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Taste of Costa Rica

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7 days / 6 nights (3nts Arenal - 3nts Manuel Antonio)

Map This itinerary is perfect for travelers who want to see two of Costa Rica's most alluring and popular areas, both offering a wide variety of activities and tours. This itinerary is family friendly.

The Arenal region is rich in natural attractions; experience thermo-mineral hot springs, waterfall hikes, horseback riding, birdwatching, biking and boat tours on the Cano Negro. Visitors to the Arenal region enjoy easy access to the nearby bustling town of La Fortuna with its local nightlife, restaurants and shops. Arenal Volcano puts out an unforgettable light and smoke show nearly every day. Nighttime viewing is the most spectacular, with glowing lava and mini-explosions lighting up the sky.

The Manuel Antonio region combines the rainforest with breathtaking white-sand beaches, among the most beautiful in the world! Manuel Antonio and the adjacent port town of Quepos have become a Mecca for jetsetters who come to enjoy the serenity of the place combined with an active nightlife that includes restaurants, bars and discotheques. Manuel Antonio National Park is a "must-see".

Recommended Hotel Pairings:
Option 1:Los Lagos in Arenal, Hotel Paardor in Manuel Antonio
Option 2:Mountain Paradise in Arenal, Hotel Parador in Manuel Antonio
Option 3: Nayara in Arenal, Arenas del Mar in Manuel Antonio
Note: The booking form at left will auto-fill with (and your itinerary will be priced based on) the Option 1 hotels (the most economical option). The suggested upgraded hotel pairings can be manually entered if so desired. To upgrade to the Option 2 or Option 3 hotels simply make your alternate hotel selections during the shopping process.

Included Tour Activities in the Areas: Cano Negro National Park Boat Tour; Manuel Antonio National Park ½ Day Tour
Additional Optional Tour Activities may be added online prior to finalizing your booking. Click on the links below to see a list of the optional tours available in each area.
Arenal Optional Tours
Manuel Antonio Optional Tours

A Car Rental is included in this itinerary based on the most economial option, you will have a choice of vehicles to choose from when booking. If preferred, Private Transfers (and Shared Transfers where available and feasible) are also available from/to the Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) as well as from region to region.

Travel Tips:
Bring along long pants, attire for dining in town, camera, light-weight jacket, swimsuit, binoculars, walking/hiking shoes, rubber soled shoes for water activities, small backpack for excursions and rain poncho.

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    MapDay #1
    Most flights arrive at San Jose's Juan Santa Maria International Airport early afternoon. Your transfer to the beautiful Arenal area will take approximately 2 ½ -3 hours. Your drive through the countryside is easy and will offer a first look at the diversity the country has to offer. As you get closer to the Arenal area you will be able to spot the famous Arenal Volcano. After check in at your hotel, enjoy the rest of the day and evening at leisure or take a stroll through the small town of La Fortuna.
    Overnight: Los Lagos (3½*) or Mountain Paradise (4*) or Hotel Arenal Nayara (5*)

    Day #2
    Rise and shine early and take in the amazing view of Arenal Volcano. What a perfect way to wake up! Today, a boat tour to the Cano Negro Wildlife Reserve is included. Start your journey from La Fortuna at 7:30am and make your way to the Reserve through the beautiful countryside, which takes about 1 hr. 45 mins. From there you will take a 3 hour boat ride down to Rio Frio where you will see various species of birds and animals. Lunch is included and a professional guide will be escorting you during this tour. After lunch start your journey back to La Fortuna and enjoy the evening at leisure at your hotel.
    Overnight: Los Lagos (3½*) or Mountain Paradise (4*) or Hotel Arenal Nayara (5*)

    Day #3
    Sleep in if you want to and enjoy your day at leisure or book one of the many optional tours that are available from the Arenal area. Options include Hiking Tours, Canopy Tours, Hanging Bridges Tour, Canyoning and many more. Tonight enjoy one of the many wonderful natural Hot Springs that are available in the Arenal area.
    Overnight: Los Lagos (3½*) or Mountain Paradise (4*) or Hotel Arenal Nayara (5*)

    Day #4
    Your transfer to Manuel Antonio will depart early. Enjoy the beautiful scenic drive through the countryside and learn more about the amazing diversity of the country as you make your way to the Manuel Antonio area. Your driving time is approximately 4-5 hours. Check in at your hotel and enjoy your afternoon and evening at leisure. Take a stroll down the beach where many vendors are selling local goods or explore the delightful town of Quepos.
    Overnight:Hotel Parador (4*) or Arenas del Mar Beach & Nature Resort (5*)

    Day #5
    Rise and shine early for your ½ day tour to the Manuel Antonio National Park. Even though one of the smallest national parks in Costa Rica, Manuel Antonio is immense in beauty with its impressive combination of tropical rainforest, abundant wildlife and two idyllic beaches. Follow a professional guide through this impressive park, home to numerous species of butterflies, monkeys, snakes, orchids and more! Enjoy your afternoon and evening at leisure.
    Overnight:Hotel Parador (4*) or Arenas del Mar Beach & Nature Resort (5*)

    Day #6
    The Manuel Antonio area offers a large variety of tours and activities. For those who are looking to explore the area, you may opt for an optional tour today. Enjoy your day!
    Overnight:Hotel Parador (4*) or Arenas del Mar Beach & Nature Resort (5*)

    Day #7
    Unfortunately your taste of Costa Rica has come to an end - you'll just have to come back for more another time. You will be transferred from your hotel to San Jose's Juan Santa Maria International Airport (SJO) for your return flight home. We hope you had a wonderful stay. Pura Vida!

    Hotels listed in above itinerary are recommendations based on first-hand experience. You may select other hotels during the online shopping process if you prefer. Similarly, tours have been selected based on recommendations from our ground operator as well as personal experience - however, the itineraries are designed to be flexible and allow for the substitution of both hotels and optional tour activities as well as transportation options. Please note that not all tours operate daily. If you select travel dates that will put you in the area on a day the tour does not operate, it will not be included in your package automatically. Other optional tours for that region will be available for purchase. You may add additional optional tour activities as well. Note: Tips to porters and guides and airport departure taxes of US$26 pp are not included.

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