Costa Rica with Kids Itineraries:

Cloud Forest

Monteverde is a cloud forest community settled by Quakers that boasts a large forest preserve with some of the most diverse plant and animal life anywhere in the world. Most of the lodges are in the adjacent town of Santa Elena which also has its own cloud forest preserve that is run by the local high school. Cloud forest locations are at a high elevation so they are literally “in the clouds” which makes for a cool and misty environment. It can rain/mist anytime but it is generally drier in the dry season of December to March. Plant life in the forest is very dense and it’s fairly dark under the canopy, which can make it harder to spot wildlife. However, the forest itself is beautiful here and birdwatching can be excellent especially in the transition zones between pasture/secondary forest.

The road up the mountain is unpaved and full of blind switchbacks, not for the faint of heart. Activities here include cloud forest walks, frog zoo which includes a small zipline that is great for young kids , crazy high octane zipline (including a 1km long line), cultural tour with sugar cane, coffee, cacao, etc.

9 Day Family Costa Rica Spanish Immersion

  • Day 1: Saturday, Arrival in Liberia, Costa Rica. Bienvenidos! Night near airport.
  • Day 2: Sunday, Morning transfer to Monteverde, Afternoon free for activities
  • Day 3-7: Monday-Friday, Spanish class mornings and afternoons free for activities
  • Day 7: Friday, Afternoon transfer to lodge near Volcan Rincon de la Vieja National Park
  • Day 8: Saturday, Full day to enjoy Rincon de la Vieja Volcano area
  • Day 9 Sunday, Shuttle to Liberia airport, Adios and Gracias!
(alternatives: Samara Beach instead of Volcano, add extra days and see beach and Volcano) View full itinerary →

9 Day Family Costa Rica Spanish Immersion

  • Day 1: Saturday, Arrival in Liberia, Costa Rica. Bienvenidos! Night near airport.
  • Day 2: Sunday, Morning transfer to Monteverde, Afternoon free for activities
  • Day 3-7: Monday-Friday, Spanish class mornings and afternoons free for activities
  • Day 7: Friday, Afternoon transfer to lodge near Volcan Rincon de la Vieja National Park
  • Day 8: Saturday, Full day to enjoy Rincon de la Vieja Volcano area
  • Day 9 Sunday, Shuttle to Liberia airport, Adios and Gracias!
(alternatives: Samara Beach instead of Volcano, add extra days and see beach and Volcano) View full itinerary →

14 Day Costa Rica with Kids Tour: Cloud Forest, Manuel Antonio Beach, Osa Peninsula, Dominical

Recommended for families with children age 8 and up. The whole family should be in good health and able to swim due. Osa Peninsula is remote and not close to medical care.
  • Day 1: Arrival In Costa Rica – Bienvenidos!
  • Days 2-4: Monteverde Cloud Forest
  • Days 5-6 Manuel Antonio Beach
  • Days 7-10     Drake Bay/ Osa Peninsula
  • Days 11-12 Hacienda Baru National Wildlife Refuge
  • Day 13: Head Back To Alajuela
  • Day 14: Transfer Out – Adios And Gracias!
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14 Day Costa Rica with Kids Tour: Cloud Forest, Volcano, Rainforest, Beach

  • Day 1: Arrival In Costa Rica – Bienvenidos!
  • Days 2-4: Monteverde Cloud Forest
  • Days 5-6: Arenal Volcano And Hot Springs
  • Days 7-8: Sarapiqui And Tirimbina Rainforest Reserve
  • Days 9-12: Carribean Beach, Playa Negra
  • Day 13: Head Back To Alajuela
  • Day 14: Transfer Out – Adios And Gracias!
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12 Day Cloud Forest, Volcano, Rainforest, Tortuguero Turtles

Offered July-September only when sea turtles are active in the area Recommended for families with children age 8 and up due to long boat rides (3 hrs) and late night turtle viewing.
  • Day 1: Arrival In Costa Rica – Bienvenidos!
  • Days 2-4: Monteverde Cloud Forest
  • Days 5-6: Arenal Volcano And Hot Springs
  • Days 7-8: Sarapiqui And Tirimbina Rainforest Reserve
  • Days 9-10: Tortuguero National Park- Sea Turtles
  • Day 11: Head Back To San Jose
  • Day 12: Transfer Out – Adios And Gracias!
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12 Day Costa Rica with Kids Tour: Cloud Forest, Volcano, Rainforest, Beach

  • Day 1: Arrival In Costa Rica – Bienvenidos!
  • Days 2-3: Monteverde Cloud Forest
  • Days 4-5: Arenal Volcano And Hot Springs
  • Days 6-7: Sarapiqui And Tirimbina Rainforest Reserve
  • Days 8-10: Carribean Beach, Playa Negra
  • Day 11: Head Back To Alajuela
  • Day 12: Transfer Out – Adios And Gracias!
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