Costa Rica’s Central & North Pacific Coast

From £2637 pp*

Costa Rica

14 Nights / 15 Days

Private group for 2-6

Costa Rica’s Central & North Pacific Coast

From £2637 pp*

What You'll Do

Explore the North Pacific coast of Costa Rica, uncovering pristine coastline, lush, tangled jungle with amazing wildlife, characterful towns and rural villages where you can really immerse yourself in the Costa Rican way of life.


Day 1          Alajuela

Day 2 – 4 Monteverde

Day 5 – 6  Albangaritos

Day 7 – 10   Santa Teresa

Day 11 & 12  Central Pacific Coast

Day 13 & 15  Jaco

Day 13 Departure

You’ll start your adventure from Alajuela, and head straight for the place you’ve come for, the North Pacific coastline of Costa Rica. The country prides itself on a brand of tourism that is eco-friendly and socially sustainable, and this will be very much the focus of the tour, as well as experiencing Costa Rica’s highlights on this stunning stretch of coastline.

You’ll be visiting local, rural communities like an eco-farm in the Puntarenas Province on your first day, where you’ll be immersed in rural Costa Rican culture, getting to know how the farm runs and learning how to cook real, authentic Costa Rican cuisine.

Then, you’ll be off to Ensenada Wildlife Refuge, a stunning stretch of protected mangrove forest that offers some of the best bird watching in the world, as well as the opportunity to see crocodiles and howler monkeys as you cruise your way through the otherworldly forests by boat – an essential part of any wildlife holiday in Costa Rica.

From surfing at the world-renowned Santa Teresa one day, to soaring on a zip-wire through the steaming air, the jungle canopy stretched out beneath you, there are magical waterfalls, atmospheric little towns, and stunning beaches to be found all the way to Jaco, where your once in a lifetime adventure ends.

As well as the adrenaline-pumping activities, incredible food and stunning scenery that you’ll experience, this tour offers an opportunity to really get under the skin of Costa Rica and see the hidden gems, off the tourist trail, that you would otherwise miss.

Thanks to your local drivers and guides, you’ll meet and interact with local people and stay in their homes, get to know their way of life and establish human connections that create long-lasting memories, from spending a day with fisherman in the islands of the Nicoya Gulf to making wonderful, sociable meals at Betty’s house.

*per person price is based on 2 adults sharing a room in low season.


Get off the beaten track and see the local side to Costa Rica most tourists miss

Discover incredible wild spaces like dense jungles and pristine beaches

Thrill at adventures like ziplining, surfing and quad-biking in stunning settings

Meet the locals, try their food, and see how life really is in Costa Rica

Your Local Host:


I was born and raised in Costa Rica and have lived here my entire life. And ever since I could, I’ve been travelling the world. Soon after I left school, I travelled around Costa Rica and discovered every single part of it! Although, we do have a fairly small country, there’s an insane amount to explore, and I’m still exploring Read More

Experience Itinerary

Arrive in Costa Rica

Arrive in San Jose airport, where you will be picked up and driven to your first accommodation. Recover from your long journey and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime.






Villa San Ignacio

The Hotel Villa San Ignacio has been renovated to rescue its original rustic charm. The decoration is simple but polished, with furniture designed with antiques to evoke the simple grace of the countryside. A lot of clarity and natural light enhance that feeling of visiting a cosy hacienda. The Pandora Restaurant, specializing in homemade dishes with local ingredients and very fresh is available for breakfast, lunch and dinner. With 2.5 hectares of green areas and a variety of spaces for activities, this charming place is ideal to spend a few days in the villa.

Monteverde Cloud Forest

Today your shuttle will pick you up early in the morning to drive you to the cloud forest of Monteverde, with a stop over  at the Poás Volcano, an active 2,708-metre (8,885 ft) stratovolcano. The crater of the volcano is over a mile across and 1050 feet deep.  It has erupted 40 times since 1828, including April, 2017. At the Volcano we will have time to enjoy the impressive main crater with its sulfur fumaroles.

Finally, your shuttle will  drive you to the cloud forest of Monteverde.  It will take you over three hours to get to the 1440 meters above sea level mountain, on top of Costa Rica’s continental divide, and the much cooler weather of Monteverde and Santa Elena.

Free afternoon to visit the shops, ice cream parlors, cheese factories or coffee houses of Monteverde.


Koora Hotel

Koora Hotel boasts an idyllic location overlooking the mighty Gulf of Nicoya, amidst Costa Rica’s flourishing green landscapes. It rests within easy reach of the magical Aguti Wildlife Reserve and the bustling centre of Monteverde.

The hotel offers welcoming accommodation types to suit the needs and comfort levels of all travellers. Guests have the choice between suites and bungalows, all of which feature bright interiors and are equipped with the modern amenities needed to ensure a comfortable stay, as well as includes a delicious breakfast each morning. Facilities include a coffee shop, restaurant and bar, while services include Wi-Fi and a tour desk.

Monteverde - Hanging bridges

In the morning you will go on the canopy tour where you’ll have an adrenaline rush swinging from platform to platform attached to a harness as you slide on the longest and highest cables to be found in the area, and at the same time you can enjoy the panoramic views, that can only to be seen from high above.  Or you can also walk over the hanging bridges for a calmer experience on top of the canopy of the forest.

You will have the entire afternoon to enjoy the area, including the small and quaint town of Santa Elena, filled with tasty restaurants and folksy artisan shops.  The nearby forest hosts a remarkable amount of biodiversity.  A walk through a cloud forest in Monteverde reveals a lush garden of mosses, ferns, flowers and epiphytes growing thickly on every tree. Clouds drift in and settle among the slopes, providing the plants with the continuous moisture that they require. Dangling roots and vines sweep across the trails, while the sounds of birds and other creatures echo throughout the forest.

As sunset falls in the forest and it’s nocturnal animals truly awaken.  You will have a night walk at Valle Escondido Preserve was one of the forerunner Night Tours in Monteverde, starting 18 years ago. It is still one of the best, due to the authenticity of the nature experiences, and having local certified guides. You will be picked up at your hotel for this amazing 2 hour walk in the woods!


Koora Hotel

koora hotel bedroom

Experience Authentic Monteverde

Established in 1972, the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve has largely been considered as one of Costa Rica’s most treasured places. Originally with 4,000 hectares, this private reserve protects a very delicate and sadly diminishing ecosystem: the tropical cloud forests. Following the preserve’s creation, the Tropical Science Center continued to secure the financial and human resources necessary to expand, consolidate, and properly protect the preserve’s current 10,500 hectares.

You will go on a hike while experiencing ecotourism with our professional, friendly, and knowledgeable guides. Explore the wonders of the forest and deepen your connection with nature by learning about its diverse species.

In the afternoon the experience continues. You will get three tours in one, coffee, chocolate and sugar cane, at the Don Juan Coffee farm!

The coffee tour, which begins with the wonderful history of coffee in the world, followed by its history in our country and importance in Costa Rica’s development. During this part of the tour, we will get to see all the processes carried by coffee, from the seed to the delicious final product, the freshly steaming cup of coffee. The second part of this tour is the famous chocolate tour, the perfect complement for coffee. You will learn about it’s contribution to rescuing the traditions and culture of our country. The third part of the tour will be about sugar cane, where you’ll learn about its history, plantations, different types of harvest, processing, obtainment of various products and you’ll be able to live the experience of handcrafting sugar cane juice.


Koora Hotel

Local farm visit and cooking class

Transfer to the Pacific coast, with a stop over in Zapotal of Miramar in Puntarenas province, is a small rural community of 100 inhabitants. The dairy products are the main economic activity but a few families made a bet on authentic rural tourism: you will visit an ecological farm where everything is produced organically. You will learn about wastewater purification process,about how to feed a biodigester with pigs, how to grow chicken organically and how to maintain an organic garden with medicinal plants. But most importantly, you will learn how to cook costarican style, at Betty’s house!

Your journey in Costa Rica continues as you make your way towards the Tropical Dry Forest of Ensenada Wildlife Refuge. This privately-owned sanctuary is managed by a family who also run a couple of economic activities, including salt production and agriculture. As a result of their efforts, the mangrove and coastal areas have undergone significant reforestation, making this site an exceptional location for nature lovers, particularly bird watchers. the refuge has become one of the most popular destinations for birding enthusiasts in Costa Rica.


Hacienda La Ensenada

La Ensenada Lodge is located on the Pacific Coast in the province of Puntarenas, on the Gulf of Nicoya only 2:30 hours from San José, and 1:25 hours from Liberia. It is an ideal place for Horseback Riding; for naturalists, bird watchers and nature lovers. The most important commodities on this ranch are cattle and horses, the production of salt and fruits. They offer accommodations on comfortable villas facing the Gulf: with bathroom, hot water, with closet and terrace, from which you enjoy an unforgettable sunset relaxing in a hammock. Swimming pool, restaurant, cabins for guide and driver.

Because of its family management, the guests have the opportunity to participate in the daily activities of the farm, as well as horseback riding assisted by local guide. You will become part of the typical life of Costa Rican ranch. The gulf of Nicoya, the mangroves and the salina offer those who love birds, wildlife and photography many different species and variety of birds such as pelicans, herons, parrots, Montezuma oropendula, bellbird, white iris, Roseate Spoonbill. The menu is Italo Costa Rican.

Explore the mangrove forests

Mangroves are an important part of marine ecosystems and serve as nurseries for marine species and as water purifiers. The wildlife present in this ecosystem is unique and interesting.  You will board your boat that will carry you on a two-hour island and mangrove tour to see roseate spoonbills, hawks, black-bellied whistling ducks, and egrets, along with crocodiles and howler monkeys.





Hacienda La Ensenada

Transfer to the coast

Transfer to Nicoya Península via Ferry Boat!

Santa Teresa is a nice beach town on the western side of the Nicoya Peninsula on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. It is a beach, surf, and nature lover’s paradise.  There is definitely a laid back, surfer, backpacker, hippie kind of vibe, but there are also luxury accommodations, amazing restaurants, happening nightlife, and modern day amenities packed into this small town. Santa Teresa is the whole package.




Manala Hotel

Located in the small town of Santa Teresa and is within walking distance of the beach, the accommodation is in spacious bungalows featuring modern amenities including air conditioning, minibar and a fully equipped bathroom. The hotel has an in-house restaurant serving light dishes including pizza and pasta. The bar serves a range of cocktails and tropical beverages. Guests may also relax at the beautiful outdoor swimming pool which is surrounded by lush vegetation.

Waterfall and canopy tour

Today you are going on an adventure. Soar through the treetops on 9 thrilling cables and glide across 13 platforms, suspended high above the lush forest floor. Keep your eyes open for a variety of exotic Costa Rican flora and fauna, including majestic howler and white-faced monkeys, colorful parrots, iguanas, and more. You will also make a stop at the breathtaking Montezuma Waterfalls, and take a refreshing dip in the natural swimming pools.





Manala Hotel

Surfing in the Pacific

Try out surfing and learn the basics of the sport to experience the thrill of riding a wave. Local experts will coach you safely, in one of the best surfing spots in Costa Rica.

Located on Playa Hermosa’s beach, your instructors provide group and private lessons for all skill levels. Whether visitors are a beginner or experienced surfers, they can be sure to find the perfect class for their style and level of expertise. The instructors are experienced and knowledgeable, providing visitors with theoretical knowledge and practical experience on Playa Hermosa’s beautiful beach.

With their help, visitors can learn the basics of surfing quickly and safely. The instructors can also provide tips about specific techniques for more experienced surfers, helping them enhance their skills and have more fun in the water.


Manala Hotel

Relaxation day

Lazy day at the beach!  Take some rest to help recharge your batteries.

Enjoy a free day in the sun and the warm, calm water of the Pacific Ocean. Try some local food and the delicious fruits of Costa Rica, work on your tan, relax and have fun!






Manala Hotel

Tropical island glamping

You start heading back to the Central Pacific, but there is an amazing island in the Nicoya Gulf…so why not spend a night there?

Camping with Glamour in Jesusita Island allows you to experience nature at its maximum, listening to the sounds of the forest, feeling the ocean breeze, watching the ocean from your terrace. But also, get to know how people live in the islands of the Nicoya Gulf: the small scale fishermen and the farmers, living from what mother earth can give us.

Bioluminescence tour is a one-of-a-kind evening boating adventure that seeks to show the magical bioluminescence in the dark waters surrounding Isla Chiquita. Produced by high concentrations of light-emitting plankton, bioluminescence imbues the waters with a starry night effect.


Isla Chiquita Glamping

Located on the shores of Costa Rica’s Gulf of Nicoya, each of the 15 glamping tents features a king bed, a daybed lounger, and a spacious lounging deck with stunning ocean views.

The dining experience at Isla Chiquita brings together the best of two worlds; the stunning natural beauty of the Gulf of Nicoya and the freshest ocean-to-table seafood to be found in Costa Rica. Guests can enjoy a diverse array of excursions, from self-guided kayaking and stand-up paddle-boarding to bird watching, sports fishing and island hopping tours.

Authentic fishing trip

Artisanal Fishing is a critical component of the region’s culture and economy. Traditions passed from generation to generation are essential to the lifestyles of many of the local communities. A guide will take you on a small boat in a charming expedition to the area’s best spots. The thrills of fishing, closely tied to Jesusita Island. For many years, this tiny island nook was a favourite resting spot for sport fishing enthusiasts. It is only natural to offer guided expeditions to let visitors experience the ocean’s raw big-game challenge.




Isla Chiquita Glamping

Transfer from Jaco

Take the ferry boat again and continue on to the Central Pacific, and Jacó, a picturesque beach town with stunning beaches. Jaco offers a unique blend of natural beauty and lively entertainment.






Villa Caletas

Villa Caletas is set upon a hilltop in the Central Pacific coast of Puntarenas, Costa Rica with views of coastline and the tropical rain forests.

The rooms are equipped with a private bathroom, Wi-Fi, TV, coffee maker, mini bar, hairdryer and safe. For guests enjoyment there are restaurants and bars, infinity swimming pool, boutique, spa, fitness centre, tour centre and a private beach.

For daily activities, guests can take a walk through the rain forest trail or spend a day swimming at the beach.

ATV adventures

Today you will have fun riding your ATV through the jungle! After all the safety instructions are given by your bilingual guide, you will have the opportunity to drive a few laps on the practice track. After that you are ready to depart on this amazing adventure along jungle trails, following rivers and fun muddy dirt paths. Time and trail conditions allowing, you can take a quick swim in a natural swimming pool!




Villa Caletas

Departure day

Today, you’ll wave goodbye to Costa Rica after a final breakfast. We hope you’ve had an incredible time with us and are leaving feeling as though you have truly gotten to know Costa Rica like a local, as you have got off the beaten track and created long-lasting memories thanks to the local people.

Location Information

The tour begins in Alajuela, heading south through Abangaritos, Santa Teresa, the Central Pacific Coast and then down to Jaco.

All transport is provided, including all ferries and transfers from accommodation to accommodation, so you can simply relax and watch the stunning scenery unfold before you.

On your final day, you will be driven back to the airport in San Jose.

Your Stays on this Holiday
San Jose
Nicoya, Puntarenas
Santa Teresa
San Jose

  • All transfers from to San Jose airport, between hotels and activities
  • 1 night in Villa San Ignacio
  • 3 Nights Koora Hotel, Monteverde B&B
  • 2 nights Hacienda La Ensenada, Abangaritos B&B
  • 4 nights Manala Hotel, Santa Teresa B&B
  • 2 Nights Isla Chiquita Glamping B&B
  • 2 nights Villa Caletas, Jaco B&B
  • Poas Volcano
  • Zip Line Tour
  • Night Tour
  • Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve Hiking
  • Coffee & chocolate tour
  • Cooking lesson
  • Mangrove Tour
  • Waterfall Canopy Tour
  • Surf School
  • Bioluminescence tour
  • Artisanal Fishing tour
  • ATV Tour


Lightweight cotton and linen clothing is recommended for most of the year, with warmer clothes for cooler evenings. Waterproofing is necessary during the rainy season. Loose-fitting clothing is best. Wear neutral browns and greens for bird and wildlife viewing. Always bring mosquito repellent for both day and night.


*To prepare your surf equipment

Children's ages are 12 and under.