Bill Tabone, Play Harder Travels
Arrival in San Jose International Airport where after clearing immigrations, luggage claim and customs proceed through exit door and turn right to hotel shuttle point, located directly in front of the public phones, just a few feet away. Here you will be met by Barcelo’s shuttle service for the short drive to Barcelo San Jose Hotel, for check in
Early in the morning your trip to Tortuguero National Park will depart to Limon crossing Costa Rica from west to east, descending into the lowland tropics of the Caribbean coast. We will stop for breakfast before we continue through a variety of life zones. Here, we board our riverboat for an exciting one hour trip where you will be able to observe various animals and vegetation. Mid-day arrival at Mawamba Lodge in time for a hearty lunch. Afternoon tour to Tortuguero town, starting at the entrance to the beach in front of the hotel. Visit the Caribbean Conservation Corporation Museum and the village. Return back to the lodge walking the beach trail. Enjoy Mawamba’s swimming pool, Jacuzzi, hammocks, nature trails and gardens. Dinner and overnight. Meals BLD
Optional tour available at 6:15am to admire the awakening of the wildlife of Tortuguero. After breakfast, guided tour of Mawamba Park’s two butterfly farms, frog garden, biodigestor and River turtle area. After lunch, it’s time to explore Tortuguero National Park with a fascinating guided canal tour. Dinner and overnight. Optional night tour during the turtle nesting season (July to September). Meals BLD
After an early breakfast, you will board your boats back on the waterways to reach Pavona Dock. After having lunch at Rio Danta, your private 2 hour transfer will bring you on the new road directly to Arenal and the picturesque town of La Fortuna where you will get your first full view of this majestic volcano and, as the clouds lift, its awe-inspiring perfect cone. Check-in at Montana Del Fuego, overnight. Meals BL
After breakfast, enjoy an early morning self-guided walk through the 30 hectares (75 acres) of primary and secondary forest, with many paths and trails that will bring you to a myriad of the most amazing and colorful bird species of Costa Rica.
Later this afternoon embark on your guided Arenal Volcano Hike. The Arenal Volcano tour transports guests to the active northwest side of the volcano. The tour begins with a hike and depending upon which side of the volcano the lava is flowing, we go either to the trail “Los Tucanes” at the National Park or Mirador El Silencio. As the evening approaches and your sense of hearing heightens, the hike takes on a surreal quality due to the amazing sounds the volcano makes in the distance. As you experience this tour, your well-trained bilingual guide will teach you a great deal about the activity and history of the volcano It is possible to observe a great variety of plants, wildlife, magnificent lava rock formations and the Arenal Lake just in time for sunset! The hike takes approximately 55 minutes on gravel like trails. Return to your hotel or continue on with Option Tabacon Hot Mineral Springs & Buffet Dinner
Optional Tabacon Hot Mineral Springs With Buffet Dinner :
After your hike, head for a bit of rest and relaxation at the beautiful Tabacon Resort! The indescribable hot springs and exotic tropical gardens will soothe your body and soul. When the sun sets, the show begins with the grace of clear skies permitting, and the sight of redhot lava boulders rolling down the volcano as you soak in the springs, will stun you. Revel in the cleansing and rejuvenating effects of the thermal waters. Tabacon is nestled at the base of mighty Arenal with a view of the Volcano towering in the background. Here, thermo-mineral springs flowing from Arenal run at a soothing 80- 102 F through a maze of pools, waterfalls and exotic tropical gardens. You’ll love exploring the springs many nooks pulsating with these magic hot waters! Locker keys and towels provided to all guests. Latter, a truly fabulous buffet is offered in the open air restaurant. Transfer back to your hotel for a good night’s sleep. Meals D
Early in the morning travel between Arenal and Monteverde via crossing on the country’s largest man made lake, Lake Arenal. Once on the other side, we continuewith an adventurous drive up the mountain to reach the town of Monteverde.
Check in to your selected hotel. Welcome to the Cloud Forest! Overnight.
After breakfast depart on your 4 hour transfer to the sunny Tamarindo Beach! Upon arrival at the Tamarindo Diria you will check in and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Meals B
Enjoy this day at leisure and relax! Tamarindo Beach is part of a bay formed by a cape, Cabo Velas (velas is Spanish for sails, or sailfish). Playa Grande lies to the north of Tamarindo Beach inside the bay. The two beaches are separated by a natural salt water estuary, Estero Tamarindo. South of Tamarindo Bay there is another beautiful estuary and beach, Playa Langosta. Meals B
Morning transfer to the airport for your return flight to the U.S. Meals B
- 1nights in San Jose deluxe hotel with buffet breakfast daily, Barcelo San Jose
- 2 nights in Tortuguero National Park first class with all meals, Mawamba Lodge
- 2 nights in Arenal Volcano with buffet breakfast daily, Montaña de Fuego
- 2 nights in Guanacaste deluxe hotel with buffet breakfast, Tamarindo Diria Hotel
- 12 meals: 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
- All meals in Tortuguero National Park
- Tortuguero National Park hike, town tour and canal exploration boat tour
- Arenal Volcano Hike
- Entrance fees to parks and all places included except for a $15 per person entrance fee for Tortuguero National Park
- All transfers with baggage handling and all transportation within Costa Rica
- Services of SLT local representatives
- SLT guaranteed tour performance warranty
- SLT $1 Million Insurance Protection Plan
- 13% Costa Rica Government tax (VAT)
- Tabacon Hot Mineral Springs including buffet dinner $198 per person
*Rate subject to change
BARCELO SAN JOSE
What makes the Barcelo San Jose so special is a particular paradise. While it’s location defines the 254 room deluxe hotel as a city hotel, being just 15 minutes from the San Jose International Airport and 10 minutes to downtown San Jose, arriving guests quickly realize they’ve found a bit of Eden in the city.
It’s lovely outdoor spaces including pools and gardens planted with indigenous native Costa Rican tree species coupled with outstanding attention to guests
and it’s recognized commitment to the environment (evident by its Sustainability Certificate displayed in the lobby) make the Barcelo San Jose Hotel our favorite.
An outstanding buffet breakfast is included daily and features Costa Rican favorites, European specialties and all the things you would expect from a grand buffet. Enjoy well appointed guest rooms with views of the Central Valley.
Barceló San José Hotel offers spacious and bright rooms renovated in 2013, with classic and elegant style. With the comfort of our guests in mind, all of the rooms include a 32” LCD TV, free Wi-Fi and a free electronic safe with capacity for laptop computers.
Situated on the Northeast area of Costa Rica’s Caribbean Coast on a sand bar between the Tortuguero Canals and the Caribbean Sea, an excellent location that provides direct access to the beach and the canals. During your stay, enjoy the pool surrounded by exotic gardens and relax in the ranchos with hammocks. Comfortable rooms with ceiling fans provide tranquil garden views. Stroll through the nature trails or take a leisurely walk on the beach in front of the Lodge.
MONTAÑA DE FUEGO, ARENAL
The hotel is immersed in 45 hectares of primary and secondary forest , at the foot of the majestic Arenal Volcano , which makes it a true oasis of peace, enriched by an exuberant vegetation and diverse fauna. Montaña de Fuego has become one of the most beautiful hotels in the area, with one of the most privileged panoramic views of the Arenal Volcano.
This luxurious Four-star hotel is located on the Northwest Pacific coast of Costa Rica Tamarindo Diria Beach & Golf Resort sets its self apart from all others as the only hotel located on the white sand of the world famous Tamarindo Beach. As Tamarindo’s first hotel, we have been the areaís premier lodging facility and offer our guests 30 years of hospitality experience. Spread out over 5 acres, Tamarindo Diria Beach & Golf Resortís mixture of tradition and contemporary style and architecture is surrounded by exotic and beautifully maintained lush tropical gardens that offer our guests the natural beauty of Costa Rica right outside their doors. The majority of our rooms offer incredible ocean views, providing picturesque sunsets, and access to Tamarindo Beach just a few steps from your hotel room.
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