Classic Costa Rica

A classic approach for first time visitors & families: The magnificent Arenal Volcano, amazing natural hot springs, awe-inspiring sunsets & secluded beaches in Manuel Antonio National Park.

Starting from $4,200 per person based on two travelers

Overview

  • Indulge and relax in your resort’s thermal waters
  • Visit a biodynamic farm and enjoy a scrumptious farm-to-table lunch
  • Hike the base of a majestic active volcano and observe petrified lava flows
  • Navigate mangroves and spot crocodiles, hummingbirds, pelicans and other impressive wildlife
  • Snorkel in a secluded bay and spot unique wildlife
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Country information

Costa Rica

  • Best time to travel

    Year Round.

  • Day 1

    Arrival in Costa Rica

    Land in San Jose de Costa Rica and enjoy your scenic transfer to Arenal Volcano area. Check in at your resort and spend the rest of the day relaxing at the onsite hot springs overlooking the impressive volcano. 

    Selected hotels

    • The Springs

      165 acre property perches one thousand feet above the Arenal Valley on a mountain ridge just six kilometers north of the active volcano. The views of the volcano are breathtaking and the rooms are extra huge, which makes it perfect for families.

  • Day 2

    Activities in Arenal region

    Morning visit to an enchanting organic finca to learn about the exotic herbs, fruits, spices and medicinal plants harvested in the farm. Visit a private rainforest reserve and observe interesting wildlife such as sloths, snakes, poison dart frogs, and numerous bird species. In the afternoon, explore majestic Arenal volcano, hike its base, explore the surroundings, admire the tropical rainforest and observe the petrified lava flows produced by the Arenal during its most active eruption periods.

     

  • Day 3

    Boating in a wildlife refuge

    Today you will drive North up to the plains near the Nicaraguan border where wetlands, rainforest and swamplands form a natural sightseeing heaven. You will take a boat ride to admire the rich natural beauty and enjoy a traditional Costa Rican lunch in a wonderful raw setting. 

  • Day 4

    Safari Boat Tour in Tarcoles River

    Head to Manuel Antonio area and stop on the way to board a boat to explore the mangrove forests that sit at the Guacalillo Estuary that is home to many species of birds, pelicans, ospreys and even crocodiles. After lunch, continue on to Manuel Antonio, check in at your resort and enjoy the rest of the afternoon relaxing in your oceanfront room.

    Selected hotels

    • Arenas del Mar

      Nothing beats having direct access to the beach, being within walking distance of Manuel Antonio National Park and enjoying the unique oceans views from you bedroom in this five star luxury resort.

  • Day 5

    Explore Manuel Antonio National Park

    Your private guide will take you to discover the wonders of this incredible National Park that is home to pristine beaches, mangroves and tropical forest. You can take a dip in the warm waters, hike in the forest trails and observe the abundant wildlife such as squirrel monkeys, raccoons, coatis, and sloths.

  • Day 6

    Relax in Manuel Antonio

    Enjoy your day relaxing at your resort facilities with the option to take available optional activities.

  • Day 7

    Fun adventures at the Ocean

    Your guide will pick you up to take you to explore islands and inlets where you can observe and admire numerous marine aviary species and their nesting grounds. Take a plunge and snorkel in a secluded beach to spot sublime underwater creatures. Then, have lunch at a base camp and grab the kayaks to rejoice in the peaceful waters before heading back to your accommodations.

  • Day 8

    Pura Vida, Costa Rica!

    Today, your private transfer will take you to San Jose airport for your flight home.

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    *Your journey will be customized based on your travel time, interests and budget.


Contact us

Our team is based in Ecuador and Argentina.

Send us an email hello@jsbjourneys.com, or call us at (415) 230-0261



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