Costa Rica with Kids

Central Valley, Tortuguero, Arenal & Papagayo
10 nights private tour from $5,400

Share an adventure with family on a luxury Costa Rica tour. Wander through diverse landscapes and take in wonderful wildlife, majestic volcanoes and beautiful beaches. Enjoy adventurous activities suitable for everyone, from lagoon boat trips to canopy walks, before finishing up with a splash of relaxation on the sun-kissed Pacific coast.

Costa Rica with Kids
At a glance
  • 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

Journey highlights
  • 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

Our tailor made journeys include:
  • Your dedicated Travel Expert 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 vacations. 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.

Itinerary

Fly to San Jose
Day 1-3

Central Valley

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: Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation Resort ( 2 nights )
Day 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 neighboring 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 )
Day 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 )
Day 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 snorkeling, 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 )
Fly home from Liberia or 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.

Price Guide: ( 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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April 2024 $7,000 $1,700 plan your trip
May 2024 $6,200 $1,500 plan your trip
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December 2024 $7,000 $1,700 plan your trip
January 2025 $7,000 $1,700 plan your trip
February 2025 $7,000 $1,700 plan your trip
March 2025 $7,000 $1,700 plan your trip
  • April 2024
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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.
    $7,000
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    $1,700
  • May 2024
    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.
    $6,200
    Deposit from*
    $1,500
  • June 2024
    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.
    $6,200
    Deposit from*
    $1,500
  • July 2024
    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.
    $7,000
    Deposit from*
    $1,700
  • August 2024
    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.
    $7,000
    Deposit from*
    $1,700
  • September 2024
    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.
    $5,400
    Deposit from*
    $1,400
  • October 2024
    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.
    $5,400
    Deposit from*
    $1,400
  • November 2024
    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.
    $6,200
    Deposit from*
    $1,500
  • December 2024
    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.
    $7,000
    Deposit from*
    $1,700
  • January 2025
    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.
    $7,000
    Deposit from*
    $1,700
  • February 2025
    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.
    $7,000
    Deposit from*
    $1,700
  • March 2025
    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.
    $7,000
    Deposit from*
    $1,700
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This itinerary is best from December to April so can be enjoyed to the maximum during the school vacations. 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.

Costa Rica with Kids
Costa Rica with Kids

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 vacation.

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