Our 9-night Costa Rica Holiday Highlights vacation package is the perfect family getaway. Experience adventure at Arenal Volcano, nature in the Cloud Forest, and sunny beach days on the Pacific Coast. Enjoy a safari float, hanging bridges, a waterfall, zip lining, a jungle night tour, and a catamaran sail!
Dec 23: Transfer to Arenal, Costa Rica
Upon arrival in San Jose, Costa Rica you will be driven approximately 2 1/2 hours to the Arenal Volcano region for overnight at Arenal Manoa Hotel
. This charming hotel surrounded by gardens features some of the most beautiful views of Arenal Volcano.
Dec 24: Pure Nature Safari Float
Float peacefully down the Frio River on a motorless boat looking for sloths, monkeys, turtles, iguanas, and numerous bird species. A naturalist guide will point out the unique features of this ecosystem and their relationships. After the float, enjoy homemade snacks at a traditional Costa Rica farm and practice your Spanish! Your afternoon is free to relax or plan another excursion. Overnight Arenal Manoa Hotel.
Dec 25: Hanging Bridges & La Fortuna Waterfall Hike; NYE Dinner
First, discover the flora and fauna of the rainforest on a series of trails and hanging bridges under the towering presence of Arenal Volcano. An expert naturalist guide will point out a variety of nature and wildlife that are often missed. Following the hike, visit La Fortuna Waterfall. Your guide will bring you down paved stairs to the swimming hole at the base of the waterfall. Wear your swimsuit to take a refreshing swim in the river! And don't forget to check out the waterfall observation point for gorgeous panorama views. This evening, ring in the New Year with a delicious dinner at Arenal Manoa Hotel.
Dec 26: Transfer to Monteverde Cloud Forest
This morning you will be picked up and driven to the Arenal Dam boat launch. Board a pontoon for a 45-minute ride to Rio Chiquito, a small town on the shores of Lake Arenal. Upon arrival, you will be met and driven approximately 1 1/2 to 2 hours to Hotel El Establo outside the Monteverde Cloud Forest. Hotel El Establo is the largest and one of the most luxurious lodges in Monteverde set on a private 150-acre farm next to Monteverde Cloud Forest.
Dec 27: Morning Monteverde Aerial Tram & Zipline, Vida Silvestre Night Walk
The aerial tram is a cableway technology designed to give guests spectacular views of the Monteverde Cloud Forest canopy. Take the aerial tram up to an observation platform where your zipline adventure begins. The zipline consists of two long cables and eleven cross-sectional cables. After zipping through the forest, relax and enjoy forest views from two observation decks.
This afternoon, visit Vida Silvestre WIldlife Refuge for a guided hike through the forest exploring the wonders of the cloud forest at night. Your naturalist guide will point out sloths, insects, snacks, owls, and more. Overnight Hotel El Establo.
Dec 28: Transfer to Tamarindo, Guanacaste
Today you will be picked up and driven approximately 3 hours to Tamarindo Diria Beach Resort in Guanacaste. Tamarindo Beach Resort is the only hotel located directly on the white sand beaches of Tamarindo.
Dec 29: Morning Catamaran Sail & Snorkel Tour
Your luxury catamaran departs from Flamingo Bay Marina. Set sail toward some of the most isolated beaches and snorkel locations in Costa Rica. Look for whales (in season), dolphins, pufferfish, sea turtles, and more marine life. Guests can also kayak and fish. Drop anchor and explore an underwater world as the chef cooks up a delicious buffet lunch. Overnight Tamarindo Diria Beach Resort.
Dec 30: Tamarindo Free Day
Take a surf lesson, discover Tamarindo town or explore the white sand beaches of Tamarindo. Overnight Tamarindo Diria Beach Resort.
Dec 31: Tamarindo Free Day
Scuba diving, snorkeling, horseback riding, and more - there are a myriad of ways to discover the lively beach town Tamarindo. Overnight Tamarindo Diria Beach Resort.
Jan 1: Depart Liberia, Costa Rica
Today you will be met and transferred by ground approximately 1 hour to Liberia International Airport for your return flight home.
Pricing is valid through the date listed for each itinerary (all pricing is subject to change until booked and confirmed). Holiday season supplements apply for Christmas, New Years, Presidents Day, and Easter travel dates. Green season specials and/or lower rates may apply for May to November travel dates.
All itineraries are land only and international airfare is quoted separately. Itinerary adjustments may be necessary depending on your international flight schedule. For example a late arrival will usually require a night near the airport in San Jose.
Please call one of our experts at 800-827-9046 to discuss your travel details.