12 days from £2235pp plus international flights.
Lie back on an unspoilt Caribbean beach, take a boat ride through lush rainforest, scale a canopy walkway, bathe in hot springs and experience the thrill of galloping across miles of golden sand... and that's just the start!
We've captured the essence of this small but perfectly formed country in this 12-day holiday which gives you time on both the Caribbean and Pacific coasts as well as exploring the mountainous hinterland. The scenery is stunning - you'll find yourself reaching for your camera at every turn - and the colours dazzling, from the azure ocean to the emerald rainforest, vivid coral reefs to bright floral blooms. There's a vibrancy and vitality that's almost impossible to imagine.
You'll be staying in a selection of small lodges and hotels with first class facilities, where you'll experience genuine Costa Rican hospitality. We've made sure there's plenty of that all-important downtime, too, so you'll have free afternoons to laze in the sun, swim in the sea or pool and enjoy some gorgeous food. You'll also have time to meet local people in towns and villages as you travel through the country, witnessing daily life.
For a first visit to Costa Rica you'd be hard pushed to better this holiday, which perfectly showcases the country's many natural attractions.
When you arrive at San Jose Airport, one of our guides will be there to meet you. He'll show you to your waiting vehicle and escort you to your hotel. He will hand over your holiday documents which include a detailed day-by-day itinerary. The remainder of the day has been left free, giving you time to recover from your journey and look forward to your holiday. Lie back and relax on the rooftop sundeck, enjoy a cooling dip in the pool and, later, sample some tasty food in the restaurant.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before setting off with your driver to the southern Caribbean coast. Your lodge is in Playa Chiquita, set amongst beautiful tropical gardens. The drive will take about 4 hours, so you'll have all afternoon to relax and explore the lodge's facilities and surrounds. These include the aforementioned tropical gardens, a swimming pool, a small restaurant serving a variety of tasty dishes and a spa for delightful pampering treatments. Breakfast
This morning you'll visit Cahuita National Park, which has the largest coral reefs in southern Central America. You can go snorkelling to witness the reef for yourself before setting off for a jungle walk, watching out for howler and white-faced monkeys, sloths, lizards and birds. You'll return to the lodge where you can have an easy afternoon lazing on the beach, swimming in the clear, warm ocean waters and maybe venturing into Puerto Viejo de Limon, meeting local people and buying some souvenirs. Breakfast, lunch
You'll have a lazy morning on the beach before being driven back to Studio Hotel in San Jose. Having checked in to the hotel the rest of the day is yours to spend as you wish. You can chill by the pool, enjoy views from the rooftop deck, or explore the shops and bars of Santa Ana, all within walking distance. Later you can sit down to dinner, as you look back over your time in Costa Rica. Breakfast
Your holiday ends today. Having completed breakfast and packed your bags, you'll be collected from the hotel and driven the short distance to the airport, arriving in time to check in for your flight home. Breakfast
Guide price from (pp sharing): £2235 (ex. international flights)
Price notes: 2019 & 2020 guide price pp sharing: 1 Jul – 10 Dec from £2510. 11 Dec 2019 – 30 Apr 2020 from £2750. 1 May – 30 Jun from £2195. 1 Jul – 31 Aug from £2270. 1 Sep – 10 Dec from £2235.
Meet and greet at San Jose Airport on arrival, private transfers on arrival and departure all other transfers are on a shared basis, accommodation as specified, meals as specified and shared tours - Cahuita National Park tour ~ Tortuguero programmed activities and Arenal hanging bridges tour.
International flights and taxes, travel insurance, meals not shown, drinks, optional tours and activities at lodges, tips, personal expenses and visas (currently not required by UK passports 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.
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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.