Costa Rica Highlights

Enjoy Costa Rica’s “best bits” – lush rainforests with brightly-coloured birds & butterflies, slow-moving sloths and all manner of insects; wander across Monteverde’s Hanging Bridges, strung high above the forest canopy below; navigate Tortuguero’s myriad canals & rivers, spotting wildlife on the shore & in the water; soak in the Hot Springs at the base of Arenal Volcano; then relax on the beach in Manuel Antonio or Tamarindo.

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Costa Rica Highlights - sample holiday itinerary

Day 1

Private transfer from San Jose airport to your San Jose hotel.

Day 2

Depart early from San Jose by road then by river launch to Tortuguero. The region is famous as an important nesting site for the Green Sea turtle (season is from July – Sept).

Days 3

Enjoy an early-morning bird-watching trip and your choice of guided wildlife boat tours.

Days 4

Transfer back to the mainland and travel to the La Fortuna area, famous for Arenal Volcano, a region where rich volcanic soil supports primary and secondary rainforest.

Day 5

Enjoy a guided hike at the base of Arenal Volcano then soak in the local naturally-occurring Hot Springs.

Day 6

Options for today include: safari river float; Venado Caves; zip-lining; waterfall rappelling; La Fortuna Waterfall; bird-watching; nature hikes; fishing on Lake Arenal.

Days 7

Transfer by boat across Lake Arenal then by bus up to the cloudforest area of Monteverde.

Day 8

Enjoy a guided hike across Monteverde’s famous Hanging Bridges and in the afternoon visit a local sugar cane plantation, or a coffee plantation.

Day 9

Travel to the Pacific coast for some R&R on a beach.

Days 10-13

Relax on the beach or by the pool. Choose from Manuel Antonio on Costa Rica’s southern Pacific coast, or Tamarindo on the Guanacaste Pacific Coast. Options also for: coastal kayaking; nature hikes; quad biking; whale-watching (seasonal).

Day 14

Enjoy time on the beach or by the pool, plus a guided tour of Manuel Antonio National Park.

Day 15

Private transfer to the airport 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 holiday to Costa Rica.

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 to Costa Rica.

Duration of your Costa Rica Holiday

If you like the broad sweep of the above sample Costa Rica holiday, but have fewer days to spend on your holiday, 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.