Costa Rica at a Leisurely Pace

This holiday is perfect for those who want to experience the high-lights of Costa Rica but who want to explore at a relaxed pace. You’ll visit Sarapiquí, an area great for bird-watching, along with La Fortuna and Arenal Volcano. The cloudforest at Monteverde provides a glimpse of completely different terrain before you descend again to relax on the beach at Manuel Antonio, on Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast.

Costa Rica Three-toad Sloth


DAY 1:

Welcome to Costa Rica!

After your arrival flight into San Jose Airport, you will be met and taken by private transfer to your San Jose hotel.

DAY 2:

Transfer to Sarapiquí, one of Costa Rica’s prime bird-watching areas.

En route stop at the Poas Volcano National Park for a view over the stunning caldera.

DAY 3:

Bird-watching in Sarapiquí, with potential to see hummingbirds, toucans, heron & egrets, kites & hawks, parakeets & parrots, trogons, motmots & fly catchers amongst others.

Afternoon visit to the La Tirimbina Reserve for a fascinating hands-on tour about how chocolate is traditionally made.

DAY 4:

Transfer to the La Fortuna area – the location of Costa Rica’s most famous volcano – Arenal. Enjoy an afternoon hike around the magnificent volcano and all its glory.

Following on from the hike, finish the day by relaxing for an hour or so in the nearby natural hot springs before dinner.

DAY 5:

Day at leisure in La Fortuna

Optional activities include: white-water rafting, river safari, zip-lining, waterfall rappelling, guided nature tour; horse-riding, visit the Venado Caves, hiking, Caño Negro boat trip, or returning to the hot springs for another soak.

DAY 6:

Transfer to the cloudforest area of Monteverde. This can be by road, boat or even on horseback – your choice!

Upon arrival in Monteverde, enjoy a sunset horse-ride with stunning views or a guided nature hike to spot wildlife at night.

DAY 7:

Day to explore Monteverde

Enjoy a guided hike across Monteverde’s famous Hanging Bridges before visiting a local sugar cane or coffee plantation.

DAY 8:

Travel to Manuel Antonio

Onwards transfer from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio on Costa Rica’s southern pacific coast for some beach R&R

DAYS 9 - 12:

Days at leisure in Manuel Antonio to relax on the beach or by the hotel pool

Alternatively, there are many activities available locally. For example: experiencing a guided tour of Manuel Antonio National Park, kayak on the coast or enjoy a whale and dolphin watching boat ride – The choice is yours!

DAYS 13 & 14:

Morning at leisure in Manuel Antonio to relax and before your flight home the following day. Afternoon transfer to San Jose for your final night in Costa Rica.

The following morning you will be transferred to San Jose international airport in time to check-in for your flight home.

This sample Costa Rica holiday can be varied in any way you choose to suit your exact requirements so give us a call now on 01932 424252 to discuss any modifications.


Costa Rica has a wide variety of types & styles of hotels, at a variety of price-points to suit all budgets. Please chat to one of our Travel Consultants to get informed advice as to which hotels they would suggest for your tailor-made Costa Rica holiday.

Included Tours, Excursions & Activities whilst on your Costa Rica Holiday

The tours, excursions & activities mentioned in the above sample Costa Rica holiday itinerary are just a selection of what is available in each location. The programme can be adjusted to fit your particular requirements for this holiday; please liaise with your Travel Consultant to confirm what other activities are available and what you would like to include in your tailor-made holiday.

Duration of your Costa Rica Holiday

If you like the broad sweep of the above sample itinerary but have fewer days to spend on your holiday in Costa Rica, or wish to extend it in any way, please ask your Travel Consultant for ideas on how to shorten or lengthen the holiday, or how to reorganise the itinerary.

No-Obligation Quote

We would be delighted to email you a no-obligation, fully-detailed itinerary & quote, containing images of the hotels we suggest for your Costa Rica holiday along with a link to the hotel’s website, plus details of any included tours & excursions. The quote will clearly state what is, and what is not included in the quoted price. If you thereafter wish to make any changes to the initial itinerary – be it an alternative hotel, different activities, a different duration in any location etc. – that’s not a problem and we will continue to work with you to adjust the itinerary until it exactly matches what you’re looking for from this holiday in Costa Rica.