Road Trip Costa Rica With The Whole Family

Road Trip Costa Rica With The Whole Family

This is for you who want to combine a family trip with the freedom to drive around Costa Rica featured by proexchangerates. There are lots of opportunities to visit the country’s most famous national parks and also get an insight into how a modern organic farm works. End with a wonderful swimming holiday at Playa Flamingo and the Manuel Antonio National Park.

Day 1: Departure from Sweden and arrival in San José

Departure from Sweden to Costa Rica, where you (depending on the airline) arrive in the evening. You will be picked up at the airport and driven to the hotel in San José. The city has a wide range of attractions such as colorful local markets, historical museums and green parks that give the city’s people pleasant places to catch their breath in the country’s capital. In the capital there is the Plaza de la Cultura which is full of small stalls, shops and street vendors who live on selling clothes, jewelry and carpets. In the city center, it is also often cheap to buy surfing equipment for the trip.

Day 2: San José – Tortuguero National Park

This morning you will be picked up very early and driven to the edge of Tortuguero National Park on the Caribbean coast. The trip takes approx. four to five hours. On the way there you will see Costa Rica’s beautiful landscape and the country’s many plantations. When you reach the eastern passage of the national park, you take a boat further on the beautiful river systems through the rainforest. On the boat trip you can see crocodiles and alligators in the river. You can also see other animals living in the jungle, e.g. monkeys in the rainforest trees and along the river bank. You arrive at the eco-lodge in the afternoon. The stay includes meals as well as some selected experiences in the national park. During the period July-October, you may be lucky enough to see some of the 2,500 green turtles that go ashore annually to lay eggs on the national park’s dark sandy beaches. This experience is not included in the price and should be booked in connection with the trip as the authorities have set restrictions on how many people are allowed to attend this special event. (F , L , M )

Day 3: Tortuguero National Park

Enjoy a unique nature experience and an eventful day in Tortuguero National Park. A visit to the national park is one of Costa Rica’s most unique animal experiences. Here you will find lush nature, rare animals, hundreds of different plant species and impressive rainforest trees along the rivers. Many tourist guides describe Tortuguero National Park as a miniature version of the Amazon rainforest in South America. You have the day at your disposal until the afternoon when you can go on a boat safari in Tortuguero National Park. You can spend the morning exploring the many beautiful nature trails on your own or book one of the lodge’s additional tours in the national park. After lunch, an eventful boat safari begins on the national park’s many rivers. The local guide on board the boat is good at discovering the animals that often hide well along the river or in the trees when the boat passes by. It can be a good idea to bring binoculars on the trip. You return to the lodge before the sun goes down and then it’s time for supper in the lodge’s restaurant. For the rest of the evening, you can do whatever you want. In the evenings it is often possible to hear sounds from all the jungle animals at the lodge. (F , L , M )

Day 4: Tortuguero National Park – Guápiles – Chachagua

After breakfast, return through the rainforest to the entrance of the national park and then on to Guápiles. In Guápiles you pick up the car and then start your rental car holiday in Costa Rica. You set course for the eco-lodge in Chachagua. Enjoy the freedom to have your own car and be able to stay in the places you want. The car journey takes approx. 2.5-3.5 hours without stopping. You arrive around lunchtime. After checking in, you can enjoy the hotel’s surroundings or perhaps book a trip for the next day at the hotel reception. ( F , L )

Day 5: Eco and farm experiences in Chachagua

On this day you can enjoy the facilities at the lodge. A free tour of the facilities is included in the stay. In parallel with functioning as a lodge, the farm is also a biodynamic farm that focuses on sustainability. Creating high quality food is also a lifelong passion for the owner of the farm and the staff there. The lodge is located among beautiful surroundings and in many ways resembles a living museum. In addition to a tour of the farm’s activities, you can of course also enjoy the pool and the facility’s hammocks. ( F )

Day 6: – La Fortuna (Arenal Volcano)

After breakfast you go to La Fortuna by the Arenal Volcano, a drive of approx. 30 minutes. You can check in at the hotel in La Fortuna around lunch. The hotel is close to Costa Rica’s perhaps most impressive volcano, which last erupted in 1968 after centuries of inactivity. During the eruption, two nearby villages were destroyed and forests and many farms were also covered by lava. On days with clear weather, you can be lucky and see how the volcano sprays ash. Since 1995, the area around the volcano has been a national park and there are currently some restrictions on hiking in the area, which means that you are not allowed to hike up to the top of the Arenal Volcano. The hotel you are staying at can help with advice on permitted hiking trails and the wide range of exciting activities in the area. ( F )

Day 7: On your own in La Fortuna by the Arenal Volcano

You design the day at Arenal Volcano on your own because the area offers a myriad of exciting activities and experiences for all tastes. The town of La Fortuna is beautifully situated next to the volcano and it is easy to find everything from small cozy hotels to large, lavish hotels. You can see volcanoes, magnificent nature, La Fortuna waterfall, hot springs and take part in a wide range of adventure experiences. Hiking around the Arenal Volcano is among the area’s most popular activities and although you can no longer see lava erupting from the top of the volcano, it is still one of Central America’s most breathtaking volcanoes. In the area around the 1,633 meter high Arenal volcano there are many different hiking trails with varying degrees of difficulty. If you are looking for more challenging hiking routes, a hike at the Cerro Chato volcano may be an interesting option for you. This hike takes 6-7 hours and takes you up to Arenal’s beautiful sister volcano. You walk through the dense rainforest and after several hours of challenging hiking you reach the volcano’s crater which contains an azure lake. The road on this hike can be muddy and slippery and therefore we recommend good hiking shoes or boots if you intend to participate. From La Fortuna you can also take part in several eventful mountain bike rides, horseback riding, kayaking or explore the volcanic landscape by ATV. You can also participate in adventure experiences such as. downhill skiing, cable cars, bungee jumping from a height of 40 meters and rafting. There are many different activities to participate in. If you find something that sounds interesting, a travel consultant can easily tailor the tours for you and also possibly help to extend your stay for a fee. (F )

Day 8: La Fortuna – Rincón de la Vieja

On this day you leave La Fortuna and drive towards Rincón de la Vieja National Park, a drive that takes approx. three to four hours depending on the number of stops on the road. Rincón de la Vieja National Park is best known for its active volcanoes, hot springs, mud baths, picturesque rivers and tropical rainforests located right next to open pastures. The diversity and beauty of the national park make it an ideal place to explore on foot or from horseback. ( F )

Day 9: On your own in the Rincón de la Vieja National Park

You have the whole day at your disposal. You can spend the day at the lodge and enjoy the surroundings or relax by the pool. You can also go exploring in the national park on foot or on horseback. In this beautiful national park is the volcano Rincón de la Vieja which is one of the country’s most active volcanoes. The volcano is 1,916 meters high and has a total of nine contiguous craters. It is often possible to see clouds of smoke and fumes rising towards the sky from the crater. The Rincón de la Vieja National Park has active volcanoes, waterfalls, hot springs, mud baths, picturesque rivers and tropical rainforests located right next to open pastures. In addition, the park has a very varied wildlife. You can see armadillos, rhinos, monkeys, many of Costa Rica’s reptiles and a large variety of Costa Rica’s exotic bird species. NOTE! The national park is closed on Mondays. (F)

Day 10: Rincón de la Vieja National Park – Flamingo

This morning you drive from the hotel in Rincón de la Vieja National Park towards the Pacific coast and the beach town of Flamingo. In this city you will spend three nights at a family-friendly resort and you can swim on the beaches or in the hotel pool. ( F )

Day 11-12: Rincón de la Vieja National Park – Flamingo (Pacific Coast)

You will spend some wonderful and relaxing days in an economy class hotel in Flamingo. In this city you can both enjoy a swimming holiday on some of Costa Rica’s North Pacific beaches and go on interesting tours in the area. There are many different tours you book, e.g. trips to the Miravalles volcano, boat trips, deep sea fishing and diving and snorkeling along the coast. The latter tours are often carried out around the small uninhabited islands along the northern coast of Costa Rica. Flamingo locals often recommend Bat Island, Brumel Islands, Catalina Islands and Isla de La Plata. On these small islands there are both places that are perfect for diving and places that are perfect for snorkeling and that can be easily adapted to the individual’s level. Feel free to ask at the hotel or at any of the local dive sites. Spend the days here completely that suits you and your family best. (F )

Day 13: Flamingo – Monteverde

After breakfast you drive on to the beautiful rainforest of Monteverde, a drive that takes approx. 3-4 hours. On the way to Monteverde’s rainforest you drive through Costa Rica’s beautiful highlands and some parts of the road go on small primitive roads that give the trip a real sense of adventure. ( F )

Day 14: Monteverde on your own

Spend the day on your own and enjoy the surroundings of the hotel in Monteverde. The misty rainforest offers many opportunities such as. hiking in the rainforest, horseback riding and coffee excursions. You can also participate in exciting activities in the rainforest such as. an exciting type of hike called “Sky-Walk”, a hike performed on seven suspension bridges that are spread over a hiking trail that is approx. 3 km long. From the forest branch, you can see the rainforest from a bird’s eye view. You can also learn a little about some of the more than 2,500 plant and bird species found in Monteverde’s rainforest. In addition, this beautiful rainforest has the world’s highest concentration of orchids and is also home to hummingbirds, toucans and colorful quetzals that many ornithologists describe as one of the most beautiful bird species in the world. It is also possible to join an exciting zip-lining adventure and soar over the misty rainforest. On this tour, you pass 12 different zipline tracks that together form one of the world’s longest zipline trails. NOTE! Children from approx. 7-8 year olds can participate in the ziplining trip across the rainforest together with a guide. (F )

Day 15: Monteverde – Manuel Antonio

In the morning you drive on to Manuel Antonio, a drive that takes approx. four hours. This is a place where the lush rainforest meets some of Costa Rica’s most exotic sandy beaches. In addition, the national park is among the most visited national parks in the country and has four large beaches adjacent to it. The wildlife in the rainforest is very varied. Among other things, there are upwards of 184 bird species and more than 109 species of mammals, including howler monkeys, polar bears, sloths, jaguars and the small claw that is known from the films about Astrid Lindgren’s Pippi Longstocking. This national park on the Pacific coast is adjacent to a large number of nature trails that are perfect to use for hiking among the jungle’s exotic animal species. ( F )

Day 16–18: Travel on your own in Manuel Antonio

In Manuel Antonio you can spend some fantastic days and combine a wonderful swimming holiday on the beautiful beaches of the Pacific Ocean with a wide range of exciting activities. Among other things, you can hike in Manuel Antonio National Park and take part in a variety of fun day trips that include everything from kayaking, rafting, tubing and boating. ( F )

Day 19: Manuel Antonio – San José

It’s time to say goodbye to this exotic paradise after a wonderful and, to say the least, eventful car holiday in Costa Rica. After breakfast you go to San José, a drive that takes approx. four hours. After arriving at the hotel and returning the car, you can spend the rest of the day doing what you feel like. ( F )

Day 20: San José – Airport

It’s time to say goodbye to Costa Rica after an adventurous and eventful vacation. You will return to Sweden with many great beach, animal and nature experiences in your luggage. You will be picked up at the hotel and driven to the airport to suit your departure time.

Day 21: Arrival in Sweden

The time you arrive in Sweden depends on which airline you fly with.

Road Trip Costa Rica With The Whole Family