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Costa Rica Holidays

Experience Exuberant Nature, Wildlife, Flooded Rainforest, Mountain & Coastal Habitats

14 Night Itinerary from  £3,360

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Explore National Parks, home to exotic birds and wildlife in dense tropical rainforest. Chill at the beach on the Pacific coast, stay in first class hotels and enjoy guided excursions that bring to life the incredible natural wonders.

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Travel Highlights

  • Direct flights included on British Airways
  • Including first class hotels, all shared transport, domestic flight and excursions
  • Admire towering volcanoes, tropical rainforest and abundant birdwatching
  • Explore the backwaters and lagoons of Tortuguero National Park
  • Experience the hanging bridges and rainforest canopy of Arenal National Park
  • Discover the wildlife on a Peñas Blancas River adventure
  • Spot exotic birds and mammals in Monteverde Cloud Forest
  • Walk to the enormous Poas Volcano crater and visit a coffee plantation 
  • Relax and explore Manuel Antonio National Park by the sea

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.

Tour Itinerary

Poas Volcano 10

San Jose & Poas Volcano, Nature Park & Coffee Plantation - 2 Nights

Day 1 - Fly from the UK to San Jose

Day 2 - Poas Volcano and coffee plantation tour

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Thursday, 25 July 2024

Fly from the UK to San Jose

Depart from London Gatwick Airport on British Airways and fly directly to San Jose, capital of Costa Rica. On arrival, you will be met by your guide and transferred to the 4* Buena Vista Hotel located in the mountains of the Central Valley, just outside San Jose for a 2-night stay on a bed and breakfast basis. The rest of the evening is at leisure.


Friday, 26 July 2024

Poas Volcano, La Paz Waterfall Gardens & Coffee Plantation tour

Early morning guided visit to the Poas National Park, where you will trek to the huge crater of the volcano spanning one kilometer in diameter and 314 meters deep. The most extraordinary views await. We then continue to the Doka Coffee Estate on the fertile slopes of the Poas Volcano and enjoy a typical lunch (included) and a tour of the estate where you will learn about coffee production and cultivation. 

Later in the afternoon, you will visit the La Paz Waterfalls Gardens Nature Park with a huge walk-in garden butterfly enclosure, and an even larger bird enclosure plus a snake sanctuary. There are a number of trails through lush tropical rainforest, rivers, and spectacular waterfalls for birdwatching including hummingbirds, and monkeys. You also have a number of restaurants/cafes.

The tour is shared as described or can be adapted to your preference when taken private.

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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Balmoral Hotel

San Jose & Alajuela - Tourist Hotel

The Balmoral Hotel is located on Avenida Central, San Jose’s most famous street and walking distance to the historic centre. It is easy to visit  the Iglesia de la Merced, the cathedral, the central and Morazán parks, as well as the impressive gold and jade museums.

The hotel’s rooms include double beds, complimentary coffee, safe, hair dryer, FREE Wi-Fi, desk, and private bathrooms with power showers and complimentary toiletries.

There is a bar, restaurant, café, pizzeria and even a wine shop. The award-winning El Patio del Balmoral restaurant serves a variety of authentic Costa Rican specialties and international dishes in a casual and relaxing setting. There is also an on site gym.

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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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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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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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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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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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Tortuguero National Park - 3 Nights

Day 3 - Fly to Tortuguero National Park

Day 4 - Boat tour of Tortuguero National Park

Day 5 - Optional explorations

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Saturday, 27 July 2024

Fly to Tortuguero National Park

Up early today as we take a domestic flight to Tortuguero National Park. On arrival, check-into the Manatus Hotel where we stay for 3-nights with all meals included during your stay.

Tortuguero means “Land of the Turtles.” The canals are the primary egg-laying grounds on the Atlantic Ocean side for green sea turtles. Leatherback turtles also frequent the area, but are more elusive. In October, you can observe these majestic creatures laying their eggs. Guided tours are available after dark. Once this season ends, baby sea turtles begin to hatch from November to January. Beach walks during the late evening and early morning are likely to reveal tiny baby turtles making their first journey back to the ocean. These sightings don’t require to book specific tours, but guides are available to help you see the new hatchlings.

In the afternoon, you take a boat tour in the Tortuguero National Park water canals to observe the wildlife, birdlife, flora and fauna of this unique region of Costa Rica, a coastal rainforest only navigable by river. Species you will spot are monkeys, sloths, macaws, toucans, other exotic birds, iguanas, river turtles and caimans.


Sunday, 28 July 2024

Exploring Tortuguero National Park

This mooring enjoy further explorations into the rainforest by boat with your expert local guides discovering the amazing sights and sounds of the jungle.

After lunch at the hotel, you will take tour to Tortuguero Village and discover he way of life of the local people, their ongoing conservation efforts and learn about the Green Sea Turtles.


Monday, 29 July 2024

Optional explorations

Enjoy a day exploring this unique region with one of our many optional activities. The adventurous can take a zip line tour of the forest canopy, an experience you will never forget.

Turtle Beach Lodge

Tortuguero Forest & Canals - Tourist Lodge

Turtle Beach Lodge is set in a 175-acre resort offering forest trails, the secluded stretches of beach, and spectacular private canals on a heady Caribbean landscape. Witness endangered sea turtles on the sprawling nestling grounds on the oceanic coast and explore the area’s alluringly bio-diverse landscape comprised of eleven varied habitats. 

The lodge has a choice of twin, double or single rooms, with ceiling fan and private bathroom. Public facilities include a dining room serving the Caribbean dishes using local ingredients, a terrace, and a swimming pool. The large site offers numerous walks into the forest.

The rates include transport from/to San Jose, all meals, a guided tour of the forest trails, a wildlife cruise on the canal and a trip to Tortuguero.

Turtle Beach Lodge

Pachira Lodge

Tortuguero Forest & Canals - Tourist Lodge

Pachira Lodge is located only five minutes away from the entrance to Tortuguero National Park. This wild and remote area is only accessible by boat or plane and it takes 5 to 6 hours by land and boat from San Jose. Pachira Lodge offers 96 comfortable rooms with bamboo furniture and ceiling fans. The rooms are simple, rustic and comfortable, all with private facilities, hot water but without air-conditioning.

The lodge has a nicely decorated restaurant serving Costa Rican food buffet-style, a bar, a refreshing turtle-shaped swimming pool, beautiful gardens, ranchos with hammocks to enjoy the jungle and canal views.

The rates include transport from/to San Jose, all meals and guided walks and boat trips.

Pachira Lodge

Mawamba River Lodge

Tortuguero Forest & Canals - Tourist Lodge

Nestled in the lush rainforest, the lodge is the ideal hideaway for nature lovers and the perfect place to discover the wonders of the Tortuguero National Park. All the spacious and comfortable rooms are built in wood to blend in with the exuberant jungle vegetation and all feature a private bathroom with hot water and ceiling fans and offer tranquil garden views. There is a family style restaurant where you eat 3 meals a day, a pool area, games room and palapas with hammocks tucked away in the gardens - perfect for relaxing!

Every evening, there are lectures on the Tortuguero area in the conference room and you are always free to investigate the 15-acres of private nature trails, featuring an open sky butterfly farm.

The Lodge provides transfers by bus and boat, all meals, regular tours and taxes; the entrance fee to the National Park is not included.

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Evergreen Lodge

Tortuguero Forest & Canals - Tourist Lodge

Located near the entrance to Tortuguero National Park, Evergreen Lodge offers a sustainable way to explore the rainforest from the Penitencia Canal that flows directly in front of the Lodge.

The lodge has 66 rooms and private bungalows constructed over pillars designed in a Caribbean style, with wooden and bamboo furniture. Each has comfortable beds, ceiling fans, security boxes and private bathrooms with warm water.

Public areas include a swimming pool and dining room. 

The lodge offers various excellent value packages that include guided excursions exploring Tortuguero National Park.

Evergreen Lodge has a commitment with the environment and sustainable development, due to this we have been working hard to obtain sustainability certifications by implementing different measures and programs such as but not limited to energy and water saving, recycling programs, and training programs in topics such as sustainability, and others. The objective is to use and treat the resources appropriately, as well as to contribute with the environment and the community.

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Laguna Lodge

Tortuguero Forest & Canals - Tourist Lodge

Laguna Lodge is an eco-touristic lodge, located on a narrow strip of land, 650 feet wide, between Tortuguero´s main lagoon and a 5km stretch of beach on the the Caribbean Sea. The lodge has 6 acres of delightful, lush gardens, and its own botanical garden.

There are 106 rooms, each with private bathroom and ceiling fan. Public facilities include a restaurant with a wonderful view, decorated with rustic logs brought from the beach. There are 3 bars to enjoy a relaxing drink after a days exploration. The main bar overlooks the river edge with amazing sunsets. The lodge also has a large swimming pool with sun loungers.

Enjoy included guided tours during your stay, walk on the deserted beach and from July to October witness Green and Leatherback Turtles nesting on the beach; truly unforgettable.

The rates include transfers from/to San Jose, accommodation, all meals, and selected tours guided by a naturalist guide, depending on your length of stay.

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Aninga Lodge

Tortuguero Forest & Canals - First Lodge

Located only 5 minutes from Tortuguero National Park and surrounded by a network of picturesque canals, the Aninga Lodge offers a comfortable base to explore.

The lodge has 33 comfortable spacious bungalows with comfortable beds, private bathrooms, hot water and ceiling fans. Public areas include a beautiful swimming pool. an excellent restaurant, bar and a spa located on the shore of the main canal.

The lodge is committed to sustainability, many features designed to protect this special environment.

The rates include transfers from/to San Jose, accommodation, all meals, and guided boat and walking tours depending on your length of stay.

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Tortuga Lodge

Tortuguero Forest & Canals - Deluxe Lodge

Overview and location

Tortuga Lodge and Gardens was the first upscale lodge built in Tortuguero National Park on Costa Rica's Caribbean Coast and remains the most comfortable place to stay in the area. Facing the Tortuguero River in its own 146 acre estate, the lodge offers a quiet, eco-friendly experience with solar powered energy, locally sourced ingredients and attractive and wooden buildings with a laid-back, tropical, yet classic design. The lodge has 20 hectares of attractively landscaped gardens with ornamental tropical trees, palms, shrubs, orchids, and other flowers that attract birds, lizards and butterflies.

Why stay here?

In a remote place like this, running a quality eco lodge with comfortable accommodation and a high standard of service is not easy, but Tortuga Lodge has got it right. Rustic elegance in the jungle.

Rooms

The 2 storey room blocks are set among the tropical gardens, with 11 downstairs terrace rooms, 12 upstairs balcony rooms, 1 large Penthouse suite and 2 family junior suites - all facing the river. The spacious rooms have quality beds, large en suite bathrooms with shower, ceiling fans and rocking chairs and hammocks in the outside terrace. There is a no smoking policy, no air conditioning or television - you will appreciate the sounds of the tropical rain forest - including a wake up call from a local howler monkey!

Food and drink

The reception, bar and superb restaurant are located in the main building built on the riverside, with veranda dining next to the water. The chef delights the guests with local and international dishes served in creative ways. All meals are served at your table. Veloso Tours recommends the full meal plan. An a la carte menu is available for all meals.

Facilities and activities

The lodge offers free Wi-Fi throughout. The stunning infinity pool features an environmentally-friendly purification system so the water does not irritate the eyes - a perfect place to relax after adventures in the jungle and the lodge's gardens. Expert-led excursions by boat exploring Tortuguero National Park are available from the lodge. These can be arranged in advance with your Veloso Tours UK travel advisor.

From July to October, the highlight in Tortuguero is standing a few feet from a 300-pound Green Sea Turtle while she lays 80-100 eggs, covers up her nest, perhaps digs a false nest to throw off predators, and finally, after more than an hour, returns to the sea.

Prices

Veloso Tours prices include room, local taxes and all meals. Packages including flight transfers from San Jose and excursions are also available. The National Park entrance fee is not included (USD $15.00 per person).

Families

Families with teenagers will appreciate the hotel's partnership with a local school where they can help teach local children with their English. Must be pre-arranged with our travel advisor. Families stay in a junior family suite with 2 beds (1 king) sleeping up to 4. Younger families benefit from up to 2 children aged 10 or younger staying FREE if sharing a room with 2 adults. The lodge offers a special 3 night family expedition package including transfers, room, meals and full excursion programme.

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Manatus hotel

Tortuguero Forest & Canals - Luxury Hotel

The Manatus Hotel is located 2.5km from Tortuguero town centre, very close to the airstrip that you fly into thus avoiding a long transfer by road. It is also one of the few properties that sit directly on a strip of land separating the Caribbean Sea from several canals. With only 12 bungalows with 2 Queen beds each, it really is a unique place to stay surrounded by stunning scenery. Each air-conditioned luxury bungalow has a private patio with an outdoor shower - plus TV, bathroom, FREE Wi-Fi and mini-bar.

Public areas include a bar, excellent restaurant with a la carte international menu combined with the exquisite traditional Costa Rican cuisine, a spa, gym and swimming pool. There is also a small, on-site gallery of local art.

Manatus Hotel also features some private trails to enjoy the natural surroundings and the possibilities to observe the wildlife, as well as a dock where you can enjoy the views of the calm waters of the lagoon. Kayaks can be rented to cruise the canals.

One of the biggest attractions of the region are the nesting of the sea turtles. As well as our included adventures by boat, you can also take optional guided hikes into the jungle.

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Arenal Volcano 02

Arenal Volcano - 3 Nights

Day 6 - Transfer to Arenal National Park

Day 7 - Explore the Peñas Blancas River

Day 8 - At leisure 

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Tuesday, 30 July 2024

Transfer to Arenal

Today we take a shared boat to the port at the edge of Tortuguero National Park and travel by road to Arenal National Park, where you check-in to the first class Arenal Manoa Hotel for 3-nights on a bed and breakfast basis. The rest of the day is free to relax and enjoy the facilities of this fine hotel.


Wednesday, 31 July 2024

Explore the Peñas Blancas River

Today you take a wildlife and nature tour by boat explore the Penas Blancas River, where you will experience the sights and sounds of Costa Rica wildlife on a floating safari. Spot monkeys, sloths, caimans, iguanas Jesus Christ lizards, and a wide assortment of colourful bird species. The river is home to small crocodiles that duck in the water when you cruise past. The naturalist guide will share with you some history and knowledge of the plants and animals you encounter.


Thursday, 01 August 2024

At leisure - optional activities

Today you are free to relax at your resort or take an optional activities including a hike to Arenal Volcano, a horse riding tour, guided birdwatching, a trip on the Sky Tram gondola above the rainforest or perhaps a zip line tour through the tree canopy.

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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Monteverde 13

Monteverde Cloud Forest - 2 Nights

Day 9 - Travel to Monteverde & cooking class

Day 10 - Exploring Monteverde Cloud Forest 

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Friday, 02 August 2024

Travel to Monteverde & Cooking Class

This morning we travel on the beautiful Arenal Lake and continue by road to the famous Monteverde Cloud Forest, with its unique eco-system where on certain indigenous species can grow in this elevated position, some 4,500 ft above sea level. Stay for a 2 nights including accommodation and breakfast.

In the afternoon, enjoy an included ‘Patacon’ cooking class.


Saturday, 03 August 2024

Exploring the Cloud Forest 

This morning enjoy an auto-guided hike in Agutu Wildlife Reserve located across a hanging bridge next to your hotel. You enter a reserve with majestic trees and rare wildlife including hummingbirds, the Resplendent Quetzal, Black and Yellow Silky Flycatcher, Chiriqui Quail Dove, and the Three-Wattled BellBird. Plants you will see are lichens, bromeliads, lineas and ferns.

The rest of the day is free to enjoy the facilities of the hotel, join an optional activity.

Fonda Vela

Monteverde Cloud Forest - First Hotel

The Fonda Vela Hotel is located in beautiful Monteverde, featuring six buildings within a 35 acre property and just a 15 minutes walk away from the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. The views of the Gulf of Nicoya from the hotel's 1400 meters elevation are spectacular. All rooms have large windows with views of the forest, private bathroom and telephone. All 20 junior suites have a small refrigerator, table, king and queen-size beds, a comfortable sofa and 14 also have a TV. There are two restaurants, La Chimenea perfect for a relaxing evening meal.

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Trapp Family Lodge

Monteverde Cloud Forest - Tourist Lodge

Nestled on a hillside with spectacular mountain views, these Villas and Guest House provide all the amenities needed for a comfortable stay in the cloud forest. This hotel will allow you to enjoy an extraordinary vacation in the middle of a paradise of flora and fauna. Its rustic atmosphere will provide you with an agreeable and pacific setting. The hotel 10 rooms, each with private bath and hot water, restaurant, bar, laundry service, guided tours, and a butterfly garden. Accommodations include room and breakfast.

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Hotel Belmar

Monteverde Cloud Forest - First Hotel

Nestled in the mountains adjacent to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, the Hotel Belmar, offers 22 rooms with spectacular views. With personalized service in a comfortable rustic atmosphere, the hotel has a distinctly Alpine style with its wooden panelling, and is still managed by the family of the original owners. The spacious rooms have all private balconies with seating, and large windows overlooking the valley: On a clear day you can also see the Pacific Ocean.

The restaurant/ bar is decorated with wooden sculptures with balconies for al fresco dining and serves modern Costa Rican food, as well as homemade artisan cocktails. The hotel takes great pride in its environmentally friendly credentials: all of the food that they serve comes either from local farms or their own organic garden. There is a small spa for treatments, and a glass gazebo with a Jacuzzi in the garden.

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Senda Monteverde Hotel

Monteverde Cloud Forest - First Hotel

Perfectly located in Monteverde National Park, the Senda Monteverde Hotel is an ideal base to enjoy the cloud forest, mountain air and many activities.

The is a sustainable luxury hotel with an elegant and contemporary design, adorned with local artwork and little nooks to relax in a peaceful atmosphere.

The 24 guest rooms and suites with porches overlook the gardens or the Pacific Ocean in the distance. Each spacious room has fans, coffee station, mini bar, living space, covered terrace, and Wi-Fi. There are four room categories, with the upgraded rooms with a greater living area and some 2 bedroom casitas (ideal for families).

The Sapo Restaurant offers local and international cuisine plus there is a bar and lounge

In the loft you can to practice yoga, read or participate on different talks.

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Monteverde Lodge

Monteverde Cloud Forest - Deluxe Lodge

The Monteverde Lodge is located in the Tilarán Mountain Range at 4,600 ft above sea level on the edge of the world's best known mid-elevation cloud forest. All designing with a nature theme, and all whilst protecting from mist and strong wind familiar to the area, rooms provide all the amenities for a perfect stay such as an in-room safe, coffee maker, ceiling fan, Wi-Fi and large bathroom with toiletries and hair dryer.

The lodge offers daytime and night-time’s experiences such as guided hikes with experienced local naturalist guides, horseback riding for everyone, visits of the Butterfly Garden, the Bat Jungle and the surrounding Coffee Plantations. Guests can also experience the gastronomic delights of El Jardin Restaurant & Bar, which features a variety of cuisine and has its unique cloud forest mural, as well as enjoy the Jacuzzi in an enclosed atrium and let the Monteverde Lodge staff take care of everything. 

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Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio National Park - 4 Nights

Day 11 - Travel to Manuel Antonio National Park

Day 12 - Wildlife, hikes and protected beaches

Day 13 - Explore or relax on the beach

Day 14 - At leisure 

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  • Accommodation

Sunday, 04 August 2024

Travel to Manuel Antonio National Park

Transfer north along the Pacific Coast to Manuel Antonio National Park, staying for 3 nights 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.


Monday, 05 August 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.


Tuesday, 06 August 2024

Wildlife, hikes and protected beaches

At leisure.


Wednesday, 07 August 2024

At leisure

Your final day to relax on a protected beach or at your hotel. 

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.

2028 Costa Verde

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.

Falls Resort

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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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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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.

2031 Si Como No

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.

Relax on your private balcony

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.

 

Gaia Hotel and Reserve

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.

2032 Arenas Del Mar
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Transport to San Jose Airport & Overnight Flight Home - 0 Nights

Day 15 - Fly back to the UK 

Day 16 - Arrive in the UK

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Thursday, 08 August 2024

Fly back to the UK.

This morning transfer to San Jose Airport for your overnight British Airways flight back to the UK.

PLEASE NOTE THIS ITINERARY CAN BE ADAPTED AND CHANGED TO SUIT YOUR PERSONAL REQUIREMENTS AND INTERESTS.


Friday, 09 August 2024

Arrive in the UK

Arrive in the UK in the morning.

Price Guidelines

Season Low Season High Season
Travel Dates 31 Dec-19 Jul, 22 Aug-13 Dec 20 Jul-21 Aug, 14-30 Dec
Room Arrangement Tourist First Deluxe Tourist First Deluxe
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room £3,360 £4,046 £6,269 £3,603 £4,282 £6,506

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)
  • Domestic flight from San Jose to Tortuguero
  • Entrance fee to Tortuguero National Park
  • First class accommodation as shown on the itinerary
  • 14 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 3 dinners
  • Transfers to and from airports
  • Transport (shared) throughout the itinerary
  • Excursions as described, all with expert guides
  • Prices are per person
  • Prices for Christmas, New Year's Eve, Easter on request

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