Tropical Costa Rica

San Jose, Guanacaste, Monteverde, Lake Arenal, Arenal, Cano Negro, Zarcero

Lush forests and stunning waterfalls…rumbling volcanoes and endless coastlines…Costa Rica is a paradise teeming with exotic plants and incredible animals. Luxuriate at a resort for two nights at Playa Carrillo, Guanacaste, known for its breathtaking beauty and fine sandy beaches. Spend two nights in Monteverde's lush cloud forest. Experience the forest canopy on your choice of a hanging bridges nature walk or an exhilarating zip lining tour. Explore part of the 20,000 acre nature preserve of Cano Negro on a riverboat adventure. Enjoy the tranquil views of the Arenal Volcano from your hotel. Explore San Jose's Plaza de Cultura and view the magnificent National Theatre. You will find a slice of paradise and so much more.

Our prices start from

$ 1,399 LAND ONLY

9 Days • GUIDED • 14 Meals

Operated Tour

The Details

  • 8 nights accommodation
  • On some dates additional accommodations may be used
  • Services of a tour manager
  • All on-tour transportation and related fees
  • Hotel-to-hotel baggage handling
  • Round trip home to airport sedan service provided when you purchase airfare through Member Choice Vacations. One transfer per person, per reservation. (Restrictions apply)
  • 8 breakfasts, 6 dinners

Itinerary

Engaging Experiences These special places and experiences are considered tour highlights. Look for them in the daily itineraries.

Day 1 - San Jose, Costa Rica - Tour Begins

DoubleTree by Hilton Cariari, San Jose

Your trip to Costa Rica opens in the colorful capital city of San Jose, the perfect place to relax and soak up the sights as your adventure begins.

Day 2 - San Jose - Coffee Plantation - Guanacaste

Discover the history of coffee in Costa Rica during your visit to a coffee plantation.

Nammbu Beachfront Bungalows - Playa Carrillo, Guanacaste

Breakfast, Dinner Included

Welcome to the Central Valley. Begin with a tour of a local coffee plantation highlighting the history and cultivation of this driver of the Costa Rican economy. This afternoon, arrive in breathtaking Guanacaste, known for its fine sandy beaches. Settle in for a relaxing 2-night stay at your resort and take in the mesmerizing ocean views. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 3 - Guanacaste

Nammbu Beachfront Bungalows - Playa Carrillo, Guanacaste

Breakfast, Dinner Included

Fun in the sun is in store today as you explore the nearby beaches, or simply relax by the pool and take advantage of your resort's lovely amenities. This afternoon, visit the delightful beach town of Samara, one of the top sunset spots in Costa Rica. Soak in the spectacular colors as the sun illuminates the natural landscape. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 4 - Guanacaste - Monteverde

Learn about Costa Rica's vegetation on a guided walk in the cloud forest.

El Establo Hotel, Monteverde Cloud Forest

Breakfast, Dinner Included

It's off to the secluded Monteverde Cloud Forest, a place you have to see to believe, where trees grow to heights of 100 feet! Set off on a nature walk through this spectacular ecosystem, where you're sure to encounter many incredible species of flora and fauna. Keep your eyes peeled and you may be lucky enough to spot the elusive quetzal! Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 5 - Monteverde

El Establo Hotel, Monteverde Cloud Forest

Breakfast, Dinner Included

It's your choice! Explore one of the world's largest butterfly gardens and a dazzling gallery containing more than 100 beautiful hummingbirds. Then, join an expert for a leisurely paced "Hanging Bridges" walking tour to gain a different perspective of the cloud forest's lush ecosystem -OR- take an exhilarating ride on one of the longest canopy zip line tours in Costa Rica. If you would like to do both the hanging bridges and the zip line tour, you may purchase the second as an option on tour. This evening, take part in an expert-led discussion about the migratory birds that flock to Costa Rica. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 6 - Monteverde - Lake Arenal Cruise - Arenal

Uncover the importance of conservation in Costa Rica during a visit to a tree nursery. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery surrounding Arenal Volcano. Taste your way through a cooking demonstration featuring local ingredients.

Mountain Paradise Hotel, Arenal or Arenal Springs Resort, Arenal

Breakfast, Dinner Included

Uncover the importance of conservation in Costa Rica during a visit to a tree nursery. Learn about indigenous trees and Monteverde's reforestation efforts. Cross beautiful mountainous landscapes to Arenal, where spectacular views of the famous volcano await your discovery. Enjoy a delightful cruise on Lake Arenal, Costa Rica's largest and most important lake. Later, check in for another 2-night stay at a lodge overlooking the majestic Arenal Volcano. Get to know the Costa Rican culture this evening. Taste your way through a cooking demonstration featuring local ingredients. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 7 - Arenal - Cano Negro - Arenal

Spot indigenous wildlife while on a Cano Negro riverboat cruise.

Mountain Paradise Hotel, Arenal or Arenal Springs Resort, Arenal

Breakfast Included

Embark on a Cano Negro guided riverboat trip in a covered canoe known as a panga. These 20,000 acres are home to the largest viewable collection of indigenous wildlife in all of Costa Rica. Go in search of caimans, river otters, sloths, monkeys, river turtles, exotic birds and rare butterflies. Later, return to Arenal for the chance to relax during an optional spa visit. Today breakfast will be included.

Day 8 - Arenal - Zarcero - San Jose

Discover the charming town of Zarcero and its whimsical topiary garden.

DoubleTree by Hilton Cariari, San Jose

Breakfast, Dinner Included

Today, get a little whimsical as we journey to the charming town of Zarcero to explore its fanciful topiary garden. Continue to San Jose to see the treasures of the city on a panoramic tour. See the bustling Plaza de Cultura. This evening, bid farewell to paradise over a wonderful dinner with your fellow travelers. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 9 - San Jose - Tour Ends

Breakfast Included

Today you depart for home with fabulous memories of your Costa Rican adventure. Today breakfast will be included.

Pricing is per person, double occupancy, land only, based on May 31, 2021 travel date. Single supplement from $400. International airfare is additional. Call AAA for current airfare rates and availability. Itinerary featured is for May 2021– April 2022 tour departures. Departures prior will vary. On some dates alternate hotels may be used..

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