Tailor-Made Holiday

A Two Week Family Holiday to Costa Rica

Tree Houses, turtles, rainforest walks and chocolate.

13 days

from £2,925pp (excluding flights)

We have stuffed this family holiday with fun filled activities so that every day is a truly memorable adventure.

  • Stay in a tree house on the Caribbean beaches of Puerto Viejo
  • Discover the chocolate making process and enjoy a tasting
  • Observe turtles nesting on the beaches of Tortuguero 
  • Hike rainforest trails looking for exotic birds, sloth and amphibians
  • Whizz through the jungle canopy along zip lines in Arenal National Park  

Arenal Volcano

After a day exploring the waterfall gardens and wildlife of La Paz wildlife refuge, travel to the beautiful Arenal National Park. Spend a day walking on forest trails and zip lining through the rainforest, in the shadow of the imposing Arenal Volcano. 


Home to the endangered Green Macaw, spend time exploring the lush forests and fruit farms of this region and the chance for the kids to get their hands dirty and learn how to make chocolate - from the plant to their stomachs.

Tortuguero Wetlands

Journey to the Caribbean coast and Tortuguero; an incredible network of waterways and take to the water in search of toucans, parrots and monkey. Between July and September it is possible to see the Atlantic Green Turtle come ashore to lay their eggs.  

Puerto Viejo

Finally spend three nights in a Tree House near Puerto Viejo with access to beautiful national parks, beaches and excellent snorkelling. 

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

Price Excluding Flights £Flight cost from 
£ 2925 £ 770
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what is included

  • All accommodation
  • Internal flights
  • International flights as detailed
  • Sightseeing with private guide as per the itinerary
  • Transfers as detailed

what is excluded

  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas


Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to San Jose

You will be staying at Bougainvillea, Bed & Breakfast

Day 2

Full Day La Paz Waterfall Gardens
Experience Costa Rica's diversity at La Paz Water Fall Gardens. Opportunity to observe a variety of wildlife including hummingbirds, big cats and butterflies and visit four majestic waterfalls.

Most visits to Costa Rica start and finish in San José, the country's capital. This bustling city lies in Costa Rica's Central Valley and has a year round, spring-like climate and a cosmopolitan feel. And while it may lack the impressive colonial architecture of other latin cities, it offers a handful of good museums, regular cultural events and excellent day trips into the surrounding countryside.

In the central highlands above San Jose, you will find the small towns of Alajuela and Heredia as well as numerous coffee plantations located on the fertile slopes of the Poas Volcano. The accommodation in this area offers a tranquil retreat that's just a short drive from San José's city centre.

You will be staying at Bougainvillea, Bed & Breakfast

Day 3

Drive from San Jose to Arenal

Journey of approx 2.5 hours

Arenal is an area of stunning scenery, waterfalls, forest and lake but the undoubted star attraction is Arenal Volcano. This perfectly conical volcano is currently entering a quiet phase with little volcanic activity but this huge geological feature has a very imposing presence and offers wonderful walking trails through the tropical forest that cloaks its base. Its geothermal activity also warms the hot springs that sooth many an aching joint.

As a centre for adventure sports, Arenal offers white water rafting, zip lining, canopy walkways, horse riding, canyoning, mountain biking, windsurfing and challenging hikes, all which can be enjoyed in the middle of some outstanding scenery.

You will be staying at Arenal Nayara, Bed & Breakfast

Day 4

Sky Tram and Sky Trek zip lines
Experience the most spectacular views of Arenal Volcano and Arenal Lake from the Sky Tram, an aerial tram tour that glides up to a wide observation deck at ’Miguel Angel’ observatory, the highest point of the Arenal Reserve.
It consists of six gondolas for up to six people each. The trip length is 1,250 metres and takes around 20 minutes one way, which includes short stops at the various stations with briefings from a naturalist guide.

Having reached the reserve’s highest point, descend by a series of eight zip-lines, ranging from 30 to 750 metres with a combined total of just under three kilometres. An exhilarating way to see the rainforest, volcano and lake.

After completing the circuit of zip lines, it's a short walk to the beginning of a series of canopy walkways - hanging bridges that provide a unique perspective on the tropical forest.

The full shared tour takes around 3 hours, following which you will be transferred back to your lodge. People over 100 kilograms weight (217 pounds) must be evaluated by the technical staff (according to his/her height and physical condition) and the staff will determine if they can take the tour.

You will be staying at Arenal Nayara, Bed & Breakfast

Day 5

Drive from Arenal to Sarapiqui

Sarapiqui lies north of San Jose and is a lowland area where both bird and mammal life is impressive. A biological research station and several forest lodges have made this undisturbed habitat accessible to scientists and travellers. This region is one of the most diverse in Costa Rica, offering a mosaic of mountains, plains, volcanoes, lakes, rivers, forests, fruit farms and cattle ranches. Marked by a quaint tropical flavour, the region is lush and enjoys a balmy temperature year round. Various tours are available including horseback riding, trekking, river rafting and canopy tours.

You will be staying at Hotel Centro Neotropico, Bed & Breakfast

Day 6

Half Day Chocolate Tour at La Tirimbina
A 25 minute walk crossing La Tirimbina suspension bridge brings you to a former cacao-tree plantation. Here learn about the natural process of chocolate-making. Your guide will explain the domestication of this plant and how it is harvested, fermented, dried and the seeds milled to produce the final product we consume today. You may also have the opportunity to treat your taste buds to organic rainforest chocolate.

You will be staying at Hotel Centro Neotropico, Bed & Breakfast

Day 7

Sarapiqui - Guapiles - Tortuguero

Transfer to Rio Danta in Guapiles (1hr) and continue by shared bus and boat transfer to Tortuguero.

Incorporating dense rainforest, lagoons and a network of rivers and canals fed from the slopes of the Central Highlands, Tortuguero National Park is one of Costa Rica's most popular eco-tourism destinations and a complete study in rainforest, freshwater and marine biology. Home to over half of the bird and reptile species found in Costa Rica, Tortuguero is also one of the world's major nesting sites for Atlantic green turtle.

You will be staying at Mawamba Lodge, Bed & Breakfast

Day 8

Second day in Tortuguero
Your stay at Tortuguero includes a boat tour through the park, a visit to Tortuguero village and access to the trails around the lodge, where it is possible to see a diverse range of wildlife: monkeys, sloths, iguanas, poison arrow frogs, birds and insects, including the blue butterfly. The boat tour visits canals within the national park to discover a large variety of birds and receive detailed information on the flora and fauna of the area.

You will be staying at Mawamba Lodge, Bed & Breakfast

Day 9

Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo

Shared boat and bus transfer back to Guapiles. Lunch in Guapiles before continuing to Puerto Viejo.

Costa Rica's South Caribbean Coast offers abundant wildlife, pristine rain forest and plenty of activities for the adventurous. The two charming villages of Puerto Viejo and Cahuita start to live on reggae rhythms at sunset with an authentic Afro-Caribbean atmosphere. Visitors will find lots to do in the zone, beginning with sunbathing and swimming along the miles of white, sand and coral beaches. Other popular activities include kayaking, surfing, hiking, horseback riding and tours to the nearby Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge or Cahuita National Park.

You will be staying at Tree House Lodge, Bed & Breakfast

Day 10

Car Hire

You will be staying at Tree House Lodge, Bed & Breakfast

Day 11

You will be staying at Tree House Lodge, Bed & Breakfast

Day 12

Drive from Puerto Viejo to San Jose (Road Journey)

Transfer from Puerto Viejo to San Jose, approximately 4 hours.

Fly San Jose to London


Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Arenal Nayara

Arenal Nayara

Arenal Nayara Hotel Spa & Gardens is located just outside the Arenal National Park, surrounded by tropical gardens and with beautiful views of the towering Arenal volcano....

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