Savor the natural wonders of Costa Rica as you explore the waterways of Tortuguero, the wildlife-rich reserves of Arenal, and the endless beaches of the Pacific coast.

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 Tortuguero Beach Credit:  Etienne Delorieux  White-faced Capuchin monkey  Dart frog in Costa Rica  Costa Rica's Arenal Volcano  Costa Rica hummingbird  Hanging bridge through the jungle canopy Credit: Christina Victoria  One of many butterfly species of Costa Rica  Beach along the coast of Guanacaste  Aerial view of the Guanacaste coast Credit: Robin Canfield  Sunset in Guanacaste

Costa Rica Coast to Coast: A Tailor-Made Journey

9 days from $3,500

Savor the natural wonders of Costa Rica as you explore the waterways of Tortuguero, the wildlife-rich reserves of Arenal, and the endless beaches of the Pacific coast.

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Overview

The following itinerary is a sampling of the experiences that we offer on a tailor-made journey to Costa Rica. Working with our country specialists, you can customize your itinerary to fit your timing, your budget, and your interests, including accommodations, activities, and the places you visit.

From simmering volcanoes to golden-sand beaches and coastal jungles, Costa Rica is one of nature’s great treasure troves. Experience its rich biodiversity on a journey from the Caribbean coast to the long beaches that line the Pacific. Venture into Tortuguero National Park, where sea turtles come annually to nest, and explore its waterways by boat. Then head into the rain forests of Arenal Volcano. End your trip with a leisurely stay on the glorious beaches of Guanacaste.

Highlights:

  • Skim along the canals of Tortuguero National Park by kayak or on a boat tour, watching for howler monkeys and sea turtles.
  • Spot nocturnal creatures on a guided nighttime hike in the tropical forests of Tortuguero.
  • In Arenal Volcano National Park, walk on hanging bridges through the jungle canopy, get an up-close look at the dormant volcano, and relax in natural hot springs.
  • Enjoy two full days on the pristine beaches of Guanacaste.

Sample Itinerary

Day 1 - San José, Costa Rica

On arrival in Costa Rica's capital city, San José, you'll be met by your guide at the airport and transfered to your hotel. Enjoy time to relax in preparation for your early start tomorrow.

Day 2 - Tortuguero & the Caribbean Coast

Your shared coach will pick you up early this morning for the journey to Tortuguero National Park. The drive takes the full morning but the route is a scenic one, passing through primary forest. You’ll stop for breakfast along the way. When the road ends, ride a shared motorboat to your lodge in time for lunch. During free time this afternoon, you might go on a guided jungle hike with a small group, or join a guide for a visit to tiny Tortuguero Village, located within the national park. (B,L,D)

Day 3 - Tortuguero & the Caribbean Coast

Spend a full day exploring Tortuguero National Park on guided small group excursions of your choice. Paddle jungle waterways in a kayak or canoe, or take a guided boat trip into the flooded forest. Your guide will help you spot wildlife, such as caimans, macaws, iguanas, and howler and capuchin monkeys. From July to October, keep an eye out for the sea turtles that come to nest here—and give the park its name.  Later, you’ll have the chance to go on a guided nocturnal hike to experience the nightlife of the jungle. (B,L,D)

Day 4 - Arenal Volcano

Travel out of Tortuguero by shared boat and coach, and stop for lunch in Guápiles. Continue by private transfer to the Arenal Volcano region, arriving mid-afternoon. Enjoy the rest of the day to relax at your hotel. There are hot springs and lovely pools on the property as well as tropical gardens that attract more than 100 bird species. (B)

Day 5 - Arenal Volcano

Set out for  the Arenal hanging bridges with your private guide this morning. As you follow the canopy walkway through the treetops, get a bird’s eye perspective on flora and wildlife. In the afternoon, join a small group for a tour of Arenal Volcano National Park. You’ll explore hardened lava flows and learn the history of this volcano, which was active until about ten years ago. Afterwards, enjoy an evening soak in nearby hot springs followed by a traditional casado dinner. (B,D)

Day 6 - Playa Potrero

Today, emerge from the cool cloud forests of the highlands and descend to the Pacific coast, a dramatic change of scenery and climate. After the bumpy roads of the forest, your private driver will follow the Pan American Highway to your beach hotel on the coast of Guanacaste. Arrive in the early afternoon and spend the rest of the day enjoying your beachfront resort. (B)

Day 7 and 8 - Playa Portrero

You’ll have two leisurely days at Playa Potrero to spend as you choose. You might read a book by the poolside or on the beach, indulge in a spa treatment at the hotel, or go horseback riding along the coast.. (B)

Day 9 - Depart for home

This morning, transfer to San José airport by private car for your onward flight.

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)