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Costa Rica Best Destinations and Attractions

Manuel Antonio - Monteverde - Arenal
Starting at
$499
Cost per person (LOW SEASON)

Departure place

San Jose International Airport

Departure time

Any day of the year!

Trip Duration

5 days / 4 nights

Private services

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Highlights

  • Explore Costa Rica Best Destinations & Attractions: Arenal Volcano, Monteverde & Manuel Antonio Beach
  • Visit the Rainforest, Cloud Forest, Waterfalls, Hot Springs & Beautiful Beaches of Costa Rica
  • Hike on Hanging Bridges, Do Zip lining, Observe Wildlife & Learn about Costa Rican Culture
  • Discover Arenal Volcano-La Fortuna, the most popular destination of Costa Rica
  • Enjoy Manuel Antonio National Park Rainforest & Beach, one of the 10 most beautiful in the world
  • Explore the Cloud Forest at the Monteverde Hanging Bridges
  • Discover the most of Costa Rica in 5 days with this vacation package
  • Enjoy a combination of adventure, nature, beach, culture & relaxation during your vacation

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

Welcome to Costa Rica! On the first day of your vacation you will be picked up from the San Jose Airport (SJO) and then you will travel to the Country Inn & Suites Hotel in San Jose (other hotels are 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: Manuel Antonio National Park tour; Beach & Wildlife

Travel to the famous Manuel Antonio National Park, rated as one of the 10 most beautiful in the world. Stop along the way at the Crocodile Bridge & observe several crocodiles in their natural habitat. Continue to Tarcoles Beach & search for Scarlet Macaws, the most beautiful birds of Costa Rica. Further ahead you will visit the Jaco Beach Look-out point; Jaco is the most developed coastal town of Costa Rica. Continue your journey to Manuel Antonio & visit its famous National Park, where you will have the chance to admire the lush Rainforest of Costa Rica, the abundant wildlife & the most beautiful beaches of the country. You will have free time on your own to enjoy the beach, swim in the ocean or hike other trails.

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DAY 3: Monteverde Hanging Bridges tour; Cloud Forest & Nature

Explore the amazing Monteverde Cloud Forest, one of the main touristic attractions of Costa Rica. Stop along the way at the largest fruit stand of the country & learn about our vast variety of tropical fruits. Continue your journey with a fun stop in a place where we normally observe lots of white faced capuchin monkeys & watch them closely. Closer to Monteverde you will stop to take pictures of the mountainous landscape & the Gulf of Nicoya, which can be observed from the distance on clear days. Once in Monteverde you will hike the Hanging Bridges at Selvatura Park, the best in Costa Rica. Here you will learn many aspects of the unique & rare Cloud Forest, its flora & fauna.

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DAY 4: Arenal Volcano Mega Combo Tour; zip lining, hot springs, wildlife, culture & waterfalls

Experience a lot of Costa Rica in a single day. On this tour you will go along the less traveled “scenic route” to Arenal, driving in between Poas & Barva Volcanoes. Visit a coffee plantation where you will learn about Costa Rican Coffee & taste a cup of some of the best coffee in the world. Continue your journey to Arenal & explore La Paz Waterfall, San Fernando Waterfall, a bird-watching station & our famous “iguana bridge”. Once in Arenal you will do zip lining in the rainforest on 9 adventure cables, one rappel line 150 feet-high & you will participate of an indigenous tribe presentation to learn about Costa Rican Native Culture. At the end of this great tour, relax at the beautiful Paradise Hot Springs & Gardens.

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DAY 5: Good bye Costa Rica

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

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Inclusions

  • Transportation from the San Jose International Airport to the Country Inn & Suites Hotel.
  • 4 nights lodging at Country Inn & Suites Hotel in a standard deluxe room with breakfast included.
  • Manuel Antonio National Park tour; including round trip transportation, bilingual guide, National Park entrance fee, lunch; stops at the crocodiles’ viewing point, Jaco look-out point & Scarlet Macaws viewing point.
  • Monteverde Hanging Bridges tour; including round trip transportation, bilingual guide, lunch; entrance fees to the monkeys’ observation place, the Selvatura Hanging Bridges tour & the hummingbirds’ gallery.
  • Arenal Volcano Mega Combo Tour; including round trip transportation, bilingual guide, lunch, dinner; entrance fees to the hot springs, rappelling, indigenous tribe presentation and zip lining tour. Also, visits to La Paz Waterfall, San Fernando Waterfall, hummingbird’s observation point, iguana’s observation and a coffee plantation with coffee degustation.
  • Transportation to San Jose International Airport.
  • All current law taxes.

Special Notes

  • The rate for this itinerary is based on 4 participants traveling together and sharing the hotel room.
  • If your party is less than 4 participants, the following rates will apply:
  • 3 participants: $548 per person.
  • 2 participants: $596 per person.
  • For those participants who don’t wish to do the zip lining tour (which also includes the rappelling and the Maleku Tribe presentation), we can replace it for an interesting rainforest walk that includes the largest frog exhibit of Costa Rica with more than 30 species; a large butterfly garden; a turtle’s exhibit; a snake’s exhibit; and a crocodile-caiman exhibit (this request must be done at the time of reservation).
  • If the Country Inn & Suites Hotel doesn’t have rooms available for the dates of your trip, a similar accommodation will be provided.
  • The order of the tours presented on our website might have to be changed depending on conditions and availability. For example, some attractions are closed on certain days of the week, some tours are better to be done on certain days, etc.
  • A visit to Tabacon Hot Springs can be arranged on the Arenal Mega Combo tour, the additional cost would be $52 per person (this includes the entrance fee and extra transportation to Tabacon). For Holiday weeks such as Christmas or Easter the additional charge will vary.
  • The transfer to San Jose Intl. Airport on day must be set 3 hours before your flight.

Additional Information

The Costa Rica Best Destinations & Attractions Vacation Package is ideal for those people who don’t have a lot of vacation time or a large budget. On this itinerary you will visit the 3 most popular and representative touristic destinations of our country; you will basically see everything that is to be seen in Costa Rica: our volcanoes, waterfalls, beaches, rainforests, cloud forests and culture overall. This vacation package also includes the most popular activities that the vast majority of the visitors search for, like zip lining, hanging bridges hikes, wildlife observation, waterfalls observation, hiking in the rainforest, hot springs, beach time, coffee plantation, etc.

This vacation package has the convenience that you don’t have to pack and unpack when switching destinations, because you will stay in a hotel in San Jose which is located in the middle of the country and then will travel every day in the different directions where the tours are done.

On your arrival day you will be picked up directly from the airport and will be dropped off at your hotel for you to rest and start the adventure on the following day.

On the second day of your vacation you will be pickup from your hotel to go to Manuel Antonio National Park, a place that features a beautiful contrast of Green-lush Rainforest vegetation and gorgeous white sand beaches. On the way to this National Park we will do a few stops for you to experience and see the most of our country, our main goal is for you to explore Costa Rica in the best possible way. The first stop we make is at the famous crocodile bridge over the Tarcoles River, a place where we normally observe 20-60 crocodiles, some of them as big as 18 feet (6 meters). Of course we will be seeing these animals from a safe viewing point up on the bridge and the crocodiles will be 40 feet below (15 meters). The second stop will be done at Tarcoles Beach, where we normally observe Scarlet Macaws in the wild. Scarlet Macaws are the most beautiful birds of Costa Rica, large colorful parrots that fly every day from their home at the Carara National Park to feed at the numerous almond trees down at the coast. The last stop before reaching Manuel Antonio will be done at the Jaco Beach Look-out point, a great spot to take pictures of the beautiful Jaco Bay, the most developed coastal town of Costa Rica.

Once in Manuel Antonio you will have lunch in a restaurant located up on a 6th floor, from where you will get stunning ocean views and great views of the Rainforest of the National Park from above. After lunch you will visit Manuel Antonio National Park. It is important to understand that we prefer to visit this National Park in the afternoon to avoid the huge massive crowds that visit the park in the mornings; by entering in the afternoon we will have a better chance of not seeing lots of people and be able to observe the wild animals in a more relaxed way. Here you will hike on the main trail of the park, which is surrounded by lush rainforest vegetation. Seeing wild animals on this trail is very common, such as howler monkeys, white faced capuchin monkeys, squirrel monkeys, sloths, agoutis, colorful birds and many others. Once you finish with this hike, you can opt to relax at the beautiful beaches or to continue hiking on other trails of the park to search for more wild animals. The park closes at 4 p.m. and that’s when we start the journey back to your San Jose hotel.

On the third day of your vacation you will head to the North of the country towards the Monteverde Cloud Forest, another main destination of Costa Rica. On the way to Monteverde we will also do a few fun stops for you to see more of our country. The first stop will be made at the largest fruit stand of Costa Rica, where you will learn about the numerous tropical fruits that we have here. The second stop is done at a house in a regular Costa Rican neighborhood, where there is a lady who has the ability to call wild white faced capuchin monkeys to come to her backyard. These monkeys are very playful and they put up quite a show for the visitors, many participants of this tour have told us that this was the highlight of the trip. It is important to understand that these are wild monkeys and there is a possibility that they could not be there on a certain day. The third stop on the way to Monteverde will be done for you to take pictures of the beautiful mountain landscape, as well as the Gulf of Nicoya which can be observed on clear days. Once in Monteverde you will have lunch and then will proceed to do the hanging bridges hike in the Cloud Forest. On this hike you will have the opportunity to observe the jungles from the bottom and from the top when you are on the numerous bridges. This hike is normally completed in 2.5-3 hours and here you will have the chance to observe more of the Wildlife of Costa Rica. After the hike you will enjoy of the hummingbird gallery, in our opinion the best one of Costa Rica. At the end of all these activities we will head back to your San Jose Hotel.

On the fourth day of your vacation you will do our most popular excursion: The Arenal Volcano Mega Combo tour. This is the tour where you will be able to see the most of what Costa Rica has to offer in a single day. After being picked up in the morning from your hotel you will head to the road that goes in between Poas and Barva Volcanoes, from where you will get views of these 2 beautiful mountains. We call this road the “scenic route to Arenal”, because is far more picturesque than the regular highway that goes from San Jose to Arenal and that doesn’t offer the same great views. Continuing with your trip you will stop in a coffee plantation on the foothills of Poas Volcano, where your guide will show you the coffee plants and will explain about the history of coffee in Costa Rica; the way we plant it, the way we harvest it and the way we process it. The following stop will be made at the famous “La Paz Waterfall”, where you will have the chance to take great pictures up close of this beautiful waterfall. Further ahead you will visit the San Fernando Waterfall look-out point, where you will be able to take pictures, but will also have the chance to admire their bird’s observatory, that normally has many colorful tropical species. The following stop will be made at the iguana bridge, a place where you will have the chance to observe lots of these rainforest animals at eye level; this is one of the main attractions of this part of the country. Once in Arenal you will have lunch in a restaurant that provides great views of the volcano on clear days. After lunch you will do zip lining in the rainforests of the beautiful Arenal River Canyon, a 9 adventures cables-course that will test your adrenaline; on this tour there are also good chances of seeing some of the local fauna. At the end of the last cable, you will have the chance to test your adrenaline even more on a 150 feet high rappel line (50 meters), which is done over the Arenal River.  This activity can be skipped if you don’t feel like doing it. Continuing with this full day of activities you will participate of a short indigenous tribe presentation performed by some members of a local tribe called the “Malekus”; on this presentation you will learn about their traditions and culture overall. To end this day in a perfect way, you will relax in the thermal waters of Paradise Hot Springs and gardens, located at the base of Arenal Volcano. Here you will spend a couple of hours relaxing your muscles before returning to San Jose; dinner will be served on the way to your hotel.

On the 5th day of your vacation you will be taken to the San Jose International Airport for your returning flight, after having lots of fun during your 3 days touring in Costa Rica!

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