Costa Rica: Ultimate Family Adventure
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Day by Day
This week-long journey of Costa Rica’s wild side delivers a lifetime of memories for your family. We’ll raft through jungle canyons, horseback ride through the jungle, hike to steaming geysers, taste local organic chocolate – and get plenty of sun-and-fun time at some of Costa Rica’s best beaches.
Day 1 | March 24
Bienvenidos! We’ll meet up to begin our iconic journey of Costa Rica in the capital, San José – at a hotel with its own organic coffee plantation, no less. Then we’ll head straight into the rainforest to reach the country’s most famous volcano. We’ll check into our bungalow resort, looking up to the smouldering purplish cone-crater of Arenal Volcano, then acquaint ourselves with the jungle.
For starters, that means a very unique forest hike. We’ll listen out for howler monkeys, who’ll earn their names with Stars Wars–worthy growls, as we take a three-hour hike, over 14 bridges, above the rainforest. The evening is yours to acclimate to this natural wonderland – the quaint town of Fortuna, with its lively family-run eateries and laid-back local life, is a fun place for the family to explore.
Day 2 | March 25
Wake up in a new world! We’ll have a big breakfast overlooking the lush forest rising to the Arenal Volcano. As nice as it is, our next view is even more memorable. We’ll ride a sky tram up into the mountains, then see-saw our way across the treetops, by zip lining over eight lines – sometimes 600 feet above the ground – and taking in volcano views as we go.
Afterwards, we’ll celebrate with a delicious, high-quality chocolate tour that includes grinding some local organic beans (and of course a tasting). In the afternoon, you’re free to explore some of the area’s hot springs, including the hotel’s own springs – or jump in that killer swimming pool facing the conical volcano.
Day 3 | March 26
After a big breakfast, we leave for our next home. Costa Rica’s Guanacaste region is famous for steaming-hot springs, towering volcanoes, epic adventures, and cowboys (more on that tomorrow). It’s a captivating drive there, and we’ll break on the way for a thrilling float ride at Corobici River. We’ll pop into white-water rafts and take a (mostly gentle) ride, looking out for tropical wildlife as we squeeze through curving slot canyons draped in tropical trees and vines.
After a rejuvenating lunch on the river, we’ll check into our new home, a deluxe bungalow resort on the edge of Rincón de la Vieja National Park. This is geyser country, where family members can coat themselves in volcanic mud – great for restorative powers, or at least a memorable family photo or two. Afterwards, there’s time to kick back in the hotel pool, or take hikes through its 570 acres, filled with wildlife and three waterfalls.
Day 4 | March 27
Today we learn why Guanacaste is Costa Rica’s cowboy country, home to the famed sabaneros. We begin with breakfast, then take a quick drive to reach the Rincón de la Vieja National Park, a lush park brimming with wildlife and active volcanoes. We kick off our exploration from a working ranch. We’ll hike a two-and-a-half-mile trail past boiling mud pots as toucans and monkeys play in the laurel and guanacaste trees. We’ll look out for more elusive sloths and maybe even a jaguar. Our hike’s rewarded with steep steps leading down into the stunning Oropendola waterfall, a narrow cascade tumbling into a very tight pocket canyon. Here we jump right in its gorgeous blue-green waters and take in the falls’ spray, then ride back to our vehicle – like any true sabanero – by horse. Quite the day.
We have some free time in the afternoon, to take a mud path, re-energize in the spa, splash in the pool, or sit with a drink as the sounds of the jungle stir to life at dusk.
Day 5 | March 28
We’re beach-bound today. Before we get there, we’ll take a last look deep into the jungle. Lost in the thick rainforest on the foothills of the national park’s namesake volcano, Sensoria is a private reserve where we’ll hike along blue volcanic mineral streams. We’ll make unforgettable dips in thermal pools, then splash in a bright-blue swimming hole under a towering waterfall.
Our beach destination, on the 1,400-acre Papagayo Peninsula, is what GQ calls “Costa Rica’s best-kept secret” (though Lady Gaga rang in the new year here!) We’ll immediately see why, with the dozen or so miles of gorgeous sandy coast outside our new abode, which feels more like a private beach house than a hotel.
Day 6 | March 29
We’ll have a lot of beach time for the family today. So after our big breakfast, the Pacific’s blue waves are yours! It’s the perfect place to snorkel, surf or just kick back in the sun on the beach’s dozen miles of sandy shoreline. Surrounding us, too, are another dozen miles of forest trails you can hike or bike along to reach waterfalls.
We’ll meet up in the afternoon for a private catamaran bay tour for an epic finale night. We’ll stop at some great offshore snorkeling spots, then finish at a special location for a private Pacific sunset. Afterwards, we’ll return to the hotel for a big final banquet of freshly caught seafood. It’s sad to end this adventure, but this is the perfect place to celebrate the experience.
Day 7 | March 30
Ah, the last day. We’ll meet for a big breakfast at our hotel, then head out. We will stop by the nearby airport in Liberia (a half-hour drive away), for those who want to fly out directly from the region, and then continue on a few hours through Costa Rica’s central valleys to San Jose for connections from the capital.
The journey is over, this time, but the memories and bonds made with locals, Costa Rica, its people and our traveling companions, will stay with us forever! Buen viaje!
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What is included in the price?
Six nights at unique 4- or 5-star accommodations; private travel for all day trips and excursions; private tours with local guides and cultural experts; guided activities, adventures and expeditions; entrance fees; daily breakfasts, most lunches and dinners; local beverages with meals; departure airport transfers; gratuities for local staff.
what is not included?
Roundtrip airfare to Costa Rica; travel insurance; visa fees (if relevant); transportation to the trip start; activities not included in the trip itinerary; hotel incidentals including room service, laundry service and hotel bar tabs; food and beverage not included the itinerary; gratuity for tour leader.
HOW MANY PEOPLE ON the TRIP?
We have planned this trip for up to 24 adults and kids (recommended ages are 6 and older). This departure is exclusive to members of The Battery, and their family and friends. This particular itinerary has been crafted specifically with families in mind and therefore may have young children, teenagers and adults of all ages traveling as guests. We are happy to share the ages of children who are already on the guest list; call one of our trip specialists and let us know which trip you are considering. Please keep in mind that this information may change before your trip departs.
What is the cancellation policy?
You may cancel up to 96 days prior to the scheduled departure date and receive a full refund minus a $500 per-person service fee. If you cancel between 95 and 61 days in advance, there is a 50% cancellation fee. Within 60 days of departure there is a 100% cancellation fee. (See our Terms and Conditions for full details.)
How are family room prices calculated?
We recognize family trips require multiple rooming scenarios, depending on how many total adults (ages 13 and older) and children (ages 6 to 12) are traveling. Please note children are considered 12 or younger on Day 1 of the trip, and the trip is recommended for children ages 6 and older due to age restrictions on zip lines and other outdoor activities. Our rooming options start with one adult + one child for $5,900 total, and go up to four adults (ages 13 and older) for $13,200 total. There must be at least one adult per room, and a maximum of four people (adults or children) are allowed per room. Please contact us and we will be happy to discuss your specific situation and pricing.
What if I need an additional room for 1 adult, such as a grandparent or teenage traveler?
We are happy to accommodate your request. An extra room for 1 adult can be booked for $4,900. Please call our support line and we will help make this booking for you.
Do I need a travel visa?
U.S. citizens do not require a visa to visit Costa Rica. Just bring a valid U.S. passport. For citizens of other countries, please check with your local Costa Rica embassy or consulate for information and requirements.
What is the weather like?
March is the heart of the Costa Rican dry season. Expect plenty of sunshine with minimal rain and surprisingly low humidity. Daytime temperatures average in the mid-80s Fahrenheit, dropping to the low 70s overnight.
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