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Bespoke Family Vacations in Costa Rica – Adventure with Peace of Mind 

In desperate need of a family vacation? We hear you! We also understand the hesitation many families are feeling, right now, when it comes to travel.

To adventure or not to adventure?!

Well, a family adventure vacation in Costa Rica is always the answer, of course, although planning a trip that’ll give you thrills, relaxation, quality time and peace of mind in COVID times may seem a bit more challenging.

But it needn’t be.


Private & Bespoke Family Adventure Vacations – What Are They All About?

At Costa Rica Rios, we’ve loved nothing more than to bring people together, from all walks of life and every corner of the planet, to enjoy a mind-blowing adventure together in the wilds of Costa Rica. Yet given the current pandemic we’re all living with, and the various travel restrictions and social distancing requirements, we’ve had to shelf our group package tours. At least for a little while, until our planet heals.

Instead, we’ve intensified the experiences we love best and created a bevy of bespoke, private family adventure itineraries.

When you travel solely with your family, you keep your social bubble mostly intact and, right now, this is the best way to ensure an adventure with peace of mind. Plus, you are placed squarely at the wheel, which means we plan an itinerary that’s tailor-made for you: your desires, levels of activity, children’s ages and vacation budget.

With private ground transfers and private guides ready to show you the time of your life, and striving to keep you as safe as can be, there’s simply no reason to miss out on all the fun.

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Costa Rica Is Open For Family Adventure Vacations!

As of September, Costa Rica will be welcoming back tourists with open arms. Citizens of various countries will be allowed to enter, as well as residents from (so far) 11 US states, namely:

  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • New Hampshire
  • Pennsylvania
  • Vermont / Virginia
  • District of Columbia

Although any new chance to travel is an exciting prospect, you’ll no doubt have many questions in regards to family adventures in Costa Rica. We’ve surprised potential guests these last weeks, who were astonished to learn that, in Costa Rica:

  • adventure activities are available,
  • national parks are open,
  • eco-lodges are operational and
  • restrictions are few and far between

Costa Rica has been implementing openings since May and, in effect, never enforced a complete, country-wide lockdown. The localized restrictions we’re seeing other countries adopt now, Costa Rica has been doing since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic – which means that restrictions in the various cantons have been ebbing and flowing.

Here’s why Costa Rica has been winning plaudits for its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

On bespoke family adventure vacations, we have the freedom to redirect you to the safest and least-affected areas, so you won’t suffer any restrictions once you arrive. All our national parks have reopened and, given tourist crowds are at a minimum, they are all blissfully uncrowded.

You may want to steer clear of all-inclusive mega-resorts, mind you, but that’s not what we offer here at Costa Rica Rios anyway. To really immerse yourself in nature and soak up the essence of the country, we’ve always preferred smaller, family-run lodges, the kind that are nestled in pristine jungles, teeming with wildlife. Kids love waking up to howling monkeys and protecting their breakfasts from pesky exotic birds. They cherish space, nature, animals and thrilling adventures like kayaking, rafting, ziplining, ATV riding and horseback riding.

Most of all, they cherish quality family time, in peace and quiet and an overcrowded, oversized resort simply can’t deliver the same level of family intimacy.

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What Kind Of Adventures Can Your Family Have In Costa Rica?

With decades of experience planning fantastic family vacations in Costa Rica, we believe we’re in the right place to offer an incredible array of planning inspiration.

We’ve planned adventure trips for families with active teenagers and smaller kids; for families who want to get way off the beaten path and those who’d love to splurge a little. Itineraries chock-full of adrenaline-pumping sports and others which balance the fun with incredible wildlife spotting and relaxing beach days.

Costa Rica offers her magnificent canvas and we partner with you to create the most unforgettable picture.

Something, just like this, perhaps…

Here are three of our most popular itineraries which are currently offering amazing deals:

Family Favorite Adventure Vacation – 7 nights, from $ 1,175 per person

The two most popular destinations in Costa Rica in one totally exhilarating bundle!

Our Arenal and Manuel Antonio adventure is perfect for families visiting Costa Rica for the first time. Family Favorite includes visits to the two megastar-national-parks, overnight accommodation in two gorgeous lodges and a bevy of active sports, including a hanging bridges and aerial tramway tour, whitewater rafting, canopy zipline, horseback ride, waterfalls, surfing lesson and guided wildlife-spotting hikes. The days can be as jam-packed or laid-back as you like and for every activity we suggest, you’ll have at least half-a-dozen more from which to choose.


Wildlife & Beaches – 7 nights, from $2,100 per person

For a fully immersive wilderness experience, we take you to the remote and spellbinding Osa Peninsula, amongst the wildest corners of Costa Rica. This is the most wildlife-enriched region and one of the most biodiverse on earth. For lovers of unique animals and pristine jungle, the Osa is simply perfect. This tour includes an internal flight, a snorkeling trip to Caño Island and a naturalist-guided hike in the world-renowned Corcovado National Park.

A once-in-a-lifetime adventure for discerning, wildlife-loving families.



Best of Both Worlds – 9 nights, from $ 2,300 per person

The most popular family adventure vacation in our midst, our Best of Both Worlds really packs in a crazy punch although, as with all our adventures, can be customized to suit.

We start this adventure on the right note, by catapulting you down the thrilling Pacuare River, on the kind of whitewater rafting adventure that has afforded us a National Geographic nod of approval. Our adventures just keep on comin’ as the week progresses and, meanwhile, we’ll still serve up the most spectacular scenery in the country: the breathtaking peak of Arenal Volcano and the incredible delights of Manuel Antonio. For an extended family vacation that includes it all, this adventure is unsurpassed.


The above three phenomenal itineraries are just a taster of everything possible in Costa Rica. See our full range of family vacations and start planning a once-in-a-lifetime adventure of your own.

Want to know more?

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