plus airfare to and from Liberia or San Jose, Costa Rica.
Tamarindo Beach and the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano in Guanacaste
Get ready to experience the beauty and magic of Costa Rica. Tamarindo is a low key beach town known for surfing and boogie boarding with a large stretch of pristine beach that is the perfect place to grab a book, relax and escape. Rincon de la Vieja volcano boasts soothing mud baths, a natural steam room, a secluded spa and acres of breathtaking scenery to enjoy on horseback, on a zip line tour or on an ATV*. This escape will be one your family talks about forever – action and adventure, balanced with plenty of rest and relaxation.
After your arrival in Tamarindo, meet your fellow travelers and 360° Family Vacations staff during your orientation. Tamarindo is best known for its laid back atmosphere and perfect waves. As you will see, this is Costa Rica’s surfing mecca. Chill at the beach, grab a boogie board or learn to ride the waves during our optional surf lessons*. You can also sleep in, go for a run, work out, or shop the local boutiques, the choice is yours.
Your professional instructors will get you and your family “hangin’ 10” in no time. The waves of Tamarindo are world renowned for great beginner and intermediate waves.
One afternoon, we’re off together on a sunset catamaran sailing adventure! Your catamaran will take you to a great snorkeling area on the Pacific coast. Be prepared to see exotic fish and amazing sea life.
The tropical lagoon pool with waterfalls, wooden bridges and swim up bar can be enjoyed at your leisure.
After a few evenings together as a group, parents can enjoy a night out alone or with their new friends at a wonderful local restaurant. For everyone else, we’ve got all the fun covered. On several nights, we will feature a special kids and teens dinner out at a local restaurant*. Sorry parents, you’re not invited to these!
After Tamarindo, you’re off to the volcanic region known as Rincon de la Vieja. The Borinquen Mountain Resort features mineral mud baths, hot spring pools, a natural thermal steam room, a horse stable, the Anahuac Spa, miles of hiking trails, restaurants and more. Get ready for adventure! During your stay, always be on the lookout for wildlife as you may spot white-faced monkeys, keel-billed toucans, and hummingbirds! Included at the Borinquen Mountain Resort & Spa are the following activities:
Enjoy an exciting ride up the mountain and through the plains with beautiful views of Guanacaste’s pacific coast. Take an invigorating hike and arrive at Mystery Waterfall (approximately 164’ high) and you will be able to discover its secrets. Then hike on over to the hidden waterfall.
Do you have what it takes to fly over the tree tops, zipping across the canyon in front of breathtaking waterfalls? This is one of the most exciting and breath‐taking experiences around. The height over the jungle canopy and canyon along with the exciting speed of the zip lines will not disappoint. The tour consists of 13 platforms with incredible views all the way to the Pacific Ocean.
At the base of La Victoria Waterfall, receive a short safety briefing. Then everyone gets his or her own personal round raft for an adrenaline pumping rafting ride through the white water rapids in the Rio Negro.
Enjoy an exciting ride up through mountain trails while traversing the calm waters of volcanic mountain streams.
Ride on trails through the lush forest, by cascading waterfalls and to incredible scenic vistas.
The tropical lagoon pool with waterfalls, wooden bridges and swim up bar can be enjoyed at your leisure. Spend the morning, afternoon, or all day at the pool!
The thermal springs with hot pools, the volcanic mud bath and the natural steam room will add to the relaxing atmosphere of this volcanic mountain retreat. You can take advantage of the curative properties that have long been attributed to mineral rich waters and mud-pots.
The Anáhuac Spa at Borinquen Mountain Resort and Spa offers the most unique and natural setting. The Zen inspired construction has been delicately situated in the middle of the forest, right over a crystalline running stream. A more enchanting spa is hard to imagine. All of the massage rooms overlook the river and the forest, and probably the most relaxing sound you will hear while enjoying a massage or treatment will be an original production staged by nature especially for you. Similarly, if you can resist drifting away and closing your eyes, the view is just breathtaking.
Join one of our educational lunch programs to learn about the history and interesting facts about the volcano, the three species of monkeys and other animals in Rincón de la Vieja, and the flora and fauna of the Borinquen Mountain Resort.
Costa Rica is a country known for its warm people who live by the saying Pura Vida meaning “pure life.” Costa Rica also offers visitors so much in the way of natural environment and recreational activities, and to truly get the most out of your travels, a basic knowledge of this small country’s history, resources and culture is invaluable.
|Population||Costa Rica is home to 4.3 million people.|
|Bordering||Nicaragua, Panama and Caribbean Sea to the east and Pacific Ocean to the west.|
|Voltage||120V, no adapter or converter needed|
|Government||Democratic Republic (President)|
|Regions||Costa Rica is composed of 7 provinces, divided into 81 cantons, and sub-divided into 421 districts.|
|1502||Columbus became the first European to reach Costa Rica. Claiming to have seen “more gold in two days than in four years in Spain,” he dubbed it la costa rica or “the rich coast.”|
|1522||Spanish colonization began.|
|1821||Costa Rica gained independence from Spain and joined the Mexican Empire.|
|1823||The Mexican Empire dissolved; Costa Rica joined El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua as the United Provinces of Central America.|
|1838||Costa Rica became a fully independent country.|
|1949||A new constitution was adopted after a bloody 44-day civil war.|
|1987||President Oscar Arias Sánchez won the Nobel Peace Prize. He helped end civil wars in El Salvador and Nicaragua.|
|2010||Laura Chinchilla became Costa Rica’s first woman President.|
Costa Rica is located in Central America and boasts a successful democracy, booming international eco-tourism, a highly productive coffee industry, and has maintained a peaceful presence in the world without a military. There has been record of human inhabitants in Costa Rica for the past 10,000 years, with many people living in small tribes scattered throughout the country.
While many other countries followed in the typical colonial pattern of the Spanish, Costa Rican life was centered on agriculture and was maintained in the interior of the country in theCentral Valley. Because of this, the lack of busy port towns, and the fact that there were very few indigenous people to exploit for labor, the country was known as one of the poorest colonies in the Americas.
Costa Rica is the only country in the Western Hemisphere that lacks a national army and maintains a diplomatically neutral stance, that neutrality leading to its nickname “The Switzerland of Central America.” Without defense spending, the government has been able to bolster social programs with its excess tax revenue. Universalized health care, social security and free, mandatory education are just a few of the successful programs that are subsidized by the State.
It is no exaggeration to call the country an oasis of peace. This is a fundamental part of the Costa Rican character. Costa Rica is the seat of the University for Peace as well as the Inter American Court of Human Rights. This fact emphasizes the trust placed in the country’s political and social stability by the international community. The country abolished its army half way through the 20th century, the Rural and Civil Guards being sufficient to protect the citizens. Costa Rica was twice nominated to receive the Nobel Peace Prize and this was awarded, in 1987, to the incumbent President of the Republic, Dr. Oscar Arias. This award was a truly merited recognition of the Costa Rican way of life – pura vida.
For many reasons including having a stable government, a high literacy rate from widespread education, high numbers of visitors from environmental policies that promote eco-tourism along with a peaceful way of life, Costa Rica has grown from being one of the poorest colonies in the old days to being the richest Central American country in modern times. Many American and foreign business are now found in Costa Rica; you and your fellow travelers can debate whether that is progress.
Costa Rican beaches are known for their stunning, fine, white sand and pristine clear blue waters, lagoons, and vegetation. Tamarindo has been the location for E! Wild on Costa Rica and MTV Real World sent one of its casts down here to learn to surf in the Bay.
Meaning “The Old Woman’s Corner.” a reference to a local legend about a girl whose lover was thrown into the crater by her father; she became a recluse living on the mountain, and was credited with powers of healing. Rincón de la Vieja stands 6,286’ above sea level, and its summit is the highest point in Rincón de la Vieja Volcano National Park. It erupted most recently in September 2011. The volcano has a large number of fumaroles and hot springs on its slopes and is formed by felsic lava. The first recorded eruption of the volcano took place in 1765 but little is known about its early eruptive history.
Location, location, location. The Tamarindo Diria Beach Resort sets its self apart from all others as the only hotel located on the white sand of the world famous Tamarindo Beach – the most popular in Costa Rica! The hotel’s contemporary style and architecture is surrounded by exotic and beautifully maintained lush tropical gardens that offer guests the natural beauty of Costa Rica right outside their doors. Each room features a sunset ocean view allowing guests to relax to the sounds of the ocean and wind down at a slower pace. This beachfront hotel also features two scenic tropic pools.
Tamarindo is a laid back surf town that is best known for its great waves, long beach, and lots of adventure activites such as surfing lessons, sailing, snorkeling, SCUBA diving and sport fishing. Visitors can also explore the local national parks, shop the great local boutiques, be pampered in the luxury Coca Beauty Spa and dine at some great local restaurants.Check It Out!
The Borinquen Mountain Resort and Spa is an exclusive resort built right in the countryside of the Rincón de la Vieja volcano. All luxury bungalows and villas have independent decks or balconies with great mountain views and breathtaking sunsets. The resort is secluded in a mountain setting that combines an oasis of exotic luxury that blends nature with rustic elegance. The property consists of 502 acres located at the foothills of the Rincón de la Vieja volcano. Surrounded by rivers, waterfalls, breathtaking views and lush forests, the resort enjoys a privileged location for outdoor activities such as hiking, horseback riding, ATV safaris, adventure expeditions, monkey or bird watching, or simply relaxing by the lagoon style pool, hot springs, mud baths, or at the Anahuac Spa.Check It Out!
Over the past 33 years, Westcoast Connection / 360° Student Travel has shown over 27,000 teenagers a summer of a lifetime. Year after year we receive overwhelming feedback from parents …
“I want to go!” “I wish there were trips for me.” “Do you need another staff?”
And so began 360° Family Vacations. If you’re an adult, grab the kids, if you’re a kid or teenager, grab your parents and join us in Costa Rica for non-stop excitement. This trip is perfect for the whole gang – moms and dads, brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews, grandmas and grandpas, and your cousins too – we guarantee everyone will have a blast. Our perfectly paced trip includes action and adventure and is balanced with plenty of rest and relaxation.
At 360° Family Vacations, nothing else comes first. From our extensive trip planning department through our management team and our front line leaders, it is our single biggest priority! Safety procedures, equipment, helmets – we’ve got it covered. Every 360° Family Vacations staff member is certified in First Aid and CPR. We are extremely proud of our safety record and welcome all questions you may have in this area. Please see more under Safety First.
You will be impressed with our hotel choices so please visit the section marked Where We Stay to learn more about each property. Hotel rooms can accommodate up to four people in two double beds. We will do our best to accommodate requests for adjacent rooms. There are no adjoining rooms in Costa Rica.
Costa Rican food is excellent! Comida tipica, the native Costa Rican cuisine, features lots of fresh fruits, vegetables, fish, seafood, chicken and meats. We do what it takes to satisfy the choosiest of eaters, and will gladly accommodate most special dietary requests including vegetarian, anaphylactic food allergies and celiac disease. Traditional North American food will be available as well. Please contact us to review your needs.
There is only one bus ride during your entire trip and it is under two hours (from Tamarindo Beach to Rincon de la Vieja). You’ll ride in our chartered, air conditioned deluxe motor coach with a professional driver. Our bus has iPod/MP3 connections, and a DVD player.
Planning family travel is of course a science. But it is also an art. We know when to pick up the pace and to get adrenaline flowing. We also know when it’s time to chill. We know when you need some valuable family time and when the kids and teenagers want to hang out with their new friends. We have worked hard to make every hour of every day just right. We described this trip in as much detail as the written word and photos make possible, but to truly understand the flow of the trip, please contact us to learn why our trips are “the perfect family vacation.”
Yes, a passport is required. U.S. and Canadian residents do not need a visa for entrance into Costa Rica. Please consult your local embassy or consulate for the most up-to-date visa requirements.
After you reserve your 360° Family Vacations, you will receive a welcome package which includes a daily itinerary, detailed information about arrival and departure, a packing list, and an optional travel protection plan.
We follow the guidelines set forth by the Center for Disease Control. The most up to date information can be viewed at www.cdc.gov. We recommend consulting your local physician.
Your family will be greeted upon arrival at the airport and then transported to the hotel on our private transport. At the end of your vacation, your family will be transported back to the airport by private transport.
Absolutely! We will do our best to help accommodate requests for additional nights before or after the trip departure at the hotels where we stay.
Yes. Information about the optional trip cancellation and interruption insurance will be forwarded to you upon enrollment.
We would recommend all travelers be at least 5 years old. Good health and the ability to navigate uneven terrain are extremely important.
This is a personal choice although certain activities including horseback riding, ATV riding and zip lining have age, height, and weight restrictions.
For Family Vacations, all reservations require an $800 deposit per person and can be paid via check, money order, or credit card. Deposits and all payments are non-refundable. The trip balance is due 90 days prior to departure. All cancellations must be made in writing. Optional trip cancellation insurance is available.
To enroll please print legibly on the application (click here for application) and either fax it to 954.888.9781, scan and e-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org, or mail it to: 360° Family Vacations, 1725 Main Street Suite 215, Weston, Florida 33326.
Call us at 954.888.9780 or 800.767.0227 or e-mail us at email@example.com.
$2,595 per person based on a minimum of two people per room in a sunset ocean view room with two double beds in Tamarindo and a deluxe bungalow in Rincon de la Vieja.
$2,395 for 3rd or 4th additional person under 17 sharing a room with parents.
All pricing based on a minimum of two per room.
All breakfasts, five dinners including a New Year’s Eve gala on the December 26th departure.
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