If your idea of the perfect Costa Rica vacation includes whitewater rafting, rappelling over gorgeous waterfalls, soaking in natural hot springs then spending a few laid back days at the beach, you’ll love Extreme Tropics! After shooting the rapids in the beautiful rainforested region around Arenal Volcano, you’ll head over to Jimmy Buffett’s all-inclusive Margaritaville Beach Resort at Playa Flamingo on the Pacific. The best of two worlds, adrenaline adventures and total freedom in a one week tropical escapade. Check pricing notes for details. Take Advantage of Green Season Savings!
A great way to get your feet wet, the Extreme Tropics will have you rappelling over cascading waterfalls in the jungle, navigating Class ll and lll rapids downriver deep in the rainforest, then sinking your toes in the gentle warm surf at Playa Flamingo. You’ll stay at the foot of Arenal Volcano in a comfortable eco-resort cabin, complete with mineral hot springs, as your base camp to go canyoning and whitewater rafting in the lush rainforest. Then you’ll travel to the Pacific coast to kick back at Playa Flamingo’s beautiful white sand beach and sparkling clear water. Here you’ll stay at the Margaritaville Beach Hotel to indulge in a four-star all-inclusive experience where you can take salsa dancing lessons, swing in a hammock, and watch endless sunsets.
Number of nights: 6 (customizable)
Per person price from *$1,020
$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.
When you fly into Liberia International Airport, in northwestern Costa Rica, a representative will meet you and provide transportation to your hotel at Arenal Volcano, just outside the town of La Fortuna. Your beautifully landscaped eco-resort, the Arenal Paraiso Hotel Resortand Spa, faces the massive volcano and features 12 separate hot springs fed mineral pools. Starting with the hottest at the top, the pools decrease in temperature following a connecting stream that cascades down until it reaches the regular swimming pool. You’re sure to find the right one just for you, and with 12, they’re never crowded. You’ll stay in the Superior Room, which is actually an individual freestanding cabin, comfortably furnished, with air conditioning, a minifridge, and large patio. The Resort has recently undergone updated renovations. On the grounds, you’ll find the Oscar Restaurant serving fancy Costa Rican cuisine, a gym, and the Mayim Spa and Wellness Center. The nearby town of La Fortuna, known as Costa Rica’s Adventure Capital, is only 7 kilometers away, a fun place to do some souvenir shopping and enjoy the cafes.
Waking up the next day, you’ll be in for a real treat whitewater rafting down the beautiful Rio Balsa. A van will take you to the river where you’ll meet your guides, including a safety kayaker, who will go over everything you need to know before you launch together in a large inflatable whitewater raft. You’ll head downriver for about 2 hours of nonstop thrilling adventure shooting over Class ll and lll rapids surrounded by tropical jungle. Along the way, you’ll pull over to swim in the refreshing water then at the end, when you are back on dry land, you’ll be treated to a traditional style Costa Rican lunch. A hard act to follow, right? Actually, the very next day you’ll be taken by 4-wheel drive vehicle up a mountain deep within the rainforest where you’ll hike to a series of waterfalls and go rappelling. Each waterfall offers a different experience, one over 150 feet high! Don’t worry, your professional guides will be tending a safety line each time you descend. The last rappel with take you down a dry canyon face. Depending on the time of day, a hearty ranch lunch will be served either before or after your expedition. You’ll sure appreciate those hot springs back at the hotel when you get back!
Next, you’ll leave the temperate rainforest interior and make a beeline for the beach! Playa Flamingo, located on the Pacific side of the Nicoya Peninsula, is recognized as a Blue Flag beach for its calm, clean tides and sustainable upkeep. It presents the perfect beach paradise with its classic crescent shape of smooth white sand, gentle surf for swimming, and shade trees with branches touching the ground. It’s no wonder Jimmy Buffett decided to open a Margaritaville Beach Resort here! And that’s where you’ll be staying, in the all-inclusive beachfront hotel, with lots of fun activities, several swimming pools, a swim-up bar, Jacuzzi, lighted tennis courts, the list goes on. Not to mention the excellent fresh seafood dishes served up in the Banana Wind Restaurant, and oh, of course, the cheeseburger in paradise! Best one around and drinks are included. You’ll be staying in the Garden Pool Side Room complete with air conditioning, minifridge, coffeemaker, and cable TV. This part of your vacation is yours to spend however you wish. No plans, no schedules, just plenty of time to enjoy the beach, the resort, and each other. Have Fun!
Day 1: Liberia International Airport to Arenal Volcano
Welcome to Costa Rica! A representative will meet you when you land then provide private transportation to your hotel located outside the town of La Fortuna near the Arenal Volcano.
Arenal Paraiso Hotel Resort and Spa
Day 2: Whitewater Rafting Rio Balsa (B, L)
After being picked up and taken to the river, you’ll meet your guides and go whitewater rafting for approximately 2 hours depending on the current. You’ll stop for a swim and at the end, you’ll be treated to lunch before returning to your hotel.
Arenal Paraiso Hotel Resort and Spa
Day 3: Canyoning Pure Trek Ultimate Adventure Rappel (B, L)
You’ll be taken to a ranch where your guides will drive you by 4-wheel drive 30 minutes up a mountain to begin your adventure. You’ll hike to 4 waterfalls rappelling over each one plus one dry canyon face. The ranch will provide lunch either before or after your tour. Bring dry clothes to change into and wear closed shoes. Later you can soak your muscles in the hotel’s hot springs!
Arenal Paraiso Hotel Resort and Spa
Day 4: Arenal Volcano to Playa Flamingo (B, D)
Transport will be provided as you follow a scenic drive along Lake Arenal and inland rural countryside until you arrive at Playa Flamingo on the Pacific northwest coast. Here you’ll stay at Jimmy Buffett’s all-inclusive Margaritaville Beach Hotel.
Margaritaville Beach Hotel
Day 5: Free Day – Beach Day Playa Flamingo (all-inclusive)
The next few days are yours to relax and enjoy the perfect beach vacation. Your beachfront resort offers a lot of onsite activities and the long stretch of Blue Flag beach offers excellent safe swimming and leisurely walks.
Margaritaville Beach Hotel
Day 6: Free Day – Beach Day Playa Flamingo (all-inclusive)
In addition to lounging about, you might like to explore the quiet but growing town of Flamingo or take a taxi to Tamarindo to pick up the vibe. You can also easily customize your itinerary if you would like to add an additional tour.
Margaritaville Beach Hotel
Day 7: Playa Flamingo to Liberia International Airport (B)
Today you’ll pack your bags and be driven by private transport to the Liberia International Airport scheduled to accommodate your personal flight time. Adios Amigos!
Often known as Costa Rica’s Adventure Capital, the milder temperatures of the lush rainforest area surrounding Arenal Volcano combined with the many scenic rivers, hot springs, and waterfalls make this spot one of the most sought-after vacation destinations. The colorful town of La Fortuna sits near the base of the majestic volcano and is full of explorers on their way to one fantastic adventure or another. Specialty restaurants, cafes, and shops surround the town square and adjoining Catholic church, a fun place to just sit and enjoy the magnificent volcano view. Beautiful pristine Lake Arenal, found on the other side of the volcano, is set like a Swiss jewel amongst the mountains and is Costa Rica’s largest lake with an area of over 30 square miles. View this destination...
Some animals that live in Arenal… (actual images may have been taken in other locations)
Long a hidden treasure on Costa Rica’s northwestern Nicoya Peninsula, Playa Flamingo has recently been discovered thanks to better road access and the opening of Liberia International Airport. It’s still a quiet area with most of the upscale development away from the beach so you can enjoy walking the long stretch of white sand without the hustle and bustle found in other beach towns. The gentle tides make it great for swimming and it proudly holds the international Blue Flag certification for its pristine condition, safety, and sustainability. Long twisting branches reach down from the trees providing shade, a handy towel rack, and possibly an iguana or two. With its clear turquoise water, it truly is a paradise! A famous off-shore fishing and diving area, there’s plenty to do besides worshipping the sun every day, although the daily sunsets are spectacular. Playa Tamarindo, a hopping tourist town about 20 minutes away by car, offers more nighttime activities plus has a decent surf break for surfers. View this destination…
Some animals that live in Guanacaste… (actual images may have been taken in other locations)
Arenal Paraiso Hotel Resort and Spa (Midrange)
An affordable eco-lodge facing the iconic Arenal Volcano, Arenal Paraiso offers 12 onsite mineral hot springs set in lush tropical gardens. The comfortable rooms are found in bungalows dotting the property and are easily within reach of the thermal pools. The sound of a gentle stream connects the springs, creating miniature waterfalls as they flow downhill ending at the resort’s cold water swimming pool and bar. The upscale Oscar Restaurant serves freshly prepared meals with a flare and a lovely breakfast buffet. There’s a small gym and a computer area where WiFi can be accessed. The Mayim Spa and Wellness Center offers many massage options, including couples and chocolate massages, as well as nail care. Located at the heart of the Arenal area, the resort becomes a great base for all the surrounding adventure activities. The nearest town, La Fortuna, less than 5 miles away, offers an array of restaurants, souvenir shops, and a colorful downtown vibe. View this hotel...
The son of a son of a sailor set foot here on Playa Flamingo and decided it was the perfect place to open one of his famous Margaritaville resorts. That would be Jimmy Buffett, whose songs epitomize the freedom of living on island time (even if you’re not on an island!), eating fresh seafood, drinking margarita’s, and watching the sun go down. It’s no surprise then that the Margaritaville Beach Resort features nautical decor, with a 5 O’clock Somewhere Bar, Banana Wind Restaurant, and a License to Chill swim-up bar. A real class act for a mid-range hotel, this resort provides beach volleyball, salsa dancing, lighted tennis courts, and a family center complete with a pool table, movie theater andother family-oriented activities. Several pools are on the premises with one designated especially for kids. Several meal plans are available including the all-inclusive. A full-service spa offers a variety of massages and beauty treatments. The resort faces Playa Flamingo, a wide expanse of white sand beach rimmed in shade trees with gentle surf, ideal for safe swimming. Sunsets are unobstructed with all the colors of the fireball being devoured by the ocean nightly. The quiet but growing town of Flamingo offers some of the best offshore diving and fishing tours on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast. And all within less than an hour from the Liberia International Airport! View this hotel…
Imagine rafting over Class ll and lll rapids through Costa Rica’s beautiful rainforested jungle rivers! The whitewater action in this section of the Rio Balsa is non-stop although the guides will pull over at some point, so you can go for a refreshing swim and take in the amazing view. Located not far from La Fortuna and the Arenal Volcano, this area, known as the Adventure Capital of Central America, features a year-round temperate climate, verdant forests to explore, natural hot springs, waterfalls, and of course, wonderful rivers set deep in the jungle. Your professional guides will go over safety instructions then go with you as you splash and dash your way downriver. At the end, back on dry land, you’ll be treated to a hearty lunch and have time to share stories. Great for first timers and families too! View this tour...
One of the best rappelling experiences in Costa Rica! First of all, you’redrivenup the side of a mountain in a 4-wheel drive vehicle. At the top, you go for a short hike to the first waterfall platform. Your professional guides will help you connect your body harness to the rappelling ropes then off you go, down through cavernous waterfalls kicking off with your feet and splashing in the falls. At the bottom, another guide will unhook your lines as you go wandering off with a huge smile on your face. You’ll hike through amazing trails in areas totally inaccessible by car, surrounded by giant leaves of rainforest plants and trees, smelling the richness of the moist earth beneath your feet. Until you reach another waterfall, this time a little longer, a little wetter. There are 4 waterfall rappels in all, from 50 to 165 feet, and one dry canyon rappel. Depending on the time of day, you’ll have lunch either before or after your adventure. It all happens near the La Fortuna/Arenal Volcano area, famous for exceptional outdoor adventure activities within Nature’s wonderland. View this tour...
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