Tropical Costa Rica

November 9 – 17, 2022 | 9 days

$2198 per person, double occupancy *ON REQUEST*

 

 

 

 

Lush forests and stunning waterfalls…rumbling volcanoes and endless coastlines…Costa Rica is a paradise teeming with exotic plants and incredible animals. Luxuriate at a resort for two nights at Playa Carrillo, Guanacaste, known for its breathtaking beauty and fine sandy beaches. Spend two nights in Monteverde’s lush cloud forest. Experience the forest canopy on your choice of a hanging bridges nature walk or an exhilarating zip lining tour. Explore part of the 20,000 acre nature preserve of Cano Negro on a riverboat adventure. Enjoy the tranquil views of the Arenal Volcano from your hotel. Explore San Jose’s Plaza de Cultura and view the magnificent National Theatre. You will find a slice of paradise and so much more.

HIGHLIGHTS: San Jose, Coffee Plantation, Guanacaste, Monteverde Cloud Forest, Choice on Tour, Arenal Volcano, Lake Arenal Cruise, Cano Negro Refuge, Zarcero

HOTELS:

  • Day 1 Doubletree Cariari Hotel, San Jose
  • Days 2, 3 Nammbu Beachfront Bungalows, Guanacaste
  • Days 4, 5 El Establo, Monteverde
  • Days 6, 7 Mountain Paradise Hotel, Arenal
  • Day 8 Doubletree Cariari Hotel, San Jose

FULL ITINERARY

Pre Night
Doubletree Cariari Hotel
Doubletree Cariari is conveniently located just 5 minutes from downtown San José. The rooms are inspired by the colonial hacienda style of traditional San Jose.

Day 1 | High  80°  Low  62° | Doubletree Cariari Hotel
SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA – TOUR BEGINS
Your trip to Costa Rica opens in the colorful capital city of San Jose, the perfect place to relax and soak up the sights as your adventure begins.

Day 2 | Breakfast & Dinner | High  84°  Low  66° | Nammbu Beachfront Bungalows
SAN JOSE – COFFEE PLANTATION – GUANACASTE
Welcome to the Central Valley. Begin with a tour of a local coffee plantation highlighting the history and cultivation of this driver of the Costa Rican economy. This afternoon, arrive in breathtaking Guanacaste, known for its fine sandy beaches. Settle in for a relaxing 2-night stay at your resort and take in the mesmerizing ocean views.

Day 3 | Breakfast & Dinner | High  84°  Low  66° | Nammbu Beachfront Bungalows
GUANACASTE
Fun in the sun is in store today as you explore the nearby beaches, or simply relax by the pool and take advantage of your resort’s lovely amenities. This afternoon, visit the delightful beach town of Samara, one of the top sunset spots in Costa Rica. Soak in the spectacular colors as the sun illuminates the natural landscape.

Day 4 | Breakfast & Dinner | High  67°  Low  62° | El Establo
GUANACASTE – MONTEVERDE
It’s off to the secluded Monteverde Cloud Forest, a place you have to see to believe, where trees grow to heights of 100 feet! Set off on a nature walk through this spectacular ecosystem, where you’re sure to encounter many incredible species of flora and fauna. Keep your eyes peeled and you may be lucky enough to spot the elusive quetzal!

Day 5 | Breakfast & Dinner | High  67°  Low  62° | El Establo
MONTEVERDE
It’s your choice! Explore one of the world’s largest butterfly gardens and a dazzling gallery containing more than 100 beautiful hummingbirds. Then, join an expert for a leisurely paced “Hanging Bridges” walking tour to gain a different perspective of the cloud forest’s lush ecosystem -OR- take an exhilarating ride on one of the longest canopy zip line tours in Costa Rica. If you would like to do both the hanging bridges and the zip line tour, you may purchase the second as an option on tour. This evening, take part in an expert-led discussion about the migratory birds that flock to Costa Rica.

Day 6 | Breakfast & Dinner | High  82°  Low  64° | Mountain Paradise Hotel
MONTEVERDE – LAKE ARENAL CRUISE – ARENAL
Uncover the importance of conservation in Costa Rica during a visit to a tree nursery. Learn about indigenous trees and Monteverde’s reforestation efforts. Cross beautiful mountainous landscapes to Arenal, where spectacular views of the famous volcano await your discovery. Enjoy a delightful cruise on Lake Arenal, Costa Rica’s largest and most important lake. Later, check in for another 2-night stay at a lodge overlooking the majestic Arenal Volcano. Get to know the Costa Rican culture this evening. Taste your way through a cooking demonstration featuring local ingredients.

Day 7 | Breakfast | High  82°  Low  64° | Mountain Paradise Hotel
ARENAL – CANO NEGRO – ARENAL
Embark on a Cano Negro guided riverboat trip in a covered canoe known as a panga. These 20,000 acres are home to the largest viewable collection of indigenous wildlife in all of Costa Rica. Go in search of caimans, river otters, sloths, monkeys, river turtles, exotic birds and rare butterflies. Later, return to Arenal for the chance to relax during an optional spa visit.

Day 8 | Breakfast & Dinner | High  80°  Low  62° | Doubletree Cariari Hotel
ARENAL – ZARCERO – SAN JOSE
Today, get a little whimsical as we journey to the charming town of Zarcero to explore its fanciful topiary garden. Continue to San Jose to see the treasures of the city on a panoramic tour. See the bustling Plaza de Cultura. This evening, bid farewell to paradise over a wonderful dinner with your fellow travelers.

Day 9 | Breakfast
SAN JOSE – TOUR ENDS
Today you depart for home with fabulous memories of your Costa Rican adventure.

PRICES *Space can be requested*
Double: $2198pp | Single: $2598pp | Triple: $2168pp

PRICE INCLUDES
Round Trip Airfare
8 breakfasts & 6 dinners
Air taxes and fees/surcharges
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE
Travel insurance, visas and items of a personal nature
Expense of any required PCR or Antigen tests

 

 

**Travel insurance is recommended**

3-NIGHT JUNGLE ADVENTURE EXTENSION – $549pp

November 17 – 20, 2022 

 

Day 1 | Lunch & Dinner
SAN JOSE – TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK

Enjoy an exciting soft-adventure jungle extension to Tortuguero, the Amazon of Costa Rica. Explore the region’s wildlife by boat, viewing macaws, sloths, monkeys, falcons and other native species. Enjoy a memorable 2-night stay at your eco-lodge surrounded by the beauty of a tropical forest and amazing wildlife. Later, experience a spectacular boat cruise through the various canals and be sure to keep an eye out for wildlife including howler monkeys, sloths, toucans, aquatic birds, bats and caimans, as well as exotic flora. Tortuguero National Park is a study in rainforest, freshwater, and marine biology. It protects over 350 species of birds and mammals including green macaws; 57 species of amphibians; 111 species of reptiles; and 60 mammal species, including 13 of Costa Rica’s 16 endangered species including jaguars, tapirs, ocelots, cougars, river otters and manatees.

Day 2 | Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK

An early morning bird watching excursion* is offered so you may learn about the variety of local species and migratory birds that flock to this area. Learn more about your surroundings with a visit to the world’s first Sea Turtle Conservancy and discover how to protect the turtle’s nesting habitat and eggs.

Day 3 | Breakfast & Lunch
TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK – SAN JOSE

Return to San Jose for your last night in Costa Rica before your return home.

Day 4
SAN JOSE – TOUR ENDS

Your tour comes to a close today.

CANOPY ADVENTURE – $75 PP
Monteverde Cloud Forest
Duration: 3 Hours (Your transportation is included)

Experience the unique sensation of flying through nature! For nature lovers, the greatest adventure of it all is to take a Zip Line Canopy Adventure Tour. Selvatura Adventure Park and Canopy Tour is one of the best soft adventures in Costa Rica. Canopy Tour guides start by outfitting you with the appropriate equipment; then they take you through each of the 12 cables and 19 platforms and through the Tarzan Swing (optional). Selvatura Park is one of the longest Canopy Tours in Costa Rica, and is the only zip line canopy tour located inside the actual virgin cloud forest of Monteverde. Feel pure adrenaline and excitement of flying up to 35 miles per hour, viewing magnificent landscapes. Zip lines ranging from 120 to more than 2,000 feet in length and 60 to 400 feet in height let you experience the cloud forest from a whole new perspective. The tree top canopy tour not only offers a great adventure but also an opportunity to observe wildlife in its natural habitat. Trained personnel (accredited by the Costa Rican Institute of Tourism) accompanies you throughout the tour. If you are looking for a fun adventure and amazing rides, this canopy tour is your best choice.

Please note: This option must be booked at least 30 days prior to departure; and is non-refundable within 15 days of departure. This adventure is NOT recommended for clients who have high blood pressure, back or heart problems or women who are pregnant.

General conditions: All guides and equipment used is certified by the Costa Rican Institute of Tourism (ICT). For security, children under 8 years old cannot take the tour. Clients over 100 kilograms weight (217 pounds) must be evaluated by the technical staff (according to his/her height and physical condition) upon arrival. Staff will determine if those guests can participate in this tour. We recommend wearing long pants, hiking shoes, camera, binoculars, insect repellent, and a raincoat.

DEVAS SPA TREATMENT- MOUNTAIN PARADISE HOTEL – $160 PP
Arenal
Duration: 2 Hours (Your transportation is included)

“What is good for the body is good for the soul.” A well-deserved spa visit provides a complete treatment experience to replenish your mind, body and soul. Indulge in supreme pampering and relaxation with a choice of one of several different, exhilarating spa service packages. Each package includes 3 different spa treatments from aromatherapy and mud massages to exfoliation and reflexology. Certified therapists will guide you to a state of complete relaxation as you enjoy unforgettable therapeutic facial and body treatments. Your choice of packages are: Mountain Paradise Spa Package (105 minutes): Exfoliation, Volcanic Wrap, Volcanic Mask. Arenal Charm Spa Package (80 minutes): Deep Tissue Massage, Reflexology, Volcanic Mask. Back to Life Spa Package (105 minutes): Relaxing Massage, Reflexology, Facial.

This option is available only to those guests who are staying at the Mountain Paradise Hotel. Exact treatment time will be scheduled while on tour.

MONTEVERDE HANGING BRIDGES – $75 PP
Monteverde Cloud Forest
Duration: 2.5 Hours (Your transportation is included)

Explore the cloud forest reserve in the heart of Monteverde from up above as you walk among the treetops with a local expert. Venture into an enchanting, colorful world as your tour begins with exploring one of the world’s largest butterfly gardens with more than 30 species of tropical butterflies. Next, be dazzled in a nearby gallery containing more than 100 beautiful hummingbirds. More than 14 species of hummingbirds will amaze you with their incredible aerial maneuvers and bright, lively colors. Then embark on a guided walking tour high above the forest floor on a leisurely paced “Hanging Bridges” tour and gain a different perspective of the cloud forest’s unique ecosystem, its mammals, birds, plants and flora. Admire the forest floor bursting with natural wonders, wildlife, and take in the amazing vistas. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to get up close to the indigenous wildlife in their natural habitat as your local expert shares stories of this incredible landscape and the ecology of the cloud forest.

The hanging bridges consist of 1.9 miles (approximately 3 kilometers) of trails that cross through the Monteverde Cloud Forest. Guests with fear of heights should not participate in this option. It is recommended you bring light clothing, long pants, totally closed shoes or hiking shoes, camera, binoculars, sunscreen, insect repellent and a raincoat.

MANGROVE KAYAKING ON THE ORA RIVER – $50 PP
Guanacaste
Duration: 3 Hours (Your transportation is included)

Branches reaching out into the swamp, creatures bustling through the undergrowth, and long-necked birds wading into the cloudy water. The mangroves of Costa Rica are not only essential to the larger ecosystem but also function as an ethereal waterway that will make you feel as if you’ve been transported to another world. Mangrove trees live in swamps where salt water meets fresh water, creating a flourishing home for a wide variety of animals. On your kayak, discover an intimate look at the local wildlife as you gently paddle six miles down the Ora River. Keep an eye out for playful monkeys and explorative iguanas scurrying up the trees. Follow your guide as you coast along the water, making your way along the winding river and taking in the nature all around you.

Availability is based on river or sea conditions and cannot be guaranteed.

Suggestion: Bring camera, sunblock, comfortable clothes, and sandals. In the event the Ora River does not have suitable conditions, guests will enjoy sea kayaking. Departure time is dependent upon high tide.

DOLPHIN WATCHING & SNORKEL EXPERIENCE – $60 PP
Guanacaste
Duration: 4 Hours (Your transportation is included)

Get a different perspective of the Costa Rican wildlife when you venture into the natural habitat of a dolphin family. With a guide, get a firsthand look at these elegant creatures and watch as they play along the water’s surface. Home to an abundance of animals, keep an eye out for other creatures as well. If you’re lucky, you may even spot some whales or turtles! Afterwards, try your hand at fishing as you cast your line into the blue waters of the Pacific. You’ll also get a chance to swim and snorkel in the warm waves along the coast, getting a closer look at the sea life.

Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed. Activity is dependent on ocean and weather conditions.

Suggestion: Bring sunblock, bathing suit, towel, and sunglasses.

DEPOSIT
$600 per person is due with booking 

PAYMENTS
Final payment is due August 1, 2022. Payments may be made by check or by credit card.  We accept AX, Visa, & MC.   Legal full names must be given as stated on your passport.  Name changes made from booking until August 1, 2022, will be charged $200 per name change. After August 1, 2022, no name changes.

CANCELLATIONS
If cancelled before August 1, 2022, a $500 per person fee is assessed.  If cancelled on or after August 1, trip is non-refundable. Credit card fees are non-refundable for any reason. We highly recommend the purchase of insurance.

FULL LEGAL NAMES
Must be given as stated on PASSPORT. Please send us a copy of your passport (do not fax).

INSURANCE
Please request an insurance quote for the SCT agent.  It is best to wait until air costs are added.

SHARON CARR TRAVEL IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR WEATHER-RELATED OR MECHANICAL DELAYS. Any out of pocket expenses caused by airline delays are the sole responsibility of the client and any refunds due are at the sole discretion of the airline. Client must contact the airline directly for any reimbursement. Once again, INSURANCE IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

RESPONSIBILITY
SHARON CARR TRAVEL is not the source or supplier of the travel services included in this package and they act solely as an agent for the actual suppliers of such service and assume no liability for injury, damage, loss, accident, delay, war, insurrection, vendor bankruptcy, revolt or other civil uprising, other military actions, pandemic, strikes or any act of god occurring in either the country of origin, destination or through passage, or for any reason whatsoever SHARON CARR TRAVEL is not responsible for ski conditions.  The suppliers whose names appear in the information supplied are those who are responsible for providing the travel services purchased.   SHARON CARR TRAVEL will not be held responsible should any of these suppliers fail to provide the travel services purchased SHARON CARR TRAVEL will not be held responsible for any loss or damage to luggage during the tour.  Also, SHARON CARR TRAVEL  will not be liable regarding provision of medical care or the adequacy of any care that may be rendered.  Acceptance of the Tour Contract will serve as a Release of Liability and Assumption of Risk Agreement.  This agreement is binding on your heirs, legal representatives and assigns.  If, for some reason, a trip must be rescheduled due to any of the above reasons, participants are bound by the new dates of travel, and can only obtain a refund if insurance has been purchased and insurer is contractually bound.

 

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