;
Blank

Costa Rica Family Multi-Adventure Tour – Older Teens & 20s

Walk/Hike
Bike
Kayak
Raft
Surf

Costa Rica's Highlands, Rain Forest & Beaches

From $3,198 - $3,698 pp dbl. occ. | 6 days / 5 nights

(+$950 to $1,400 for sgl. occ.)

Internal air: $220


Like wildlife and outdoor adventure? You and your family will love Costa Rica, where monkeys enliven the canopy and iguanas bask in the sun. Jungle hikes, bike rides, white-water rafting and sea-kayaking immerse you in extraordinary biodiversity, from Arenal Volcano to tropical rain forest and beaches of the Pacific coast. Get set to have fun, relax and discover your own pura vida!

We're here to help

Costa Rica

Start/End San José

Costa Rica Map

Highlights

  • Hike, bike and soak in geothermal hot springs at the base of majestic Arenal volcano
  • Experience a white-water rafting adventure on the Savegre River
  • Observe a stunning variety of wildlife—sloths, monkeys, lizards and more—in Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Kayak with your family across crystalline waters from a beautiful remote beach
Costa Rica

Start/End San José

Costa Rica Map

Itinerary

Day 1 Bike rolling paved roads flanked by plantations of papaya, sugarcane and yucca to La Fortuna, nestled near the foot of Arenal Volcano | Befriend furry and feathery critters at a wildlife rescue center | Indulge in a chocolate tour and tasting | Commune with nature at the tranquil Arenal Kioro hotel.

Day 2 Ride around Lake Arenal, listening for the call of howler monkeys | Enjoy scenic views on a boat cruise across the water | Soak in a geothermal hot springs and gaze at majestic volcanoes | Opt to fly through the treetops on a zip-line, indulge in a massage or simply relax by the pool.

Days 3-4 Trek across a lava field near Arenal Volcano National Park | Our private charter plane whisks us to the white-sand beaches of Quepos | Sit down to a home-cooked casado (traditional local meal) with a local family | Hike through the pristine Savegre Valley | Kick back at our secluded hotel on your private deck or zoom down the 100-foot waterslide—look out below! | Make a splash on a thrilling white-water rafting excursion on Río Savegre | In Manuel Antonio National Park, discover white-faced monkeys swinging in the branches and prehistoric-looking iguanas slithering up tree trunks.

Days 5-6 Spot a wealth of wildlife on a coastal rain forest trail | Swim in the ocean or walk out to a viewpoint and take it all in | Enjoy an afternoon soaking up the sun, getting a surf lesson or watching the waves of the Pacific | From a secluded beach, sea-kayak on calm crystalline waters | Check out families of crocodiles in the Tarcoles River on our way back to San José.

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.

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

  • Available
    to Book
    i
  • Going
    Fast
    i
  • Contact
    Us
    i
  • Private Trip
    – Reserved
    i

F Family Dates - Older Teens & 20s

View Private Dates

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 a large selection of dates for your group of 8 or more. Call us for date availability. If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.

2018 Private Trip Pricing
  • 10 or more guests: from $2,998 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $3,398 pp dbl occ

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

Don't see your ideal travel date? Make a Date

  • 8 AVAILABLE TO BOOK
    for 8 or more guests
  • 16 AVAILABLE TO BOOK
    for 16 or more guests
  • Reserved

F Family Tours - Older Teens & 20s

View Scheduled Dates

Dates

F Family Tours - Older Teens & 20s

Prices

From $3,198 - $3,698 pp dbl. occ.
6 days / 5 nights

(+$950 to $1,400 for sgl. occ.)

Internal air: $220


Traveling with Kids

Casual Hotels*

Arenal Kioro
Arenal Kioro

La Fortuna (2 nights)

Rafiki Safari Lodge
Rafiki Safari Lodge

Savegre (1 night)

Parador Suites

Punta Quepos (2 nights)

Activity Level

This trip is rated Levels 1-2

What's Included

Services and equipment are included.

Why Backroads

Why Travel with Backroads in Costa Rica

Reviews by Power Reviews ®

Load Less

Casual Hotels*

Accommodations may vary based on departure date. Any difference from what is listed below can be found by clicking on your desired date on the View Scheduled Dates or Private Dates tabs.

Arenal Kioro

Arenal Kioro

La Fortuna (2 nights)

Take in majestic views of Arenal Volcano while soaking in your suite's private whirlpool. (pool, spa)

Rafiki Safari Lodge

Rafiki Safari Lodge

Savegre (1 night)

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

Parador Suites

Punta Quepos (2 nights)
* Premiere Hotel

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

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.

Daily Route Options (drag to see full )

Daily Route Options
Day Activity EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
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 Biking 5* 200 17* 400 22* 900 28 2000
2 Biking 10* 1200 15 1600
Other Boat Ride on Lake Arenal (30 Minutes)
Other Optional Rain Forest Canopy Excursion
3 Walking/Hiking 2 500 4 400
Walking/Hiking 3 300
4 Walking/Hiking 2* 200 4 600
Rafting Savegre River Class II-III
5 Walking/Hiking 3 800
Other Optional Surfing
6 Kayaking around Quepos (2 Hours)
 

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. On this Family Trip for Older Teens & 20s, our routes have relatively little elevation gain or loss. However, the terrain, heat and humidity can make biking more challenging than the mileage may suggest. Liberal van shuttling is incorporated into the itinerary and mileage is moderate to enable you to spend more time exploring on your own.

* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our activity level 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.

Meals

All breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 dinners

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 or view our full bike fleet in further detail.

Backroads Titanium Bikes (Included in your trip price)

Our custom-built titanium bikes are specially designed for you—and we offer different models for varied terrain so your bike is ideally suited to the region. Our custom-made bikes are included in your trip price.

Touring Bike (Included)

Mountain Bike (Included)

For trips departing before 4/15/18, please see available bike options here.

Burley Kazoo 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 may be comfortable pedaling around the neighborhood but aren't yet ready for bike touring.

Burley Kazoo trailer bike

Burley Cub trailer (Included)

Also Included

  • 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

Get the Straight Talk about This Trip

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.

Terrain & Climate

Due to Costa Rica's tropical climate and infrastructure, road maintenance is a continual challenge and options for bike routes are limited. Be prepared for unexpected potholes (huecos—pronounced "waycos") and sections of rough roads with narrow shoulders. Also note there may be more traffic if you are traveling over the very popular holiday periods.

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.

Shuttle Time

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.

Why Travel with Backroads in Costa Rica

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.

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.

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.

Our Superb Bikes Included

A great bike is obviously critical for a great multi-adventure trip; you don't want to gamble on one that's been sourced locally to trim costs. This trip features our acclaimed Backroads Custom Titanium bikes, expertly tuned and fitted, and included in your trip price. Learn why our titanium bikes are ideal for most riders.

Kids Who Aren't Kids Anymore

Only Backroads offers active trips in Costa Rica designed for families with older teens and 20s. These trips are aimed at you and the amazingly grownup members of your clan—whether they're almost high school grads, already in college or further along. Find out more in this blog post.

A Second Van When You Need It

Backroads is the only active travel company providing two support vans in Costa Rica—because we know it's essential to ensure a truly great travel experience. It doubles our ability to be there when you need us to offer hydration, lighten your load or give you a lift if it's time to take a break. Read more on why two vans make all the difference.

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.

The Right Local Pairings

Our Trip Leaders combine deep local expertise with a firm grasp of North American expectations around quality of service. By the same token, we pair experienced Backroads leaders with local guides who know how to cater to your needs while cracking open the culture or natural history in ways that are meaningful, memorable and often magical.

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.

We Know Where We're Going

Tom Hale has been keeping Backroads on track, with one eye on the horizon, since 1979. His passion for active travel, and for ensuring the highest-quality travel experience, is evident in every detail we add to make a guest's trip unforgettable—and the fact he's right there in the office, making it happen. To hear Tom describe his vision, watch our video.  

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.

Photo Gallery

Arenal volcano - Backroads Costa Rica Multi-Adventure Tour
Biking - Backroads Costa Rica Multi-Adventure Tour
Iguana - Backroads Costa Rica Multi-Adventure Tour
Waterfalls - Backroads Costa Rica Multi-Adventure Tour
Monkey - Backroads Costa Rica Multi-Adventure Tour
Rafiki Safari Lodge - Costa Rica Family Multi-Adventure Tour
Lizard - Backroads Costa Rica Multi-Adventure Tour
Hanging bridge hike - Backroads Costa Rica Multi-Adventure Tour
Arenal Volcano - Backroads Costa Rica Multi-Adventure Tour
Pool at Parador Suites - Backroads Costa Rica Multi-Adventure Tour

Videos

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.

Terrain & Climate

Due to Costa Rica's tropical climate and infrastructure, road maintenance is a continual challenge and options for bike routes are limited. Be prepared for unexpected potholes (huecos—pronounced "waycos") and sections of rough roads with narrow shoulders. Also note there may be more traffic if you are traveling over the very popular holiday periods.

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.

Shuttle Time

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.
Top