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Discover the Natural Wonders of Costa Rica on a Boundless Journeys Custom Tour

Costa Rica’s unusual beauty spans from lush rainforests and dramatic volcanoes to crescent-shaped beaches fringed with palm trees and scampering monkeys. Boundless Journeys’ custom Costa Rica tours offer an ideal mix of active exploration with an experienced naturalist guide, opportunities to observe an immense diversity of wildlife, and time to simply relax on tranquil beaches while soaking up the pura vida!

Let Boundless Journeys design a custom itinerary that matches your desire for nature or adventure, luxury or simplicity, and exceeds your every expectation. Our Costa Rica travel specialists have years of experience crafting memorable experiences, and they travel all over the country to check out the most charming accommodations, the best family-owned restaurants, and unique, off-the-beaten-path adventures.

Whether you prefer a five-star hotel located in the middle of a coffee plantation, or an eco-friendly resort surrounded by a private reserve in the tropical rainforest of the Osa Peninsula, Boundless Journeys has the perfect place for you in Costa Rica.

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Suggested Itineraries

SUGGESTED ITINERARIES FOR COSTA RICA

Based on our years of designing custom trips to Costa Rica, we believe that the combinations below deliver the best experiences in each region. Boundless Journeys' trip specialists can further customize these options to match the interests of your group, and can mix and match the experiences below. If you don't see what you are looking for, there are many more options to explore. Give us a call at 1-800-941-8010 to start the conversation.

Rainforests to the Beach

The perfect combination of the rainforest and the coast; horseback ride, raft, and hike through the jungle, sail and snorkel on the coast, and relax on white sand beaches.

Arenal Volcano | Monteverde Cloud Forest | Manuel Antonio National Park

Day 1: Arrival in San José
Day 2: Rafting tour and transfer to Arenal National Park
Day 3: Volcano tour and transfer to Monteverde
Day 4: Canopy Tour and Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
Day 5: Transfer to Quepos and Manuel Antonio National Park
Day 6: Manuel Antonio National Park beach and wildlife tour
Day 7: Mangrove Kayak Tour
Day 8: Transfer to San José and departure

Cloud Forest, Volcanoes & Surf

The perfect combination of guided exploration of Costa Rica's volcanic highlands and independent time at the beach, with ample opportunity for adventure.

Monteverde Cloud Forest | Rincon National Park | Guanacaste

Day 1: Arrival in San José
Day 2: Canopy tour in Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
Days 3-4: Rincon National Park; soak in natural mud baths and hot springs, horseback ride, or hike through the rainforest
Days 5-6: Transfer to Guanacaste for a surf lesson and free time at the beach
Day 7: Transfer to Liberia and departure

Nature and the Beach

An ideal combination of active, off-the-beaten-path adventure and comfortable, upscale accommodations each night will introduce you to the best of Costa Rica.

Osa Peninsula and Corcovado National Park | Manuel Antonio National Park

Day 1: Arrival in San José
Days 2-4: Osa Peninsula, snorkeling and boat tour, hike in Casa Corcovado National Park
Days 5-7: Tour Manuel Antonio National Park, catamaran and snorkeling tour, zip line tour or free time at the beach
Day 8: Transfer to San José and departure

Coast to Coast

From the Caribbean to the Pacific coast, Costa Rica offers us a rich natural landscape. With tropical rainforests, volcanoes, white-sand beaches, waterfalls, crystal-clear rivers, and geothermal springs we immerse ourselves in the vast diversity of this adventurer's playground.

Tortuguero National Park | Arenal Volcano | Manuel Antonio National Park

Day 1: Arrival in San José
Day 2: Transfer to Tortuguero National Park
Days 3-4: Kayak and cruise the waterways of Tortuguero
Day 5: Transfer to San José and on to Arenal Volcano
Day 6: Hike to La Fortuna Waterfall; enjoy a coffee tour
Day 7: Zip-line tour along the treetop canopy
Day 8: Transfer to Quepos and Manuel Antonio National Park
Day 9: Horseback riding, surf lessons, or a hike in Manuel Antonio National Park
Day 10: Free day at the beach
Day 11: Transfer to San José and departure

Rainforest and Yoga Retreat

From the misty tropical rainforest with coffee bean farms, steaming thermal springs, white water adventures, and thrilling zip-line canopy tours. To the sunny, dry coast where salt water beckons us for surf lessons and snorkeling, and an open air yoga studio and fresh food add to a sense of well-being and renewal.

Arenal Volcano | Nicoya Peninsula (Santa Terese)

Day 1: Arrival in San José
Day 2: Transfer to Arenal Volcano, rafting tour, soak in natural hot springs
Day 3: Hike in the rainforest, optional zip line or coffee tour
Day 4: Transfer to San José and fly to Tambor on the Nicoya Peninsula
Day 5: Boat and snorkeling trip to Tortuga Island
Day 6: Yoga class and surf lessons
Day 7: Transfer from Tambor to San José and departure

Where to Stay

Arenal Volcano

Arenal Volcano National Park packs all of Costa Rica's allure into one place: incredible hiking, impressive views of the Volcano, and abundant wildlife. Hiking and horseback riding tours allow you to get up close and personal with Arenal's nearly 30,000 acres of lush rainforest.

Optional activities include hiking through the rainforest on trails and suspension bridges near Arenal Volcano. Go horseback riding or hike to La Fortuna Waterfall, mountain bike through forest trails, or soak in thermal hot springs. Visit a locally owned farm and share a meal with the owners.

Arenal Manoa & Hot Springs ResortDeluxe

La Fortuna, Costa Rica

Arenal Manoa & Hot Springs Resort offers a beautiful place to rest, relax and enjoy views of the Arenal Volcano. Surrounded by the La Palma River, the hotel is an ideal refuge for a great diversity of birds, mammals, lizards and plants. Amenities include a full-service spa, 2 outdoor pools, and a restaurant serving national and international cuisine. Rooms are designed with ample space and balconies boasting panoramic views.

Arenal Observatory LodgeClassic

Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica

Situated on a ridge 1.6 miles from the Arenal Volcano, this former Smithsonian research station offers one of the area’s most stunning views of the volcano and Arenal Lake. Enjoy picturesque views of the volcano from each room. There is also an on-site museum with exhibits on the history, volcanology, and hydrology of Arenal. A well-laid network of trails allows for early morning bird watching, and a full service spa and restaurant round out your stay.

Arenal Springs Resort & SpaDeluxe

La Fortuna, Costa Rica

Hotel Arenal Springs Resort & Spa is a 4-star property surrounded by exotic gardens, and beautiful views of Arenal Volcano. Set in the middle of the rainforest, guests can enjoy a restaurant offering a variety of national and international dishes, swimming pools, free yoga, and private hot springs. Each room has a terrace with rocking chairs for ultimate leisure and bird viewing. 

Hotel Arenal Nayara Spa & GardensDeluxe

La Fortuna, Costa Rica

Set in lush tropical gardens, tasteful in every detail, and appointed with modern amenities, Arenal Nayara offers spacious, beautiful freestanding bungalows that reflect the local sense of style and offer spectacular views of the majestic Arenal Volcano and the rainforest.

Guanacaste

The northwestern province of Guanacaste offers diverse habitats from the mountains down to the coast. Moist, cool, and windswept cloud forests grow below the volcanic peaks in Rincon de la Vieja National Park, in sharp contrast with the arid tropical dry forests of the lowlands, and the expansive beaches along the coast.

Guanacaste is also considered "cowboy country," and what better way to experience the region's rich heritage than to explore on horseback with a local wrangler? Or simply relax on one of Costa Rica's famous beaches where you can bask in the sun and swim in the warm tropical waters.

Andaz Peninsula Papagayo ResortLuxury

Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Nestled in a location that is second to none, where the Gulf of Papagayo meets the sapphire blue waters of Culebra Bay, Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort captures the native spirit of Costa Rica. Along with a breathtaking setting – a relaxing ocean with a mountainous background – hotel amenities include nine spa treatment rooms, three restaurants, and two outdoor pools.

Bosque Del MarDeluxe

Guanacaste, Costa Rica

This property resembles an exotic treehouse, with wood and glass structures that blend seamlessly into the surrounding environment. Bosque del Mar has 32 suites, a Jacuzzi and swimming pool among the trees, a gourmet restaurant and lounge bar, and even a scuba diving center. For exclusive beachfront accommodations with only the mountains and sea for company, the Hotel Bosque del Mar offers a true luxury escape.

The Westin Golf Resort & SpaLuxury

Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Set on 2,400 acres, 45 minutes from Liberia Airport, the Westin Golf Resort & Spa, Playa Conchal, offers a multitude of amenities, including a lagoon-style pool, gardens, tennis courts, a championship golf course, a kids club, fine dining options, a beautiful white-sand beach, and a personal concierge service for guests in the Royal Beach Club.

Manuel Antonio National Park

Located on the central pacific coast, Manuel Antonio National Park offers a combination of tropical beaches, lush rainforests, and abundant wildlife. Along with sloths, black iguanas, basilisk lizards, blue morpho butterflies, and white-faced monkeys, Manuel Antonio is home to one of the last populations of titi or squirrel monkeys.

Optional activities include hiking and exploring Manuel Antonio National Park, the best site in Costa Rica to see sloths and monkeys in the forests, next to crescent-shaped, white-sand beaches. Learn to surf or improve your style with lessons from an area pro. Paddle in a protected mangrove lagoon or on the open sea. Take a catamaran tour and snorkel along the coral reefs.

Arenas Del MarLuxury

Quepos, Costa Rica

Arenas Del Mar offers a luxurious lodging experience in harmony with Costa Rica’s nature in a spectacular beach and rainforest setting. Guest rooms, apartments, and suites offer spectacular ocean views, upscale dining in two hotel restaurants with a focus on fresh, local products, and personalized service that exceeds expectations.

Hotel Si Como NoDeluxe

Quepos, Costa Rica

Proudly occupying the most idyllic hilltop in the town of Quepos, this award-winning eco-designed resort and spa provides its own signature version of “barefoot luxury” to all its guests. Featuring two restaurants, a wildlife refuge, swimming pools, and a cinema, Si Como No is also a leader in green practices and economic sustainability for the local community. The resort’s lush jungle terraces and gardens overlook the sparkling ocean just above world-renown Manuel Antonio National Park.

Parador Resort & SpaDeluxe

Quepos, Costa Rica

Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Hotel Parador is within minutes of the world famous Manuel Antonio National Park. Perched above the sweeping Central Pacific coastline, boasting spectacular panoramic views and world-class amenities, and a short walk to the adjacent beach, Playa Biesanz. Hotel Amenities inlcude multiple restaurants, pools , a spa, tennis courts, and mini golf.

Rafiki Safari LodgeClassic

Province of Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Rafiki is a luxury tented camp nestled on 842 acres of pristine jungle along the Savegre River, 18 miles south of Quepos and Manuel Antonio National Park. Nestled in the rainforest, the Rafiki Safari Lodge combines all the comforts of a hotel with the splendor of a jungle safari. Tents are equipped with ensuite bathrooms, hot water, private porches, and hydroelectric power. There’s a spring-fed pool with a waterslide and ample opportunity for horseback riding, bird-watching, hiking, and white-water rafting. Enjoy delicious meals and fresh Costa Rican coffee in the open air dining room.

Monteverde

Monteverde is a place of cloud forests and coffee plantations, monkeys and mist, and friendly locals. The town of Santa Elena is small and quaint, filled with tasty restaurants and folksy artisan shops, while the nearby cloud forest hosts a remarkable array of biodiversity. The Quakers, who arrived in the 1950's, have maintained a lasting hold on Monteverde, and their principles of cooperation, pacifism, and simplicity continue to influence life in this region.

Optional activities include riding an aerial tram through the cloud forest to an observation deck, and enjoying a zip-line canopy tour through the treetops. Visit a butterfly garden and scout for wildlife in Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, or visit a Costa Rican school and share experiences with local children.

Hotel BelmarClassic

Monteverde, Costa Rica

Located in Costa Rica’s lush cloud forest and nestled in the mountaintops of the Monteverde Reserve, Hotel Belmar features a unique restaurant with an on-site brewery and a juice bar. Other amenities include a hot tub, an organic garden, and a wellness center with a yoga studio and spa services.

Monteverde Lodge & GardensClassic

Monteverde, Costa Rica

Monteverde Lodge & Gardens brings the Monteverde Cloud Forest and its many creatures straight to your doorstep. Surrounded by botanical gardens, a small waterfall, a swimming pool, extensive nature trails, and a live butterfly exhibit, this hotel offers a true oasis in nature. A progressive recycling strategy, a solar-energy system, and a huge solar-powered Jacuzzi are among this hotel’s noteworthy environmentally sound practices.

Nicoya Peninsula (Santa Terese)

Dominated by mountainous terrain this once-volcanic landscape is now sheathed by dry and wet tropical forest. The beaches of the Nicoya Peninsula don't get as much attention or traffic as those to the north in Guanacaste; however, they are just as stunning, varied, and rewarding.

Optional activities include snorkeling around Tortuga Island, and taking a horseback ride along the beach at sunset. Learn to surf, take a yoga class, or kick back and unwind in laid-back surfer towns.

Pranamar Oceanfront Villas & Yoga RetreatDeluxe

Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

Pranamar Oceanfront Villas and Yoga Retreat is an intimate, consciously designed oceanfront hotel on the spectacular beach of Playa Santa Teresa. Along with world-class surfing and top-quality yoga classes, a saltwater pool, private lounging areas, tropical gardens, and ecologically constructed bungalows await you. Pranamar’s beautifully designed open-air restaurant and tea lounge specialize in healthy, delicious cuisine using organic fruits and vegetables, local fresh fish, seafood and organic meats.

Osa Peninsula & Corcovado National Park

One of the foremost destinations for wildlife enthusiasts is the 100,000-acre Corcovado National Park on the Osa Peninsula. Described by National Geographic as "the most biologically intense place on Earth," this park contains hundreds of plant and animal species, and colorful macaws and tropical birds. Off the coast, this region also hosts seasonal migrations of whales and dolphins.

Optional activities include hikes in Corcovado National Park, night walks through the rainforest, kayaking from your beachfront hotel, a boat to Caño Island Biological Reserve, and snorkeling along the coral reefs.

Casa Corcovado Jungle LodgeDeluxe

Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica

With its prime location on the edge of Corcovado National Park, Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge offers luxury accommodations, first-class service, exciting activities and the opportunity to unwind. If you are looking for an authentic, remote and unforgettable vacation experience in Costa Rica, you’ll find it at Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge. Set above a palm-fringed beach, in tropical gardens surrounded by 170 acres of pristine rainforest, this much-loved destination is the ultimate combination of luxurious comfort and adventure.

Copa De Arbol Beach and Rainforest ResortDeluxe

Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica

Nestled amongst the trees, the Copa de Arbol eco-resort blends seamlessly into the natural backdrop. Only 100 yards to the beach, you will be fully immersed in the rhythmic sounds of the ocean and rainforest. Your stay will be complemented with two unforgettable day tours. One of snorkeling in an exotic marine ecosystem next to Caño Island and the other of hiking in the exuberant rainforest reserve of Corcovado National Park. Other optional activities can be requested during your stay, and are at additional expense, such as a kayak tour, a dolphin/whale tour, horseback riding, a nighttime rainforest tour, sport fishing, and massage. Hotel amenities: 11 cabins, infinity pool & Jacuzzi, beach front open air bar / restaurant, and air conditioning.

Rincon de la Vieja National Park

Located in the provinces of Guanacaste and Alajuela, Rincon de la Vieja is a 34,800-acre national park that is home to geological wonders, pristine tropical forests, and lots of volcanic activity including fumaroles, boiling mud pots, and sulphur and vapor vents. It's also home to a fantastic variety of wildlife, like monkeys, sloths, pumas, jaguars, and over 300 species of birds.

Optional activities include taking a canopy tour or visiting the hot springs and mud baths. Choose from horseback riding, white-water tubing, trekking, and bird watching.

Borinquen Mountain ResortClassic

Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Borinquen Mountain Resort was designed and created in 1999 for the sole purpose of partaking in the exceptional beauty of the Rincón de la Vieja countryside. The hotel offers private villas, bungalows and junior suites with a rustic design and modern amenities that allow for a comfortable and relaxing vacation. All rooms have independent decks or balconies with mountain views. The thermal springs with hot pools, the volcanic mud, and the natural steam-rooms add to the relaxing atmosphere of this highland retreat.

San José

Costa Rica's capital and the largest city in the country, San José is considered to be among the most cosmopolitan cities in Latin America. Here, you can find many wonderful museums, bars, restaurants, shopping centers, colorful markets and a lively nightlife. A bustling city nestled inside a tropical paradise; San José sits in the center of the country in the Central Valley and is surrounded by gorgeous untouched cloud forests. Serving as a hub to the rest of the country, and located approximately 20 minutes from the airport, San José is the perfect place to use as a base camp on a visit to Costa Rica.

Located just on the outskirts of San José, and offering a slower pace, other options include the town of Alajuela, located just minutes from the airport and home to such resorts as the Xandari Resort & Spa, or the small province of Heredia, known for its lush, untouched beauty, coffee plantations, and the beautiful Finca Rosa Blanca Inn.

Finca Rosa BlancaDeluxe

Santa Barbara de Heredia, Costa Rica

Finca Rosa Blanca offers 14 unique suites focused on coffee culture, comfort, art and design. Surrounded by volcanoes, the Inn is only 20 minutes from the international airport. Features include a restaurant and bar with magnificent views, a full service spa, tours of the Inn’s organic shade grown coffee plantation, as well as an infinity pool and Jacuzzi. Finca Rosa Blanca continues to achieve the highest score in the Costa Rican Certification for Sustainable Tourism.

Hotel BougainvilleaClassic

San José, Costa Rica

Set on 10 acres, and located 20-minutes from the San José Airport, Hotel Bougainvillea is surrounded by an expansive, well-manicured garden dotted with old-growth trees, and a huge range of native Costa Rican trees and flowers. Rooms have balconies with views of mountains or city, and several private trails wind by the swimming pool and tennis courts. The Vitrales Restaurant & Bar serves international fusion cuisine.

Hotel Grano de OroDeluxe

San José, Costa Rica

Hotel Grano de Oro is a true sanctuary in the heart of San José. Converted from a tropical Victorian mansion, this 40-room hotel maintains the warmth and comfort of a private home. All guest rooms are furnished in Victorian style, with wrought-iron beds, rich fabrics, and local artwork. No two rooms are alike. Hotel amenities include a restaurant, bar, and rooftop garden with two hot tubs.

Tortuguero National Park

Known as Costa Rica's "little Amazon," Tortuguero National Park consists of lowland rainforests, 22 miles of beach on the Caribbean coast, and numerous canals that connect the various sections. It's one of the most biologically diversity places in Costa Rica due to the existence of 11 different habitats, including mangrove forests, swamps, beaches, and lagoons. Tortuguero is also recognized as the most important nesting site in the western Caribbean for the green sea turtle.

Optional activities include kayaking along the densely forested canals of Tortuguero National Park, cruising with an expert local guide while admiring the tropical scenery, or from June through October take a nighttime guided walk to see green sea turtles nesting on the beach.

Manatus HotelClassic

Tortuguero, Costa Rica

Manatus Lodge is the most comfortable lodge in Tortuguero and located directly on the river. The lodge offers 14 beautifully furnished air-conditioned bedrooms, as well as a small swimming pool, gym, and internet service. There is also a massage facility, as well as an a la carte restaurant, and bar, ideal for relaxing at the end of an adventurous day exploring the canals and waterways.

Pachira LodgeClassic

Tortuguero, Costa Rica

Set in the rainforest alongside the slow-moving canals of Tortuguero, and one of the closest lodges to Tortuguero National Park, Pachira Lodge offers comfortable, but basic rooms, furnished with bamboo furniture and ceiling fans. Amenities include a swimming pool for cooling off midday, a buffet-style restaurant and bar, and a nature trail.

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What To Expect

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From providing accommodation options based on your budget, to recommendations on pre- or post-tour travels, to assisting you with booking regional air, to meeting you at the airport when you arrive: Boundless Journeys can help you with each step in planning your custom tour. We will seamlessly guide you, so that you can simply relax and enjoy the adventure of a lifetime in Costa Rica.

Weather

Generally, the rainy or "green" season is from May to mid-November. The dry season runs from mid-November to April. In the northwestern province of Guanacaste, the dry season lasts several weeks longer than in other places. Even in the rainy season, days often begin with sun, with rain falling in the afternoon and evening. On the Caribbean coast, you can count on some rain year-round, although this area gets less rain in September and October than the rest of the country.

The temperature in Costa Rica is influenced by altitude, and varies little over the course of the year. In San José and the highlands around Arenal, average temperatures range from 59 - 79 degrees Fahrenheit. The coastal areas are typically much warmer; the Pacific coast near Quepos and Manuel Antonio National Park averages lows in the mid to upper 70's, and highs in the high 80's/low 90's.

You may obtain more detailed weather information by visiting www.weatherbase.com.

Guanacaste

January

High: 91
Low: 69

March

High: 96
Low: 71

May

High: 91
Low: 73

July

High: 89
Low: 71

September

High: 87
Low: 71

November

High: 87
Low: 69

La Fortuna / Arenal National Park

January

High: 83
Low: 68

March

High: 86
Low: 69

May

High: 88
Low: 70

July

High: 85
Low: 71

September

High: 86
Low: 70

November

High: 83
Low: 71

Osa Peninsula

Janaury

High: 91
Low: 72

March

High: 92
Low: 73

May

High: 90
Low: 73

July

High: 89
Low: 71

September

High: 90
Low: 71

November

High: 89
Low: 71

Quepos / Manuel Antonio National Park

January

High: 88
Low: 71

March

High: 90
Low: 72

May

High: 88
Low: 73

July

High: 86
Low: 73

September

High: 86
Low: 72

November

High: 85
Low: 72

San Jose

January

High: 75
Low: 58

March

High: 79
Low: 59

May

High: 80
Low: 62

July

High: 77
Low: 62

September

High: 79
Low: 61

November

High: 77
Low: 60

Tortuguero

January

High: 88
Low: 68

March

High: 87
Low: 69

May

High: 87
Low: 71

July

High: 88
Low: 71

September

High: 87
Low: 71

November

High: 85
Low: 69

When to Go

The dry season is from December to April. The highlands are truly dry at this time of year, typically with only one or two rainy days per month (although if a cold front comes in, a rainier pattern can prevail, even during the dry season). The Caribbean coastal region tends to have more consistent rainforest weather patterns, and can have rain year-round, usually limited to afternoon showers in the dry season.

The rainy season (or green season) begins in May and lasts until mid-November. During the day, skies are generally sunny, though they may give way to afternoon showers. It is important that you come prepared for a variety of weather conditions regardless of the time of year. Over the course of your trip, you will likely encounter both cool, rainy weather and warm, sunny weather!

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With a Boundless Journeys guide, your experience is that of friend and local adventurer. We believe strongly in working with local guides, experts in the areas to which we travel, and they hold the keys to unlocking the hidden delights of your chosen destination. Although you will never know they are at work—the mark of a truly great leader—our guides make magical things happen and add a dimension to your trip that you could not experience on your own. Over the years we have forged bonds with some of the best guides in the world, and we typically work with a small team of guides in each region. You will be informed of the guide for your trip one month prior to your departure.

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