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TourTailor Presents: A Private Journey to Costa Rica

TourTailor Presents: A Private Journey to Costa Rica

Renowned for its beaches and biodiversity, Costa Rica offers boundless opportunities for every traveler. Surrounded by the Pacific Ocean on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other, with protected rainforests and volcanic regions in between, Costa Rica offers the perfect escape for those seeking nature’s wonders, relaxation, and adventure.

Whether you’re interested in a yoga retreat, family vacation, exploring the hanging bridges atop the Monteverde cloud forest, or indulging in the Afro-Caribbean food and hospitality that the country is famous for, you’ll find that our Costa Rica destination specialists are ready to help you design an unforgettable experience.

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Trip Highlights and Customizations

  • Explore the hanging bridges at Arenal Volcano
  • Take in the biodiversity of Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge
  • Enjoy the serenity of the cloud forest
  • Take a catamaran boat tour along the coast near Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Do some reef diving along the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica
  • Enjoy sunset horseback riding on the beach

Your Costa Rica Itinerary

Please note: This itinerary is completely customizable through our destination specialists.

Day 1

Upon arrival in Costa Rica, you will be welcomed at the airport by your TourTailor representative who will escort you to your hotel in the Arenal region. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Luxury: Nayara Gardens or similar
Upscale: Arenal Kioro Suites or similar

Day 2

This morning, after breakfast at your hotel, meet your own, private guide for an excursion to the Hanging Bridges Walk. After exploring the bridges, you will have the option to swim at the waterfall. The afternoon is at leisure, or your TourTailor travel advisor can arrange for additional excursions including a lava walk, an excursion to the hot springs, or kayaking.

Breakfast

Luxury: Nayara Gardens or similar
Upscale: Arenal Kioro Suites or similar

Day 3

Today your personal guide will escort you to the Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge for a full day tour.

Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge is a Wildlife refuge, part of the Arenal Huetar Norte Conservation Area, in the northern part of Costa Rica twenty kilometers south of Los Chiles near the border with Nicaragua in the Alajuela province. It is a wetlands refuge and the tour is exclusively by boat, giving guests a unique vantage point from which to engage with nature. The area is home to several endangered species such as cougars, jaguars, and several species of monkey.

Breakfast, Lunch

Luxury: Nayara Gardens or similar
Upscale: Arenal Kioro Suites or similar

Luxury
Through October 2021From $3995 per person
Upscale
Through October 2021From $3695 per person

Festivals in Costa Rica


Festivals in Costa Rica are lively celebrations, that can include everything from bullfighting, to parades, to fireworks and dancing. Listed below are just some of the more popular festivals and events. Please ask a TourTailor specialist for more information about any of the festivals described below!

Guanacaste Day
July 25

Guanacaste


On July 25 of every year, Guanacaste Day (the day Guanacaste province joined Costa Rica), the main towns in this northwestern province celebrate with folk dances, concerts and enlivened streets with vendors selling traditional Costa Rican handicrafts and food, such as tamales and gallos, grilled meat with tortillas and salad.

Virgin of the Seas
July

Puntarenas


Also in July is Virgin of the Seas festival in Puntarenas. This popular festival, first held in 1913, consists of a colorful regatta of fishing boats and yachts, decorated with lights and flags, sailing in the Nicoya Gulf to salute Puntarenas' Patron Saint, the Virgin of Mount Carmel. Special masses, parades, dances, concerts, and sporting events are also held, and fireworks are displayed to honor Puntarena’s patron saint.

Limon Carnival
October

Limon


Limon Carnival, which celebrates Christopher Columbus’ landing in Limon in 1502, is a nearly two-week long colorful affair in October, with parades, floats, traditional food, and Caribbean music and a lot of dancing.

Things to know about Costa Rica

In order to ensure that you have the best experience possible, we ask that you please read the following information:

PASSPORT AND VISAS*

A valid passport is required for U.S. citizens, and it should remain valid for at least six months after completion of travel. There must be at least one blank page for each entry stamp. U.S. citizens holding valid passports are permitted to stay in Costa Rica for 90 days without a visa.

Custom regulations No customs duties are charged on personal luggage, which includes a series of items for personal, professional, non-commercial use. Costa Rican laws require checked luggage to be screened and travelers to fill out customs declarations declaring the value of any item in their possession, including fruits, vegetables, meat and by-products, biological products such as vaccinations, serums, etc. The head of a family may make a joint declaration for all members residing in the same household and traveling together to Costa Rica.

Pay airport taxes only at authorized places. Airport departure Taxes is $26 per person payable on exit.

*Entry information is for U.S. citizens.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Vaccinations: We recommend that you remain up to date with routine vaccinations. Please also check with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and your doctor for the most current information and advice about inoculation requirements specific to your trip.
Medication: If you or any of your traveling party are taking prescription medicine, please carry an adequate supply as it may not be easily obtainable while you are traveling. Always place your medication in your carry-on luggage to ensure you have access to it at all times.
Food and Water: In general it is safe to drink the tap water in Costa Rica, except in the most rural and non-touristy areas. We recommend that you drink bottled water if traveling to less developed areas, or if you are at all concerned. Bottled water is readily available. You should take the same precautions with food and water as you would at home.
Safety: It is always good practice to be aware of your surroundings and to not leave your personal items (especially money) vulnerable. Be especially conscious of your belongings at major tourist sites. When possible, we recommend that you leave your valuables in your hotel's safe.
Travel Insurance: We strongly recommend that you purchase adequate travel insurance to protect yourself and your investment against any mishap or unforeseen circumstances. It's important to be fully protected prior (pre-departure trip cancellation) or during your travels, should there be any medical or other complication. It is important that you carry a copy of your policy while traveling.

GEOGRAPHY & CLIMATE

Geography
Rugged highlands are found throughout most of the country, ranging from approximately 1,000 to 2,000 meters (3,000 to 6,000 feet) above sea level. The Guanacaste Mountain Range, Central Mountain Range, and Talamanca Mountain Range are the main mountain ranges extending the entire length of the country. There are several active volcanoes (Arenal Volcano, Irazu Volcano, Rincon de la Vieja Volcano and Turrialba Volcano) and the country’s highest mountain (Chirripo Hill) with a height of 3,819 m/12,530 ft. The country has a relatively long coastline in both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, as well as a number of rivers and streams that attract specialist kayakers and rafters from all over the world.

Climate
Costa Rica’s year round climate is pleasant with naturally occurring breezes, cooling down most of the coastal areas. Temperatures in the highlands and mountains are not so cold, especially during the day, producing an 'eternal spring' feeling. The average annual temperatures range from 31.7°C (89°F) on the coast to 16.7°C (62°F) inland. The rainy or green season lasts from May to December with noticeably drier days during the rest of the year.

Enjoy the sun, but carefully.
Going to the beach is a must when traveling to Costa Rica and a nice suntan is always possible. It is not advisable however, to try to tan in just one day because it takes 24 to 48 hours for the skin to produce melanin, a dark pigment that reduces the aging process caused by sunburn. The healthiest thing for you to do is to use a PABA-free suntan or UV sun blocking lotion.

Holidays
Though government offices and most banks close on national holidays, this causes little inconvenience to travelers, since money and traveler's checks can be changed at most hotels. We recommend that you do not change money on the street.

There are days when hardly anything will be open, such as Christmas, New Year and often a couple of days preceding and during Holy Week from Wednesday to Easter Sunday.

Beaches
Costa Rica occupies a privileged spot in the heart of Central America. While its territory of 19,652 square miles touches both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, the country is surprisingly accessible - one can travel from coast to coast in just three hours by car (or 45 minutes by plane).

The Caribbean region of Costa Rica stands out for its variety of aquatic ecosystems and its beautiful white and black sand beaches, providing an ideal setting for activities such as sport fishing, snorkeling, and sun bathing. The Pacific coast concentrates big tourist centers and its beaches, such as Esterillos, Jaco, Hermosa, Boca Barranca, are very popular for surfing. In the Golfito region, near the Marino Ballena National Park, surfing fans can find the famous "long lefthander wave."

Ecotourism
In Costa Rica, nature reveals itself in its entire splendor.

Considered one of the most bio-diverse regions in the world, Costa Rica is divided into 20 natural parks, 8 biological reserves, and a series of protected areas that captivate ecotourism lovers. The variety of activities includes horseback riding, hiking mountainous paths in the cloud forests, and guided bird-watching tours.

Tortuguero National Park is especially famous for sea turtle nesting that takes place every year, and the natural canals that abound with protected species such as crocodiles, manatees, and otters.

Average Regional Temperatures

MonthHigh/Low
January:
72/88°F
February:
72/91°F
March:
75/91°F
April:
77/93°F
May:
77/89°F
June:
77/89°F
July:
77/88°F
August:
77/88°F
September:
72/88°F
October:
72/87°F
November:
73/87°F
December:
73/87°F
MonthHigh/Low
January:
60/82°F
February:
61/83°F
March:
63/85°F
April:
64/84°F
May:
65/80°F
June:
64/79°F
July:
64/79°F
August:
63/79°F
September:
63/80°F
October:
63/79°F
November:
63/79°F
December:
61/80°F
MonthHigh/Low
January:
80/90°F
February:
80/91°F
March:
80/91°F
April:
80/91°F
May:
79/89°F
June:
79/89°F
July:
79/89°F
August:
79/89°F
September:
78/89°F
October:
78/88°F
November:
78/88°F
December:
80/89°F

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