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This Costa Rican adventure for families with older teens and 20-somethings is definitely not for couch potatoes. It's a trip for fit and active families looking for much more than your typical vacation.
You’ll tour the country, making your way through the lush Turrialba region, the coastal Caribbean region of Tortuguero, and the stunningly eco-diverse Manuel Antonio National Park. Spend your days kayaking, zip lining, whitewater rafting, standup paddle boarding and doing some well-deserved relaxing on the beach, not to mention learning to dance Costa Rican style with salsa and merengue lessons and trying out your new skills at a local club!
And you'll also have the opportunity to run a trail race in a tropical setting! Anyone who wants can also opt to walk the course or simply watch on as their loved ones run. This is far from a vacation filled with daiquiris and sunbathing, and it's one your family will treasure forever.
Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel, where your Costa Rica family vacation begins.
- La Paz Waterfall Gardens hike/acclimatization
Agriculture is the principal industry – Arábica coffee, sugarcane and pineapple abound. Turrialba is the only place allowed to produce the popular Costa Rican cheese "Turrialba."
- Visit Irazú Volcano National Park
- Whitewater rafting on the Pejibaye River
- Tropical trail run
- Optional canyoning (rappelling down waterfalls)
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, you will actually see them nesting on the beaches.
- Adopt a green Atlantic sea turtle
- Jungle boat expedition
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 zipline through the rain forest treetops for an adrenaline rush you’ll never forget.
- Zip line canopy tour
- Explore Manuel Antonio National Park
- Surf lessons option
- Salsa and Merengue lessons/night out on the town
Jaco, best described as a beach destination and surfer paradise is located just south of San Jose and provides opportunity for plenty of fun family activities.
- Stand up paddle boarding
Optional Community Service Extension
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.
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.
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 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.
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