Best of Puerto Viejo De Talamanca

Top itineraries and travel advice in and around Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Puerto Viejo is a renowned surfing destination on Costa Rica's Caribbean coast, with breaks for every level. The area is also known for its nature, wildlife, and vibrant Afro-Caribbean culture. Here you can spend your days relaxing on the beautiful golden and black sand beaches, hiking, snorkeling in the nearby Cahuita National Park, or learning about the local indigenous population and their history of cacao farming.
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca Essentials

Surfing the beach in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
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Ultimate Guide to Puerto Viejo: Costa Rica's Southern Caribbean Coast

While most visitors to Costa Rica will head west to the Pacific, the laidback lifestyle and Afro-Caribbean culture and cuisine of Puerto Viejo beckon you to experience life on the country's eastern coast. This guide will introduce you to the playas, towns, wilderness areas, and signature excursions that make Puerto Viejo the incredible destination it is, plus offer tips on where to stay and what to eat.

Beaches of Puerto Viejo
Ultimate Guide to Puerto Viejo Beaches

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is a beautiful stretch of coastline along the southern edge of Costa Rica and near the border with Panama. Though many travelers stick to the country's Pacific side for beaches, Puerto Viejo is the prime destination on the Caribbean side. You'll find gentle beaches protected by vibrant coral reefs—perfect for snorkeling and swimming—next to some of the best waves in the region, attracting surfers from around the world. Whether you want an adventure or a relaxing getaway, we've rounded up the best beaches in Puerto Viejo.

KOKI Bar in Puerto Viejo
Where to Eat in Puerto Viejo

Because it's a popular spot on Costa Rica's Caribbean coast, you have plenty of foodie options to keep you going throughout your stay in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. As a coastal beach town, the restaurant scene includes the expected staples, such as incredible seafood dishes and traditional Costa Rican grub. But you'll also find lively and colorful beach bars, plus trendy cafes serving international breakfast dishes.

Boutique hotels in Puerto Viejo
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The 5 Best Boutique Hotels in Puerto Viejo

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is a beautiful stretch of shoreline on the southern side of Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast. Accommodations are spread out between the towns of Puerto Viejo and Punta Uva, meaning the location caters to the jungle and beach. If Puerto Viejo is known for anything, it’s the unique environment created by the mix of jungle, sea, and reef, plus its African-Caribbean influence, so it’s the perfect place to relax in a boutique hotel.

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Best Things to Do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Set your sights on Costa Rica's southern Caribbean coast, where you'll find coral reefs, white-sand beaches, rainforests, and agricultural lands. From active excursions to cultural experiences, you can snorkel in the sea, hike through jungles, spot wildlife, trek to waterfalls, explore the history of cacao, and learn how to surf at one of the world's most legendary wave breaks, all in one compact area.

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca Itineraries

Enjoy unspoiled beaches on Costa Rica's Caribbean coast
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Luxury Costa Rica Beach Break: Puerto Viejo de Talamanca - 5 Days

Enjoy a luxury five-day beach break on Costa Rica's Caribbean coast. Head straight to vibrant Puerto Viejo de Talamanca and check into a 5-star seafront hotel where white-sand beaches and rainforest spa sessions await. You'll get a taste of the local culture during a private chocolate-making session with the Indigenous Bribri community, then explore the natural delights of Cahuita National Park on exclusive kayaking and snorkeling tours.

Whitewater rafting on the Rio Pacuare
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Active Adventure on Costa Rica's Rivers & Caribbean Coast - 6 Days

Whitewater rafting, hiking, cycling, and kayaking await on this action-packed six-day adventure around Costa Rica. The start of the trip features a two-day rafting excursion down the Río Pacuare on Class III-IV whitewater. You'll explore Puerto Viejo de Talamanca on a bicycle, then see Cahuita National Park on a guided hike. Kayak around the lush jungle waterways around Punta Uva before the journey ends.

An iguana in the wild in Tortuguero National Park
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Explore Wetlands & Caribbean Beaches - 8 Days

Sea turtles, stingrays, iguanas, sharks, toucans, and sloths are a few examples of the wildlife you're likely to see on this outdoorsy eight-day itinerary around Costa Rica's wetlands and beaches. You'll start with a boat tour and a guided night hike in Tortuguero National Park, home to a wide variety of flora and fauna, then move on to Puerto Viejo and Cahuita national parks. You'll visit a jaguar rehabilitation center, snorkel around a coral reef, and ride horses on the beach before the trip is over.

Learn to surf on the coast
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Family Fun on Costa Rica's Caribbean Coast - 11 Days

Featuring a mix of wildlife experiences and outdoor adventures, this 11-day exploration of Costa Rica's Caribbean Coast is fun for the whole family. Hike to the top of Costa Rica's highest volcano, spot colorful spiders on a nighttime rainforest hike, and boat around national parks as you explore the country's Caribbean coast. You'll also have the chance to visit a jaguar rehabilitation center, see monkeys in the wild on a kayaking excursion, and ride horses along the beach—fun for the kids and kids at heart!

Explore the Caribbean coast near Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
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Quick Road Trip to Costa Rica's Caribbean Coast & Turrialba Valley - 5 Days

Explore an intriguing slice of Costa Rica on this compact self-drive tour that takes you from the bustling streets of San José to the untamed rainforests and coastal wonders of the Caribbean coast. In just five days, you'll taste Afro-Caribbean cuisine as you learn to cook local dishes in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, traverse the lush landscapes of Cahuita National Park, make a thrilling choice between whitewater rafting or canyoning in the Turrialba Valley, and hike through a jungle full of wildlife at night.

Explore the waterways of Tortuguero National Park
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Exotic Adventures on Costa Rica's Caribbean Coast - 5 Days

Escape to the pristine paradise of Costa Rica's Caribbean coast with this itinerary of rich wildlife experiences, lively cooking classes, and thrilling activities on water and land. This memorable tour may only last five days, but it packs in a whole host of nature excursions and outdoor adventures as you journey between San José, Tortuguero, and Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Spot wildlife on a boat tour
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Family Tour of Wetlands & Caribbean Beaches - 7 Days

Idyllic beaches, quiet canals, jungle trails, and rushing waterfalls await on this outdoorsy seven-day itinerary around Costa Rica. Perfect for families, this action-packed trip takes you to historic San José and a pair of national parks for wildlife viewing, boating, and night hikes led by a naturalist guide. You'll also swim in a waterfall, see how chocolate is made, and learn how jaguars are rehabilitated at an animal rescue center.

Explore the rainforests and beaches of Costa Rica
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Luxury Costa Rica from Rainforest to Beach: Turrialba & Puerto Viejo de Talamanca - 7 Days

Explore Costa Rica's lush rainforests and Caribbean beaches on this weeklong luxury tour. Head straight for the natural wonders of Turrialba, where you'll stay at a boutique forest hotel and take a thrilling whitewater rafting trip on the Río Pacuare. Next, escape to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca on the Caribbean coast, where honey-hued beaches and rainforest spa sessions await. Adventures include snorkeling and hiking in Cahuita National Park and taking an authentic Afro-Caribbean cooking class.

Indulge in the romance of Costa Rica on this seven-day honeymoon
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Cloud Forests to the Caribbean: A Costa Rica Honeymoon - 7 Days

Combine cloud forest adventures with dreamy Caribbean beaches on this romantic getaway to Costa Rica. It starts in the lush mountains of La Fortuna, where you'll soak in natural hot springs and follow hanging bridges through the forest canopy. Then, it's off to the Caribbean beaches of Puerto Viejo, where you'll master Afro-Caribbean flavors in a cooking class, spot wildlife in Cahuita National Park, learn how to make chocolate with an Indigenous family, and take a dip in the Río Catarata Waterfall.

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Costa Rica Wildlife Road Trip - 8 Days

This self-drive tour is ideal for families who love animals and exploring the outdoors. You'll spot plenty of the country's adorable mammals like sloths and monkeys, as well as rare species of birds, reptiles, amphibians, and tropical fish. Along the way, stay at unique eco-lodges

Splash and play with the kids at the base of a waterfall
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Costa Rican Culture, Wildlife & Caribbean Beaches for Families - 8 Days

From the markets of San José to the rainforests alive with birds and frogs, the best of Costa Rica's culture and coastal landscapes await travelers on this 8-day trip. Ideal for families, you'll see historic San José and visit La Paz Waterfall Gardens. In Tortuguero, a region known for its vibrant wildlife—including resident sea turtles—you'll travel to the beaches of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. Finishing the adventure in Cahuita National Park, where you'll have the chance to snorkel with tropical fish and visit a nearby jaguar rescue center.

Discover an underwater world while snorkeling in Costa Rica
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Family Tour of Wetlands & Caribbean Beaches - 6 Days

Boating, hiking, snorkeling, cycling—all outdoor activities await travelers on this family-friendly 6-day tour around Costa Rica's beaches and wetlands. Beginning and ending in San José, and you'll get to know the historic city on a walking tour before heading into the wilderness of Tortuguero National Park for a nighttime wildlife hike and a boat trip along jungle canals. Spot monkeys in the wild and baby turtles on the sand before continuing onto a snorkeling excursion in Cahuita National Park and the stunning black, golden, and white sand beaches around Puerto Viejo.

Share in a Costa Rica sunset with the kids
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Family Adventure in Costa Rica: Wetlands, Volcanoes & Caribbean Beaches - 10 Days

On this fun 10-day adventure created for families, you'll swim in waterfall pools, spot sloths in the trees, and sample homemade chocolate while learning how it's made. The itinerary takes you from the bustling streets of San José to the rainforest of Tortuguero National Park, then onward to the beautiful beaches of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca and the rivers, volcanoes, and hot springs of Arenal. Highlights include a safari-style boat ride, a nighttime jungle hike, and a visit to a jaguar rescue center.

Take a dip with the kids in the jungle
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Family Adventure in Costa Rica: Wetlands, Volcanoes & Caribbean Beaches - 9 Days

This family-friendly tour introduces travelers to a diverse range of Costa Rican landscapes, from white sand Caribbean beaches to smoking volcanoes and quiet estuaries teeming with wildlife. Base yourself in three different locations—Tortuguero National Park, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, and Arenal—as you explore wildlife habitats, soak in hot springs, and hike around volcanoes. You'll also visit a jaguar rehabilitation center, observe the jungle after dark during a guided night hike, and trek to waterfalls for a refreshing dip.

Snorkel with the family along Costa Rica's Caribbean Coast
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Family Fun on the Caribbean Side - 7 Days

With your kids in tow, get out and explore Costa Rica's capital city before making your way through the lush lowlands toward the Caribbean Coast in this adventure tour. From nature treks to river rafting to pristine beaches, this week-long itinerary is created for families who want to experience Costa Rica's splendid scenery, wildlife, and distinctly laid-back culture.

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Costa Rica's Caribbean Coast: Tortuguero & Puerto Viejo - 7 Days

Perfect for travelers looking to hike and observe wildlife, this itinerary starts and ends in San José and includes many of the Caribbean coast's best destinations—including a famous sea turtle nesting site in Tortuguero and Cahuita National Park. Compared to the Pacific Coast, the Caribbean side tends to be less crowded, with more cultural diversity. From nature treks to pristine beaches, this itinerary offers something for everyone who wants to experience splendid scenery with a laid-back feel. 

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Map of Costa Rica Indigenous Culture & Arenal Tour - 7 Days
Costa Rica Indigenous Culture & Arenal Tour - 7 Days

In just a week you'll be able to experience two different aspects of Costa Rican culture. First, its a trip down an exotic river near the Caribbean coast to visit a traditional indigenous village. Then you'll travel to the famous Arenal Volcano region, where you'll spend a day on a local family farm where you'll milk cows, mill sugar cane, and even sample an exotic cocktail made with local liquor and chocolate.

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Tortuguero, Puerto Viejo, & Río Pacuare: Best Itinerary Ideas

Combining Tortuguero, Puerto Viejo, and Río Pacuare makes for a perfect trip to Costa Rica. To make the most of your trip, maximizing time between travel days at each stop, you'll want to plan your trip for about 10 to 11 days. Even with a tight schedule, travelers can see the classic highlights in as few as 8 or 9 days. See our best-loved Tortuguero, Puerto Viejo, and Río Pacuare itineraries below to start planning your Costa Rica trip.

Exploring wetlands on a boat tour with the little ones
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Family Adventure in Costa Rica: Wetlands, Volcanoes & Caribbean Beaches - 11 Days

Look for monkeys in the trees, go whitewater rafting, and swim in waterfall pools on this exciting 11-day adventure perfect for families. You'll start the trip in colorful San José, then explore the rainforest of Tortuguero National Park. Enjoy the beautiful beaches of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca and the volcanoes, hot springs, and rushing rivers of Arenal. Along the way, you'll go on a safari-style boat ride, visit a jaguar rescue center, and learn how chocolate is made at a cocoa bean farm.

Hike up Cerro Tortuguero for sweeping views over the coast
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Explore Costa Rica's Volcanoes, Wetlands & Caribbean Coast - 13 Days

Kayaking, ziplining, whitewater rafting, and horseback riding on the beach are just a few of the outdoor activities featured on this wide-ranging 13-day adventure around Costa Rica. Begin in Arenal with volcano hikes and a dip in hot springs, then move on to Monteverde for a coffee tour and a canopy excursion in the cloud forest. Spend a few days rafting and learning about wildlife conservation in Puerto Viejo before an unforgettable hike to the top of Cerro Tortuguero in Tortuguero National Park.

Amid the adventure and hiking you'll find time for idyllic beach moments on your romantic getaway
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Romantic Escape to Central & Caribbean Costa Rica - 10 Days

With four biosphere reserves, nature-loving couples couldn't pick a better spot for the perfect vacation than Costa Rica. This 10-day romantic adventure begins in the capital of San José's coolest neighborhoods, followed by rip-roaring fun on the Río Pacuare, one of the nation's best rivers for whitewater rafting. Then, you're off to golden Caribbean beaches on the north coast and Puerto Viejo, where you'll embark on rainforest hikes, go kayaking, meet local Indigenous cultures, and more.

Escape to the beaches of Manuel Antonio at the Arenas del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest Resort
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Luxury Costa Rica Highlights: Caribbean to Pacific - 14 Days

Experience Costa Rica's highlights on this luxurious coast-to-coast tour. You'll travel from sun-soaked Caribbean shores to volcano-spotted highlands and mystical cloud forests, ending on the biodiverse Pacific coast. Along the way, take private trekking and snorkeling tours of four wildlife-filled national parks and stay in 5-star resorts, indulging in everything from luxury catamaran cruises to hot spring soaks, rainforest spa sessions, and local cooking classes.

Discover the unspoiled Pacific beaches of Marino Ballena National Park
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Off-the-Beaten-Path Luxury in Costa Rica: Puerto Viejo to Jacó - 14 Days

Mix luxury and adventure on this two-week coast-to-coast road trip around Costa Rica. Start with the Creole culture and Caribbean beaches of Puerto Viejo, then venture into the cloud forests of the Turrialba region. Continue to the Pacific to discover marine life at Uvita before hitting the beaches around Manuel Antonio. An itinerary of private excursions awaits in each locale—from surfing, snorkeling, and canyoning experiences to Indigenous cultural workshops and local farm tours.

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Map of Costa Rica's Indigenous Culture & Arenal Excursion - 8 Days
Costa Rica's Indigenous Culture & Arenal Excursion - 8 Days

Costa Rica's legendarily friendly "Tico" culture goes back a long time to the region's first indigenous inhabitants. On an eight-day tour of the Caribbean coast, you'll spend a day at a local indigenous village and learn about their culture and traditions. You'll even visit Arenal Volcano National Park and spend a day working on a local farm.

Go rafting on the Río Pacuare
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Discover the Best of Costa Rica - 16 Days

Offering an appealing mix of outdoor adventures, relaxation, and cultural experiences, this 16-day itinerary around Costa Rica is a traveler's favorite. Start with volcano hikes and hot springs in Arenal, then explore Monteverde's cloud forest on a canopy tour and an excursion on horseback. Go whitewater rafting down the Río Pacuare, visit a wildlife rehabilitation center in Puerto Viejo, and enjoy a boat tour along the canals of Tortuguero National Park before heading to San José, where the trip ends.

Pacuare river rafting trip
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Costa Rica Adventure: Whitewater Rafting and Surfing - 5 Days

Make your trip to Costa Rica one to remember! From a whitewater rafting adventure along miles of tropical scenery on the Pacuare River to an excursion to one of the country's top surf spots, this short and sweet itinerary is jam-packed with thrilling aquatic experiences.

Manuel Antonio National Park
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Coastal Costa Rica: Caribbean & Pacific Adventure - 14 Days

This 14-day seaside adventure takes you from scenic Uvita Beach on the south Pacific Coast all the way to Puerto Viejo, on the Caribbean side. Along the way, you’ll stop in Manuel Antonio, with its beautiful beaches and namesake national park. Then, enjoy a day exploring La Fortuna and Arenal Volcano. Mingle with monkeys, sloths, and other animals at the Jaguar Rescue Center on this family-friendly vacation that ends in the capital city of San José.

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Map of Costa Rica Indigenous Experience, Farm Life & Arenal Volcano - 9 Days
Costa Rica Indigenous Experience, Farm Life & Arenal Volcano - 9 Days

This is a unique vacation in that you'll mix the highlights of Costa Rica with a rewarding cultural exchange. It's a nine-day journey that begins on the Caribbean coast with a visit to an indigenous village followed by a day on a farm in the Arenal region. You'll finish with some exciting volcano hikes and then relax in luxurious natural hot springs.

Cahuita National Park, Costa Rica
Map of Wildlife, Rainforest & Beach Adventure - 14 Days
Wildlife, Rainforest & Beach Adventure - 14 Days

Go from coast to coast as you encounter wildlife, swim under jungle waterfalls, and unwind on magnificent beaches on this well-rounded Costa Rican adventure. You'll start in the rugged Osa Peninsula, where you'll find untouched shores and a plethora of tropical animals. Then explore the rainforests of Monteverde and Arenal before embarking on a two-day whitewater rafting trip down the famous Pacuare River. End your unforgettable stay in the Caribbean town of Puerto Viejo, where you'll snorkel, surf, and enjoy "pura vida".

Take a family surfing lesson on Playa Tamarindo
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Costa Rica Adventure for Active Families: Rainforests, Rivers & Beaches - 14 Days

Tick off your family's adrenaline-focused bucket list on this two-week Costa Rica trip that offers plenty of outdoor-oriented thrills. Geared toward active families with older kids and teens, you'll start your adventure in Puerto Viejo on the southeast Caribbean coast, whitewater rafting and kayaking on two of the area's most scenic rivers. Next, you'll zipline in the Arenal Volcano National Park and see the rainforests of Rincón de la Vieja by horseback before snorkeling and surfing on Talamanca's famous sands.

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Map of Costa Rica Indigenous Culture & Tortuguero National Park - 10 Days
Costa Rica Indigenous Culture & Tortuguero National Park - 10 Days

This 10-day adventure allows you to fully experience Costa Rica's less-visited Caribbean coast. You'll do it all, from spending time in surf villages to visiting turtle-nesting sites and even taking a canoe trip to a local indigenous community. You'll also stop in the central mountains and spend time on a local farm near towering volcanoes

Hanging Bridges in Arenal/La Fortuna
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Beaches, Rainforests & Cultural Exchange in Costa Rica - 11 Days

Costa Rica is famous for its Pacific coast, but this 11-day itinerary focuses on the equally beautiful Caribbean side. You'll visit the surf town of Puerto Viejo and visit an indigenous village. To cap off the adventure, you'll visit the national parks of Arenal and Rincón de la Vieja, where you can view exotic wildlife, waterfalls, and experience the local culture.

Cahuita National Park, Costa Rica
Map of Wildlife, Rainforest & Beach Adventure - 12 Days
Wildlife, Rainforest & Beach Adventure - 12 Days

Go from coast to coast as you encounter wildlife, swim under jungle waterfalls, and unwind on magnificent beaches on this well-rounded Costa Rican adventure. You'll start in the rugged Osa Peninsula on the remote southwestern coast, where you'll find untouched shores and a plethora of tropical animals. Then explore the rainforests of Monteverde and Arenal before embarking on a two-day whitewater rafting trip down the famous Pacuare River. End your unforgettable stay in the Caribbean town of Puerto Viejo, where you'll snorkel, surf, and enjoy the pura vida.

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Map of Costa Rica Nature Parks and Cultural Immersion - 12 Days
Costa Rica Nature Parks and Cultural Immersion - 12 Days

Costa Rica is filled with beautiful Caribbean beaches and national parks abounding with towering volcanoes, plunging waterfalls, and exotic wildlife. On a 12-day tour of Costa Rica you'll not only experience these highlights but you'll unforgettable experiences with the local culture. These include day trips to indigenous villages as well as working cattle and horse ranches.

Manuel Antonio National Park
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Coastal Costa Rica: Tortuguero, Puerto Viejo, Arenal, Monteverde & Manuel Antonio - 13 Days

This jam-packed tour of Costa Rica's highlights takes you from the Caribbean to the Pacific. Begin with a boat tour of Tortuguero before two days of relaxation on Puerto Viejo Beach. Conquer the rapids on the Pacuare River en route to adventure-filled Arenal. Then, head to Monteverde, where you'll zipline through the rare cloud forest, followed by a cultural tour of local plantations. The trip winds down in Manuel Antonio, with its gorgeous beaches and abundant wildlife.

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Map of Costa Rica Culture on the Coast & Arenal - 14 Days
Costa Rica Culture on the Coast & Arenal - 14 Days

This comprehensive 14-day excursion combines some of the major highlights of Costa Rica with some less-visited gems. It begins in the culturally rich capital of San José and continues to the Caribbean coast, where you'll visit an indigenous village as well as Tortuguero, a nesting spot for sea turtles. The tour culminates in the national parks of Arenal and Rincón de la Vieja, where you'll spend a day on a working cattle ranch.

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Map of Costa Rica Mountain Biking, Waterfall Hikes & River Rafting - 14 Days
Costa Rica Mountain Biking, Waterfall Hikes & River Rafting - 14 Days

Why pick only a couple Costa Rican adventures when you can enjoy many? On this two-week packed itinerary, you'll cycle around coastal mountains, hike to exotic waterfalls, soak in natural hot springs, brave the rapids of tropical rivers, and more. In the end, after all the activity and exertion, you'll spend the last days relaxing on Costa Rica's famous Caribbean coast.

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Costa Rica Cycling Adventure - 15 Days

If you want to truly experience Costa Rica then you need to travel overland, on your own power. This 15-day adventure offers exactly that, as you'll experience the highlights of Costa Rica by mountain bike, river raft, and even kayak. You'll travel to the highlight locales, from the Pacific coast to towering Arenal Volcano before ending the journey on sun-kissed Caribbean beaches.

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Coast to Coast Cycling Adventure in Costa Rica - 15 Days

This 15-day Costa Rica adventure involves a 154-mile (248-km) crossing from one coast to the other. It's ideal for those who thrive in different physical disciplines, which on this trip includes mountain biking, hiking, whitewater rafting, and kayaking. It's a physically demanding route that traverses mountains, rivers, and rural villages as you cross the Continental Divide and make your way to the Caribbean coast.

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Costa Rica Nature Excursions & Indigenous Culture - 15 Days

This 15-day adventure combines the most beautiful locales in Costa Rica with some of its richest culture. You'll start with a historical tour of the nation's capital, San José, and then travel to the Caribbean coast and the hot springs of Arenal Volcano National Park. Unforgettable forays into Costa Rican culture involve a visit to an indigenous village and spending a day on a working cattle ranch.

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Map of Costa Rica Cycling, Rafting, & Kayaking - 16 Days
Costa Rica Cycling, Rafting, & Kayaking - 16 Days

Costa Rica is known for its tropical waterfalls and golden beaches, but equally impressive are its towering mountains and wild rivers. The best way to experience all of it is on two feet, two wheels, and a raft. This 16-day adventure takes you from the Pacific and Caribbean coasts to inland mountains and volcanoes for some of the most exciting cycling, rafting, and kayaking in the world.

Admire Costa Rica's diverse wildlife
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Costa Rica Highlights: Self-Drive Adventure - 16 Days

Explore many of Costa Rica's off-the-beaten-path destinations on this 16-day self-drive tour. You'll travel to all corners of the country, from the surf town of Puerto Viejo on the Caribbean coast, to Arenal Volcano in the north, and to Pacific beaches and protected areas home to exotic wildlife like scarlet macaws. The final leg of this adventure will be a trip to the far south and the remote and beautiful Osa Peninsula.

"Coffee" the golden grain of Costa Rica
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Explore Culture & Nature in Costa Rica - 16 Days

This packed 16-day Costa Rica getaway combines the best locales and activities in one of the most beautiful countries in the world. You'll begin in the historic city of San José, continue to Caribbean beaches, and live like a local at indigenous communities and cattle ranches. You'll also visit some of the nation's most stunning national parks including Tortuguero, Arenal, and Rincón de la Vieja.

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Map of Costa Rica Beach, Rainforest & Pacuare River Journey- 9 Days
Costa Rica Beach, Rainforest & Pacuare River Journey- 9 Days

It's time to ditch the elliptical and venture into the tropics for an unforgettable excursion in Costa Rica. This physically demanding nine-day journey begins on the Pacific coast, where you'll travel overland by mountain bike over the Continental Divide. Then trade the wheels for a raft as you paddle down exotic rivers towards your ultimate destination: the stunning Caribbean coast.

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Mountain Biking from Manuel Antonio to the Caribbean Coast - 12 Days

If you can't get enough mountain biking, hiking, and rafting in exotic locales, then come to Costa Rica, where you can do all three. This physically demanding 12-day itinerary involves traveling from the Pacific to the Caribbean coast by foot, bicycle, and raft/kayak. It will test the limits of your endurance, but by the end, you'll have seen and experienced some of the most beautiful locales in the Americas.

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Costa Rica Overland Cycling & Rafting Trip - 10 Days

Costa Rica is known for its beautiful coastline, rainforests, mountains, volcanoes, and rivers. You'll see all of it on a 10-day excursion that involves traveling from the Pacific coast to the Caribbean by mountain bike, river raft, and kayak. This might be the most physically demanding tour in the entire country, but it's worth all the sweat and toil for the unforgettable experiences you'll have along the way.

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Costa Rica Cycling in Paradise - 11 Days

Costa Rica is a small nation yet it boasts an immense amount of natural wonders such as active volcanoes, rainforests, and raging rivers. Over 11-days you'll experience it all on a combined mountain-biking/rafting adventure. You'll cycle along the Pacific coast, soak in natural hot springs, and brave the rapids of the Pacuare River before capping the tour with some unforgettable sunsets on the Caribbean coast.

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Map of Costa Rica Cycling & Rafting Highlights: Manuel Antonio & the Pacuare - 11 Days
Costa Rica Cycling & Rafting Highlights: Manuel Antonio & the Pacuare - 11 Days

If you're going to push yourself in pursuit of athletic greatness, you might as well do so in one of the most beautiful countries on earth. This 11-day Costa Rican adventure involves traveling from the Pacific coast to the Caribbean powered only by your feet, arms, and will. It's an unforgettable experiencing where you'll cycle along tropical beaches, raft down wild rivers, and even cross over the Continental Divide.

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Map of Overland Biking Adventure From the Coast to Arenal - 12 Days
Overland Biking Adventure From the Coast to Arenal - 12 Days

On this unique 12-day Costa Rican adventure, you'll travel overland from one coast to the other by mountain bike, river raft, and kayak. It beings with cycling along the beaches of the Nicoya Peninsula, past the Tilarán Mountains, and traveling down the Río Pacuare to the Caribbean coast. You'll even have time for adventure sports in the Arenal region like waterfall hikes.

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Map of Costa Rica Cycling, Rafting, & Kayaking - 13 Days
Costa Rica Cycling, Rafting, & Kayaking - 13 Days

The goal of this 13-day Costa Rican adventure is to travel from coast to coast without an engine. That means you'll be mountain biking, hiking, even traveling down wild rivers on rafts and kayaks. It's a demanding journey that requires a good level of physical fitness, and while it's not easy, the rewards are great as you'll visit some of the most beautiful waterfalls, mountains, beaches, and rainforest in the country.

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Map of Costa Rica Mountain Biking & Adventure Sports - 13 Days
Costa Rica Mountain Biking & Adventure Sports - 13 Days

This Costa Rican escape packs a year's worth of adventure into a mere 13 days. It begins on the Pacific coast with mountain-biking around the beach followed by cycling to the interior highlands, waterfall hikes, visits to volcanoes, and whitewater rafting. The trip culminates on the shores of the Caribbean Sea, where you can relax in paradise before heading home.

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Map of Costa Rica: Luxury Wildlife Safari and Multi-Sport Adventure - 10 Days
Costa Rica: Luxury Wildlife Safari and Multi-Sport Adventure - 10 Days

If you're looking for an adventurous holiday without roughing it, then this itinerary is for you. On this 10-day tour of Costa Rica, you'll enjoy all the creature comforts of a luxury vacation while still embarking on wildlife safaris and adventure sports activities. Take to the air on a zip-line tour over the rainforest, hike to exotic waterfalls, and view the most exotic animals in the country—it's an exclusive vacation tailored just for you.

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Map of Costa Rica: Natural Highlights Luxury Tour - 6 Days
Costa Rica: Natural Highlights Luxury Tour - 6 Days

Even a mere six days is enough time to experience the highlights of Costa Rica. On this brisk itinerary, you'll do just that, visiting both Arenal and Corcovado National Park as well as enjoying waterfall hikes and exotic wildlife safaris. In between all this adventure you'll find time to relax in natural hot springs and enjoy the first-class amenities of your luxury accommodations.

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Map of Costa Rica Luxury Adventure: Volcanos, Cloud Forests, and Rivers - 16 Days
Costa Rica Luxury Adventure: Volcanos, Cloud Forests, and Rivers - 16 Days

On this 16-day itinerary, you'll explore the biodiversity of Costa Rica while visiting three distinct regions of the country. First is a visit to Arenal Volcano National Park for some adventure sports, then it's off to remote Bajos del Toro and its three incredible waterfalls. As a grand finale, you'll embark on a guided hike into Corcovado National Park, the most biodiverse region in Costa Rica.

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Map of From Waterfalls to the Coast: Luxury Escape to Costa Rica - 9 Days
From Waterfalls to the Coast: Luxury Escape to Costa Rica - 9 Days

When you have to get away from it all yet you also hunger for adventure, there's only one place to go: Costa Rica. On this nine-day itinerary, you'll experience the best of both worlds, from relaxing in natural hot springs to soaring over the rainforest canopy on a zip-line tour. You'll also venture into national parks and reserves for exotic wildlife safaris, all while staying in luxury accommodations every night.

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Map of Costa Rica Luxury Escape: Arenal, Bajos del Toro, & Uvita - 15 Days
Costa Rica Luxury Escape: Arenal, Bajos del Toro, & Uvita - 15 Days

This luxury tropical vacation combines the natural highlights of Costa Rica with VIP pampering. On this 15-day itinerary, you'll visit three of the most beautiful regions in the country: Arenal Volcano National Park, the Pacific coast, and the remote and wild Osa Peninsula. Throughout you'll enjoy adventure tours and first-class services that combine to create an unforgettable vacation.

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Map of Costa Rica: Wild Luxury Adventure - 8 Days
Costa Rica: Wild Luxury Adventure - 8 Days

In a little over a week, you can experience the main highlights of the tropical paradise that is Costa Rica. This includes visiting Arenal Volcano National Park, going on a boat safari down the Tárcoles River, and venturing into the remote jungles of Corcovado National Park. Best of all, throughout the experience you'll enjoy luxury accommodations and be accompanied by your own bilingual guide.

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Map of Weeklong Adventure in Costa Rica: Arenal Volcano & Monteverde Cloud Forest - 7 Days
Weeklong Adventure in Costa Rica: Arenal Volcano & Monteverde Cloud Forest - 7 Days

On this weeklong trip, enjoy two stunning destinations in Costa Rica. From the capital, stop for a rafting trip on the Pacuare River, before reaching La Fortuna. Then, explore Arenal Volcano on a nature hike, along with a soak in the hot springs. Next, take a Jeep-Boat-Jeep to Monteverde to discover the hanging bridges, and go ziplining and horseback riding through the forest canopy. Circle back to San José to explore more of the city before departure.

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Map of Luxury Wildlife and Adventure Sports in Costa Rica - 12 Days
Luxury Wildlife and Adventure Sports in Costa Rica - 12 Days

The only thing better than enjoying a pampered holiday is doing so in the tropical paradise that is Costa Rica. On this 12-day excursion, you'll alternate between relaxing in natural hot springs and embarking on a number of adventure activities, be it a zip-line tour in the rainforests of Arenal Volcano National Park or a crocodile river safari near the Pacific coast. You'll spot even more exotic wildlife with a hike in Corcovado National Park, the most biologically diverse area in the country.

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Map of Luxury Adventure in Costa Rica: Rainforests, Rivers, and Beaches - 14 Days
Luxury Adventure in Costa Rica: Rainforests, Rivers, and Beaches - 14 Days

As a travel destination, Costa Rica offers luxury and adventure in equal measure. A two-week tour of this tropical paradise will allow you to experience many breathtaking locales, from the volcanoes of the central highlands to the beaches of the Pacific coast. Between relaxing in four-star eco-lodges you'll also enjoy adventure sports and hiking trips into the most bio-diverse national parks in the country.

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Map of Costa Rica Luxury Wildlife and Adventure Sports Getaway - 11 Days
Costa Rica Luxury Wildlife and Adventure Sports Getaway - 11 Days

In Costa Rica you can combine the relaxation of a luxury vacation with all the adventure and exotic wildlife found in the tropics. On this 11-day itinerary, you'll enjoy an array of adventure sports, from canopy tours in the rainforest to wildlife expeditions in national parks and rivers. In between, you'll soak your weary muscles in natural hot springs and retire each night to luxury eco-lodges and villas.

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Costa Rica Family Adventure: Arenal, Guapiles & Tambor - 8 Days

Explore Costa Rica off the beaten path on this family-friendly 8-day itinerary. Start with some rainforest adventure as you hike to waterfalls and volcanoes in Arenal and zipline through the forest canopy in Guapiles. Then shift gears and head to the pristine Nicoya Peninsula, where you'll relax on golden beaches, snorkel the coral reefs of Tortuga Island, and spot dolphins, sea turtles, macaws, and monkeys at the Curu Wildlife Reserve.

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Map of Luxury Adventure Tour: Rainforests and Rivers - 7 Days
Luxury Adventure Tour: Rainforests and Rivers - 7 Days

In just seven days you can mix equal parts adventure and luxury for one unforgettable Costa Rican vacation. Regarding the adventure, this brisk itinerary includes visits to exotic national parks like Arenal and Corcovado as well as whitewater rafting excursions and river safaris. As a bonus, you'll even take a private guided hike to some of the most secluded and beautiful waterfalls in the country.

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Map of Costa Rica Mountain Biking & Rafting the Pacuare - 8 Days
Costa Rica Mountain Biking & Rafting the Pacuare - 8 Days

Why go to the gym when you can exercise in paradise? This eight-day itinerary begins on Costa Rica's Pacific coast with a cycling journey over the Continental Divide then continues on a river raft to the Caribbean coast. Along the way, you'll pass through the most spectacular scenery in the country and make memories to last a lifetime.

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Map of Costa Rica Luxury Adventure: Rafting, Hiking, and Wildlife - 13 Days
Costa Rica Luxury Adventure: Rafting, Hiking, and Wildlife - 13 Days

On this 13-day Costa Rican adventure, you'll get the adrenaline pumping by day and relax in luxury accommodations at night. You'll visit three distinct areas of the country—the central highlands, Pacific coast, and the southern Osa Peninsula—each offering its own unique excursions. Whether it's horseback riding to a waterfall, braving whitewater rapids, or marveling at exotic animals on a rainforest hike, the opportunities for adventure are almost limitless.