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Costa Rica - Coast to Coast Family Vacation

Coast to Coast

7 Days / 6 Nights
San José, Tortugeuro, Arenal National Park, Guanacaste, and Liberia

From the Caribbean to the Pacific, experience a land that is as exciting as it is colorful. Zipline above the treetops of a rainforest teeming with exotic wildlife, race down whitewater rapids, marvel at the sight of an active volcano and visit a working pineapple plantation.


Trip Highlights include:

  • Tortuguero National Park
    Explore ancient forests by boat and search for exotic animals including mischievous monkeys, beautiful birds and giant sloths.
  • Pineapple Plantation Tour
    Learn to live off the land at a real working plantation! Discover Costa Rica's spirit of environmental respect and meet the people who live and work the earth every day.
  • Zip Lining in Arenal National Park
    Zip line through treetops and soar across the sky above the rainforest canopy. Our guides help make this the thrill of a lifetime!
  • Tenorio River White Water Rafting
    Shoot down roaring rapids and bob over gushing waters on the Tenorio River as you glide past a forest full of exotic creatures. Enjoy a rafting adventure in Class 2 rapids or opt for a serene paddle trip on quieter waters.

Adventure Dates

  • 2014
    • Feb 1-Feb 7, 2014*
    • Feb 15-Feb 21, 2014
    • Mar 15-Mar 21, 2014*
    • Mar 26-Apr 1, 2014
    • Mar 29-Apr 4, 2014
    • Apr 5-Apr 11, 2014
    • Apr 12-Apr 18, 2014
    • May 25-May 31, 2014
    • June 7-June 13, 2014
    • June 14-June 20, 2014
    • June 28-July 4, 2014
    • July 5-July 11, 2014
    • July 12-July 18, 2014
    • July 19-July 25, 2014
    • Aug 2-Aug 8, 2014
    • Aug 9-Aug 15, 2014
    • Sep 13-Sep 19, 2014: Adult Exclusive (18 and older)
    • Dec 20-Dec 26, 2014
  • 2015
    • Jan 31-Feb 6, 2015: Adult Exclusive (18 and older)
    • Feb 14-Feb 20, 2015
    • Mar 14-Mar 20, 2015
    • Mar 28-Apr 3, 2015

*= Departure guaranteed to travel.

Daily Itinerary

Day One

Arrive in San José
After you pass through customs, meet an Adventures by Disney representative who will assist with your luggage. Relax as a driver whisks your family away to the nearby resort.

Hotel Marriott
This stylish, modern hotel is nestled on a verdant coffee plantation. Unwind in the grand courtyard or enjoy the hotel's amenities, including a swimming pool, lounge and gymnasium. If you wish to explore the area, your Adventure Guides can make suggestions.

Dinner On Your Own
Tonight, you and your family can enjoy the hotel's excellent restaurant or ask your Adventure Guides to recommend nearby local dining. Get ready—tomorrow you will begin your expedition into beautiful and breathtaking Costa Rica!

Meals Included: None

Day Two

Continental Breakfast and Flight
Kick off your week in the tropics with an early continental breakfast before you board a charter Otter Aircraft for an exclusive flight to beautiful Tortuguero. Its name meaning "Land of the Turtles," Tortuguero is where the green sea turtles nest each year from July to October.

Arrive at Laguna Lodge
Once you land in Tortuguero, take a short boat ride to Laguna Lodge. With its organic architecture and whimsical interiors, this rustic lodge is nestled in the leafy rainforest overlooking a brilliant sapphire lagoon. Relax as your Adventure Guides will check you into your hotel. At a festive full breakfast, meet the other adventurous families that will share your journey through paradise!

Tortuguero National Park
Sea turtles, toucans, sloths, white-headed capuchin monkeys and more inhabit the network of marshy islands that comprise this dazzling national park. Various habitats such as wetlands, canals and beaches weave together to create a vibrant tropical tapestry. A local expert privately guides you by boat through this remarkable place as you explore the flora and fauna.

Visit to Sea Turtle Conservancy and Tortuguero Village
Travel by boat to the Sea Turtle Conservancy Group where you will learn about the renowned naturalist, Archie Carr, and his work with the endangered green turtles. Next, visit Tortuguero Village to see how the locals live. Wander the pathways that wind through this peaceful place—there's not a car or motor bike to be found!

Lunch at Laguna Lodge
A delicious lunch awaits you in the hotel's thatched-roof restaurant as you eat with the other hotel guests.

Afternoon On Your Own
Return to Tortuguero Village or just lounge at the lodge—spend your time this afternoon as you wish!

Welcome Dinner
After your day of discovery, celebrate your arrival with a festive hotel welcome feast arranged especially for Adventures by Disney Guests. Get into the groove with a calypso band when they join the festivities.

Junior Adventurers Dinner and Movie Night
As Junior Adventurers enjoy a kid-friendly dinner with a video in the "El Caracol" room at the lodge, grownups share the day's adventures over a satisfying buffet meal in the hotel restaurant. Junior Adventurers can cuddle up with their families for a private Disney movie presentation at the hotel.

Nature Walk and Private Stargazing
Guests can opt to take a nighttime nature walk with a local expert to search for potential nesting sea turtles on the beach.* See if you can spot the green turtles, giant leatherbacks, hawksbill or loggerhead turtles that nest on the nearby beaches. Then marvel at the Milky Way as an expert guide takes you on a visual expedition through the constellations during a private stargazing session.

*Nighttime nature walk may not available during nesting season (July through September).

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day Three

Journey to Arenal
After your last breakfast at the Laguna Lodge, board the river boat once again to begin your journey to Caño Blanco Dock, where you will continue by luxury motor coach* onto Sarapiqui. As the coach follows the road, your imagination follows stories about the surrounding land told by your Adventure Guides.

Lunch at Rancho Roberto's Restaurant
Stop in route to Sarapiqui for a very special lunch with your fellow Adventurers at this landmark restaurant featuring farm-to-table cuisine! The chef joins you at the table for a unique meet-and-greet.

Pineapple Plantation
Learn to live off the land at a real working plantation! Discover Costa Rica's spirit of environmental respect and meet the people who live and work the earth every day. After the plantation, continue onto Arenal!

Arrive at Arenal
Prepare yourself for the powerful sight of the Arenal volcano as its great plumes of smoke stroke the expansive sky and molten lava slithers down the steep slopes. It's a dramatic backdrop to the tranquil Hotel Arenal Manoa in La Fortuna, where your Adventure Guides will check you in upon arrival.

Dinner at the Hotel
Once you are settled, get ready for a private BBQ at the hotel's poolside with your fellow Adventurers. As you dine, soak up the panoramic view of the beautiful Arenal volcano as it rises from the horizon, surrounded by verdant pastures and hillsides.

*The roads from Caño Blanco Dock are at times very uneven.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day Four

Sky Trek to Zip Lining
Ride through the rainforest in a luxury coach until you reach the Sky Tram, where you will climb inside a gondola that carefully carries you over the ancient emerald woods. Take in the extraordinary views and observe how the vegetation changes as your gondola rises up the mountain.

Zip Line Adventure*
It's the adrenaline thrill of a lifetime! Strap on a harness, click onto suspended wires, and soar across the sky as you zip line through the rainforest treetops. Adventures by Disney has found the expert guides to make this an awesome adventure to remember.

Lunch On Your Own
After your high-speed ride through the wilds, tame your hunger with a hearty meal of Costa Rican cuisine.

Maleku Crafts Activity
Learn some traditional crafts from some local artisans. Get the family together and connect with the culture and your creative side -- you may even design a keepsake of your own!

Hidalgo Hot Springs
Get whisked away to Hidalgo Hot Springs and immerse yourself in the soothing mineral water pools. These natural springs are heated by the Arenal volcano itself! So find a quiet corner and relax after the adventures of the day.

Dinner at Hidalgo Hot Springs
Sit down for a delicious evening meal of Costa Rican cuisine prepared in a traditional rustic kitchen, right there in the hot springs restaurant.

*To use the zip line, you must be at least 8 years old. Size restrictions also apply.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day Five

Departure to Guanacaste
Have a buffet breakfast at the hotel before departing for breathtaking Guanacaste! Named after Costa Rica's national tree, this sun-kissed province is famous for its sparkling shorelines, exciting water sports and superb bird watching.

Tenorio River White Water Rafting / Float Trip
Travel through the rainforest to the river for a wet and wild rafting adventure! Shoot down roaring rapids and bob over gushing waters as you glide by a forest full of exotic creatures. Enjoy a rafting adventure in Class 2-3 rapids or opt for a serene float trip on gentler waters.

Picnic Lunch
Top off your whitewater adventure with an unforgettable picnic on the bank of the river.

Arrive at Villas Sol Hotel & Beach Resort
This peaceful resort is set on a forested hillside overlooking the ocean. Take in the sea breeze and luscious scenery as your Adventure Guides check you into the resort. Then spend the afternoon as you wish exploring the coastline, basking by the pool or sipping a cocktail in the bar.

Junior Adventurer Dinner and Stargazing
Dine at your leisure at the hotel restaurant. Meanwhile, Junior Adventurers and the Adventure Guides get together for their own meal of kid-friendly fare. After dinner, join your little ones and see the stars in their eyes while stargazing on the beach.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Day Six

Tempisque River Tour
Cruise the Tempisque River—the largest river in Costa Rica—for an unforgettable adventure through one of the world's richest ecosystems! Like a scene out of a nature documentary, watch as a wide variety of water fowl, monkeys and even crocodiles appear on the shores.

Hiking in Hacienda El Viejo
The eco-adventure continues with a hike through the rich wetlands of the Hacienda. Watch for howler monkeys, crocodiles and much more!

Private Lunch at La Casona
Cool your heels after the hike as you enjoy a private meal at this restaurant nestled in a scenic setting.

Sugar Cane Plantation
Discover the sweet life of "raising cane" on this tour of a working sugar cane plantation. You'll also find out how to make delectable piloncillo—delectable brown sugar caramel!

Horseback Riding
Saddle up for a tranquil ride along the tropical Tempisque River. Keep an eye out for the various bird species such as white ibis, great egret, little blue heron and the striking plumage of the bare-throated tiger heron.

Mojito Making
Learn how to make this delicious rum cocktail the way the natives do. Junior Adventurers can kick back with a non-alcoholic drink.

Farewell Dinner
Celebrate the adventures of your trip over a festive dinner accompanied by lively calypso music. Toast to all your newfound friends and the family memories you will cherish forever. Salud!

Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day Seven

Breakfast at the Villas Sol Hotel & Beach Resort
Enjoy an early last breakfast in paradise and say goodbye to your fellow Adventurers.

Motor Coach to Liberia
Ride back to Liberia via motor coach to connect with your departing flight and say hasta luego until you return to the tropics!

Meals Included: Breakfast


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