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Discover the Best of Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast

From £4873 pp

Costa Rica , Costa Rica

17 Nights / 18 Days

Private tour

Discover the Best of Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast

What You'll Do

This fully immersive Costa Rica Tour takes you to some of the country's most wondrous locations, where you'll feast your eyes on some of the most captivating natural sights Central America, actually, the world, has to offer.

San José is where things kick off, and on your adventure through this Central American dream of a place, the locations you'll discover are San José, Dota, Drake. You will then move onto the North of the country and discover what the North Pacific has to offer. Uncovering pristine coastline, lush, tangled jungle, characterful towns and city's all whilst meeting the locals and really immersing yourself in the Costa Rican way of life.

With locals as your guides, your activities along the way include: exploring volcanoes, hiking in dense rainforests, swimming with sea turtles on untouched islands, taking a dip in secluded lagoons, visiting indigenous communities and spending quality time with the locals there.

Start your experience in San Jose and visit the Irazu Volcano National Park. Then continue to San Gerardo de Dota one of the best places for bird watching in Costa Rica. You will then move on to Drake Bay where you will spend 3 days and visit the stunning Cano Island and Osa Peninsula and Corcovado National Park. From there you will head to the Central Pacific Coast  a place well known for its biodiversity in such a small area. Then you will transfer Nicoya and Santa Teresa

Headed 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. You will visit eco-farms, Ensenda Wildlife Refuge and Santa Teresa. With adrenaline pumping activities like a zip-wire ride through the air, incredible food and stunning scenery its the perfect adventure holiday.

Thanks to your local drivers and guides, you’ll meet and interact with local people and stay in their homes, get to know their ways 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.

With beautiful weather year-round, it’s also the perfect opportunity to get away from the dreary UK winter and experience the satisfying warmth of the winter sun.

Experience
Highlights

Hike in the Corcoval National Park - one of the most biodiverse places on earth.

Visit to an indigenous community at Drake Bay and spend time with locals there, taking part in three community projects.

Snorkel with a plethora of marine animals at Cano Island.

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:

Roberto Lizano

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

Begin your adventure

Arrive at your hotel for your first night in San José. Ready to depart first thing in the morning.

 

 

 

 

Accommodation

You’ll stay at the Parque Del Lago hotel.

San Jose to San Gerardo, Dota

First stop on your journey will be the Irazú National Park. Home to the still active, Irazú Volcano (don’t worry too much, it’s been donkeys years since its last eruption), at 3400 meters above sea level. This is the highest volcano in Costa Rica. Here you take part in a small hike up to the top to the majestic crater of the volcano, nothing too demanding

Later on, you’ll visit the colonial capital of the country San José, with the opportunity to explore her beautiful Basilica.

You’ll then continue to San Gerardo de Dota, one of Costa Rica’s favourite bird watching sites to see the extraordinary Resplendent Quetzal! This lovely little village huddled up against the roaring Talamanca Mountain Range and nested in the Savegre River Valley, surrounded by oak tropical cloud forest and nearby Sub-Alpine Rain Paramo covered peaks.

Once you reach the cloud forest, there’s the opportunity to take one of it’s many stunning hikes, there’s all different types depending on your experience level. But the highlight has got to be the 2km hike to the secret waterfall.

After you return, you’ll head to your accommodation for the night, the wonderful mountain lodge Trogon Lodge (where you’ll stay for two nights) and rest up for day 2.

Accommodation

Tonight, you’ll stay at Trogon Lodge. Breakfast only is included today.

San Gerardo, Dota

Rise and shine! Day 3 kicks off with a morning hike in the forest to find one of the most exotic, most beautiful birds in the world, the Resplendent Quetzal.

For the rest of the day you have the opportunity to explore more areas of  the Tropical Cloud Forest and visit the local indigenous village of San Gerardo.

This extremely picturesque village is the perfect opportunity to explore and interact with the locals. Scattered throughout are local restaurants and craft shops and markets. Parallel with the road is a pristine river on which you can try your hand at fishing or one of the various hikes from the village, around the mountain.

Accommodation

Tonight, you’ll stay at Trogon Lodge. Breakfast only is included today.

Dota to Drake Bay

Today you will explore a plethora of many different ecosystems. As say goodbye to the Cloud Forest of Dota and head down the mountain, closer to sea level.

Your next destination will be one of the most exciting experiences of nature in the country, Drake Bay, within the lowlands rainforest. Due to it being on sea level, the lowlands is much more tropical and is very much rainforest.

On your journey there, you’ll drive through the Subalpine Paramo, and pass the Mangrove swamps of the local town of Sierpe before getting to the Pacific coastline.

En route, you will visit an indigenous community called Rey Curré, known for its famous “Fiesta de los Diablitos” (little devil’s party) held in January commemorating the resistance of the indigenous people against the conqueror Spaniards.

Finally, you will reach your hotel the Aquila de Osa which is where you’ll call home for the the next three nights.

Accommodation

Tonight, you’ll stay at Aquila de Osa. Breakfast and dinner are included today.

Caño Island, Drake Bay

Today you’ll take a boat trip to the wonderful, untouched island of Caño Island. This truly is a gem of the South Pacific of Costa Rica! Not only do the waters surrounding this island contain some of the most abundant and varied marine life in the world, but the island also possesses several pre-Colombian archeological artefacts.

Caño Island is believed to have once been a pirate hideout and some go as far as to claim that the island was the inspiration for Robert Stevenson’s Treasure Island.

The journey to the island will give you the opportunity to see dolphins, whales, sea turtles, rays and other magnificent marine animals. And you can even snorkel amongst them if you wish! Caño Island is a gem of the South Pacific of Costa Rica! You will go with a local guide, from the only tour operator owned and managed by locals.

Accommodation

Tonight, you’ll stay at Aquila de Osa. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included today.

Corcovado National Park

Day 6 includes visits to the Osa Península and Corcovado National Park. These are considered to be among the most biological intense areas in the world. If you’re a nature aficionado or not at all,  your trip to Costa Rica must include Osa in the itinerary. Sirena or San Pedrillo Stations are excellent spots to admire the huge biodiversity of Corcovado, and see animals like the tamandua, the tapir or the peccary.

 

Accommodation

Tonight, you’ll stay at Aquila de Osa. Breakfast and dinner are included today.

aquila de osa room cos

Drake Bay to Dominical

Day 8 will start with a boat tour with a local guide through the Sierpe River and its mangrove. You’ll then head to the Central Pacific area of the country.

On the way, we will stop at the spherical stones park: perfectly spherical stones that are believed to have once marked an offshore burial ground and ceremonial site for the indigenous Diquis tribe who inhabited the Golfo Dulce area until the arrival of the Spanish.

We then take you to Uvita where you will stay for 3 Nights

Accommodation

Tonight, you’ll stay at Cuna de Angel. Breakfast only is included today.

 

Cuna del angel hotel costa rica

Cuna del Angel - Uvita

Located along Costa Rica’s Central Pacific coast,

CUNA DEL ANGEL  is an exclusive and cozy boutique hotel that is committed with high quality standards in service and sustainability, its facilities are comfortable and intimate with an atmosphere of tranquility and romance surrounded by exuberant nature in the South Pacific of Costa Rica. Cuna del Angel is the ideal scenery for honeymoons and fantastic adventurous vacations.

Located in Bahia Ballena, in the entrance of the amazing South Pacific of Costa Rica, where the resplendent green of mountains can be admired year around. The name Bahia Ballena (Whale Bay) is to honor the yearly arriving of whales to the region; these impressive mammals can be easily seen year after year when they come to mate and give birth to their calves. Bahia Ballena is considered a strategic location to visit and explore important tourist attractions such as: Manuel Antonio National Park, Marino Ballena (Whale Marine) National Park and the worldwide famous Corcovado National Park, besides a wide variety of exciting activities in the vicinity

Facilities
•Gourmet International Restaurant 100% Gluten Free.
•Infinity Pool in front the Deluxe Rooms section.
•Medical SPA.
•WiFi.
•Free Parking lot.
•16 rooms
•Private Luxury House

 

Head to the Coast and Get Off the Beaten Track

You start heading to the Nicoya Peninsula Valley, 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.

Accommodation

Isla Chiquita Glamping Costa Rica is located on the shores of Costa Rica’s Gulf of Nicoya. Each of the 18 glamping tents features a king bed with a daybed or two double beds, a private shower and bathroom with double sinks, a spacious lounging deck with stunning forest or ocean views.

 

 

Pranama Santa Teresa

Transfer to Nicoya Península!

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.

 

Accommodation

Pranamar Hotel

Pranamar Oceanfront Villas and Yoga Retreat is located on the beautiful Santa Teresa Beach and overlooks the Pacific Ocean. Accommodation is available in a selection of villas and bungalows which feature modern amenities including internet access and air conditioning. Guests may enjoy a meal at the Pranamar’s Restaurant which offers spectacular views and specialises in a fusion of Pacific and Asian cuisine. The retreat features a beautiful swimming pool which is surrounded by hammocks and sun lounges where guests may relax and enjoy the atmosphere. Yoga classes are also available daily and take place in a custom built shala.

 

 

End of itinerary

Transfer out to SJO international airport

Location Information

This tour starts from Costa Rica’s capital, San Jose, where your guide will lead you for the next ten days around the central Pacific region.

You’ll drink in incredible natural parks, volcanoes, waterfalls, jungles, and graceful colonial cities, get to know local, offbeat communities and, spot stunning wildlife and try the best, most authentic food.

The experience then moves on to Manuel Antonio, in a beautiful resort on the coast of the Puntarenas Province.

Afterwards you transfer to Nicoya Peninsula Valley and onto Santa Teresa a beautiful beachtown.

Ending your experience on the Central Pacific Coast for a week of relaxation and great experiences

  • Overnight stays with taxes at the hotels mentioned in the itinerary
  • Meals stated in the itinerary
  • Tours and entrance fees to the activities mentioned in the itinerary

FAQs

You do not need any special immunizations to enter Costa Rica but it is a good idea to update your current vaccinations before you go.

Yes, tap water is drinkable in every part of the country

You will have a private van to transfer you from place to place driven by your local guide!