Costa Rica offers activities and adventures for all ages. This small country offers so much to see: volcanoes, rainforest, Caribbean and Pacific Ocean beaches, national parks and private reserves. A perfect Costa Rica vacation features visits to at least two different regions of the country on a seven night itinerary and three regions on a ten-night trip, and stays at a minimum of two or three hotels or resorts, as well as easy transfers between regions and plenty of activities at each location. Careful advance planning is the key to enhancing your trip, particularly during the high season, when rooms at popular resorts are hard to secure.
Many travelers and families look for a pre-planned package to fit their budget, interests and expectations. But at Memorable Costa Rica, we believe that each package should be designed to fit the traveler, family and couple. Although we do offer sample itineraries, we recommend that you fill out our trip planner and let us work with you to plan your perfect Costa Rica vacation. Memorable Costa Rica vacation packages, hotel links and activities will give you information about the many choices available. Talking directly to our staff will help ensure the most successful trip.
Bear in mind that even though Costa Rica is a small country, it is practically impossible to visit all its regions and experience its various activities in one trip. Some travelers try to cram visits to as many regions as possible in a limited amount of time, but Memorable Costa Rica’s philosophy advocates that the best way to enjoy the trip is to plan carefully and spend more time in fewer regions. This also means you’ll spend less time traveling between areas.
The Costa Rica hotel and resort industry is a mature one with products ranging from brand new to over 30 years old. There are constant changes in top management and onwership in the different resorts. Many Costa Rica hotels have undergone one or more remodelations and literature on Costa Rica vacations finds it difficult to stay current with the changing conditions. Relaying on a Memorable Costa Rica travel expert ensures you up-to-date information on virtually all hotels & resorts, as our staff is constantly visiting the different regions and experiencing the hotels first hand.
San Jose: the capital. Ideal for families enjoying a Costa Rica vacation whose international flights arrive after 6 pm or depart before 10 am. San Jose offers interesting cultural events - museums, historical buildings, theatre and monuments - as well as some of Costa Rica's top restaurants and nightlife.
Central Valley and Poas Volcano: The lodges in the northern mountains of the Central Valley offer a great starting / ending point to a Costa Rica family vacation, avoiding a stay in the city. Some of the highlights include the Peace Lodge in the La Paz Waterfall Gardens, El Silencio Lodge and Villa Blanca.
Monteverde Cloud Forest: families looking to learn about the Cloud Forest must consider a one or two night stay in Monteverde / Santa Elena for exciting adventures in nature. All hotels are on the rustic side, family owned with great service and local hospitality.
Arenal – Fortuna: Home to one of the world's most active volcanoes, the Arenal Region features exciting adventures such as canyoning, canopy tours, rafting, caving and hikes, with relaxing hot springs resorts. Some of Costa Rica's top spas and best resorts are located in this rainforest region.
Papagayo: The Gulf of Papagayo is home to some of the country's best known resorts. Luxury hotels include the Four Seasons and the Hilton, with others in the planning stages. All inclusive options range from Allegro to Occidental Grand.
Tamarindo – Langosta – Conchal: Costa Rica’s most visited beaches. From the popular town of Tamarindo, home to numerous hotels, resorts and condos, to the renowned resort areas of Reserva Conchal and Hacienda Pinilla, home to luxury houses and the JW Marriott.
Tambor – Malpais – Islita: the end of the Nicoya Peninsula, the region can be best described as "off the beaten path". Small, quaint beachfront hotels, remote locations, eclectic towns.
Manuel Antonio – Jaco – Herradura: Costa Rica's most visited region is home to small eco-friendly resorts that range from rustic to luxurious. This is one of the top regions for wildlife watching, adventures in nature and rainforest beaches.
Corcovado – Osa: Earth’s most bio-diverse place according to National Geographic. Best region for wildlife watching. Accommodations are very eco-friendly, most hotels do not offer a/c or television. Ideal for families looking for an adventurous and nature intense Costa Rica vacation that do are comfortable in isolated and remote locations.
Tortuguero: the Northeast Caribbean beaches of Costa Rica. Jungle, wildlife, canals and the renowned home of three sea-turtle species that nest in the beaches of the park. Rustic accommodations but an overall outstanding opportunity for families looking to have a close encounter with nature.