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Costa Rica Family Multi-Adventure Tour – Teens & Younger Siblings


Costa Rica's Volcanoes, Jungles & Hidden Hot Springs

  • Hike through the teeming rain forest and cross lava fields to gaze at majestic Arenal Volcano
  • White-water raft the Río Savegre, one Central America's most pristine rivers
  • Soak in thermal hot springs warmed by Arenal Volcano and rappel down a tropical waterfall on a canyoneering adventure
  • Look for monkeys, sloths, iguanas and all manner of tropical wildlife with a naturalist in Manuel Antonio National Park

Come play with us in Costa Rica! On this action-packed journey, you'll experience many of this nation's precious ecosystems firsthand. Marvel at a unique volcano, bask on untouched beaches, venture through lush jungles, encounter wildlife at every turn and enjoy a rich array of activities, from rafting and hiking to surfing, kayaking and zip-line flying.

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Days 1-2 Gaze at Arenal Volcano as you traverse a lava field | Hike through a rain forest near Arenal National Park | Kids check out snakes, frogs and butterflies at a serpentarium and later learn about how chocolate is made | Adults hike to a waterfall and take a refreshing dip at its base.

Day 3  A private charter plane whisks us to the white-sand beaches of the Pacific coast | Enjoy sunset views from your balcony overlooking the Pacific | Kids join a leader for dinner and an exciting night hike through the rain forest looking for critters and crawlers.

Day 4 Venture through the lush habitat of sloths, monkeys, toucans and lizards | Make a splash on a thrilling white-water rafting excursion on Río Savegre | On our naturalist-led walk through Manuel Antonio National Park, listen for the call of howler and white-faced monkeys.

Days 5-6 From a secluded beach, grab a paddle and sea-kayak on calm crystalline waters | Soak up some sun, learn how to surf, or swim in the Pacific—whatever your family decides, it's pura vida! | Rejuvenate with a yoga class or a morning stroll down to the sea.

Our best family trip EVER.
Yoga mom - Indianapolis, IN

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. Read the Straight Talk

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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.

Shuttle Distances

In order to bring you to diverse and unique regions, 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 that Costa Rica has to offer.

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 due to liability issues and because they're not to everyone's liking they're not included in the cost of the trip and participation is at your own risk.
$4,298 - $4,698
pp dbl. occ.
(+$1,250 for sgl. occ.)
Internal air:

Traveling with Kids


6 days, 5 nights
Activity Level

Open 7 Days a Week
6 am - 6 pm Pacific time

Start / End
San José, Costa Rica

All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners included

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Premiere Hotels

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The Springs Resort and Spa

Springs Resort & Spa

La Fortuna (3 nights)

Perched 1,000 feet above Arenal Valley, with fantastic views of the volcano, and featuring a wildlife preserve, home to rescued jungle cats and monkeys. (pool, spa)

Parador Suites

Punta Quepos (2 nights)

Luxurious suites with incredible views at a Spanish-style resort overlooking Manuel Antonio and the Pacific Ocean. (pool, spa)

Guest Reviews

There's no better way to find out about Backroads than by hearing it from the people who have traveled with us. For more about the Backroads Experience, read our Guest Testimonials.

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Comments about Costa Rica Family Multi-Adventure Tour � Teens & Younger Siblings:

Our best family trip EVER.


An adventure in every sense of the word!


from Chagrin Falls OH

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Comments about Costa Rica Family Multi-Adventure Tour � Teens & Younger Siblings:

Everything about the trip was fantastic! We had a wonderful time and felt completely immersed in the Costa Rican culture. Our leaders were exceptional! Monkeys, rope bridges, ziplining, eating amazing food, sleeping in the jungle, biking on the beach, surfing and white water rafting. We enjoyed the trip immensely. Mom and son on Spring Break together. The best part was that we just showed up and the Backroads crew worked tirelessly to make sure everything was perfect!


One of the best trips of our lives, kids were so thrilled


from Seattle, WA

Comments about Costa Rica Family Multi-Adventure Tour � Teens & Younger Siblings:

Javier, Cameron, Petra were all three amazing. I always love Backroads, but I truly think they've been the best so far. So great with kids and adults, so funny, relaxed, and yet all over the details. And the guides hired locally were also top notch. There is so much to see an do in Costa Rica, I was very glad to leave it up to you guys to pick where to go and to get us there so seamlessly. Biggest unique highlight of this itinerary was probably the white water rafting and the Rafiki lodge. I can't say enough good things about Backroads!

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Dates & Prices

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind—you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due.

Please click on a date below for specific pricing and possible itinerary variations.

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Interested in a Private Trip? Check out the Make It Private tab for private dates available, or call us at 800-462-2848.

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This Trip Is Rated Levels 1-2

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.

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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 3 100 5 500
Kids Serpentarium Visit (2 Hours)
2 Walking/Hiking 2 800 5 800
Other Optional Zip-lining, Kayaking or Hanging Bridge Hike
3 Kids Rain Forest Night Hike
Other Waterfall Rappel Canyoneering Adventure
4 Walking/Hiking 2 100 3 800
Rafting on Río Savegre (2.5 Hours)
5 Other Optional Horseback Riding, Surfing, Kayaking or Hiking
Kayaking around Punta Quepos (2 Hours)
6 Other Morning Hike or Yoga Class (1 Hour)

Note: 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 40% dirt and 60% paved; percentage will vary on kid's routes).

Learn more about how we determine our activity levels and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources (such as Map My Ride and Garmin devices) may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies. Readings from a Garmin or a smart phone are influenced by other factors such as air pressure.

Why Travel with Backroads in Costa Rica

The Best Leaders in Costa Rica

Backroads has the best-qualified people to lead your trip in Costa Rica, and our guests back that up, rating our Trip Leaders an average of 9.75 out of 10 for all-around quality of performance. Get the facts (and no fluff) on how we recruit and develop the very best people for your trip.

Get the Most Out of Each Day

Coordinating multiple activities throughout a single day can be tricky, but with Backroads you'll never know it. When you explore Costa Rica with us, you switch activities seamlessly without missing a beat. We invented the multi-adventure concept, and we're constantly adding new dimensions and fine-tuning the experience to make it even more enjoyable.

We Stand Behind Our Trips

Most companies' trips in Costa Rica are run by local operators. At Backroads we manage our own trips; we would never subcontract your precious vacation to a third party. So as you enjoy the support of your seasoned Trip Leaders, along with our expert local guides and drivers, you have the confidence of knowing we're with you every step of the way.

Leaders Focused on Families

When everyone's together, there's lots going on; and when kids' and adults' priorities diverge, it can seem like two different trips. That's why our Family Adventures in Costa Rica have three Trip Leaders—including a dedicated Kids Activity Expert who regularly takes younger travelers off to do their own thing. Other companies try to get by with two leaders; we step up and do it right. For more on our family focus, check this out.

Our Cultural Roots Run Deep

Thanks to our extensive connections in Costa Rica, Backroads takes you off the beaten track and deep into the region's culture in ways that traditional travel can never hope to do. We know the people and their customs, the legacy of art and architecture, the complex history and politics – and if we're not sure, our amazing local experts can fill in the blanks.

Experts with Secrets to Share

In choosing the ideal experts to enrich your travel experience, we look for people with a wealth of local knowledge, but also the ability to convey their insights in English. Too often travelers find themselves smiling politely, not quite understanding what they're being told. Our experts share intriguing facts, anecdotes and inside stories that stay with you forever.

Like You, We're Family Experts

At Backroads we've honed our expertise in active family travel over many years and a lot of trips. We host at least 20 times more family guests than any other active company, so we're constantly gaining new insights that make our trips even better. Detailed planning, behind-the scenes logistics, unrivaled support from three Trip Leaders—all backed by a team that proudly creates the kind of experiences we'd want to share with our own families.

Your Hotels Are Locked In

It may seem obvious to say the great hotels we tell you about are the ones you'll actually stay in. But the fact is many companies haven't even booked the places they promise and are later forced to settle for inferior alternatives. We book our hotels and exact rooms long in advance—often over two years—so you stay where you expect to stay.

Time Together, Time Apart

Backroads is the leader in designing trips that ensure everyone, young and young-at-heart alike, has an amazing time. Your Backroads Family Adventure balances family activities with diversions designed exclusively for the kids—giving the adults a welcome break from making decisions, other than choosing whether to explore a few more miles or just enjoy each other's company. A family vacation where everyone gets to relax, recharge and have fun – what a concept!

We Live in the Neighborhood

Our Trip Leaders in Costa Rica live in the area and are deeply engaged in their communities, giving them unique inside knowledge they're happy to share in making your experience that much richer. They'll introduce you to people, customs and parts of town you'd likely never encounter on your own—and teach you a few local phrases to help break the ice.

Everyone at Their Own Pace

We design and support our Costa Rica trips to suit mixed abilities and varied interests—so you can set your own pace, then change things up as the day unfolds. And all guests are free to do the same, traveling together or apart, with no one cramping anyone else's style. Which sounds easy in theory, but it's hard to pull off. Here's more on how we do it.

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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 from the selection of dates below for your group of 16 or more. If your party has fewer than 16 guests, or your preferred date is not available, call or email us and we'll work together to find a trip just for you.

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Pricing for Private Trips


  • 10 or more guests: from $3,898 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $4,198 pp dbl occ

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