Costa Rica: Volcanoes & Beaches

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Join Thomson Family Adventures on a special Costa Rica family vacation designed for fun-loving families seeking out the treasures of friendly, laid-back, tropical Costa Rica.

We start with a visit to the area around Arenal Volcano, which is an active volcano that can put on quite a show at night! Later, walk along the treetops along the hanging bridges, then glide from platform to platform through the forest on an exhilarating canopy tour. Learn about the complex process needed to produce your morning coffee at a local coffee farm, and relax at the end of the day in hot springs warmed by heat from the volcano.

Next, travel to the beaches of Guanacaste, checking out Palo Verde National Park on the way. Enjoy a sea kayaking expedition and paddle out to quiet coves for swimming and beach combing.  There is also an optional excursion to Tamarindo for surf lessons.

2015 Dates
Dates 10 or more
6 to 9
2 to 5
11/22 - 11/28 $3,090 $3,290 $3,490
12/19 - 12/26 $3,390 $3,590 $3,590
2016 Dates
Dates 10 or more
6 to 9
2 to 5
02/14 - 02/20 $3,290 $3,490 $3,990
03/19 - 03/27 $3,590 $3,790 $3,990
03/27 - 04/02 $3,590 $3,790 $3,990
04/17 - 04/23 $3,190 $3,390 $3,590
11/20 - 11/26 $3,390 $3,590 $3,790
12/26 - 01/03 $3,890 $4,090 $4,290

* For December 2015, private departures are available on the dates of your choice, depending on availability.

Child Discount:$200 per child under 12 

Triple Discount: $300 for children under 12 sharing with 2 adults

Alumni Discount: if you are a returning Thomson guest, please subtract $500 per family from these prices

Price includes: All entrance fees, accommodations based on two to a room, land transportation, private bi-lingual guide throughout, area specialists; all meals except 2 lunches and 2 dinners, bottled water & snacks in the vehicle, Comprehensive Travel Insurance.

Prices are based on the number of people in your party.

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Day 1 – Depart U.S. / Arrive San Jose

Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel, where your Costa Rica family vacation begins.

Days 2-3 – Arenal Volcano Area

Rising from Costa Rica’s northern plains and stunning rain forests, Arenal Volcano is a top draw for many visitors to Costa Rica.


  • La Paz Waterfall Gardens
  • La Fortuna town's amazing volcano views
  • Explore the canopy at the hanging bridges
  • Sky Tram and Sky Trek Zip Line
  • Sky Tram and gardens (zip line alternative)
Days 4-6 – North Pacific Coast, Guanacaste

Start driving to the North Pacific coast, stopping en route for a serene float trip down the Corobicí or Tenorio River -- keep an eye out for sloths, monkeys, iguanas, otters, and hundreds of species of tropical birds. Enjoy a Costa Rican lunch, visit a local school, and explore the beautiful coastline by sea kayak. 


  • Corobicí or Tenorio River float trip
  • Sea kayaking
  • Friends Across Borders meeting (pen pals)
  • Tamarindo surf lessons option
Day 7 – Depart Liberia / Arrive U.S.

Optional Community Service Extension

Have an extra week, and interested in community service?
Add a week or more to your adventure and deepen your understanding of the lives of the people who live here. We’ll use our partnerships with the local community to connect you to their sustainable projects. Depending on the specific need at the time you might paint, build, plant, or simply read aloud. This is a great opportunity for our children to gain a sense of giving back to others, and to see that those who seem different can be very much the same. We've found that you need to devote at least a week to be even a small help to the sustainable project.


Hotel Bougainvillea

The Hotel Bougainvillea is a small hotel only 20 minutes from the airport. It’s located in Heredia, which is a province of San Jose. 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, internet access, and a business center.

Arenal Springs

Arenal Springs Hotel is located just 5 miles away from the the town of La Fortuna on the way towards the Arenal Volcano National Park. Each distinctive Junior Suite comes with direct views to the beautiful Arenal Volcano. Each room is surrounded by exotic gardens, and beautiful flowers, where Costa Rica's native species of birds and animals are readily seen. Each Junior Suite offers you one King size bed or two double beds. 

El mangroove

El Mangroove brings a new stature of “hot and hip” to a Costa Rica luxury hotel in Guanacaste. Located in Bahia Papagayo, at only 20 minutes from touch down to sand, it’s the closest resort to any international airport in Costa Rica. Spanning for 17 acres and embracing 150 meters of beach front, it’s also ideally located at only 15 minutes from the artsy and bustling town of El Coco.

Why Costa Rica?

The ultimate eco-adventure
Costa Rica is home to spectacular rain forests and wildlife and a global leader in protecting its natural resources. You and your family will experience a once-in-a-lifetime adventure in this eco-friendly paradise.
Over 850 species of birds and hundreds of species of animals
Costa Rica’s lush, diverse ecosystems, pristine waterways and volcanic sandy beaches are home to a staggering amount of plant and animal life. From the largest butterfly garden in the world to sea turtles, howler monkeys and tapirs, you will not soon forget the beauty and serenity of a Costa Rican adventure.
Peaceful, stable and safe
Costa Rica is a serene, peaceful country with a long history of being a peacemaker in Central America. During the 19th century, the country invested in healthcare and education, rather than the military, and has a stable, well-established infrastructure and no standing army.
Easy to get to!
Costa Rica is easy to get to, with direct flights from several airports, including Newark, New Jersey. From Houston, Miami and Dallas, flying time is less than three hours. A great destination for families who want to start their adventure as soon as possible!

Why with Thomson?

Relax in the Arenal Volcano hot springs
Everyone will be amazed by the thermal springs on the Hidalgo family farm. The family has made these four springs their lives’ work, and love to share them with visiting guests. The springs range in temperatures, so there’s sure to be something here for every member of your family. After everyone is fully relaxed, enjoy a delicious family-style feast before parting ways from your wonderful hosts.
Enjoy long, warm days and beautiful beaches at Guanacaste
Long, warm days and beautiful beaches are two phrases that best describe what Guanacaste is all about. Thomson travelers love this region for its stunning shoreline and incredible bird watching. There is something here for everyone in your family.