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Costa Rica Family Multisport Tour
Costa Rica Family Multisport Tour

With over a quarter of its land protected in parks and preserves, Costa Rica is paradise for anyone who loves wildlife and outdoor adventure. Howler monkeys scamper through the trees, and keel-billed toucans color the sky against a natural backdrop of a majestic volcano, a magnificent lake, flowing rivers and lush greenery. Jungle hikes, mountain biking and a kayaking adventure expose you to the region's incredible biodiversity, from the Los Angeles Cloud Forest to Arenal Volcano National Park and the Pacific coast. Your family is sure to have fun, relax and learn the true meaning of pura vida!

Straight Talk
We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

On-Your-Own Activities

During the trip there’s time for you to enjoy some of Costa Rica’s favorite activities, such as zip-lining, horseback riding and surfing. These activities are often a highlight for those who choose to do them, but as they’re not to everyone’s liking they’re not included in the cost of the trip and participation is at your own risk.

Shuttle Time

In order to bring you the full gamut of Costa Rica’s splendor, we spend more time shuttling on this trip than on many other Backroads trips. Our time in the shuttles will allow us to experience the incredible variety of ecosystems, scenery and activities Costa Rica has to offer. So sit back and relax, knowing that someone else is doing the driving, and enjoy the beauty of the journey.

Day 1 Hike through the Los Angeles Cloud Forest, where an interpretive walk showcases a spectacular array of plants and animals Jump-start the day with a tour (and tasting!) at a coffee plantation  Visit a hummingbird sanctuary and hear the hum of over 30 varieties of these tiny colorful birds.

Days 2-3 Hot springs soaking and volcano gazing  Befriend furry and feathery characters at a wildlife rescue center Bike rolling paved roads flanked by plantations of papaya, sugarcane and yucca to La Fortuna, nestled near the foot of Arenal Volcano  Take in scenic lake views on a private cruise on Lake Arenal  Fly through the treetops on a zip-line, indulge in a massage or simply relax by the pool.

Day 4 Kids check out snakes and frogs at a serpentarium while adults trek across a lava field in Arenal Volcano National Park  Our private charter plane whisks us to the white-sand beaches of Quepos  At our tropical resort, stroll through a butterfly garden, hike to the beach or cool off in the pool.

Days 5-6 In Manuel Antonio National Park, discover white-faced monkeys swinging in the branches and prehistoric-looking iguanas slithering up tree trunks Kids paint their own Boruca masks with an indigenous artist  While away the afternoon soaking up the sun or splashing in the waves of the Pacific Sea-kayak on calm crystalline waters that lead to a secluded beach.

Trip Highlights
  • Kids paint their own Boruca masks with an indigenous artist
  • Watch for signs of life from the volcano while hiking, biking and soaking in hot springs
  • Manuel Antonio National Park's wealth of wildlife: monkeys, lizards, sloths, kingfishers and more
  • Sea-kayak across a bay to a beautiful remote beach
  • Befriend furry and feathery critters at a wildlife rescue center
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Casual Inns

Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel (1 night): This eco-conscious hotel features charming casitas, each with a splendid view of the cloud forest. (spa)

Hotel Mountain Paradise (2 nights): When skies are clear, relish unobstructed views of Arenal Volcano from this hilltop resort. (pool, spa)

Si Como No Resort (2 nights): Surrounded by lush tropical jungle above the Pacific Ocean and Manuel Antonio National Park, this inviting boutique hotel has been recognized for its ongoing commitment to sustainability. (pool, spa)

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
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 Walking/Hiking 2 100
Walking/Hiking 2 300
2 Biking 6* 300 16* 500 21 1400
3 Biking 10* 800 17 1700
Other Boat Ride on Lake Arenal (30 Minutes)
Other Optional Rain Forest Canopy Excursion
4 Walking/Hiking 2 100
Walking/Hiking 3 100
Kids Serpentarium Visit (1 Hour)
Other Butterfly Garden Tour
5 Walking/Hiking 2 100
Walking/Hiking 4 300
Other Optional Surfing
Kids Boruca Mask Painting
6 Kayaking around Quepos (2 Hours)

To make for the most comfortable ride to this particular trip, we've outfitted our titanium road bike with slightly wider tires.

* Includes a shuttle

2015 Dates & Pricing*

  • 12/19-24 Price: $2998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $720 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $220
  • 12/21-26 Price: $2998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $720 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $220
  • 12/25-30 Price: $2998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $720 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $220
  • 12/27-1/1 Price: $3198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $720 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $220
  • 12/29-1/3 Price: $2998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $720 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $220

*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.

2016 Dates & Pricing*

  • 3/14-19 Price: $2798 pp dbl. occ., (+ $720 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $220
  • 3/21-26 Price: $2798 pp dbl. occ., (+ $720 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $220
  • 3/28-4/2 Price: $2798 pp dbl. occ., (+ $720 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $220
  • 4/4-9 Price: $2798 pp dbl. occ., (+ $720 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $220
  • 7/3-8 Price: $2798 pp dbl. occ., (+ $720 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $220
  • 12/19-24 Price: $2998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $720 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $220
  • 12/27-1/1 Price: $2998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $720 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $220

*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.

Recommended Kids Ages

Minimum Ages:

General Info on Minimum Ages:

We strongly encourage families to join our Family Trips, designed with kid- and adult-friendly features. Please note that we have a minimum age requirement of 1 year for all Inn trips and 2 years for all Camping trips. Other than that, we do not restrict trips to a minimum age except in the rare case of a hotel age restriction. We do, however, recommend minimum ages based on the following criteria: Please note that a trip may feature an activity with an older age requirement than the minimum age recommendation for the trip. Younger kids are still welcome on the trip and while they will not be able to participate in the activity, the leaders will suggest an alternate activity. For safety reasons, children under 7 may not ride their own bikes and are required to ride on a Kazoo or in a Burley Cub trailer. For certain destinations, children must be 9 or older to ride their own bikes.

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 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. Call us for date availability.

Pricing for Private Trips (prices may vary based on departure date)


8 - 9 guests from $3,598 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $2,798 pp dbl. occ.
10 - 11 guests from $3,098 pp dbl. occ.


8 - 9 guests from $3,598 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $2,798 pp dbl. occ.
10 - 11 guests from $3,098 pp dbl. occ.
Internal flights from $220.

For groups of 2 to 7 guests, please call for Custom Trip pricing.
Youth savings do not apply to Private Trips.

Guest Trip Reviews

We had an amazing time! Backroads is seamless in its transition from activity to activity, and really allows one to experience a variety of things in one packed trip, without any stress! It's my favorite way to travel!
Marguerite Lucas- Mountain Brook, AL

This trip is a cultural smorgasborg, full of different interesting ecologic environments, people, and activities. It was a wonderful introduction to Costa Rica.
Patrick Osgood- Reno, NV

This trip was fantastic and executed flawlessly by the Backroads leaders and in-country support team. They made it easy to let go and relax and just enjoy the activities and the amazing beauty of this country. We had great opportunities to see and enjoy the country's wildlife in its natural habitats.
Nancy Boughton- Santa Clara, CA

The trip and leaders far exceeded my expectations. This is our third trip with you all and the activities were so well balanced and diverse. Our 18- and 20-year-old sons participated in the children's kaleidoscope activity one afternoon and even enjoyed that! You all have this trip down to a science of exceptional activities. I had to keep a journal so that I wouldn't forget a single thing. Our leaders overheard a conversation we were having on the bus about yoga and arranged an early morning class for us. It was great. I absolutely loved the place we stayed in Monteverde. I also really liked having an activity on our final day - a great way to end our trip with our new friends!
Meg Lindsey- Cary, NC

This was the best family trip we have ever taken, hands down. I never expected a group trip could be so enjoyable. We bonded with our leaders and the other families immediately - so much so that I expect we will keep in touch with them for a long time. This trip was different from others we have taken - it was an adventure, a challenge, and a growth opportunity for us. Normally, I wouldn't expect my kids (ages 10 and 12) to think favorably of a "growth opportunity," but they loved this trip and are still talking about it.
Susan Mandava

We have traveled quite extensively with guides as a family and without reservation, Backroads leaders are the best. What great role models for our kids.
Kevin H.- Chattanooga, TN

This was our first group trip as a family. Having traveled with Backroads before as a couple, we were pretty sure it would go well, but you never know with kids. Our boys say this was the best trip they have ever taken and they loved everything about it - learning about a new country, the biking, the food, having fun with other families, and most of all - the great leaders! Our leaders made it easy for all the kids on the trip to become fast friends and for the parents to find time to relax. We'll definitely be doing another family Backroads trip again soon!
Judy Osgood- Reno, NV

My wife and I went on our first Backroads trip last summer - a bicycle trip through Tuscany. We wanted to share the Backroads experience with our children and immediately signed up for the Costa Rica trip upon our return. You did not disappoint!
Jim O'Brien- Boxford, MA