Family Escape

This trip is specially designed for families with children that want to make a safe but adventurous trip through Costa Rica! In this package we selected great lodges that offer a lot of options to do around for the kids, so you can have some relaxation while the kids are entertained. 

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION San Jose, Costa Rica
DURATION OF TRIP 18 Nights
ADVISED MONTHS OF TRAVEL All year around (Jul-Sep for spotting turtles)
INCLUDED
Airport Transfers
18 Nights Lodging w/Breakfast Included
2 Nights in San Jose
2 Nights in Tortuguero
3 Nights in Puerto Viejo
2 Nights in La Fortuna
2 Nights in Upala
2 Nights in Monteverde
2 Nights in Vergel de Punta Mala
3 Nights in Manuel Antonio
All meals included in Tortuguero
Boat tours through the Tortuguero Canals
Visit to the Tortuguero Village
English speaking guide in Tortuguero
Bike Tour
Rafting Tour from Puerto Viejo to La Fortuna including breakfast, lunch and professional guide
4×4 Rental Car w/basic Insurance for 2 drivers for 12 days
Canopy/Zip-line Tour
Trimaran Sailing Tour
24/7 Natural Mystic Travel Assistance
NOT INCLUDED
Flights
Meals other than included
Personal expenses and tips
Gasoline and optional full coverage Insurance

 

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Day 1: Arrival

Upon arrival your driver will wait for you at the airport. He will bring you to your hotel downtown San Jose where you will spend your first night. Your hotel offers comfortable rooms and is located nearby many great restaurants and shops.
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Day 2: Tortuguero National Park

Early in the morning, starting at 6 am, you can have breakfast. Around 6.30 AM your English speaking Tortuguero guide will pick you up at your hotel. In an air conditioned bus you will drive through the forest of Braulio Carrillo and you might just see the Turrialba Volcano spitting gasses and smoke on a clear day. After one and a half hours’ drive you will arrive at a restaurant where your Costa Rican breakfast is served. The route will continue along big banana fields until you reach the dock. The last part of today’s journey will be by boat, so get your camera’s ready for the wildlife you will encounter on this last leg of the trip.

Upon your arrival at the Laguna Lodge it is lunch time and you can taste the delicious Caribbean dishes at the restaurant. In the afternoon your guide will take you on a tour to the Tortuguero Village and he or she will tell you more about the National Park of Tortuguero and its inhabitants (animals and people).

The rest of the afternoon will free be to relax at the pool, walk at the beach, have a drink at the river bar or stroll around the lodge to find sloths, monkeys, toucans and other beautiful species until dinner will be served.

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Day 3: Tortuguero National Park

This morning you will experience the jungle waking up in a boat tour through the canals of Tortuguero. Depending the weather circumstances the tour may leave before or after breakfast. No matter the departure time, you will hear and see all animals looking for food and sunlight. Your guide will tour this boat trip so you will learn about the animals in their habitat. In the afternoon your guide will take you on another tour; an easy walk to discover more wildlife and explain you about the abundant nature. All meals are included during your stay, as well as coffee, tea, water and cookies.

The turtle nesting season is from July until September; when visiting during this time of the year, you are able to take a turtle tour for $35 per person.

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Day 4: Southern Caribbean

It is time to leave the Tortuguero paradise after breakfast. By boat and bus you will head to Guapiles. Here your lunch will be served and your transfer will await you to bring you to the Southern Caribbean beaches; Puerto Viejo in about three hours..

Your hotel will be Azania Bungalows; this beautiful hotel is located straight at the Cocles beach and has all ingredients for a great stay; great rooms, excellent service.

The small village of Puerto Viejo is vibrant and there is always something happening; live music, many great restaurants and a night of dancing underneath the stars with your feet in the Caribbean sand will add to the Caribbean feeling.

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Day 5: Puerto Viejo

A full day in Puerto Viejo and around. The local bus will bring you to Cahuita in just 20 minutes, where you are able to enjoy the beautiful National Park of Cahuita. This park is easy to walk on your own and you will see lots of monkeys, sloths, snakes, raccoons, birds and many more species!

The coast line spreads out from Cahuita all the way to Manzanillo Gandoca; into the Amistad national park. The beaches invite for sunbathing and the different bays each offer another activity; surfing, snorkeling, kayaking, stand up paddling and swimming.

Another great thing to do is to visit the Jaguar Rescue Center. This center is a great place to visit as you will be able to see the animals from very close. They are open 2 times a day; 09:30 and 11:30 for a tour and has an entrance fee cost of $20 per person. By visiting the Jaguar Center, your donation will go directly to caring for our rainforest guests.

Koki Beach is without a doubt one of our personal favorite restaurants in town; wonderful food and a Caribbean stylish ambiance.

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Day 6: Discover the Caribbean Coast by bike

Today you will have a bicycle tour included! Our guide will pick you up from your hotel early in the morning. You will start cycling towards Manzanillo and he will give you all the ins and outs of the Caribbean Jungle while you are heading here.
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Day 7: Pacuare River Rafting towards the Volcano

Today it’s time for more adventure as you will head towards the volcano by rafting the Pacuare River. The tour includes professional guides, breakfast, lunch and will drop you off at your hotel in La Fortuna. As you come closer to La Fortuna you will see the perfectly shaped active Arenal Volcano from a distance. For the next two nights your hotel will be Arenal Springs Hotel; a beautiful lodge and rooms with a private terrace and a great view of the Arenal Volcano. You can relax in the Jacuzzi, swimming pool or in-house Hot Springs, stroll around the lodge in search for birds, monkeys and sloths or just enjoy the wonderful view of the majestic Arenal volcano.
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Day 8: Arenal Volcano

Today you’ll have the whole day to discover the area. Your rental car will be delivered at your hotel in the morning. It will be a Suzuki Gran Vistara 4×4 (or similar) for the rest of your travels.

There is a lot to do here: canyoning, hanging bridges, hot springs, the waterfall of La Fortuna…Let us know if you would like to book a fun tour in advance or we can also add this once you are here.

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Day 9: La Carolina Lodge

Today you will head out to one of our ‘special family lodges’; la Carolina Lodge in Upala. The lodge overlooks a fresh water river and lush tropical forest, nestled on the eastern slopes of Volcano Tenorio, the home of the famous Rio Celeste Waterfall where you will be able to enjoy a unique ‘Pura Vida’ experience. The lodge offers something for everyone; enjoy a refreshing swim in the crystal clear river, relax in a one-of-a-kind wood-fired hot tub, sun on the deck, walk through the lush tropical forest, bird watch while sitting on the veranda, go horseback riding or milk the cows…
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Day 10: La Carolina Lodge

A full day to enjoy everything that the lodge has to offer. The onsite Costa Rican wildlife includes an array of birds, including toucans, parrots, hummingbirds, oropendulas and many more. You will also be able to spot monkeys, sloths, anteaters, kinkajous and coatis.
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Day 11: Monteverde Cloud Forest

Today you will have a 3-hour drive ahead towards Monteverde. The drive is very beautiful as you will also pass the lake of Arenal. At the other side of the lake a scenic route will bring you your destination. When getting close to Monteverde you will have great views of the lake, the valley and the coffee plantations. Your hotel for two nights will be Monteverde Country Lodge.

After your arrival you can opt for a coffee and chocolate tour, or a twilight walk to see the animals that are active after sunset! We can make reservations for your preferred tours.

Santa Elena has some very nice dining options. We love to have dinner in the excellent Treehouse; a memorable dinner in the top of a tree!

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Day 12: Flying like Tarzan

Today you have a canopy tour included: swinging through the treetops like tarzan! For the ones that are scared of flying, no worries, the cloud forest is great to see during a guided walk along the Hanging Bridges as well. You can choose! Transportation and professional guides are included. If you want to make a birding tour, we recommend a guided hanging bridges tour early in the morning! You might even see the Resplendent Quetzal!

In the afternoon you can explore the Monteverde National Park or the Santa Elena reserve. The trails are well marked and lead through the ancient cloud forest; a beautiful piece of preserved nature!

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Day 13: Towards the Pacific Coast

In the morning you will depart to another one of our ‘specialty lodges’; Rio Tico Lodge. On your way here, you will drive by Rio Tarcoles. Here you will find the biggest population of crocodiles in Central America! A lot of fun to see these pre-historic animals from above. Some of them are as big as 5 meters long! You can also choose to make a tour on this river to see these animals from up close in a boat. After that, you will head on towards Rio Tico Lodge located at Punta Verga Mala, or as we call it ‘the whale coast’.

Rio Tico Safari Lodge offers nine Safari Tent Bungalows on the shore of de Vergel de Punta Mala river. The tents will give you the unique feeling of ‘being one’ with the overwhelming nature of Costa Rica as you will wake up with the sounds of birds or howler monkey’s. The tents feature your own bathroom with hot water, a big veranda, and a beautiful view on the river in which you can enjoy a refreshing swim!

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Day 14: Rio Tico Lodge

Today you have a full day to enjoy all that Rio Tico Lodge has to offer. Go for a hike through the rainforest to spot howler monkeys, sloths, frogs and many bird species, or explore the beautiful waterfall. Another option could be a visit to the beaches of Playa Tortuga located at just 6 kilometers from the lodge..
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Day 15: Manuel Antonio

Today you it’s just a short drive towards Manuel Antonio. Manuel Antonio is a place where you will not get bored. The beaches are breathtaking, The National Park full of wildlife like sloths and monkeys and the sunsets are spectacular! You will be staying at the beautiful Costa Verde where you will have your own family bungalow with your own kitchenette.
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Day 16: Manuel Antonio National Park

A full day in Manuel Antonio today. We suggest to visit the National Park and make sure you get there early as this time of year it can be very warm and the animals are most active early morning. The national park opens at 7 am and guides offer their services at the park’s entrance. You don’t need a guide as the trails are very accessible and well-marked. For sure you will see a lot of wildlife! Don’t forget to bring your swim gear as the crystal clear Pacific waters will invite you for a dip!
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Day 17: Trimaran Sailing Tour

To finish your vacation with a big bang, we included a sailing & snorkeling trip for you. You will board a trimaran to spot the dolphins and sometimes even whales, go snorkeling, and food and drinks are included! A great way to spend your afternoon! Surfing, deep sea fishing or diving are other options for water lovers, but if you like to keep it dry you can just relax at the beach.
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Day 18: Back to San Jose

Waking up in Manuel Antonio with the sounds of the howler monkeys. After your breakfast you will drive back to San Jose where you will stay one more night at Sleep Inn hotel, before your flight back home.
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Day 19: Flying back home

At time for your flight, you will drive towards the airport to drop off your rental car and hop on your flight back home…

Your Natural Mystic Trip at a glance

This trip is specially designed for families with children that want to make a safe but adventurous trip through Costa Rica! In this package we selected great lodges that offer a lot of options to do around for the kids, so you can have some relaxation while the kids are entertained. 

The route starts off in San Jose, your pick up location for your first adventure; Tortuguero. Tortuguero is a very unique location, difficult to reach and full of wildlife. You will for sure not get bored here as you will have all the tours included at Laguna Lodge. If you are traveling during turtle season (from July until September), you will be able to see Turtles nesting. A very special thing to see and something to never forget..

From Tortuguero you will head south on the Caribbean Coastline towards Puerto Viejo. Puerto Viejo is one of our favorite destinations as its culture is very rich with different music styles and a mix of afro Caribbean habitants. You will find empty beaches and crystal clear waters, right in front of your hotel; Villas del Caribe. You will have a bicycle tour included on your second day and our guide will take you all the way to Manzanillo. During the tour he will show you all the ‘wonders of the Caribbean’.

After 3 days here, you will head towards the Arenal Volcano through a white water rafting tour on Central America’s most famous river; Rio Pacuare. The tour includes professional guides, breakfast and lunch and will drop you off in La Fortuna. In Costa Rica they also call it the capital of adventure as there are many activities to do here. You can choose to explore the national park of the Arenal Volcano, visit the La Fortuna Waterfall, go for a boat ride through Cano Negro National Park, go rafting, canyoneering or just relax in one of the many hot springs…this is just the top of the iceberg when we talk about all that La Fortuna has to offer.

From the volcano you will head towards a very special lodge; La Catalina, located in Upala, close to the Tenorio National Park. There are many activities to do for the kids, which will give you time to relax and sit back!

From here your next destination will be the cloud forest of Monteverde. A special destination for animal, nature and adventure lovers. You get a chance to go on a night hike or fly through the trees like Tarzan!

From the cloud forest you will head towards the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. You first lodge will be an other special one as you will sleep in Tents in the middle of the Rainforest! A unique experience and your kids will absolutely love it here!

The Rio Tico Lodge is only located a short drive from Manuel Antonio which will be your last destination of your trip. Here you will be able to relax on the beach and stroll through the National Park where you will see plenty of monkey’s, sloths, birds, raccoons and many more species. A great location to end your vacation!

Price with use of family rooms in the lodges, based on 2 adults and 2 children under 12 years old $1395

Price with use of tow separate rooms in the lodges, based on 2 adults and 2 children older than 12 years $1750

Your Selected Lodging for this trip

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The Hotel Sleep Inn, a four star hotel in downtown San Jose, located only 20 minutes from the San Jose Airport, is a good place place to start and end your vacations in Costa Rica.

Due to the central location you’ll find the central market, the parks, churches and other sights of San Jose in close proximity, as well as many restaurants.

Hotel Sleep Inn features a restaurant, casino, gym and spa.

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Laguna Lodge is an eco-touristic lodge, located in Tortuguero surrounded by beautiful rivers, lakes and wetlands that shelter a lush jungle of primary forests and exotic plants.

The lodge is built on a narrow strip of land, 650 feet wide, between Tortuguero´s main lagoon and the Caribbean Sea, a lot of wildlife guaranteed!

All meals are included during your stay in Laguna Lodge, as well as professionally guided tours.

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Azania Bungalows is located in Cocles Beach, referred to locally as the “Beach Break” because there is no coral reef here and the waves break directly on the beach, which makes this a perfect spot for surfers on the north end and the cool sweet water of the Río Cocles to the south.

Nested in a tropical garden, just steps from the beach, Azania offers spacious bungalows, a nice pool, Jacuzzi, restaurant en friendly local staff; a perfect spot!

Click here for more information about Azania Bungalows

Looking for a great location at the Arenal Volcano, a hotel with beautiful grounds, multiple fusion restaurants, in-house Hot Springs & Spa and excellent service.. this is your Arenal Hotel.

Fully sustainable and yet luxurious in all comfort with splendid views of the majestic Arenal Volcano.

Click here for more information about Arenal Springs Hotel

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La Carolina Lodge offers a real Costa Rica Experience.

Nestled on the eastern slopes of Volcano Tenorio, the home of the famous Rio Celeste Waterfall, in Northwestern Costa Rica, this 170-acre ranch and farm welcomes you to “A Place Like No Other”. Directly at the beautiful river and on close distance from Celeste Tenorio National Park.

There is something for everyone at La Carolina Lodge! Enjoy a refreshing swim in the crystal clear river, relax in the one-of-a-kind wood-fired hot tub, sun on the deck, walk through the lush tropical forest, bird watch while sitting in comfort on the veranda, horse ride through the private meadows, milk cows, and much more.

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Monteverde Country Lodge offers a traditional and cozy ambience, environmental responsibility, high quality conveniences and the kindness you can find only in Costa Rica.

The lodge offers comfortable room, a bar & restaurant and in addition, guests are able to use the indoor heated pool at the sister property Hotel Poco a Poco free of charge, as well as its exercise room, kids club and Jacuzzi.

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The Rio Tico Safari Lodge is located 5 kilometers from the Southern Pacific Whale Coast surrounded by mountainous rainforest.

The unique lodge offers 9 Safari Tent Bungalows and 1 guestroom situated in a tropical garden near a crystal-clear river and waterfall.

A great place for travelers that want to visit all the Southern Pacific Coast has to offer; Corcovado, Uvita & Bahia Ballena national park (where a lot of whales can be seen between July and November!) are all within reach for day tours.

Click here for more information about the Rio Tico Safari Lodge

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Hotel Costa Verde; just three hundred yards from the beach overlooking the world famous Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Verde features 3 cliff-side pools with sundecks and spacious rooms, studios and bungalows. All guestrooms offer balconies with a bird’s-eye view of the Park’s majestic coastline or rainforest canopy vistas dotted with toucans, sloths, coatis and monkeys.

Costa Verde also boosts private walking trails, an exciting adventure center, a wellness spa and multiple restaurants on-site.

Click here for more information about Costa Verde

Note: All selected lodges subject to availability, let us know if you would like to see different lodging options or upgrade your stay!

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