Rainforest & Beach Adventure, Costa Rica
CURATED FAMILY BONDINGS
FAMILY BONDINGS - Costa Rica: Rainforest & Beach Adventure
This is a ThirdHome tailored private family journey (ideal for 2-8 people) and not a commercial group tour. Our customized journeys allow members to set their own travel dates and include their individual personal interests along with specific excursions, dining and regional opportunities that they may wish to experience for the perfectly-personal journey experience. NO keys are required for this journey. Please refer to fees section in property details below.
Experience 8 nights/9 days discovering the Costa Rican trifecta while kayaking and boating through the rainforest canals of Tortuguero National Park, zip-lining adventurously across volcano-view treetops, walking above the rainforest canopy on suspended bridges, viewing diverse wild creatures in their natural habitat with an expert guide and ending it all in a relaxing beach locale with gorgeous Pacific sunsets!
RAINFOREST & BEACH FAMILY ADVENTURE Itinerary in brief:
DAY 1: ARRIVE SAN JOSÉ
After you collect your luggage and clear customs you will be met outside the terminal by our local representative, who will be holding a sign with your name on it. A driver-representative will collect your luggage and transfer you to your San Jose hotel. Evening at your leisure and overnight.
DAY 2: SAN JOSÉ TO TORTUGUERO
Early departure this morning by min-coach from San Jose, passing through the scenic misty Braulio Carillo National Park. Depending upon visibility you may be able to see Barva and Cacho Negro Volcanoes within the park. This wet forested area is filled with ferns, orchids, and bromeliads. From Braulio Carillo you will be dropping down into the tropical lowlands of the Caribbean side of the country. The scenery changes drastically as the road winds through banana plantations, and you notice a different style of local architecture. After a stop at one of the local Tico restaurants for breakfast, continue to the Tortuguero Canal where you will board a boat for a 1-½ hour fascinating trip through the meandering waterway to your selected lodge. The Canal, which runs parallel to the ocean, is the water highway from the city of Limon to the northern coastal region. As you motor up the canal it is possible to see monkeys, tree sloths, and a variety of birds in the dense jungle. You will arrive at your lodge in time for lunch. In the afternoon, visit the Park Museum and hike the nearby nature trails. Tortuguero National Park is an important breeding ground for the green sea turtles (their nesting season is from July to early October). End the afternoon with a visit to the small village of Tortuguero for a fun local cultural encounter. Return to your lodge for dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included)
DAY 3: TORTUGUERO
After breakfast, depending upon which lodge you are staying in, you will enjoy a morning hike with a naturalist guide in the rainforest. After lunch, there will be an opportunity for further exploration of the Tortuguero canals by boat. Before dinner, enjoy a dip in the pool and relax in the jungle forest. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included)
DAY 4: TORTUGUERO TO ARENAL
After breakfast, board the boat for the return trip through the main canal. At the dock you will board a mini-coach that will take you to the town of Guapiles. After lunch, continue by van to Arenal. Upon arrival into Arenal, check-into your hotel in the late afternoon, just in time to see Costa Rica’s most famous active volcano before sunset. Evening at your leisure. (Breakfast and Lunch included)
DAY 5: ARENAL
After breakfast, experience the tropical forest on your Eco-Glide Canopy Tour. Enjoy spectacular views on this amazing excursion! The canopy tour is not only a great adventure but also offers the opportunity to observe wildlife in its natural habitat. Each platform has been designed so that you can observe the forest from different angles allowing you to enjoy the impressing scenery. The canopy consists of 15 cables and 18 platforms divided into three sections plus the Tarzan Swing. Return to your hotel in the afternoon, with free time to explore further on your own or relax. Evening at leisure. (Breakfast included)
DAY 6: ARENAL TO GUANACASTE
After breakfast, transfer by van approximately 4 ½ hours to the beautiful beaches of the Guanacaste region. From Arenal you will travel from the highlands to the lowlands along the North Pacific, the driest region of the country. Here you will see cattle ranches and tropical vistas. Continue to the coast to your selected Guanacaste beach resort for check-in. Evening and dinner at your leisure. (Breakfast included)
DAYS 7 & 8: GUANACASTE
Enjoy two full days at leisure to relax by one of the pools, walk along the beach, swim and surf or perhaps arrange an optional excursion. (Breakfast included daily)
DAY 9: DEPART GUANACASTE
After breakfast, transfer by van to the Liberia Airport for your return flight. Or board your return flight to San Jose to connect to an international flight, or to spend the night and continue your journey further in Costa Rica. (Breakfast included)
TO INQUIRE FOR MORE DETAILS & BEGIN PLANNING YOUR PERSONAL JOURNEY - please contact:
Liz Bates - Director of Travel & Concierge Services
Single Family Home with 1 level
1 bedroom, 1 bath, 1 square feet
1 guest maximum
In lieu of the normal ThirdHome exchange fees, this personally tailored journey is a full-pay travel option and the monetary cost will be quoted to the member based on whatever accommodations are chosen, along with all other itinerary arrangements and inclusions the member requests to be a part of their customized itinerary. This journey does not require a specific number of keys.
Activities of Interest
Places of Interest
- Tortuguero National Park
- Arenal Volcano
- Guanacaste Beaches
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