If variety is the spice of life, then Costa Rica is as piquant as travel destinations come. One of the world's most epic volcanoes. Lush rain forest and palm-studded beaches, lava fields and natural hot springs. You and your family will hike, bike, paddle and explore it all on a vacation that has the kick to keep up with this incredible country. This trip is full of zest!
1-2 Start your Costa Rican adventure with a hike on the grounds of the Espíritu Santo Coffee Estate Learn about the entire coffee-making process from planting to tasting Hike through the cloud forest to a private waterfall Luxuriate at an eco-retreat set in a 500-acre cloud forest reserve Ride to Cataratas del Toro, the largest waterfall in Costa Rica, and watch the water crash into an ancient volcanic crater Visit a local home and discover the secret to perfect handmade tortillas.
3 Make a splash during a thrilling white-water rafting excursion on the Río Sarapiquí on the Caribbean slope Watch for playful monkeys, gentle sloths, green iguanas and colorful toucans Surrounded by lush rain forest, soak up the views of majestic Arenal Volcano.
4 Cross Lake Arenal by boat, then explore its lush jungle surroundings by bike Ride through a vibrant landscape colored by palms, ferns, fig trees and bromeliads Soak in a natural hot springs filled with geothermal water and hidden in a forest oasis A private plane whisks us to the Pacific coast Lounge by an infinity pool at the secluded Punta Islita.
5-6 Venture into a tropical dry forest and explore some of Costa Rica's most stunning beaches and hidden trails Visit the Ara Project, a Backroads-sponsored conservation program dedicated to reintroducing the scarlet macaw Relax or play at our oceanfront resort—ride horseback, take a surf lesson, lounge on sublime white-sand beaches or indulge in a massage Join a guide for a cultural walk and a visit to the local art gallery in the charming town of Islita.