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Costa Rica Family Wildlife Adventure

Central Valley, Corcovado National Park, La Fortuna and Papagayo Bay

A wonderful introduction to Costa Rica that is ideal for families looking for a combination of off the beaten track adventure, wildlife in the Osa Peninsula, the Arenal volcano followed by the ultimate relaxing beach break at the exclusive Andaz Papagayo.

At a Glance

  • Perfect for families wishing to combine wildlife and soft adventure

  • Look for migrating humpback whales, dolphins and sea turtles in Golfo Dulce

  • Spot howler monkeys, sloths and brilliantly colored birds in the jungles of the Osa Peninsula

  • Go zip-lining and white water rafting

  • After exploring the highlights of Costa Rica, end in style at the Andaz Papagayo

Family, Wildlife, Adventure, Eco/ethical tourism

Description

Begin in the secluded surroundings of Costa Rica’s lush Central Valley at the beautiful coffee estate Finca Rosa Blanca, a charming property that makes a perfect base for exploring the cloud forest and enjoying activities such as zip-lining and rafting. Stay 2 nights in a two-bedroom villa, which is ideal for families.

From the Central Valley take a short flight south to the tropical wildlife paradise of the Osa Peninsula. This relatively unexplored coastal stretch is considered one of the most bio-diverse areas in the world, and is home to remote beaches, fresh water lagoons and virgin rainforest. Getting here is half the fun, as you are taken from by motor boat through the mangroves to remote Casa Corcovado overlooking the wild Pacific Ocean. This secluded hideaway is great for nature enthusiasts and for those looking for an authentic wildlife experience. As the mist unfurls catch glimpses of scarlet macaws, iguanas, jaguars, tree sloths, pumas and monkeys in their natural habitats. Offshore the deep blue waters of the Pacific and Golfo Dulce host migrating humpback whales and sea turtles, which nest on Osa’s shores. Bird watching, nature trail walks, fishing, surfing, horse riding, sea kayaking and scuba diving are all popular activities.

After exploring the jungles of the Osa return to San Jose and continue by road to one of Costa Rica’s most iconic highlights, Arenal volcano. At night when the weather is clear you may be able to witness its fiery red eruptions. Arenal is also a great base for all kinds of family friendly adventure activities, from canopy walkways and zip-wiring to horse riding and white water rafting. Stay at the Arenal Nayara with its majestic views of the volcano.

From Arenal continue by road to the beautiful Papagayo Peninsula for a relaxing few days on the beach. Finish your vacation of a lifetime in the lap of luxury at the Andaz Papagayo, a stylish resort in a breathtaking setting. The Andaz has fantastic facilities, interconnecting rooms, a great spa, infinity pools and kids club, different dining options, championship golf nearby as well as the magic of the tropical dry forest to explore.

Please see our Original Itinerary below. It is a suggested itinerary and can be tailored to suit your individual needs.

Itinerary

Stay

Location/route

Overnight

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Fly to San Jose
2 nights

Heredia, Costa Rica

Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation Resort
3 nights

Corcovado NP, Costa Rica

Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge
3 nights

La Fortuna, Costa Rica

Arenal Nayara
4 nights

Peninsula Papagayo, Costa Rica

Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort
Fly home

Location & Directions

Central Valley, Corcovado National Park, La Fortuna and Papagayo Bay

Your first destination is Finca Rosa Blanca, located in the province of Heredia, 1.6 km from the town of Santa Barbara, a suburb of San Jose, in the Central Highlands of Costa Rica. Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge is located on the Osa Peninsula in southwestern Costa Rica, near the Corcovado National Park, the last remaining Pacific lowland rainforest of sustainable size in Central America. Then onto Arenal Nayara, 10km (15-minutes) from the town of La Fortuna de San Carlos, close to Arenal Volcano National Park in northern Costa Rica. Your final destination the Andaz Papagayo is positioned on Peninsula Papagayo, on Costa Rica’s northwest Pacific coast within the province of Guanacaste.

When to go

Costa Rica’s Central Valley enjoys a spring-like climate year round. In the tropical coastal areas the temperature is very warm and humid. Much of Costa Rica is covered by rainforest so expect rain at any time, but the drier season on the Pacific coast is from December to April and the rainier ‘green’ season is from May to November with the heaviest rainfall being in September and October. Christmas, New Year and Easter are incredibly popular so it is best to book well in advance.

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