The Top 10 Costa Rica Vacation Packages for 2018!

Looking for the perfect honeymoon setting? Or a family vacation full of adventure? Maybe you’re flying solo and just want to immerse yourself in the wonders of nature. These hand-picked vacation packages, complete with transportation, hold the key to a world like no other, full of wildlife, spectacular beauty, and exciting adventures. All are 100% customizable so you can add your personal touch to make it the Costa Rica vacation you’ve always dreamed about. From lavish luxury to rustic ecolodges, and everything in between, the choice is yours!

The Top 10 Costa Rica Vacation Packages for 2018!

Pure Life Adventure 
7 days (customizable)
destinations: Arenal Volcano & Manuel Antonio Beach
tags: light adventure & nature
from $785 per person (Oct. dates)

Pure Life Adventure presents an awesome opportunity to pick your adventure preferences while visiting the Arenal Volcano area, complete with river and rainforest activities, plus onsite hot springs at your resort!  Then you’ll be off to the Pacific coast to go beachcombing along the white sandy shores of Manuel Antonio Beach. This is an incredibly affordable package that will take you to two of the top three vacation destinations in Costa Rica. And, if you want, you can choose to extend your itinerary to add the third most popular tourist area, the Monteverde Cloud Forest! You’ll enjoy great hotels, incredible tours, beautiful beaches and soothing hot springs on this wonderful 7-day Pura Vida adventure combo. (Pure Life Adventure + Monteverde) that includes a couple of days at the Monteverde Cloud Forest.

Paradise Discovered Inclusive Adventure
7 days
(customizable)
destinations: Arenal Volcano & Conchal Beach
tags: light adventure, nature, and some all-inclusive
from $1,312 per person (Oct. dates)

Paradise Discovered delivers an amazing 7-day vacation beginning at Arenal Volcano for hot springs, adventure activities, and nature exploring, before transporting you to an all-inclusive luxury beach resort, the Westin Playa Conchal, overlooking a gorgeous soft shell beach with turquoise waters and swaying palm trees.

All-Inclusive Fun in the Sun
7 days (customizable)
destinations: Conchal Beach
tags: light adventure & all-inclusive
from $1,308 per person (Oct. dates)

All-Inclusive Fun in the Sun takes you to the luxurious all-inclusive Westin Playa Conchal Resort on one of Guanacaste’s most beautiful beaches for a weeklong seaside escape. AND you’ll enjoy snorkeling the underwater world while on a catamaran cruise plus going for a thrilling zipline experience within Costa Rica’s lush tropical rainforests. This 7-day itinerary can be customized as a family vacation experience by choosing to stay in the resort’s family section, or can as easily turn into a romantic destination vacation simply by selecting the exclusive adults-only section of the resort! Both offer easy access to the beach and a host of onsite hotel amenities.

Discover Costa Rica
9 days (customizable)
destinations: Arenal Volcano, Monteverde Cloud Forest & Conchal Beach
tags: light adventure, nature, and some all-inclusive
from $1,438 per person (Oct. dates)

Discover Costa Rica delights travelers seeking to explore the highlights of Costa Rica by visiting 3 strikingly different areas, Arenal Volcano, Monteverde Cloud Forest, and the beautiful pink beach at Playa Conchal. Along the way, you’ll have a choice of exciting activities that can turn it into an all adventure vacation, or make it an all nature vacation, or simply choose to enjoy a perfect balance of both. This 9-day vacation combination culminates with some restful ME TIME at a luxurious all-inclusive beach resort.

Rainforest Volcano and Beaches
7 days (customizable)
destinations: Arenal Volcano & Manuel Antonio Beach
tags: light adventure and nature – great for families!
from $1,220 per person (Oct. dates)

Rainforest Volcano Beaches will have you viewing wildlife from forest floor to tree tops and along the jungle studded Pacific coastline. Perfect for families, a few days at Arenal Volcano include options for zip-lining or nature hikes, and the beach area of Manual Antonio never fails to excite visitors with the abundant wildlife found in its national park. Just as the name implies, this 7-day vacation offers a little bit of everything and includes wonderful resorts, hot springs, fun in the jungle, beach time, and all of the transportation needed to pull it together into one amazing Costa Rica vacation!

Costa Rica offers a travel experience like no other country! Visit rainforests and exotic landscapes including gorgeous waterfalls!

Smooth Tropics Inclusive Adventure
7 days (customizable)
destinations: Arenal Volcano & Flamingo Beach
tags: light adventure, nature, and some all-inclusive
from $1,008 per person (Oct. dates)

A longtime favorite, the 7-day Smooth Tropics Inclusive Adventure sends you first to the rainforest and river area surrounding Arenal Volcano, then over to one of Guanacaste’s beautiful beaches at Playa Flamingo. From hot springs to cool lagoon, you’ll enjoy a perfect balance of ecolodge jungle adventures and vegging out at the beach pampered by an all-inclusive resort.

Eco-Xtreme Adrenaline
10 days (customizable)
destinations: Arenal Volcano, Monteverde Cloud Forest, & Manuel Antonio Beach
tags: xtreme adventure
from $1,299 per person (Oct. dates)

Extremely popular, the 10-day Eco-Xtreme Adrenaline will have your heart pumping as you race from one ultimate sports challenge to another. Picture: Whitewater Rafting, Canyoning, Waterfall Rappelling, Zip-lining, ATVing, and Surfing! And it all rocks at Costa Rica’s top 3 adventure destinations: Arenal Volcano, Monteverde Cloud Forest, and Manuel Antonio Beach. Bring your Go-Pro!

Costa Rica Safari
9 days (customizable)
destinations: San Jose, Tortuguero, Arenal Volcano & Monteverde Cloud Forest
tags: nature & light adventure
from $1,393 per person (Oct. dates)

The Costa Rica Safari will carry you from the remote region of Tortuguero on the Caribbean coast, only accessible by boat, to the jungles of Arenal Volcano, including Tabacon Hot Springs. Then to top it off you’ll visit the amazing Monteverde Cloud Forest. Your guides will take you exploring the canals by river safari, the rainforest by hanging bridges, and on a leisurely informative nature hike in the cloud forest. You’re sure to see plenty of wildlife on this 10-day eco-adventure. A nature lover’s dream!

South Pacific Eco-Xtreme
9 days (customizable)
destinations: Savegre Valley, Southern Mountains & Costa Ballena Beaches
tags: off-the-beaten-path, xtreme adventure & nature
from $1,608 per person (Oct. dates)

South Pacific Eco Extreme will engage you in an epic adventure exploring places few have dared to go! You’ll stay in African style safari tents, a cave behind a waterfall (yes, you read that right!), and a jungle ecolodge on the South Pacific coast. This 9-day extreme adventure includes mountain hiking, horseback riding, waterfall rappelling, plus whitewater rafting, and will undoubtedly be the most memorable vacation you’ve ever experience!

Rainforest Safari 
14 days (customizable)
destinations: Central Valley, Tortuguero, Arenal Volcano, Monteverde Cloud Forest & Manuel Antonio Beach
tags: nature and light adventure
from $1,621 per person (Oct. dates)

The Rainforest Safari sends you cross country from the Caribbean to the Pacific seeking out wildlife found in incredible habitats. This 14-day quest starts by going to Tortuguero, only accessible by boat or plane, where you’ll cruise the famous jungle canals. Next you’ll explore the Arenal Volcano region, go on a river safari, and leisurely hike the base of the volcano. Afterward you can soak in your eco-resort’s onsite hot springs. From there its up to the unique Monteverde Cloud Forest with a naturalist hike taking you over hanging bridges. Finally, you’ll relax at the beach and enjoy a guided tour of the abundant wildlife living in Manual Antonio National Park found over on the Pacific coast.

Costa Rica’s Best Vacation Destinations for 2018!

Costa Ricas Best Vacation Destinations for 2018!

Arenal Volcano 
why visit: adventure, nature, hot springs, volcano
combines well with these destinations: Manuel Antonio, Monteverde Cloud Forest, Guanacaste Beaches, Sarapiqui, Nicoya Beaches, Caribbean
best weather: While Arenal is located in North Central Costa Rica, it is positioned at the base of the Talamanca Mountains, on the fringe of the Caribbean slope of the country. Weather usually is best from mid-January - mid-May but is highly unpredictable as the area can be affected by weather from both the Caribbean and Pacific coasts. 
best prices: May, June, September - November

Arenal Volcano is not only one of Costa Rica’s most beautiful vacation destinations, but also numero uno for adventure and hot springs! Whether you are seeking peace and tranquility or thrilling outdoor challenges, you’ll find it here with an incredible selection of high adventure or nature eco-tours. Combine that with world-class hot spring resorts plus a mild year-round temperature and you’ll wonder why you’d ever want to leave!

Insider's advice: Choose a hotel with onsite hot springs. You'll save time and money versus visiting costly offsite hot springs, and you'll be able to enjoy them throughout your stay for free!

Manuel Antonio 
why visit: beach, nature, adventure
combines well with these destinations: Arenal Volcano, Monteverde Cloud Forest, Costa Ballena, Osa Peninsula, San Gerardo de Dota
best weather: December - April (some years have a mini dry season in July, known locally as El Veranillo de San Juan)
best prices: May - November

Manuel Antonio, a tiny town set on the Pacific coast, offers stunning white sand beaches backed by palm trees and rimmed with a rainforest jungle full of wildlife. Its national park, teeming with sloths, monkeys, and parrots to name a few, is the most visited in the country.

Insider's advice: Bring your towel and bathing suit when visiting Manuel Antonio National Park. Some of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica are in the park, so stick around after your tour and enjoy some fun in the sun in this incredible setting!

Tamarindo 
why visit: beach and surfing
combines well with these destinations: Arenal Volcano, Monteverde Cloud Forest, Nicoya Beaches
best weather: mid-November - July but many days in August are nice as well
best prices: May - November

One of Costa Rica’s most popular beaches, Tamarindo invites visitors to enjoy its many surfside village restaurants, shops, and nightlife entertainment. If you’re seeking an endless summer with beautiful beaches and live music, Playa Tamarindo is the place to go!

Insider's advice: Tamarindo is unique in the sense that the beach is perfect for swimming or surfing. The south end of Playa Tamarindo is calm, perfect for swimming. The north end of the beach has larger waves that are ideal for surfing.  Bring your boogie-board for the area in between!

Monteverde Cloud Forest
why visit: cloud forest, nature, adventure, birdwatching
combines well with these destinations: Arenal Volcano, Manuel Antonio, Guanacaste Beaches, Nicoya Beaches
best weather: December - April
best prices: May - November

The mysterious cloud enshrouded mountains of Monteverde offer an almost magical experience as you walk the forest floor and up into the canopy overhanging suspension bridges. Home of world-class highland species birdwatching, where birders flock to seek a glimpse of the rare Resplendent Quetzal or hear the call of the 3-Wattled Bellbird, the unique Cloud Forest also features a rich assortment of orchids and epiphytes. Thrill-seekers can choose to quench their thirst for adventure traveling at high speeds by zipline through the magnificent old growth forest over spectacular scenery. The local village of Santa Elena provides plenty of eateries, local artisan shops, museums, and galleries.

Insider's advice: Monteverde is home to the best canopy hanging bridges tours and canopy zipline courses in Costa Rica and perhaps the world. If you are planning on enjoying one of these activities, save in for Monteverde! Birdwatchers will like to know that the best time to observe Resplendent Quetzals is during their breeding season from February through May. Three-Wattled Bell Birds breed in Monteverde March through June. 

Guanacaste
why visit: beaches
combines well with these destinations: Arenal Volcano and Monteverde Cloud Forest
best weather: mid-November - July but many days in August are nice as well
best prices: May - November

Known as the gold coast, Guanacaste is home to some of the prettiest beaches in Costa Rica. Whether you are seeking world-class surfing, classic beach hangouts, a romantic getaway on miles of deserted beach, seaside horseback riding, or an all-inclusive beach resort, Guanacaste has it all!

Insider's advice: Northern Guanacaste from Tamarindo through Papagayo is the driest region of Costa Rica. Even in the rainiest months, September and October, many days see some sunshine. 

Costa Rica is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in Central America!

Osa Peninsula
why visit: nature, beaches, off-the-beaten-path
combines well with these destinations: Manuel Antonio, Costa Ballena, Southern Mountains and San Gerardo de Dota
best weather: December - April (some years have a mini dry season in July, known locally as El Veranillo de San Juan)
best prices: May - November

One of the wildest, most remote regions of Costa Rica, the Osa Peninsula is home to the world-famous Corcovado National Park. Often unreachable except by boat or plane, this area offers an untamed, raw experience with guided tours into the remotest areas, including protected ocean reefs. Mostly ecolodges are found here, including some quite primitive, a true back to nature experience!

Insider's advice: There are no large or luxurious resorts on the Osa Peninsula. Expect rustic but in some cases elegant, ecolodges that cater to ecotourists. Amenities such as air-conditioning and television are rare but then again, where else can you be entertained by sloths and scarlett macaws by day and use howler monkeys as an alarm clock? 

Nicoya Peninsula
why visit: beaches and off-the-beaten-path
combines well with these destinations: Arenal Volcano and Monteverde Cloud Forest
best weather: mid-November - July but many days in August are nice as well
best prices: May - November

The Nicoya Peninsula offers an incredibly diverse and beautiful region of Costa Rica with miles of pristine Pacific coastline. Part of the Guanacaste province, it provides off-the-beaten-path beaches and old world Costa Rican charm. Here you’ll find a variety of beaches, secluded coves, big wave surf breaks, sea turtle nesting sites, snorkeling, fishing, surfing, and the occasional all-inclusive resort.

Insider's advice: If you are traveling to beaches on the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula from Monteverde, Arenal, or points east, use the ferry from Puntarenas to cross the Gulf of Nicoya. You'll also need a 4x4, GPS, good map, and a strong sense of adventure if you are driving your own!

Southern Caribbean
why visit: beaches, nature, and off-the-beaten-path
combines well with these destinations: Arenal Volcano, Tortuguero, Pacuare, Turrialba, Sarapiqui
best weather: March - April, September - October
best prices: May - November

Costa Rica’s southern Caribbean coast invites you to indulge in its reggae vibe, spicy food, and lively steel drum music for a colorful cultural experience. You’ll find flat, sandy beaches, turquoise waters, surf breaks, and swaying palms amid lush rainforests ideal for surfing, snorkeling, swimming, or swinging in a hammock. Inland, you can visit indigenous farms practicing old methods of natural sustainability, visit waterfalls, hike the Talamanca mountains, and find a host of adventure activities.

Insider's advice: There are no large resorts or all-inclusive hotels in the Southern Caribbean region. Expect rustic lodges and bungalow-style accommodations with few amenities and amazing surroundings! While the southern Caribbean is best known for its beautiful beaches, the area is also home to loads of wildlife. Cahuita National Park is one of the best places in Costa Rica to observe sloths, monkeys, and other exotic animals.

Tortuguero
why visit: nature and off-the-beaten-path
combines well with these destinations: Arenal Volcano, Southern Caribbean, Pacuare, Turrialba, Sarapiqui
best weather: March - April, September - October
best prices: May - November

Inaccessible by car, the remote coastal region of Tortuguero provides a sanctuary for rare wildlife. It is also a primary nesting site for several species of endangered sea turtles. Canals wind through the jungle allowing you to observe the untouched beauty. Supporting eleven unique types of biospheres, it may be the most diverse place in Costa Rica! A small colorful village sits on an island sandwiched between the river and the Caribbean coastline. Ideal for serious nature enthusiasts!

Insider's advice: Tortuguero is another area with very rustic lodging. Expect a true ecolodge experience and immersion in nature in this region! Many of Tortuguero's lodges offer packages that include transportation to and from San Jose, lodging, tours on the canals, and meals for less than it costs for a hotel stay other areas!

Costa Ballena
why visit: nature, beaches, off-the-beaten-path
combines well with these destinations: Manuel Antonio, Osa Peninsula, Southern Mountains and San Gerardo de Dota
best weather: December - April (some years have a mini dry season in July, known locally as El Veranillo de San Juan)
best prices: May - November

Costa Ballena is one of the most beautiful, yet least visited areas of Costa Rica. Towering rainforest covered mountains extend to long stretches of beautiful southern Pacific beaches creating a spectacular contrast of gorgeous scenery and inspiring landscapes. Home of the famous Whale’s Tail at Ballena National Park and world-class surfing.

Insider's advice: If you have a rental car, be sure to drive the coastal highway to see some of Costa Rica's most beautiful landscapes! Many waterfalls can be seen cascading down mountainsides and small turn-off beaches can be found all along the coast. Visit Playa Ventanas to see caves on the beach!

Costa Rica offers an amazing vacation experience for everybody!

Costa Rica offers an amazing vacation experience for everybody!

Whether you’re a family looking for an adventurous vacation, a couple desiring a romantic beach getaway, or a thrill-seeking backpacker, Costa Rica delivers. With a year round tropical climate, and one of the most diverse landscapes in the world, you will find endless opportunities in every corner of Costa Rica. Sandwiched between the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean the country offers a playground of stunning beaches, spectacular mountains, a wealth of wildlife, and friendly welcoming people who truly believe in Pura Vida, the Pure Life!

Due to its rich bio-diversity, pure beauty, and close proximity to Mother Nature in unison with its small ecological footprint, Costa Rica offers an experience like none other. Whether diving or snorkeling the crystal clear offshore protected waters, to zip-lining hundreds of feet above a giant old growth rainforest, you’ll be surrounding yourself with tropical beauty. Marveling at sunsets and sinking your feet in the warm sand, you’ll likely experience a complete detoxification, ultimately feeling the embrace of a carefree state of mind.

Costa Rica was termed one of Forbes’ “Happiest Countries in the World”. Having abolished their army in 1949, Ticos, as Costa Ricans call themselves, support a peaceful lifestyle, protect their natural wildlife, and are well on the way to becoming the first carbon neutral country in the world.

One of Costa Rica’s greatest advantages is its ability to cater to so many different groups of people. Whether it be a large family, a group of retirees, a corporate business, a yoga circle, or a big wedding party, you’ll find the perfect accommodations in a paradisiacal atmosphere. Children can discover a world of amazing animals, teenagers can enjoy a day of surfing, Dad can take an offshore fishing charter, and Mom can indulge in a day at a hot springs spa. Costa Rica truly offers something for everyone, ensuring each visitor leaves with a lasting memory to smile about.

Enjoy a slice of freshly cut pineapple, sip from a hand-picked coconut, or add a little local rum to both, delighting in one of Costa Rica’s most indulgent cocktails, the Piña Colada. Take a horseback ride, surf a few waves, or simply soak up some sunshine; regardless what you choose, your mind will be miles from the office and finally at ease.

We specialize in making dreams like this come true every day. So, if you’re ready for an amazing experience, give us a call or use our easy Customize Your Trip form to get started. All of our vacation packages are fully customizable, or you can create your own from scratch. We’ll show you how to easily plan your dream vacation with valuable tips to save you time and money.

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Adventure VacationsAdventure Vacation

Our Adventure Costa Rica Vacations create the perfect balance of fun filled outdoor activities and natural habitat exploration. Well known as a paradise for eco-tourists, Costa Rica’s rainforests, beaches, mountains, and cloud forests, full of abundant wildlife and natural beauty, provide an unforgettable setting for satisfying your thirst for adventure.

 


Inclusive VacationsInclusive Vacations

Our Inclusive Vacations invite you to indulge in tropical decadence as you relax and enjoy the many amenities provided by your all-inclusive resort surroundings. In addition, you’ll be taken on great tours and exciting adventures. These fun filled vacations include delightful hotels and resorts, organized tours, all transportation, most if not all meals, and often include drinks for a portion of the trip.

 


Extreme AdventuresExtreme Adventure

Our Extreme Adventure vacations can be summed up in two words – Game On! Imagine yourself in the jungle careening down raging whitewater rivers, rappelling rainforest waterfalls in giant canyons, or zipping at high speeds through the cloud forest canopy. We offer all this and so much more. Hold on tight as we take you for the ultimate challenge while visiting some of Costa Rica’s premiere vacation destinations.

 


Wildlife SafarisWildlife Safaris

Our Wildlife Safaris, with the very best bilingual naturalist guides, can escort you into a variety of protected natural habitats, such as pristine rainforests, coastal canals, tropical dry forest, wetlands, and cloud forests to name just a few. Whether you are wanting to travel way into the wilderness or prefer being led into easier areas for mountain birdwatching and lowland river cruises, we offer excellent wildlife observation opportunities to choose from.

 


Honeymoon GetawaysHoneymoon Getaway

Our Honeymoon getaways will bring you to paradise where you can share the wonder of each other surrounded by spectacular natural beauty at some of the most romantic settings in Costa Rica. Walk along deserted beaches watching the sun go down (or up! on the Caribbean side), soak together in a secluded river grotto at Arenal’s natural hot springs, encourage each other to swing like Tarzan on thrilling zipline adventures, indulge in all-inclusive resorts with fabulous spas; we have many choices to make yours a memorable special occasion.

 


Surfing SafarisSurfing Safaris

Let's go surfin now, everybody’s learning how, come on and safari with meeeee! With this classic song the Beach Boys introduced the idea of surfing to people around the world. Our Surfing Safaris, taught by dedicated expert surfers, will teach you either how to surf for the first time if you’re a beginner, or show an old pro some new board moves. If you’ve always wanted to try it, Costa Rica’s the place. Most people learn in one lesson. From regular rollers to epic waves, these ocean surf breaks rock! You’ll also enjoy traveling through the scenic countryside to get there. So what are you waiting for? Let’s go surfin now!

 


Learning and FamilyLearning and Family

Our Learning and Family vacations provide an enormous outdoor biological classroom to explore both geological wonders as well as the rich diversity of wild plant and animal life. What better place than Costa Rica for you to engage in fun, meaningful activities together? Throw in a caving tour or zip-lining over a river canyon for added thrills. We provide the best bilingual naturalist guides to ensure you don’t miss a thing as you explore this amazing country and culture.

 


Sport Fishing AdventuresSport Fishing Adventures

Our Sport Fishing Adventures will cast you into waters where numerous record billfish have been caught off the Pacific side and huge tarpon regularly reeled in off the Caribbean coast. Lake Arenal provides a freshwater hot spot for the elusive (and delicious!) Guapote. Costa Rica is home to some of the best sport fishing in the world. We utilize only the best captains plus top of the line equipment and boats for our famed fishing expeditions.

 


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