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Costa Rica Family Breakaway Multisport Tour New!

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Trip Highlights
  • 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 

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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

We're thrilled to add our incredible Costa Rica multisport adventure to our Breakaway roster. The itinerary highlights some of the country's most incredible scenic wonders, and it offers an unbeatable blend of activities - biking, hiking, river rafting, sea kayaking, surfing - that let you experience Costa Rica's splendor from all perspectives.
Michelle Muench - Regional Manager, Latin America

Premiere Inns*

Parador Resort & Spa
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
Rafiki Safari Lodge
* Casual Inn

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
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 Custom Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities. Please call for date availability and 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)
2 Walking/Hiking 2 100 4 300
Other Optional zip-lining, surfing or mangrove tour
3 Walking/Hiking 3* 500 7* 2000 9 2800
4 Walking/Hiking 1* 100 3* 600
Rafting On Río Savegre (2.5 hours)
5 Biking 8* 200 19* 900 30 2400
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. Please note that Route Ratings are for single sport activities and may not reflect the level of combined activities.

* Includes a shuttle

For 35 years, Backroads has been perfecting the art of active travel. We are the Costa Rica tour experts. See our award-winning Latin America multisport tours, Latin America biking tours and Latin America walking and hiking tours.


Premiere Inns*

6 days, 5 nights
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Trip Price**
  • $3,498 pp dbl. occ.
  • (+$840 for sgl. occ.)
  • Internal Flights:
    $640 to $670

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