Traveling with your family is a great way to create wonderful memories. In Costa Rica, you and your children will have a wonderful time doing adventurous activities together. All the activities have been selected to be family and kid-friendly.


  • Explore the active Arenal Volcano with the kids, a perfect-shaped cone
  • Go hiking with the family to the 60-meter high La Fortuna Waterfall
  • See wildlife in their natural habitat on a jungle hike in the Curu Reserve
  • Take a boat tour in the Pacific Ocean where you can spot dolphins

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This itinerary is designed to be family and children friendly, each of the activities mentioned can be done by children.  The itinerary has plenty of time on the beach for kids to just relax and chase the surf.  This itinerary can also be done as a self-drive adventure, you will have the option to take some side trips and explore a bit off the beaten path.  

Brief Itinerary

Day Destination Overnight
Day 1 San José (Arrival) San José
Day 2 San José - La Fortuna/Arenal Volcano La Fortuna
Day 3 La Fortuna/Arenal Volcano - Tambor Beach Tambor Beach
Day 4 Tambor Beach Tambor Beach
Day 5 Tambor Beach - San José San José
Day 6 Departure from San José  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Costa Rica

After you arrive in Costa Rica, you will feel the Pura Vida vibe. A representative will be waiting for you at the airport to take you in a private transfer to your hotel in Arenal Volcano, located around 2.5 hours away from the capital city San Jose. Along the way, you will appreciate the charm Costa Rica provide to the visitors. Overnight in Arenal Volcano area at Arenal Springs Resort. 

Day 2: Arenal Volcano and Exploring the Area

Today you will experience the best of the Arenal Volcano region. First, you will visit the hanging bridges, a place perfect to explore the forest from the tree tops. Then you will hike down to one of the most astonishing waterfalls in the place, La Fortuna Waterfall, where you can dip in the fresh waters. Afterward, you will have a nature walk through the forest of the Arenal Volcano National Park. Overnight in Arenal at Arenal Springs Resort.

Day 3: Discover the Nicoya Peninsula

After experiencing the forests around Arenal Volcano, you'll be delighted by the exotic landscapes along the coast of the Nicoya Peninsula. You'll have the afternoon free to enjoy the amenities of the hotel or just to relax at the beach. Overnight in Tambor Beach at Tango Mar Boutique hotel.

Day 4: Discovering Nicoya Peninsula

A full day of activities will start with a boat ride in the calm waters of the Pacific Ocean to the Curu Reserva. At this unusual place, you will hike the trails to try to detect the inhabitants of the reserve. The trip will continue with the boat to a white sand beach island called Tortuga. You'll have a wide choice of activities to choose from. To finish the day, a safari to the mangrove forest will be the last part of the adventure. Overnight in Tambor Beach at Tango Mar Boutique hotel.

Day 5: The Capital City San Jose

Today we'll return to the capital city of Costa Rica, San Jose. Once you arrive, you'll have some free time to explore the city, visit the museums, or go for a walk down the Avenida Central. Overnight in San Jose at Grano de Oro Hotel. Breakfast included.

Day 6: Adios Costa Rica!

The last day in Costa Rica, you will be picked up from your hotel to take you flight home from the Juan Santamaria International Airport.

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