views.
These 63-square meter rooms accommodate 4 guests and feature 2 large double beds. Make yourself at home with modern amenities including free Wi-Fi, a minibar, coffee maker, in-room safe and a 32-inch LCD TV with premium movie channels.
Monteverde Lodge & Gardens
Monteverde Lodge & Gardens offers a sought-after location among hotels in Monteverde, Costa Rica. While our hotel is walking distance from downtown Monteverde, our setting feels like a natural oasis world apart from civilization. We offer 28 guest rooms framed by designer gardens and a private cloud forest reserve teeming with exotic local wildlife.
All rooms feature breathtaking forest views and are appointed with comforts like free Wi-Fi, plush pillowtop beds, soft bathrobes, private balconies, and nightly turndown service. The ambiance throughout the hotel is tranquil and relaxing with the rustic design and wood fireplace offering a touch of rustic warmth.
Forest View Downstairs Room
Forest View Downstairs Rooms offer stunning views of the inspiring Cloud Forest of Monteverde.
This non-smoking room includes: One king size bed or two queen beds, free Wi-Fi, coffee maker and coffee bag, two cups, tea bags (regular and chamomile), room cooler, water pitcher and glasses, plush, pillowtop bed with extra pillows and blankets available, ceiling fan, safe box, electric outlet with USB port, bathrobes, table, and chairs.
Costa Rica Family Holiday
Welcome to Costa Rica!
After passing through migration and customs, you can meet your Costa Rica Travel Adventures English Speaking Guide and your Spanish Driver with a sign with your name on it. Transfer to your hotel afterwards.
Driving time is approximately 50 minutes.
Early morning pick up at Hilton Garden Inn (5:30am approx.) Your Transfer Guide, and your diver will transfer you to the airport where you will board a 25-minute Sansa domestic flight to Tortuguero National Park.
The Park originally intended to protect a major nesting beach of the Atlantic Green Sea Turtle. Eleven habitats are found in the park. Three species of monkeys, along with more than 320 species of birds including all six species of kingfishers found in the new world, three species of toucans, eight species of parrots, and other neotropical species such as the Slaty-tailed Trogon, White-collared Manakin and the Purple-throated Fruitcrow.
Early afternoon; Kayaking the mystical canals of Tortuguero National Park.
Kayak through the majestic canals and rainforest of Tortuguero National Park on this unforgettable two-hour tour. Schedule an early morning or afternoon transfer by boat from the lodge to the quiet backwater creeks and lagoons of the park, where you will launch your kayak. You will be accompanied by a bilingual Tortuguero guide for the duration of the trip. Life jackets and will be provided, and your kayak’s seat can be adjusted to ensure your utmost comfort and security. Your guide will give a full safety briefing and paddling instructions before the tour begins. No previous kayaking experience is required.
Leave early morning the lodge by boat (shared with other guests) with your naturalist guide to explore the creeks of the National Park or join one of the available experiences included in your program which can take you deeper into the rainforest or to the nearby town. The morning hours are especially active in the rain forest when wildlife is hungry and in search of their energy source for the day.
In the afternoon journey back through time and glimpse the fascinating history and culture of Tortuguero Village, first known as Turtle Bogue or treat yourself to the only birds-eye view of the majestic Caribbean lowlands on a two-hour intermediate-level hike up Cerro Tortuguero. Return to the lodge by boat.
Late afternoon you are welcome to discover the magical twilight hours of the rainforest on a two-hour walk-through Tortuga Lodge’s private 26-hectare nature reserve. Join your fellow guests and the local naturalist guide at the front desk to be fitted with rubber boots and receive a rain poncho and flashlight.
After breakfast, guided boat ride through the jungle back to the dock of La Pavona Dock where a van & driver will be waiting to take you to La Fortuna, Arenal.
The journey from La Pavona to your hotel would be 4 hours approximately.
Late afternoon, 10 minutes free shuttle to Titokú hot springs, where hotel guests enjoy complimentary admission to the heated hot springs.
Admission Schedule; from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Titokú offers 8 different hot springs. Every pool has a different temperature and a different size (from 6 to 20 people depending on the pool). Titokú features reception area, waiting room, bar (for up to 30 people), meeting room (for up to 50 people), bathrooms (also for disabled), dressing rooms and lockers for your convenience.
Full day at the Arenal volcano area. During your stay the following activities are included.
Pick up by your English Local Guide and Driver. Drive for 30 – 50 minutes to the Hanging Bridges. Once there, the hike will start with on the suspended bridges that traverse the rain forest canopy. The entire project was designed to blend with the natural environment, leaving the forest virtually intact. As you walk, you can observe diverse flora, reptiles, birds, and insects from tropical rain forest as well as some views of the Arenal Volcano (weather permitting). The trails are made of cement tiles and have some steep sections with 15 –20% gradient. You return to your lodge after the activity at the bridges.
Tour Duration is 3 hours approximately
Pick up, and transfer for the approximately 3-hour adventure, kayaking across the waters of the Arenal Lake, Costa Rica’ largest and most breathtaking lake. Paddling these calm waters will give you the opportunity to enjoy the wildlife that surrounds the lake such us monkeys, iguanas, and many tropical birds. A snack of fresh local fruit is included.
After breakfast (pick up 7:30am approx), depart from Hotel Kioro via Van-Boat-Van to the area of Monterde via Lake Arenal Boat crossing. Nice combination of ground and water transportation used as a shortcut between the areas of Monteverde and La Fortuna.
The combination of both transfers is about 2 ½ hours, depending on wind and road conditions.
Full day at the area of Monteverde. During your stay the following activities are scheduled.
Morning shared transfer with your Local Naturalist Guide and your Driver to the Monteverde Reserve area (transfer time is approximately 25 minutes). Hike in Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve from the visitors ‘center. The trails at the reserve are well-kept and have moderate gradients & steps, ascending ramps, alternating flat sections and quite appropriate conditions including bridges and handrails.
With the assistance of your Naturalist Guide, try to discover elusive birds in the cloud forest, including the mythical Quetzal, the sacred bird of the Mayans! Many more birds like hummingbirds, thrushes, trogons, or toucans can be seen in the reserve.
Sky Trek is a thrilling zip line circuit that’s located in the magical forests of Monteverde. Your tour will start riding an open-air gondola from the ground to the highest point of the mountain where you’ll be dropped off at an observation area to admire fantastic views of the surrounding forests, the Arenal Volcano on one horizon, the gulf of Nicoya at the other. From this area, you will start riding down a unique zipline circuit that stretches across canyons, going from one mountain to another, and in between treetops. It truly is an exhilarating adventure of zip lining down the mountains.
In case of any members of the family would not feel comfortable with this activity, the Sky Tram might attract your interests the better.
For your knowledge, tour would be as follows:
The Sky Tram gondolas rise smoothly through the Cloud Forest, offering up endless views during their mountainous ascent. This tour is perfect for people who want to take a different approach on admiring nature, without much physical effort but still be on spot where natures exhibit all its magic. On tour, you will be attended by a bilingual guide who will point out distinctive characteristics of the flora and fauna and other interesting facts of the area. Our Sky Tram travels up the mountains to arrive to a wide observation platform on the highest point of the reserve, where you can enjoy the breathtaking views of the surrounding forests, the Arenal Volcano on one horizon, the gulf of Nicoya at the other.
After lunch, ground transfer with Spanish Speaking Driver back to your San José hotel (3 hours transfer approximately).
Pick up by your Naturalist Guide, and your Spanish Speaking Driver.
As you’ll be getting out of the city, you could see the contrast of the busy city life with the tranquility of the rural life, dedicated to agriculture, mainly to the coffee plantation.
You will also have the opportunity spotting ferns, flowers, strawberry, and dairy farms.
Upon your arrival to the centenary Doka Estate Coffee Plantation, you will have a Costa Rican typical breakfast and start with the coffee tour afterwards. Here you will learn about the ancient techniques used by the experts to produce some of the best coffee in Costa Rica and around the world. The careful process involves the cultivation, harvesting, and roasting of the Golden Bean. After the coffee tour, continue your way on to the Poás Volcano where you will not only admire its impressive main crater and trails, but you’ll also learn about the different ecosystems in this unique and protected national park. Estimate arrival time at San Jose 2:00pm
Your Transfer Guide and your Spanish Speaking Driver will be on time to get you to Juan Santamaría International Airport; 3 hours before your scheduled departure flight for check in purposes
Important Note: When flying or traveling by boat within Costa Rica a maximum of 30 pounds of luggage is allowed per person.
We’d be happy to assist you with the arrangements of your luggage excess.
- Accommodations, as indicated in the itinerary.
- Meals, as mentioned in the itinerary. (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
- Transfers included as indicated. Unless tours are specifically indicated as private all tour transportation are shared with other passengers and with a Spanish speaking driver.
- When the service of a guide is listed (LG) (SG) He/ She will accompany you from A to B. They will meet and greet you on arrival at the International Airport, accompany you on some legs of your trip and then meet you again for your departure transfer. They are all Costa Rican and are happy to share their insight on with you.
- Porterage: When the tour includes international airport transfers, the handling of two bags per person is included.
- Taxes & Entrance Fees:
- Hotel taxes, meal taxes (when meals are included), entrance fees to National Parks, museums and places of interest are included unless otherwise specified.
- Sightseeing: As specified in the itinerary.
- Pick up time: Tentative times have been added however, the exact time and additional details related to the activity are going to be confirmed to you a day prior of the activity.
- Costs of obtaining passports, visas, or tourist cards.
- Excess baggage fees.
- Personal expenses such as room service, beverages, and laundry.
- Personal communications charges.
- International airfare.
- Sightseeing or meals not specified in the itinerary.
- Personal insurance coverage (strongly recommended)