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Costa Rica Family Vacation Package: Volcano, Hot springs, and Beach

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8 Days
San Jose, Costa Rica
Min Age : All ages
Tour Description
8 Days Costa Rica Tour: San Jose, Arenal Volcano, Rainforest, and Beaches

In just one week, experience Costa Rica’s most iconic destinations – San Jose, Arenal Volcano, and Punta Leonis. At the same time, you’ll experience Costa Rica like a local. The warm hospitality of your local guide is what makes this Costa Rica tour truly exceptional. 

Stop at off the beaten path attractions along the way, travel at your own pace. Linger in the rainforest if you wish, feed your curiosity and ask all your questions. If your kids need a break, you’ll have the freedom to flex your schedule – that’s the beauty of a private guided tour of Costa Rica.

The highlights of this trip include

  • visiting a beautiful hot spring water park
  • hiking through the rainforest on hanging bridges
  • encountering monkeys and countless tropical birds in the rainforests
  • getting up close to an active volcano
  • enjoying the beautiful beaches of the Central Pacific Coast



Why Book This Trip?
Fantastic guides
No stress travel
Upclose & Hands-on
Trekaroo Perks

Trekaroo has negotiated exclusive perks for our families! When you book this trip through Trekaroo, claim one of these three bonus upgrades*. 

  • Half day cultural exchange visit to a local school  
  • Plant-a-tree experience – a hands on environmental educational experience
  • Free drinks and snacks in the car

*Valid only on bookings that include a host/guide/driver/vacation package for a minimum of 6 days for 2 people.


Day 1Arrive in San Jose

Your drive host/guide/driver will meet you at the airport. Provide private transportation to your hotel in San Jose. You’ll receive your welcome kit and your kids will be introduced to Costa Rica Family Holiday’s unique and playful treasure hunt experience.

Overnight in San Jose at Hotel Crown Plaza Corobici or similar – 1 room with 2 queen beds.
Meals Included: None

Day 2Volcano Irazu

After breakfast, your guide/driver will pick you up at your hotel for a guided visit to Irazu Volcano. Get close to an active volcano and the beautiful nature surrounding it.

Then, get back to San Jose for a guided visit to the main cultural attractions of San Jose like the Central Market, the National Theater and visit the Jade Museum or the Children Museum (available according to the Museum schedule).
Lunch included at a local restaurant

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in San Jose at Hotel Crown Plaza Corobici or similar – 1 room with 2 queen beds.

Day 3Sarchi enroute to Arenal

After breakfast at your hotel, your driver/guide will pick you up and take a road trip to the Arenal volcano region. Along the way, stop at the artisan town of Sarchi famous for the iconic Costa Rican painted oxcarts. Visit an old oxcart factory still powered the traditional way by a waterwheel. Then learn to paint your wheel with a local artisan.

Overnight in Arenal at Hotel Montaña de Fuego or similar – 1 room with 2 queen beds.
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 4Arenal: Rainforest & Hotsprings

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel. Then choose from one of the following 1/2 day activities.

– Guided hike through a series of hanging bridges in a rainforest
– Floating river safari tour on the Peñas Blancas River
– Cultural visit with Maleku Indians, one of Costa Rica’s indigenous people groups

In the evening enjoy a relaxing dinner and soak at Kalambu Hot Springs and Water Slide Park.

Overnight in Arenal at Montana de Fuego – standard family room with two queen and 1 single bed
Meals included: breakfast, dinner

Day 5Tarcoles River Safari enroute to Central Pacific Coast

Following breakfast, hit the road again with our private driver/guide to the beach town of Punta Leona on the Central Pacific Coast. Along the way, stop at the Tárcoles River, enjoy a river safari boat tour. Get up close to 17-feet long crocodiles, magnificent birds, and wildlife. Enjoy lunch before continuing on to your beach hotel on the Central Pacific Coast.

Overnight in the Central Pacific Coast at Punta Leona Hotel or similar – one room with two double beds
Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

Day 6 & 7Central Pacific Coast - Free and Easy Beach Days

The Central Pacific Coast of Costa Rica is an ecologically diverse region known as the transitional rainforest. National Parks and private reserves in the area are teaming with wildlife. It’s quieter white sand beaches are wonderful for relaxing and playing as a family. There is also great surfing and snorkeling in the warm clear waters.

On this beach day, enjoy the beach and facilities at your hotel. Your guide/driver is available if you want to explore the area, see neighboring beaches and towns, go out for lunch or dinner, visit the supermarket, make spa reservations or just to help you out with the kids.

Overnight in the Central Pacific Coast at Punta Leona Hotel or similar – one room with two double beds
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 8Back to San Jose for your flight home

It’s time to head home today. After breakfast, your driver/guide will drive you from your hotel in the Central Pacific Coast to San Jose Airport. The Transfer from Punta Leona to San Jose is 90 minutes. We recommend booking an afternoon flight for your return home. Remember that you have to be at the airport 3 hours before your flight at the airport.

Meals included: breakfast

Price Includes

  • 7 Nights hotel accommodation (1 San Jose, 3 Arenal, 3 Central Pacific Coast)
  • Entrance, tours, and workshop fees described in the itinerary
  • Meet and greet at the airport and transfers
  • Bilingual host/guide/driver/captain for your whole trip
  • Private air-conditioned transportation
  • Family welcome kit and treasure hunt experience
  • Meals (Daily breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinner)
  • One COMPLIMENTARY Trekaroo Perk

Price Excludes

  • Flights to/from San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Meals not mentioned in itinerary
  • Tips
  • Visa fees
  • Tourism sales and airport tax
  • Room Service Fees
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Travel Insurance
About this Costa Rica Tour Operator
Costa Rica Family Tours Expert

Costa Rica Family Holidays is Trekaroo’s trusted operator for Costa Rica tours for families. Each family itinerary is custom built for individual families by 100% Costa Rica based experts. The husband and wife team of Stephanie and Emilio Sheehy are parents and understand kids. They leverage their deep local connections, to craft immersive hand-on experiences. Their personalized family trips are completely unique. A highly knowledgeable bilingual guide begins and ends the journey with you. He wears multiple hats as host, guide, driver, translator, and fixer. It is the difference between visiting a county like a tourist and visiting a local friend showing you the country he loves. 

Costa Rica Family Holidays has well established local relationships that will secure you the best rates and ensure special accommodations are met. They are leaders in accessible travel within Costa Rica. 

Why we love Costa Rica Family Holidays

“Our family of 5 traveled with Costa Rica Family Holidays last year. We were particularly impressed with our local naturalist guide who acted as our host, driver, and guide. He made sure that as a mom, I didn’t have to worry about the logistics. I was free to enjoy every adventure as much as my kids. We loved that he would take us to local places to eat and was happy to answer our kids’ myriad of questions about everything under the sun. Our kids have not stopped talking about Costa Rica ever since.

– LiLing Pang, Trekaroo Founder and CEO 

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