Sail to an island where turquoise waters lap against white-sand beaches, discover dense rainforests overlooking Pacific waters, plunge down a river that rushes through the untamed jungle, ascend up into a dramatic volcanic landscape, and much, much more.
You arrive at Villa Caletas. Tucked into a tropical jungle on a mountainside with sweeping views across the Gulf of Nicoya, the boutique hotel reminds of why you chose Costa Rica for your exotic escape. Your concierge guides you to a deluxe room with Victorian notes: a stately four-poster bed, mosaic floors, and furniture handcrafted from rich ebony hardwoods. Perhaps you’ll explore the green grounds, check out the oceanfront infinity pool, peek into the Anfiteatro where you’ll enjoy the included breakfast, or visit the Serenity Spa where your complimentary 50-minute massage awaits.
At Juan Santamaria International Airport you’re met by a private bilingual driver who ushers you to a modern air-conditioned transport. Enjoy iced refreshments such as soda, beer, or bottled water on the 90-minute drive to the coast, watching the lush Costa Rican landscape slip past as you wind your way to the coast in VIP style.
After enjoying breakfast at Villa Caletas with mountain and ocean views, your guide picks you up for a quick 15-minute drive to the buzzing beach town of Jacó.
There you choose from a fleet of ATVs and soon tear off on a nature trail that snakes up into the mountainous terrain set just back from the shore. The four-hour excursion takes you through a diverse landscape, down dense rainforest paths that pop out at wide farmland, along rivers and streams to tiny hidden villages. Enjoy a swim at a secluded waterfall and an authentic Costa Rican lunch at a remote tilapia farm. Take in soaring views over the Nicoya Peninsula from a lofty lookout point before your descent back to civilization.
Refreshed by a night’s sleep to the soft sounds of the jungle and ocean waves, you embark on an outing to an idyllic island.
With a pick-up at your hotel, you ride in air-conditioned comfort to the nearby Los Suenos Marina. There you step onto a modern catamaran for a cruise across calm ocean waters. You’ll likely spot diving dolphins and swooping seabirds on the scenic trip that takes less than an hour, a comfortable voyage with shaded seating areas, iced beverages, and a complimentary fruit plate.
Then you arrive on the white-sand shores of Tortuga Island, backed by swaying palms to create a sublime scene that reminds of a Caribbean paradise.
On the isle enjoy a range of activities, from snorkeling in turquoise waters and beach volleyball to exploring the inland trails and a wild banana boat ride. Revel in complimentary margaritas and rum punch, savor a four-course lunch, and bask on the beach before boarding the boat at the end of the amazing day.
More than 2,000 American crocodiles call the Tárcoles River home. And you’re going right into their territory en route to Monteverde. A safe way to explore this stunning habitat, the river excursion takes you on a slow-moving cruise through mangrove-lined canals.
Chug along riverbanks where the ominous creatures, some up to 15-feet long, sun themselves, barely noting your close-by passing. You’re apt to spot a host of wildlife, notably some of the more than fifty species of birds including egrets and scarlet macaws that reside in the lush haven. But the big draw is the crocodiles. Lots, and lots of them.
And you’ll even watch a crocodile handler interact with some of the mighty beasts before your river tour ends.
Bid farewell to the coastal waterways and prepare for a new experience in the cloud forest as your VIP transportation continues whisking you along to the mountain enclave of Monteverde.
You’re delivered to the Monteverde Lodge and Gardens, where you’ll enjoy rustic-chic comfort for two nights and mornings with included made-to-order breakfasts. Tucked into extensive gardens, the Monteverde Lodge welcomes with a heated outdoor pool and deluxe accommodations that abound with rich native hardwoods.
Walk along its orchid trail, check out the indoor butterfly garden, and gather around a roaring fire at the El Jardin Bar and Restaurant.
Then it’s off for a nature walk through the rainforest where sloths spend their lazy days literally hanging out in the trees. You wind through an overflow of native plants and trees, crossing a series of hanging bridges. Now it’s time to fly over the treetops on a network of ziplines that crisscross the verdant mountainous lands. Reaching speeds of over 40 miles per hour, this leg is accessible for nearly all but not for the faint-hearted.
Are you ready for a triple-dose of adventure?
This three-part tour first takes you on a gondola ride with stunning views of the Arenal Volcano, floating over a jungle canopy that a multitude of monkeys and scores of bird species call home. You climb over 2,500 feet to disembark with sweeping views across a lush valley.
Traveling is the adventure tour when going from Monteverde to La Fortuna. We begin with a pick-up at your hotel and a drive to stables where you're paired with a horse that suits your experience level.
The two-and-a-half-hour ride is laid-back enough for riders with little experience.
The scenic route takes you along Lake Arenal with magnificent views of the Arenal Volcano, down jungle and rainforest trails, and past wide-open farmland.
You dismount by the edge of Lake Arenal where a water taxi will take you over to La Fortuna on the other side of the lake. The covered flat-bottomed motorboat takes under an hour to cross the glorious body of water. So settle in to enjoy the fresh air and lake views and keep an eye out for the myriad of tropical birds that populate the spot. On the opposite shore, ground transportation will be waiting to take you on to your hotel.
Home to the famed Arenal Volcano, your private transport drops you within sight of its dramatic peak, where the Tabacón Thermal Resort and Spa waits ready to please over two nights and three days.
With access to the resort’s extensive on-site hot springs, it´ll be hard to tear yourself away from the serene sanctuary. Add in suites with jacuzzis, volcano-heated pools, and lush grounds with charming bridges crossing slow-flowing streams to complete your tropical retreat.
You can fuel up for adventure with a hearty included breakfast at the Los Tucanes restaurant, then go explore!
Well suited for both newbies and experienced rafters, the Class II and III whitewater rapids offer adventure for just about everyone. After some instruction and getting fitted with safety gear, you put in and paddle off with your guides.
The more challenging runs come up rather quickly, bouncing you down adrenaline-pumping whitewater.
Enjoy a midway break with fresh fruit on the shores. The second leg of the trip takes you down more relaxed rapids and along smooth stretches that let you truly enjoy the rich rainforest scenery all around. Back on land, savor an authentic Costa Rican meal at an open-air jungle lodge before heading back to the resort.
We’re nearing the end of your journey, but there’s still time for a little VIP treatment. Your private transportation takes you to the Courtyard Marriott Alajuela, close to the SJO airport and nestled near the stroll-friendly town of Alajuela.
Delight in the Marriott’s spacious and modern accommodations, outdoor pool, fitness center, and gourmet restaurant.
Then get out and discover the charms of downtown Alajuela for one last immersion in welcoming Costa Rican culture. In the morning, enjoy a complimentary breakfast and a free shuttle ride to the SJO airport.
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