Relaxing Costa Rica showcases two of the country's highlights, Arenal volcano and the Monteverde cloud forest, but leaves you plenty of time to relax on the beach or stretch out by the pool. As the name suggests, this is not a particularly packed programme but if you'd like a little more to do, we have plenty of ways to fill the spare time. With a range of beach accommodation to suit everyone, this trip can be tailored to your every need.
Day 1: Arrive at the international airport of San José, where you will be met by one of our representatives and taken to your hotel. Depending on when you arrive, you may have time to do a walking tour around the centre of town.
Day 2: After a tasty breakfast you will be driven to the Monteverde region: a place of cloud forests and coffee plantations, monkeys and mist. You will have your first encounters with friendly Costa Rican people who are known locally as 'ticos'. Your time here will be free for you to explore the beautiful, world-famous cloud forest at the Monteverde Reserve. (B)
Day 3: You have today all to yourself. Choose to do nothing but relax, or take part some of the numerous optional activities such as a canopy walk, hanging bridges, hummingbird garden, coffee and sugar mill tour or even a zip-line through the tree-tops! (B)
Day 4: Set out for the majestic Arenal volcano that, when active, erupts and sends up a cloud of smoke several times a day (it is currently dormant). Spend the day hiking in the national park around the volcano, then have a relaxing soak at the hot springs of Eco Termales that night (not included). (B)
Day 5: Another day at your leisure, so you can decide how you would like to spend it... Relax, or take part in some of the optional activities including the Sky Trek and hanging bridges, a hike to the La Fortuna waterfall or a water safari on the Peñas Blanca River. There are also many more sedate activities like visiting the Ecocentro Danaus, the Finca Don Juan or a full day tour to Juanilama reserve and pineapple plantation. (B)
Day 6: The morning is free for you to relax or further explore Arenal before heading north to Tenorio National Park, home to the impressive turquoise blue Rio Celeste. (B/L/D)
Day 7: Today you will enjoy a guided hike into the Tenorio National Park (closed on Tuesdays) to the gorgeous Río Celeste waterfall, one of the most beautiful sights in all of Costa Rica. During your hike, you’ll see beautiful flora and fauna including many species of birds. Further along the trail you’ll reach the spot where two rivers meet and the calcium carbonate in the rocks reacts with the sulphur emitted by the volcano to create the amazing turquoise blue colour of the Río Celeste. (B/L/D)
Day 8: After a leisurely breakfast it is time to make your way to the Southern Nicoya Peninsula and the Tango Mar beach hotel – a hidden paradise, with a stunning sandy beach all to yourself, ocean view rooms, two pools and the opportunity to try out some more adventurous activities such as snorkeling and horse riding. Don't forget that we have many options for extra days on the beach, so just ask! (B)
Day 9 - 12: Finish the trip with 4 days of pure relaxation by the sea. Everybody enjoys the beach in different ways so we've left the time free for you to spend however you like, from sunbathing and spa treatments to sea kayaking or biking. (B)
It's time to say goodbye to the Pacific Ocean and return to San José. We will normally organise a shared shuttle bus to bring you back, but let us know if you would prefer a private transfer. (B)
Services included: 24 hour support in country, hotels on shared room basis, meals, transfers and activities as mentioned, entry fees, English speaking guide.
Services not included: Flights, visas, drinks, tips, personal expenses. Any services not mentioned above.
This is a suggested itinerary. Dates, stops & activities are all flexible.
Best Time To Travel
Much of Costa Rica is covered by rainforest so you can expect rain most of the year round. The dry season on the Pacific coast runs from December to April, with the Caribbean coast tending to be drier from March through to August. Costa Rica is a fantastic destination for the majority of the year, with September and October being the only two months we would suggest not travelling.