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Coast to Coast in Costa Rica with Manuel Antonio Beach Stay

15 Day Escorted Tour With 4 Day Extension

Costa Rica, Latin America

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.

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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
  • Witness the smouldering peak of Costa Rica's mighty Arenal Volcano and visit La Fortuna Waterfall
  • Snorkel past coral reefs teeming with fish in Cahuita National Park
  • Spot wildlife on a safari float down the Sarapiqui River
  • Treetop walkways through Selvatura Park
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Itinerary

Day 1
UK to San Jose

Dinner

Depart London on your scheduled direct flight to San Jose where you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Day 2
San Jose to Puerto Viejo de Limon

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

This morning, enjoy a sightseeing city tour of Costa Rica's vibrant capital city. Witness the city's main historical landmarks, starting in the eastern part of the city at Democracy Plaza and the National Museum then journeying through the city centre to the parks, museum and stadium to the west. After lunch, travel to Puerto Viejo, a laidback coastal city with a strong Afro-Caribbean influence and stunning stretches of beach.

Day 3
Puerto Viejo de Limon

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Experience fantastic snorkelling and scenic nature walks as you take in Costa Rica's famed wildlife and nature reserves. Board a boat and travel to Cahuita National Park where you can snorkel along the 600-acre-long coral reef - a gloriously colourful haven for marine life. Snack on fresh tropical fruit as your boat returns to shore then take a leisurely guided hike through Cahuita's vivid rainforest, enjoying far-reaching ocean views and the chance to spot howler monkeys, sloths, armadillos, toucans and macaws. At the end of your picturesque hiking trail, feast on a Costa Rican-Caribbean lunch before returning to your hotel in Puerto Viejo.

Day 4
Puerto Viejo de Limon to Sarapiqui

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After breakfast, transfer to the Sarapiqui tropical rainforest, crossing valleys and mountains dotted with picturesque villages before checking into your lodge nestled in the heart of the rainforest reserve.

Day 5
Sarapiqui

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Wake to the singing of birds and the relaxing sounds of the tropical rainforest and enjoy breakfast in your verdant surroundings. Make your way to the Sarapiqui River where you will float down the river in a raft, surrounded by incomparable jungle beauty. Enjoy two hours immersed in the lush tropical rainforest, floating along the Sarapiqui River which lies next to important reserves renowned for their biodiversity. Exotic amphibians, countless tropical birds, otters, fish, sloths, iguanas, and incredible flora will make this experience unforgettable. Disembark and journey to a nearby pineapple plantation where you'll travel into the fields on a specially designed coach pulled by a tractor. Learn about the growth of organic pineapples and other sustainable crops produced here, including yucca, lemon, guanabanas, and peppers. Enjoy delicious smoothies and slices of fresh, organic pineapple as you listen to Costa Rican folktales then return to your lodge.

Day 6
Sarapiqui to La Fortuna

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Journey through lush plantations and cattle ranches, finally arriving at your hotel in La Fortuna. Marvel at the fantastic views of the mighty Arenal Volcano which forms a dramatic backdrop and enjoy the remainder of the day to explore this tranquil mountainous town

Day 7
La Fortuna

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Hike through the cool undergrowth of La Fortuna, a scenic 40-minute walk that ends at the site of the thundering La Fortuna Waterfall. Witness the natural beauty of the cascading water as it emerges from the dense jungle, falling into the emerald pool at its base. Relax or swim in the refreshingly cool waters before lunch at a nearby restaurant. In the afternoon, follow the lava trails around the base of the Arenal Volcano, formed by the lava flow of the 1968 eruption. The hike provides extraordinary views of the Arenal Volcano and Monteverde mountains, and the chance to spot local flora and fauna and enjoy some birdwatching.

Day 8
La Fortuna to Monteverde

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Travel to Monteverde, a small community located at the top of the Tilaran Mountain Range that boasts spectacularly diverse cloud forest reserves. On arrival, enjoy a free afternoon to explore the town or relax in your hotel.

Day 9
Monteverde

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

A full day observing Monteverde's natural beauty starts with a tour along the treetop walkways of Selvatura Park, which stretch over 1.9 miles. Follow the trail into the heart of the cloud forest and witness colourful birds and unique flora then visit the nearby Insect Museum. In the afternoon, gain insight into Costa Rica's greatest agricultural produce. Learn more about the wonderful world of coffee before you participate in a chocolate-making session and taste the region's cacao beans. A sugarcane demonstration follows, allowing you to extract sugarcane juice the traditional way before enjoying a glass of fresh juice and pieces of cane.

Day 10
Monteverde to Rincon de la Vieja

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Depart Monteverde and travel to Rincon de la Vieja, home to the majestic Rincon de la Vieja Volcano. Check into your hotel with the remainder of the day at leisure.

Day 11
Rincon de la Vieja

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Set out on today's tour of the majestic Rincon de la Vieja National Park, dominated by two active volcanoes. Friendly ranch horses will carry you on a 45-minute to the Las Pailas entrance of the Rincon de la Vieja National Park. Meaning 'The Cauldrons' in Spanish, the Las Pailas area shows off the awesome power of the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano, and you'll witness steam and sulphur pouring out of the ground while nearby pools bubble with hot volcanic water. After this unique experience, ride to a nearby canyon then walk along a short trail to the base of the canyon where the picturesque Oropendola Waterfall plunges into a turquoise pool. After a relaxing swim and time at the waterfall, travel back to your hotel on horseback.

Day 12
Rincon de la Vieja to Punta Leona

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Journey to Punta Leona, a protected nature reserve located on the gorgeous Central Pacific coast of Costa Rica, where you will enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 13
Punta Leona

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Discover the extraordinary variety of Punta Leona's flora and fauna on a morning hike through the reserve. Don't forget your binoculars - over 330 species of birds are resident in the area. Next, immerse yourself in the butterfly gardens where you'll learn about their particular way of living in this ecosystem before viewing the vivid array of butterflies housed in this sanctuary.

Day 14
Punta Leona

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today is free for you to enjoy the beauty and tranquillity of Punta Leona's pristine, palm-fringed coastline.

Day 15
Punta Leona to UK or Extension

Breakfast & Lunch

Transfer to the airport in San Jose, stopping for lunch along the way. Board your return flight to the UK or continue on to your chosen extension.

Day 16
San Jose to Manuel Antonio

Breakfast

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

Day 17
Manuel Antonio

Breakfast

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

Day 18
Manuel Antonio

Breakfast

Continue your relaxation with another day spent at leisure

Day 19
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
November 2020
from £3,498
Sold Out
21st Nov - 21st Nov
£3,498
Call to Book:
0333 242 7529

San Bada Hotel

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Dates
Price (per person)
Dates available
November 2020
from £3,448
Sold Out
21st Nov - 21st Nov
£3,448
Call to Book:
0333 242 7529

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
El Parador Hotel
3 nights
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
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San Bada Hotel
3 nights
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
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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!