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E-bikes are not available on this trip. Please click here to view bike options.

Costa Rica Beaches & Wildlife Multi-Adventure Tour - For Families with Teens & Kids

Manuel Antonio National Park to Nicoya Peninsula

Best for ages 9+ (Ages 4+ ok) | Min. age to ride own bike: 7+

Family — Teens & Kids

6 days 5 nights

Activity Level: 1-2

Premiere Hotels

From: $4,599 - $5,449 pp dbl occ

Plus $600 - $650 internal air

($1,000 for sgl occ)

Whoa! Did you see that toucan? Listen to those monkeys swinging through the treetops! Then maybe try some swinging of your own, Tarzan-style on a zip line. Some zooming down white-water rapids in a raft. Diving from a jungle waterfall. Splashing in the Pacific Ocean waves. Or all of the above. This week, Costa Rica is your family's larger-than-life playground. Recess, anyone?

Costa Rica Beaches & Wildlife Family Multi-Adventure Tour map
Costa Rica Beaches & Wildlife Family Multi-Adventure Tour map

Costa Rica

Start San José / End Liberia

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.


  • Encounter amazing wildlife—sloths, monkeys, lizards and more—at Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Kayak along the Pacific coastline, swim in warm turquoise waters and bike in lush mountain foothills
  • Raft the white-water rapids of Río Savegre, one of the most pristine rivers in Central America
  • Zip-line over the jungle canopy, getting a bird's-eye-view of the forest, and visit an animal sanctuary


Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
6 Days Premiere Hotels*
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Days 1-2

Hop on a scenic flight down the coast to Quepos, a beachside town located on the Central Pacific | Walk through Manuel Antonio National Park with a naturalist who helps us spot white-faced monkeys, butterflies, sloths and iguanas | Or if you prefer, grown-ups have the option to join a leader for a rugged single-track jungle hike, known locally as the Reto Mae | Bike past small villages and through open farmland, mountains and rivers en route to an organic spice plantation in the heart of the rain forest | Walk on the beach or relax in a hammock | Kids paint their own Boruca mask with an indigenous artist | Enjoy a sunset from our retreat perched overlooking the Pacific—or perhaps climb down for a dip at its private beach. 

Pool Los Altos Resort
Los Altos Resort
Manuel Antonio
| Premiere Hotel

A luxury oasis tucked away on the coast with peaceful views of Manuel Antonio National Park and the azure Pacific. (pool, spa)

Day 3

Sea kayak along Costa Rica's coastline and observe spectacular marine life and rain forests from a different perspective | A local family invites us into their home for a traditional lunch | Hike through the rain forest to our remote jungle safari lodge | Kick back on your private deck or go for a plunge on the 100-foot-long waterslide | Young explorers (and the young at heart!) have a chance to venture into the jungle by night and catch a glimpse of elusive nocturnal creatures on a guided walk. 

Exterior view of the Rafiki Safari Lodge
Rafiki Safari Lodge
| Casual Hotel

African-style luxury safari tents offer the ideal setting for enjoying the sights and sounds of the jungle. (pool)

Days 4-6

Make a splash on a thrilling white-water rafting excursion on Río Savegre | Fly to Liberia, a popular gateway to Costa Rica's famous Pacific coast beaches and a prime destination for surfers | Fly through the jungle canopy on a zip line | Visit an animal sanctuary and learn about sloths, monkey, birds and more, as well as the center's rescue efforts | Optional on-your-own activities abound: head to the beach, mountain bike or indulge at the world-class spa | Take in the tropical landscape from our hotel's secluded beach, libation in hand.

Exterior Santarena Hotel
Santarena Hotel
Las Catalinas
| Premiere Hotel

Cool elegance and modern colonial style await at this beautiful boutique hotel by the sea. (pool, spa)

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. View cancellation policy.

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December 2023
Dec 21 - Dec 26
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Dec 23 - Dec 28
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Dec 25 - Dec 30
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Dec 27 - Jan 1
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Dec 29 - Jan 3
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Dec 31 - Jan 5
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Activity Level: 1-2

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. Several routes and a range of levels are offered each day so you can choose how much or how little activity you want to do. Learn more about how we determine activity levels.

Route notes

On this Family Trip, our routes are designed to be easygoing, with relatively little elevation gain or loss. However, rough terrain, heat and humidity can make biking in Costa Rica more challenging than the mileage may suggest. When biking, you'll encounter some sections with loose dirt, gravel and potholes. Liberal van shuttling is incorporated into the itinerary to facilitate our activities in three distinct regions and mileage is kept moderate to enable you to spend more time exploring on your own. The terrain on this trip varies from level to rolling with a few steeper hills.

Daily Route Options

Day 1
Shuttle & Flight to Quepos (1.75 hours)
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 3 miles | 800 ft. gain
Day 2
Level 1 | 7 miles | 200 ft. gain
Organic Spice Farm Tour (1 hour)
Just For Kids
Boruca Mask Making (1 hour) | min. age: 4+
Day 3
from Biesanz Beach (1.5 hours)
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 2 miles | 500 ft. gain
Guided Night Hike (1 hour) | min. age 5+
Day 4
on Río Savegre (half day) | min. age 6+
Shuttle & Flight to Liberia (1.5 hours)
Day 5
Canopy Tour (2 hours) | min. age 5+
Optional Activities at Santarena (half day)
Day 6
Vista Point Hike (1 hour)

What's Included

Available Bike Options

The key to a stellar day's ride is a bike that's perfectly in tune with your cycling style… Backroads has you covered with the best bike fleet in the world! Please note that bike requests are subject to availability and prioritized based on the date they're submitted.

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Backroads Touring Bike
Backroads Touring Bike
Touring Bike

Included in your trip price

A proven classic, this custom-designed titanium bike is suited for a wide range of cyclists. It features a comfortable ergonomic seat and a long wheel base that add to the bike’s control and stability.

Child's Bike
Child's Bike
Kids' Bikes

Included in your trip price

Backroads is the only travel company to manufacture its own line of kid's bikes. While the wheels might be small, the performance is big—it's the perfect choice for kids. On our Family Trips, you'll find 20" and 24" bikes.

Burley Kazoo Trailer Bike
Burley Kazoo Trailer Bike
Trailer Bike

Included in your trip price

The Burley Kazoo trailer bike, for children up to 85 pounds, attaches to an adult bike with your child providing some of the pedal power for a real team effort! It's ideal for kids who aren't yet ready for bike touring. 

Also Included

  • All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

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 this trip we travel by air to reach the exclusive areas this destination has to offer. We will be flying by charter with Sansa Airlines aboard turbo-prop planes that seat 8-14 passengers. These flights occasionally experience delays or cancellations due to inclement weather. In the rare instance a flight is cancelled we are prepared to travel by land.

Easygoing Adventure

Costa Rica is world-renowned for numerous ecoadventures; however, due to the tropical climate and under-developed infrastructure, road maintenance is a continual challenge and options for bike routes are limited. As a result, we've paired our core activities with ones that are suited to this destination, such as zip-lining and rafting. The level of these activities, combined with enough downtime to relax and take advantage of the hotels, will be the ideal way to experience la pura vida.

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.

Service Standards

“Pura vida”, or “pure life”, is not just a Costa Rican greeting – it’s a state of mind. While Costa Rica’s tourist industry is well accustomed to welcoming foreign visitors, you may still notice that service here can lack a sense of urgency, reflecting the slower pace and relaxed approach to life that is typical throughout the region. As such, patience and a sense of humor are always recommended when traveling in Central America. Rest assured that your Backroads leaders will be close by to ease the way.

On-Your-Own Activities

During the trip there's time for you to enjoy some of Costa Rica's favorite activities, such as surfing and ultralight flights. 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.

Peak Season

The holiday and spring break months are a great time to travel; however, with days off and the desire to escape for sunshine many others have the same idea. While we always aim to get off the beaten path, during certain times of the year crowds and delays are unavoidable.

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