At a Glance
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Day 1: San José - Arrival
Welcome to Costa Rica! At the airport, your driver will meet you to take you to Grano de Oro Hotel, an urban oasis in the heart of the city. Enjoy a relaxing evening, have dinner at the hotel restaurant - one of the best in San José - and visit the rooftop jacuzzi tub for some post-travel R&R to prepare you for tomorrow's morning adventures.
Day 2: San José to Arenal - Hacienda Alsacia: coffee from bean to cup
Bid farewell to San José, but not before stopping for a guided tour of Hacienda Alsacia, a self-sustaining coffee farm owned by the world’s most famous name in coffee. Cap off the experience with a coffee tasting, before winding your way deeper into the idyllic Costa Rican countryside, bound for Arenal.
Day 3: Arenal - Sky-blue rivers & waterfalls in Tenorio National Park
Hike through dense forest in Tenorio Volcano National Park to Rio Celeste, a river colored brilliant turquoise by volcanic minerals in the water. Spot monkeys and toucans as you wind your way to the Celeste Waterfall – still one of the best-kept secrets in Costa Rica. Bring your camera!
Day 4: Arenal - A bird's eye view: hanging bridges & zip lines
Take a walk along rainforest trails and traverse bridges at treetop height with a naturalist guide. Discover the area’s unique ecosystem, spot exotic jungle wildlife, and admire panoramic volcano views before strapping in for a heart-quickening zip line adventure through the forest canopy.
Day 5: Arenal to Monteverde - Alpine vistas & craft beer
After breakfast, cross Arenal Lake on a lancha, then wind your way up into the emerald green mountains of Monteverde. Check into Hotel Belmar and enjoy a farm-to-table dining experience paired with mountain views and flights of local craft beers.
Day 6: Monteverde - Quetzals & cloud forest
In the early morning when bird activity is at its peak, venture into the mists in search of panoramic views and tropical avian species – hummingbirds, toucanets, trogons, motmots and the elusive Resplendent Quetzal, a beautiful bird with an iridescent green body, red breast, and long tail plumes.
Day 7: Monteverde to Manuel Antonio - The beach is calling
Trade cloud forest for coastline today with a ride to blissful Manuel Antonio for sun, sand & solitude at one of Costa Rica's most beautiful beaches. Check into your suite at Gaia and catch the first of many beautiful Pacific sunsets.
Days 8 & 9: Manuel Antonio - Blissful white sand beaches
Your final days in Costa Rica are yours to spend as you wish, whether poolside or on the beach. If you’re up for a day of adventuring, Manuel Antonio National Park can’t be missed. Within its boundaries, you’ll find some of the best beaches in the country – turquoise water and white sand fringed by jungle. Enjoy your last breathtaking Pacific sunset at a romantic candlelit table for two.
Day 10: Manuel Antonio to San José - Departure
Bid adios to the tropics with a quick 30-minute flight back to San José’s international airport for your onward travels.