Costa Rica for Families

Central Valley, Tortuguero, Arenal & Papagayo

From £3800 in low season
From £4900 in high season

based on 10 nights inc. flights & selected experiences

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* Pricing is a guideline only and excludes special offers. Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.

Price includes:

  • International economy flights and taxes from the UK

  • Accommodation

  • Private transfers

  • Shared transfers

  • Boat transfers

  • Daily Breakfast

  • Full Board and activities in Tortuguero

  • Arenal Hanging Bridges tour

  • Sloth tour in Arenal

  • Boat tour and nature walks in Tortuguero

Price is based on a family of four travelling, sharing two double rooms and includes all accommodation, transfers and selected experiences.

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  • Fun-filled activities to suit everyone in the family

  • Amazing wildlife experiences from sloth spying to night walks through the rainforest

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

  • A trip from coast to coast, taking in lush valleys, volcanoes, jungles, rivers and golden sand beaches

  • Beautiful beaches to unwind on at the end of the trip

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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 - August) are classified as the green season where afternoon rains 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.

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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 020 3993 9308 to start planning your holiday.


A fun-filled family adventure through Costa Rica's diverse landscapes from coast to coast, taking in wonderful wildlife, majestic volcanoes and beautiful beaches. Enjoy adventurous activities suitable for all the family from lagoon boat trips to canopy walks and finish up with a splash of relaxation on the sun-kissed Pacific Coast.

  1. Fly to San Jose

  2. Days 1-3: Coffee Region

    Arrive in Costa Rica and begin your trip in the beautiful and lush Central Valley, the perfect place to unwind after a flight. Wake up to birdsong, wander the grounds and explore the nearby nature trails. You may like to head to Poas Volcano National Park where you can look down into the bubbling inner crater, hike to the La Paz waterfalls through cloud forest, visit a local coffee plantation or simply spend time relaxing beside the pool.

    Accommodation: Xandari Plantation (2 nights)

  3. Days 3-5: Tortuguero

    From the Central Valley you head east across the Continental Divide down to Tortuguero National Park on the Caribbean coast. Tortuguero is best known as one of the most important egg-laying places for Green Turtles from July to December nevertheless it teams with wildlife year-round. Surround yourself in jungle and keep your eyes peeled for the various monkey species, sloths, reptiles, amphibians and numerous tropical birds. Board a boat on the neighbouring canals and waterways and embark on day and night hikes with specialist naturalist guides, who will impart their expert knowledge of Tortuguero’s wonderful flora and fauna. In turtle laying and hatching seasons, nests are carefully monitored, but guests can visit with the National Park guides.

    Accommodation: Tortuga Lodge (2 nights)

  4. Days 5-8: Arenal

    Leave Tortuguero by boat and continue by private transfer back on dry land to the town of La Fortuna, the gateway to the iconic Arenal Volcano. This is a great base for activity lovers of all ages as there is so much to do, from canopy walks and ziplining to horse riding, white-water rafting, quad biking and waterfall hikes, all in the sight of the majestic volcano. We’ve included a canopy walk on hanging bridges to take you up with the birds and also a sloth tour bringing you face to face with some of Costa Rica’s funniest creatures.

    Accommodation: Nayara Gardens (3 nights)

  5. Days 8-11: Papagayo Peninsula

    From Arenal head west to Papagayo Bay on the Guanacaste coast for a pampering stay. 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.

    Accommodation: Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort (3 nights)

  6. Fly home from Liberia or San Jose


  • Arenal Volcano Walk

    The best way to get as close as possible to the spectacular Arenal Volcano is to walk the reserve’s easy series of trails, which will take you through secondary rainforest and former lava fields. The park is known for its diverse wildlife.

  • Horseriding to the volcano at Arenal Nayara

    Wind your way to the Silencio Observation Point, to view the magnificent Arenal Volcano and its lava fields! Whatever your level of riding, the experienced bilingual guides will have the perfect horse for you so you can explore and enjoy stunning views.

  • Pure Nature Exclusive Safari Float Adventure

    Take a raft through the jungle, floating down the Rio Frio river, keeping your eyes peeled for howler monkeys, sloths, bats and crocodiles as the jungle turns from day to night!

  • Rafting the Pacuare River

    The Pacuare River offers some of the finest white water in Latin America, winding through rugged canyons deep inside one of Costa Rica's impressive rainforests. As no roads lead to Pacuare Lodge, rafting in and out is the perfect way to arrive in style!

  • Ultimate Zipwiring - Sky Tram & Sky Trek

    Soar through the rainforest canopy on this thrilling zip wiring adventure in the Arenal reserve. Experience the sights and sounds of the rainforest from a bird’s-eye view, admiring the wildlife and spectacular scenery from above. Minimum age 8 years old.


Central Valley, Tortuguero, Arenal & Papagayo

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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 020 3993 9308 to start planning your holiday.

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