Costa Rica Family Adventure

Itinerary in Brief:  See Why Costa Rica is a Favorite For Family Adventure Travel

  • Exceptional family friendly guides
  • 3 nights on the remote Osa Peninsula
  • Abundant wildlife viewing
  • Lush Monteverde Rainforest
  • Active Arenal Volcano
  • Incredible biodiversity
  • Outstanding family friendly hotels
  • Can be customized and extended
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Day by Day Itinerary

Included meals are indicated in parentheses: (B,L,D)

Day 1      Arrive to San Jose

Fly into San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica. Your family will be met at the airport by a local representative who will transfer you to your hotel. (Depending on when you arrive, you might have time for a visit to one of the city’s museums, including the Jade Museum and the Gold Museum.)
Grano de Oro 

Day 2        Osa Peninsula

In the morning you will catch an early flight from San Jose down to one of the most remote and wildest areas in the country: the Osa Peninsula. After landing, your family will have a short drive to the Sierpe River where you board a riverboat and travel south to the Drake Bay area and transfer to your hotel. Located on the Southwest Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, next to Corcovado National Park, the Osa Peninsula is one of the most biologically diverse places in the world.
La Paloma Lodge (L,D)

Day 3 – 4      Osa Peninsula

You’ll have these next two days to participate in a variety of activities that are great for families. Included in your stay are guided tours and park entrance fees to both Cano Island and Corcovado National Park with alternatives such as hiking, snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing, and kayaking just to name a few (additional fees may be required for certain activities).
La Paloma Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 5       Monteverde Cloud Forest

In the morning you will be picked up and transferred back to the airport for your flight to San Jose. Upon arrival to San Jose you will be met by your driver and guide for a scenic transfer into the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, one of the richest tropical cloud forests in the New World. You will be dropped off at the Hotel Fonda Vela, one of the most charming lodges in the area.
Hotel Fonda Vela (B,L,D)

Day 6       Monteverde Cloud Forest

Monteverde is a uniquely beautiful, mountainous cloud forest environment, and if your family appreciates nature you can’t help but be captivated by the place. In the morning you’ll start out on the Selvatura’s Canopy zip line, one of the longest zip lines of its kind, taking you through the virgin cloud forest canopy. For those who wish to have a bit more stable footing they can opt for the “skywalk canopy tour,” where you walk along a series of suspended bridges from which you can observe the jungle canopy. In the afternoon you have a guided walk through the forest allowing you to appreciate the dense jungle from below the canopy.
Hotel Fonda Vela (B,L,D)

Day 7       Arenal Volcano

After having the morning free to relax and enjoy your surroundings you will be picked up and transferred to Arenal Lake (about 1.5 hrs) where you will board a small boat for a scenic transfer across a section of the lake. Upon arrival to the other side you will be met and transferred to the Arenal Observatory Lodge where you will be staying for the next two nights. This is the same lodge used by the Smithsonian Institute in conducting its observations of the volcano.
Arenal Observatory Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 8       Arenal Volcano

You’ll join your guide from the lodge to take a morning hike around the base of the volcano, where you observe the lava flow and enjoy spectacular views up to the smoldering crater (weather permitting). You will also enjoy the local rainforest environment that surrounds the mountain, filled with a wide variety of wildlife. In the afternoon you will visit the Arenal Hanging Bridges, a canopy walkway of suspended bridges that lets you enjoy the rainforest canopy at eye level.
Arenal Observatory Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 9      Return to San Jose

After breakfast it is time to say good bye to the Arenal Volcano and transfer back to San Jose. Depending on your family’s international flight time you can either be transferred to the airport for you return flight home or you could visit some of the city’s museums or go out to eat prior to transferring to the airport for your international flight.