12 Day itinerary in Costa Rica, Central America & Caribbean

Family With Teens

This itinerary has been designed to enjoy with your family or with friends the best adventures that Costa Rica offers, from rafting in white water rivers to swinging among the trees in the best Tarzan style in the zipline tour. Adrenaline is not the only protagonist in this trip, so will be the clos... Read More

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By Veronika and Marcos


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Let's paddle !! White Water Rafting tour in Rio Balsa II & III


Monterverde Zipline and Hanging Bridges :13 cables, including a 1 km cable are waiting for you


Whales and Dolphins sighting in the Pacific Ocean with snorkeling tour


Tortuguero Canals, Hot Springs in Arenal, Horseback Riding and more...


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Day 1

place Welcome to Costa Rica

Upon arrival at San Jose International Airport, you will be met by our representative who will drive you to your hotel for your first night.  Depending on your arrival time, you may visit the art museum just a few blocks away from your hotel, or you can relax in the hotel's pool.


  • Family Budget: Auténtico Hotel
Day 2

place Off to Tortuguero

Early in the morning you will be picked up at your hotel and the journey will take you to Guapiles, where you will enjoy a delicious breakfast, you will continue to the river port of Pavona, where you will be transferred to a motorboat. During the one-hour trip, you will have the opportunity to see herons, sea birds, howler monkeys, iguanas, and turtles, among others. Once at the lodge, you will enjoy a buffet lunch and then explore the canals of the national park.

Guide: Included for the day

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


  • Family Budget: Evergreen Lodge
Day 3

place Tour in the path network of the lodge & village Tortuguero

The day starts very early in the Tropical Rainforest with the howling of monkeys and other residents of the rainforest looking for water, food, and the first rays of sunshine. Yesterday you witnessed the incredible biological variety that inhabits the rainforest, swamps, beaches, and lagoons. Today will be a day of contact with the locals and the lifestyle of the people who for decades have lived off sea turtles. You will take a short walk along the trails of the lodge, so you can continue admiring the nature, that sprouts everywhere. And in the afternoon you will visit the town of Tortuguero: you will walk through its small streets, craft stores, and the Turtle Museum, where you can learn about all aspects related to the different species of turtles that come to Costa Rica, their marine life in the Caribbean and the efforts to conserve these giant reptiles of the sea.

Guide: Included for the day

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


  • Family Budget: Evergreen Lodge
Day 4

place From the Northern Caribbean to the Land of Volcanoes

It is a good time to observe aquatic birds (aningas, herons, kingfishers) during the tour and enjoy the scenery. The shuttle service of the Lodge will drop you off at the Lodge Restaurant, where you can have lunch or a snack before continuing; at this same point, the Rent a Car agent will deliver the car to you. Route 32 will guide you to the Río Frío crossing and then you will take the Noratlántico corridor to Muelle de San Carlos and from there to La Fortuna. The landscapes will be painted by agricultural production, mainly pineapple. Generally known simply as La Fortuna, the town of La Fortuna de San Carlos is the gateway to the magnificent Arenal Volcano. La Fortuna de San Carlos is located in the province of Alajuela and connects the Arenal Volcano area with the cloud forest of Monteverde and Santa Elena and the northern lowlands of the country, a charming and quiet town offers spectacular scenery of the Arenal, one of the most beautiful volcanoes in Costa Rica. In the afternoon, enjoy a cocktail while relaxing in the delicious hot springs.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch


  • Family Budget: Arenal Springs Resort
Day 5

place Balsa River Rafting

Start the day with breakfast at your hotel. After breakfast, you will be picked up to enjoy a unique river rafting adventure through the crystal-clear waters of the Balsa River! Once arrived in the river put-in, you will have a safety talk from your adventure guide on the gear and mechanics of the river. From there, gear up and jump into adventure! Upon returning, enjoy a warm lunch before heading back to your hotel for the day.

Guide: Included for the day

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch


  • Family Budget: Arenal Springs Resort
Day 6

place Cloud Forest

Good Morning! After enjoying your delicious breakfast, you will continue your journey to Monteverde. Monteverde is home to one of the rarest and most unique habitats on the planet, the cloud forest, and an amazing variety of flora and fauna. Monteverde is different from other forests in Costa Rica, with a constant fog that looks like clouds and gives the name to this area. The high humidity in this place, at 1,600 meters above sea level, creates fog and provides a cloud cover. Upon arrival, you can freshen up at the hotel and get ready for the next adventure.  Horseback riding in the forest Live the experience of riding through the forest and wonderful views, the tour is done through a private farm, 60% of the activity is through trails in the forest and 40% in an open area, paddock surrounded by forest, a beautiful place where you can see the Gulf of Nicoya in all its splendor and in summer wonderful sunsets.

Meals: Breakfast


  • Family Budget: Monteverde Cloud Forest Lodge
Day 7

place Hanging Bridges and Canopy Tour

A scenic hike through trails above and between the forest canopy, getting to see a variety of wildlife, as well as some scenes worth admiring and immortalizing behind the camera lens. Then the adrenaline kicks in, flying from canopy to canopy on a zipline, starting with relatively short and not so high platforms, to get used to this incredible sensation. In total there are 12 cables and 16 platforms where you can swing back and forth. In addition, you have the opportunity to do the "Tarzan-Swing", where you can experience a free fall of 45 meters. At the end is the so-called "Superman", where you can once again enjoy the cloud forest from above

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch


  • Family Budget: Monteverde Cloud Forest Lodge
Day 8

place From the cloud forest to Uvita

And now it's time for the marine-coastal ecosystems. After an energizing breakfast, you will head towards Uvita. The route will lead you to the southern coast, passing by the Tarcoles River,  Herradura, Jacó, Parrita, Quepos and finally Uvita This corner of the country offers four pristine beaches next to the green rainforest, with natural seawater pools with crustaceans, up to species of monkeys, and breathtaking panoramic views.

Meals: Breakfast


  • Family Budget: La Cusinga Lodge
Day 9

place Snorkeling in Marino Ballena National Park

Today you will be picked up at your hotel and the journey goes to a beach spot near Marino Ballena National Park where you will board a boat for the experience that awaits you. From Punta Uvita Beach, the boat visits the famous Punta Uvita Whale’s Tail, Ballena Island, Tres Hermanas Islets, and Ventana Sea Caves. During the tour, you will search along with the captain and guide for Humpback Whales and two different species of resident Dolphins. When granted the opportunity you might see and hear the song of the Humpback Whales and or observe the acrobatic displays of the dolphins. Other species that are seen occasionally during this are Bride’s Whales, Pilot whales, False Killer whales, and other marine life. You will also visit the coral and rock reefs to snorkel and observe the wonderful marine wildlife of the Ballena Marine Park. During the trip, your captain will take you and venture near Ventanas' Beach caverns, where you can observe wonderful rocky formations and an amazing cavern that was carved by the ocean and tectonic movements for thousands of years. After this experience, you will be taken back to the beach and board your transportation back to the hotel for the day.

Meals: Breakfast


  • Family Budget: La Cusinga Lodge
Day 10

place Free days in the South Pacific

Located in the southern part of the Puntarenas province of Costa Rica, Uvita and Ojochal are growing tourist destinations thanks to their world-famous beach and well-paved roadways that provide easy access from San Jose and the nearby city of Quepos and make the beach a popular destination during both the dry and wet seasons. Today you will have the opportunity to visit different beaches here you can find some options. Other great beaches to surf are: - Playa Matapalo - Playa Ventanas - Playa Uvita - Punta Dominical - Dominicalito

Meals: Breakfast


  • Family Budget: La Cusinga Lodge
Day 11

place Back to San José

Enjoy your last Breakfast in the warm weather. Today during noon, you will be heading back to San José, there you will return your rental car. Enjoy your last night in Costa Rica!

Meals: Breakfast


  • Family Budget: Buena Vista Chic Hotel
Day 12

place Goodbye and Hasta Pronto

After breakfast, the transfer out service will be waiting to take you to the Juan Santamaria International Airport, according to your flight itinerary. On behalf of the entire Bella Aventura team, we hope you had an unforgettable vacation in our country and we wish you a safe trip back home.

Meals: Breakfast

What’s Included

Accommodation expand_less

  • Auténtico Hotel
  • Evergreen Lodge
  • Arenal Springs Resort
  • Monteverde Cloud Forest Lodge
  • La Cusinga Lodge
  • Buena Vista Chic Hotel

Meals expand_less

  • Breakfast (11)
  • Lunch (5)
  • Dinner (2)

Transport expand_less

  • Transfer in from  Juan Santamaria Int Airport to Hotel Auténtico
  • Tucson AT Full Cover, Smart-Trio (GPS, WiFi, Mobile)  PU Guapiles day 4 DO Hotel Alajuela Day 11
  • Transfer by bus and boat San José - Tortuguero - Guápiles sharing with other guests of the lodge
  • Transfer Out from Hotel Autentico to Juan Santamaria Int Airport

Activities expand_less

  • Hanging Bridges and Canopy Tour in Monteverde Includes: Transfer, guide, and lunch
  • Whales and Dolphins watching tour  Includes: Transfer and Guide
  • Tours in Tortuguero: boat trip in the canal, rainforest hike, and visit to the village of Tortuguero
  • Rafting Rio Balsa in La Fortuna Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Guide, Transport
  • Horseback Riding in Monteverde Includes:   Entrance and Guide

Not Included expand_less

  • Optional tours are not included.
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary .
  • Alcoholic beverages.
  • Extras in hotels (laundry, phone calls, room service, etc.)
  • Personal expenses, Gratuities.
  • National Park Entrance fees not included in the itinerary.

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