Costa Rica family adventure vacation

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29 Jul 2017
US $ 2245
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12 Aug 2017
US $ 2245
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23 Dec 2017
US $ 2245
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Vacation type

Small group family vacation

This is a 'small group family adventure' - typically you will join several other families traveling in a group of up to 20 people (3-5 families). The trips are great value, often with lots of included activities or sightseeing and some meals (dependent on the itinerary). They are created by people with families, for people with families, and are a great way for you and your children to meet new people and discover the world together! While itineraries are pre-planned there is some flexibility and you'll have plenty of time to yourselves.

On these Family Adventures, families of two will be roomed in a twin room, parties of three will be roomed in a triple room, fours will be roomed in two twins and families of five will have a triple and a twin, etc. This operator tends to use small, locally owned properties throughout their trips and accommodation will be en suite unless specified otherwise. It will be clean, functional, well located for your adventures and most importantly, family friendly. There will be swimming opportunities nearby where ever possible, either in pools or the sea. Some trips contain more adventurous overnights such as jungle stays, camping in the desert, sleeping on deck of traditional style boats or a night in a local homestay – please be aware that facilities will be basic on these occasions if your trip contains these aspects. All accommodation is named prior to travel.

Please check with the operator to confirm the minimum age for this trip.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Costa Rica family adventure vacation

On this trip: We travel in small family groups (max 16 people) so have a minimal impact on the environment as we go. We use local guides and group leaders to give you a genuine insight into the natural beauty and “Pura Vida” in Costa Rica.

This trip takes you to many protected natural habitats. Monteverde for example was founded as an agricultural community in 1951 by a group of North American Quakers; they cleared virgin forest to create verdant pastures ideal for dairy farming. These environmentally aware settlers were conscious of the danger that unrestricted settling and farming could cause to this precious habitat. Consequently they established a small privately-owned wildlife sanctuary, which has since grown to become the internationally-renowned Monteverde Cloudforest Biological Preserve. You will also visit a coffee plantation where growers belong to fair trade co-operatives.

Responsible code: Being Responsible is at the heart of everything our company does - full details of our code can be found on our website. The local supplier for this trip will promote our responsible travel code throughout your adventure. You will also receive specific information on this trip’s responsibility in your trip notes.

Helping to minimise negative impact: All of our customers are invited to offset their international flight emissions. Contributions go to the Blue Ventures Carbon Offset program, a non-profit organisation which provides solar stoves for subsistence communities in Madagascar, benefiting the people and protecting the environment. We also contribute £2 per person towards offsetting of your in-country travel. We fully offset all emissions from our staff travel and run an energy efficient office.

Giving something back: We have a foundation that collects the funds that you donate to us to support our projects. All our customers are invited to make a £1 per person contribution to the foundation at the time of booking. We will match every contribution that you make with our own £1. You as a customer choose where these funds are used from a shortlist of nominated projects – so it really is YOUR foundation.

Partnerships: As a company we support The Travel Foundation, a UK charity that has been established to promote responsible travel practises throughout the whole of the travel industry. We also work with a number of charity partners who work in the destinations that we visit; including Friends of Conservation and Born Free Foundation. We partner with many small grassroots projects throughout the destinations that we visit - they all share our responsible vision.

For every person who travels with us to Costa Rica, a contribution is made to the Fundacion Neotropica, which protects the rainforest and educates people about conservation.

Reviews of Costa Rica family adventure vacation

You can trust Responsible Travel reviews because, unlike many other schemes, reviews can ONLY be written by people who we have verified have been on the vacations.

I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 02 Jan 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

The friends we made, the beautiful unspoilt rainforest, the abundant wildlife, and the lovely beaches.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Prepare for a wide temp variation - cooler and wetter in the forests, and very warm and dry on the beaches. Take insect repellent, sunscreen, a waterproof and a hat. Its safe to drink the water so take a bottle and refill. The food is lovely, not spicy, plenty of fruits and variety with something for every palate. You will take so many photos! Binoculars are handy but the guide carries some you can borrow. Shorts are fine everywhere and you will need swim gear - several sets if possible. Go on the catamaran cruise at Quepos - we saw dolphins and could snorkel on a small reef with tropical fish. The boat had a slide which the children loved! Zip wire was fun but quite hard work, and the rafting was excellent! The hot springs were amazing - we did them at night with a tropical rainstorm overhead! There is a rickety metal bridge over a gorge to traverse at one point - its safer than it looks!! You will meet bugs - check the floors for ants, millipedes, spiders etc in the hotels - (they do not bother you) and we didn't see any snakes. You will see lizards, monkeys, racoons, sloths, butterflies, and frogs. Also many species of bird including toucans and hummingbirds.

Its an amazing place. The worst part is the journey there and back - try to arrive a day early to recover! There is a place called La Paz Waterfalls outside San Jose which is well worth a visit if you have a free day. You can see jaguar and puma there.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Brilliant! I wish Costa Rica was closer - the traveling to and from was the worst part.

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