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Costa Rica Family Adventure

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Costa Rica Family Adventure
Costa Rica is one of the world's most adventurous family-friendly places, widely known for its dedication to peace, cultural exchange and environmental education. Our Costa Rica Family Adventure visits areas that exemplify these qualities creating wonderful shared memories for years to come. All aspects of this tour, from more spacious accommodations to less rigorous transfers to the pla nned activities, have been designed with the traveling family in mind.

Starting with Arenal Volcano, with its picture perfect cone, we explore this geologic wonder and the rich surrounding rainforests filled with waterfalls, wildlife and opportunities for exploration. In Monteverde hike through the lush Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, walk the nearby platform bridges for an aerial view of these incredible forests and visit the shining example of sustainable tourism in the town of Santa Elena. Conclude with mangrove kayaking, turtle sightings and beach combing in Costa Rica's coastal playground of Tamarindo. Accommodations for this active adventure include wilderness lodges and boutique hotels.
read more Costa Rica is one of the world's most adventurous family-friendly places, widely known for its dedication to peace, cultural exchange and environmental education. Our Costa Rica Family Adventure visits areas that exemplify these qualities creating wonderful shared memories for years to come. All aspects of this tour, from more spacious accommodations to less rigorous transfers to the planned activities, have been designed with the traveling family in mind.

Starting with Arenal Volcano, with its picture perfect cone, we explore this geologic wonder and the rich surrounding rainforests filled with waterfalls, wildlife and opportunities for exploration. In Monteverde hike through the lush Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, walk the nearby platform bridges for an aerial view of these incredible forests and visit the shining example of sustainable tourism in the town of Santa Elena. Conclude with mangrove kayaking, turtle sightings and beach combing in Costa Rica's coastal playground of Tamarindo. Accommodations for this active adventure include wilderness lodges and boutique hotels.
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Day 1 - Arrive San Jose, Costa Rica

Day 2 - Arenal Volcano

Day 3 - Arenal to Monteverde

Day 4 - Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve

Day 5 - Mountains to Coast

Days 6 - 7 - Tamarindo Beach

Day 8 - San Jose

Day 9 - Depart San Jose


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Day 1 - Arrive San Jose, Costa Rica

Upon arrival at San Jose's Juan Santamaria International Airport you are met by a representative and transferred to your hotel in San Jose.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Hotel Bougainvillea or similar
MEALS:
n/a

Day 2 - Arenal Volcano

Start your tour with a scenic drive to Arenal Volcano, stopping en route at La Paz Waterfall Gardens for lunch and an up-close view at a system of 5 different waterfalls. The gardens also include child-friendly butterfly, hummingbird and frog gardens. After lunch continue on through the scenic highlands to Arenal. From the lodge, which is situated safely on a high ridge only 1.6 miles south of the volcano, take in an impressive view of this "giant which rumbles." The lodge is the only property located within the Arenal Volcano National Park, which encompasses thousands of acres of pristine rainforest and teems with tropical birds and wildlife.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Arenal Observatory Lodge
MEALS:
breakfast and lunch

Day 3 - Arenal to Monteverde

Enjoy a morning hike to a nearby waterfall and an up-close exploration of a lava flow prior to the drive Monteverde. Crossing Arenal Lake by boat and then driving on, make your way to Monteverde, one of the most diverse and richest tropical cloud forests in the New World. Monteverde is best known as home to the Resplendent Quetzal but includes hundreds of other birds, mammals and plant species. Arrive in time to explore the nearby town of Santa Elena.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Hotel Fonda Vela
MEALS:
breakfast

Day 4 - Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve

Morning guided hike through the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve viewing the wet forest with its dense vegetation and majestic trees. The perpetually misty forests of the Reserve encompass eight distinct ecological zones and protect more than 100 species of mammals, 400 species of birds and 1,500 species of plants. In the afternoon visit the SkyTrek, a system of suspended cable zip lines constructed within the cloud forest, that give the participant a unique thrill and vantage point high in the forest canopy. For those not interested in zip lining, the Sky Walk, a hiking system of suspended bridges, may be substituted at no additional cost.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Hotel Fonda Vela
MEALS:
breakfast

Day 5 - Mountains to Coast

Our representative will transfer you in an air-conditioned vehicle on a scenic drive through the dry savanna of Guanacaste to the North Pacific Coast, and on to your luxury beachfront accommodation just outside of Tamarindo. The remainder of the day is yours to stroll the beach or relax by your hotel's pool.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Capitan Suizo
MEALS:
breakfast

Days 6 - 7 - Tamarindo Beach

Spend your days in Tamarindo simply soaking in the Pacific views, or opting for several activities available to your family at additional cost, such as snorkeling, horseback riding, surfing lessons, kayaking and more!
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Capitan Suizo
MEALS:
breakfast

Day 8 - San Jose

Return by plane to San Jose where a representative will take you to your hotel in Costa Rica's capitol. Spend your last afternoon in Costa Rica taking in a museum or exploring one of San Jose's several colorful markets.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Hotel Bougainvillea
MEALS:
breakfast

Day 9 - Depart San Jose

Transfer to the international airport for your return flights home or begin your trip extension.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
n/a
MEALS:
breakfast

Itinerary Notes

This itinerary is designed for families, but is appropriate for any individuals looking for an adventure highlighting some of the best attractions that Costa Rica has to offer.

Arrival & Departure

The Costa Rica Family Adventure begins and ends in San Jose, Costa Rica. Plan flights to arrive in San Jose any time on day 1 and depart any time on day 9 of the itinerary.
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Prices listed are per person for double occupancy, unless noted otherwise. Contact the experts at AdventureSmith Explorations to book a departure.

$1895 - Adult 2013-14

Rate applies through November 30, 2014.

$695 - Child 2013-14

Child rates apply to children 10 and under who are sharing rooms with two adults. Rate applies through November 30, 2014.
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Included

Eight nights lodging, all land, air and water transportation within Costa Rica, all airport/hotel transfers when arriving and departing on the stated arrival and departure dates of the group, meals as specified in the itinerary, hotel taxes, entrance fees to National Parks, museums and places of interest in effect at the time of booking are included unless otherwise specified, guide services as specified in the itinerary, guides' expenses.

Exclusions

Airfare to Costa Rica, airport departure tax, excess baggage charges, taxes and port fees, gratuities to transfer and naturalist guides, guided turtle nesting tour ($25), items of a personal nature such as alcoholic beverages, and insurance of any kind. Holiday supplement may apply Christmas and New Year´s Season, Easter Week (April 13-20) and Thanksgiving week; contact AdventureSmith for pricing and availability.

Room Configuration

Single supplement of $795 added if single accommodations are requested, otherwise single travelers may request to share a same sex room. If another single traveler is assigned the single supplements will be waived.

Families & Children

Child rates apply to children 10 and under who are sharing rooms with two adults.

Payment & Cancellation

Prices valid through November 30, 2014. In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $500 is required at the time of booking. A Reservation Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Cancellations are subject to the following fees, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 91 days - 50% of deposit
90 to 31 days - 50% of total trip cost
30 to 0 days - 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions.

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