Costa Rica Family Holiday with Teenagers

9 Days | Make memories among the evergreen forest, towering volcanos and pristine beaches of Costa Rica

4.7 out of 5 based on 15 reviews submitted.
USD $2,850
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Discover the incredible biodiversity of Costa Rica – and the culture shaped by the tropical wilderness – with your loved ones, on a trip that’s tailored for families. Pick produce and make dinner with a local family during an agricultural homestay, look for three-toed sloths in the thickets of the Manuel Antonio National Park and walk through the canopy of Monteverde’s cloud forest on a suspended bridge. Take a break from active adventure by soaking in springs heated by Arenal Volcano and lying beneath swaying palms on pristine beaches while the kids play nearby. This adventure takes you into the wild heart of a country many visit but few truly know.

Trip overview

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San Jose, Costa Rica
San Jose, Costa Rica
Family, Wildlife
Costa Rica
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Min 10
Group size
Min 2 - Max 16
Trip code
This trip generates 15.58 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • Go beyond a biology lesson and immerse yourself in nature, from spotting rare birds in Monteverde to listening for the evocative call of howler monkeys in Manuel Antonio National Park.
  • Get active on guided walks through forest and jungle, plus an incredible canopy walk along suspended bridges in Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.
  • End this adventure by hitting Manuel Antonio National Park, where the evergreen forest grows right up to the long, white beaches and irresistible water.

Is this trip right for you?
  • Make sure you pack some sturdy and comfortable shoes as you’ll be walking around cities and towns and through forests and jungles on this trip.
  • There are a few days of long travel on this trip as you’ll be covering a lot of Costa Rican ground. These drives are along smooth roads in new and comfortable vehicles, and are great for games, chats and scenery spotting. You’ll also make interesting stops along the way to break up the longer drives.
  • Is it hot in here? You’re in tropical Central America so it can get very humid. Carry plenty of water, dress in light clothing and we’ll give you every opportunity to cool off with a swim.
  • With so much to see and do, Costa Rica can sometimes be expensive. Expect to pay more than you would in other Central American countries for a lot of things.


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8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner


Private vehicle, Boat, Public Transportation


Hotels (8 nights)

  • Sarapiqui - leader led rainforest night walk
  • San Jose - Poas Volcano National Park
  • Arenal - Hot Springs (Entrance Fee)
  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Monteverde - Sky Walk (Entrance Fee)
  • Manuel Antonio - Cooking Class & Lunch
  • Manuel Antonio National Park - (Entrance fee)
  • Manuel Antonio National Park Guided Hike
Add on activities
  • Sarapiquí – Night Bat Program - USD25
  • Sarapiquí – Night Hike - USD26
  • Monteverde - Canopy Zip Lining (Entrance, Equipment & Transport) - USD62
  • Monteverde - Cloud Forest Night Walk - USD35

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Important notes

1. Age restrictions apply to this trip: minimum age of 10 years old. Please note that anyone under 18 must be accompanied by (and share accommodation with) a parent or legal guardian.

2. A discount of 10% applies on this trip to children 17 or younger at the time of travel.

3. Full passport details are required at the time of booking in order to purchase entrance tickets to Manuel Antonio National Park. Delays in providing this information may result in changes to your itinerary, and we cannot guarantee entry. Details provided must be accurate as per the passport bio page.

4. First day - there will be a group meeting at 5 pm on Day 1
Last day - This trip finishes at the San Jose Airport on Day 8. Please do not book onward flights until after midday due to transfer time to San Jose Airport. Alternatively, if you wish to book post-accommodation, we can book this and provide a complimentary transfer to the hotel.

5. Please note that these trips are for adults and children travelling together, and there must be at least one child under 18 with you.

6. Age restrictions apply to this trip: minimum age 10.

7. A discount of 10% applies on this trip to children 17 years and under at the time of travel.

8. This tour finishes on arrival to Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) on Day 9. Please ensure that your departure flight is booked to depart after midday. If you wish to stay longer, we’ll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability) and provide a complimentary transfer back to the hotel. Please enquire about these services at time of booking.

9. A Single Supplement is available on this trip, please ask your booking agent for more information.

10. Costa Rica is a tropical country, so rain can be excepted at any time. The rainy season in Costa Rica runs from May – November. While July and some of August does experience dry spells, families need to be prepared for the rain. Rain does usually come in the afternoons, and it can pour. You will need to be prepared with wet weather gear. Hurricane season in this region is from June to November, when landslides, mudslides, flooding and disruptions to essential services can occur. Intrepid monitors any situations that arise and may need to change itineraries or activities in response to these natural weather occurrences.

11. Many hotels outside of San Jose have been built further out from the centre of town so travellers can enjoy the countryside, rainforests and views, where people can wake up to birds, not cars. Many of the hotels we use are in such locations.

12. Costa Rican food is known for being relatively mild, with high reliance on fresh fruit and vegetables. Rice and black beans are a staple of most traditional Costa Rican meals. Meals in Costa Rican are more expensive than its neighbouring countries.

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4.7 out of 5 based on 15 reviews submitted.
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Helen · Traveled August 2023
Great trio which suited our family of 3 teenagers. Our guide was excellent. We had some fabulous, unforgettable experiences and saw lots of wildlife.
Review submitted 21 Aug 2023

Scott · Traveled July 2023
I have been on lots of adventure holiday/Intrepid trips over the last 20 years, and I would like to say it`s very often, the Guide that can make or brake a trip, i`ve had good, very good and then Noelia, who`s never ending passion, enthusiasm and local knowledge of her country was fantastic, What a fine ambassador for Intrepid and Costa Rica, On one occasion other passengers on the mixed transport was asking how they could join our trip and get a guide like her because she made such a good impression !!
Review submitted 16 Aug 2023

Sophy · Traveled July 2023
Our tour guide Flor was superb - organized, knowledgeable about CR as well as able to relate to all including teenagers. The other families in the group were lovely. Our kids got on great which made our trip a success. Everyone participated and threw themselves into the activities making it all the more enjoyable. The treks in the rainforest and cloud forest, together with the white water rafting, gave us the opportunity to see animals and flora. Monkeys around the pool in MA were a bonus! The itinerary was pretty full with optional extras, but meal times provided a chance to sit together and relax. It is not a cheap place to visit so it is worth being mindful of the extras, but an incredible holiday and I would thoroughly recommend it.
Review submitted 04 Aug 2023

Robert · Traveled June 2023
Our Costa Rica trip was amazing! everything was planned out. Every detail was considered. It was a great first time trip to CR and it got us oriented to the country. Our guide was incredible and had everything organized very well!
Review submitted 08 Jul 2023

Alexis · Traveled June 2023
The tour Costa Rica with teenagers is the perfect mix of animal spotting, hikes and beach time. The Costa Rician people are welcoming and their country beautiful.
Review submitted 04 Jul 2023
Costa Rica Family Holiday with Teenagers
USD $2,850