Family Fun in Costa Rica

San Jose, Pacuare, Osa Peninsula, Arenal & Papagayo
13 nights private tour from $8,700 Per Person

Explore the stunning natural diversity of Costa Rica and sample the very best activities on this action-packed and fun-filled family adventure across the jewel of Central America. Try rafting, paddle boarding and look out for the incredible wildlife!

Family Fun in Costa Rica
At a glance
  • Adrenaline pumped activities to suit everyone in the family

  • Amazing wildlife experiences from sloth spying to kayaking with dolphins

  • Robinson Crusoe inspired jungle lodges to bring out the explorer in everyone

  • A taste of the real diversity in Costa Rica, taking in volcanoes, jungles, rivers, mangroves and golden sand beaches

Journey highlights
  • Adrenaline pumped activities to suit everyone in the family

  • Amazing wildlife experiences from sloth spying to kayaking with dolphins

  • Robinson Crusoe inspired jungle lodges to bring out the explorer in everyone

  • A taste of the real diversity in Costa Rica, taking in volcanoes, jungles, rivers, mangroves and golden sand beaches

Our tailor made journeys include:
  • Your dedicated Travel Consultant who will take care of arrangements
  • Private international airport transfers in destination
  • Your own private, English-speaking local guides
  • Unique experiences, hand-picked by our Journeys team
  • Entrance to must-see local sites
  • Dedicated 24/7 team providing in-country support and guidance
  • Complimentary access to My Scott Dunn – industry-leading travel app providing pre-departure information and in-journey support

When to visit

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This itinerary is best from December to April so can be enjoyed to the maximum during the school holidays. Costa Rica experiences rainfall throughout the year due to its tropical climate, but the summer months (June - October) are classified as the green season where heavier rain can be expected. That's not to say it's not a good time to travel - the extra rain means the landscapes are extra lush but the rain can be particularly strong during September and October. Rafting at Pacuare is possible year-round but may be slightly colder during the green season.


Price Guide: (Per Person based on double occupancy and excludes international flights)

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  • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
  • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
  • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
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June $9,600 $2,400 plan your trip
July $10,500 $2,600 plan your trip
August $10,500 $2,600 plan your trip
September $8,700 $2,200 plan your trip
October $8,700 $2,200 plan your trip
November $9,600 $2,400 plan your trip
December $10,500 $2,600 plan your trip
January $10,500 $2,600 plan your trip
February $10,500 $2,600 plan your trip
March $10,500 $2,600 plan your trip
April $10,500 $2,600 plan your trip
May $9,600 $2,400 plan your trip
  • June
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $9,600
    Deposit from*
    $2,400
  • July
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $10,500
    Deposit from*
    $2,600
  • August
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $10,500
    Deposit from*
    $2,600
  • September
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $8,700
    Deposit from*
    $2,200
  • October
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $8,700
    Deposit from*
    $2,200
  • November
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $9,600
    Deposit from*
    $2,400
  • December
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $10,500
    Deposit from*
    $2,600
  • January
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $10,500
    Deposit from*
    $2,600
  • February
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $10,500
    Deposit from*
    $2,600
  • March
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $10,500
    Deposit from*
    $2,600
  • April
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $10,500
    Deposit from*
    $2,600
  • May
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $9,600
    Deposit from*
    $2,400
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Itinerary

Day 1-2

San Jose

Arrive in Costa Rica’s capital, San Jose, where you and your family will spend one night before your adventure begins. We recommend enjoying dinner in one of the city’s good restaurants before a good night’s sleep so you’re raring to go the next day.

Accommodation: Grano de Oro ( 1 night )
Day 2-4

Turrialba and Pacuare

It’s an early start today as you’re picked up from your hotel and transferred in a private vehicle out of the city, through countryside to a drop off point where you and your family are met and greeted by a guide, who will give you all a quick introduction to white water rafting. From here, begins your thrilling adventure along the beautifully wild Pacuare River to Pacuare Lodge. The gentle hour and a half raft in will take you through stunning jungle scenery and occasionally across rushing rapids for a short sharp blast of adrenaline, before the beautiful Pacuare Lodge comes into view. This remote jungle hideaway is a magical place for discovering the rainforest and contains Costa Rica’s highest canopy walkway, as well as offering activities such as canyoning, horse riding, zip-lining and visits to some of the local indigenous Cabecar Indian communities.

Accommodation: Pacuare Lodge ( 2 nights )
Day 4-7

Osa Peninsula

Return by an exhilarating raft ride to the river’s put-out point and transfer back to San Jose, where you’ll catch a short flight to the incredible Osa Peninsula, one of the most bio-diverse and untouched places in the country. We’ve included a selection of activities here from sunrise and sunset tours, trips to wild waterfalls, hikes through the rainforest both during the day and the night so you have the chance to meet the jungle’s day and night-time residents! Guiding is excellent and the tours are both fun and educational, striking the right balance between respecting and having fun in nature. Lodges in this area are ecologically conscious with a touch of luxury - perfect for those looking to really immerse themselves in nature whilst not having to sacrifice any of the creature comforts that make for a relaxing stay!

Accommodation: El Remanso Lodge ( 3 nights )
Day 7-10

Arenal

After a few days of indulging in more nature orientated adventures, it is time for some real adrenaline inducing activities, and so for this it’s on to one of Costa Rica’s top highlights, the Arenal volcano.  Arenal is a great base for all kinds of adventure activities with extreme ziplining, white water rafting, quadbike roaming, volcano hiking and waterfall rappelling madness on offer. We’ve included the famous zip-lining adventure through the canopy as a starting point but Arenal really is the country’s activity hub and has something suitable for all the family.

Accommodation: Nayara Gardens ( 3 nights )
Day 10-14

Papagayo Peninsula

After this long and activity filled itinerary, head for a well-deserved few days of pure beach chill-out before the journey home. You will be privately transferred to the beautiful Papagayo Peninsula to spend four nights on the sun-kissed beaches of the Pacific Coast. Here you can do as much or as little as you’d like. If your thirst for adventure has not already been quenched, you can go snorkelling, windsurfing and sailing, stand-up paddle boarding, white water rafting, tubing, zip-wiring between the forest canopies or hiking on volcanic slopes in Rincón de la Vieja National Park. Alternatively, just sit back, soak in the views and relax on the beach or by the pool; it's the perfect place to end a high-energy, Indiana Jones-esque trip - in a true oasis of cool.

Accommodation: El Mangroove ( 4 nights )
Fly home from San Jose
We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you.
Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your holiday.

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When to visit

  • J
  • F
  • M
  • A
  • M
  • J
  • J
  • A
  • S
  • O
  • N
  • D
Best time to visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit

This itinerary is best from December to April so can be enjoyed to the maximum during the school holidays. Costa Rica experiences rainfall throughout the year due to its tropical climate, but the summer months (June - October) are classified as the green season where heavier rain can be expected. That's not to say it's not a good time to travel - the extra rain means the landscapes are extra lush but the rain can be particularly strong during September and October. Rafting at Pacuare is possible year-round but may be slightly colder during the green season.

Family Fun in Costa Rica
Family Fun in Costa Rica

We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itineraryis a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your holiday.

Plan your trip

Why Scott Dunn?

At Scott Dunn, we live and breathe travel. An insatiable appetite to discover the world runs through everything we do. We relish the planning and revel in the detail. We know it’s the smallest touches that make the biggest difference, and we stop at nothing to make every trip not only exceptional but totally unique.

  • Every itinerary is crafted from scratch, based around exactly what’s important to you
  • Packed full of unique experiences, hand-picked by our journeys team
  • Expert local guides enrich your experience in every destination
  • Your own dedicated Travel Specialist who will take care of every detail of your trip
  • We have a 24/7 team providing in-country support and guidance
  • We offer flexibility and financial protection to give you total peace of mind

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