SARAPIQUI TROPICAL FOREST, TORTUGUERO, ARENAL VOLCANO, & TAMARINDO BEACHES
On this exotic adventure with airfare included, be dazzled by Costa Rica’s vibrant beauty and culture. Begin with an eco-farm experience at Sarapiquis tropical forest. Then head out on a captivating boat ride through the rainforest and arrive at Tortuguero National Park where you’ll discover beautiful flora and fauna, and pristine beaches. On your way to Arenal, admire the agricultural landscapes and pineapple plantations. The following day, visit the Arenal Volcano area to admire breathtaking views and spectacular scenery and partake in fun activities like traversing suspension bridges, soaking in the hot springs, spotting colorful dart frogs, and other fun options. On our way to the beautiful Pacific beaches of Tamarindo, we’ll have a cultural experience and visit a traditional Guanacaste home and kitchen where we learn how to make tortillas and enjoy some Costa Rican delicacies. Finally, enjoy the Pura Vida at Tamarindo’s beaches with its great sunsets. 4/5 stars on Tripadvisor!
For COVID-19 updates, please scroll down to our “Before You Depart” section.
- 2 nights in Sarapiqui
- 2 nights in Tortuguero
- 2 nights in Arenal
- 2 nights in Tamarindo
- Round-trip international airfare from Miami (passengers may also book this tour without flights)
- Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
- Ground transportation
- Accommodations in Superior First Class hotels
- 19 Meals: 8 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 6 dinners
- Comprehensive sightseeing tours as per itinerary
- English-speaking Tour Director throughout
Click the Day by Day itinerary above (or swipe on mobile devices) to see the experiences that await on each day of your tour.
USA to Sarapiqui
Today is our free day to rest and relax or explore Tamarindo independently. You also have the option to enjoy a half-day Catamaran Sailing & Snorkeling Tour.
Tamarindo to USA
We’ll depart our hotel early this morning as we make our way back to San José International Airport for our return flight to the USA. We’ll arrive home filled with memories from our Costa Rican adventure!
*The tour will end for passengers who did not purchase flights today, on Day 9, in San José.
Prices and dates below include round-trip airfare from Miami (MIA). Travelers may choose to purchase the tour only, and arrange their own arrival in destination.
|Depart||Return||Depart - Return||Best Value Pricing - Reserve by Sep 03, 2021||
Sep 03, 2021 Price Increase
|2021||2021||w/ eCheck Discount||Sale||After Sale|
|October 11||October 19||Oct 11 - Oct 19||$2,399||$2,499||$2,799||Select|
|November 22||November 30||Nov 22 - Nov 30||$2,299||$2,399||$2,699||Select|
|2022||2022||w/ eCheck Discount||Sale||After Sale|
|January 10||January 18||Jan 10 - Jan 18||$2,199||$2,299||$2,599||Select|
|February 21||March 1||Feb 21 - Mar 1||$2,299||$2,399||$2,699||Select|
|March 21||March 29||Mar 21 - Mar 29||$2,199||$2,299||$2,599||Select|
|April 4||April 12||Apr 4 - Apr 12||$2,299||$2,399||$2,699||Select|
|July 4||July 12||Jul 4 - Jul 12||$1,999||$2,099||$2,399||Select|
|November 21||November 29||Nov 21 - Nov 29||$2,199||$2,299||$2,599||Select|
Rates are based on double occupancy.
2021 Single Supplements:
- All Departures: $499
2022 Single Supplements:
- Jan. 10, Feb. 21 & Mar. 21: $529
- Apr. 4: $599
- Jul. 4 & Nov. 21: $449
Costa Rica Departure Tax ($29) not included. Departure Tax must be paid on departure directly by each traveler.
For more information on this tour, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Mon-Fri, 9:00am – 5:30pm EST) at 800-337-7773.
Reservations and Payments
Reservations can be made by phone (1-800-337-7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of your non-refundable, non-transferable deposit, which must be received at the time of reservation. Deposits are $99 per person for all 2021 departures, and $300 per person for all 2022 departures. Full payment is due 90 days prior to departure. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. Please see the smarTours Terms and Conditions for complete booking information.
Optional Tours Customize your trip with these optional tours.
Indicated optional tours are now available to pre-book when you reserve your trip. This is the best option to guarantee your spot on your preferred optional tour!
Availability and pricing are subject to change. Optional tours require a minimum number of participants in order for the tour to operate. If you choose to book your optional tour while on your trip, payments are non-refundable and should be made by cash (USD).
Half-Day Floating Safari on Sarapiqui River
- From approx. $63 Per Person
Half-Day Paradise Hot Springs
- From approx. $59 Per Person
Half-Day Catamaran Sailing & Snorkeling Tour
- From approx. $95 Per Person
Selva Verde Lodge & ReserveSarapiqui
7 Kms De Puerto Viejo De Sarapiqui (Chilamate, S.), Costa Rica, Sarapiqui, Costa Rica
La Quinta Sarapiqui LodgeSarapiqui
12 km west, Heredia Province, Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui, 3069, Costa Rica
Tortuguero Canals, Limón, Pococí, Costa Rica
Arenal Paraiso Resort & SpaArenal
At this recently renovated resort you’ll feel like you’re in paradise with beautiful surroundings and natural hot springs on the property. The waters spring from a natural underground river from the Arenal Volcano and carry a large variety of minerals which benefit the skin in different manners, in addition to providing the peace and relaxation that you need and desire.
142, Provincia de Alajuela, La Fortuna, Costa Rica
00m al E y 800m al N del Bco. Ncal. de Tamarindo Guanacaste CR Tamarindo Provincia de Guanacaste CR, Provincia de Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Departing the U.S.: For the safety of everyone in the group, smarTours has implemented some COVID-19 travel requirements which apply to all tours regardless of destination. To learn more, click here.
- Unvaccinated Travelers: Additional Medical Insurance is required in Costa Rica, even if you buy TripMate insurance for your trip, and must be purchased prior to departure. The cost of insurance varies by plan, and full details will be provided to all travelers after booking. The approximate cost for coverage on this tour is around $100 for individuals under 70 and around $200 for individuals over 70 years of age.
Returning to the U.S.: In accordance with U.S. entry requirements, smarTours will arrange testing for the group in destination. Full details and requirements can be accessed here. The test must be paid in cash at the testing site.
- The cost of the test is $120 USD
Note: If you are traveling with us on a land-only basis please share your travel plans with us and let us know if you will also need to be tested with the rest of the group.
Please note entry requirements are changing rapidly. For up-to-date information, please click the links below.
- Entry requirements
- State Department Travel Advisory Updates (Costa Rica)
- Center for Disease Control Updates & Information (Costa Rica)
Your flights from the USA to Costa Rica and back are on the following airline with the corresponding schedules. We recommend that you check-in 3 ½ hours before departure.
|Departure Date||Airline||Depart Miami||Arrive in Miami|
|2021: Jul. 5||American Airlines||10:30AM||8:00PM|
|2021: Oct. 11||American Airlines||10:30AM||6:00PM|
|2021: Nov. 22
2022: All Dates
Please make sure to allow sufficient time for clearing immigration and customs if you are planning a connecting flight. We recommend at least 3 ½ hours. Please keep in mind that flight schedules are always subject to change.
ADVANCE SEAT ASSIGNMENT
American Airlines does not assign seats in advance. Seat assignment can only be arranged upon check-in at the airport.
International flights to/from the U.S. are not included. Land-only travelers are responsible for arranging the entry and exit flights, as well as their arrival and departure transfers. smarTours cannot be held responsible for any damage caused by air schedule changes and delays. Unused land services are non-refundable.
Main Tour: Land-only services start upon independent check in at the San Jose hotel on Day 1 of the itinerary listed on the tour page. Land-only services end after breakfast at the Tamarindo hotel on Day 9 of the itinerary.
Please Note: If booking land only, please provide your flight information and intentions regarding your airport transfer in Costa Rica as the airport transfers are long distances.
PASSPORT AND VISA INFORMATION
You must be in possession of a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel. All visitors are required by the Costa Rican immigration authorities to have a minimum of one blank visa entry page in their passport. Insufficient pages in the passport normally results in denied boarding or denial of entry upon arrival and the person is likely to be detained pending return to their country of origin. Visas are not required for American passport holders for stays of less than 90 days. Non U.S. citizens should check with the respective consulates as to the most current visa requirements to all their travel destinations. Please remember that it is your responsibility to obtain the necessary travel documents before the trip.
COSTA RICA DEPARTURE TAX
Costa Rica Departure Tax ($29 USD) not included. Departure Tax must be paid on departure directly by each traveler by major credit card (service fee may apply), USD , or local currency. This cost of the departure tax is subject to change. It is the traveler’s responsibility to reconfirm the cost of the departure tax prior to travel.
TICKETS AND FINAL DOCUMENTS
Your airline tickets along with final instructions and additional travel tips will be sent to you 7-10 days before the scheduled departure of your tour.
Currently, there are no immunization requirements for Costa Rica. All travelers should be up to date on routine vaccinations. As always, please consult your personal physician for any recommendations prior to travel. You may also learn more about any recommended immunizations at http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel.
Please find the average highs and lows for different areas in Costa Rica below:
|Jan.||79°F / 63 °F||84°F / 73 °F||91°F / 71°F||79°F / 64 °F|
|Feb.||84°F / 64 °F||86°F / 73 °F||93°F / 73°F||81°F / 64 °F|
|Mar.||86°F / 64 °F||88°F / 75 °F||95°F / 73°F||82°F / 64 °F|
|Apr.||86°F / 66 °F||90°F / 75 °F||93°F / 71°F||84°F / 66 °F|
|May||84°F / 64 °F||88°F / 75 °F||91°F / 70°F||81°F / 66 °F|
|Jun.||82°F / 64 °F||86°F / 73 °F||90°F / 73°F||79°F / 66 °F|
|Jul.||82°F / 64 °F||86°F / 75 °F||90°F / 73°F||79°F / 66 °F|
|Aug.||82°F / 64 °F||84°F / 73 °F||90°F / 71°F||79°F / 66 °F|
|Sep.||82°F / 64 °F||84°F / 73 °F||90°F / 73°F||79°F / 66 °F|
|Oct.||77°F / 64 °F||84°F / 73 °F||88°F / 73°F||79°F / 64 °F|
|Nov.||79°F / 64 °F||84°F / 72 °F||88°F / 71°F||79°F / 64 °F|
|Dec.||79°F / 64 °F||84°F / 72 °F||90°F / 70°F||79°F / 64 °F|
CREDIT CARDS AND LOCAL CURRENCY
Hotels and some stores accept major credit cards like MasterCard and American Express. Discover is less frequently accepted. For “street shopping” cash is suggested. The local currency is the Costa Rican colón. US dollars are accepted, and any change is typically returned in the local currency which can be used for future purchases. It is recommended that you bring along cash in small denominations.
Each passenger may bring one piece of checked-in luggage (suitcase), max. 44 pounds and one carry-on piece. Carry on must not exceed 18”x10”x8”. Please note that there is a checked bag fee imposed by the airlines that must be paid directly by you at the airport in Miami. Eligible AAdvantage® cardmembers may be able to have this fee waived. Please reach out to American Airlines directly for details. We recommend that you do not over-pack and that you take a variety of casual separates with climate and comfort in mind.