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 adventure with a hike on the grounds of the Espíritu Santo Coffee Estate | Learn about the coffee-making process, from planting to tasting | Hike through a cloud forest to a 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 Buckle up for a white-water rafting excursion on the Río Sarapiquí | Watch for playful monkeys, gentle sloths, green iguanas and colorful toucans | Surrounded by lush rain forest, soak up the views of imposing 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 hidden in a forest oasis | A private plane whisks us to the Pacific coast.
5-6 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 at our oceanfront resort—ride horseback, take a surf lesson or lounge on sublime white-sand beaches | Join a guide for a cultural walk and a visit to the local art gallery.