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Affordable Trip to Costa Rica

Arenal - Manuel Antonio
Starting at
$599
Cost per person (LOW SEASON)

Departure place

San Jose International Airport

Departure time

Any day of the year!

Trip Duration

6 days / 5 nights

Private services

3

Highlights

  • Experience Arenal Volcano, the most popular destination of Costa Rica!
  • Combination of adventure, nature, beach, culture & relaxation!
  • Wild Manuel Antonio Beach, the most beautiful of Costa Rica!
  • Relaxing time at the Hot Springs!
  • Visit a volcano region & a beach region on this trip!
  • Lots of wildlife at Manuel Antonio National Park area!
  • Experience our culture with your family at La Fortuna Town!
  • This Affordable Trip to Costa Rica includes all accommodations, transportation, activities & breakfasts!

DAY 1: Arrival to San Jose Intl Airport and private transfer to hotel

Welcome to Costa Rica! On the first day of your vacation one of our reps will meet you & greet you at the gate of the airport, to take you to the Country Inn & Suites Hotel in San Jose (other hotels available upon request). Your accommodation would be in a standard deluxe room with breakfast included (upgrades available upon request). The standard deluxe rooms feature air conditioning, cable TV, coffee maker, mini fridge, mini bar, daily newspaper, hair dryer, high speed internet access, in-room safe, iron/ironing table & telephone. The hotel also has an on-site restaurant, swimming pool, sauna, gym & convenient access to popular local attractions, as well as historic sites. 

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DAY 2: Arenal tour; zip lining, hot springs, rappelling, wildlife, culture & waterfalls

On this Arenal tour your family will experience lots of the beauties of Costa Rica in one single day: you will visit a coffee plantation to learn about Costa Rican Coffee & taste it; also observe 2 waterfalls, a bird-watching station & our famous “iguana bridge”, where often we see sloths too. Once in Arenal, you’d go zip lining in the rainforest, do a 150 feet-high rappel line, see an indigenous tribe presentation & go to the relaxing Paradise Hot Springs. Your accommodation would be at the “Secreto La Fortuna Hotel” (other hotels available upon request), in a superior room with breakfast included; A/C, Cable TV, hot water shower & safety box. This hotel also features a small swimming pool & great views of Arenal Volcano.

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DAY 3: Arenal Volcano lava hike tour

On this tour you will travel to walk on the large lava flow that came out of Arenal Volcano during the big eruption in the year 1,968. This lava-rock formation is actually the best look-out point to take pictures of the impressive Arenal Volcano; and is also the closest point of allowance to this beautiful mountain, since there are no trails or roads to go up on the summit (it is not possible to go up on the slopes of this volcano because it is still restricted). The hike takes about 1.5-2 hours in total, where your bilingual guide will tell you about the history of the most beautiful volcano of Costa Rica.

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DAY 4: Private transfer-tour to Manuel Antonio Beach; wildlife viewing & culture

Today you will travel to one of the most beautiful beach destinations in Costa Rica: the Manuel Antonio National Park area, rated as one of the 10 most beautiful in the world. On the way there we’ll make a few stops to show you some unique things of our country, such as crocodiles from a bridge; we also go searching for scarlet macaws, as well as stopping at the Jaco Beach lookout point, where you can take pictures of its gorgeous bay. Your lodging would be at the Cabinas Espadilla Hotel (other hotels available upon request), in a standard room with breakfast included; A/C, hot water, safe-deposit box, cable TV, coffee maker, refrigerator & Wi-Fi. This hotel also features swimming pool & beautiful gardens.

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DAY 5: Free day to relax at Manuel Antonio Beach

The 5th day of your vacation is free for you to enjoy of Manuel Antonio Beach, the hotel’s pool or to book some additional activities. Some ideas for things to do are: horseback riding in the rainforest to observe waterfalls, waterfall rappelling, parasailing, snorkeling, national park tour, kayaking or a relaxing massage. Please let us know if you would like to add any of these activities & we’ll be happy to do the coordination, the idea is for you to relax & enjoy of your vacation, we can take care of all logistics for you.

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DAY 6: Good bye Costa Rica

It’s time to go back home. Your own private transportation will take you to San Jose International Airport for your returning flight. 

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Inclusions

  • Private transfer from San Jose International Airport to the Country Inn & Suites Hotel.
  • 1 night lodging at Country Inn & Suites Hotel in a standard deluxe room with breakfast included.
  • Arenal tour; including one way transportation to Arenal with your luggage, bilingual guide, lunch; entrance fees to the hot springs, rappelling, indigenous tribe presentation and zip lining tour. Also, this tour includes stop at La Paz Waterfall, San Fernando Waterfall, hummingbird’s observation point, iguana’s observation point and a coffee plantation with coffee degustation.
  • 2 nights lodging at Secreto La Fortuna Hotel in a superior room with breakfast included.
  • Arenal Volcano lava hike tour; including round trip transportation, bilingual guide and entrance fee to the 1968 Arenal Volcano lava trail.
  • Private transfer from Arenal to Cabinas Espadilla Hotel in Manuel Antonio Beach.
  • 2 nights lodging at Cabinas Espadilla Hotel in a standard room with breakfast included.
  • Private transfer from Manuel Antonio to San Jose International Airport.
  • All current law taxes.

Special Notes

*The rate shown for our vacation package is based on 2 Adults and 2 Children (10 years of age or younger); traveling together and sharing hotel rooms at every location visited.

*Rates are subject to change without notice, based on any new tax regulations by the government.

Additional Information

This vacation itinerary was built for families who want to experience all of those things that make Costa Rica a famous destination around the world, but don’t have a large budget or long vacation time to travel. The itinerary includes it all: you would travel to Arenal Volcano, the most famous volcano region of our country; and you would also stay at the most beautiful beach destination called “Manuel Antonio Beach”, which was rated as one of the 10 most beautiful in the world. Also, your family will be very excited while sharing the adventures included, like zip lining in the rainforest, waterfalls viewing, volcano lava hike, wildlife observation, etc.

Your vacation starts when one of our reps picks you up at the San Jose International Airport, who will take you to the Country Inn & Suites Hotel which is about 10 minutes away. This hotel has a convenient location, at walking distance to restaurants and to a grocery store, in case that you need something for your family. If you would prefer to stay in a different hotel, just let us know your specific interests and we’ll be happy to arrange something different for you.

The second day of your vacation would be a great adventure, in which you will experience many sights and activities of Costa Rica in a single day. After leaving your hotel in the morning, you will travel to Arenal on a road we call “the scenic route”, because it offers a lot to see, compared with the regular direct route to Arenal. On this ride you will stop in a coffee plantation where your guide will show you the plants where the coffee grows and will give you a briefing of our Costa Rican Coffee, you will learn about the way we cultivate it, the way we harvest it and will taste a cup of some of the best coffee in the world. It is important to understand that on this tour we don’t visit the coffee processing plant, but the property where we stop earned the award of having the best coffee in the world in 2001 and 2002.

The ride continues by driving in between Poas Volcano and Barba Volcano, 2 of the biggest volcanoes in Costa Rica. Further ahead you will stop to admire a waterfall called “La Paz”, where we will give you some time for you to take some pictures. Shortly after you will stop by another waterfall viewing point called “San Fernando”, where there is also a bird-watching station; here we normally see many species of hummingbirds and other exotic types of tropical birds, including the rare “emerald toucan”. As the drive continues your guide will keep looking for other forms of wildlife that sometimes we find along the way, like monkeys, toucans, coatimundis and others.

The next stop would be at the famous iguana bridge, where you will have the chance to observe lots of green iguanas, but we also normally find sloths at a short walk from the bridge, quite an experience for the kids if they have never seen a sloth (lots of people come to Costa Rica just to see a sloth, it is relatively easy to find them here if you know where to look for them).

Once in Arenal, we will take you to have a typical Costa Rican lunch as part as the introduction to our country, and after lunch, you will participate of the zip lining tour in the rainforest, which is always a great adventure for all families. The tour consists of 9 cables immersed in the rainforest, where sometimes we get to see more wild animals. At the end of the last cable, you will have the opportunity to do a 50 meter-high rappel line (150 feet) that is done over the Arenal River; and right after the rappel you will participate of an indigenous tribe presentation that is done by real “Maleku” People, where you will learn about the traditions, customs and believes of our natives, quite an interesting cultural experience for the whole family.

At the end of the adventure activities, you will go to relax your muscles at the peaceful Paradise Hot Springs, where you will enjoy of the different hot springs ‘pools with various temperatures, which are surrounded by beautiful gardens of endless tropical plants.  This visit to the hot springs is a great treat for the whole family, after a long adventure day…

Afterwards, we will take you to the “Secreto La Fortuna” Hotel where you will stay for 2 nights. We have chosen this particular hotel because it’s located right in the town of La Fortuna, where you can easily walk to an endless array of restaurants with different types of food and because this hotel is located right in the heart of a regular Costa Rican neighborhood, where you and your family will be able to get a REAL feel of our culture, part of the purpose of visiting a foreign country.

On the third day of your vacation we will give you the whole morning for you to rest and recover from the great adventures you had the day before; but in the afternoon we will take you to do the “Arenal Volcano Lava Hike”, which is done right on the lava flow that came out of the volcano in the year 1,968 during the big eruption. This particular hike is by the way the closest point of allowance to the volcano, which is done at the base of it. It is important to understand that there are not trails or roads that go up to the summit of this volcano, because it is very steep and it is still a restricted area.

On the following day your trip continues to the Manuel Antonio National Park area, considered as The Most Beautiful Beach of Costa Rica. On this drive to Manuel Antonio you will also do a lot of sightseeing and stops to experience our country. On the way there we do a few stops in places where we normally observe some wild animals, like sloths, monkeys, crocodiles, scarlet macaws and others; as well as stopping in fruit stands for the whole family to learn about our delicious and exotic tropical fruits. This is a very interesting and scenic drive where you would have the chance to admire the gorgeous green highlands of Costa Rica and the low flat lands close to the coast; as a matter of fact, one of the stops we make during this drive is in a look-out point for you to take pictures of the beautiful Jaco Beach, the most developed coastal area of Costa Rica.

Once we arrive to Manuel Antonio Beach we would take you to do the check-in at the Cabinas Espadilla Hotel, a modest but comfortable accommodation with swimming pool and nice gardens. The main feature of this hotel is the proximity to the beach and to the Manuel Antonio National Park, the main attraction of this whole area; but this hotel is also conveniently located at walking distance to several restaurants, shops and a grocery store. 

The fifth day of your vacation is free for you to explore the National Park or to enjoy of the beach, however, there are endless activities to be done in Manuel Antonio, like white water rafting, waterfall rappelling (highly recommend this one if you have the courage!), ocean kayaking, mangrove kayaking, parasailing, surf lessons, horseback riding, etc.; we would be happy to add any of these activities to your itinerary upon request.

Finally, on the last day of your trip we would take you to the San Jose International Airport for your flight back home.

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