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.

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Costa Rica at a Leisurely Pace - sample holiday itinerary

Day 1

Fly into San Jose, Costa Rica's capital city. Private transfer from the airport to your San Jose hotel.

Day 2

Early 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 and an optional walk in the Park.

Day 3

Enjoy some early-morning bird-watching where it’s not unusual to see hummingbirds, toucans, various kinds of heron & egrets, kites & hawks, parakeets & parrots, trogons, motmots & fly catchers amongst others. In the afternoon, you’ll visit the La Tirimbina Reserve for a fascinating hands-on tour about how chocolate is traditionally made.

Day 4

Transfer to the La Fortuna area, location of Costa Rica’s most famous volcano - Arenal. Afternoon hike around the volcano then relax for an hour or so in the nearby natural hot springs, followed by dinner.

Day 5

Day at leisure in La Fortuna. Optional activities include: white-water rafting; river safari float; zip-lining; guided nature tour; horse-riding to La Fortuna Waterfall; visit the Venado Caves; Rio Celeste hike; Caño Negro boat trip; or return to the hot springs for another soak.

Day 6

Transfer to the cloudforest area of Monteverde: this can be by road & boat, or by road, boat & on horseback - your choice! Enjoy a sunset horse-ride or guided nature night hike.

Day 7

Guided nature tour of Monteverde National Park followed by a walk above the cloudforest canopy on Monteverde's famous Hanging Bridges. Also options to visit the Butterfly & Hummingbird Gardens; Monteverde Cloudforest Train; Bat Jungle; Coffee or Sugar Cane Plantation.

Day 8

Transfer to the Manuel Antonio area on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast for five nights of R&R by the beach.

Days 9-12

Days at leisure. Relax on the beach or by the hotel's pool. Learn to surf or wind sail. Go on a guided tour of Manuel Antonio National Park. Go on a dolphin and whale-watching boat ride, or enjoy a coastal kayak excursion

Day 13

Morning at leisure. Afternoon transfer to San Jose for your last night in Costa Rica.

Day 14

Private transfer to San Jose Intl airport, in time to catch 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.