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 & 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!
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- 2 nights in Sarapiqui
- 2 nights in Tortuguero
- 2 nights in Arenal
- 2 nights in Tamarindo
- Round-trip international airfare from Miami
- 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
Our unforgettable adventure to Costa Rica begins today as we depart Miami for San José. Upon arrival we’ll be transferred to Sarapiqui, an off-the-beaten-path destination with an abundance of wildlife and tropical forest, and with less rain than Monteverde, increasing our chances of seeing the local wildlife! After we check-in at our lodge, we’ll have time to rest and relax or explore one of the beautiful hiking trails surrounding the lodge before our welcome dinner this evening.
Selva Verde Lodge & Reserve or similar | Dinner
After breakfast this morning we’ll visit a family-run organic farm at Finca Ecoorganica Sarapiqui where we’ll gain insights about organic and sustainable agriculture as well as the history of traditional products and how they’ve influenced the economies of local communities and impacted families looking to improve their quality of life. During our visit, we’ll also learn about a great variety of crops that have not only been infused into Costa Rican cuisine but transcend borders to other countries and continents like pineapple, passion fruit, cocoa tunnel (chocolate…
After breakfast, we’ll begin our journey into Tortuguero National Park. This Caribbean Delta is a key nesting site for Costa Rica’s turtles and is known for its lush rainforest and tropical wildlife. At the port, we’ll board a motorboat and travel through the Tortuguero rainforest via its canals to our lodge where we’ll have time to rest and enjoy lunch. This afternoon, we’ll visit the colorful village of Tortuguero to learn the lifestyle of locals and their Afro-Caribbean handicraft shops. The village of Tortuguero depends on eco-tourism and the conservation…
Today we’ll explore the area’s wildlife through the creeks and lagoons of Tortuguero National Park spotting birds, monkeys, caiman, and river turtles. Tortuguero is the primary nesting site for the Green Turtle from July through October. Arrive earlier in the season and we may be lucky enough to see the larger Leatherback Turtle come ashore to lay her eggs. Outside of turtle nesting season, there is plenty of wildlife to keep us occupied. November through January we may miss the turtles nesting, but we might have the chance to see baby turtles make their first dash into the…
This morning we’ll continue our adventure by traveling to the Guapiles area where we’ll break for lunch at a traditional Costa Rican restaurant. After lunch we’ll continue to the northern lowlands, enjoying the beautiful scenery and amazing views of the mountains as well as views of the agriculture, a major source of revenue in the area. After we arrive in La Fortuna de San Carlos, we’ll have time to relax before sundown. The evening is at leisure so we can rest up before tomorrow’s adventure!
Arenal Paraiso or similar | Breakfast, Lunch
This morning we’ll embark on a hike high into the verdant forest of the Arenal Reserve. From the reserve’s hanging bridges, we’ll enjoy incredible views of the rainforest canopy, the Arenal Volcano, Arenal Lake, and the surrounding mountain range. During this morning’s excursion, we’ll gain insight into the native flora and fauna of the area with plenty of opportunities to spot birds and howler monkeys in the surrounding canopy. The afternoon is free to explore independently or you may join the optional half-day Paradise Hot Springs tour. This evening…
Today we leave Arenal behind as we continue towards Tamarindo. En route, we’ll visit la Hacienda el Viejo for a cultural experience in the Palo Verde wetlands where we’ll experience the traditional Guanacaste farm life. We’ll visit an old-fashioned kitchen and traditional Guanacaste home and we’ll learn about sugar cane, the ox-powered trapiche (sugar cane mill), how to make tortillas, and try some tasty Costa Rican coffee with local treats. After lunch, we’ll continue to Tamarindo where we’ll check-in at our hotel. Tamarindo has some of the best beaches…
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!
|Depart||Return||Depart - Return||Best Value Pricing - Reserve by May 28, 2021||Reserve after
May 28, 2021
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|July 5||July 13||
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|October 11||October 19||
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|November 22||November 30||
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|January 10||January 18||
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|February 21||March 1||
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|April 4||April 12||
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|November 21||November 29||
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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.
July 5, 2021 Departure:
- All provided meals will not be served buffet-style.
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
On our half-day tour we’ll immerse ourselves in a day of nature and adventure! After lunch we’ll travel to our safari float, embarking from a very tranquil and safe part of the river ideal for observing birds and the rainforest. Our tour spans a distance of 7.3 miles with opportunities along the way to enjoy the opulently lush rainforest full of brilliantly colored plants, animals, and birds. Along the river, we may encounter caimans, sloths, monkeys, toucans, and many other bird species.
Tour Length: Approx. 2 hours
What to Bring: Shorts, t-shirt, swimsuit, water…
Half-Day Paradise Hot Springs
- From approx. $80 Per Person
Visit the relaxing Paradise Hot Springs! Warmed by water flowing through the heart of the Arenal Volcano, this natural hot spring is the perfect place to relax while enjoying views of the Arenal Volcano. There are seven different landscaped pools and Jacuzzis, hot mineral springs, and waterfalls – all with different temperatures so we can find the perfect temperature. Enjoy relaxing music and light therapy in the surrounding gardens creating the perfect ambiance to unwind. At the end of our visit we’ll enjoy a delicious Costa Rican meal offered in the restaurant before returning…
Half-Day Catamaran Sailing & Snorkeling Tour
- From approx. $95 Per Person
Our tour starts aboard a luxury catamaran at the Flaming Marina area. Our crew will set sail (depending on wind) and navigate for about five miles, giving us access to some of the most beautiful isolated beaches and snorkel locations of Costa Rica. A snorkeling guide will show us the marine wildlife like the pufferfish, starfish, sea turtle, dolphin, and whale. We might also experience kayaking and fishing. We’ll stop in a tranquil bay, drop anchor, and snorkel or reach a deserted white beach while a chef prepares a delicious meal.
What to Bring: Comfortable clothing, bathing…
Selva Verde Lodge & Reserve
7 Kms De Puerto Viejo De Sarapiqui (Chilamate, S.), Costa Rica, Sarapiqui, Costa Rica
La Quinta Sarapiqui Lodge
12 km west, Heredia Province, Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui, 3069, Costa Rica
Tortuguero Canals, Limón, Pococí, Costa Rica
Arenal Paraiso Resort & Spa
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.
- 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 San Jose hotel on Day 1 of the itinerary listed on the tour page. Land-only services end after breakfast at San Jose 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.