Best Experience in Costa Rica
Day 1 (Tours,Transport & Hotels)
Welcome to Costa Rica
Your guide will be waiting outside the arrivals terminal with a sign with your names on it. After leaving the airport, you begin the journey to the town of La Fortuna at the base of the Arenal Volcano. Having dominated the skyline for many years the volcano is still an impressive site. Resting on the hills and slopes of the valley and tucked within the lush landscape, you will find your hotel, Mountain Paradise. This is a beautiful property to relax in and enjoy breathtaking views. The property boasts extensive gardens, a spa and swimming pools.
Bring on the adrenaline! Challenge yourself to the thrilling, class 3-4 Costa Rica rafting with lots of exciting, continuous rapids right near the Arenal Volcano! Costa Rica whitewater rafting is considered some of the best in the world. Drop in to over 45-continuous rapids along more than 16 kilometers of deep-canyon gorges and waterfalls where you will probably see sloths, monkeys and tropical birds, such as toucans and the Montezuma Oropendula. Stop along the way for a nice, tropical fruit break and afterward you will be taken out for a typical Costa Rican “casado” lunch. Overnight in the Mountain Paradise. Breakfast and lunch included.
Hanging Bridges, Ziplines, Hot Springs
Sky Trek, Sky Walk, Sky Tram – the complete combo! Discover a birds eye view of the volcano, lake and rainforest as you travel up in open air cable cars to explore the suspended bridges before speeding back down to earth along almost two miles of zip lines. Start with an in-formative and interesting walk along jungle trails and hanging bridges, with a naturalist guide, and learn all about the flora, fauna, the history and culture of the area. Afterwards ride the open gondola up through the dense rainforest to the unique volcano observation deck. From there you will have great photography opportunities with treetop views of the tropical rainforest. See the jungle from a different perspective and maybe see some different creatures that inhabit it. Return to the ground below by ziplining a series of cables across the tree canopies and canyons. This is an exhilarating fun way to see the rainforest and the beauty of the area. After all that excitement you will be ready to soak in the therapeutic hot-springs of the Tabacon Resort. These natural springs are a part of the Fortuna River and are set amongst beautifully manicured gardens. Find your own little piece of paradise to unwind and relax in before taking dinner at the resort. Overnight Mountain Paradise. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Volcano Hike and Night walk
The Arenal Volcano is active since 1968, it constantly ejects gases, water, fumaroles and explosions with pyroclastic material emissions, and sometimes the eruptions are accompanied with powerful thunders.
The ash is carried by the wind over long distances especially to the northwest area of the volcano. The biggest and heaviest material falls close to the crater.
A short hike in one of the trails close to the volcano area will give us the chance to enjoy some forest and the activity around it.
Afterwards we visit Arenal Oasis to enjoy the nocturnal wonder of Arenal.
Time to hit the Beach
It is time to head to the beach for some sun, surf and sea. You will be driven along the scenic route through the hills heading down to sea level. As you get closer to the coast, feel the temperature rise and get ready for some hot lazy days. You’ll arrive at one of Costa Rica’s best beach destinations, where you’ll check into your hotel, Costa Verde. Just three hundred yards from the beach overlooking the world famous Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Verde features 3 cliff-side pools with sundecks and spacious rooms, studios and bungalows. All rooms offer balconies with a bird’s-eye view of the Park’s majestic coastline or rainforest canopy vistas dotted with toucans, sloths, coatis and monkeys. Overnight Costa Verde Hotel. Breakfast included.
Manuel Antonio Park Guided Hike
In the morning you will visit the Manuel Antonio National Park. It is the best place for wildlife viewing and you are almost guaranteed to see sloths, iguanas and several species of monkeys, as well as other exotic creatures. Your naturalist guide will pick you up from your hotel and lead you along the well-kept trails to hidden beaches all the while pointing out interesting things along the way. Enjoy a dip in things along the way. Enjoy a dip in the sea and sink your toes in to the soft sand of the beautiful Pacific beaches before returning to your hotel later in the day to relax by the pool, have a couple of sunset cocktails or explore a little of Manuel Antonio. Overnight in Costa Verde. Breakfast included.
In the morning you will hit the beach for a private surf lesson with an instructor at the Surf School. Costa Rica is known worldwide for its beautiful beaches perfect for surfing and it is a fun sport to learn. Lessons with a local surf school will make sure that you learn the basics of surfing in a smooth and safe way. The surf lessons are given according to the tides and in an introductory surf lesson you will learn the basics of surfing such as standing, paddling, turning and tides as well as ocean awareness and surf ethics. Overnight in Costa Verde. Breakfast included.
Say, see you soon
Enjoy your last morning in the hot tropical sun before taking your private transfer to San Jose in time to join your international flight home. Breakfast included.
Family Favorite Adventure Vacation
Manuel Antonio then back to San Jose
Accommodations and Meals
4 nights Mountain Paradise, La Fortuna
3 nights Costa Verde, Manuel Antonio
All ground transfers within Costa Rica.
Activities and Adventures
Volcano hike and Night Walk
Manuel Antonio National Park