One of our most popular vacations, the Pure Life Adventure combines two of Costa Rica’s top destinations taking you on an incredible journey to both Arenal Volcano and Manuel Antonio beach. Visit the iconic volcano for exciting adventure activities and soothing hot springs then head to beautiful white sand beaches for fun in the sun! Similar to all of our amazing vacations, this value-packed itinerary can be 100% customized to your budget and needs. Check pricing notes for details. Take Advantage of Green Season Savings! Add a FREE NIGHT to your stay at La Vela Boutique Hotel for either the Affordable Value or Affordable Deluxe category for Low Season dates through December 14, 2024!
The Pure Life Adventure is one of our most sought after Costa Rica vacation packages and for good reason! It transports you to two of Costa Rica’s most popular destinations, Arenal Volcano and Manuel Antonio Beach for an incredible journey filled with adventure, nature, hot springs, and fun in the sun. Best of all, it’s 100% customizable to your budget and desires!
Number of nights: 6 (customizable)
Category: Affordable deluxe per person price from *$$$ (as displayed below) and add a free night from now through Dec 14!
$100 Low Lifelong Deposit, No Charge Rescheduling**
While this vacation is 100% customizable, we recommend using the hotels included in this sample itinerary. These hotels have traveler-friendly policies, allowing for low down payments, easy rescheduling, and reasonable cancellation terms. Even so, we strongly recommend obtaining trip insurance to cover the unexpected.
The adventure begins when you arrive at San Jose Airport. Our representative will be waiting to greet you and provide a private transfer through the rolling green mountains and spectacular countryside to the town of La Fortuna at Arenal Volcano. Arenal is the adventure and hot springs capital of Central America and one of the most beautiful rainforest regions in Costa Rica. Arenal Springs Resort and Spa will be your base for adventure, offering onsite hot springs with incredible volcano views! You’ll be able to choose either a thrilling Canopy Zipline Adventure OR a stroll over the Canopy Hanging Bridges tour on your second day. On your third day, you can choose either a Riverboat Safari tour cruising the Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge OR an awesome Whitewater Rafting Adventure shooting the Class II and III rapids down Rio Balsa.
After a few action-packed days in the Arenal area, you’re off to Manuel Antonio Beach to stay at the La Vela Boutique Hotel. This quiet boutique hotel, surrounded by jungle and lush tropical gardens, provides the ideal place for exploring the famous beaches of Manuel Antonio. Here you can relax and unwind, or stroll over to the beach or the national park to view animal life and immerse yourself in the local culture.
Day 1: Welcome to Costa Rica and on to Arenal Volcano!
Our friendly representative will meet you at the San Jose International Airport to provide a private transfer to Arenal Volcano, where you’ll stay at the Arenal Springs Resort and Spa. You are sure to love this popular eco-resort offering hot springs and incredible volcano views
Arenal Springs Resort and Spa
Day 2: Choice: Canopy Hanging Bridges or Zipline (B)
Pick your choice of canopy activities; either a high-flying Canopy Zipline Adventure Tour OR a slower paced, Canopy Hanging Bridges Nature Tour. The fast-paced Zipline Adventure is an awesome way to “fly” through the treetops from platform to platform via wheel, harness, and cables! The Hanging Bridges Tour leads you on a comfortable hike through the jungle with intermittent bridges across the treetops, allowing you to observe the many birds and animals that inhabit the rainforest canopy. Be sure to enjoy relaxing in the hot springs back at the resort in the afternoon.
Arenal Springs Resort and Spa
Day 3: Choice: Riverboat Safari or Rio Balsa Rafting (B, L)
You’ll once again have your choice of either a nature or adventure tour. The Cano Negro Riverboat Safari provides a scenic tour to observe exotic wildlife and meet the locals living near the Nicaragua border. The Whitewater Rafting Tour will have you riding over thrilling Class II and III rapids as you venture down the beautiful Rio Balsa.
Arenal Springs Resort and Spa
Day 4: Arenal Volcano to Manuel Antonio Beach (B)
Today a shared transfer will be provided taking you again through scenic mountains and jungle over to the Central Pacific coast, and down to Manuel Antonio Beach, where you’ll enjoy a relaxing stay at La Vela Boutique Hotel.
La Vela Boutique Hotel
Days 5 & 6: Beach Days at Manuel Antonio (B)
The next couple of days give you some “ME TIME” exploring the beautiful beaches at Manuel Antonio on your own. Enjoy swimming, boogie-boarding, or surfing on the main beach, Playa Espadilla, or go for a swim and snorkel at the more tranquil Playa Biesanz. You won’t want to miss a visit to Costa Rica’s most famous national park to see the abundant wildlife, or just take a stroll through the village to do some souvenir shopping. La Vela is in the ideal location to take advantage of all of this and more!
La Vela Boutique Hotel
Day 7: Back to the airport (B)
All good things must come to an end…but you can always come back! Today we’ll provide a private transfer returning you to the San Jose International Airport according to your flight schedule.
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A visit to the iconic Arenal Volcano is practically a must for anybody visiting Costa Rica! Set in the shadow of this majestic volcano, the lively little town of La Fortuna is an oasis of ecotourism and considered by many to be the Adventure Capital of Central America. Visitors can choose from a plethora of rainforest adventure and nature activities, enjoy spectacular views and scenery, and soak in one of the many thermal volcanic hot springs! View this destination...
Some animals that live in Arenal… (actual images may have been taken in other locations)
Visitors to Manuel Antonio will be enamored by the captivating beauty of white sand beaches and verdant green jungle. Backed by palm trees and rainforest, much of the beach area is protected from construction and left in a natural state. The national park at the end of the main beach supports hundreds of species of rare exotic animals including sloths, monkeys, toucans, and iguanas, extending out into the ocean as well. Combined with some of Costa Rica’s best boutique hotels and seemingly endless list of activities from which to choose, it’s no wonder that Manuel Antonio is one of the country’s top destinations! View this destination…
Some animals that live in Manuel Antonio… (actual images may have been taken in other locations)
Arenal Springs Resort and Spa offers guests an amazing eco-resort experience at the base of Arenal Volcano. All rooms are comfortably equipped, offering views of the iconic volcano from the front porch or balcony. The thermal hot springs are spread out among tropical gardens and pools, providing seclusion for those that want privacy, or you can socialize in the larger pool areas with swim upbars. View this hotel…
Located in the beach and national park area of Manuel Antonio, La Vela is one of the few hotels in the area that is within walking distance of both. Yes, it's only a few minutes walk to the beach, which is rare in Manuel Antonio! La Vela provides an oasis of peace and tranquility surrounded by jungle and tropical gardens. This small boutique-style hotel offers guests comfortably furnished and tastefully decorated rooms. The highly trained staff will make you feel at home with outstanding customer service. Here you’re sure to experience “Pura Vida”! Guests can enjoy the swimming pool, lounge area, or take a walk to the nearby beach, national park, or souvenir shops. View this hotel…
You’ll choose one or the other, the Canopy Zipline OR Canopy Hanging Bridges tour.
The Canopy Zipline is a must do for all thrill seeking adventurers! You’ll soar through the treetops at high speeds from platform to platform by wheel and harness on a steel cable immersing yourself in the jungle wildlife.
The Canopy Hanging Bridges guides you through the rainforest along well-groomed trails and across spectacular suspension bridges. You’ll observe the rainforest from top to toe and learn about its inhabitants such as howler monkeys, sloths, toucans, and much more! View this tour…
Choose an exciting Whitewater Rafting Adventure OR explore wildlife on a Riverboat Safari
The Riverboat Safari takes place near the Nicaragua border, in the Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge. The refuge is loaded with exotic animals such as caimans, monkeys, sloths, roseate spoonbills, and more. As you cruise along the river on a covered, open-air pontoon boat, your bilingual naturalist guide will help you spot and identify wildlife in the rainforest. Be sure to bring your camera!
The Rio Balsa offers Class II and III rapids for an awesome afternoon of whitewater rafting! Professional bilingual guides will lead the way as you navigate through this exciting and scenic river on an adrenaline-packed adventure! View this tour…
Your Package Includes: (remember; you can customize any aspect!)
Award-Winning VIP Service
Hotels & Resorts (hotels can be substituted at an adjusted rate)
Tours, Activities & More (tours can be substituted at an adjusted rate)
Transportation (a rental car or other transportation options can be substituted at an adjusted rate)
Meals & Drinks (based on hotel and tour selections)
Affordable Deluxe Category (displayed above): $$$. In order to offer the lowest prices possible, we work with a combination of contract and dynamic rates. These rates fluctuate daily, based on the season and hotel availability.
Affordable Value Category (not displayed above): For supreme value, we substitute Magic Mountain Hotel & Spa in place of Arenal Springs Resort in the affordable value category and keep La Vela Boutique Hotel for a significantly reduced $$ price. Note that hot springs are not included in this version, though can be added for an additional price. In order to offer the lowest prices possible, we work with a combination of contract and dynamic rates. These rates fluctuate daily, based on the season and hotel availability. Please mention in your inquiry that you are interested in the affordable value deal if you would like this offer. You can click here >> to view the Affordable Value version of the Pure Life Adventure.
The free night offer is valid for Low Season dates until December 15, 2024, subject to limited promotional availability and only available at La Vela Boutique Hotel.
*Your vacation will be 100% customized to your needs. After inquiring with us, you will receive an exact price based on your custom itinerary. Please include special requests in the comments section. The rates listed here include current taxes, hotels, tours and transfers as described unless otherwise indicated. Rates may vary based on your travel dates, room occupancy, and type of transportation selected. Green season pricing and offers listed above are for select travel dates only and restrictions may apply. Inquire for details. Prices are subject to change at any time and do NOT include international airfare, travel insurance or any other services that are not expressly mentioned.
If you delay or cancel your trip for any reason, your deposit will be valid until you are ready to go. It is also transferable to a friend.
No Charge Rescheduling & Modifications
For travelers with existing bookings and for new bookings, we will waive modification fees for those who wish to change their travel dates to future travel dates for all booking plans. Restrictions may apply. Please review our policies for details.
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