Family Friendly Costa Rica

Costa Rica makes the ideal family holiday destination with its mix of fun and adventurous activities combined with its bountiful wildlife.

This 10 night trip takes you from the rainforest and volcanoes of central Costa Rica to the relaxing Pacific Coast. After your first night in San Jose, travel to Sarapiqui, stopping off at the Poas Volcano en-route. Learn about one of the world’s favourite foods on a chocolate tour in Sarapiqui and enjoy a leisurely float down the Sarapiqui River to spot wildlife. Afterwards, continue to Arenal and view the rainforest from a different perspective from a series of hanging bridges. The trip ends in the laidback town of Manuel Antonio where you can enjoy a few days relaxing on the beach or exploring the nearby national park. 

Tour highlights

    • Stop off at the Poas Volcano and peer into its steaming cratar
    • Enjoy a leisurely river float down the Sarapiqui river while spotting wildlife
    • Learn about the secrets of chocolate on a fascinating tour
    • See the rain forest from a different angle from Arenal's hanging bridges
    • Spot dolphins during a catamaran tour close to Manuel Antonio 
    • End the trip with a few days relaxation on the beaches surrounding Manuel Antonio. 
    • Family friendly tour with private transfers between each destination. 
    • Direct flights with British Airways from London Gatwick (regional departures possible) 
    • Itinerary can be tailor made to suit your requirements


Day 1

Arrival into San Jose

Meet and greet at Juan Santamaria International Airport. Transfer to your Hotel in San Jose. Located in Barrio Don Bosco, three blocks from Paseo Colon and only 20 minutes from Juan Santamaria International Airport the Park Inn Hotel has a great location and ideal for 1 night stay. 

Overnight at Park Inn Hotel. Standard Room.

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 2

San Jose - Sarapiqui

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before taking a private transfer to Sarapiqui, stopping off on en route at the steaming Poas Volcano. Only a short walk from the visitor centre is the spectacular sight of the near mile wide crater which is frequently steaming and down below is a beautiful blue-green lagoon. 

Your final destination is a Sarapiqui in the north of the country close to the Nicaragua border, a popular destination for visitor due to the large number of wildlife and nature reserves nearby and is fast becoming one of the most important eco-tourism destinations in Costa Rica. 

Overnight at Sueno Azul Resort. Superior Room.

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 3

Sarapiqui river float and Chocolate tour

Enjoy an early morning guided 3 hour float down the lower Sarapiqui river, take the stunning views and the abundant fauna with chances to see caimans resting on the bank, a myriad of bird life and howler monkeys screeching from the trees.

On this tour visitors will discover the secrets of one of the world’s favourite foods, chocolate! Your tours will last around 3 hours and will include a guided walk through Tirimbina suspension bridge, visit to a cacao plantation, learning about the history of chocolate and final some chocolate tasting. 

Overnight at Sueno Azul Resort. Superior Room.

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 4

Sarapiqui - Arenal

Private transfer from Sarapiqui to Arenal. Rest of the day at leisure. The Arenal volcano is one of the most iconic sights in Costa Rica and until recently it was also one of the most active. The surrounding region offers visitors plenty of opportunities for seeing more of Costa Rica's famous wildlife or taking some adventure activities such as stand up paddle boarding. 

Overnight at Volcano Lodge. Standard Room.

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 5

Arenal - Hanging Bridges tour

The trails and bridges will bring you to close to the forest along you to observe the birds, flowers and lush vegetation of the primary rainforest. The paths and bridges have been constructed to fit in with natural environment and you can also enjoy superb views of the Arenal volcano. The hanging bridges and trials are safe, easy to walk and suitable for all ages. 

Overnight at Volcano Lodge. Standard Room.

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 6


Free day in Arenal. Enjoy a leisurely day or perhaps visit one of the many hot springs in the region. Another option is too take a horse back ride to the nearby Arenal waterfall. 

Overnight at Volcano Lodge. Standard Room. 

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 7

Arenal - Manuel Antonio

Private transfer from Arenal to Manuel Antonio.

Manuel Antonio is perfect spot to end a holiday in Costa Rica. The national park has one of the best beaches in the country and is also haven for wildlife. 

Overnight at Playa Espadilla. Standard Room. 

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 8

Manuel Antonio - Half day Catamaran tour

Today you will take a trip out on a catamaran to explore some of the nearby islands along the beautiful Pacific coastline. You will glide across the ocean in search of dolphins while passing jagged rock formations and towering cliffs home to a variety of marine birdlife. After a while you will stop in a protected bay where the water is calm and ideal for swimming or snorkelling. 

Overnight at Playa Espadilla. Standard Room.

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 9

Manuel Antonio

Free day to relax at the beach or visit the nearby Manuel Antonio national park. Manuel Antonio is recognised as being as one of the most bio-diverse parks in Costa Rica and is home to over 100 species of animals including howler monkeys, sloths and the endangered squirrel monkey. The park contains a great system of well-marked trails making it easy for visitors to explore. 

Overnight at Playa Espadilla. Standard Room.

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 10

Manuel Antonio

Another free day in Manuel Antonio. Enjoy a day at the beach; Manuel Antonio has some of the best beaches in the whole country with the tropical jungle coming right down to the pristine white sand beach. Snorkelling is also possible from several of the beaches. 

Overnight at Playa Espadilla. Standard Room.

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 11

Manuel Antonio - San Jose airport

Private transfer back from Manuel Antonio to San Jose international airport for your flight back to the UK. 

INCLUDES : Breakfast



2nd September 2016 - 30th April 2017

1st May 2017 - 31st October 2017

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