Costa Rica Pacific Coast
Costa Rica’s Pacific coast is known for its white sand beaches. These are backed by lush rainforests of national parks such as Manuel Antonio and Guanacaste. Wildlife includes white-faced capuchin monkeys, wide-eyed squirrel monkeys and howler monkeys. Hot springs occur near Rincón de la Vieja volcano, while turtles lay eggs on the Santa Rosa beaches. Further south, Corcovado’s wildlife includes harpy eagles, tapirs and scarlet macaws. Migrating whales are often seen off the coast.
Transfer to Tortuguero National Park on the Pacific Coast. Take a local boat through the canals and see a wide array of birds, animals and plant life. Arenal Volcano is an active volcano and you can see it erupting during the day with boulders rolling down the hill and fire display at night. Monteverde Cloud Forest, is known for its birdlife including the endangered three-wattled bellbird and resplendent quetzal. Finally, relax on Tamarindo Beach, on the North Pacific coast.
TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 14 DAY COSTA RICA PACIFIC COAST ADVENTURE…
And, experience Tortuguero, Arenal, Monteverde National Parks & Tamarindo beach.
There are no direct flights from the UK to Costa Rica. You need to change in either Europe or the US. Your best option is to fly via the US or Madrid, where you can connect with flights to San José. Continental has flights from the UK via Newark and Houston, while American Airlines flies via JFK, Dallas or Miami, and United via New York or Houston: of the three, Continental generally has the lowest fares (from £545 in high season) and offers an excellent service, with swift connections. Iberia’s flights via Madrid are one of the quicker routings, and avoid the US, but start at around £650. Indirect flights can still take as little as thirteen hours, including changes.
Costa Rica Pacific Coast
San Jose, Tortuguero, Arenal, Monteverde, Tamarindo
(14 Days – Travel Any Day)
Day 1 & 2 – Arrive
San Jose Meet and greet at Juan Santamaria International airport and take a private transfer to your hotel in San Jose. Next day, take a full-day private guided Poas Volcano, doka coffee tour and visit La Paz Waterfall gardens.
Overnight: Alta Hotel (B, L)
Day 3 & 4 – Transfer
Tortuguero Note: Luggage is limited to a maximum of 25 pounds per person for this Tortuguero trip.
Today we leave the hotel early and drive to the spectacular rain forests of Braulio Carrillo National Park, just 30 minutes from San Jose. There we enjoy a buffet of tropical fruits before boarding a boat specially designed for canal navigation. A two-hour trip through the canals will take us to Tortuguero area located in the lush tropical jungle of this National Park...just in time for lunch!
In the afternoon we will be at your leisure, experience the local culture and habitat, visit some of the area's wonderful natural attractions, walk the nature trails or just relax in a luxurious hammock.
Next day, we explore this magnificent location to experience a wide array of birds, animals and plant life. Depart by boat to Tortuguero Hill or National Park, where we will enjoy a hiking trip along the trails. Rest of the day is free for relaxation.
Overnight: Mawamba Lodge or similar (B, L)
Day 5 to 7 – Transfer, Nature Reserve
Arenal Area Early breakfast and boat ride back. Private ground transfer from Guapiles area to San Carlos, a landscape of exceptional beauty with its forests, lagoons, rivers with hot springs, and the most active volcano of Costa Rica: Arenal. In other words, sanctuaries where one can breathe peace, purity and the majestic power of nature.
Few sites in Costa Rica inspire more respect and admiration than the Arenal Volcano. Sometimes lava can be seen flowing from its interior and, if Mother Nature permits, you may have the pleasure of seeing a spectacular eruption. However, often the peak will be covered by clouds.
Next day, take the Arenal Volcano and Tabacon Resort tour. Then visit the thermal waters of Tabacon where you will be able to benefit from their curing effects. Arenal Paraiso is where nature combines with the peace of the tropical rain forest and the majesty of one of the most active volcanoes of the country.
Next morning visit The Arenal Hanging Bridges: Located within the corridor followed by birds migrating between North and South America, the trails and bridges of this project will bring you as close as you could ever hope to get to the birds, the flowers and the lush vegetation of the primary rain forest. You will be able to walk right into the forest, thanks to the imposing hanging bridges and the beautiful trails that are safe and easy to walk on. Free afternoon to take any of the optional tours offered in the area.
Overnight: Volcano Lodge orArenal Pariso Hotel (B, L)
Day 8 & 9 – Transfer, Cloud Forest
Monteverde Private ground transfer to Monteverde. The town of Monteverde, located at the south end of the cloud forest, had its beginnings in the early 1950s with the impetus of a group of Quakers from the United States, a group that came to Costa Rica attracted by its pacific inclinations and disarmament. They established themselves in the region and devoted themselves to produce milk and quality cheeses. Monteverde is located 172 kilometres northeast of San Jose. The climate is template and humid, with an average of 17 degrees Celsius (60 degrees Fahrenheit). The nights are cool and at times cold when the trade winds blow.
Overnight: Fonda Vela Hotel (B, D)
Day 10 to 12 – Transfer, Beach Stay
Tamarindo Beach Private ground transfer to the North Pacific coast, Tamarindo Beach.
Days at leisure to enjoy the beach, including 4 nights at Tamarindo Diria Hotel
Overnight: Tamarindo Diria Hotel (B)
Day 13 – Transfer
San Jose Transfer to Tamarindo local airstrip for your local flight to San Jose and private transfer to Alta Hotel in San Jose. Note: Luggage is limited to a maximum of 25 pounds per person for local flights.
Overnight: Alta Hotel (B)
Day 14 – Depart
San Jose Transfer from Alta hotel to Juan Santamaria International airport.
Check in at airline counter must be done three hours prior flight departure. (B)
Make this your holiday
When to go December through April: This is the tourist high season in Costa Rica when the weather is at its most pleasant. It is also the dry season, and one can mostly depend on clear, sunny days. There is a brief dry spell from February to April but it's worthwhile to visit in April-May.
May through October: The rainy season takes a while to get started in May, often diminishing for a couple of weeks in June or July. The brunt of the rain however falls on the Caribbean coast, giving the Pacific a much more arid climate. The only really rainy months in Guanacaste on the Pacific coast are October and November, and on the Atlantic coast, the only predictably dry months are September and October.
October to December: This is also a good time to visit Costa Rica when things are much quieter and when the weather is still good.
Visas British nationals don’t need a visa to enter Costa Rica. You can stay as a visitor for up to 3 months, although the exact period is at the discretion of the immigration officer on arrival. The immigration authorities are strict about foreigners who have overstayed.
Passport validity: Your passport should have at least one day’s validity from the date you are leaving Costa Rica. If you hold a passport other than a British Citizen passport, different regulations may apply.
Visa information source: www.gov.uk