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Costa Roca is now very popular as BA fly here daily a few times a week. One of the misconceptions is that it’s all about wildlife spotting and the jungle. That is certainly part of the appeal, but only one of the elements that makes this a well rounded family holiday destination with many experiences to bring home. If you’ve done the California Road Trip and enjoyed the variety, then I guarantee you will enjoy this too.
For a family we would suggest something along these lines, with the assistance of our local agent ……
Arrive into San Jose, which is located in the central valley. Then by road and boat out to the east and the Caribbean Sea at Tortogero. This is not your usual Caribbean beach, this element is rainforest, resorts including wildlife watching boat tours and a big bonus in summer, as it’s the season to see turtles laying their eggs.
Then take a small plane to the central geothermal area, it will be less than an hour door to door compared with 8-10 via road/boat. Arenal is the adrenalin capital, big waterfalls, walks along lava flows, white water rafting. A bonus here is that the hotel resorts have thermal pools to relax in. Loads to do here.
Head across the lake and uphill to The Monteverde cloud forests a few hours to get here. We would arrange a guide walk along the many Sky Bridges up in the cloud forest canopy, there are also some mega zip lines that go in and out the clouds too.
The next leg is about three hours away on the Pacific coast is an absolute jewel, like an 1960’s California surf town. Machine like waves make learning surf a doddle and in the dead warm Pacific water. Smashing town, low rise buildings, not many hotels, plenty of places to eat. Lovely, relaxed and full of character, one of my favourite places. Few people know of it, not in any UK brochures. You want 5 days ideally for R&R, you can finish here or go onward?
Manual Antonio is also on the Pacific coast a day’s drive south (private transfer, you don’t drive) and a place that’s on every tour. Hillsides have hotels clinging on, with views out across the pacific. More rain forest and it’s the wet season here in mid-summer. Fab national park to walk into and around, loads of animals and beautiful beaches, a great days outing. We also had a hoot quad biking safari, that also included a walk in a private park to go swimming in waterfalls
South of this is the Osa Peninsula, another big wildlife area with an inland sea for dolphins and whales. For some families that’s too much. Most UK tours do not have as R&R on the beach and therefore do include this element. Getting back to San Jose from Manual Antonio this is about three hours by road, if coming from Oro Peninsula , then you can fly if you wish?
To get the perfect balance we suggest a long chat with us to ensure you have the right balance to keep everyone happy.
Many visitors hire a car and this is often a point of tension at times. For a very relaxed trip we would suggest private transfer, that would be provided by our trusted local agent. Food is great super fresh, people more worldly than most of the America tourist here. Be prepared – it’s an expensive trip to book and also when there too, the country has a National welfare and health service, so the cost of living is high. Everyone speaks English, with little crime, so it’s a very easy destination with little agro. Perfect temperature as it hovers around 75 degrees, so it’s not like going to the Far East. Due to the line of volcanoes along the country’s spine, the weather will vary in different regions at different times, you will get some showers as it’s the tropics, but the almost even temperature is a huge bonus that will only really be appreciated when there. This is a great destination.
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