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Costa Rica Holidays

Volcanic peaks, exuberant rainforest and thriving wildlife

14 Night Itinerary from  £3,833

Columbus Tour

Explore five National Parks with exuberant flora and fauna, mountain landscapes and birdwatching. Admire an active volcano, follow forest trails and relax on the beach.

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Travel Highlights

  • Experience abundant wildlife, lesser-visited national parks and coastline
  • Excursions in diverse ecosystems with expert naturalist guides
  • Enjoy great birdwatching 
  • Stay at Bosque de Paz or El Silencio lodges, hidden in the cloud forest
  • Explore hanging bridges and rainforest canopy at Arenal National Park
  • Optional horseriding, hike at Arenal volcano or cruise through wetlands
  • Explore the remote Osa Peninsula and Corcovado National Park
  • Relax on the golden Pacific Coast beaches

This itinerary can be tailored to your preferences by our specialist advisors, who can provide a guaranteed price based on your choice of route, duration, flights, hotels, transport and excursions.

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San Jose, Poás Volcano & La Paz Waterfall Gardens - 2 Nights

Day 1 - Departure from UK

Day 2 - Poas Volcano & La Paz Waterfall Gardens

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Saturday, 18 May 2024

Departure from UK

Depart on a direct flight to San Jose. On arrival, transfer to your comfortable lodge or hotel in the hills above the city for a 2-night stay on a bed and breakfast basis.


Sunday, 19 May 2024

Visit Poás Volcano & La Paz Waterfall Gardens

Today we visit nearby Poás Volcano, with its active, smoking crater and emerald green crater-lake. We continue to the stunning La Paz Waterfalls Gardens, where walkways lead you past a series of waterfalls which cut through the surrounding lush forest.

Hotel Presidente

San Jose & Alajuela - First Hotel

The Presidente Hotel is located in the heart of San José in the pedestrian zone of Central Avenue, 2 blocks from the National Theatre and the Cultural Square. The hotel has over 100 comfortable and spacious rooms, which all include cable TV, air conditioning, safety box and en-suite bathroom. The hotel offers amenities such as a restaurant-bar, a casino, and a spa with beauty treatments.

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Hotel Alta Las Palomas

San Jose & Alajuela - Luxury Hotel

Located on the outskirts of San Jose in Santa Ana, the 23 room Hotel Alta is an excellent base to explore the capital city and surrounding attractions, including the Poas Volcano.

Public areas include a swimming pool, excellent dining at the elegant La Luz Restaurant and bar or the more relaxed cafe de Verano.

There are 5 room types: deluxe queen, deluxe king, grand queen, grand king and a master suite. Each room is air-conditioned with private bathroom, balcony or terrace, TV, safe, hair dryer and iron/ironing board.

The rates are on a room and breakfast basis.

 

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Grano de Oro

San Jose & Alajuela - First Hotel

Situated on a shady street just off Paseo Colon, San Jose's main street, the Hotel Grano de Oro is a welcome retreat in the heart of this bustling city. Converted from a tropical Victorian mansion, the hotel preserves the warmth and comfort of a private home, with its atrium terrace and corridors of sparkling fountains and lush tropical plants.

There is a rooftop deck ideal for sunbathing and also featuring a Jacuzzi. The hotel's restaurant is one of the best in San Jose and offers continental cuisine in an intimate and cordial atmosphere.

The rates include breakfast.

 

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Buena Vista Hotel

San Jose & Alajuela - First Hotel

Buena Vista hotel is a Spanish colonial style resort located just outside San Jose, at the top of a mountain offering panoramic views of three volcanoes in the Central Valley - Poas, Barva and Irazu. It is a super place to stay when you arrive in Costa Rica.

The hotel has 30 air-conditioned and comfortable rooms. Deluxe standard rooms have private bathroom, TV and mini-bar.

Public facilities include the Quetzal Grille restaurant, of international and typical cuisine, a bar, an outdoor pool, gift shop, masseuse, free WiFi, and lush gardens ideal for walks.

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Xandari Resort

San Jose & Alajuela - First Boutique

Xandari Resort and Spa is perfectly located for excursions to Poas Volcano, La Paz waterfall gardens, and Doka coffee plantation, and is only 30 minutes’ drive from San Jose International airport. Over 3km of scenic trails through coffee and fruit orchards lead into a lush natural tropical setting with a year-round river and five beautiful waterfalls.

The hotel consists of 24 comfortable and spacious villas, decorated in bright colours and adorned with original works of art. Set on top of a hill on a 40 acre coffee and fruit plantation, all the rooms are overlooking the Costa Rica's Central Valley, featuring private terrace. Each room has a bar kitchen and a private bathroom with toiletries. The resort has 3 swimming pools, with one overlooking the valley, as well as a spa offering a variety of treatments.

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Finca Rosa Blanca

San Jose & Alajuela - Luxury Resort

Finca Rosa Blanca Country Inn is situated above the beautiful Central Valley of Costa Rica, offering amazing views of volcanoes, cloud forests and coffee plantations and nestled amongst 10 acres amid hundreds of fruit trees and tropical flora. It offers luxurious rooms including mini bar, Jacuzzi bath and private verandas overlooking the Valley. Each room has its own decoration allowing its unique atmosphere.

The hotel provides lots of amenities such as games room, large swimming pool, TV and reading area and 2 large dinner tables for group dining. The restaurant offers a spectacular view of the coffee plantation and serves delicious local cuisine with fresh products.

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The colourful toucans are a delight to observe

Bajos del Toro - 3 Nights

Day 3 - Transfer to Bajos del Toro

Day 4 - Explore the cloud forest

Day 5 - Explore the cloud forest

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Monday, 20 May 2024

Travel to Bajos del Toro

Transfer to Bajos del Toro and check into your chosen lodge; either Bosque de Paz (first class) or El Silencio Lodge (Deluxe), staying for 3 nights in luxurious, individual cabins nestled in a secluded area of Cloud Forest. Rest of the day at leisure.


Tuesday, 21 May 2024

Explore the cloud forest

Explore the forest around your chosen lodge or take optional visits to nearby attractions such as Sarchi, Zarcero or the Juan Castro National Park. There also many other activities available, from cooking classes to coffee tasting, horse riding to early morning birdwatching to enjoy.


Wednesday, 22 May 2024

Explore the cloud forest

A further day of optional guided treks in the cloud forest discovering the huge array of birdlife.

Bosque de Paz

Bajos del Toro - First Lodge

Bosque de Paz Reserva Biologica is located in Alajuela. The property boasts a large terrace offering stunning views of the surrounding nature. Situated in the mountains, this lodge is within 25 mi (40 km) of Aguas Zarcas Church, Aquas Zarcas Square, and Zoo Ave. La Paz Waterfall Gardens and Central Park are also within 32 mi (52 km). This lodge is 65 minutes’ drive from Juan Santamaría International Airport.

The lodge offers a total of 12 rooms surrounded by forest and a hummingbird, and a butterfly garden. The rooms are fully furnished with exclusive ironworks and Costa Rican pottery. Each one has two double beds, private bathroom, and hot water. Wide balconies offer beautiful views to the forest. A restaurant, coffee/tea in the lobby, free WiFi is available at this smoke-free lodge. At Bosque de Paz Reserva Biologica you will find a garden and a terrace. Other facilities offered at the property include a shared lounge, a tour desk and luggage storage. There is a library on site that features many natural history volumes, plus a research lab. The lodge provides a full board plan (no drinks) and the entrance fee to the reserve.

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El Silencio Lodge & Spa

Bajos del Toro - Deluxe Lodge

Located an hour from San Jose, El Silencio Lodge & Spa is ideally located at Bajos del Toro, a relatively unknown tourist destination offering many beautiful landscapes and activities. The Lodge is set in 500 acres of private tropical forest reserve, flanked by Juan Castro Blanco National Park and Poas Volcano National Park. Ideal for couples, nature lovers and families, the Silencio, Spanish for silence, is befitting of a destination when daily stress hushes the sounds of nature bloom.

The lodge includes a guided hike in the cloud forest and you can even plant your own tree. They provide advice on independent walks to explore the many waterfalls, streams, unique fauna, flora and birdlife. Optional activities include horseback riding, art and cooking classes, coffee tasting or adventure activities in the rainforest. Nearby attractions such as Sarchi, Zarcero and the Juan Castro Blanco National Park are also worth visiting. 

Choose from 2 bedroom suites (up to 4 people) or 2 or 3 bedroom private villas (up to 6). All have private bathroom, TV, outdoor whirlpool or heated pool, terrace, coffee maker, hair dryer, safe, amenities and stunning floor to ceiling windows.

The lodge has its own organic farm which provides many ingredients for their excellent Las Ventanas Restaurant. There is also a spa to relax after your days exploring this wonderful remote hideaway.

Rates are on a room and breakfast basis.

 

 

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Volcano Hike

Arenal Volcano - 3 Nights

Days 6-8 - Explore Arenal National Park

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Thursday, 23 May 2024

Travel to Arenal National Park

Transfer to the Arenal National Park where we stay for 3-nights at a hotel on a bed and breakfast basis by the towering Arenal Volcano. Enjoy a full day exploring the National Park, go horse riding through the forest, walk on hanging bridge trails in the rainforest canopy, relax in hot springs, or take optional excursions, including a hike around the volcano to see the lava flows or boat trip to the wetlands of Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge, filled with migratory birds.

 


Friday, 24 May 2024

Explore Arenal National Park

Exploring Arenal National Park on a wide range of optional excursions.


Saturday, 25 May 2024

Explore Arenal National Park

Exploring Arenal National Park.

Arenal Volcano Inn

Arenal Volcano Park - Tourist Hotel

Arenal Volcano Inn is a cozy hotel located in front of the Arenal Volcano, just minutes away from the main attractions in Arenal National Park.

The hotel has just 25 rooms, from standard to deluxe. Each is air-conditioned with FREE Wi-Fi, private bathroom with shower, cable TV, mini bar, safe and telephone. Choose from a garden or volcano view.

Public areas include beautiful gardens with exotic plants, colourful birds and other animals. There is also  the Que Rico Arenal Restaurant offering excellent Italian, International, and Costa Rican cuisine. The restaurant offers a spectacular view of the volcano. The wood fired pizza is a must try for those who visit Que Rico Arenal.

The hotel can arrange a wide variety of activities, including zip wire adventures, treks, boat trips, horse riding and coffee plantation tours.

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Arenal Manoa Hotel

Arenal Volcano Park - First Hotel

Located a short drive from Arenal Volcano in a very natural and private environment, surrounded by the La Palma River, the Arenal Manoa Hotel is an ideal refuge for the great diversity of birds, mammals, lizards, and a large variety of plants. Surrounded by gardens, pastures and animals, the rooms have been designed so that each one offers you a panoramic view of the volcano.

Each of their 80 rooms is equipped with two queen sized beds, air conditioning, satellite television, private bath with hot water and a hair dryer, telephone, terrace with a view of the volcano, refrigerator, safe-deposit box and coffee maker.

You can enjoy the spacious gardens as well as see the daily operations of a typical Costa Rican farm - a farming tour is included. The hotel has an international restaurant, two swimming pools, Jacuzzi, wet bar, souvenir shop, Free Wi-Fi at the reception.

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Arenal Springs

Arenal Volcano Park - First Resort

Arenal Springs Resort is the ideal combination of modern comfort and exuberant tropical surrounding. The rooms are all in semi-detached bungalows spread over a wide area directly facing Arenal Volcano. Each room has a patio with seating, as well as air conditioning. The hotel also has its own hot springs, which feed into a number of hot tubs and pool of different temperatures, all of which guests can enjoy at their leisure. There is also a spa, a yoga studio, and two restaurants.

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Arenal Kioro Suites & Spa

Arenal Volcano Park - Luxury Hotel

Arenal Kioro Suites & Spa is a green-friendly luxury hotel framed by the crystalline waters of the La Palma and Kioro streams, lush, vibrant gardens and private thermal water spas. It is a peaceful setting for exploring the beauty and exhilarating activities of Arenal Volcano National Park. 

There are 53 spacious, air conditioned suites designed for couples or families. All suites include two “Juliet” balconies with panoramic volcano and mountain views, hydromassage hot tubs, minibars, coffee makers, cable television and free Wi-Fi. 

Public areas include a landscaped free-form swimming pool, the Neidin Spa, and a free shuttle to Titokú hot springs including complimentary admission to the heated hot springs pools. 

Award-winning local and international cuisine and captivating volcano views is on offer at Heliconia’s Restaurant, or enjoy poolside cocktails in the garden setting of Orquídeas Restaurant. Bar El Higueron and Sport Bar Carajillos are ideal for more casual get togethers. 

There are many optional tours and excursions bookable from the hotel.

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Nayara Hotel & Gardens

Arenal Volcano Park - Deluxe Resort

Located in the outskirts of the Arenal Volcano, Arenal Nayara Hotel & Gardens provides a uniquely natural experience. Surrounded by lush tropical rainforest, each one of its 24 spacious casitas provides an exclusive retreat in which you can relax amidst the breathtaking view of the volcano. Interwoven with rich gardens its tropical grounds create the perfect setting to rest and enjoy nature. A large Jacuzzi and wet bar provide a place to rest after enjoying the various guided activities, including white water rafting, hiking, mountain biking, volcano treks, and hot springs. Arenal Nayara Hotel & Gardens offers a full service restaurant, where local ingredients blend with a world-class cuisine to provide an incomparable dining experience. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and boasts a direct view of the active volcano. 

Every (room) casita at the Arenal Nayara Hotel & Gardens has been designed to provide the utmost in comfort and style while maintaining a close connection with the natural surroundings. With the guests' experience in mind, Arenal Nayara offers a unique concept of individual casitas separated by lush tropical gardens. Each one of its large suite-size casitas provides independent space and privacy that includes a private backyard with an outdoor shower and a front balcony overlooking the volcano. For a full pampering experience select the Nayara Suites featuring in-room breakfast, bathrobe, and the best panoramic volcano view. Each of the casitas is equipped with a King or two full size beds, Plasma 27" Cable TV, DVD / CD Player, IPod Stand, Internet Access, Safe Box (Laptop capacity), Air Conditioning, private bathroom with hot water and rain shower, backyard with outside shower, in room "mini" bar service, coffee maker, front balcony overlooking the volcano with jacuzzi for two, high speed internet connection. Accommodation includes room and breakfast. 

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Nayara Springs

Arenal Volcano Park - Luxury Hotel

Voted the leading spa hotel in the world by readers of Conde Nast Traveller in 2105, the Nayara Springs has a proud reputation for excellence in the most lush and enjoyable surroundings. It is one of the few hotels in the region that are adults only.

The public areas include a stunning pool, the award-winning spa, a gym, yoga and walkways and trails into the rainforest. There are many activities to enjoy, including horse riding, white water rafting, guided trekking, night walks, zip wire adventures in the rainforest and birdwatching tours.  

There are several drinking and dining experiences to enjoy: Mis Amores, a gourmet Latin Bistro; Amore Loco, fine local cuisine; Mi Cafecito, an authentic coffee bar; the pool terrace serving lunch; the Altamera Restaurant offering upscale casual dining; Asia Luna, serving Asian cuisine; and the Nostalgia Wine and Tapas Bar.

The 35 spacious and elegant villas, each with its own plunge pool fed by a hot spring. Each has an expansive private garden with dual rain showers, oversized bathroom, sleek, four-poster bed and indoor and outdoor sitting areas. The Spring Villas also come with a private host to compliment our ever-attentive hotel staff.

The rates are on a room and breakfast basis, with other packages available.

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Nayara Tented Camp

Arenal Volcano Park - Luxury Tented Camp

Located in the rainforest with views of the mighty Arenal Volcano, Nayara Tented Camp is an innovative luxury base to enjoy the many attractions of this part of Costa Rica. The camp is focussed on sustainability and protecting the fragile nature all around.

The spacious tents were built to maximise the stunning views and to leave a minimal footprint. The experience is secluded and romantic for couples, or fun and educational for the whole family. Inspired in the African safaris but conceived in the tropical Costa Rican rainforest, the tents are a mix of sustainable luxury with a “Pura Vida” vibe. Each air-conditioned tent has a plunge pool, terrace, day bed, chairs for al fresco dining, mini bar, breakfast, and FREE Wi-Fi. 

Public areas include three bars and three restaurants: Amor Loco offers signature a la carte dining, another offers Asian/Costa Rican fusion cuisine or you can dine al fresco. There is a stunning infinity pool with views of the volcano, plus an open air spa and yoga classes. Local musicians provide nightly entertainment.

There is much to do here, from tours by the in house guides, exploring the hanging bridges, white water rafting, trekking in the rainforest, birdwatching, and learning about Costa Rican coffee or the rainforest eco-system.

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Osa Peninsula and Corcovado National Park - 3 Nights

Days 9-11 - Fly to the Osa Peninsula

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Sunday, 26 May 2024

Fly to the Osa Peninsula

Transfer to San Jose domestic airport and fly to the Osa Peninsula, one of the last truly wild national parks, and to your chosen lodge overlooking the Golfo Dulce. We stay for 3-nights on a full board basis in the rainforest, surrounded by exotic birds, monkeys, sloths and the sounds of nature. Enjoy guided hiked in the forest, bird watching and boat trips onto the bay to see dolphins and other marine life. There is also access to beaches within walking distance. For the more adventurous there is also waterfall rappelling on offer.


Monday, 27 May 2024

Exploring the Osa Peninsula

At leisure - there is so much to enjoy.

Take a guided hike in Corcovado National Park. Explore the shoreline and mangroves by kayak, discover the rainforest by horseback or go snorkelling. Visit the Sirena Park Station, go sport fishing, dolphin watching or take a tour at night to hear the sounds of the rainforest.

 


Tuesday, 28 May 2024

Exploring the Osa Peninsula

At leisure. Perhaps a day to relax on the beach in the natural wonderland.

Luna Lodge

Osa Peninsula & Corcovado - Tourist Lodge

Luna Lodge is situated within 60 acres of primary and secondary rainforest, on the pristine and captivating Osa Peninsula in Carate near Corcovado National Park. 

Corcovado is one of the largest parks in Costa Rica and protects one-third of the peninsula. Described as “…the most biologically intense place on Earth.” by National Geographic Magazine.

There are eight bungalows, three haciendas, and seven platform tents - all well-appointed with private bathrooms. All are beautifully situated in the rainforest and offer breathtaking views from their decks. The spacious colonial-style hacienda rooms have private baths and are designed to comfortably accommodate three with one double-bed and one single-bed.

The completely enclosed “nature-lover” tents have two single beds or one double bed, a private bathroom with hot water, electricity, and a balcony overlooking the rain forest.

The restaurant, “El Eclipse Total”, is open all day and features creative local and international cuisine. There is also a large deck and spa.

There are many activities at the lodge including guided treks in the rainforest, stargazing, swimming in nearby Carate Beach and yoga.

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El Remanso Lodge

Osa Peninsula & Corcovado - First Lodge

Located on the South West Pacific side of the Osa Peninsula next to the Ocean, El Romanso Lodge is an exceptional eco-friendly base to explore one of the world's most pristine and bio diverse rainforests. You may see monkeys leaping in the trees, explore hidden valleys and spot sloths, kinkajous, eagles, toucans and parrots. Recent sightings include ocelots, pumas and several species of rare endemic birds. Wake up to the sounds of howler monkeys and parrots greeting the new day.

The lodge has a swimming pool, excellent restaurant and wide choice of accommodation from standard and superior rooms to bungalows and villas (some with a plunge pool). The rooms have either a garden or ocean view and have ceiling fans, hammocks and safe.

There are many activities on offer at the lodge, from guided hiking in the rainforest, sea kayaking, birdwatching tours, horse riding, dolphin watching and surfing.

The rates are on a full board basis with three meals included each day. 

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Lapa Rios

Osa Peninsula & Corcovado - Deluxe Lodge

Lapa Rios is a wonderful combination of a sustainable luxury lodge and eco-conservation project spread over 1000 acres of tropical rainforest on the Osa Peninsula overlooking the Golfo Dulce. The main lodge and bungalows line three ridges, connected by walking paths and many steps.

Nearly all of the 17 thatched bungalows have an ocean view and all are surrounded by the rainforest. Each bungalow has huge windows, a ceiling fan (no air-conditioning), private deck and patio garden.

The buildings are of native materials, existing in harmony with the surrounding forest and beach environment. The main building houses the reception, bar and restaurant. There is also a swimming pool, access to the beach, and many trails throughout the forest leading to rivers with natural pools and waterfalls. There are daily guided excursions and activities inside and outside the property that take advantage of the pristine natural setting and discover the abundant wildlife, particularly birds.

The rates include transfers from Puerto Jimenez, accommodation, all non-alcoholic drinks, 3 meals a day and all on-site guided tours.

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Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio National Park - 3 Nights

Days 12-14 - Manuel Antonio National Park

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Wednesday, 29 May 2024

Travel to Manuel Antonio National Park

Transfer north along the Pacific Coast to Manuel Antonio National Park, staying for 3-nights on a bed and breakfast basis at a hotel surrounded by rainforest and overlooking beaches and coves. The pristine Manuel Antonio National Park is for many the best National Park in Costa Rica. The area has well-marked trails and is teeming with wildlife, including birds, toucans, monkeys and sloths.

You can relax at your lodge, on the beach or explore the National Park on a wide range of optional activities bookable locally.


Thursday, 30 May 2024

Wildlife, hikes and protected beaches

You can relax at your lodge, on the beach or explore the National Park on a wide range of optional activities bookable locally.


Friday, 31 May 2024

Wildlife, hikes and protected beaches

At leisure.

Playa Espadilla

Manuel Antonio National Park - Tourist Hotel

A comfortable and friendly tourist class hotel only a 3 minute walk from the entrance to the National Park of Manuel Antonio and a 2 minute walk from the beach. Known as a place in harmony with nature, their private reserve and delightful gardens allow guests to learn more about the flora and fauna of the Central Pacific.

Each air conditioned room is fully equipped with private bathroom, hot water, cable TV, coffee maker, fridge, telephone and safe. Other amenities include a tennis and basketball court, billiards table, laundry service, FREE Wi-FI, private parking and 24 hours room service. There is a Restaurant" and also a poolside "Tropical Bar". 

The hotel offers a range of tours and excursions including guided hikes, white water rafting, snorkelling, canopy adventures, horseback riding, surfing and fishing. 

The rates are on a room and breakfast basis.

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Costa Verde

Manuel Antonio National Park - Tourist Hotel

Hotel Costa Verde is located on a coastal rainforest bluff overlooking the Pacific beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park near Quepos, Costa Rica. Its many amenities make Costa Verde a perfect destination for those seeking adventure travel, ecotourism, sports, fishing or just the tranquility of white sand beaches and magnificent ocean views.

The rooms are split between standard rooms in the main building, bungalows and the opportunity to stay in a totally refurbished vintage 1965 Boeing 727 that hangs from the trees. Here, there are two rooms and a cockpit cottage to choose from; quite a unique experience!

There are four restaurants featuring jungle and ocean vistas and the best of Costa Rican and international cuisine, specialising in fresh fruits and seafood dishes.

Across the street from the hotel entrance is the hotel's live-music restaurant & bar - La Cantina BBQ - featuring seafood, chicken, steaks and ribs on an open wood fire. The latest addition to Costa Verde is El Avión, a bar and restaurant featuring informal dining, spectacular sunsets and live music.

Accommodation includes room and breakfast.

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The Falls Resort

Manuel Antonio National Park - Tourist Hotel

The Falls Resort at Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica sits within beautiful and tranquil garden and waterfall setting within walking distance of this famous little town´s best restaurants and gorgeous beaches. White faced capuchins, sloths, toucans, and Titi monkeys frequent the trees overhead, while blue butterflies and hummingbirds bustle about the garden.

There is a choice of room type, from garden rooms to deluxe, a Casita and apartment. All are air-conditioned and have king-sized beds, private bathrooms, safe, desk, flat screen TV, FREE Wi-Fi and a hammock to enjoy the flora and fauna of the area.

Public areas include a swimming pool, the Falls Garden Restaurant serving healthy organic cuisine, a bar, and lush gardens.

Activities include the stunning beaches that are easy walking distance from the hotel, zip line canopy tours in the forest, horse riding and a sunset sea kayak tour.

The rates are on a bed and breakfast basis.

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Makanda by the Sea

Manuel Antonio National Park - Deluxe Hotel

Makanda by the Sea is the ideal location for adults wishing to experience Manuel Antonio's natural splendour, magical sunsets and wildlife while enjoying the comforts of first-class accommodation within 12 acres of rainforest sanctuary. All of the 11 air-conditioned villas and studios are uniquely contoured into the surrounding jungle and descending mountain terrain, and provide spectacular views of the sixty mile coastline.

The hotels open air design enhances the views while taking advantage of the cool Pacific breezes and the swimming pool is perched on the hillside. Enjoy the Arbol restaurant, spa and stunning infinity pool. There are many activities available at the hotel including guided walks in the National Park, cycle tours, fishing horse riding, scuba diving, zip line adventures, white water rafting and kayaking. Or just relax on the beach.

Accommodation includes room and breakfast.

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Parador Resort & Spa

Manuel Antonio National Park - First Resort

The Parador Resort & Spa is settled on a hill, immersed in the tropical rainforest and located at a walking distance from the beach. You will enjoy stunning ocean views

The coast offers a wide variety of facilities such as bars, restaurants, supermarkets, banks, stores, natural attractions and beautiful beaches like Biesanz & Espadilla.

The Hotel has 129 air-conditioned rooms with TV, telephone, coffee maker, mini bar, safe, hair dryer, iron and ironing board, ceiling fan, balcony or terrace depending on its location and room category and bath amenities.

There are several dining options, with Costa Rican and International cuisine: La Galeria is the casual with an open air terrace overlooking the gardens and the sea, El Quijote Restaurant & Bar and a good option for a relaxed dinner.

La Fragata Restaurant and Bar offers seafood and different healthy meals in a stunning location and the pool bar and terrace is open all day.

Pamper yourself at Pacifica Spa, take a deep in one of the two swimming pools (there is also a children’s pool). There is also a fitness centre, souvenir shop, concierge service, Free Wi-Fi, tennis court, mini-golf, green areas, natural trails and shuttle service to Manuel Antonio beach. Optional guided treks into Manuel Antonio National Park are also available.

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Si Como No

Manuel Antonio National Park - First Resort

The Hotel Si Como No is surrounded by lush tropical rainforest, sandy beaches and nearby rafting rivers; and the hotel offers a number of guided excursions exploring these areas. The hotel has 58 rooms within 10 separate terraces and located on 10 acres of protected tropical forest. Choose from Superior, Deluxe, Deluxe Plus or the Honeymoon Suite. 

Each room has a private bathroom, mini-bar, direct dial telephones, energy efficient air conditioning and most have a private balcony. There is a family pool and also a separate new adult pool; both featuring a pool bar and adjacent restaurant. There are also fabulous spa facilities. Across the road from the hotel is a private Nature Reserve and Butterfly Farm. 

The rates are on a room and breakfast basis.

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Tulemar Bungalows and Villas

Manuel Antonio National Park - First Private Villa

Rated by Tripadvisor as the best hotel in the Costa Rica for 2022, Tulemar Bungalows and Villas has luxurious casitas and beautiful private houses surrounded by nature. The resort features incredible gardens, walking paths, thriving wildlife, and the only exclusive sandy beach in the region.

The resort sits on 33-acres of tropical rainforest that extends from the Manuel Antonio National Park. The gardens feature two trails, the north, and the south trails. The Gardens extend down to a private beach.

Choose from standard rooms, bungalows and private villas. All are air-conditioned, with private bathroom and balcony. The bungalows and villas have their own kitchen and lounge. Public areas include four swimming pools, a poolside cafe and two restaurants offering international cuisine with stunning views of the jungle.

Observe wildlife like macaws, pelicans, opossums, porcupines, armadillos, tamanduas, bats, and (of course) sloths. Since 2015, the Tulemar Resort Hotel has worked in collaboration with The Sloth Institute of Costa Rica helping to ensure the continued health of these unique and rare animals. You can take a sloth walk available with a research assistant to observe sloths in their natural habitat.

The rates are on a room only basis.

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Gaia Hotel and Reserve

Manuel Antonio National Park - Luxury Hotel

Gaia Luxury Boutique Hotel and Reserve, is a 5 star eco-friendly resort for adults and teenage families.  Nestled in the magnificent coastal forests of Manuel Antonio, the hotel offers well-appointed, terraced suites and villas with amazing views of lush and pristine wild surroundings 

The contemporary and spacious air-conditioned accommodations all have private bathrooms, TV, free Wi-Fi, safe, coffee maker and hair dryer. Public areas include a restaurant with stunning panoramic views, swimming pool and spa.

There is much to enjoy from the hotel, including guided treks in the lowland forests with spectacular and unique wildlife. The area within the hotel and reserve is a conservation area for the rehabilitation of endangered orchids. The hotel is a few minutes walk to the beach where a wide variety of waterspouts are available. There are many other activities available, such as horse riding, fishing trip and boat trips on the coast.

The rates are of a bed and breakfast basis.

 

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Arenas Del Mar

Manuel Antonio National Park - Deluxe Resort

Located outside the town of Manuel Antonio, Arenas Del Mar is a luxury hotel located within walking distance of the National Park and situated in dense forest looking onto the Pacific. The hotel has access to its own private beach as well as the nearby Espadilla Beach. 

There are 38 air conditioned suites and rooms located in blocks on a hill connected by a winding path leading down to a secluded beach, with golf carts to transport guests and luggage up and down the hill. Each has private bathroom, safe, flat screen TV, coffee maker, mini bar and FREE Wi-FI. The rooms are ideal for couples and families.

The resort has two restaurants using locally sourced ingredients in their menus, the Las Brisas spa and wellness centre and two fabulous swimming pools overlooking the sea. There are many activities, from daily yoga to adventures in the rain forest to enjoy.

The rates are on a room and breakfast basis.

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San Jose

Return to San Jose & Fly Home - 0 Nights

Day 15 - Return flight to the UK

Day 16 - Arrive in the UK

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Saturday, 01 June 2024

Return flight to the UK

Transfer to San Jose airport for your direct overnight flight home.


Sunday, 02 June 2024

Arrive in the UK

Arrive in the UK in the morning.

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Travel Dates 31 Dec -19 Jul, 22 Aug-13 Dec 20 July - 21 Aug, 14 Dec- 30 Dec
Room Arrangement Tourist First Deluxe Tourist First Deluxe
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room £3,833 £4,789 £7,035 £4,238 £5,049 £7,260

Prices are a guideline and per person. Please request a quote for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve & Easter.


What's Included

  • 16 Days / 14 Nights
  • International flights (1 overnight)
  • Internal flights
  • Accommodation as shown on the itinerary
  • Breakfast everyday and meals as described on the itinerary
  • Transfers to and from airports
  • Transport  throughout the itinerary
  • Excursions listed, all with expert, English-speaking guides
  • Prices are per person
  • Prices for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve, Easter on request

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