9 OFF THE BEATEN PATH VACATIONS FOR EXPLORERS
Discover the undiscovered. Uncover Costa Rica's best kept secrets off the beaten path.
Venture off the beaten path. Avoid the busy tourist hot-spots and find your own Costa Rica off the grid. Uncover remote destinations and hotel hideaways on any of our private customizable vacation packages - which include hotel stays, transportation, and day tours. With over 30 years of experience, our Costa Rica Experts have crafted these off the beaten path vacations to showcase Costa Rica's raw natural beauty, a beauty that only the adventurous have the pleasure of discovering.
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Bird Watching in Costa Rica Vacation

Bird Watching in Costa Rica

Beginner and expert birdwatchers will love this eco tour of Costa Rica’s birding hot spots. This extraordinary experience will bring you to a variety of regions and habitats for the opportunity to see some of the 800+ bird species that inhabit Costa Rica, including the famed Quetzal.

Price

$3950 per adult

Price valid until: October 31, 2018

Destinations Visited

Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui, Turrialba, Monteverde, Tortuguero

Duration

12 days / 11 nights

Real Food, Real People Costa Rica Vacation Package

Real Food, Real People

Immerse yourself into the tastes, smells, sights, and culinary culture of Costa Rica. This hands-on adventure will give you the opportunity to visit a coffee plantation, make chocolate, and much more!

Price

$2595 per adult (May-Jun & Sept-Oct)
$2795 per adult (Dec-Apr & Jun-Jul)

Price valid until: October 31, 2018

Destinations Visited

San Jose, Bajos del Toro Cloud Forest, Ojochal

Duration

9 days / 8 nights

Caribbean Safari Vacation Package

Caribbean Safari

Explore the Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica on this adventure that will take you up and down the coast after an overnight whitewater rafting adventure on the Pacuare River.

Price

$1975 per adult

Price valid until: October 31, 2018

Destinations Visited

San Jose, Pacuare River, Caribbean Coast, Tortuguero

Duration

9 days / 8 nights

Costa Rica's Best Eco Lodges

Costa Rica’s Best Eco Lodges

Explore thermal springs, mud baths, and waterfalls at Rincon de la Vieja Volcano before making your way to the seashell-lined beaches of the Pacific Coast.

Price

May-Jun & Sept-Oct:
$4175 per adult, single occupancy
$3275 per adult, double occupancy
Nov-Apr & Jun-Aug:
$4845 per adult, single occupancy
$3995 per adult, double occupancy

Price valid until: October 31, 2018

Destinations Visited

San Jose, Tortuguero, Osa Peninsula

Duration

8 days / 7 nights

The Road Less Traveled Vacation Package

The Road Less Traveled

Take the road less traveled. Avoid the tourist hot spots and discover “your own Costa Rica” at these less-frequented, hidden gems.

Price

$2095 per adult (May-Jun & Sept-Oct)
$2375 per adult (Nov-Apr & Jun-Aug)

Price valid until: October 31, 2018

Destinations Visited

Cloud Forest, South Pacific, Central Pacific

Duration

10 days / 9 nights

Costa Rica Off The Grid North Vacation Package

Off The Grid North

Uncover remote beaches on the Nicoya Peninsula at Santa Teresa and Nosara. Travel under the radar on our Costa Rica Off The Grid North vacation package.

Price

$2239 per adult (May-Jun & Sept-Oct)
$2559 per adult (Nov-Apr & Jun-Aug)

Price valid until: October 31, 2018

Destinations Visited

San Jose, Nicoya Peninsula

Duration

9 days / 8 nights

Costa Rica Off The Grid South Vacation

Off The Grid South

Get off the grid! Disconnect with your devices, beat the crowds, and reconnect with nature on our Costa Rica Off The Grid South vacation package.

Price

$2650 per adult (May-Jun & Sept-Oct)
$2975 per adult (Nov-Apr & Jun-Aug)

Price valid until: October 31, 2018

Destinations Visited

Rafiki, South Pacific Coast, Osa Peninsula

Duration

9 days / 8 nights

Cultural Immersion Costa Rica Vacation Package

Local Immersion

Immerse yourself in local towns and villages, visit rural farms, and discover the process of coffee brewing on this interactive cultural adventure.

Price

$2450 per adult

Price valid until: October 31, 2018

Destinations Visited

Poas Volcano, Central Highlands, Southern Mountains, Manuel Antonio

Duration

10 days / 9 nights

Experience Pura Vida Vacation Package

Authentic Rural Experience

Discover the true meaning of “Pura Vida” on our Authentic Rural Experience package to the Osa Peninsula rainforests and the rural countryside.

Price

$2625 per adult (May-Jun & Sept-Oct)
$2915 per adult (Nov-Apr & Jun-Aug)

Price valid until: October 31, 2018

Destinations Visited

San Jose, Osa Peninsula, South Pacific Mountains

Duration

9 days / 8 nights

Discover Secret Spots.

Calling all explorers - our off the beaten path vacations are for you! You’re not a tourist, you’re an adventurer, a traveler. Think rugged, wild, and remote destinations. With advice from the Costa Rica Experts, choose your own adventure, picking tours and experiences that call to you. It’s more than a vacation, it’s an opportunity to see as much as you can. Leave your devices at home - there are new places to explore and discoveries to be made. Our carefully selected hotel hideaways exemplify rustic charm and natural simplicity. Bring your sense of curiosity and adventure to your eco lodge, treetop bungalow, or safari tent camp.

Find a hidden waterfall, tucked into the beauty of the vibrant rainforest. Explore the mazes of mangrove waterways via kayak, watching the shore for caimans, shore birds, and the occasional monkey. Head into the cloud forest to try to spot the elusive Resplendent Quetzal. Visit the Rios Tropicales Lodge or Pacuare Lodge - where half the fun is just getting there by whitewater rafting! Forge your own path and discover the amazing Pura Vida of this beautiful little country.

Off the Beaten Path Costa Rica Destinations

Off the beaten path destinations translate to unique experiences and accommodations. Enjoy the drive, flight, estuary cruise, or whatever method of transportation is necessary to reach your remote destination. Seclusion and distant destinations make dining options more predictable. Many off the beaten path hotels offer all inclusive meal packages which generally help keep your overall budget in check.

Costa Rica’s Southern Mountains

Looking for an authentic Costa Rican experience, with amazing views and thrilling adventure? Then Costa Rica’s Southern Mountains might be the perfect destination for your getaway! Where the rolling, rugged highlands are bordered by towering peaks, guests will discover the delights of Hacienda AltaGracia. This is one of the most stunning and unique lodgings in Costa Rica. Horseback riding is one of the highlights of the Hacienda, offering travelers a chance to venture deep into the remote hills and discover a different side of Costa Rica, but you don’t need any equestrian experience to dive into the fun of AltaGracia! They also offer nearby hiking, whitewater rafting, zip-lining, and yoga! Set on 860 expansive acres, AltaGracia combines cowboy culture, southern hospitality, and Central America’s biggest spa to bring pampering to a new level.

Also resting in Costa Rica’s Southern highlands is the Santa Juana Lodge. One of the newest eco-lodges in the country, Santa Juana includes all meals at their El Mirador Restaurant, which specializes in the freshest possible ingredients for creating their vegetarian-friendly campesino cuisine. The most amazing feature of the lodge is the variety of activities. The Santa Juana Mountain can be explored via horseback, hike, or golf cart. The nearby town of Santa Juana is quaint, charming, and is a favorite tour. You can head to the River Rodeo to explore a secluded waterfall and go for a refreshing swim. Visit a coffee or sugar cane plantation, plant a tree, or try out fishing - the possibilities are endless!

Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula

For health and wellness, surfing, or yoga, there’s no better place to visit than Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula. This is one of the world’s Blue Zones, where residents live longer and happier lives on average. Despite the glorious beaches, beaming sunshine, and being one of the healthiest places on Earth, Nicoya remains sparsely populated and off the normal visitor’s path. The majority of the area’s hotels rest along the dramatically-sculpted shoreline, leaving the center of the peninsula untouched and perfect for unfettered wilderness exploration. Surf hotels abound, giving Nicoya the ambiance of an Hemingway-esque tropical retreat: laid-back and ready for the next new experience!

Yoga practitioners will delight in some of the hotels we work with on the Nicoya Peninsula. At Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort, a 3-mile long sandy beach is the perfect draw for sun-lovers. Your visit includes three meals and one yoga class daily, taught by an expert instructor. Guests can choose to focus on either the challenging vinyasa style, or restorative meditation. And what could be better after an intensive class in their open-air Bali-style studio than a treat from the fresh juice bar?

Learn More: A Costa Rica Blue Zone Retreat
Learn More: Best Beaches of Nicoya Peninsula

Natural Attractions in Costa Rica

Our Costa Rica authentic vacations highlight one of the biggest draws to Costa Rica - natural beauty. Arenal Volcano is one of the most recognized locations, but with 60 other volcanoes across the country (some dormant, some not) there are plenty of other places to visit. 25% of Costa Rica is protected forests or national parks, leaving plenty of untouched rainforest for anyone who just wants to explore. Feel free to substitute or add your favorite natural attractions, cultural tours, and destinations to our Costa Rica authentic vacations to create the right balance for your trip.

The cloud forests of Costa Rica are one of the most unique and fascinating draws to this tiny tropical country. Here in these high-altitude forests, where the cloud cover rests among the tree’s canopies, guests can spot some of the rarest bird species in the world. These forests are only 1% of global woodland, yet they feature an amazing array of plant and animal life that can often be seen nowhere else.

The waterfalls of Costa Rica are also a huge hit! They are by far the most frequently photographed attractions - there’s simply something about falling water that seems to fascinate. Looking for perfect pictures? Head to the Rio Celeste waterfall in Tenorio Volcano National park, where the intense sky-blue of the river is sure to delight! Hoping to jump right into the pool? While swimming isn’t allowed near the Rio Celeste, a visit to Nauyaca and the two-tier falls there is perfect for a swim during the warm afternoons. It’s a favorite place for local picnickers as well!

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