8 days from £1380pp plus international flights.
If you have limited time, or want to add a visit to Costa Rica to a longer holiday in the region, this 7-day holiday fits the bill perfectly. The well-planned itinerary makes the most of your time with private transfers between the 3 different locations and some guided tours already booked for you. You'll also have free time, so can be as active or restful as you wish.
Arenal Volcano and National Park lie in the centre of the country and is a great area to explore on foot with a choice of many walking trails. A guided walk is the best way to gain an understanding of the habits and wildlife. Arenal is also known for its adventure activities. Not wanting you to miss out we've included a private Sky Trek tour for a glimpse of the world above the forest canopy.
Next you'll travel to the Pacific coast and one of the country's best known parks, Manuel Antonio. This is a unique mix of forest, mangroves, lagoons, beaches and islands. With so many activities available, we've left your days here free so you can choose how best to fill them. When you're not out exploring you can swim in the hotel's pool and watch monkeys and toucans amongst the trees in the gardens.
This is a week filled with fascinating wildlife and beautiful scenery. From mountain to mangrove, and forest to beach, this trip is a mini showcase of the best of Costa Rica. The only danger is that it may leave you wanting more!
Following breakfast you set off northwards, heading to Arenal Volcano. Your first sight of this perfect conical mountain is sure to impress you. Your hotel is near Arenal, occupying lush gardens. Having dropped your bags off in your room, it's time to explore! A private Sky Walk tour has been arranged. This includes hiking trails and several bridges suspended above the forest canopy to give you a bird's eye view of the scenery. A guide is on hand to help you spot birds and animals, and the whole afternoon will prove a fun and rewarding experience. You may have time for a soothing soak in the hotel's thermal springs on your return. Breakfast
The morning is free for you to take life easy at the hotel. Facilities include a pool and spa, or you can watch birds in the garden from your private terrace. In the afternoon you have a guided hike at the base of the volcano, walking through forest and across a lava flow, reminding you that Arenal is an active volcano. Keep your eyes open for animals and birds in the trees. The hike concludes with a visit to the hot mineral springs, followed by a delicious dinner. Breakfast, dinner
Today has been kept free for you to explore the area a little more if you wish or you might want to explore a little further afield. It is possible to arrange a visit to the Cano Negro Wildlife Reserve or Rio Celeste. If you want a little down time, then stay local and spend the day relaxing in the hotel's hot pools. If adrenalin is your thing then it is possible to go white water rafting or zip-lining through the forest canopy. There is plenty on offer at Arenal. Breakfast
After breakfast it's time to set off on your travels again. Your destination is Manuel Antonio National Park on the Pacific coast, a beguiling mix of rainforest, beaches and reefs. Your hotel, Si Como No, overlooks the ocean, and makes a perfect base from which to explore all the area has to offer. Your deluxe room has a balcony where you can rest and enjoy the views. Take a walk round the hotel to get your bearings, maybe stopping for a drink at the pool terrace, or treating yourself to a visit to the spa. Breakfast
Your days at Manuel Antonio have been left largely free to allow you to choose between the many activities available, but first you'll have a guided tour of Manuel Antonio National Park. Walking through the forest keep your eyes open for monkeys, sloths, iguanas and birds. Later you can rest on one of the sandy beaches, soaking up some sun. A number of activities are available locally, such as a bird watching tour, visit a butterfly garden, or go for a night walk in the jungle with a guide pointing out some of the otherwise hard-to-spot nocturnal species. And you don't have to go far to find a zip-line to play on or a waterfall to swim by! Breakfast
Another day in this area gives you the opportunity to re-visit the national park or take one of the many locally available activities. Manuel Antonio National Park is the smallest park in Costa Rica, but also one of the best known and most visited. There are several marked trails you can follow by yourself. One of these leads to Cathedral Point at the end of a narrow strip of land, with glorious ocean views. You can also walk along the beaches, lulled by the rhythmic sight and sound of waves breaking on the shore. The beaches offer opportunities for sunbathing and swimming too. Breakfast
This is your last morning in Costa Rica. If you have time you might like to take a walk in the gardens after breakfast. Later depart on your transfer back to San Jose airport for your onward flight. Breakfast
Guide price from (pp sharing): £1380 (ex. international flights)
Price notes: 2019 guide price pp sharing: Jan-April £1610. May-June and Sept-Oct £1380. July-Aug £1545. Nov-Dec, please ask. Please note that holiday periods such as Easter will attract a supplement on the above prices.
Meet and greet on arrival at San Jose Airport, private transfers with the exception of Arenal to Manuel Antonio where this is on a shared basis, accommodation as specified, meals as specifed and tours - Arenal ~ Sky Walk (private tour) - Manuel Antonio ~ National Park tour (shared tour).
International flights and taxes, travel insurance, meals not shown, drinks, optional excursions and activities at lodges, tips, personal expenses and visas (currently not required for UK passport holders).
This holiday starts and ends in San Jose. International return flights from the UK will cost from around £600 per person, depending on season, route and availability. We will be happy to look at flights for you.
Departure dates: This is a tailor-made holiday that can begin on the day of your choice, subject to availability.
Comfortable, air conditioned accommodation, a choice of restaurants, pool and hot springs all set in lush gardens near Arenal Volcano.
Stylish, all-suite hotel set in gardens full of fragrant fruit trees and surrounded by a working coffee plantation 30 minutes from San Jose.
Si Como No is an eco-resort on a hill above one of Manuel Antonio's lovely beaches, offering land and water-based activities.
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Time: GMT -6 hours
Flight time: The flying time is about 12 hours from the UK. There are now direct flights from the UK using British Airways. We work with all the major airlines and can offer flights from the UK or via the USA, Panama or a European hub. With the connection times you are looking at around 15 or 16 hours.
Language: Spanish is the official language. English is widely spoken throughout Costa Rica
Visas: Not required for British travellers. Other nationalities should obtain advice from their embassy.
Health: There are no compulsory vaccinations.