Visit Costa Rica: My favorite Family-Focused Trip Itinerary
Updated: Mar 29
Here at MPT, we absolutely love working with families to create their dream vacations where they're able to connect through the perfect sweet-spot of relaxation and activities. If you're thinking about visiting South or Central America, Costa Rica is a fantastic destination choice.
Costa Rica, meaning Rich Coast, is a natural playground for adventurous families! Rainforests, volcanoes, and miles of gorgeous coasts - there's so much to do and explore.
Here's a sample itinerary highlighting some of the locations and activities you can experience on your vacation to Costa Rica.
COSTA RICA 9 days
DAYS 1 & 2
Meet up with your guides in San Jose - your airport transfer is included and pre-arranged so there are no worries in a new country.
Venture up into the misty cloud forests of Monteverde where you'll visit a working farm to explore the coffee-making process and a culinary class, followed by a farm-to-table lunch.
Enjoy some free time to settle into your hotel. In the evening head out on a guided nature hike with a naturalist to explore nocturnal life in the rainforest, from red-eyed tree frogs to spiny porcupines.
Begin your morning visiting the Monteverde Institute, a research and educational organization supported by National Geographic. You'll have a chance to roll up your sleeves and provide hands-on help with the tree nursery after a short educational lesson.
The rest of your day can be spent hanging at the pool amidst the breathtaking views, or choose from several optional excursions including zip-lining through the treetops and a walk through the forest canopy across hanging bridges
Today you'll travel into Rincón de la Vieja National Park, a dreamy land deep inside the rainforest of smoking volcanoes, bubbling mud pots, and thermal hot springs. Playing in the mud and hot springs is encouraged, relaxing, and fun for all!
After washing up, end the evening with a visit to a local butterfly garden.
Get ready for another fun day exploring Rincón de la Vieja National Park.
Today's activities include:
a horseback-riding excursion
a naturalist-guided wildlife hike
a swim in the tumbling waterfalls of the Río Negro
Or, take a rest day at the gorgeous resort relaxing poolside!
Today you'll journey to the Pacific Ocean to Playa Potrero on the Gold Coast of Costa Rica. The afternoon is free to play in the sand and surf or opt to set sail across the bay and around the Catalina Islands.
After a week of exploring, today's the day to unwind at your gorgeous resort, the Bahia del sol Hotel in Playa Potrero. Lounge at the pool, walk the sandy beaches and take a yoga class by the water.
Say goodbye to the coast because today you're returning to Costa Rica's capital, San Jose. But your adventures aren't quite over - stop en route for a jungle boat cruise through Palo Verde National Park!
See rainforest animals you've never encountered before: crocodiles gliding the water's
surface, monkeys swinging through the trees, and incredible birds circling above.
Finally, continue to San Jose and end the day celebrating your adventure at a farewell dinner.
Sadly, your tropical journey has come to an end and you'll return home today with rich memories that will last forever!
Conveniently, many of our packages include most meals, excursions, activities, tours, and everything you need for a perfect getaway - made easy for you! Just pack your bags and enjoy.
Who can go?
Most of our family tours are perfect for families and groups of all ages and sizes. We can create custom itineraries based on the ages of children, activity level, and special interests.
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