Colorful Costa Rica with Tamarindo

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San José, Tortuguero, Sarapiqui, Arenal & Tamarindo

On this exotic adventure, be dazzled by Costa Rica’s vibrant beauty and culture. Experience the traditional charm of a typical Costa Rican town and find rest and relaxation in San José. Enjoy local cuisine and embark on a captivating boat ride through the rainforest to reach Tortuguero National Park, where you’ll encounter a variety of wildlife. In Sarapiqui’s tropical forest, we’ll partake in an eco-farm experience. Admire breathtaking views and spectacular scenery at the Arenal Volcano while partaking in fun activities like traversing suspension bridges, soaking in hot springs, spotting colorful dart frogs, and other fun options. We’ll even get the chance to have an up-close animal experience with rescued Costa Rican wildlife at a Wildlife Rescue Center Sanctuary. Finally, enjoy the Pura Vida at Tamarindo’s beaches with their magnificent sunsets.

Itinerary at a Glance

2024 Tour Itinerary:

  • 1 night in San José (Central Valley)
  • 2 nights in Tortuguero
  • 2 nights in Sarapiqui
  • 2 nights in Arenal
  • 3 nights in Tamarindo

Tour Highlights

  • Central Valley art experience (outskirts of San José)
  • Colorful Tortuguero Village
  • Explore Tortuguero's National Park wildlife from the water, while enjoying the numerous canals in a boat
  • Finca Eco Organica visit with farm-to-table lunch (family-operated organic farm in Sarapiqui)
  • Arenal Volcano
  • Hanging Bridges Experience (Arenal)
  • Pumas Rescue Center and Animal Sanctuary (Arenal)
  • Tamarindo Beach

Your Tour Includes

  • Optional round-trip airfare from Miami (MIA) including taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • Ground transportation in an air-conditioned motorcoach
  • Accommodations at first class hotels and eco-lodges
  • 21 meals: 9 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 7 dinners
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours and entry fees as per itinerary
  • Experienced, English-speaking Tour Director

Is this tour right for you? Find out What to Expect

2024 Tour Itinerary


Passengers who purchase flights will depart the same day as the tour starts and return on the same day as the tour ends.

Note: Flights are not available on departures.

You must book your own flights to the tour destination and you are responsible for making your own way to the tour starting point, where you will meet your Tour Director. This is normally the first hotel in your itinerary.

You can find more details on the Before You Depart page.

Day 1: Arrive in San José

Our unforgettable adventure to Costa Rica begins today as we arrive in San José and check into our hotel in the Central Valley, an exclusive area of Santa Ana in San José's outskirts that still maintains its traditional feel of a typical Costa Rican town. After we check-in, we'll have time to rest and relax and might consider enjoying the hotel's art collection - the largest art collection of Costa Rican artists after the national gallery. This evening, we'll enjoy a welcome dinner together.

Accommodations: Studio Hotel Boutique or similar 
Meals: Dinner

Day 2: San José – Tortuguero

Day 3: Tortuguero

Day 4: Tortuguero – Sarapiqui

Day 5: Sarapiqui

Day 6: Sarapiqui – Arenal

Day 7: Arenal

Day 8: Arenal/Tamarindo

Day 9: Tamarindo at Leisure

Day 10: Tamarindo at Leisure

Day 11: Depart Tamarindo

Guided Tour Pricing

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Prices listed as “with flights” below include round-trip airfare from one or more airports in the USA.

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Sep 8–18
$2,899 $2,549
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Nov 3–13
$2,799 $2,499
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Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single supplement applies when not sharing a room. Select a date above to see the rates for that specific departure.

For more information on this tour, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Monday-Friday from 9:00 am - 5:30 pm Eastern) at 1.800.337.7773.

Reservations and Payments
Reservations can be made online or 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 $300 per person. Full payment is due 90 days prior to departure. Space and prices subject to availability. Please see the smarTours Terms and Conditions for complete booking information.

What to Expect

Max Group Size: 30 travelers

Activity Level: Level 2

Expect most included touring to require walking and standing periods up to 4 hours at a time (up to 2 times per day). Included touring may feature light hiking, and/or stairs on some hilly and/or uneven terrain. Learn More

Pacing Level: Balanced

Expect either half-day or full-day tours most days with a free day or free half-day to explore independently in most cities. There may be a few early mornings or long travel days by bus (don’t worry—there are always comfort stops!), and you may expect to stay in most accommodations for 3+ nights. Learn More

No Additional Entry Requirements for U.S. Passport Holders

A valid passport is required for international tours. Currently, there are no additional entry requirements for U.S. passport holders, but this can change at any time. Before travel, both U.S. and non-U.S. passport holders should visit our Passports & Visas page to reconfirm entry requirements.

The Hanging Bridges and the Night Walk are more advanced. Also important to note that two of the eco-lodges do not have air conditioning (none of the eco-lodges in this area do), although there are fans provided.

For more detailed information about this tour and destination, visit our Before You Depart section.