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Manuel Antonio Beach
How Many Days to Spend in Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio National Park is a microcosm of many of the things that travelers come to Costa Rica for, and its proximity to San José makes it an ideal destination if you're short on time in the country—it's possible to go for just a day. But for travelers with more flexibility, extra time spent in and around Manuel Antonio won't be wasted, with so many natural and outdoor activities to enjoy. Here's a guide to spending your time in Manuel Antonio wisely.

Photos from top left clockwise: Sunset at Tamarindo beach, Wildlife on Manuel antonio beach, aerial view of Manuel Antonio beach, Surf boards on Tamarindo
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Manuel Antonio or Tamarindo

Costa Rica is blessed with countless beautiful beaches, but two destinations that consistently top the list are Manuel Antonio and Tamarindo. Both offer stunning coastlines, abundant activities, and unique experiences, but each has its own distinct charm. In this guide, our local specialists, Randall Jiménez, Sergio Bolaños , Yuliana Valverde and Olman Romero help you decide which beach destination is the perfect fit for your Costa Rican adventure, covering aspects like activities, wildlife, accessibility, nightlife, and accommodation.

Manuel Antonio
Ultimate Guide to Manuel Antonio National Park

Manuel Antonio is a slice of paradise on Costa Rica's Pacific coast. A short flight (or four-hour drive) south of San José, the national park and surrounding area have rainforest hiking trails and lots of beaches to explore, each with its own character. Learn where to eat, stay, and play with this comprehensive guide.

Enjoy the Views in Manuel Antonio
The 6 Best Boutique Hotels in Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio National Park has it all: rainforests, coral beaches, and wild rivers. Make the most of your time in this exceptionally scenic and diverse area with a mix of relaxation and active excursions. To this end, we've compiled a list of the best boutique hotels and ecolodges, all offering unforgettable views and close proximity to the park.

Enjoy a culinary adventure in Manuel Antonio
Where to Dine in Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio National Park is Costa Rica's smallest protected area, yet its ecological diversity is surprisingly plentiful. The same goes for restaurants—the tiny town of Quepa, gateway to the national park, has more quality eateries than you might expect. Learn where to eat in the Manuel Antonio area in our list below, where beachfront seafood spots, Mediterranean falafel shops, and more await.

Parador Resort & Spa
Map of The 5 Best Family-Friendly Hotels in Manuel Antonio
The 5 Best Family-Friendly Hotels in Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio is a family-friendly destination, chock full of activities and perks adored by all ages. Kids and adults alike will love hiking through the national park and time spent on the beach. Luckily, kimkim recommends quite a few family-friendly hotels in Manuel Antonio, so you can ensure everyone is happily entertained.

Hotel Makanda Manuel Antonio
Map of The 5 Best Luxury Hotels in Manuel Antonio
The 5 Best Luxury Hotels in Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio is one of the most beautiful regions in Costa Rica, as it blends dense jungle hillsides with the scenic coastline of the Pacific Ocean. Many hotels and resorts use the hillside to offer some of the country’s best scenery overlooking the jungle and ocean. Elevate the beauty by staying in one of kimkim’s recommended luxury hotels in Manuel Antonio.

Arenas del March Beachfront & Rainforest Resort
Map of The 6 Best Beach-Access Hotels in Manuel Antonio
The 6 Best Beach-Access Hotels in Manuel Antonio

If you’re staying in Manuel Antonio, you probably already know about the area’s exceptional beaches. Don’t miss a moment in the sand and surf by booking one of kimkim’s recommended hotels with beach access, a surprisingly unique amenity for the area.

Tulemar Bungalows & Villas
Map of The 7 Best Hotels with Views in Manuel Antonio
The 7 Best Hotels with Views in Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio perfectly mixes sandy ocean beaches with hilly rainforests, so it’s no surprise that many travelers head to the region for its exceptional views. When staying in the area, make the most out of this perk by booking one of kimkim’s recommended hotels with the best ocean and jungle views.

Manuel Antonio
Top Active Experiences in Manuel Antonio

Costa Rica's Manuel Antonio region packs a lot of activity into one small area. It's a dream location for active travelers and adventure seekers, as you can combine coastal water sports with land-based excursions. Enjoy surfing at Playa Scull, scuba diving, kayaking, and snorkeling, all in one place. Then, take your adventures inland for activities like whitewater rafting, nature hikes, and horseback riding through the rainforests.

Hotel Costa Verde
Map of The 5 Best Mid-Range Hotels in Manuel Antonio
The 5 Best Mid-Range Hotels in Manuel Antonio

Whether you’re traveling to Manuel Antonio for the beaches or national park, you have plenty of options for accommodations. Try one of kimkim’s recommended mid-range hotels in Manuel Antonio. Although you’ll find plenty of luxury lodgings that fit perfectly into this beautiful region, you don’t have to break the bank to find exceptional views, comfort, and those upscale amenities.

Manuel Antonio
Best Things to Do in Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio attracts visitors across the globe for several reasons: pristine beaches, a rainforest that stretches down the coast, and an abundance of wildlife. With the scenic Manuel Antonio National Park as the backdrop, you can visit wildlife sanctuaries, discover organic spice farms, enjoy trekking excursions, take boats on rivers and through estuaries, plus kayak and snorkel in the ocean. End your stay with a sunset catamaran cruise or a surf lesson at one of the best surf spots in Costa Rica!

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Top Family Experiences in Costa Rica

Costa Rica offers adventures suitable for all ages, making it an excellent choice for a family vacation. Kids and adults alike love spotting wildlife, ziplining through cloud forests, learning how to surf, touring organic farms, and much more. The unique experiences you can enjoy in Costa Rica—a country leading the world in eco-tourism and wildlife conservation—will leave a lasting impression on the entire family for years to come.

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Top Nature Experiences in Manuel Antonio

It's no surprise that many nature enthusiasts make their way to Costa Rica's Manuel Antonio region. Located on the central coast, you get a little bit of everything here: white-sand ocean beaches, lush rainforests, mangrove estuaries, islands, nature parks, waterfalls, and more. Discover Manuel Antonio's nature with hiking, boat tours, snorkeling, wildlife safaris, and more.

Karahe Beach Hotel
Map of The 5 Best Standard Hotels in Manuel Antonio
The 5 Best Standard Hotels in Manuel Antonio

Blending ocean and jungle, Manuel Antonio offers a slew of activities to enjoy, including sea kayaking, snorkeling, mangrove boat tours, wildlife hikes, foodie tours, and more. Budget-minded travelers might want to save on accommodation to splurge on adventures. If that’s you, check out kimkim’s recommended standard hotels in Manuel Antonio, which offer reasonable pricing without compromising quality.

South Pacific Coast Itineraries

A view over the beaches at Manuel Antonio
Manuel Antonio: Best Itinerary Ideas

Most people visiting Manuel Antonio spend about 8 to 10 days in Costa Rica, which usually includes some time in Arenal/La Fortuna and Monteverde as well. For travelers wanting to visit Manuel Antonio exclusively, plan about 5 days for a well-paced trip. A fast-paced highlights trip is possible in 3 or 4 days for travelers with limited time. Check out our favorite Manuel Antonio trips below.

Take in views of the coastline at Manuel Antonio National Park
Map of Discover Manuel Antonio National Park - 4 Days
Discover Manuel Antonio National Park - 4 Days

Make the most of a short stay in Costa Rica with this action-packed four-day adventure in Manuel Antonio National Park. On guided nature hikes through the park's lush rainforest and beautiful beaches, you'll spot colorful frogs, playful monkeys, and an incredible variety of birds. Kayak through a quiet estuary and learn to surf in crystalline blue waters before heading back to San José, where the trip comes to an end.

Sunsets on Costa Rica's west coast are a nightly ritual
Map of Costa Rica Luxury Beach Honeymoon - 5 Days
Costa Rica Luxury Beach Honeymoon - 5 Days

This supremely romantic—and slightly active —honeymoon adventure in Costa Rica is made for beach lovers. Over five magical days, you and your special someone will experience two luxury hotels on the Pacific coast, starting at Manuel Antonio, for rainforest hikes and nearby waterfalls. Then head south to Dominical to enjoy more spacious beaches and snorkeling among sea turtles. End each day the same way—with predinner drinks that coincide with Costa Rica's amazing sunsets.

The shimmering waters and white sands of Manuel Antonio National Park
Map of Costa Rican Nature Adventure in Manuel Antonio - 5 Days
Costa Rican Nature Adventure in Manuel Antonio - 5 Days

Experience some of Costa Rica's most pristine beaches and diverse wildlife with this immersive five-day trip that focuses on one spectacular location. You'll start and end in the city of San José but spend most of your time in the idyllic natural expanse of Manuel Antonio National Park, enjoying rainforest hikes, monkey meetings, and of course, the soft, white sands of the Pacific coast.

Take in views of Arenal Volcano at sunset
Map of Discover Costa Rica's Natural Highlights - 6 Days
Discover Costa Rica's Natural Highlights - 6 Days

Explore Costa Rica's great outdoors on this lively six-day tour around the country's natural highlights, from volcanoes and hot springs to forests and beaches. Start in Arenal with a visit to the Hanging Bridges, a hike around Arenal Volcano, and a dip in the Tabacón Hot Springs. Then transfer to Manuel Antonio National Park for snorkeling, hiking, a sunset catamaran cruise, and a boating excursion in the Damas Island Estuary.

Relax in natural hot springs warmed by a volcano
Map of Outdoor Family Adventures in Costa Rica - 6 Days
Outdoor Family Adventures in Costa Rica - 6 Days

Explore the natural beauty and biodiversity of Costa Rica on this 6-day adventure around the country's beautiful landscapes. The itinerary begins with a hike around La Fortuna Waterfall Reserve and a walk along the famous Arenal Hanging Bridges. Enjoy views of volcanoes and relax in natural hot springs before continuing to Manuel Antonio National Park, where you'll interact with sloths at a wildlife sanctuary and boat through a unique tidal landscape around Damas Island. Offering a mix of active excursions and relaxation, this trip is perfect for families.

Jacó
Map of Costa Rica Nature & Beach Adventure: Arenal, Monteverde, Manuel Antonio, Uvita, & Jacó - 14 Days
Costa Rica Nature & Beach Adventure: Arenal, Monteverde, Manuel Antonio, Uvita, & Jacó - 14 Days

On this 14-day tour, you’ll experience some of Costa Rica’s most iconic destinations. First, stroll the capital city of San José prior to adventuring through La Fortuna, from Arenal volcano to whitewater rafting. Next, zipline through the biodiverse cloud forests of Monteverde. Then, tour three of the country’s most iconic beaches—Manuel Antonio, Uvita, and Jacó—which will include equal-parts exploration and relaxation, topped off with beautiful nightly sunsets.

Arenal Volcano
Map of Costa Rica Highlights: Arenal & Manuel Antonio National Park - 6 days
Costa Rica Highlights: Arenal & Manuel Antonio National Park - 6 days

This exciting 6-day itinerary is perfect for travelers who want to experience quintessential Costa Rica. You'll take in awe-inspiring views of Arenal volcano, and have an exciting rafting day on the Sarapiqui River before heading to Manuel Antonio to explore the jungle and white sand beaches of this nature lovers paradise.

Manuel Antonio National Park on the Pacific Coast is known for its diverse wildlife and beautiful beaches
Map of San José and Manuel Antonio - 5 Days
San José and Manuel Antonio - 5 Days

This quick getaway will let you experience the many sides of Costa Rica in just five days. After enjoying an evening in San José, you'll head to Manuel Antonio, a national park boasting some of Costa Rica's most famous white sand beaches and coastal jungles. Hike, kayak, and snorkel until your heart's content before heading home.

Whitewater rafting in Costa Rica
Map of Costa Rica's Whitewater, Beaches & Volcanoes - 7 Days
Costa Rica's Whitewater, Beaches & Volcanoes - 7 Days

This fun weeklong itinerary highlights Costa Rica's incredible natural scenery through a thrilling series of adventurous activities, including whitewater rafting, kayaking, ziplining, and more. Starting in the nation's capital, you'll make your way to rivers, jungles, waterfalls, and cone-shaped volcanoes, culminating on the Pacific coast with time to relax on Manuel Antonio's four white-sand beaches—each one accessed by a hiking trail.

Squirrel Monkey
Combining Arenal & Manuel Antonio - Recommended Itineraries from 6 to 10 Days

Most people visiting both Arenal and Manuel Antonio spend about 8 to 10 days in Costa Rica, usually with some time in Monteverde as well. For travelers wanting to visit Arenal and Manuel Antonio exclusively, plan 6 to 8 days for a well-paced trip. With less time it's possible to see the highlights in as few as 4 days. Read on for best itineraries to explore Arenal and Manuel Antonio.

Manuel Antonio National Park on the Pacific Coast is known for its diverse wildlife and beautiful beaches
Map of San José and Manuel Antonio - 4 Days
San José and Manuel Antonio - 4 Days

This 4-day quick getaway allows you to experience a taste of the diversity of Costa Rica. Start off in the bustling capital of San José, you'll have time to explore the history and culture of the city for an evening before heading on to Manuel Antonio, a national park boasting some of Costa Rica's most pristine white sand beaches and coastal jungles.

Interact with parrots at a wildlife rehabilitation center
Map of Family Adventure in Manuel Antonio National Park & La Fortuna- 7 days
Family Adventure in Manuel Antonio National Park & La Fortuna- 7 days

Natural wonders await on this refreshing weeklong journey around Costa Rica. Highlights along the 7-day trip include the beautiful beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park, the awe-inspiring Arenal Volcano and the nearby Hanging Bridges, the pristine Damas Island Estuary, and much more. Mixing wildlife viewing and outdoor adventure, this itinerary captures the essence of the Costa Rican motto — Pura Vida!

Beaches at Manuel Antonio
Map of Manuel Antonio & Monteverde: Best Itinerary Ideas
Manuel Antonio & Monteverde: Best Itinerary Ideas

Most people visiting both Manuel Antonio and Monteverde spend about 8 to 10 days in Costa Rica, which usually includes some time in Arenal/La Fortuna as well. For travelers wanting to visit Manuel Antonio and Monteverde exclusively, plan on 6 to 7 days for a well-paced trip. With less time, it's still possible to see the highlights in as few as 5 days. Check out our favorite Manuel Antonio and Monteverde trips below.

View of the Arenal Volcano
Arenal & Manuel Antonio - 5 Days

This whirlwind 5-day itinerary is perfect for first-time travelers who want to experience quintessential Costa Rica nature and rainforests. You'll take in awe-inspiring views of Arenal volcano and have an exciting day of zip lining before heading to Manuel Antonio to explore the jungle and white sand beaches of this nature lovers paradise.

Dominical Beach
Map of Costa Rica Beach Getaway: Dominical, Jacó, & Santa Teresa - 9 Days
Costa Rica Beach Getaway: Dominical, Jacó, & Santa Teresa - 9 Days

On this nine-day getaway, explore three of Costa Rica’s most prized beaches, parks, and nature reserves—along with plenty of downtime. First, venture to Dominical, home of a biodiverse national park and a great base for watersports, like sea kayaking and tubing. Then, head to Jacó Beach to take a jungle river cruise and zipline over the rainforest. Next is Santa Teresa Beach to see a nature reserve and a massive waterfall. The trip winds down with some sightseeing in the capital city of San José.

Sunset on Playa Dominical
Map of Costa Rica's Wild South - 11 Days
Costa Rica's Wild South - 11 Days

If you prefer an active holiday in the great outdoors amid exotic wildlife, then this is the trip for you. Over 11 days of travel throughout Costa Rica, you'll indulge in almost every activity the country is famous for. This includes zip-line tours, canyoning, horseback rides, rafting trips, and kayak excursions. All in all, this itinerary packs 10 vacations worth of experiences into just 11 days.

Manuel Antonio
Map of Explore Costa Rica: Monteverde & Manuel Antonio - 7 Days
Explore Costa Rica: Monteverde & Manuel Antonio - 7 Days

With abundant wildlife, a nocturnal nature tour, a visit to the jungle in Manuel Antonio National Park, and time to relax on the beach, this trip captures the essence of Costa Rica's motto: Pura Vida! Starting in San José, you'll travel first to the Monteverde Cloud Forest, where you'll encounter Costa Rica's famed biodiversity. Continue on to Manuel Antonio National Park, where the forest meets the sea, for activities including a sunset catamaran cruise.

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Map of Costa Rica Luxury Birding, Horseback Riding, and Wildlife - 7 Days
Costa Rica Luxury Birding, Horseback Riding, and Wildlife - 7 Days

In a mere week, you can enjoy some major highlights of Costa Rica like riding around local farms on horseback, spotting exotic birds on nature walks, and hiking to exotic waterfalls. You'll even travel to the far south and the remote Osa Peninsula, which is one of the most biodiverse places on earth. And every night, you'll stay in the finest hotels and eco-lodges in the country.

Get to know the beaches of Manuel Antonio on a luxury getaway
Map of Luxury Costa Rica Landscapes & Wildlife: Vara Blanca & Manuel Antonio - 5 Days
Luxury Costa Rica Landscapes & Wildlife: Vara Blanca & Manuel Antonio - 5 Days

Get a taste of Costa Rica's exotic landscapes and wildlife on this luxury five-day tour. Start in the lush Central Valley, where you'll stay at a lavish rainforest lodge in La Paz Waterfall Gardens Nature Park, home to rescued wildlife and crashing waterfalls. Hike to the moon-like crater of the Poás volcano before escaping to Manuel Antonio to bask on soft-sand beaches, take a deep-sea fishing trip, and spot native wildlife on a private national park hike.

White water rafting in Costa Rica
Map of Costa Rica's Wild South - 12 Days
Costa Rica's Wild South - 12 Days

If you prefer an active holiday in the great outdoors amid exotic wildlife, then this is the trip for you. Over 12 days of travel throughout Costa Rica, you'll indulge in almost every activity the country is famous for. This includes zip-line tours, canyoning, horseback rides, rafting trips, and kayak excursions. All in all, this itinerary packs 10 vacations worth of experiences into just 12 days.

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Map of Costa Rica Luxury and Adventure: Vara Blanca, San Isidro, & the Osa Peninsula - 10 Days
Costa Rica Luxury and Adventure: Vara Blanca, San Isidro, & the Osa Peninsula - 10 Days

In 10 days you can not only embark on wildlife excursions around Costa Rica and immerse yourself in its local culture, but you can do it all while staying in luxury accommodations. This is a packed itinerary that involves horseback riding, visiting a working coffee farm, and plenty of bird-watching and wildlife spotting. Keep your camera ready because you'll be visiting tropical waterfalls, too.

 Spot rare birds while on romantic cloud forest hikes in Costa Rica
Map of Romantic Costa Rica Road Trip: Mountains, Cloud Forests & Beaches - 10 Days
Romantic Costa Rica Road Trip: Mountains, Cloud Forests & Beaches - 10 Days

Perfect for active couples, this 10-day self-drive adventure in paradise gives you a glimpse of Costa Rica's lesser-explored gems. After a city tour of San José, drive deep into the Central Valley for mountain biking adventures, then head toward the Pacific, stopping for tours of coffee farms and birding in cloud forests. Everything culminates at the coast, where you'll go whale watching and enjoy relaxing beach time, gourmet culinary experiences, and catamaran adventures in Manuel Antonio National Park.

Sample rare fruits sold in local markets
Map of Costa Rica Cultural Tour - 8 Days
Costa Rica Cultural Tour - 8 Days

On this 8-day adventure, experience every facet of Costa Rica's culture, from food to national museums, native people, and even wildlife. Starting and ending in San José, the itinerary includes a visit to a coffee plantation, immersing with one of the country's last indigenous tribes, and opportunities to explore by land and sea.

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Map of Costa Rica Private Waterfall Hike and Luxury Eco-Adventure - 8 Days
Costa Rica Private Waterfall Hike and Luxury Eco-Adventure - 8 Days

Costa Rica is a ruggedly beautiful country whose natural highlights are best experienced on foot. That's just what this eight-day luxury vacation itinerary has in store in the form of nature walks and waterfall hikes. You'll also get to the visit the secluded beaches of the southern Osa Peninsula and enjoy a horseback excursion in the remote mountains.

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Map of Costa Rica Luxury Mountains, Beaches and Eco-Adventures  - 15 Days
Costa Rica Luxury Mountains, Beaches and Eco-Adventures - 15 Days

This unique 15-day Costa Rican holiday mixes equal parts adventure and luxury. Besides staying in four-star accommodations, you'll enjoy thrilling activities such as horseback riding, a tour of exotic bird sanctuaries, private waterfall hikes, and much more. The journey will take you from the central highlands to the Pacific coast, and by the time you're done you'll have accumulated memories to last a lifetime.

A sweeping view of Arenal Volcano 
Map of Explore Costa Rica's Volcanoes, Cloud Forests & Beaches: Manuel Antonio - 8 Days
Explore Costa Rica's Volcanoes, Cloud Forests & Beaches: Manuel Antonio - 8 Days

Discover Costa Rica's natural wonders on this eight-day adventure around the country's volcanoes, hot springs, cloud forests, coral reefs, and beaches. Spot sloths in the wild and soak in hot springs in Arenal before continuing to Monteverde for a cloud forest hike, a guided nature walk, and a visit to a coffee farm. Finally, you'll boat, snorkel, hike, and swim in the pristine wilderness of Manuel Antonio National Park.

Manuel Antonio National Park
Map of Coastal Costa Rica: Caribbean & Pacific Adventure - 14 Days
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 World-Class Wildlife, Nature, and Cultural Experience  - 13 Days
Costa Rica World-Class Wildlife, Nature, and Cultural Experience - 13 Days

On this 13-day tour of Costa Rica, you'll enjoy exciting wildlife hikes, tropical waterfalls, and luxury accommodations in unspoiled rainforests. More than that you'll discover the soul of the country on nature hikes, horseback rides through local villages, and visits to family-run farms. Add in some beach time on the Pacific coast and you have the makings of a perfect holiday.

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Map of Luxury Costa Rica: Exotic Beaches and Tropical Waterfalls - 6 Days
Luxury Costa Rica: Exotic Beaches and Tropical Waterfalls - 6 Days

In less than a week you'll get to visit two of Costa Rica's most stunning regions. This six-day itinerary you'll visit the cloud-forest region of the central highlands before heading south to the biodiverse wonderland that is the Osa Peninsula. Throughout it all, you'll enjoy horseback rides, waterfall hikes, and wildlife spotting all while enjoying luxury accommodations.

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Map of Costa Rica Luxury Eco-Adventure: Cloud Forests, Waterfalls, & Exotic Animals - 16 Days
Costa Rica Luxury Eco-Adventure: Cloud Forests, Waterfalls, & Exotic Animals - 16 Days

On this 16-day luxury itinerary, you'll go off-the-beaten-path in Costa Rica. First, it's the waterfalls of the Vara Blanca region and enjoying horseback-riding excursions in the Talamanca Mountains. Then it's off to the southern Osa Peninsula, the most biodiverse region in the country, where you'll hike through unspoiled rainforest to secluded beaches while enjoying the local wildlife.

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Map of First-Class Costa Rica: Waterfalls, Beaches, and Wildlife - 11 Days
First-Class Costa Rica: Waterfalls, Beaches, and Wildlife - 11 Days

Costa Rica is one of the most bio-diverse countries in the world, and to vacation here is to partake in a great ecological adventure. That's just what you'll do on this 11-day itinerary as you embark on nature hikes, bird-watching tours, and visits to tropical waterfalls. On top of staying in luxury accommodations, you'll also get a sense of the local culture by visiting family farms and working coffee plantations.

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Map of Luxury Eco-Tours and Adventures in Costa Rica - 14 Days
Luxury Eco-Tours and Adventures in Costa Rica - 14 Days

This 14-day Costa Rica holiday covers the highlights of the entire country: tropical waterfalls, secluded beaches, exotic wildlife, and more. You'll travel from the north of the country to the south, from high-altitude cloud-forests to golden beaches. The icing on this great big tropical cake is that each night you'll be staying in the most comfortable luxury hotels and eco-lodges in the country.

End the trip with a visit to the Pacific coast for some beach time
Map of Costa Rica Highlights: Arenal, Monteverde & Manuel Antonio - 9 Days
Costa Rica Highlights: Arenal, Monteverde & Manuel Antonio - 9 Days

The jewel of Central America, Costa Rica offers everything—cities, beaches, and many unique ecosystems to explore. This itinerary encompasses the country's most spectacular landscapes, plus an opportunity to savor the culture of local villages and the capital city. Hike near a volcano, experience world-class bird-watching, snorkel with sea turtles, and more.

Relaxing in the water
Map of Unique Costa Rica: Honeymoon Memories in Paradise  - 9 Days
Unique Costa Rica: Honeymoon Memories in Paradise - 9 Days

Spend an unforgettable honeymoon in Costa Rica on this nine-day trip that mixes adrenaline-rushing adventure with plenty of beach relaxation. You'll explore the jungle, go rafting and horseback riding, go snorkeling on the coast, and more on this whirlwind getaway.

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Map of Exotic Wildlife and Luxury Adventure in Costa Rica - 9 Days
Exotic Wildlife and Luxury Adventure in Costa Rica - 9 Days

Only in Costa Rica, where unspoiled nature and luxury resorts exist side by side, can you mix adventure and pampering. This nine-day itinerary includes horseback riding through local villages, hiking along secluded beaches, and exotic bird-watching. And at the end of each day, you'll rest and recharge in the best hotels in the country.

Take the family to Costa Rica for fun on the beach (photo courtesy of Adrian Eriksson)
Map of Costa Rica for Families: Outdoor Adventures & Wildlife - 9 Days
Costa Rica for Families: Outdoor Adventures & Wildlife - 9 Days

Designed for families and perfect for outdoor enthusiasts, this 9-day adventure takes you to many of Costa Rica's most beautiful natural landscapes, including Arenal Volcano, the Monteverde Cloud Forest, and Manuel Antonio National Park. This action-packed trip also takes you off the beaten path to the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve—a haven for wildlife viewing—and the spectacular Isla del Caño Biological Reserve, where you'll dive or snorkel in a colorful underwater ecosystem.

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Map of Luxury Beach Hikes, Mountain Adventures, and Wildlife Tours in Costa Rica - 12 Days
Luxury Beach Hikes, Mountain Adventures, and Wildlife Tours in Costa Rica - 12 Days

There are few countries where you can enjoy a luxury vacation complete with eco-tourism adventures and immersion in the local culture. Costa Rica is one such place, and on this 12-day itinerary, you'll hike to tropical waterfalls, visit secluded beaches, horseback through the mountains, and embark on many wildlife tours. To cap the adventure you'll do some exotic bird-watching as the sun sets over the Pacific Ocean.

Costa Rica's Arenal Volcano.
Map of Best of Costa Rica: Arenal, Monteverde & Manuel Antonio - 8 Days
Best of Costa Rica: Arenal, Monteverde & Manuel Antonio - 8 Days

This 8-day trip is ideal for travelers looking to experience Costa Rica's highlights. Go for a dip in Arenal's hot springs and spot monkeys and other wildlife on hikes around the famous volcano. Continue to Monteverde, where you'll discover the remarkable flora and fauna of the cloud forest. Finally, spend a few days in Manuel Antonio National Park, kayaking through turquoise waters and relaxing on pristine white sand beaches.

Arenal Volcano
Map of Family-Friendly Arenal and Manuel Antonio National Park- 9 Days
Family-Friendly Arenal and Manuel Antonio National Park- 9 Days

Fun for the whole family, this itinerary covers two of Costa Rica's most famous areas. Arenal and Manuel Antonio are some of the best representations of Costa Rica; Arenal area features one of the most famous volcanos in the country, surrounded by lush tropical rainforest, while Manuel Antonio National Park is renown for its white sandy beaches and vast diversity of tropical plants and wildlife.

Hiking trail in Manuel Antonio National Park
Map of Monteverde Cloud Forest & Manuel Antonio National Park - 6 days
Monteverde Cloud Forest & Manuel Antonio National Park - 6 days

Perfect for nature lovers and first-time travelers to Costa Rica, this fast-paced itinerary takes you to two of the country's most beloved national parks. With the diverse wildlife of the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and the jungle-lined white sand beaches of Manuel Antonio, you'll get to the essence of the Costa Rican motto: Pura Vida!

Palm-fringed coastline at Manuel Antonio National Park
Map of Ultimate Costa Rica Honeymoon - 10 Days
Ultimate Costa Rica Honeymoon - 10 Days

This romantic itinerary is ideal for adventurous couples with more than a week to spend. Together, you'll bask in Costa Rica's biodiversity, take a whitewater rafting trip down the Río Pacuare, and go on multiple day hikes. Relax on Pacific beaches, soak in natural hot springs, and check into some of the country's best luxury resorts throughout your memorable stay.

Cross the Hanging Bridge in Monteverde Cloud Forest
Map of Costa Rica's Natural Wonders: Volcanoes, Hot Springs, Cloud Forests & Beaches - 7 Days
Costa Rica's Natural Wonders: Volcanoes, Hot Springs, Cloud Forests & Beaches - 7 Days

See Costa Rica's outdoor highlights on this weeklong adventure around the country's volcanoes, hot springs, cloud forests, wildlife habitats, and beaches. After exploring Arenal Volcano and its surroundings for a few days, you'll move on to Monteverde to sip locally-produced coffee and trek through the cloud forest. Then finish the week in Manuel Antonio National Park for hiking, biking, and wildlife viewing.

Biesanz Bay in Manuel Antonio National Park
Map of Costa Rica's Natural Wonders - 10 Days
Costa Rica's Natural Wonders - 10 Days

Explore the best of Costa Rica on this exciting 10-day adventure through the country's outdoor landscapes. Get to know the capital city of San José before heading off to Arenal for several days of volcano hikes and soaking in natural hot springs. You'll explore the cloud forest, learn about coffee production in Monteverde, and then continue to Manuel Antonio National Park for boating and snorkeling in aquamarine waters.

View of Costa Rica's Arenal Volcano.
Map of Best of Costa Rica: Arenal, Monteverde & Manuel Antonio - 10 Days
Best of Costa Rica: Arenal, Monteverde & Manuel Antonio - 10 Days

This 10-day itinerary showcases three of Costa Rica's most popular destinations: Arenal, Monteverde, and Manuel Antonio. In Arenal, you'll paddleboard past the volcano on the lake, traverse tropical forests on suspension bridges, and soak in the region's hot springs. Monteverde offers the chance to spot monkeys, birds, and more of the country's wildlife as you zip-line through the Cloud Forest Reserve, while Manuel Antonio provides downtime at the beach, where days end with spectacular Pacific Coast sunsets.

Howler monkey in a Costa Rica rainforest
Map of Highlights of Costa Rica Wildlife - 12 Days
Highlights of Costa Rica Wildlife - 12 Days

This itinerary is specifically tuned for wildlife lovers. Expect to get up early and stay out late to see monkeys, lizards, birds, insects, and other spectacular fauna that inhabit the virgin rainforest, cloud forest, and swampy estuaries covered here. The trip begins with a southwest journey from San José to Parque Nacional Corcovado (Corcovado National Park) before continuing northwest along the Pacific coast. Next, head inland to Monteverde for birdwatching and spotting wildlife in the unique ecosystem of the cloud forest.

Three-toed sloth
Combining Arenal/La Fortuna, Manuel Antonio, and Monteverde - Recommended Itineraries from 8 to 14 Days

A trip to Costa Rica that includes Arenal, Manuel Antonio, and Monteverde takes around 8 to 10 days. If you don't have that much time it's possible to see the highlights in 6 or 7 days, but your trip will feel quite fast-paced. If you have more time, or want to pack more places into your trip, you can add Tortuguero, Tamarindo, or Puerto Viejo to your itinerary. Read on for the best itineraries to explore Arenal, Manual Antonio and Monteverde.

Views of Costa Rica
Map of Costa Rica: Beach & Rainforest Tour - 11 Days
Costa Rica: Beach & Rainforest Tour - 11 Days

This 11-day vacation offers everything you could imagine on a trip to Costa Rica–volcanic views of Arenal, the beautiful Pacific beaches of Playa Panama and Manuel Antonio, and fun activities along the way. Enjoy a chocolate-making class, a mangrove tour by boat, horseback riding along the ocean, and more.

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Map of Cycling Manuel Antonio, Arenal & the Caribbean Coast - 14 Days
Cycling Manuel Antonio, Arenal & the Caribbean Coast - 14 Days

If you're an intrepid traveler who likes testing the limits of endurance, this Costa Rican adventure is for you. Over 14 days you'll engage in a variety of physical disciplines including mountain biking, white-water rafting, and kayaking. Your goal is to travel from one coast to the other solely on your own power, and you'll do this by conquering mountains, volcanoes, rivers, and even crossing over the Continental Divide.

Learn to surf in Manuel Antonio National Park
Map of Outdoor Family Adventures in Costa Rica - 7 days
Outdoor Family Adventures in Costa Rica - 7 days

Snorkel with tropical fish, hike through the rainforest, and spot sloths hanging from the trees on this exciting week-long trip through the wilderness of Costa Rica. This itinerary leads you through three of the country's most beautiful destinations: Arenal, Monteverde, and Manuel Antonio National Park, for a variety of outdoor excursions and hands-on activities. This lively adventure is fun for the whole family, featuring boat rides, wildlife viewing hikes, and a chocolate-making workshop.

The resplendent quetzal
Costa Rica Birdwatching Experience: Arenal, Monteverde & Tarcoles - 6 Days

Home to over 900 rare and resplendent species, Costa Rica is a paradise for bird lovers. Visit three distinct ecosystems and experience unforgettable guided birdwatching excursions on this 6-day itinerary. Hike past parrots and toucans in the volcanic jungles of Arenal, search for the iconic quetzal in the lush Monteverde Cloud Forest, then head to the coast to spot flocks of scarlet macaws in the biodiverse eden of Carara National Park.

Snap pics of the Quespos wildlife during a boat tour in the Damas Island Mangrove forest and water canals
Map of Costa Rica for Families: Outdoor Adventures & Wildlife - 10 Days
Costa Rica for Families: Outdoor Adventures & Wildlife - 10 Days

Discover Costa Rica's rushing waterfalls, colorful rainforests, and vibrant wildlife habitats on this 10-day tour that's perfect for families. After sightseeing in San José, you'll continue to Arenal to spot sloths in the wild and soak in natural hot springs. Then explore the Monteverde Cloud Forest and visit a wildlife rehabilitation center. Finish up the adventure in Manuel Antonio National Park, where you'll hike, snorkel, sail, and at the Damas Island Estuary, explore mangroves on a boat tour.

Settle into the 5-star Arenas del Mar Resort for views over Manuel Antonio (photo courtesy of Arenas del Mar)
Map of Luxury Costa Rica Road Trip Highlights - 10 Days
Luxury Costa Rica Road Trip Highlights - 10 Days

Travel from rainforests to volcanoes, cloud forests, and beaches on this luxury 10-day road trip through Costa Rica. The tour is packed with scenic drives and 5-star lodges, as well as exclusive treetop dining experiences and lavish spa sessions. Along the way, you'll spot wildlife, cross dizzying suspension bridges, and peer into volcanic craters during private hikes through lush national parks in Arenal, Monteverde, Manuel Antonio, and Poás.

Whitewater Rafting on the Pacuare
Multi-Sport Adventure in Costa Rica: Arenal, Monteverde & Jaco Beach - 10 Days

Costa Rica is a well-known adventure destination, and this 10-day itinerary makes time for all the highlights. You'll go whitewater rafting on the Pacuare River, ride a horse through the misty cloud forest, zip from tree to tree in Monteverde, and stand-up paddle in the Pacific Ocean. This trip makes time for cultural highlights, too: a visit to a traditional coffee plantation, the National Theater, and Jaco's nightlife round out the trip.

Take the family for a sunset sailing outing
Map of Costa Rica for Families: Outdoor Adventures & Wildlife - 11 Days
Costa Rica for Families: Outdoor Adventures & Wildlife - 11 Days

This family-oriented journey around Costa Rica leads you around the country's beautiful waterfalls, lush rainforests, and vibrant wildlife habitats. Do some cultural sightseeing in San José before moving on to Arenal to hike around a volcano, look for sloths in the wild, and go for a dip in hot springs. Learn how chocolate is made from bean to bar before exploring Monteverde Cloud Forest. The adventure culminates in Manuel Antonio National Park with a sailing and snorkeling trip.

Explore Costa Rica's Manuel Antonio National Park
Map of San José, Arenal/La Fortuna & Manuel Antonio: Best Itinerary Ideas
San José, Arenal/La Fortuna & Manuel Antonio: Best Itinerary Ideas

Most people visiting San José, Arenal/La Fortuna, and Manuel Antonio spend about 8 to 10 days in Costa Rica, which usually includes some time in Monteverde. If you're not interested in Monteverde, a week to eight days is enough for your San José, Arenal/La Fortuna, and Manuel Antonio trip. With less time, seeing the highlights in as few as five or six days is still possible. Read below for kimkim's recommended San José, Arenal/La Fortuna, and Manuel Antonio trips.

Venture into jungles and cloud forests as you make your way toward the Pacific coast
Map of Honeymoon Nature Expedition in Costa Rica - 10 Days
Honeymoon Nature Expedition in Costa Rica - 10 Days

Get off the beaten path to discover Costa Rica's unspoiled rainforests and secluded beaches on this romantic 10-day road trip. Begin with an indulgent food tour in the capital of San José, followed by zipline rides, canyoning, and coffee tours in the mountainous Central Valley. After a birding trek to spot the elusive quetzal in the cloud forests of San Gerardo de Dota, it's off to the central coast for horseback riding, kayaking, and waterfall hikes around the beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park.

Spot playful dolphins on your catamaran tour in Manuel Antonio
Map of Costa Rica Honeymoon for Wildlife Lovers - 7 Days
Costa Rica Honeymoon for Wildlife Lovers - 7 Days

Embark on the honeymoon of a lifetime as you explore the great natural menagerie that is Costa Rica. This adventure will take you up and down the country's Pacific coast, where you'll swim with exotic marine life at Isla del Caño, go on waterfall hikes, and perhaps glimpse the elusive jaguar in Corcovado National Park. Then, head up to the powdery white-sand beaches at Manuel Antonio, where, between swimming and sunset catamaran rides, there will be ample time for luxurious spa treatments.

Count the crocs in Costa Rica's Tárcoles
Map of Classic Costa Rica Self-Drive Adventure - 14 Days
Classic Costa Rica Self-Drive Adventure - 14 Days

This self-guided road trip is ideal for those who love nature, beaches, and adventure activities. It covers all of Costa Rica's highlights, starting at the famous Arenal Volcano. From there, on to the Gulf of Papagayo on the northern Pacific coast. It's the perfect spot to snorkel and take a sunset sailing cruise. Then, you'll venture into the misty cloud forests of Monteverde—spot rare birds, partake in a zipline canopy tour, and embark on a nocturnal wildlife excursion. End your trip with hiking and beach time in Manuel Antonio National Park.

Endless beaches in Costa Rica
Map of Costa Rica from Coast to Coast - 14 Days
Costa Rica from Coast to Coast - 14 Days

Hiking in the jungle, soaking in hot springs, snorkeling with tropical fish, horseback riding to waterfalls—these are just a few outdoor adventures that await travelers on this thrilling 14-day itinerary around Costa Rica. After a day in San José, you'll head to the Caribbean coast and spend a few days exploring Tortuguero National Park. Discover the natural wonders of Arenal and Monteverde before finishing up the adventure on the Pacific coast at Manuel Antonio National Park.

Wind down your two-week family vacation with swimming and boat trips off the beaches of Manuel Antonio
Map of Ultimate Costa Rica Family Tour - 14 Days
Ultimate Costa Rica Family Tour - 14 Days

Suitable for even the youngest family members, this two-week trip showcases the best of Costa Rica. Set off from San José for Arenal Volcano National Park. Discover waterfalls, go rafting, and get up close to jungle creatures on kid-friendly nature walks. Next up, it's the hanging bridges of Monteverde's Cloud Forest, followed by hands-on coffee and chocolate tours. Round it all off with a few days of beach time, boating, and easy-paced hiking at Manuel Antonio before returning to the capital.

Spot diverse wildlife like spider monkeys in multiple national parks including Manuel Antonio
Map of Luxury Costa Rica Discovery: Forests, National Parks & Beaches - 14 Days
Luxury Costa Rica Discovery: Forests, National Parks & Beaches - 14 Days

This memorable two-week adventure in Costa Rica will take you both on and off the tourist trail as you explore the country's most spectacular national parks and nature reserves. See the highlights of San José, then venture south to the rugged paradise of Corcovado. After hiking, surfing, and boat trips along the southern coast, you'll enjoy the beaches of Manuel Antonio, followed by the cloud forests of Monteverde, finishing with more outdoor adventures in the shadow of the Arenal volcano.

 Visit the beaches of Costa Rica with your family
Map of Family Fun in Costa Rica: Culture, Wildlife & Natural Wonders - 14 Days
Family Fun in Costa Rica: Culture, Wildlife & Natural Wonders - 14 Days

Families with very little ones will find this 14-day Costa Rican tour fun and accommodating for all ages! Start in vibrant San José, where you'll explore city markets and stroll through Parque Central. Then, it's off to La Fortuna and Arenal for volcano walks, visits with sloths, and a family cooking class. Traverse hanging bridges in the cloud forests of Monteverde, wander through colorful butterfly gardens, and end with swimming, snorkeling, and sunning on the beaches of Manuel Antonio.

A capuchin monkey in Manuel Antonio National Park
Map of Costa Rica Highlights: Self-Drive Adventure - 11 Days
Costa Rica Highlights: Self-Drive Adventure - 11 Days

This self-guided road trip is ideal for those who love adventure. Visit Costa Rica's highlights, from the famous Arenal Volcano to the misty cloud forests of Monteverde and powdery beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park. Along the way, you'll fly over the treetops on a zip line tour, swim in waterfall lagoons, and spot wildlife on nature walks and snorkeling excursions.

Arenal Volcano in the Sunset
Map of Arenal, Monteverde, and Manuel Antonio Self-Drive - 11 Days
Arenal, Monteverde, and Manuel Antonio Self-Drive - 11 Days

This itinerary combines mountain excursions with a bit of a beach holiday and some aquatic adventure. You'll arrive in Liberia, the hub of Costa Rica's Guanacaste Province. From there, drive to Arenal Volcano National Park, where you'll hike to a waterfall, relax in natural hot springs, and raft world-class whitewater. Then it's west to the Monteverde to see the cloud forest canopy via suspension bridges and a zip-line tour. A drive south will take you to Manuel Antonio, a unique destination with a combination of the beach, jungle and national park. After a couple days enjoying the beach and wildlife in Manuel Antonio, you'll return to San Jose for your journey home.

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Map of The Ultimate Costa Rican Birding Roadtrip - 11 Days
The Ultimate Costa Rican Birding Roadtrip - 11 Days

Costa Rica is a Mecca for bird lovers. Here there are around 850 species of not only endemic birds but also migratory birds that arrive from throughout the hemisphere. Over 11 days you'll view many of these exotic species as you travel to remote rainforests, national parks, biological research centers, and even birding hotspots on Costa Rica's stunning Pacific coast.

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Map of Volcanoes, Cloud Forests & the Pacific Coast - 11 Days
Volcanoes, Cloud Forests & the Pacific Coast - 11 Days

This 11-day itinerary combines mountain adventures with beaches, starting in Rincón de la Vieja to explore the environs of one of the country's most active volcanoes. Then travel deeper inland to spend a few days crossing suspension bridges, ziplining over trees, and hiking through the jungles of La Fortuna and the Monteverde Cloud Forest. More than stunning white-sand beaches, you'll end your trip in Manuel Antonio National Park, rich in biodiversity and wildlife viewing opportunities.

Suspension bridges in the cloud forest canopy
Costa Rica Jungle & Beach: San José, San Ramón, Arenal, Monteverde & Jacó - 11 Days

Discover northern Costa Rica's lush cloud forests and pristine beaches on this active 11-day adventure. After a day spent in the capital of San José, you’ll transfer to San Ramón for two nights at an eco-lodge deep inside a private nature reserve. Visit Arenal to explore the rainforest canopy and hike to the famous volcano, then head to Monteverde to horseback ride through rare cloud forests and tour coffee and chocolate farms. End on the beach in the quiet surf town of Jacó, where you’ll embark on guided hikes to see monkeys and macaws in Manuel Antonio and Carara national parks.

Due to the exuberance of the vegetation that surrounds it, and the numerous rapids that form during its descent towards the Caribbean plains, suitable for rafting, the Pacuare is an important tourist attraction of Costa Rica. The Pacuare basin has been protected by the Matina Pacuare Forest Reserve.
Map of Costa Rica Outdoor Adventure and Luxury Wellness - 11 Days
Costa Rica Outdoor Adventure and Luxury Wellness - 11 Days

In Costa Rica, it's possible to seamlessly mix tropical adventures with luxury wellness retreats and eco-resorts. Over 11 days you'll replenish your mind and body with yoga sessions and spa treatments while also enjoying some thrills in the form of white-water rafting and waterfall hikes. As a bonus, you'll get to laze on Pacific beaches and even learn the secrets to making chocolate. 

Beautiful Rio Celeste in Tenorio National Park
Map of Best of Costa Rica - 14 Days
Best of Costa Rica - 14 Days

This two-week itinerary includes many of Costa Rica's greatest hits. You'll venture into the country's most beautiful national parks and enjoy zip-lining adventures, nature hikes, beach excursions, and more. All the while you'll spot exotic animals as you traverse some of the most virgin rainforest landscapes in Central America.

Costa Rica's Pacific Coast
Map of Coast-to-Coast Cycling Adventure - 8 Days
Coast-to-Coast Cycling Adventure - 8 Days

Cycle from coast to coast on this epic adventure tour that will take you from the Caribbean Sea to the Pacific Ocean. See the real Costa Rica as you bike from village to village—past the farms, banana plantations, and sugar cane fields of the lowlands. You'll experience all this gorgeous country has to offer as you make your way towards the west coast, from jungle rivers to mountains to an active volcano to Costa Rica's famous coffee growing region.  After an unforgettable cross-country bike ride, celebrate your achievement on the beaches of the storied Manuel Antonio National Park.

Toucans can often be spotted among the treetops in Tortuguero National Park
Map of Costa Rica: Ultimate National Parks Tour - 15 Days
Costa Rica: Ultimate National Parks Tour - 15 Days

Experience Costa Rica's most spectacular national parks on this 15-day tour. You'll catch glimpses of sea turtles and monkeys in Tortuguero National Park and spot hundreds of bird species in the Monteverde Cloud Forest. Then it's time to head to the country's largest and most famous volcano, Arenal, for a mix of wildlife and heart-pumping excursions. Finally, you'll end the trip in Manuel Antonio, where you'll snorkel among colorful fish and traverse jungle trails.

Manuel Antonio
Map of Costa Rica Honeymoon Adventure:  Arenal, Manuel Antonio, Monteverde, & Tamarindo - 15 Days
Costa Rica Honeymoon Adventure: Arenal, Manuel Antonio, Monteverde, & Tamarindo - 15 Days

Enjoy a 15-day honeymoon adventure that covers several of Costa Rica’s greatest outdoor destinations. Begin in the capital city for a welcome dinner, before heading to the Arenal region for river rafting, volcano hikes, scenic waterfalls, and more. Next, go snorkeling and kayaking in the ocean on the shores of beautiful Manuel Antonio National Park. Venture into the cloud forests of Monteverde to take suspension bridges and ziplines through the greenery, followed by downtime in Tamardino Beach to surf, sail, and relish magnificent sunsets.

Arenal Volcano
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.

Discover the lush rainforests and diverse wildlife of Arenal
Map of Costa Rica Family Adventure: San José, Arenal & Manuel Antonio - 8 Days
Costa Rica Family Adventure: San José, Arenal & Manuel Antonio - 8 Days

Add a little adrenaline to your family vacation with this eight-day Costa Rica adventure. Starting in San José, you'll set out to experience the rainforest and its hidden treasures first-hand in Arenal Volcano National Park. Raft the rapids of the Sarapiquí River, zipline through the jungle canopy, and visit with monkeys and parrots at a local wildlife center. End your trip where the rainforest meets the ocean at Manuel Antonio National Park, where kids can swim and snorkel, relax on pristine white sand beaches, and go dolphin-spotting on a catamaran cruise.

Hike through the rainforest canopy in Arenal Volcano National Park
Map of Costa Rica Adventure: Whitewater, Jungles & Beaches - 8 Days
Costa Rica Adventure: Whitewater, Jungles & Beaches - 8 Days

Get your adrenaline pumping with this active eight-day itinerary showcasing Costa Rica's magnificent natural wonders. Starting in the capital of San José, you'll journey through a land of rivers, jungles, waterfalls, and volcanoes to reach the spectacular white-sand beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park. Along the way, enjoy a perfect blend of thrilling activities and relaxing downtime as you brave whitewater rapids, hike high into the rainforest's canopy, and sail and swim off the pristine Pacific coast.

Rafting on the Río Pacuare
Map of Active Costa Rica: Río Pacuare Rafting, Arenal & Manuel Antonio- 8 Days
Active Costa Rica: Río Pacuare Rafting, Arenal & Manuel Antonio- 8 Days

From whitewater rafting to waterfall rappelling, this active eight-day itinerary around Costa Rica is filled with adventure! After a day of sightseeing in San José, you'll embark on two days of rafting down Class III-IV rapids on the Río Pacuare. Continue to Arenal for volcano hikes and a zip-lining excursion through the rainforest. You'll finish up in Manuel Antonio National Park, where you'll spot crocodiles, snorkel with tropical fish, and sail along the coast at sunset.

Arenal Volcano
Map of Costa Rica Adventure Tour - 12 days
Costa Rica Adventure Tour - 12 days

This high-octane trip is designed to get your adrenaline pumping as you take on some of the best adventure activities Costa Rica has to offer. You'll see the country's rainforests, volcanoes, and beaches, and encounter tropical wildlife as you take part in a variety of thrilling activities. From whitewater rafting through the rainforest to biking around a volcano to zip-lining down a mountain, this exhilarating itinerary is sure to make for an unforgettable experience.

Costa Rica's dramatic Western coastline
Map of Discover Costa Rica: Manuel Antonio, Monteverde, and Tamarindo - 12 Days
Discover Costa Rica: Manuel Antonio, Monteverde, and Tamarindo - 12 Days

Costa Rica prioritizes the protection of its abundant (and delicate) biodiversity, and national parks and reserves make up nearly a quarter of the country's land. This makes it a fabulous spot for travelers keen on experiencing outdoor activities and spotting wildlife. This immersive 12-day trip includes a guided nature hike in coastal Manuel Antonio National Park, birdwatching and zip-lining in the Monteverde Could Forest Reserve, and aquatic fun in the estuaries of Tamarindo.

Vibrantly hued toucans on a tree branch in Costa Rica's jungle
Map of Highlights of Costa Rica: Tortuguero, Arenal, Monteverde & Manuel Antonio - 12 Days
Highlights of Costa Rica: Tortuguero, Arenal, Monteverde & Manuel Antonio - 12 Days

From the depths of the sea to the jungle treetops, this exciting 12-day itinerary takes you to Costa Rica's top highlights for outdoor adventures and wildlife viewing. Spot vibrantly colored frogs and monkeys on a guided nature walk, boat along the canals of Tortuguero National Park, hike around Arenal Volcano, and dip in natural hot springs nearby. Then zip-line through the trees in the cloud forest and snorkel in Manuel Antonio National Park—all of this and more await you on this outdoorsy journey.

Due to the exuberance of the vegetation that surrounds it, and the numerous rapids that form during its descent towards the Caribbean plains, suitable for rafting, the Pacuare is an important tourist attraction of Costa Rica. The Pacuare basin has been protected by the Matina Pacuare Forest Reserve.
Map of Luxury Spas and Outdoor Adventures in Costa Rica - 12 Days
Luxury Spas and Outdoor Adventures in Costa Rica - 12 Days

This packed 12-day itinerary combines the mind and body rejuvenation offered by wellness retreats with all the tropical adventure Costa Rica is famous for. You'll enjoy spa treatments and soaking in natural hot springs before embarking down wild rivers and hiking to exotic waterfalls. Add in some beach time on the Pacific coast and you have the perfect vacation for total enrichment.

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

Costa Rica's active Turrialba Volcano
Costa Rica Self-Drive Adventure: Rainforests, Mountains & Beaches -15 Days

Take an epic road trip through Costa Rica’s diverse landscapes on this 15-day self-drive adventure. Starting in the capital of San José, you'll drive from the sapphire rivers of Río Celeste to the lush lowlands of Boca Tapada, tour the farms and forests of Sarapiquí, and head for the Talamanca Mountains to birdwatch in Quetzales National Park. Then make your way to Uvita to unwind on the beaches of the southern Pacific coast, exploring the protected seas and rich marine life of Marino Ballena National Park.

Arenal Volcano
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.

Manuel Antonio National Park has nearby surf spots for all levels and ages
Map of Coast to Coast Family Adventure - 16 Days
Coast to Coast Family Adventure - 16 Days

Costa Rica is a favorite destination for all ages. This 16-day adventure allows your family to experience the country from both coasts and includes a visit to the bustling capital of San José, the lush rainforest of Tortuguero National Park, the towering Arenal Volcano, the cloud forest of Monteverde and the spectacular, white sand beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park. There are plenty of kid-friendly activities along the way, from watching sea turtles hatch on a Caribbean beach to sampling locally produced chocolate to whitewater rafting.

Storm clouds over Arenal volcano
Map of Best of Costa Rica in 7 Days: Explore Jungles, Volcanoes and Beaches
Best of Costa Rica in 7 Days: Explore Jungles, Volcanoes and Beaches

With a mix of rugged jungles, active volcanoes and world-class beaches, Costa Rica offers some of the best natural sights and experiences in the world, all conveniently packed into one country. Almost a quarter of the land is preserved within national parks, allowing a wide range of animals and plants to flourish, making Costa Rica an ideal destination for ecotourism. With this itinerary, you'll discover the best attractions Costa Rica has to offer in just a week.

Whitewater rafting down the Pacuare river
Map of Costa Rica Adventure: Whitewater, Beaches & Volcanos - 8 Days
Costa Rica Adventure: Whitewater, Beaches & Volcanos - 8 Days

Explore Costa Rica's amazing natural scenery through a thrilling series of activities including whitewater rafting, kayaking, zip-lining, and more. This tour will take you to a wide range of coasts, jungles, and rivers, all while keeping your adrenaline pumping.

End the trip with a drive to the Pacific coast for some beach time
Map of Highlights of Costa Rica: Arenal, Monteverde & Manuel Antonio - 9 Days
Highlights of Costa Rica: Arenal, Monteverde & Manuel Antonio - 9 Days

The jewel of Central America, Costa Rica, offers an array of adventures, from city to cloud forest to the sea. This weeklong itinerary includes trekking near an active volcano, some of the world's best bird-watching, and snorkeling with sea turtles. It's a trip that encompasses the country's most spectacular and varied landscapes, plus an opportunity to savor the culture of local villages as well as that of San José, Costa Rica's dynamic capital city.

Costa Rica's dramatic Western coastline
Map of Discover Costa Rica's Nature and Beaches - 9 Days
Discover Costa Rica's Nature and Beaches - 9 Days

Some 25% of the total area of Costa Rica is protected. You'll see evidence of this in the country's many national parks and reserves—the goal being to ensure that Costa Rica's natural wonders and delicate eco-systems remain viable for years to come. This is great for visitors such as yourself, who can luxuriate in Costa Rica's natural beauty on this immersive 9-day itinerary.

Scenic canyon along the Pacuare River
Map of Active Adventure in Costa Rica's Jungles and Beaches - 13 days
Active Adventure in Costa Rica's Jungles and Beaches - 13 days

This 13-day itinerary allows you to experience the full scope of Costa Rica's wonders. In almost two weeks you'll visit the capital of San José, the tropical jungles at Pacuare, the iconic Arenal volcano, the cloud forests of Monteverde, and many wide and inviting beaches, from the north of the country to the south. There are plenty of activities along the way, from white water rafting to soaring over the cloud forest canopy on a zip-line tour.

Arenal Volcano
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.

A quiet stretch of Costa Rica's Caribbean coast
Map of Costa Rica from Coast to Coast - 13 Days
Costa Rica from Coast to Coast - 13 Days

Travel from the Caribbean coast to the Pacific coast, enjoying outdoor adventures along the way, on this exciting 13-day itinerary across Costa Rica. Spend a day sightseeing in San José before heading on to Tortuguero National Park for a boat tour and a nighttime nature hike. Continue to Arenal for volcano hikes, hot springs, and a visit to a wildlife rehabilitation center, then zipline through the cloud forest in Monteverde and end the trip in Manuel Antonio National Park.

The Arenal volcano dominates the landscape during sunset, as seen from Monteverde
Map of San José, Arenal/La Fortuna, Manuel Antonio & Monteverde: Best Itinerary Ideas
San José, Arenal/La Fortuna, Manuel Antonio & Monteverde: Best Itinerary Ideas

Eight to 10 days is a great length of time for a Costa Rica trip with stops in San José, Arenal/La Fortuna, Manuel Antonio, and Monteverde. However, it's also possible to hit the highlights in six or seven days if you don't mind a fast-paced journey. Travelers with more time can enjoy extra sights and activities at each stop or explore more of the country. Some recommended itinerary extensions include Tortuguero, Tamarindo, or Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. See below for more itinerary ideas for San José, Arenal/La Fortuna, Manuel Antonio, and Monteverde.

Aerial View of Poas Volcano
Best of Costa Rica's Nature: Poas, Arenal, Rio Celeste, Monteverde & Manuel Antonio - 13 Days

This 13-day trip is packed with the best that Costa Rica's nature has to offer: volcanoes, cloud forests, coastlines, and more. You'll start in Poas to see the Tenorio Volcano and visit the La Paz Waterfall, then continue north to Arenal for a look at the iconic volcano and a chance to learn about coffee and chocolate production. Continue to Rio Celeste to see the spectacular blue water for yourself, then end your trip in Monteverde and Manual Antonio for sunny beaches and wildlife walks.

Due to the exuberance of the vegetation that surrounds it, and the numerous rapids that form during its descent towards the Caribbean plains, suitable for rafting, the Pacuare is an important tourist attraction of Costa Rica. The Pacuare basin has been protected by the Matina Pacuare Forest Reserve.
Map of Costa Rica Luxury Spa Treatments, Hot Springs, and Adventure - 13 Days
Costa Rica Luxury Spa Treatments, Hot Springs, and Adventure - 13 Days

There's no better way to rejuvenate your body and spirit than with a long soak in natural hot springs and some tropical outdoor adventures. Costa Rica offers all of this in the form of waterfall hikes, beach excursions, and whitewater rafting. You'll enjoy all of this plus spend a few days getting pampered in some of the most luxurious spas and eco-resorts in the world. 

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Map of Birding Highlights of Costa Rica - 9 Days
Birding Highlights of Costa Rica - 9 Days

Any serious birding enthusiast must at some point make the pilgrimage to Costa Rica. There are over 850 avian species in this tiny Central American nation, so there's no shortage of great birding opportunities. On this unforgettable nine-day itinerary you'll take to the mountains, jungles, and coastline, venturing into national parks and dense rainforests to view the most elusive, exotic, and beautiful birds in Costa Rica.

Arenal Volcano
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.

Sunset over the Central Valley of San José, Costa Rica
Map of San José, Arenal/La Fortuna, Manuel Antonio & Río Pacuare: Best Itinerary Ideas
San José, Arenal/La Fortuna, Manuel Antonio & Río Pacuare: Best Itinerary Ideas

Eight to nine days is a great length for a Costa Rica trip with stops in San José, Arenal/La Fortuna, Manuel Antonio, and Río Pacuare. It's also possible to hit the highlights in six days to a week if you don't mind a fast-paced journey. With more time, you can enjoy extra activities at each stop or a few days in another region, like Monteverde, Corcovado National Park, or Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. Keep reading for more inspiring San José, Arenal/La Fortuna, Manuel Antonio, and Río Pacuare itineraries.

Hear the "chirp" of Costa Rica's tree frogs, like this red-eyed tree frog
Map of Costa Rica National Parks Adventure - 14 Days
Costa Rica National Parks Adventure - 14 Days

Crafted with intrepid nature lovers in mind, this national parks-focused itinerary includes the four best parks in Costa Rica. So clear two weeks off your calendar—it's time to experience Costa Rica fully.

Manuel Antonio Beach
Map of Costa Rica Nature Tour: Tortuguero, Monteverde, Manuel Antonio, & Corcovado - 14 Days
Costa Rica Nature Tour: Tortuguero, Monteverde, Manuel Antonio, & Corcovado - 14 Days

This two-week nature tour is all about Costa Rica's biodiverse national parks. Begin in Tortuguero, where, depending on the time of year, you can embark on a nighttime turtle nesting tour. In Monteverde, explore the cloud forests via the hanging bridges and ziplines. Manuel Antonio provides the best of both worlds—rainforest and beach scenery–while a tour of the famous Corcovado National Park is a bucket list field trip for nature enthusiasts.

Sunset view from a luxury hotel in Costa Rica
Map of Luxury Trip to Costa Rica's Beaches, Cloud Forests & Volcanoes - 14 Days
Luxury Trip to Costa Rica's Beaches, Cloud Forests & Volcanoes - 14 Days

Explore Costa Rica's beautiful natural landscapes—and treat yourself to luxury hotel stays—on this two-week adventure around the country. The itinerary takes you to two national parks, Corcovado and Manuel Antonio, for hiking, snorkeling, and boating excursions. You'll also spot wildlife on a night tour, visit a coffee farm, zip-line through the jungle in the Monteverde cloud forest, and hike to Arenal Volcano, enjoying a dip in natural hot springs nearby to finish the trip.

Due to the exuberance of the vegetation that surrounds it, and the numerous rapids that form during its descent towards the Caribbean plains, suitable for rafting, the Pacuare is an important tourist attraction of Costa Rica. The Pacuare basin has been protected by the Matina Pacuare Forest Reserve.
Map of Luxury Wellness Retreat and Active Adventures in Costa Rica - 15 Days
Luxury Wellness Retreat and Active Adventures in Costa Rica - 15 Days

There's no better place to replenish your mind, body, and soul than Costa Rica. It's a country as abundant in world-class wellness resorts as it is natural beauty. On this 15-day itinerary, you'll compliment the spa treatments with some exciting adventure excursions the country is famous for, like whitewater rafting, waterfall hikes, and ocean trips off the Pacific coast.

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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.

Due to the exuberance of the vegetation that surrounds it, and the numerous rapids that form during its descent towards the Caribbean plains, suitable for rafting, the Pacuare is an important tourist attraction of Costa Rica. The Pacuare basin has been protected by the Matina Pacuare Forest Reserve.
Map of Luxury Wellness in Costa Rica - 14 Days
Luxury Wellness in Costa Rica - 14 Days

Head off to Costa Rica for a wellness excursion guaranteed to recharge your batteries. Over 14 days you'll enjoy yoga sessions and spa treatments in some of the most incredible eco-resorts in the world. Aside from total relaxation, you'll hike to tropical waterfalls, brave whitewater rapids, and experience the beaches of the Pacific coast.

Snorkeling in the crystal-clear waters around Manuel Antonio
Costa Rica Wildlife & Nature - 14 Days

Take in the best of Costa Rica's wildlife and nature on this two-week trip into the rainforest. Start in Arenal to hike around the Arenal Volcano and soothe your muscles in the regenerative hot springs, then head to Monteverde for a treetops adventure in the cloud forest. You'll zip line through the canopy and hike through the nighttime forest before ending your trip in Manual Antonio, where crystal clear water and endless beaches await.

Escape to the beaches of Manuel Antonio at the Arenas del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest Resort
Map of Luxury Costa Rica Highlights: Caribbean to Pacific - 14 Days
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
Map of Off-the-Beaten-Path Luxury in Costa Rica: Puerto Viejo to Jacó - 14 Days
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.

 Take an active adventure in Costa Rica with your family
Map of Active Family Getaway to Costa Rica: Cloud Forests, Beaches, Waterfalls & Wildlife - 14 Days
Active Family Getaway to Costa Rica: Cloud Forests, Beaches, Waterfalls & Wildlife - 14 Days

Families with tweens and teens will love this active 14-day adventure that starts on the coasts of Tamarindo, where you'll hike to electric-blue waterfalls and see nesting sea turtles. Then, it's off to Monteverde for horseback rides through lush cloud forests and a visit to a sloth sanctuary. Play on the beaches of Manuel Antonio, kayak through the mangroves of Isla Damas, and snorkel at Drake Bay's Isla del Caño before ending in the capital city of San José to see its colorful streets, lively markets, and historic sights.

 Say hello to families of curious capuchins in Costa Rica
Map of Costa Rica's Mountains, Waterfalls, Wildlife & Beaches for Families - 14 Days
Costa Rica's Mountains, Waterfalls, Wildlife & Beaches for Families - 14 Days

Perfect for families with school-aged kids, this adventurous two-wee Costa Rican tour starts in dynamic San José, where you'll tour the Jade Museum and other cultural landmarks. Then, it's off to the coast for nature walks and wildlife sightings in Manuel Antonio National Park. Take a night trek through cloud forests, tour a working coffee farm in Monteverde, play on the white-sand beaches of Sámara, and end with the aqua-blue waterfalls, volcanoes, and hot springs of Rincón de la Vieja National Park.

Manuel Antonio beaches are known for sunset views
Map of Costa Rica Luxury & Nature Tour - 10 Days
Costa Rica Luxury & Nature Tour - 10 Days

This adventurous itinerary checks off four of Costa Rica’s key regions. Raft down some of the world’s best rapids, head to Arenal for hikes and hot springs, and lounge on the Pacific beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park. End your journey on the remote Osa Peninsula, where rainforests, wildlife, and a near-empty coastline await.

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Map of Self-Drive Birding Excursion in Costa Rica - 10 Days
Self-Drive Birding Excursion in Costa Rica - 10 Days

Costa Rica is a prime destination for birders. It's home to 850 different species including rare specimens like green parrots, scarlet macaws, resplendent quetzals, and motmots. This 10-day birding itinerary includes stops at the best locales in which to view Costs Rica's abundance of birds, including national parks, remote mountain ranges, and rivers near the Pacific coast.

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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 Wildlife, Birds, and Jungles - 10 Days
Costa Rica Wildlife, Birds, and Jungles - 10 Days

Costa Rica is one of the smallest countries in Latin America, yet it is also one of the most biodiverse. Consider birds, of which there over 850 species just in this one country. You'll be able to see many of them on a 10-day birding tour as you search for the rarest and most exotic avian varieties in Costa Rica's national parks, rainforests, and mountains.

Spot birds atop the Mountain of Death
Map of Costa Rica Birding & Nature Adventure - 10 Days
Costa Rica Birding & Nature Adventure - 10 Days

This birding and nature adventure through Costa Rica covers five biodiverse areas in 10 days. Enjoy some post-travel relaxation in Heredia, and do your first round of birding at Tapantí National Park. Stay in Turrialba for the next two nights, and enjoy the great outdoors of Rancho Naturalista and Braulio Carrillo National Park. From Sarapiquí, visit the famed La Selva Biological Station, and then spend time in stunning La Fortuna, home to Arenal Volcano. In Tárcoles, board a riverboat tour, then enjoy time spotting species at Carara National Park.

Relax on the romantic white-sand beaches of Costa Rica's Pacific coast
Map of Romantic Getaway on Costa Rica's Pacific Coast - 10 Days
Romantic Getaway on Costa Rica's Pacific Coast - 10 Days

For romance mixed with unspoiled tropical beauty, it doesn't get better than Costa Rica's Pacific coast. This relaxed 10-day adventure starts with kayaking and snorkeling around the golden beaches of Sámara, then continues south for waterfall hikes at Manuel Antonio National Park. Then, after thrilling zipline rides and hiking in the cloud forests of Montverde, you'll visit the far south and end the journey with snorkeling at Isla del Caño and hiking the wilds of Corcovado National Park.

Wild beach in Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula
Map of Costa Rica Self Drive Adventure - 15 Days
Costa Rica Self Drive Adventure - 15 Days

This itinerary is designed for those who want a classic tropical excursion into Costa Rica's rainforests. Start with the remote Osa Peninsula, where you'll visit beaches and hike through the rainforest. Then, drive north along the Pacific coast to the white-sand beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park before heading northwest into the Monteverde region. Finally, pay a visit to Arenal, an active volcano and one of Costa Rica's most famous landmarks.

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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.

Go for a swim with an ocean view in Costa Rica
Map of Luxury, Wellness & Adventure in Costa Rica - 16 Days
Luxury, Wellness & Adventure in Costa Rica - 16 Days

This 16-day tour of Costa Rica will recharge your batteries through a combination of luxury wellness experiences and thrilling outdoor adventures. On this excursion, you'll travel across the country, from Arenal Volcano to the wild Pacuare River and out to Pacific beaches. Throughout the adventure, you'll replenish your body and soul in some of the most luxurious eco-retreats anywhere in the world.

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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 Great Outdoors: Tortuguero, Arenal, Monteverde, & More - 11 Days
Costa Rica Great Outdoors: Tortuguero, Arenal, Monteverde, & More - 11 Days

This 11-day trip starts with La Fortuna—home of Arenal Volcano National Park—where you'll zipline, whitewater raft, and soak in the local hot springs. In Monteverde, walk suspension bridges atop the cloud forest canopy and enjoy a coffee and chocolate tour. Then, you’ll reach Uvita, where you can give in to scenic, beachside relaxation, and visit an animal sanctuary, before ending the trip in San José.

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Map of Costa Rica: Birding in Paradise - 11 Days
Costa Rica: Birding in Paradise - 11 Days

Costa Rica is one of the few truly great birding destinations in the world. This is due to the nation's diverse and abundant amount of birds (over 850 species have been spotted here). Over 11 days you'll travel from the mountains to the coastal rainforests on an immersive birding safari to view some of the most exotic specimens, such as motmots, tanagers, and the reclusive resplendent quetzal.

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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.

A secluded beach in Corcovado National Park
Costa Rica's Natural Wonders: Tortuguero, Los Quetzales, Corcovado & Manuel Antonio - 11 Days

This 11-day itinerary celebrates Costa Rica’s remarkable biodiversity and highlights four of the country’s magnificent national parks. Traverse the coastal Caribbean waterways of Tortuguero, see the mythical quetzal bird in the cloud forests of Los Quetzales, and search for jaguars and tapirs in the remote habitats of Corcovado. After a day of snorkeling with colorful sea life at Caño Island, travel up the Pacific coast to the white sand beaches and lush jungles of Manuel Antonio.

Sunset over Osa Peninsula
Map of Luxury Costa Rica Adventure: Pacuare, Arenal, Manuel Antonio, Osa Peninsula - 11 Days
Luxury Costa Rica Adventure: Pacuare, Arenal, Manuel Antonio, Osa Peninsula - 11 Days

Enjoy active adventures and luxurious stays on this 11-day Costa Rica journey. Conquer whitewater rapids in Pacuare, before heading to the Arenal Volcano region with opportunities to zipline, hike, and soak in natural hot springs. Then, stop to visit the crocodiles along the Tarcoles River en route to coastal Manuel Antonio, where you'll explore the rainforest and snorkel in pristine waters. Next, hop a flight to an Osa Peninsula eco-lodge, before one last day of exploration in San José.

Relax in an infinity pool overlooking the Costa Rican rainforest
Map of Wildlife Luxury Adventure in Arenal, Monteverde & the Osa Peninsula - 16 Days
Wildlife Luxury Adventure in Arenal, Monteverde & the Osa Peninsula - 16 Days

Experience Costa Rica in style, enjoying excursions with private guides and overnight stays in luxury hotels on this wide-ranging itinerary around the country. Start with birdwatching and snorkeling on the Osa Peninsula, then transfer to Manuel Antonio National Park, where you'll take surf lessons. Go horseback riding in the Monteverde Cloud Forest, hike around Arenal Volcano, and relax in natural hot springs before heading back to San José for one last night out on the town.

Discover the abundant wildlife in Costa Rica's Tortuguero National Park
Map of San José, Arenal/La Fortuna, Manuel Antonio, Monteverde & Tortuguero: Best Itinerary Ideas
San José, Arenal/La Fortuna, Manuel Antonio, Monteverde & Tortuguero: Best Itinerary Ideas

For most travelers, 12 to 15 days is the right length of time for a trip to Costa Rica, with stops in San José, Arenal/La Fortuna, Manuel Antonio, Monteverde, and Tortuguero. Travelers with less time can hit the route's highlights in 8 to 11 days, which makes for a fast-paced journey. Or, extend your trip and explore more of the country—some of the best-loved trip extensions include Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Tamarindo, or Corcovado National Park.

View from under the palm trees in Manuel Antonio National Park
Map of Costa Rica's Relaxation & Wildlife Tour - 12 Days
Costa Rica's Relaxation & Wildlife Tour - 12 Days

Costa Rica is a nation as biodiverse as it is beautiful. The best way to experience all this nature and beauty is by touring the country's many national parks, reserves, and protected areas. Also, no trip to Costa Rica is complete without visiting the famous Pacific coast. This nearly two-week itinerary delivers both these highlights with plenty of time to kick back, relax, and enjoy the Costa Rican way of living "Pura Vida!"

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Map of Guided Birding Safari in Costa Rica - 12 Days
Guided Birding Safari in Costa Rica - 12 Days

Costa Rica has a couple of things in abundance: exotic locales and exotic birds. On this 12-day ornithological trip, you'll witness various avian species amongst misty cloud forests, lowland rainforest canopies, and even soaring overhead on the Pacific coast. Throw in a bit of hiking, wildlife spotting, and sightseeing in the nation's capital, and you have the ideal active vacation.

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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 Birding Road Trip in Paradise - 12 Days
Birding Road Trip in Paradise - 12 Days

One of the best places in the Americas to spot the widest variety of exotic birds is Costa Rica. This relatively small nation is home to some 850 species, including colorful motmots, parrots, toucans, and even the rare resplendent quetzal. This 12-day self-drive birding excursion will take you from the Pacific coast to the remote mountains and rainforests for the best  vantage points to witness the most marvelous specimens.

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Map of Costa Rica Exotic Birds and Natural Highlights - 7 Days
Costa Rica Exotic Birds and Natural Highlights - 7 Days

Costa Rica is home to a wildly diverse amount of wildlife, including over 850 species of birds. In a mere week, you'll take to the jungles, rivers, mountains, and coast of this tropical paradise in search of the best vantage points in which to view the most exotic specimens. It's an adventure that not only includes the highlights of Costa Rica's avian population but the highlights of the country itself. 

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

Cycling on the coast in Costa Rica
Map of Costa Rica Cycling Adventure - 7 Days
Costa Rica Cycling Adventure - 7 Days

Cycle from coast to coast on this epic adventure tour that will take you from the Caribbean Sea to the Pacific Ocean. See authentic Costa Rica as you bike past villages, farms, banana plantations, and sugar cane fields on your way toward the west coast. Stop to explore jungle rivers, mountains, an active volcano, and a famous coffee-growing region, then celebrate the end of the trip on the beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park.

Spot hummingbirds and many other species on your birding adventure
Map of Birding in Costa Rica:  Tortuguero, Corcovado, Carara National Park, & More - 13 Days
Birding in Costa Rica: Tortuguero, Corcovado, Carara National Park, & More - 13 Days

Experience the best of birding in Costa Rica on this 13-day journey through tropical paradise. In Tortuguero, learn about turtle conservation and spot dozens of birds and other species. Then, venture to Turrialba Volcano to discover the native birdlife. Next, stroll the cloud forest of San Gerardo de Dota, where hummingbirds and quetzals thrive, followed by Corcovado National Park and Ballena National Marine Park. The finale includes scarlet macaws flying overhead at Carara National Park, before returning to San José for some sightseeing.

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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 Birding Self-Drive Adventure in Costa Rica - 13 Days
Birding Self-Drive Adventure in Costa Rica - 13 Days

There are few nations in the world in which you can see more bird species than Costa Rica. On a 13-day self-driving tour of this tropical paradise, you'll visit rainforests, beaches, mountains, and even scientific research stations in pursuit of the rarest specimens. This not only includes such colorful species as hummingbirds, toucans, and macaws but even the exotic resplendent quetzal.

Look for vibrantly hued birds on a birdwatching tour
Map of Costa Rica Nature and Birding Adventure - 13 Days
Costa Rica Nature and Birding Adventure - 13 Days

Costa Rica is a paradise for bird lovers. Over 850 different species exist in this small Central American nation, which accounts for 10% of the birds in the world. The birding opportunities here are limitless, and on this 13-day adventure you'll go on ornithological excursions in some of the most exotic locales in Costa Rica. 

Coast of Corcovado National Park
Map of Costa Rica Self-Drive Adventure - 14 Days
Costa Rica Self-Drive Adventure - 14 Days

This road trip itinerary is a truly off-the-beaten-path nature excursion. Head to the remote beaches and rainforest of the Osa Peninsula before a scenic drive up the Pacific coast. You'll experience white-sand beaches in Manuel Antonio National Park, along with the cloud forest ecosystem of Monteverde where you'll hike over the jungle canopy via suspension bridges. Finally, you'll pay a visit to Arenal, an active volcano and one of Costa Rica's most famous landmarks.

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Map of Birds of Paradise: Costa Rica Birding Adventure - 14 Days
Birds of Paradise: Costa Rica Birding Adventure - 14 Days

Grab your binoculars and sketchbook, because you're off to Costa Rica for a grand birding adventure. This small tropical country is a haven for exotic avian varieties, and there are many regions ripe for ornithological exploration. Aided by an English-speaking guide, you'll travel the length and breadth of Costa Rica, from the mountains to the coast, viewing the most colorful bird species over two incredible weeks. 

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Map of Costa Rica Birding Road Trip - 14 Days
Costa Rica Birding Road Trip - 14 Days

Costa Rica is one of the most biodiverse nations in the world. Particularly, it's a haven for birders who travel here to catch glimpses of the 850 species that call this country home. On a 14-day tour, you'll visit the best national parks, protected reserves, and even biological research stations where you can view these magnificent specimens in their natural habitats.

See spectacular Costa Rican birds such as scarlet macaws
Map of Luxury Birding Adventure in Costa Rica - 14 Days
Luxury Birding Adventure in Costa Rica - 14 Days

Encounter a kaleidoscope of exotic bird species on this luxury, two-week Costa Rica tour. The self-drive adventure takes you from the Central Valley's rainforests to the Pacific coast, with stays in chic eco-lodges along the way. You'll enjoy private bird-watching tours, hikes, and boat trips, spotting everything from hummingbirds to toucans and endangered scarlet macaws. Other wildlife highlights include bat tours, a crocodile safari, and visiting a sloth sanctuary.

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Map of Guided Birding Tour of Costa Rica - 8 Days
Guided Birding Tour of Costa Rica - 8 Days

In just over a week you can experience the birding highlights of Costa Rica, a country known for its biodiversity. Over 850 different species call this nation home, and on this eight-day itinerary, you'll see many of them. The journey will take you from rainforest jungles to wetlands as you hike through unspoiled tropical landscapes, view exotic wildlife, and snap photos of birds unlike any other on the planet.

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Map of Ultimate Costa Rica Birding Adventure - 15 Days
Ultimate Costa Rica Birding Adventure - 15 Days

There are few nations on earth home to a greater variety of birds than Costa Rica. On this expedition, you'll visit the major ornithological regions of the country, from the coast to the rainforests to the high mountains and even volcanoes. Accompanied by an English-speaking guide, you'll go off the beaten path to the furthest reaches of national parks where you can enjoy optimum birding from the best vantage points. 

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Map of Costa Rica Self-Drive Birding Adventure - 15 Days
Costa Rica Self-Drive Birding Adventure - 15 Days

The Central American nation of Costa Rica may be small, but it boasts a diverse amount of wildlife. There are 850 bird species here alone, and you can witness the most exotic specimens on a cross-country road trip. Over 15 days, you'll visit some of the most remote mountain regions flourishing with the rarest species including motmots, herons, hummingbirds, and the iconic scarlet macaw.

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Map of Costa Rica: Ultimate Birding Excursion - 16 Days
Costa Rica: Ultimate Birding Excursion - 16 Days

Boasting 10% of the world's avian species, Costa Rica is a paradise for bird lovers. On this ornithological trip, you'll visit the top birding destinations in the country. Accompanied by an expert multi-lingual guide, you'll go off the tourist trail, venture down remote jungle paths, and into national parks to ensure you have the best vantage points in which to view these birds in all their glory. 

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Map of Ultimate Costa Rica Birding Road Trip - 16 Days
Ultimate Costa Rica Birding Road Trip - 16 Days

This 16-day itinerary is perfect for birding enthusiasts who also love a bit of tropical adventure. On a self-drive tour of Costa Rica, you'll be able to view many of the nation's 850 species of birds as you drive from the northern plains to the southern and central coasts. It's a wild road trip that features exotic birds by day and tropical eco-lodge accommodations by night.

Getting started!
Map of Mountain Biking from Manuel Antonio to the Caribbean Coast - 12 Days
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.

Manuel Antonio beaches are known for sunset views
Map of Costa Rica Hiking Adventure - 10 Days
Costa Rica Hiking Adventure - 10 Days

Checking off three key regions in Costa Rica, this 10-day itinerary is perfect for adventurous travelers. The trip starts with a visit to Costa Rica's famous Arenal Volcano for hiking and natural hot springs before continuing to the Pacific Ocean for some beach time at Manuel Antonio National Park. Finish off in one of the country's most remote areas—Osa Peninsula—for undeveloped rainforests, rare wildlife, and near-empty coastline.

White water rafting in Costa Rica
Map of Costa Rica Overland Cycling & Rafting Trip  - 10 Days
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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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 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.

Thrill to a rappelling adventure in Costa Rica
Map of Rafting, Rappelling & Hiking in Costa Rica - 16 days
Rafting, Rappelling & Hiking in Costa Rica - 16 days

Over an immersive 16 days, you'll alternate between adventure and leisure in Costa Rica. Some days will be filled with culture in the capital of San José, others you'll spend whitewater rafting, and others will involve zipline excursions over the jungle canopy. If that's not enough, you'll also visit Costa Rica's largest active volcano and even make time for surf lessons.

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Map of Coast to Coast Cycling Adventure in Costa Rica - 15 Days
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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Map of Hot Springs, Waterfalls, and Luxury Retreats in Costa Rica - 7 Days
Hot Springs, Waterfalls, and Luxury Retreats in Costa Rica - 7 Days

All you need is a week to replenish your body and soul on the trip of a lifetime. The destination is Costa Rica and over seven days you'll enjoy whitewater rafting, waterfall hikes, and luxury accommodations in the best eco-lodges and wellness retreats in the country. You'll even take part in a hands-on course where you learn to prepare artisanal chocolate.

Due to the exuberance of the vegetation that surrounds it, and the numerous rapids that form during its descent towards the Caribbean plains, suitable for rafting, the Pacuare is an important tourist attraction of Costa Rica. The Pacuare basin has been protected by the Matina Pacuare Forest Reserve.
Map of Costa Rica Luxury Hot Springs and Rivers Getaway - 6 Days
Costa Rica Luxury Hot Springs and Rivers Getaway - 6 Days

Even with a mere six days at your disposal, you can rejuvenate your mind and body while enjoying exciting adventures in Costa Rica. This itinerary begins with some luxury spa treatments followed by long soaks in the natural volcanic hot springs in the Arenal region of the country. You'll then learn how to prepare authentic Costa Rican chocolate before finishing the trip with more pampering at a wellness retreat.

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Map of Lavish Costa Rica: Rivers, Hot Springs, and Waterfalls - 8 Days
Lavish Costa Rica: Rivers, Hot Springs, and Waterfalls - 8 Days

Pamper yourself on an eight-day tropical getaway to Costa Rica that offers wellness and adventure in equal measure. You'll begin in a luxury rainforest lodge with an exciting trip down the Pacuare River. Then it's off to the Arenal Volcano region where you'll relax in natural hot springs and learn the secrets to chocolate making on a local farm.

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Map of Luxury Wellness Getaway in Costa Rica - 10 Days
Luxury Wellness Getaway in Costa Rica - 10 Days

10 days is all you need to enjoy a perfect Costa Rican holiday that mixes equal parts luxury, comfort, and outdoor adventure. On this 10-day jaunt, you will stay in four-star wellness retreats, enjoy exhilarating whitewater rafting excursions, and soak in natural volcanic hot springs. You'll even get a hands-on lesson in preparing the most delicious of Costa Rican exports: chocolate

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Map of Tropical Adventures and Luxury Retreats in Costa Rica - 9 Days
Tropical Adventures and Luxury Retreats in Costa Rica - 9 Days

When you want to combine luxury and beauty in a tropical getaway, there's no better destination than Costa Rica. On this nine-day excursion, you'll alternate between luxury spa treatments and adventurous excursions. This includes a whitewater rafting trip down the famous Pacuare River and a hike to some of the most secluded tropical waterfalls in the country.