UNIQUE FAMILY ADVENTURE COSTA RICA
UNIQUE FAMILY ADVENTURE COSTA RICA
9 DAYS / 8 NIGHTS
1 Night in San Jose
2 Nights at Tortuguero Lodge
2 Nights at Hotel Senda Monteverde
3 Nights at Arenas del Mar
STARTING FROM $2,970 PER PERSON
Craft Travel's Unique Family Adventure in Costa Rica is the ultimate family getaway with equal parts fun and adventure. This unforgettable journey through one of Latin America's most beautiful countries will both amaze and astound you - from guided hikes through the lush Cloud Forest to witnessing the most important sea turtle nesting ground in all of Central America.
Your adventure begins by traveling by boat to the “little Amazon”, also known as Tortuguero National Park, as there are no roads and all travel is by boat along the canals. With rainforests, wildlife, sea turtles, crocodiles and a labyrinth of natural waterways, this region offers an authentic rainforest experience as you can explore it all by boat. After your amazon adventure, head your way to the heavenly cloud forest in Monteverde at the new mountain and cloud forest retreat for the next two nights. Finally, your trips highlight will end at the region of Manuel Antonio National Park, a perfect place for families to explore this lush beach jungle and its national park right at your feet and encounter monkeys, sloths and an array of birds. We have chosen the only luxury beachfront resort with its own secluded beach at the foot of the rainforest. This resort makes it easy traveling with kids!
8 nights accommodation as described below
Daily breakfast at all hotels and lodges
All meals specified below (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
Guided excursions & activities as specified below
All entrance fees to the reserves / national parks
Roundtrip airport / hotel transfers
Domestic flight from Tortuguero to San Jose
All hotel taxes
*International flights are not included but can be quoted separately
Day 01 | WELCOME TO COSTA RICA!
Welcome to Costa Rica! Arrive into the airport and meet your driver who will accompany you to your hotel for check-in. Your driver will provide you with the travel vouchers for your services and review them with you in detail.
Gran Hotel Costa Rica is situated in the center of San Jose in 10 minutes walking distance from the National Museum and city center. The grand hotel in San Jose attracts guests with its historical architecture. Interested in staying in an alternative hotel? Craft Travel Group would be happy to provide you with different options.
Overnight at Gran Hotel Costa Rica (no meals included)
Day 02 | SAN JOSE - TORTUGUERO RIVER
After meeting your driver at the hotel lobby, enjoy a three hour journey east through farmland, mountains, and tropical rainforest to the Caribbean coast where you will spend the first 2 nights of your adventure in Manatus Hotel! Along the way, you will stop at a local restaurant for a delicious authentic breakfast.
At the main port lining the canals, you will board a boat for your transfer to the hotel in Tortuguero; the boat ride will last approximately 1 hour. Upon arrival at the lodge, enjoy your first lunch at Tortuguero. In the afternoon, your local guide will take you to the town for a leisure walk to get a glimpse of local living.
The Manatus Hotel is situated in one of Costa Rica’s most diverse National Parks, from high rainforests to marsh communities. The riverside Manatus Hotel has 12 fully equipped luxury room and is located near the vast wilderness of Tortuguero National Park. Your exclusive room is designed to inspire; its beauty connects you with the surrounding environment of a wildlife sanctuary and of water canals. Enjoy nature at its maximum splendor, without sacrificing comfort as this is the only hotel with A/C in the area! Enjoy the pool next to the canal which gives you an illusion of becoming one with the wild.
Overnight at Manatus Hotel (B, L, D)
Day 03 | TORTUGERO NATIONAL PARK
Tortuguero National Park is known as Costa Rica’s "little Amazon". There are no roads - travel is by boat along a series of rivers and canals or by foot on forest paths. The park consists of a network of waterways surrounded by a vast tropical rain forest and is one of the best places to observe wildlife in Costa Rica. Tortuguero is a must for visitors who want to experience the amazing wonders of the tropical rain forest! In Tortuguero, visitors will likely see 2 or 3 species of monkeys, iguanas, crested basilisk lizards (they look like miniature dinosaurs!), sloths, lots of water birds, toucans, parrots, parakeets, caiman (cousins of alligators), and possibly crocodiles, as well as colorful tropical forest birds.
Today, get ready to explore by boat the Tortuguero Canals and see the amazing wildlife!
Overnight at Manatus Hotel (B, L, D)
Day 04 | TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK - MONTEVERDE
Enjoy some early morning wildlife watching before a delicious final breakfast at the lodge. You will be picked up at your hotel and taken for your boat transfer to the local airstrip, which is only 5 minutes away. After a 25 minute flight from Tortuguero to San Jose, your driver will meet you to make your way to one of the most unique habitats worldwide: the Cloud Forest in Monteverde, where high humidity creates a constant mist over the trees, giving you the feeling of walking through the clouds. This cool and moist environment is characterized by massive trees covered by thick carpets of small plants. Monkeys, pumas, tree frogs, even jaguars are just a few of the animals that call this region home. Thousands of exotic bird and plant species can be found in this nature lover's paradise.
Your home for the next 2 nights will be at the Hotel Senda Monteverde, a new sustainable luxury hotel in the Cloud Forest of Monteverde. Senda is about being outdoors, taking in the cool mountain air and pampered relaxation. Today, stroll through the area’s famous Farmer’s market. The farm-to-table movement is strong here, so expect fresh, local meals, gatherings and great conversation. Senda is a natural extension of the warmth and spirit of mountain life.
Overnight at Hotel Senda Monteverde (B)
Day 05 | MONTEVERDE
Enjoy a visit to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. In the Puntarenas Province, the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is one of the premier natural history destinations in Costa Rica. Known as the ‘Forest in the Clouds’, Monteverde is one of Costa Rica’s key conservation areas, taking in six different ecological zones and home to a kaleidoscopic array of flora and fauna. Breathtaking walking trails traverse this mountainous reserve, while a network of canopy bridges are suspended in the tree tops overhead – both offering visitors the chance to experience its astonishing biodiversity. The park’s menagerie of exotic wildlife includes jaguars, ocelots, three-wattled bell birds, bare-necked umbrella birds, and elusive, vividly colored quetzals, while its botanical offerings range from woodlands and rainforests, to exquisite orchids, delicate ferns, jungle vines and mosses. On your walk you may encounter monkeys, coatimundis, agoutis and numerous bird species.
After your walk, you will rest and then continue for a guided tour to The Selvatura Park. This is an easy 1.7 mile hike in the cloud forest trails and suspension bridges through and above the tree tops. Still didn’t get enough of the heavenly clouds? Take a walk in the clouds and stand on the continental divide where the Caribbean and Pacific sides meet. If you are still yearning for more, ask about the following guided excursions: Zip-lining, Water Rafting, aerial trams, night hikes, wildlife refuge visits, coffee tours, cheese factory tours, horseback riding and more!
Overnight at Hotel Senda (B)
Day 06 | MONTEVERDE - MANUEL ANTONIO NATIONAL PARK
Early this morning, your driver will take you towards the Pacific side of Costa Rica for your 3.5 hour drive from Monteverde to your hotel in Manuel Antonio.
Located within walking distance of Manuel Antonio National Park, Arenas Del Mar is an extraordinary beachfront and rainforest resort catering to travelers looking for more than the typical luxury hotel experience. To avoid the crowd, it is the only resort in Manuel Antonio with its own secluded beach, only accessible from the hotel, and offers sustainable, luxurious lodging—the first Costa Rican luxury hotel to be awarded the Five Sustainability Leaf Award and a Five Star Award. Its upscale dining is available in two hotel restaurants with a focus on fresh local products and personalized service that exceeds expectations.
After your long drive, enjoy having lunch at the resort and savoring the fresh and rich flavors offered. Take a dip in one of the beautiful infinity pools overlooking the Pacific Ocean or go surfing, kayaking or paddle boarding - all provided by the resort. Perhaps tonight will be the night to take advantage of a night walk tour!
Overnight at Arenas del Mar (B)
Day 07 | MANUEL ANTONIO NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast, today you will enjoy a 2.5 hour guided nature walk in Manuel Antonio National Park forest. The pace of this adventure is determined by your group’s abilities and interests, and the amount of wildlife you want to stop for and observe (or learn about) – all in their natural and breathtaking habitat. Watch sloths and numerous species of monkeys travel through the tree canopy, hunt for nocturnal silky anteaters and several types of non-poisonous snakes resting in the tropical rain forest, and listen to the songs of the various birds as they glide above your group.
Still want to continue the adventure? Manuel Antonio Park has all of the activities you can think of: fishing, snorkeling, zip-lining, dolphin watching, sailing, horseback riding, night hikes, etc. Ask your travel planner at Craft Travel about excursions that may best fit your interests.
Overnight at Arenas del Mar (B)
Day 08 | MANUEL ANTONIO NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast, enjoy the daily offered yoga class, or, better yet, learn how to make a typical Costa Rican tortilla just like a Tica! If relaxation is on your mind, spend some time at one of the secluded beaches and brush up on your surf skills, or ask your travel planner at Craft Travel to arrange an excursion that may best fit your interest.
Overnight at Arenas del Mar (B)
Day 09 | DEPARTURE FLIGHT HOME
After breakfast, your driver will meet you at the hotel to transfer you back to San Jose’s international airport for your departing flight home.
Tortuga Lodge & Gardens
Set on the Tortuguero River, this is the ultimate quiet & laid back lodge, located in close proximity to the Tortuguero National Park. The lodge is home to 27 rooms, ranging from terrace rooms to suites, and free of air conditioning and music, as to not distract from the natural melody of the rainforest. Colorful hammocks dot the property, an infinity pool is set over the Tortuguero River, and its beautiful garden offers interaction with nature at all times of day. Plenty of activities abound including kayaking, hiking, and teaching English to the local school kids.
Tortuga Lodge & Gardens is famous for its Turtle Nesting Tour, named by National Geographic as a "Tour of a Lifetime". This incredible experience takes place between the months of July and September, where guests are given the chance to watch a 300 lb Green Sea Turtle lay her eggs. Those lucky enough to come between late August - Early November might witness the unforgettable hatching of the eggs as baby turtles dig their way out of the sand and make their way to the ocean.
Senda Monteverde Hotel
Nestled in the misty mountaintops of the Monteverde Reserve, the environmentally-conscious Senda Hotel offers a truly elegant and unique Costa Rican experience. Reflecting the warmth and spirit of mountain life, this upscale hotel creates a casual and contemporary lodging experience in harmony with its lush surroundings. All 24 rooms and suites feature a sophisticated design, luxury amenities, and open-air porches overlooking verdant gardens and, in some cases, the Pacific Ocean in the distance. Located up in the clouds on Costa Rica’s Continental Divide, Senda Monteverde is all about embracing the outdoors, discovering a playful sense of adventure and experiencing pampered relaxation. All guests are able to enjoy an array of amenities including yoga, meditation and trails within the gardens. On-site activities include birdwatching in the gardens, history and cultural lectures, active outdoor play, cooking classes, Spanish lessons, cocktail-making classes and coffee tour. Ask Craft Travel Group about the following guided excursions at Senda: aerial trams and hanging bridges, day/night hikes at the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, the Curi-Cancha Reserve or the Aguti Wildlife Refuge, coffee tours, cheese factory tours and horseback riding.. There are bat jungles, butterfly gardens, hikes to the highest point of Monteverde, zip lining, and more. No chance of being bored during your stay at Senda Hotel!
Arenas del Mar
Located on the beach and nestled in eleven acres of rainforest with private trails and two tree-shaded sandy beaches, Arenas Del Mar is the perfect base from which to explore the area. It has 38 guest rooms including ocean view apartments with two bedrooms and three full bathrooms. All guest rooms offer spectacular views of the Manuel Antonio National Park, the Pacific Ocean, and the tropical rainforest. The great advantage of the guest rooms at Arenas Del Mar is that they are located on the beach with private access and facilities. Arenas Del Mar Hotel offers a luxurious lodging experience in harmony with Costa Rica's nature in a spectacular beach and rainforest setting. Enjoy a diverse array of excursions, from sailing in the pacific ocean eyeing for dolphins to boating through the mangroves.