Around a volcano. Through the rain forest. Under lush canopies and across sandy beaches. Seeing the world from the perspective of a spider monkey or spiny-tailed iguana. Up, down, over and around—by kayak, raft, bike, zip-line and your own two feet. On this family trip, it's Costa Rica from every angle.
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 Kids join a leader for a chocolate-making experience, learning about the entire process from plant to delectable product.
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.
3-4 Kids can check out exotic snakes and frogs at a serpentarium or join the adults on a 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 Costa Rican 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.
5-6 Youngsters paint their own Boruca masks with an indigenous artist while parents enjoy a coastal rain forest trail At our tropical resort, stroll through a butterfly garden, cool off in the pool or hike to the beach 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.