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Costa Rica Family Multi-Adventure Tour - Teens & Kids

Nicoya Peninsula to Manuel Antonio National Park

Holy cow! Or rather, holy huge millipede! Was that a toucan? Can you spot those monkeys you've been hearing? Swinging through the jungle, Tarzan style. Do some swinging of your own on a zip line. Or paddle through white-water rapids? Or plunge into a waterfall? It's up to you. With a week of family fun in Costa Rica.

THIS ITINERARY: 6 days, 5 nights

ACCOMMODATIONS: Premiere Hotels*

FROM: $4,199 - $4,699 pp dbl occ
Plus $150 internal air
($940 for sgl occ)

Special Kids Prices
Walk/Hike
Bike
Raft
Kayak
Horseback Ride
Zip-Line

Costa Rica

Start San José​ or Liberia / End San José

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

Highlights
  • Encounter amazing wildlife—sloths, monkeys, lizards and more—at Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Hike and horseback ride through the rain forest to one of Costa Rica's most picturesque waterfalls
  • Raft the white-water rapids of Río Savegre, one of the most pristine rivers in Central America
  • Zip-line through the rain forest, getting a bird's-eye-view of the canopy, and bike on a secluded Pacific beach
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Itinerary
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 over Costa Rica's fertile Central Valley to Liberia, a popular gateway to the country'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 | Grab a paddle and explore the Nicoya Peninsula's pristine coastline by kayak | Optional on-your-own activities abound—head to the beach, mountain bike or simply indulge at the world-class spa.

Santarena Hotel, Costa Rica
Santarena Hotel
Las Catalinas
| Premiere Hotel

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

Day 3

Arrive by air in Quepos and head to a private jungle reserve | Discover traditional methods of harvesting coffee and chocolate and learn how to make sugar at a trapiche (sugarcane mill) | A local family invites us into their home for 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.

Rafiki Safari Lodge, Costa Rica
Rafiki Safari Lodge
Savegre
| *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 | Walk through Manuel Antonio National Park with a naturalist who helps us spot white-faced monkeys, butterflies, sloths and iguanas | Kids paint their own Boruca masks with an indigenous artist | Enjoy a sunset and a dip in the warm Pacific at our beachfront retreat | Pedal on the beach, then turn inland through a landscape of banana and African palm trees | Kids hop on the saddle and explore the coastline on horseback | Join a local expert for a chocolate demonstration and tasting | Grown-ups walk on the beach, surf or relax in a hammock | Enjoy a beachfront yoga class or a morning seaside stroll.

Alma de Pacifico, Costa Rica
Alma del Pacifico
Playa Esterillos Este
| Premiere Hotel

Spacious private villas at this beachside resort feature large terraces and a mosaic-tiled shower that opens to your own garden. (pool, spa)

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. View cancellation policy

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Activity Level: 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. LEARN MORE.

Note: The minimum age required for kids to ride their own bike on this trip is 9+

Day 1
Other
Zip-Line Canopy Tour (2 hours) | min. age: 5+
Animal Sanctuary Visit (45 minutes)
Boat Ride to Las Catalinas
Day 2
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 2 miles | 100 ft. gain
Kayaking
at Nicoya Peninsula (Half Day) | min. age: 5+
Other
Optional Activities at Santarena
Just For Kids
Beach Games
Day 3
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 2 miles | 500 ft. gain
Other
Sugarcane Cultural Tour (1 hour)
Just For Kids
Night Walk
Day 4
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 2 miles | 100 ft. gain
Level 2 | 3 miles | 800 ft. gain
Rafting
on Río Savegre (Half Day) | min. age: 6+
Just For Kids
Boruca Mask Painting (1 hour) | min. age: 4+
Day 5
Biking
Level 1 | 5 miles | 100 ft. gain
Level 1 | 8 miles | 100 ft. gain
Level 2 | 14 miles | 200 ft. gain
Just For Kids
Horseback Riding (2 hours) | min. age: 6+
Other
Chocolate Workshop & Tasting (1 hour) | min. age: 4+
Day 6
Other
Yoga (1 hour)

Note: 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. 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. At Esterillos Este, we bike along the beach at low tide and on quiet gravel roads through African oil palm plantations. The gravel roads through the plantations are flat, but they often have potholes and despite the mountain bike suspension, the terrain can feel bumpy.

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! Read on for your available bike options for this trip.

Suspension Mountain Bike

This custom-built titanium mountain bike is ideal for for all adventures from dirt roads to rough terrain. Equipped with a suspension fork, knobby tires and low mountain bike gearing.

Kids' Bikes

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.

Trailer Bike

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.

Flights

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.

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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