Costa Rica Family Escape

Costa Rica Family Escape

8 Days



Costa Rica Family Escape

8 Days Starting in San Jose and ending in San Jose Airport

Visiting: San José, Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna, Balsa, Monteverde, Puerto Carrillo

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Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

8 - 16

Physical rating:

Leisurely / Moderate

Age range:

9 to 99

Special diets catered:

Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements

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Tour Overview

Awaken your senses on a magical escape to Costa Rica full of activities that the whole family will love. Zip wire across the cloud forest, try whitewater rafting in Costa Rica's exhilarating Balsa River, swim in a waterfall and take a boat trip to see dolphins off the Pacific Coast. Stay in comfortable, well located hotels, most with swimming pools to splash about in. This action packed week will leave you refreshed and full of memories of Costa Rica's most famous saying: "Pura Vida" or "Pure Life".


  • Adventure lovers will enjoy trying the included zip-lining and whitewater rafting excursions!

  • Relax on Carrillo beach and enjoy the Pacific coastline

  • Snorkelling and boat excursion to see dolphins 

  • Experience the beauty and vibrancy of tropical Costa Rica  

  • Join a night walk in Monteverde to see the cloud forest come alive at night


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Day 1 : Start San Jose.
Location: San José
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Studio Hotel (or similar)
Meals Included: No Meals

The group flight usually arrives into San Jose this afternoon. Land Only
clients should aim to arrive at the hotel this afternoon/evening. This
evening's welcome briefing is the perfect opportunity to meet your guide and
get to know your fellow travellers.

Day 2 : To Arenal; La Fortuna Waterfall Walk.  
Location: Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Arenal Manoa or Arenal Paraiso (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast

We drive to the area surrounding Arenal Volcano. Following a large eruption
in 1968, Arenal was Costa Rica's most active volcano until recently when it
entered a resting phase. There is a lot of geo-thermal activity in this area,
with natural hot springs, waterfalls and Lake Arenal waiting to be

Today we visit La Fortuna Waterfall, a 65 metre cascade of water plunging
into an emerald pool below. A short trail through the rainforest brings us to
a steep set of steps that we must descend to reach the waterfall and then
ascend to the exit - this takes around 20-30 minutes and will be rewarded
with a swim in the emerald pool. It is possible to visit the lookout point
and wait for the group here if you prefer. There will be plenty of time to
see what animals you can spot in the forest along the way; keep an eye out
for colourful toucans in the trees!

Day 3 : Try Grade Ii And Iii Whitewater Rafting On The Balsa River. 
Location: Balsa, La Fortuna
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Arenal Manoa or Arenal Paraiso (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

After breakfast we make our way towards the Balsa River for an exhilarating
whitewater rafting excursion. The rapids here are graded II and III and have
nicknames such as “Magnetic Rock” and “Dredges” – prepare to get
wet and wild on this adventure which is sure to be great fun for everyone! No
experience of this activity is needed as a full safety briefing and
instruction is given before getting into the rafts. Tropical scenery flanks
the river and we may spot monkeys, toucans or other animals in the
surrounding forest. There will also be a stop for drinks and tropical fruits
along the way.

On our return to La Fortuna we stop to enjoy a delicious lunch at “Vida
Campesina”, a traditional country estate that allows visitors to experience
typical country life in Costa Rica. Lunch will be made with ingredients
harvested on the property and prepared on a wood stove in traditional style.

Day 4 : To Monteverde In The Tilaran Mountains; Night Walk To Experience The Cloud Forest In The Dark!
Location: Monteverde
Accommodation: Lodge, Monteverde Country Lodge (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast

From Arenal we travel to the Tilaran Mountain Range in the Central Highlands
for a taste of the Costa Rican cloud forest. Reaching Monteverde involves a
fast boat across Lake Arenal which is incredibly scenic and will take roughly
half an hour. Our journey is then completed by private minibus as we ascend
the hills towards Monteverde, a forest-cloaked region whose name literally
means 'Green Mountain'. The high altitude supports a complex eco-system where
plants thrive, particularly orchids of which there are some 400+ different
varieties here. Our total journey time will be in the region of 3.5 hours,
including the lake crossing.

Around 6pm we have a night walk to experience the forest in the dark. This
gives an entirely new perspective on the habitat of the cloud forest, with
many pairs of eyes staring back at you! We may see sloths, armadillos,
porcupines, possums and coatis and will surely hear a cacophony of insects
and amphibians.

Day 5 : Zip-Line Adventure Through The Tree Tops; Visit The Hanging Bridges And Butterfly Garden. 
Location: Monteverde
Accommodation: Lodge, Monteverde Country Lodge (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Today we visit Selvatura Park which has 850 acres of protected land dedicated
to nature and adventure. We begin with the hanging bridges excursion, which
is a system of treetop walkways through the forest designed to let you
experience the beauty of the cloud forest and observe its many inhabitants.
We’ll also visit the butterfly garden which has one of the largest
exhibitions of butterflies in the world, and the hummingbird garden where
more than 14 species of hummingbird will amaze you with their aerial
manoeuvres. After this it’s time to try out some aerial manoeuvres of our
own on a zip line adventure through the tree tops! Before you fly down the
zip-lines, guides will teach you the proper technique, including how to
position yourself and hold the cable correctly, enabling you to safely embark
on this adrenaline pumping adventure suspended above the trees.

Day 6 : To The Pacific Coast; Afternoon At Leisure To Enjoy Carrillo Beach. 
Location: Puerto Carrillo
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Nammbu Hotel (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast

We travel to the region of Samara on the Pacific Coast, one of the best kept
secrets in Costa Rica! The broad, shady bay is backed by coconut palms and
the water is calm and safe for swimming thanks to a coral reef just out to
sea on which the normally large, Pacific waves break before reaching the
beach. There are plenty of facilities in this area but there's a noticeable
absense of big resort hotels, which makes for a nice atmosphere. Our hotel
faces onto Carrillo beach in the neighbouring bay to Samara. We have a free
afternoon here to enjoy the facilities and discover the area.

Day 7 : Boat Trip To See Dolphins Offshore From Carrillo Beach; Have A Go At Snorkelling.
Location: Puerto Carrillo
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Nammbu Hotel (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast

Today we take a private boat trip around 2 – 10 nautical miles offshore
from Carrillo beach in search of dolphins. You could be lucky enough to see
Spotted dolphins, Central American Spinner dolphins or Common Bottlenose
dolphins which all inhabit this area year around. Feel the ocean breeze and
enjoy the scenery of the coastline as we search for these playful animals who
love to swim in the bow wave of the boat! As we make our way back along the
coast, we will anchor near the shores of Isla Chora, a delightful white sand
beach full of hermit crabs and iguanas. This is a great spot for a refreshing
swim and a chance to observe the underwater world by wearing a mask and
snorkel. Beneath the surface teems a lively world with huge marine diversity.
In total today’s excursion will last around 4 hours, with the rest of your
time at leisure to enjoy the area.

Day 8 : To San Jose; End San Jose. 
Location: San José
Meals Included: Breakfast

A four hour journey takes us back to San Jose, where those on group flights
will be transferred to the airport in time for their return flight. Land only
clients end in San Jose and are advised not to book a flight leaving San Jose
before 4pm today, as arrival at the airport will be timed to co-incide with
the group flight.

What's Included

  • All transport and listed activities

  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

  • All breakfasts and 2 lunches 

  • All accommodation

  • Tour leader throughout

What's Not Included

  • Visas or vaccinations

  • Single accommodation (available on request)

  • Travel insurance


We stay in four comfortable hotels during this tour for a total of seven nights.

In San Jose, we stay at the modern four-star Studio Hotel, conveniently located near the airport for an easy arrival transfer at the start of the adventure.

In Arenal, our accommodation is normally the Arenal Paraiso Hotel. This property is close to Arenal Volcano and has large natural grounds with wonderful views of Arenal Volcano. Rooms are comfortable and well equipped. There are several natural pools fed by spring water.

In Monteverde, we stay at the Monteverde Country Lodge, a three-star property providing cosy, comfortable and warm accommodation. This property doesn’t have a swimming pool or air conditioning as it’s in an area of Costa Rica that is typically much cooler.

By the Pacific Coast, we stay at the three-star Nammbu Hotel, a beachfront property overlooking Carrillo Beach. This family-run property has large rooms, wonderful ocean views and a lovely swimming pool.

While we do our best to ensure families are roomed close together (in some cases, we can arrange adjoining rooms), we can’t guarantee this. Most family trips occur during peak season and we sometimes have little control over where you will be put.


All breakfasts and 2 lunches are included in the price of the tour, allowing you plenty of flexibility for non-included meals to be taken as a family or with the group.  Costa Rican specialities include 'Gallo Pinto', a black bean and rice dish considered to be a staple part of the local diet. Soups, stews and fresh fish are also common, and most hotels offer International menu's as well. There is a lot of fresh fruit in the tropics - you may need to share your bananas with monkey's from the hotel gardens!   Please inform us before departure of any special dietary requests, vegetarians can usually be well catered for. 

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  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?


  • What is the standard of the hotels on this tour?

    4 and 3 star

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    Minimum 9 Years age children go on this tour.

  • Are vaccinations required for this tour?

    There are no mandatory vaccination requirements, however, if you have travelled to a country at risk of Yellow Fever prior to arriving in Costa Rica you will be required to have a valid Yellow Fever Certificate with you. Recommended vaccinations are: Hepatitis A.

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    If you wish to make any changes to your booking, particularly if you need to alter any flights booked through us, please let us know as soon as possible. There is a booking or flight amendment fee of £40 per change and flight amendments often incur extra airline costs depending on the changes to be made and if the ticket has been issued or not.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Exodus has been trading since 1974

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Your final joining instructions and flight details, if booked with us, will then be sent out 2 to 3 weeks before departure. If you would like a hard copy posted, or if you require these any earlier, please contact the customer operations team. We advise that if you are booking connecting travel before receiving these, please ensure you leave plenty of time.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Travellers are welcome to opt to share a room with a tour member of the same gender for no additional charge. If you'd like your own room, we can request a single supplement so that you will have your own room throughout.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    You are welcome to meet the group after the tour has departed however there is no reduction in rate for joining a tour after the departure date.

Reviews from Travellers on this Tour

A great holiday for the whole family

After covid delayed our trip for two years we were rewarded with an amazing experience on the Costa Rica family adventure. With four other families and a wonderful guide (Glenda) and driver (Jose) we saw stunning landscapes, weird and wonderful wildlife and enjoyed fascinating tours, thrills and spills and beautiful beaches - We saw and did so much on a busy, but well thought out itinerary covering both pacific and Caribbean coasts. A truly wonderful holiday.

Colourful and beautiful country

We loved this trip. We saw so many colourful birds, plants and animals in such a short space of time. My teenager was happy the whole time, whitewater rafting, zip lining, dipping in the hot springs, sea or pool, spotting sloths, seeing a whale and loving being with other young people of a similar age. The accommodation was all very comfortable, especially the last few place at the beach - what luxury! Our guide was fantastic - a lovely person and so knowledgeable and passionate about his country. I would highly recommend this trip.

A trip of a lifetime!

We originally looked at booking the longer Costa Rica Family Adventure as we thought the Family Escape (at 7 nights) may be too much of a whirlwind. However, we liked the fact that there were less distances to travel (as the Family Escape does not include a visit to the Caribbean coast), and that there were more activities included, plus, on enquiry, we found out that on the dates we wished to travel the families booked onto this trip had children of similar ages to our own (16 and 12). We are so pleased we went for this option! From being met at the airport by our wonderful guide, Eduardo, and driver, Cesar, to being waved off as we boarded our transfer on the last day, we enjoyed every minute of our holiday! Costa Rica is an incredible country and this trip gives you a sense of its diverstiy - from the volcanic landscape around Arenal, to the Cloud Forest at Monteverde, and the tropical beaches of Carillo. The mix of activities is great - from the high adrenaline rafting and zip wire course at Monteverde, to fascinating nature walks and wildlife spotting. The itinery is quite pacy - there are activities most days, however, you get at least 2 nights at each hotel (apart from in San Jose) so you do get chance to unpack a little and enjoy some downtime. The hotels all offer something different: Los Lagos at La Fortuna is set in lush tropical gardens with its own resident crocodile and butterfly and insect houses. Plus, it has its own hot springs complete with water slides which our children loved. The Country Lodge at Monteverde is a little more basic, but charming, whilst the Nammbu Beachfront Bungalows are super stylish with spacious rooms and a stunning pool area.

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    Up to 42 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 20 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

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