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Captivating Costa Rica with Manuel Antonio Beach Stay

11 Day Escorted Tour With 4 Day Extension

Costa Rica, Latin America
Intermediate Pace

Extend your stay in Costa Rica and spend three nights relaxing on the white sandy shores or choose to take part in some of the various activities on offer in the local area including hiking, guided tours and canopy walks.

2020 Dossier

2021 Dossier

Tour Highlights

  • San Jose City Tour
  • Visit the idyllic Tortuguero town
  • Witness the majestic Arenal Volcano
  • Experience the breathtaking La Fortuna Waterfall
  • Explore the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
  • Explore the rivers and canals in the enchanting Tortuguero National Park by boat
  • Explore enchanting Tortuguero National Park
  • Visit idyllic Tortuguero town
  • Experience the majestic La Fortuna Waterfall
  • Explore the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
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Number of nights

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Itinerary

Day 1
UK to Alajuela Province

Dinner

Depart London on your scheduled flight to San Jose. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy a welcome dinner tonight with your group.

Day 2
Alajuela Province to Tortuguero

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

This morning you will leave Alajuela and start your journey to the mystical town of Tortuguero on the Caribbean coast. We schedule breakfast before leaving the hotel for your first taste of the traditional gallo pinto (black beans and rice), then a quick stop in Guapiles. Continuing your journey to the port you will travel through small villages and banana plantations. A gentle boat ride through the jungle canals will follow to arrive at your lodge in Tortuguero. Enjoy lunch at your lodge and then a visit to Tortuguero town. With no cars or streets, the town is sandwiched between a Caribbean beach on one side and waterways on the other. Spend some time exploring this charming town where you may even be lucky enough to spot some turtles nesting on the beach if you are travelling between July and October. The rest of the afternoon will be free to relax with dinner at your lodge.

Day 3
San Jose to Tortuguero

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Following an early breakfast, start your day with a fascinating hike through the rainforest nature trails at your lodge, home to a diverse range of flora and fauna. Following lunch, travel by boat through the maze of canals within the national park, for the best chance to spot the wildlife of the rainforest. Tortuguero literally means ?region of turtles? and it is no surprise that it is home to seven species of turtles as well as being the most important nesting site for the green sea turtle. The area also contains a great diversity of crustaceans and many species of freshwater fish.

Day 4
Tortuguero to La Fortuna

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Travel back through the Tortuguero canals to reach the pier where your ground transportation will meet you. Travel by bus to La Fortuna with stops for a traditional Costa Rican lunch and to see the Giant Iguanas at El Muelle.

Day 5
La Fortuna

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Explore a private 4.5-kilometre path around the base of the volcano and ascend to a lookout point to experience a fantastic view of the Arenal Volcano including the remains of the last volcanic eruption in 1968. Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the hot springs or simply take in the view from your hotel.

Day 6
La Fortuna

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today you will visit Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge. One of the most important wetland areas in the world and a region of huge biological importance due to the immense variety of flora and fauna in the area. The refuge is home to several endangered species including cougars, jaguars and tapirs, and whilst these elusive animals are very difficult to see there are several species of monkeys and a phenomenal variety of birdlife that are much easier to find.

Day 7
La Fortuna to Monteverde

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Monteverde is a world above the coastal towns at high altitude (1440m above sea level) allowing it to receive the steady supply of clouds and the life-giving moisture they contain. On the journey, take in the beautiful landscape of Lake Arenal and pass through some typical country villages. Your lunch stop will be at a wonderful local ranch, where you will be served a traditional local meal along with a folklore dance presentation by school children, plus the chance to visit the coffee plantations on the grounds. Before arriving at your hotel, you will be taken for an introduction to the town of Santa Elena, famous for one of South America?s most resplendent birds, the Quetzal.

Day 8
Monteverde

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today?s tour takes you high above the clouds to the Monteverde Cloud Forest. Here, clouds hover above the canopy of the forest before condensing on leaves creating a specialized ecosystem and habitat found nowhere else on earth. With the help of your guide, you will be able to spot some of nature?s most splendid creations, from colourful butterflies, to lowlying lizards and fearless primates; this forest is said to be home to over 3,000 known species. The morning will be spent in Selvatura Park and explored via the 1.9 mile long treetop walkways taking you close to the cloud-forest canopy and allowing you excellent vistas of the forest below. Lunch today will be at a family run kitchen at an ecological sanctuary. Your food will be prepared in front of you whilst you learn about the traditional recipes and dishes along with the opportunity to join in, perhaps becoming an expert in tortilla making by the end of the meal! The afternoon will continue at ground level as a gentle hike will allow you to closely examine some of the 500 species of orchids growing amongst the 3,000 varieties of plants on the moist forest floor.

Day 9
Monteverde to Punta Leona

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Depart to Punta Leona on the Pacific Coast. Make a stop en route at the Tarcoles River Bridge to see the giant crocodiles sunning themselves on the river backs below.

Day 10
Punta Leona

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Visit the stunning Manuel Antonio Nationa

Day 11
San Jose to Manuel Antonio

Breakfast

After breakfast, transfer to your chosen beach hotel in Manuel Antonio

Day 12
Manuel Antonio

Breakfast

Relax in this beautiful setting at the end of your tour.

Day 13
Manuel Antonio

Breakfast

Continue your relaxation with another day spent at leisure

Day 14
Manuel Antonio

Breakfast

This day is also yours to spend at leisure.

Day 15
Manuel Antonio to the UK

Breakfast

Transfer back to the airport for your flight home.

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Dates & Prices

El Parador Hotel

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Dates
Price (per person)
Dates available
January 2021
from £3,118
2 Dates
9th Jan - 23rd Jan
£3,118
30th Jan - 13th Feb
£3,118
February 2021
from £3,068
2 Dates
6th Feb - 20th Feb
£3,118
27th Feb - 13th Mar
£3,068
March 2021
from £2,988
1 Date
13th Mar - 27th Mar
£2,988
April 2021
from £2,968
1 Date
13th Apr - 27th Apr
£2,968
May 2021
from £2,788
1 Date
4th May - 18th May
£2,788
June 2021
from £2,688
1 Date
1st Jun - 15th Jun
£2,688
July 2021
from £3,368
1 Date
13th Jul - 27th Jul
£3,368
August 2021
from £3,368
1 Date
10th Aug - 24th Aug
£3,368
September 2021
from £2,788
1 Date
14th Sep - 28th Sep
£2,788
October 2021
from £2,788
1 Date
12th Oct - 26th Oct
£2,788
November 2021
from £2,788
2 Dates
6th Nov - 20th Nov
£2,788
20th Nov - 4th Dec
£2,788

San Bada Hotel

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Dates
Price (per person)
Dates available
January 2021
from £3,018
2 Dates
9th Jan - 23rd Jan
£3,018
30th Jan - 13th Feb
£3,018
February 2021
from £2,968
1 Date
27th Feb - 13th Mar
£2,968
March 2021
from £2,888
1 Date
13th Mar - 27th Mar
£2,888
April 2021
from £2,868
1 Date
13th Apr - 27th Apr
£2,868
May 2021
from £2,698
1 Date
4th May - 18th May
£2,698
June 2021
from £2,598
1 Date
1st Jun - 15th Jun
£2,598
July 2021
from £3,268
1 Date
13th Jul - 27th Jul
£3,268
August 2021
from £3,268
1 Date
10th Aug - 24th Aug
£3,268
September 2021
from £2,698
1 Date
14th Sep - 28th Sep
£2,698
October 2021
from £2,698
1 Date
12th Oct - 26th Oct
£2,698
November 2021
from £2,698
2 Dates
6th Nov - 20th Nov
£2,698
20th Nov - 4th Dec
£2,698

Accommodation

The hotels listed below are provided for guidance only and final confirmation of your accommodation will be sent to you approximately 90 days before you travel
San Bada Hotel
4 nights
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
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El Parador Hotel
4 nights
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
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Tour Reviews

Ann Herbert

19 Apr 20

Despite the problems with due to Covid-19, our holiday was excellent, due in main to our guide and I am sure the people behind the scenes.

N Kerr

09 Mar 20

The guide was the best 11 out of 10.

Jeremy Rudkins

28 Sep 19

Hotels were all excellent

Wendy Hemple

04 Dec 18

All hotels excellent loved Poas lodge .

Jan Hughes

27 Nov 18

Hotels were all of a good standard, with Poas Volcano Lodge being outstanding. We wished we could have stayed more than one night there as it was fabulous! Our guide (Jose Herrera) was excellent - informative and engaging. He gave just the right amount of information during the long drives and was clear with all the arrangements - times to meet etc. Vehicle was comfortable.

Judith Elsey-Warren

22 Mar 18

All the hotels were of an excellent standard. My favourites were The Pachira Lodge Tortuguera,The Poas Volcano Lodge and El Parador Manuel Antonio. However the Country inns and Suites in San Jose also gets a special mention. Las Lagos Arenal was good the evening meal was not so good. El Establo was good we were lucky to have rooms high up overlooking the rain forest and there was a lovely pool.

Irene O’brien

20 Mar 18

All the hotels were good, would expect nothing less on a Mercury Holiday. The highlight of the holiday, as far as hotels go, was Poas Volcano Lodge. It was 5 star luxury, with our room being more of a suite. The dinner and breakfast were superb and to find a hot-water bottle in your bed on a chilly evening was absolute heaven! It was such a shame we were only there for one night, we left feeling there was so much more to explore.

Adrian Corney

19 Feb 18

The hotels chosen by Mercury were excellent. All different but comfortable and interesting and not too large or corporate. The rooms were spacious and pretty well equipped (including fridges and drink making) and well located in rural areas for wildlife spotting. Poas Volcano lodge was exceptional. The food at both the hotels and restaurants on the tour was very good and of a high standard. Lunches could in fact have been smaller.

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Important Information

A 90 day tourist visa is granted on arrival in Costa Rica. You must have at least 6 months validity on your passport. Further to visa advice should be sought from the applicable tourist authority for other nationalities and for general queries. We strongly advise you to check with your destinations Tourist Board or Embassy for the most up-to-date guidelines regarding required passport validity. Costa Rica has a departure tax of approximately USD $29. This must be paid in cash at the airport before you depart.

You must obtain suitable travel insurance prior to departure. Mercury Direct is partnered with Holiday Extras which offer insurance at the following prices:<br /><table class="basic" cellspacing="0"><thead><tr><th><b>Age in Years</b></th><th><b>Up to 64</b></th><th><b>65 - 74</b></th><th><b>75 - 85</b></th></tr></thead><tbody><tr><td>Up to 17 days cover</td><td>£39</td><td>£75</td><td>£129</td></tr></tbody></table>For all persons 86 years and over, please contact us for insurance prices. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24 hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Direct will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.

If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £49pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

Your flight is to San Jose Airport with United Airlines (via Newark), departing from London Heathrow Terminal 2. Each passenger is entitled to 23kg of hold luggage and hand luggage not exceeding (22 cm x 35 cm x 56 cm), in size. Weight restrictions will be finalized on E-ticket receipt. Should you wish to take additional luggage you will need to pay extra at check-in. Check-in should be at least 3 hours before departure.

We recommend that you consult your local GP for advice on vaccinations and travel health before your departure.

This tour is accessible to most people with an average level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves full days of sightseeing, often on foot and includes some climbing of stairs and getting on and off coaches and boats. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

There is no minimum number of travellers for this extension however the main tour passenger numbers will apply for the main part of the tour. If in the unlikely event there are less than the required number of people booked on your main tour date then you may be asked to change to a different date. A full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.

The main tour is a fully escorted tour, meaning that you will be met on arrival and will have a guide with you throughout the tour ensuring that you have first-hand knowledge at all times. Accommodation and transfers are included for the Manuel Antonio extension but there is NO guide so your time will be free.

Currency is Costa Rican colon. Prices in Costa Rica are frequently listed in US dollars, especially in hotels and restaurants, where you can expect to pay international prices. US dollars are widely accepted and some ATMs dispense dollars. Credit cards are also accepted as a form of payment. It is very important that you budget carefully and ensure you have the right form or currency before you arrive in the country.

You will need to take money with you to cover any personal purchases such as souvenirs, laundry and extra drinks and snacks. Approximately £300 will be sufficient for the durations of the tour, depending on how much of a bargain-hunter you are!