A Week In Paradise

Costa Rica in 8 Days • 7 Nights in Destination

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The perfect introduction to the natural treasures of Costa Rica, discover the lush rainforests and volcanoes of Arenal before kicking back on the idyllic Pacific coast in Samara.

Trip Highlights

  1. Arenal
  2. Guanacaste
  3. San José

Included

  1. All flights

  2. Accommodation

  3. All transfers.

  4. Activities

  5. Breakfast only

Availability

  1. Departures available until December 2023

  2. Available Group tours

  3. Solo travelers from + $400

  4. Add up to 3 nights to your stay

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  1. self-drive included

  2. shuttle transfers from + $100

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self-drive

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  • 3 nights in Arenal.
  • 3 nights in Samara.
  • 1 night in San José.
shuttle transfers

From $1,899

  • 3 nights in Arenal.
  • 3 nights in Samara.
  • 1 night in San José.

Accommodation: 7 Nights

Itinerary

Discover the beauty of Costa Rica, with the option to self-drive for added freedom! Head to the abundant landscapes of Arenal, known for its wildlife, rainforests and towering Arenal Volcano! After exploring the cloud forests and ancient lava trails, continue to the quaint village of Samara, a natural paradise of sun, sea and white sand, to live the Pura Vida!

1st Day: Canada - San José - Arenal

Ready to discover the vibrant landscapes and abundant natural treasures of Costa Rica? Arrive at your US departure airport to board a flight to San José.* Arrive in the capital of Costa Rica and pick up your rental car to self-transfer to your hotel in Arenal. Famed for its immense Arenal volcano, this verdant region of Costa Rica is the perfect place to get in touch with nature! Overnight stay in Arenal.

* If either your outbound or inbound flights depart in the early hours (before 4:00 a.m.) you must arrive at the airport the night before the indicated departure day.

2nd Day: Arenal

Breakfast at the hotel. Spend the morning relaxing at your leisure, enjoying the facilities of the hotel or exploring the local town. In the afternoon, set off on a tour of the Arenal Volcano. Measuring 1,633 meters in height, discover this towering volcano on a guided hike, observing the abundant flora and wildlife and learning about the history of this region along the route. See the ancient lava trails and look out for animal species such as toucans, monkeys and tropical birds. After an incredible introduction to the natural beauty of Costa Rica, return to the hotel and enjoy the evening at your leisure. Alternatively, we recommend an optional visit to the local hot springs to relax your body after the hike earlier today.* Overnight stay in Arenal. 

*Optional Paradise Hot Springs Experience: Discover the natural hot springs of Arenal and immerse yourself in their warm, healing waters! Enjoy entrance to the Paradise Hot Springs complex, home to a variety of pools nestled in tranquil natural surroundings. Dinner at the hot springs is also included. 

Included
Guided hike to the Arenal Volcano
Optional
Paradise Hot Springs Pass
3rd Day: Arenal

Breakfast at the hotel. Spend the day exploring the area surrounding Arenal at your leisure. Get out and about to embrace the natural environment, perhaps exploring the hanging bridges in the rainforest or admiring the views of the spectacular Arenal Volcano. La Fortuna is a fantastic base for all kinds of outdoor adventures, and the rich biodiversity of the surrounding rainforests is sure to leave you enchanted! We recommend an optional hanging bridges excursion today. In the evening, don't miss out on the chance to view adorable sloths in their natural habitat with our optional sloth observation excursion!* Overnight stay in Arenal.

 

*Optional Cloud Forest Hanging Bridges Excursion: Discover the rainforest from a different perspective on a hanging bridges tour of Arenal's cloud forests! Follow 3.2 kilometers of pathways and bridges through the treetops and immerse yourself in the incredible natural beauty of Costa Rica as you look out for rainforest-dwelling wildlife!

*Optional Sloth Observation Excursion: Witness sloths in the wild on an exciting sloth observation excursion! Head to 'Sloth Territory', located within a family-run eco-project, to explore the untouched natural environment accompanied by an expert guide! Spot both two-toed and three-toed sloths and observe their adorable behaviour without disturbing their habitat, a unique, once-in-a-lifetime experience for wildlife lovers!

Optional
Cloud Forests Excursion
Optional
Sloth Observation Excursion
4th Day: Arenal - Samara

Breakfast at the hotel. Check out of the hotel this morning and begin the scenic drive west towards the beautiful region of Guanacaste. You're headed for Samara, a village on Costa Rica's Pacific Coast, known for its palm-fringed beaches and sea turtle nesting sites. Arrive, get settled at your accommodation and enjoy the remainder of the day relaxing at your leisure. Overnight stay in Samara.

 

5th Day: Samara

Breakfast at the hotel. Awake in paradise this morning, on the sun-kissed shores of Samara! Spend the day at your leisure, discovering the idyllic beaches or exploring the sights of Samara Bay. We recommend an optional catamaran excursion to experience the crystal clear waters and abundant marine life!* Overnight stay in Samara.

*Optional Samara Catamaran Cruise: Explore the rich coastline of Samara on a catamaran cruise. Look out for pods of dolphins and perhaps humpback whales (August-November) as you cruise along the coast. Enjoy snacks and drinks on board and make use of the included snorkeling gear to discover the underwater world for yourself!

 

Optional
Samara Catamaran Cruise
6th Day: Samara

Breakfast at the hotel. Soak up the Guanacaste sunshine today and relax in Samara at your leisure. Why not try your hand at some watersports whilst you're here? Surfing is one of the favorite local pastimes! Alternatively, we recommend an optional horse riding excursion to experience the tranquillity of the pristine natural environment on horseback.* Overnight stay in Samara.

*Optional Half-Day Horse Riding in Samara: Head into the abundant natural environment on horseback and discover the rich landscapes of mountains, rivers and sea views! No experience is required as these gentle horses are ideal for beginner riders and offer a peaceful way to explore the natural highlights of Samara.

Optional
Half-Day Horse Riding in Samara
7th Day: Samara - San José

Breakfast at the hotel. Today enjoy your final day in samara at your own leisure. You can relax on the palm-lined beaches, bask in the warm sunshine, swim in the beautiful waters if you prefer to rest on your last day in Samara. When you're ready, wave goodbye to Samara and head to San Jose and check in to your hotel. For ease you may drop off your rental car in the hotel's parking lot. Overnight stay in San Jose.

8th Day: San José - Canada

Breakfast at the hotel. Sadly, it's time to bid farewell and take a shared shuttle transfer to San Jose airport (journey time: approx. 5 hours) and catch a flight back to Canada.* Arrive in Canada and end your trip.

8 days trip including flights*

8 days and 7 nights in destination

1

YTO - SJO

Arenal

2

Arenal

3

Arenal

4

Samara

5

Samara

6

Samara

7

San José

8

SJO - YTO

* It may change depending of your departure city, departure date and arrival date.

The calendar does not display internal flights, trains or other transportation included in the itinerary.

Included activities

Included
Included activity for day 2 in Arenal
Duration 03:00h Approx. Pick up time: 14:30 Approx
Physical rating:
Moderate

Guided hike to the Arenal Volcano

Take a guided hiking excursion to the Mirador el Silencio to discover the abundant landscapes of the incredible Arenal Volcano! Discover the rich flora and fauna of the rainforest and learn about one of Costa Rica's most iconic natural wonders.

What's included: Transfer, bilingual guide, entrance to the park

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Available Activities

Activities are subject to availability. The price for each optional activity will be shown in the next step of the booking process.
Optional
Suggested activity for day 2
Duration 04:00h Approx. Pick up time: 17:30 Approx
Physical rating:
Light

Paradise Hot Springs Pass

Enjoy an evening of indulgence with a pass to the Paradise Natural Hot Springs, heated by the Arenal Volcano. Enjoy access to three different hot pools and two hydromassage hot tubs, perfect for relaxing in the beautiful tropical surroundings.

What's included: Transportation - Entrance to the hot springs - Dinner

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Optional
Suggested activity for day 3 in Arenal
Duration 02:30h Approx. Pick up time: 07:50 Approx
Physical rating:
Moderate

Cloud Forests Excursion

Take a 3km long route which consists of a combination of paths and 8 bridges, where you can explore the different layers of the cloud forest as well as the inhabitants of each of them from the ground up to the treetops.

What's included: Transfer - Bilingual guide - Entrance to the bridges

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Optional
Suggested activity for day 3
Duration 03:00h Approx. Pick up time: 08:00 Approx
Physical rating:
Light

Sloth Observation Excursion

Get to know these beloved slow-moving animals, icons of Costa Rica. Head to the aptly named 'Lazy Territory', a small eco-project, home to a population of sloths. Follow the trails and spot both two-toed and three-toed sloths resting in the treetops

What's included: Bottle of mineral water, entrance fee to the park, transfer to and from your hotel with air conditioning and wifi

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Optional
Suggested activity for day 5
Duration 04:00h Approx. Pick up time: 08:30 Approx
Physical rating:
Light

Samara Catamaran Cruise

Explore the rich coastline of Samara on a catamaran cruise. Look out for pods of dolphins and perhaps humpback whales (August-November) as you cruise along the coast. Enjoy snacks and drinks on board and make use of the included snorkeling gear!

What's included: Snacks and beverages such as water, juices, and beer are provided. Round-trip hotel transportation is included.

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The price includes

  • premium care
    Included in all our trips. more information
  • Departures from main Canadian airports.
  • International flights: Canada - San José - Canada.
  • 7 nights hotel accommodation in Charm and Superior category hotels.
    See hotels included
  • 7 breakfasts.
  • Visits and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary.
    See itinerary
  • All air taxes and fuel surcharge.
  • Compact Rental Car for 7 days (Sedan Economic or similar). *
    more information
  • English-speaking guide during the excursions only.
*The cancellation policy applicable is according to the Terms and Conditions available and agreed at the time of your purchase

Not included

Rental car security insurance (mandatory) and deposit ($1000.- canadian dollars), additional rental car insurance, GPS rental, drinks, tips and any other services not mentioned in what's included. 

**IMPORTANT: The car rental does not include any insurance, not even the basic mandatory insurance. For the rental of a Sedan, insurance is priced from $25.00 per day plus taxes (13%). The basic mandatory insurance and the additional insurance are paid for by the client when picking up the car at the airport.

*Car Rental Requirements: Valid and original driver's license, issued at least 2 years ago. This is valid for 90 days in Costa Rica, from the date of entry stamped on your passport. An international license is necessary in the case that the license is in another alphabet (Hebrew, Mandarin, etc.). Provisional driver's licenses or photocopies are not accepted. A passport must be stamped upon entry to the country and you must present your Credit Card (only MasterCard, VISA or American Express are accepted) to cover the security deposit of $1000. Deposit with Debit Card or cash is not allowed. Please note that the minimum age to rent a car is 23 years.

  • Entry requirements
    Your passport must be valid for at least 1 month beyond the date of expected departure from Costa Rica.
  • Visa
    Visa not required for stays up to 30 days.
  • Currency
    Costa Rican Colon
  • Language
    Spanish
  • Electricity
    110 V. Adapter required.
  • Health
    Please consult your doctor regarding malaria prophylaxis.
  • Time zone
    UTC - 06:00
  • Other useful information
    Local emergency number 128
  • Tourist Office website
    https://www.visitcostarica.com/en

Remember to download your e-ticket to confirm the times of your flights and to complete online check-in using the airline’s website, or directly at the check-in desk at the airport.

Accommodation at the hotels is as indicated. In the event of any changes to accommodation, they will always be of the same, or a higher category. The category of hotels is not standardized across all countries in the world. For this reason, the criteria may differ depending on the destination country's own standards.

In the case of adverse weather conditions, for safety reasons or for any other reasons deemed appropriate, the order and duration of the excursions included in the itinerary may be changed or cancelled without prior notice.

Triple room: the third bed will be a rollaway bed.

Children: 2 - 10 years.

If you have reduced mobility/require the use of a wheelchair and prefer to go at your own pace, please contact our customer service team at +1 778 807 9750 or via our contact form.

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