Costa Rica Multisport
- A perfect line-up of activities that make for great adventures throughout the country
- Spot wonderful wildlife (sloths, monkeys, lizards and more) in Manuel Antonio National Park
- White-water rafting on the Río Savegre, one of Central America's most pristine rivers
- Sublime white-sand beaches great for swimming and surfing
- The secluded Hotel Punta Islita, an Andrew Harper favorite
An Adventurer's Playground from the Pacific Coast to Nicoya Peninsula
What's the best way to experience Costa Rica? May we suggest: jungle hiking, mountain biking, surfing, Class III river rafting, toucan and oropendola watching, howler monkey spotting, blue morpho butterfly viewing, fresh pineapple tasting, Costa Rican coffee sipping, Pacific breeze feeling, national park strolling, catch-of-the-day indulging, breathtaking vista gazing and deep deep sleeping. But that's just a suggestion.
Days 1-2 Grab your paddles and explore the coastline in your sea kayak Spot a wealth of wildlife with a local naturalist in Manuel Antonio National Park, from monkeys, lizards and iguanas to butterflies and toucans Craving a new perspective? Opt for a surfing lesson or zip-line adventure through the jungle canopy.
Day 3 Put your legs in four-wheel drive for an epic hike off the beaten path In the beautiful Savegre Valley, a Tico family invites us home for lunch - ever tried homemade casado? Stop to visit a community project and cool off in a hidden cascade-fed swimming hole Kick back on your private deck in our blissfully secluded safari jungle lodge.
Day 4 Make a splash during a thrilling white-water rafting excursion on Río Savegre Enjoy a toucan's-eye view during a scenic flight to the Nicoya Peninsula Stroll along beautiful palm-lined beaches and take in Costa Rica's dramatic coastline Luxuriate at secluded Hotel Punta Islita, an Andrew Harper favorite and heavenly tropical escape.
Days 5-6 Time by the pool, at the spa, on horseback or on a surfboard? Up to you! Pedal past sabañeros (cowboys) tending their cattle and farmers working their fields View works by Costa Rican and international artists at Latin America's first open-air museum - a great spot to buy local crafts Swap stories over a fresh seafood dinner.
Guests Reviews About This Trip
For a family of 22 individuals with ages spanning from 10 to 77, I can't believe EVERYONE had such a great time. So much so, that Grandpa has already okayed the planning for another family trip with Backroads for Christmas 2008. To put together a family trip like this where we have 3 generations and different levels of fitness and expectations and have everyone happy at the end of it is - well it just blows my mind. I can't thank everyone at Backroads enough.- Old Greenwich, CT
Fantastic trip. The best word is "seamless." Considering being in a foreign country, having to take plane rides, and multiple destinations and activities, things moved along like they were following a French train schedule. The accommodations were great; I loved the locales. I've already highly recommended Backroads to several people.- Lafayette, LA
This was simply the best vacation that I have taken to date, and it will be difficult to match or surpass it. The activities were challenging and fun; the location was beautiful; the group was wonderful; and the leaders were first-rate. Thank you!- Chicago, IL
Parador Resort & Spa
Manuel Antonio (2 nights) A Spanish-style resort with blissful views of the Manuel Antonio rain forest and the azure Pacific. (pool, spa, tennis)
Rafiki Safari Lodge
Savegre (1 night) African-style luxury safari tents offer the ideal setting for enjoying the sights and sounds of the jungle. (pool)
Hotel Punta Islita
Punta Islita (2 nights) This eco-friendly resort is tucked away between an ocean cove and the forest on the pristine Nicoya Peninsula. A Small Luxury Hotels of the World member. Condé Nast Traveler Gold List. (pool, spa, tennis, golf)
Private Trips Options & Pricing
Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities.
You can pick any open date in next year's lineup for your group of 8 or more except for trips departing during the last two weeks of December, where a 16 guest minimum is required - just book by December 31st of this year. Call us for date availability.
Pricing for Private Trips
|8 - 9 guests $4,398 pp dbl. occ.||12 or more guests $3,498 pp dbl. occ.|
|10 - 11 guests $3,998 pp dbl. occ.|
For groups of 2 to 7 guests, please call for Custom Trip pricing.
This Trip Is Rated Level 1-3
Routes For All Abilities
Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next-and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.
|Daily Route Options|
|Level 1||Level 2||Level 3||Level 4||Level 5|
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|1||Kayaking||Around Quepos (2 hours)|
|Other||Optional zip-lining, surfing or mangrove tour|
|Rafting||On Río Savegre (2.5 hours)|
|Other||Optional surfing, horseback riding or golf|
|6||Other||Islita Pueblo guided walk (1 hour)|
On this trip, we'll be using titanium mountain bikes that are just right for the non-technical dirt road riding as well as the paved riding. (approximately 0% dirt and 100% paved).
There is a lot to experience in Costa Rica and this trip is nothing short of action-packed! We have kept route distances short to ensure you have plenty of time to take advantage of the multitude of activities available. While distances suggest a Level 1-2 trip, we've rated it 1-3 instead due to the abundance of activities, as well as the heat, which require a bit more get-up-and-go.
* Includes a shuttle