Costa Rica
  • 7 days/6 nights
  • Next Departure: Dec 23, 2018
  • From $3,498 / person
  • (Varies single supplement) Children: From $3,148

Experience a Family Vacation in Costa Rica!

Join us on this action-packed family adventure in Costa Rica. As one of the world’s greatest destinations for family travel, Costa Rica invites to you and yours to discover the natural beauty and welcoming culture of Latin America’s ecotourism gem. Our expert guides can’t wait to introduce you to these endless treasures, sharing the hidden secrets of one of our favorite custom trips ever. From Arenal to Manuel Antonio, swim crystalline bays, hike in cloud forests, rappel down refreshing waterfalls and surf in the Caribbean. Explore National Parks in search of curious spider monkeys, drowsy sloths, screeching toucans, poison dart frogs and creepy-crawly bugs. All the while, the perfect balance of adventure and luxury awaits you, whether you’re in a dripping jungle or walking along a white sand beach. Relax at the finest regional accommodations and savor Costa Rica’s divine cuisine. Each day filled with Austin’s signature touch of inspired, thoughtful service, you’re sure to receive a true taste of Pura Vida!

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  • New Trips of 2019!
  • Latin America Vacations
  • Family
  • Hiking
  • Horseback

Activity Level: Moderately Easy (2)

This Tour

Welcome to Costa Rica - a land of unspoiled scenic beauty, protected ecological habitat, and one of the world’s most family-friendly destinations

  • Watch from the rim of Poas Volcano as smoke and steam rise from a bubbling, green, rain-fed lake
  • Hike through lush interior to La Paz Waterfall Gardens for a picnic lunch at the base of Peace Falls
  • Ride horses into the picturesque hills of Arenal national Park
  • Savor the sweet smell of orchids and ferns at the Danaus Nature Reserve, keeping an eye out for resident sloths, iguanas, basilisks, bats, frogs, and butterflies
  • Take a private surfing lesson from the beach in Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Enjoy a day of leisure exploring the coral reefs and crystalline waters of Costa Rica’s  central Pacific coast
  • Relax and recharge at the end of the day with the finger-licking flavors of authentic Costa Rican cuisine and a restful sleep in the comfort of your carefully selected resort
Arenal Hanging Bridges Costa Rica Vacations
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"This trip was definitely organized with families in mind. It was the perfect vacation for our teens."

Monica C Raleigh, NC

"Great quality trip. Everyone we worked with on the Austin Adventures' team was so honest. Safety was very important to our guides, and that was reassuring. Everyone was professional to a fault."

Natalie K Toronto, ON

"We all enjoyed the trip immensely. Everything was perfectly arranged and timed."

Lorraine S Saratoga, NY

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Tour Itinerary

7 days/6 nights

San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO)

Day 1: San Jose
Costa Rica Vacations
Meals Included:  No meals
Overnight: Xandari Resort

Arrive at the San José International Airport and transfer to your hotel for the evening. Once you arrive, there will be a brief orientation before you are free to explore San José and enjoy a delectable local meal on your own.

About Xandari Resort
Xandari Resort & Spa offers the quintessential Costa Rica experience. The property’s forest reserve, with five waterfalls and miles of trails for bird-watching, provides the nature guests expect from a visit to Costa Rica.

Day 2: Poás Volcano Foothills / La Paz Waterfall Gardens
Poás Volcano Foothills / La Paz Waterfall Gardens
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Tabacon Resort

This morning we'll make our way on a scenic journey through coffee plantations, strawberry fields and lush dairy farms • In the afternoon, hike through lush interior to La Paz Waterfall Gardens for a picnic lunch at the base of Peace Falls • Finish up the day learning about traditional Costa Rican farming at Arenal Vida Campesina Organic Farm followed by an authentic meal

About Tabacon Resort
Tabacon Grand Spa offers the unique combination of the energy of the Arenal Volcano, the heat of the Tabacon Hot Springs and the purity and mystic of the surrounding rainforest blend into what many have described as “paradise” or “the eight-wonder of the world”. Tabacon offers a selection of luxurious rooms and suites, all beautifully appointed with rich handicrafts and furnishings made by Costa Rican artisans.

Day 3: Arenal National Park
Arenal National Park
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Tabacon Resort

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and take off on a brief transfer to our horseback ride • Mount a horse and ride off into the picturesque hills of Arenal Volcano, riding through cattle fields and beautiful primary forest along the way • Take in views of the Arenal Volcano, dense forests, and the vast Arenal Lake and afterwards, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant • Gear up for an afternoon of canyoning and get the adrenaline pumping • After all the adventure, return to the resort for dinner

Day 4: Danaus Reserve
Danaus Reserve
Meals Included:  B, L, D

This morning takes us to the Danaus Nature Reserve on a guided nature hike • Savor the sweet smell of orchids and ferns, keeping an eye out for resident sloths, iguanas, basilisks, bats, frogs, and butterflies • Depart for a five hour land transfer to Manuel Antonio situated on the central Pacific coast • Stop for lunch en route • Check into our accommodation for the next two nights and enjoy the cuisine at a local’s favorite restaurant

About Hotel Si Como
Located along Costa Rica's Central Pacific coast, Si Como No is a uniquely special Manuel Antonio Resort Spa and Wildlife Refuge that sits atop one of the most idyllic hillsides in Manuel Antonio.

The resort's lush jungle terraces and brilliantly vivid gardens overlook the sparkling ocean just above world-renown Manuel Antonio National Park. Of all the resorts of Manuel Antonio, you won't find a more luxurious, laid-back environment than that of the award-winning Si Como No hotel.

Day 5: Manuel Antonio National Park
Costa Rica family tour
Meals Included:  B, L, D

Start the day with a hike through evergreen forests, lush swamps, and expansive white sand beaches in Manuel Antonio National Park • Break for lunch en route at a local restaurant • Meet your instructors on the beach for private surfing lessons on the Manuel Antonio shore • Drive back to the hotel and enjoy dinner in the resort's restaurant

Day 6: Manuel Antonio National Park
Surfing in Costa Rica
Meals Included:  B

Today is yours to spend lounging on the beach with your feet in the sand or practicing your newly acquired surfing skills • You may also choose to sign up for any of the different activities in the area at an additional cost.

Day 7: San Jose
San Jose
Meals Included:  B

Have breakfast at the hotel and board a chartered flight to San José where you'll board your flight for home

* This trip is operated in partnership with Costa Rica Sun Tours.

** Trip itineraries are subject to change without notice due to road, weather and other factors outside of our control, for the safety and enjoyment of our guests, as deemed necessary and appropriate by Austin Adventures.

Dates, Rates
& Details

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  • 7 days/6 nights
  • Next Departure: Dec 23, 2018
  • From $3,498 / person
  • (Varies single supplement) Children: From $3,148

Confirmed Departures

  • Dec 23, 2018

Recommended Travel Months

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Additional Trip Information

  • On Day 1, arrive in San Jose and transfer from the airport to the Xandari Resort.
  • On Day 7, you will be transferred from Manuel Antonio to San Jose where you'll board your plane for home.
  • Hiking: Easy to moderately strenuous hikes ranging from 1.5 to 3 miles (1 - 3 hours) through national parks and nature reserves.
  • Horseback Riding: Relaxed 2.5 hour ride overlooking Arenal Volcano and Lake.
  • Canyoning: Tour includes a short rappel, hanging bridge, zip line and mellow hike. Guides provide detailed instructions on how to use equipment. No experience necessary.
  • Surfing: No experience necessary, kid-friendly. Guides will provide detailed instructions.


The hallmark of an Austin Adventures vacation is our exceptional dining. All meals are included as indicated by itinerary. (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner). Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities are not included in the trip price.

Included in Trip Price
  • Double occupancy rooms with private baths. Rooms often accommodate 3 or 4 people.
  • All breakfasts, lunches, dinners as listed in itinerary.
  • Fully trained, bilingual, professional guides and knowledgeable local partners.
  • Any necessary equipment - all safe and well maintained.
  • Vehicle support and land transportation during the trip.
  • Local flights on Days 4 & 7
  • Austin Adventures T-shirt and luggage tags.
  • Pre-departure and packing information.
  • Incidental expenses such as taxes, dining and housekeeping gratuities, local partner and expert gratuities and national park entrance and permit fees.
Not Included in Trip Price
  • Gratuities to Austin Adventures guides.
  • Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities.
  • Dinner on Night 1.
  • Extra activities not designated in itinerary.
  • Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses.
  • Air and land transportation to/from host cities.
  • All types of personal insurance.
  • Personal expenses.

With over 20-years of experience in the adventure travel industry, we've perfected the recipe for crafting award-winning small group trips and custom itineraries on all seven continents. On every departure, we aim to exceed your expectations with best-in-class service, expert guides and the finest in regional cuisine and accommodations. From first-time travelers to seasoned alumni, our guests agree that on each Austin Adventures journey , the hardest part truly is going home. We're happy to share that 99.26% of these travelers say they'd join us again...and again...and again. But don't take our word for it. Our guests say it best:

Planned down to every last detail. Meticulous! Our guide Johon was superb!

Anna G, Charlotte, NC

Well organized, always helpful!

Chuck H, Glen Ellyn, IL

We all enjoyed the trip immensely. Everything perfectly arranged and timed.

Lorraine S, Saratoga, NY

Overall we were very pleased with the guide and itinerary. Good match with the other family.

Vicki B, Dillsburg, PA

Organized with families in mind. perfect for our teens.

Monica C, Raleigh, NC
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A few more reasons why you've gotta go
  • 1. Monkeys: They're everywhere! There's nothing quite like seeing (or hearing) one leap from tree to tree right above your head.
  • 2. Butterflies: Learn about the life-cycle of nearly 1,000 species of butterflies.
  • 3. Kick-back time: Get swept away in tropical bliss as you swim in the clear waters of a refreshing waterfall or walk in the surf along a white-sand beach.
  • 4. Birds of a feather: Home to 893 recorded bird species, Costa Rica is a birder's paradise!
  • 5. In-the-field expertise: From sharing regional folklore to orchestrating seamless group dynamics, our guides keep their eyes on the details, ensuring that the hardest part of your vacation truly is going home.

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