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Jewels of Costa Rica, 8 Days

8-Day Tour: Jewels of Costa Rica

San Jose • La Fortuna • Poas Volcano National Park • Arenal Volcano National Park • Playa Carrillo • Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve • Hermosa Beach

From the white-sand shores of the Pacific Ocean to the cloud forests and volcanic hot springs of the northern plains, Costa Rica is a country rightfully renowned for its natural beauty. See this small country's biggest attractions on a guided 7-night tour, which includes a mix of must-do activities and time to relax, as well as all transportation, accommodation, and daily breakfast.

 

ITINERARY:

  1. SAN JOSE
    Arrive in the San Jose Airport and take the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cariari shuttle to the hotel, where you will stay the night. You are free to explore on your own for the rest of the day.
    Accommodation: DoubleTree by Hilton.
    Meals: Not Included.
  2. SAN JOSE - LA FORTUNA
    Poas Volcano National Park. Meet your group for breakfast at 6:30 AM, and then depart San Jose for Poas Volcano National Park (entrance fee included).
    La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens. Then, continue to the popular La Paz Waterfall Gardens and tour the beautiful falls, a butterfly garden, and a wild cat sanctuary, before heading to Cosa Rica’s Northern Plains.
    Accommodation: Check in at the top-rated Mountain Paradise Hotel, where you can access a swimming pool, jacuzzi, spa, and restaurants.
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
  3. LA FORTUNA
    Arenal Volcano National Park. Choose to go on a hike in Arenal Volcano National Park or go white water rafting through the rain forest, rejoining your group at the Paradise Park hot springs at the end of your chosen adventure. Free time for the rest of the day.
    Accommodation: Mountain Paradise Hotel.
    Meals: Breakfast Lunch.
  4. LA FORTUNA - GOLD COAST
    Playa Carrillo. Drive from the mountains back down to the beach for your first of two days of swimming and relaxing on Costa Rica’s Gold Coast. Stay at either Villas Playa Samara Resort or Carrillo Beach Nammbú Ocean View Resort, both top-rated beachfront resorts right on the Pacific Ocean.
    Accommodation: Villas Playa Samara Resort or Carrillo Beach Nammbu Ocean View Resort.
    Meals: Breakfast.
  5. GOLD COAST
    Playa Carrillo. Lounge at the pool or relax on the beach, which boasts calm waters and a view of Isla Chora. Activities available for purchase likely to include surf lessons, dolphin-watching tours, snorkeling, and ocean kayaking.
    Accommodation: Villas Playa Samara Resort or Carrillo Beach Nammbú Ocean View Resort.
    Meals: Breakfast.
  6. GOLD COAST - MONTEVERDE (Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve)
    Return to the mountains to visit the Monteverde Cloud Forest, considered one of the most important cloud forests in the world for its abundant diversity. Traverse the cloud forest canopy on board a series of hanging bridges, take a tram through the trees, and walk on a nature path through the forest. Spend the remainder of the day exploring the village of Monteverde, a quiet mountain town with Quaker roots, or enjoying the restaurants, swimming pools, soccer field, tennis court, and spa at your hotel. Accommodation: Hotel El Establo.
    Meals: Breakfast.
  7. MONTEVERDE - HERMOSA BEACH
    Tarcoles Bridge. Head back toward the coast, stopping at the Tarcoles River Bridge to spot wild crocodiles, before arriving at Manuel Antonio National Park.
    Manuel Antonio National Park. Take a guided hike of the park, known for its rich biodiversity and untouched beaches. Then, check-in at the Tramonto Hotel or equivalent beachfront accommodation at Playa Hermosa. Spend the evening at leisure.
    Accommodation: Tramonto Hotel or equivalent beachfront accommodation.
    Meals: Breakfast.
  8. HERMOSA BEACH - SAN JOSE
    After breakfast, leave the hotel at 7 AM for the San Jose International Airport.
    Meals: Breakfast.