Family
Overview

• Costa Rica is a living museum, so let the children learn by doing fun activities

• Kids participate actively on a wonderful educational experience, learn and see Costa Rican wildlife up close. If you like to get more involved working with animals, Close encounters to the wildlife in their natural habitat to experience real labs – even better than school!

• Open water activities bringing the children the best of the oceans

• Swimming pools immersed in lush landscaping and surrounded by spacious pool decks

• The resorts offer an array of services and facilities for children


• Finca Rosa Blanca has the highest sustainability credentials


• Rooms at Arenal Nayara are very spacious and they all have front row views of Arenal Volcano


• Lapa Rios is a fascinating sanctuary, perfect for living and learning about tropical wildlife


• Four Seasons Resort’ exteriors reflect the shapes and textures of leatherback sea turtles, armadillos, iguanas, butterflies and birds, and the finished product looks as if “Mother Nature” carved it out of the hillside a long time ago

Day 01: Arrival: Welcome To Paradise

Arrival to the SAN JOSE International Airport. A representative from Costa Rican Trails will meet you at the airport and provide a private transfer to the Finca Rosa Blanca Hotel for your first night in Costa Rica.

 

Overnight at Hotel Finca Rosa Blanca 

Villa Breakfast included.

Day 02: San Jose: Poas Volcano & La Paz Waterfall Gardens

You will be picked up at your hotel by one of our representatives for a Full day Tour to visit Poas Volcano, and La Paz Waterfall Gardens.

 

Poás volcano is a powerful symbol of the geothermal forces that formed Costa Rica. Considered by most to be one of the most breathtaking sites in the entire country, the Poas Volcano sits high above 14,000 acres (5,666 ha) of various habitats and life zones which make up Poas Volcano National Park (Parque Nacional Volcan Poas). Rising up to 8,885 ft. (2,708 m), Poas remains one of Costa Rica's largest and most active volcanoes. This fact alone is enough to attract thousands of visitors per year. Walking just 15 minutes from the visitor's center, the main crater supplies guests with a spectacular view.

 

After visiting Poas Volcano, continue to La Paz Waterfall Gardens.  Upon arrival to La Paz, and depending on timing, you will have a delicious buffet lunch, before starting the tour.


 

La Paz Waterfall Gardens is a Privately Owned Ecological Attraction featuring some of the most famous waterfalls in Costa Rica, rescued wildlife preserve with over 100 species of animals, and an environmental education program. Five waterfalls, cloud forest and rain forest, safe hiking trails, aviary with numerous species of birds, toucan feeding, insect exhibit, butterfly observatory, capuchin (white-faced) monkeys, black-handed spider monkeys, hummingbird garden with 26 documented species, hummingbird hand feeding in the mornings and afternoons, serpentarium (snake exhibit), jaguars, pumas, ocelots, margays, tica house with petting zoo and ox cart, ranarium (frog exhibit), orchid exhibit, heliconia exhibit.

 

Overnight at Hotel Finca Rosa Blanca 

Villa Breakfast included

Day 03: Puerto Jimenez: Dolphins Watch

Land transfer to the domestic airport for charter flight to Puerto Jimenez. Upon arrival, boat tour on the Golfo Dulce to see dolphins before heading to this secluded luxury lodge. Enjoy snorkeling and exploring the gulf and its lush coastline: a great opportunity to see any of the three species of dolphins (common, bottled-nosed or spotted), whales and turtles! Enjoy a fun, informative, 30+ mile guided tour as the Golfo Dulce (‘Sweet Gulf’) serves up its many wonders. Whales, dolphins, manta rays, whale sharks, sea turtles, sharks, schooling fish, and sea birds have been seen by our guests. Our new 26-foot, nine passenger tour boats are equipped with quiet, eco-friendly four stroke motors, contoured seats and a full-canopy sun top for your comfort and protection. After a short crossing, you will experience the Gulf’s lush rugged Eastern Shore, up close and personal to “one of the world’s four tropical fiords.” Your English-speaking captain and his crew will offer swimming, snorkeling *plane boarding, and *air chair when and where dive conditions exist.

 

Overnight at Lapa Rios Lodge  

Bungalow. All 3 meals included.

Day 04: Puerto Jimenez: Discovering The Forests

Participate in the Kids' Rainforest Tour, a hike specifically designed just for them!  The friendly nature guides will lead your family through primary and secondary forest and teach your kids the difference between the two while spotting cool animals all around them!

 

And then at night, immerse yourself into the rainforest to see the awakening wildlife when the sun goes down Experience the magic of the rainforest at night! Use your flashlight, and the help of a guide, to uncover unusual nocturnal creatures and their habitats. A great opportunity to see bats, insects, kinkajous and other wonders of this hidden, nocturnal world. Don’t worry: you’ll make it back before dinner!

 

Overnight at Lapa Rios Lodge

Bungalow. All 3 meals included.

Day 05: Puerto Jimenez: At Leisure

Day at leisure to enjoy the lodge facilities and in-house tours. At Lapa Rios, they believe that the future survival of the rainforest is dependent on the education and commitment of the youth. While your stay, your children will have the opportunity to:

 

• Let your child make a new friend by visiting the Carbonera School.  A cross-cultural experience with kids their own age will engage your child in local culture.  Even if they don't speak the same language, sharing a game of soccer or favorite song is as universal as a smile.

 

• With kid-friendly hiking trails all around the 1,000 acres of the nature reserve.  And just for the junior hikers, they have kid-sized hiking boots and mini walking sticks available just for them!

 

• Get up close and personal with all sorts of different animals such as dolphins when you go dolphin and whale watching, or fishes when you go snorkeling, or pigs when you go on the sustainability tour right here on Lapa Rios!

 

• Enjoy high-energy activities that even your child will tire out from such as surfing on the beach that's a ten minute walk from Lapa Rios or kayaking in the mangroves!

 

• Let your child name plant a tree with their name on it in our volunteer rainforest to teach them about how every little bit makes a difference. 

 

• The chefs are happy to make a little personalized pizza or sandwich just for the little eaters off of the kid's menu while adults enjoy the local Costa Rican flavors and some wine!

 

Overnight at Lapa Rios Lodge

Bungalow. All 3 meals included.

 

Day 06: Arenal: Hike Around The Mountain Of Fire

This afternoon visit the Arenal Volcano Nat Park.  Before the active period of 1968, a lavish canopy of vegetation covered the Arenal Volcano. People that climbed Arenal’ s summit related that inside the crater there were big trees and at night, they slept in places where there was some heat due to small steam outlets.

 

Enjoy the most extraordinary view of the Arenal Volcano on a hike along the base and flanks of this giant on the Arenal 1968 park. For this tour we have choose one of the park’s most extraordinary trails to the 1968 lava flows: the remaining memory of the 20th century first eruption and some other areas now in the process of regeneration. We are going to be on this trail for about 2 ½ hours.

 

The “Colada 68” trail will give you the best of the best hiking over lava flows in all the Arenal Volcano area, walk on rocky areas, feel the power and serenity of nature, enjoy amazing views of the Arenal Lake and the Monteverde mountains, plus an insight contact with the local flora and fauna and a great chance for some birdwatching and animal encounters.

 

Then visit the volcanic thermal mineral pools at the Tabacon Hot Springs, where you can enjoy a healthy and relaxing soak and enjoy of a delicious dinner.

 

Overnight at Hotel Arenal Nayara  

Rainforest Villa. Breakfast and dinner included.

Day 07: Arenal: Asis Wildlife Rescue Center & Volunteer Program

Proyecto Asis is an organization that supports local, environmental, social and conservations projects within the community. Take part of this wonderful educational experience, learn and see Costa Rican wildlife up close. If you like to get more involved working with the animals, we recommend you the volunteer activity. This activity allows you a unique opportunity to not only be near the wild animals, but also help in their rehabilitation. Return to hotel.

 

This afternoon visit the Arenal Hanging bridges. Discover the wonderful secrets of this forest that is a natural sanctuary. One of the benefits of having the guidance of a specialist is their wide knowledge of the species that inhabit the reserve, which allows the guest to observe more species both in the canopy and the forest floor.

 

The expert eye of the guide will give you a valuable opportunity to appreciate the balance of the mystical life that happens to every moment during the guided tour.

 

 

Overnight at Hotel Arenal Nayara

Rainforest Villa. Breakfast included.

Day 08: Papagayo: Four Seasons Resort

Private transfer to Papagayo Gulf
 

A breath of fresh air has blown through our Pacific coast hillside oasis overlooking two golden sand beaches. Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo, the only Forbes 5 Star rated resort in Central and South America, has ushered in a new era in luxurious guest experiences by combining the allure of eco-adventure with the enticement of delicious culinary offerings, tranquillizing spa, luxurious accommodations and the promise of a taste of Costa Rica's signature "pura vida" style. 

 

Overnight at Hotel Four Seasons  

Two-bedroom villa with plunge pool. Breakfast included  

Day 09: Papagayo: Sailing Along The Coast

Morning private sailing to an exciting secluded bay giving you the possibility to snorkel in calm waters. Silently glide along Costa Rica’s Gold Coast while passing some of Guanacaste’s exotic bays, white sand beaches and tropical jungles. Gaze off the bow with a cold tropical drink prepared and served by our crew as you scan the seas for dolphins, sea turtles, flying fish or even a breaching whale. Stop in a tranquil bay, drop anchor and frolic in the blue Pacific. Snorkel in the bay or run down the deserted white sand beach while the ever helpful crew prepares a feast of chicken or pasta salad, fruit, chips, pico de gallo, guacamole and homemade chocolate chip cookies. The catamaran will set sail and you will hear the waves slide along the giant catamaran as you sail back.

 

Overnight at Hotel Four Seasons

Two-bedroom villa with plunge pool. Breakfast included.

Day 10 -11: Papagayo: Relaxing Day

Day at leisure to enjoy the lodge facilities and in-house tours. Don’t miss any of the amenities and activities that Four Seasons offers their guests:

 
Complimentary on-site activities

  • Playground
  • TV
  • DVD player
  • Toys

 

Complimentary on-site activities for ages 4 to 12:

  • Kids For All Seasons program
  • Children's recreation room

 

Complimentary on-site activities for ages 14 and older:

  • Tuanis Teen Center program
  • Non-motorized water sports including sailing with Hobie Cats and windsurfing

 

Overnight at Hotel Four Seasons

Two-bedroom villa with plunge pool. Breakfast included.

DAY 12: Departure

Private land transfer to the LIBERIA, to take domestic flight to San Jose International Airport to take flight back home