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Costa Rica & Panama Ocean Cruise Family Multi-Adventure Tour – Teens & Kids

Walk/Hike
Kayak
Snorkel
Whale Watch
Stand-Up Paddleboard

Wildlife & Waterways – Pacific Coast to the Panama Canal

From $6,798 - $8,898 pp dbl. occ. | 8 days / 7 nights

(+$4,400 to $5,700 for sgl. occ.)
Plus $250 pp port fees.

Voyage by sea from jungle to port in Costa Rica and Panama. Greet monkeys, sloths and tropical birds on rain forest hikes. Kayak through a magnificent mangrove forest and snorkel in turquoise waters. Watch for humpback whales from the ship's sun deck. Island-hop from Coiba National Park and then cross the legendary Panama Canal. It's more than a journey—it's the ultimate family adventure.

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Costa Rica & Panama

Start San José / End Panama City

Highlights

  • Journey by small ship from Costa Rica to Panama, discovering some of our all-time favorite places off the beaten path
  • Join our Trip Leaders on fully supported hikes in Costa Rica's lush Osa Peninsula, home to some of the world's richest biodiversity
  • Kayak through a mangrove estuary, snorkel in the pristine waters of Granito de Oro and explore the “Galápagos of Panama”
  • Cross the awe-inspiring Panama Canal, celebrating this unforgettable experience with your family and fellow guests
Costa Rica & Panama

Start San José / End Panama City

Itinerary

Day 1 Learn to say pura vida—it means “pure life,” and it will be your family's motto during this adventure  | Travel from Costa Rica's highlands to the picturesque Pacific Coast | Hike through fields of fragrant coffee plants at Espíritu Santo Coffee Estate | Follow a coffee bean's journey from soil to cup and sample an array of Costa Rica's finest blends.

Day 2 Venture to the lush jungles of the Southern Nicoya Peninsula  | Gaze up at scarlet macaws, sloths, and white-faced, howler and spider monkeys in the extraordinary Curú Wildlife Refuge | Grab a paddleboard or kayak, or simply enjoy the laid-back pace of “Tico time” at the beach.

Day 3 Wander through the tropical dry forest of the breathtaking Osa Peninsula  | Explore Corcovado National Park, one of the most biodiverse places on Earth | Take to the trail on incredible rain forest hikes offering remote access to pristine beaches and colorful wildlife | Go for the gold! It's the Beach Olympics—kids have fun racing hermit crabs, building sand castles and more.

Day 4 Kayak on the Golfo Dulce and navigate shaded canals flanked by the wild roots of mangrove trees  | Hike through a virgin rain forest with stunning views of the ocean | Kids paint their own Boruca masks, a craft celebrated locally among the eponymous indigenous tribe.

Day 5 Voyage to Panama and discover Coiba National Park,  a group of 38 marvelous islands within the Gulf of Chiriquí | Walk among a tropical moist forest that is home to hundreds of species of birds and mammals | Don a mask and snorkel and dive in for a swim and an extraordinary display of underwater life | Picnic in paradise on the small islet of Granito de Oro.

Day 6 Choose your own adventure in Coiba, a World Heritage site considered to be the “Galápagos of Panama” | Hike to a pristine natural hot springs with a local naturalist | Bask on a white-sand beach or make a splash—Coiba is a mecca for divers and snorkelers | Back on the boat, youngsters team up for an exciting game of rain forest bingo.

Day 7 Take a tropical hike on Isla Taboga, a volcanic island in the Gulf of Panama known locally as “Island of Flowers”  | Prepare for a once-in-a-lifetime experience with an overnight crossing of the world-famous Panama Canal | Sail through this extraordinary man-made 48-mile waterway connecting the Atlantic to the Pacific.

Day 8 End your family's journey in vibrant Panama City  | Grown-ups learn about the fascinating history of the city's World Heritage site, Casco Viejo (Old Quarter), on a walking tour while youngsters visit the BioMuseum.

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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Prices

From $6,798 - $8,898 pp dbl. occ.
8 days / 7 nights

(+$4,400 to $5,700 for sgl. occ.)
Plus $250 pp port fees.

Traveling with Kids

Premiere Ship

Safari Voyager
UnCruise Ship

Safari Voyager (7 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 and Panama

More On This Trip

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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.

Safari Voyager

UnCruise Ship

Safari Voyager (7 nights)

A sleek and elegant 62-passenger vessel designed for adventure in the tropics with regionally-themed décor, well-appointed staterooms and a state-of-the-art viewing platform. (spa)

View the deck plans. See Dates & Prices for specific ship, stateroom category availability and embarkation/disembarkation details. 

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 Walking/Hiking 2 400
Other Coffee Plantation Tour (1 Hour)
2 Walking/Hiking 3 200
Other Optional Kayaking & Stand-Up Paddleboarding
3 Walking/Hiking 3 400 5 700
4 Walking/Hiking 3 400
Kayaking Mangrove Estuary (1.5 Hours)
5 Walking/Hiking 1 100
Other Optional Kayaking, Paddleboarding & Snorkeling
Other Devil's Island Tour (45 Minutes)
6 Other Optional Kayaking, Standup Paddle-boarding & Snorkeling
7 Walking/Hiking 2 1000 3 1200
Other Overnight Panama Canal Crossing
8 Other Casco Viejo Walking Tour (1.25 Hours)
 

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, 7 dinners, 6 lunches

Also Included

  • Expert Backroads Trip Leaders, on ship and on shore
  • Off-the-beaten path exploration
  • Access to all ship amenities
  • Impeccable and personalized service from ship staff and Backroads Leaders
  • Exclusive activities that amplify your appreciation and understanding of the local culture
  • Exclusive routes
  • Gratuities on ship and on shore handled by your Backroads Leaders
  • Exploring lesser known routes away from busy ports
  • Private walking tours with expert guides
  • Access to all ship activities and excursions

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.

ACCOMMODATIONS, GROUP SIZE & MEALS

The ship we sail on is your floating hotel for the entire trip, letting you visit a new region each day without having to unpack and pack up your bags! This 62-passenger ship is small by ocean standards and custom‐designed with inviting common spaces to take in the coastal views. The Safari Voyager is comfortable and casual in nature and built specifically for an active journey in tropical climates. The small size allows us to access some of the more remote parts of Costa Rica and Panama without having to do long land transfers. Please note that internet is not available aboard the ship. Due to the unique nature of our active Ocean Cruise trips, we welcome more guests on each departure than on our land-based trips, which are limited to 20 guests for Walking & Hiking and 26 guests for Biking and Multi-Adventure trips. This allows us to create our own robust active community with that special Backroads camaraderie during our sea voyage together. With a choice of fantastic multi-adventure activity options each day designed specifically for Backroads guests, rest assured that you'll have plenty of like-minded travelers with whom to paddle, hike, snorkel, birdwatch and more. Our unique connections—which include both Backroads Trip Leaders and additional local naturalists and experts—allow for the ultimate combination of legendary Backroads service and exclusive local experiences. Meals and shore activities are organized into smaller groups, ensuring the same unparalleled support and attention as on any other Backroads trip.

ITINERARY

Our daily itinerary is based on scheduled sailing times, and as a result, some days have more opportunities for exploring on land while other days have more time exploring by Zodiac or aboard ship.
In addition, the fluctuating weather may result in delays to port departures and trip itinerary changes, but rest assured that your Backroads Trip Leaders are always prepared to make necessary adjustments to ensure a great trip while keeping safety the top priority.

ACTIVITY LEVEL

As with other Level 1-2 Backroads trips, the distances traveled are on the shorter and easier side, though some activities—like hiking through the jungle on the Osa Peninsula—might be a little more difficult due to the hot and humid climate.

STATEROOM CATEGORIES

In contrast to our usual land-based trips, which have similar room categories, Ocean Cruise trips may offer a wide range of stateroom categories. The top-tier staterooms often fill fast so book as early as possible if this is important to you.

Why Travel with Backroads in Costa Rica and Panama

The Best Leaders in Costa Rica and Panama

Backroads has the best-qualified people to lead your trip in Costa Rica and Panama, 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 and Panama 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.

Everyone at Their Own Pace

We design and support our Costa Rica and Panama 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.

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.

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!

Plenty of Kids on Your Trip

It may be hard to imagine being on a family trip with no other families on it—but it happens regularly with some companies. On a Backroads Family Adventure there are typically several families on each departure, creating more opportunities for your kids to make new friends as they try fun things together – which is a big part of the experience.

Tweens, Teens and the Rest

The activities on Backroads Family Adventures are designed with all of you in mind. We've got easier routes designed for younger kids' abilities – and attention spans—and great longer options scaled to fit the tastes and energy levels of tweens, teens and adults. To narrow down the best choices for your family, take a look at our age guidelines.

A Great Trip for Teens

This Family Adventure, with its blend of challenging activities and cool places to explore, is ready to erase the doubtful looks of the toughest travel critics around: teenagers. We're not saying there won't be a single eye-rolling response (or the odd WhatsApp exchange with the gang back home), but this trip has plenty to keep teens in the moment and part of the family.

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 and Panama 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.

We've Set the Standard

For nearly four decades we've worked to earn and maintain our right to call Backroads the world's #1 active travel company. In pursuing that vision on behalf of our guests, we believe we've set the standard for our industry—captured in the Backroads Quality Guide, which clearly sets out the benchmarks of excellence, choice and support that we live by

Quality You Can Measure

Since 1979, Backroads Founder and President Tom Hale has shown that staying #1 means constantly evaluating our performance using the best possible source of information: our guests. As we systematically analyze your feedback on our trip consultants, leaders, hotels, meals and on-trip activities, we never stop working to make a great company even better.

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.  

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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.

ACCOMMODATIONS, GROUP SIZE & MEALS

The ship we sail on is your floating hotel for the entire trip, letting you visit a new region each day without having to unpack and pack up your bags! This 62-passenger ship is small by ocean standards and custom‐designed with inviting common spaces to take in the coastal views. The Safari Voyager is comfortable and casual in nature and built specifically for an active journey in tropical climates. The small size allows us to access some of the more remote parts of Costa Rica and Panama without having to do long land transfers. Please note that internet is not available aboard the ship. Due to the unique nature of our active Ocean Cruise trips, we welcome more guests on each departure than on our land-based trips, which are limited to 20 guests for Walking & Hiking and 26 guests for Biking and Multi-Adventure trips. This allows us to create our own robust active community with that special Backroads camaraderie during our sea voyage together. With a choice of fantastic multi-adventure activity options each day designed specifically for Backroads guests, rest assured that you'll have plenty of like-minded travelers with whom to paddle, hike, snorkel, birdwatch and more. Our unique connections—which include both Backroads Trip Leaders and additional local naturalists and experts—allow for the ultimate combination of legendary Backroads service and exclusive local experiences. Meals and shore activities are organized into smaller groups, ensuring the same unparalleled support and attention as on any other Backroads trip.

ITINERARY

Our daily itinerary is based on scheduled sailing times, and as a result, some days have more opportunities for exploring on land while other days have more time exploring by Zodiac or aboard ship.
In addition, the fluctuating weather may result in delays to port departures and trip itinerary changes, but rest assured that your Backroads Trip Leaders are always prepared to make necessary adjustments to ensure a great trip while keeping safety the top priority.

ACTIVITY LEVEL

As with other Level 1-2 Backroads trips, the distances traveled are on the shorter and easier side, though some activities—like hiking through the jungle on the Osa Peninsula—might be a little more difficult due to the hot and humid climate.

STATEROOM CATEGORIES

In contrast to our usual land-based trips, which have similar room categories, Ocean Cruise trips may offer a wide range of stateroom categories. The top-tier staterooms often fill fast so book as early as possible if this is important to you.
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