Costa Rica Multi-Sport Adventure

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F riendly, tropical Costa Rica, a world leader in protecting natural resources, is the perfect spot for family travel and exploring the beauty and marvelous intricacy of the natural world. Throughout this special adventure, we discover a variety of wildlife, lush lowland rain forests and pristine beaches. We'll travel high in the rain forest canopy, an ecosystem all its own, and down at water level, rafting on the mighty Pejibaye River.

On the Caribbean coast, we'll explore the still waterways of Tortuguero, a national park accessible only by boat. On the sunny Pacific, we'll enjoy the beaches and surroundings of Manuel Antonio National Park. And along the way we'll meet ordinary Costa Ricans, admirable people who honor, respect and work to maintain a harmonious relationship with nature.

2014 Dates
Dates 8 or more
travelers
2 to 7
travelers
Internal Air Special
Features
04/19 - 04/27 $3,890 $4,190 $300

Easter Week

Call for Availability
06/07 - 06/15 $3,590 $3,890 $300

*Families of 4 or more save $750 per person

06/21 - 06/29 $3,590 $3,890 $300

*Families of 4 or more save $750 per person

07/05 - 07/13 $3,590 $3,890 $300

Turtle Nesting

07/26 - 08/03 $3,590 $3,890 $300

Turtle Nesting

08/23 - 08/31 $3,590 $3,890 $300
Call for Availability
11/22 - 11/30 $3,590 $3,890 $300
12/22 - 12/30 $4,190 $4,490 $300
Space is Limited!
12/25 - 01/02 $4,190 $4,490 $300
2015 Dates
Dates 10 or more
travelers
6 to 9
travelers
2 to 5
travelers
Internal Air
02/14 - 02/22 $3,590 $3,790 $3,990 $300
03/28 - 04/05 $4,090 $4,090 $4,290 $300
04/18 - 04/26 $3,590 $3,790 $3,990 $300
06/27 - 07/05 $3,590 $3,790 $3,990 $300
08/01 - 08/09 $3,590 $3,790 $3,990 $300
12/23 - 12/31 $3,990 $4,190 $4,390 $300
12/26 - 01/03 $4,190 $4,390 $4,590 $300

Book your 2015 adventure before June 30th, 2014 and receive a $200 discount per person for groups of 2 to 5; a $400 discount per person for groups of 6 or more. 

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 1 dinner, 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 – Turrialba region

The Turrialba region is surrounded by lush green forests and plantations and crowned with the very active Turrialba Volcano. But the real family fun lies on the rolling rapids of the Pejibaye River.

 

  • Visit Irazú Volcano National Park  
  • Whitewater rafting on the Pejibaye River
  • Optional activities
Days 4-5 – Tortuguero, Caribbean Coast

The waterways and lagoons of Tortuguero are the most biologically diverse in all of Costa Rica. In fact, there are seven species of turtle alone! It’s home to the endangered sea turtle and during July and August, with any luck, your children will actually see them nesting on the beaches.

 

  • Adopt a green sea turtle at the Sea Turtle Conservancy
  • Tortuguero National Park
  • Jungle boat expedition
  • Friends Across Borders Meeting (pen pals)
  • Kayaking
Days 6-7 – Manuel Antonio, Pacific Coast

Even though Manuel Antonio is the smallest park in Costa Rica, it has the most extraordinary landscape with volcanic sand beaches and large rock formations. But the best seats for exploring this region are not on land – your family will zip line through the rain forest treetops for a bird’s-eye view you’ll never forget.

 

  • Zip line canopy tour
  • Kids Saving the Rainforest (zip line alternative)
  • Explore Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Optional surf lessons
Day 8 – Manuel Antonio / Jaco / San Jose

We'll head towards San Jose, stopping in the lively beach town of Jaco. Soak in the beautiful surroundings and enjoy the final day in Costa Rica.

 

  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Surf lessons option (alternative to stand up paddle)
Day 9 – Depart San Jose / Arrive U.S.
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.

Hotel Casa Turire

Located on the shores of Angostura Lake, this hacienda style hotel offers 12 rooms and 4 spacious suites.  Surrounded by mountains and well groomed gardens, the hotel has a swimming pool and business center.

Aninga Lodge

The lodge is strategically located only five minutes away from Tortuguero National Park, and right across the main canal facing the town of Tortuguero. Stay in one of the comfortable rooms with private bathroom, hot water and ceiling fans. Enjoy buffet-style meals at the restaurant, take a dip in the outdoor pool and of course take in the wildlife that surrounds the lodge as you and the kids walk the maze of wooden pathways.

Hotel Parador Resort & Spa

Hotel Parador is located on Punta Quepos in the most pristine and tranquil area of Manuel Antonio – just minutes from Manuel Antonio National Park. Explore the twelve acre premises, including the lush gardens and mysterious jungle, where you are almost guaranteed to see some of the most abundant wildlife, such as white-faced and titi monkeys, sloths, iguanas, coatis, and many species of birds. The Parador has two infinity swimming pools, activities desk, tennis court, fitness center, miniature golf, nature trails and computer stations. At low tide you may observe turtle traps once made by the Quepoa Indians who resided on Punta Quepos. This small exotic beach has tiny waves and is great for swimming. All the rooms have balconies or terraces with views of either the rain forest or the ocean. In the rooms, guests have access to room service, cable TV, air-conditioning, mini bar, coffee maker, telephone, safety deposit box, iron and ironing board, ceiling fan and hair dryer.

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.
Tortuguero National Park
The waterways and lagoons of Tortuguero are among the most biologically diverse in all of Costa Rica. The area protected by Tortuguero National Park was an archipelago of volcanic islands until alluvial sediments from the interior mountains filled in the spaces and formed a network of marshy islands. Sand piled up where sediment deposited by the river met the sea, and the turtle nesting beaches of Tortuguero formed. The exceptionally high rainfall and rich environment make the beaches, canals, lagoons and wetlands of Tortuguero areas of exceptional biodiversity, ideal for nature lovers.
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!
Manuel Antonio National Park
Manuel Antonio National Park was instituted in 1972 as a way to preserve one of the most biologically diverse regions of the world. The park contains mountainous terrain, rainforest, and gorgeous beaches. The jungles within Manuel Antonio are home to green iguanas, two different types of sloths, toucans, hawks, several species of snakes and bats, and three different kinds of monkeys: mantled howler monkeys, Central American squirrel monkeys, and white-headed capuchin monkeys – who doesn’t love monkeys?! In the waters around Manuel Antonio, your family may see dolphins swimming and the occasional migrating whale.

Why with Thomson?

Discover ecological treasure in Tortuguero
Your family will set off on a jungle boat expedition, winding your way through the lowland rain forest where you might catch a glimpse of bats, crocodiles, lizards, toucans or howler monkeys. If you visit in July or August you may experience the rare treat of seeing green Atlantic sea turtles nesting on the beaches. Your kids can even help save these gentle giants by adopting their own turtle through the Sea Turtle Survival League program.
Fly like a bird as you zip line through the rain forest
The best seats for exploring this region are not on land — your family will zip line through the treetops for an adrenaline rush that can't be beat, soaring from platform to platform through the dense rain forest.
Search for monkeys, sloths and butterflies
Adventure-seeking families will thrill in seeking out the natural treasures of tropical Costa Rica. A world leader in protecting its natural resources, Costa Rica is the perfect spot for your family to explore the beauty and intricacy of the natural world. Throughout this special adventure, you’ll discover a variety of wildlife – anything from howler monkeys to sloths to butterflies – as you explore lush lowland rain forests, rivers and pristine beaches.
Learn to surf in Manuel Antonio
Catch a wave in the warm Pacific waters of the magnificent Manuel Antonio National Park. This nature preserve juts out into the ocean, so it offers excellent opportunities for wildlife viewing along its trails as well as pristine white sand beaches for swimming. First you’ll learn surfing techniques from a professional instructor, and then you and your teens will paddle out for a test ride.