Costa Rica

Costa Rica for Everyone

  • Overview
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    7 days

    Activity Level


    Our moderate adventures are similar to our easy adventures, but you’ll spend more time on your feet.

    6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners

    This Costa Rica family vacation is designed for fun-loving families of all ages seeking out the treasures of friendly, laid-back, tropical Costa Rica. Walk through treetops across hanging bridges, glide from platform to platform on an exhilarating canopy tour, go on a sea kayaking expedition, and paddle out to quiet coves for swimming, sun bathing, and surfing.

    Recommended Age: 6+

    Hike to La Paz Waterfall Gardens

    Hike through a lush stretch of jungle to a gorgeous waterfall, keeping an eye-out for wildlife along the way.

    Journey Through the Jungle Canopy

    Explore high in the air where the treetops meet the sky to walk along hanging sky bridges and strap into a zip-line, flying from platform to platform to get yourself back on the ground.

    Lazy River Floating

    Experience the jungles of Costa Rica in the most relaxing fashion, with a leisurely float down multiple rivers passing by monkeys, iguanas, and beautiful birds.

    Friends Across Borders

    Your child can get to know and exchange pen pal letters with a Costa Rican child who they’ll be able to meet during a local school visit.

    Kayak in the Pacific Ocean

    Take multiple opportunities to kayak through marine life rich waters, down the gorgeous coast of Guanacaste, and to calm coves for swimming.

  • Itinerary

    Day 1

    Fly to Costa Rica

    Days 1-2

    San Jose

    La Paz Waterfall Gardens

    Take a trip to La Paz Waterfall Gardens, featuring some of the best hiking opportunities near San José and the country’s most famous waterfalls, as well as an abundance of wildlife.

    Days 2-3


    Sky Walk Hanging Bridges

    Explore the rainforest from the Sky Walk Hanging Bridges, allowing a unique perspective of the canopy’s flora and fauna during this expedition up in the sky!

    Sky Tram

    Ride through the verdant rainforest in the Sky Tram gondolas, soaking in the breathtaking views on the way to even more spectacular ones from the observation deck.

    Eco Termales Hot Springs

    Take a break and unwind from a long day of traveling at the Eco Termales Hot Springs, Arenal’s only truly natural hot springs.

    Days 4-6


    River Float Trip

    Enjoy a peaceful float trip to spot plentiful wildlife, from tiny hummingbirds to giant, pink-hued Roseate Spoonbills. Be sure to also watch for howler monkeys, iguanas, sloths, and crocodiles!

    Las Pumas

    En route to Guanacaste, visit Las Pumas Rescue Center, a shelter established in the 1960s that rehabilitates injured or abandoned animals, particularly large jungle cats.

    Friends Across Borders: Abriendo Mentes, Pen Pals

    Kids will meet their pen pals through the Abriendo Mentes program at the community center, a non-profit organization teaching English to the children in Potrero. Get a chance to bond over activities and games, maybe even a friendly soccer match!

    Sea Kayaking

    Enjoy one of the region’s many watersports, sea kayaking, paddling to quiet coves to swim and beach comb along the stunning seashore.

    Day 7

    Depart / Arrive home

  • Dates & Prices

    2018 Dates


    extended itinerary offered - call for details!
    Adult $3190
    Teen $3190
    Child $2990


    Adult $3790
    Teen $3790
    Child $3590


    Adult $3990
    Teen $3990
    Child $3790

    2019 Dates


    Adult $3290
    Teen $3290
    Child $3090


    Adult $3290
    Teen $3290
    Child $3090


    Adult $3290
    Teen $3290
    Child $3090


    20th Anniversary Special
    Adult $3290
    Teen $3290
    Child $3090


    Adult $3190
    Teen $3190
    Child $2990


    Adult $3190
    Teen $3190
    Child $2990


    Adult $3290
    Teen $3290
    Child $3090


    Adult $3190
    Teen $3190
    Child $2990


    Adult $3990
    Teen $3990
    Child $3790


    Adult $3990
    Teen $3990
    Child $3790

    Additional Info

    Smart Traveler Advantages

    Book a trip 9 months ahead of the day that you want to leave and get a free GoPro and Travel Protection

    Triple Discount

    $300 for children under 12 sharing with 2 adults


    Traveling in a party of six or more friends or family members? Call us about our large group discounts.

    Alumni Discount 

    If you are a returning Thomson guest, please subtract $500 per family from these prices.

    Travel Insurance

    We strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance. We’ve received great feedback about Travel Insured – you can learn more about the benefits of travel insurance there.

    Price Includes

    All entrance fees, accommodations based on two to a room, land transportation, private bilingual guide throughout, all meals, bottled water & snacks in the vehicle.

  • Hotels

    Hotel Bougainvillea

    The Hotel Bougainvillea is located only 20 minutes from San Jose Airport in the province of Alajuela. Set on a gorgeous landscape of 10 acres of lush gardens, the hotel features 80 comfortable rooms, each with a balcony and an amazing view. Other highlights include a pool, a tennis court, a gift shop, a restaurant, free Wi-Fi, hair dryers, laundry service, and a business center. Note that Bougainvillea does not have connecting rooms.

    Arenal Springs

    Hotel Arenal Springs is ideally located just five miles from La Fortuna, in between the town and Lake Arenal. As the name indicates, the hotel’s proximity to the Arenal Volcano allows for its two natural hot springs, one for adults and one for children – it is only 20 minutes from Arenal Volcano National Park. There are 87 junior suites on the property, each with direct views of the active side of Arenal Volcano.

    Esplendor Tamarindo

    Esplendor offers modern living and convenience in a quiet location just off the main streets of Tamarindo. All rooms have ocean view rooms, air conditioning, LCD television, minibar and free Wi-Fi. Gourmet food is available in their Pura Vida Restauarnt and there is a full service spa and wonderful pool. It’s a 10 minute walk to the beach or make use of the free hotel shuttle for transfer. All guests have exclusive access to the Langosta Beach Club offering an oceanfront pool and amenities.

    Thomson Family Adventures will attempt to adhere to this itinerary and its hotels as much as possible. However, certain conditions (political, climatic, environmental, cultural, or availability) may necessitate changes in the accommodations.

  • Why Thomson

    Friends Across Borders

    Your child will have a cultural connection like no other by meeting kids the same age from the country you’re traveling by playing games, throwing a Frisbee, kicking a ball around, or just chatting. Ask us about our pen pal program.

    Guaranteed Departures

    No matter what happens, once your family books a trip you’re going.


    Be accompanied for your entire trip by an expert local in-country guide who will know all of the ins and outs of the adventure and destination.

    Small Groups

    With a small group you’ll have plenty of time for spontaneity and to develop a connection with your fellow travelers and guide.

What Travelers are Saying

The diversity of experiences and locations was fantastic. We’ve traveled with Thomson before and 20 years later they still deliver. Thank you!

The Wheaton Family

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8 days

Activity Level


Your family will spend most of your time relaxing and not expending too much energy. These adventures are easy! Every member of your family will be comfortable and able to take part in this adventure no matter their fitness level.
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9 days

Activity Level


Active trips revolve around multi-sport activities that keep your family outside and having fun! Your family will spend more time interacting with the elements and exploring than sitting on a beach or inside of a museum. These activities are not always physically demanding but they can be and do require a basic level of fitness.