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Costa Rica Family Vacation

Arenal - Monteverde - Manuel Antonio Beach
Starting at
$947
Cost per person (LOW SEASON)

Departure place

San Jose International Airport

Departure time

Any day of the year!

Trip Duration

9 days / 8 nights

Private services

4

Highlights

  • Great combination of adventure, nature & beach time!
  • Enjoy of private transportation from/to the airport & to most hotels!
  • Arenal Volcano, the “must see” destination of Costa Rica!
  • Manuel Antonio National Park, voted as one of the 10 most beautiful in the world!
  • Monteverde Hanging Bridges & Cloud Forest; a very unique eco-system!
  • All tours are done in lush jungles, including the best zip lining of Costa Rica!
  • Package includes ALL accommodations and breakfasts!
  • Additional stops to experience our culture; enjoy fruits, parks, towns & wildlife!
  • Costa Rica Family Vacation in 3 main locations of Costa Rica!

DAY 1: Arrival to San Jose Intl Airport and private transfer to hotel

Welcome to Costa Rica! On the first day of your Costa Rica Family Vacation, one of our reps will meet you & greet you at the gate of the airport to take you to the Apartotel Suites Cristina Hotel (other hotels are available upon request). Your accommodation would be in a 2 bedroom suite with breakfast included (upgrades are available upon request); A/C, living-dining area, ceramic floors, kitchen, Wi-Fi, cable TV, safety box & hair dryer. The hotel also features a swimming pool & access to adjoining fitness facilities

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DAY 2: Private transfer-tour to Arenal; cocoa farm tour and rainforest walk

Today we’ll take you to Arenal, the “must see” destination of Costa Rica, featuring a conic shaped volcano surrounded by tropical jungles & hot springs. We would go along the “scenic route”, where we will show you 2 unique waterfalls; a coffee plantation; hummingbirds & iguanas observation points; a biological reserve where we’d do a rainforest walk, wildlife searching & a cocoa farm tour, where you’ll learn to transform the cocoa fruit into chocolate. In Arenal, your accommodation would be at Lomas del Volcan hotel (other hotels available), in a bungalow with breakfast included; A/C, TV, fridge, hot shower, phone, safe box & Wi-Fi. The hotel also features pool, restaurant & natural trails.

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DAY 3: Rainforest zip lining tour over waterfalls

This one is considered in our opinion, as the best zip lining tour in entire Arenal area because of many reasons. First, the tour is done inside of a dense rainforest with a total of 12 cables, some of them among the longest zip lines in the country; you get great views of 2 large waterfalls: La Fortuna & Pino Blanco. Also, as added value to the tour, you can visit a small butterfly garden, a colorful frog’s pond, the botanical garden, & the “Maleku” Indigenous Tribe presentation, for you to learn about the lifestyle of our Costa Rican native tribes. Animals could also be observed in the rainforest on this tour, such as monkeys, toucans, colorful tropical birds & others.

 

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DAY 4: Transfer to Monteverde via car-boat-car & cloud forest night walk

On today’s transfer you would be crossing the scenic Arenal Lake by boat to get to Monteverde, famous for its unique cloud forests. Your accommodation would be at the Ficus Sunset Suites (other hotels available upon request); in a deluxe room with breakfast included; hot shower, TV, phone, mini fridge, coffee maker & terrace. But this great day is not over yet; towards the evening hours we’ll take you to do a cloud forest night walk, a very intense natural experience. This is the night tour where we normally see more wildlife in all Monteverde, because the trails are not opened to the general public during the day. Among the animals we see are sloths, kinkajous, olingos, porcupines, armadillos & others.

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DAY 5: Cloud Forest tour at the Monteverde Hanging Bridges

On this tour we will take you to the world’s famous Monteverde Hanging Bridges, the absolutely best place for the observation of the Cloud Forest. The nicest feature of this tour is that you would be high up in the canopy, from where you will get a totally different perspective and be able to take the best pictures of the forests (weather permitting); these will be the best memories that you were in this unique eco-system of Costa Rica! The trail is 1.5 miles long (2.5 kilometers), mostly flat-recommended for all ages, and here you will be able to walk on six different bridges suspended above the Monteverde’s Cloud Forest, one of the most recognized worldwide.

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DAY 6: Private transfer-tour to Manuel Antonio Beach; wildlife viewing & culture

Today we’ll take you to one of the most beautiful beach destinations of Costa Rica, the Manuel Antonio National Park area, rated as one of the 10 most beautiful in the world. On the way there we’ll make a few stops to show you some unique things of our country, such as crocodiles at the famous crocodile bridge; we also go searching for scarlet macaws, as well as stopping at the Jaco Beach lookout point. Your lodging would be at Costa Verde Hotel (other hotels available); in a studio-plus apartment with breakfast included (upgrades available); panoramic ocean view, A/C,TV, Wi-Fi, safe box, fridge, coffee maker & balcony. This hotel also features pool with ocean view, 4 restaurants, bar, spa & nature trails.

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DAY 7: Free day to relax at Manuel Antonio Beach

The 7th day of your Costa Rica Family Vacation is free for you to enjoy of Manuel Antonio Beach, the hotel’s pool or to book some additional activities. Some ideas for things to do are: horseback riding in the rainforest, waterfall rappelling, ATV tours, parasailing, snorkeling, national park tour, kayaking, sport fishing or a relaxing massage. Please let us know if you would like to add any of these activities & we’ll be happy to do the coordination, the idea is for you to relax & enjoy of your vacation, we can take care of the logistics for you.

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DAY 8: Free day to relax at Manuel Antonio Beach

The 8th day of your Costa Rica Family Vacation is free for you to enjoy of Manuel Antonio Beach, the hotel’s pool or to book some additional activities. Some ideas for things to do are: horseback riding in the rainforest, waterfall rappelling, ATV tours, parasailing, snorkeling, national park tour, kayaking, sport fishing or a relaxing massage. Please let us know if you would like to add any of these activities & we’ll be happy to do the coordination, the idea is for you to relax & enjoy of your vacation, we can take care of the logistics for you.

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DAY 9: Good bye Costa Rica

It’s time to go back home. Your private transport will take you to San Jose International Airport for your returning flight.

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Inclusions

  • Private transfer from San Jose Intl Airport to Apartotel Suites Cristina.
  • 1 night lodging at Apartotel Suites Cristina in a 2 bedroom suite with breakfast included.
  • Private transfer-tour to the Arenal Volcano area; cocoa farm tour and rainforest walk on route; including bilingual guide, entrance fees to Tirimbina rainforest walk and cocoa farm tour with chocolate degustation.
  • 2 nights lodging at Lomas del Volcan Hotel in a bungalow room with breakfast included. 
  • Rainforest zip lining tour over waterfalls; including round trip transportation, bilingual guides, all equipment needed; Maleku indigenous tribe presentation, frog garden and butterfly garden.
  • Transportation from Arenal hotel to Ficus Sunset Suites in Monteverde via car-boat-car.
  • 2 nights lodging at Ficus Sunset Suites in a deluxe room with breakfast included.
  • Kinkajou night walk tour; including round trip transportation, bilingual guide and entrance fee.
  • Cloud forest tour at the Monteverde hanging bridges; including round trip transportation, bilingual guide and entrance fee to hanging bridges.
  • Private transfer-tour from Monteverde to Costa Verde Hotel in Manuel Antonio Beach.
  • 3 nights lodging at Costa Verde Hotel in a studio-plus apartment with breakfast included.
  • Private transfer from Manuel Antonio to San Jose International Airport.
  • All current law taxes.

 

Special Notes

  • *The rate shown for our Costa Rica Family Vacation package is based on 2 Adults and 2 children traveling together and sharing hotel rooms.
  • *Rates are subject to change without notice, based on any new tax regulations by the government.

Additional Information

Our Costa Rica Family Vacation Package is the best-value option we offer for families who are looking to take a Vacation in Costa Rica, because it’s a great combination that allows all the participants to learn and explore our lush tropical rainforest with its unique wildlife. This vacation is also emphasized in experiencing the Culture of Costa Rica, its people, traditions and typical dishes, as well as learning about our plantations. The exiting trip takes you to visit the 3 top Costa Rica Touristic Destinations: Arenal Volcano, Monteverde Cloud Forest and Manuel Antonio National Park, a perfect blend that combines adventuring into the country and relaxation at the beach. This itinerary is appropriate for people of all ages in a decent physical shape.

After spending the first night at the Capital City of San Jose, we would take you on the second day to Arenal, the “must visit” Touristic Area of Costa Rica. On the way to Arenal we would do a very complete introduction of everything that makes Costa Rica a famous destination, like visiting 2 waterfalls on the side of our route, where you will be able to take pictures and admire our beautiful nature. This transfer-tour also includes visiting a coffee plantation on the side of the road, where your guide will tell you a little bit about the Costa Rican Coffee, and maybe have a cup of this delicious drink at a shop nearby; even if you are not a coffee drinker, this stop is an interesting part of the History of Costa Rica, because of the huge impact that coffee have had in our economy over the past centuries. On this exiting day you will also have the chance to hike in one of our Biological Reserves, a place dedicated to the conservation of our rain forests where we normally see lots of wild animals in their natural habitat, such as monkeys, sloths, toucans, parrots, colorful frogs, iguanas, lots of bird species and many interesting insects. At this Biological Reserve you would also participate of a Cocoa Farm Tour, where the whole family will learn about the history of cocoa and the uses our natives gave to it, including a taste of their traditional drink. This tour is done in an old cocoa farm plantation, where you will learn everything about this rainforest product, like the way the cocoa fruits grow in trees, the way our ancestors discovered that it was edible and the way cocoa is processed to be transformed into chocolate. Degustation is included in different ways and everything is prepared with traditional procedures, not in a factory. After the cocoa farm tour, we will continue the trip to Arenal and will look for other forms of wildlife on route.

 Once in Arenal, your lodging would be at the Lomas del Volcan Hotel, a mid-range type of accommodation with ample gardens, swimming pool, nature trails, good views of the volcano, great location in a quiet large property  and very close to the town of La Fortuna; much closer than most of the other good quality hotels of the area. Here in Arenal you would participate of the most popular activity for families: zip lining in the rainforests. We actually consider this particular one as The Best Zip Lining Tour in all Costa Rica, because of several reasons: it has the longest cables, you get great views of 2 large waterfalls, it goes through and above the rainforest at low and high elevations (most zip lining tours only go through patches of forests at very low altitudes or very high above the forests). Also, this zip lining tour includes as added value, a small butterfly farm, a small frog exhibit, a botanical garden and an indigenous tribe presentation that is done at the end of the last cable. This is a half day adventure, so for the rest of your day you could opt to visit the famous Arenal Hot Springs (we can coordinate this for you upon request), or simply walk around the charming town of La Fortuna, which is an authentic experience of its own.

On the following day we will take you to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Region, located up on the mountains of our continental divide. The ride there is very scenic, because you would have the opportunity to cross the beautiful Arenal Lake by boat, after a short car ride from your Arenal Hotel. Once at the other side of the lake you would board another vehicle and ride for about 1.5 hours on a bumpy gravel road until reaching Monteverde; this little inconvenient part of the trip is while worth it because of the views of the lake (the other option to go to Monteverde is by land all the way during 5 hours, on very curvy and bumpy roads). Once at Monteverde, your lodging would be at the Ficus Sunset Suites, another mid-range type of accommodation that has the advantage of being very close to the main town called “Santa Elena”; and it’s located at walking distance to many restaurants, shops, and some attractions of this area. Here at Monteverde we will take you to tour and hike the main attraction: The Monteverde Hanging Bridges at The Cloud Forest. This tour is very interesting because you get to learn a lot about the rare Cloud Forests Ecosystem, but also because you get great views of it form the bridges, being able to take amazing pictures of the lush jungles when the weather is good. Here at Monteverde we will take to do the most interesting night walk of the country, because we normally observe a lot of wild animals there. On other night walks of Monteverde, visitors normally get to see nothing but a few rare insects and spiders, but at this night walk many interesting animals show their faces on a consistent base.

After Monteverde your tour continues to the Manuel Antonio National Park area, the Most Beautiful Beach Region of Costa Rica. The ride there we also do it as a tour, rather than a simple transfer, that includes stopping in places where we normally observe wildlife, such as scarlet macaws, crocodiles, sloths, monkeys and other animals. We also stop in local places for you to experience some of our culture, like in fruit stands for you to learn about our large variety of exotic fruits, or stopping in local towns for you to see what the real non-touristic Costa Rica is like. However, if you have a special request of something that you would like to see, do or experience, please let us know and we will do our best to take care of your request; on these types of private transfers we have the flexibility to adjust to your preferences.

Once in Manuel Antonio, your lodging would be at the Costa Verde Hotel, another mid-range type of accommodation that has the advantage of being very close to the beach, as well as having great ocean views. This hotel is surrounded by rainforest, actually it borders with the Manuel Antonio National Park, and because of this, is very common to see different forms of wildlife at the grounds of the hotel; no wonder their moto is “still more monkeys than people”.The following 2 days of your vacation would be free for you to explore the National Park or enjoy the beach, however, there are many activities that could be done in Manuel Antonio, like waterfall rappelling (highly recommend this one if you have the courage!), surf lesson, white water rafting, kayaking, parasailing, horseback riding, etc.; we would be happy to add any of these activities to your itinerary upon request.

Please remember that we can customize this package in any way to suit your needs and likes!

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