Rainforest Cloud Forest & Beach

An affordable trip showcasing some of the highlights of Costa Rica with visits to the rainforest and the cloud forest before ending up in a great little hotel, right on the beach.

Places you visit: San Jose – Arenal – Monteverde – Guanacaste

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Speak to someone who has been to Costa Rica on +44 208 191 7772 or send an enquiry.

Tour Itinerary

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Day 1: Touch down in Costa Rica, transfer to your hotel

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When you land in San Jose your friendly guide will be waiting to welcome you to Costa Rica, help you with your bags and take you directly to your hotel by private transfer. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure. We include a personalised trip guidebook with every booking. In there you will find a list of recommended restaurants.

Meals Included: None today

Suggested Accommodation: Hotel Presidente

Day 2: Journey to the Arenal Volcano

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After breakfast you will be met at your hotel by the shuttle bus that will take you directly to your hotel in Arenal. The drive to Arenal takes between 2 and 3 hours. After checking in, the rest of the day is at leisure to relax by the pool or take an optional excursion.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Suggested Accommodation: Lomas del Volcan

Day 3: Hanging Bridges of Arenal

This is a unique way to experience the primary rainforest up close from the tops of the trees. A total of 16 bridges, the longest of which is 97 metres, form a nature trail of 3.2km across the forest canopy.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Suggested Accommodation: Lomas del Volcan

Day 4: Horse ride to La Fortuna waterfall

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Today your guide will lead you on a leisurely horse ride through cattle farms and across the beautiful countryside. The horse ride takes about 1.5 hours. After this there is a short downhill hike to the base of the 200ft cascading La Fortuna waterfall. There is time for a refreshing dip in the emerald green pool beneath the falls.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Suggested Accommodation: Lomas del Volcan

Day 5: Arenal lake crossing to Monteverde

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Today you will journey across Arenal lake, a scenic trip by boat where you can spot many migratory birds and admire the excellent views of the volcano. The boat trip takes about an hour. At the other side you continue by shuttle bus to your hotel in Monteverde.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Suggested Accommodation: Monteverde Cloud Forest Lodge

Day 6: Zip lining and cloud forest bridges

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Today you will experience the rush of flying through the cloud forest on a network of canopy zip lines! You will also get to explore the suspension bridges through the cloud forest. We specialise in tailor made tours, so we can swap this for a different excursion should you wish to do something different.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Suggested Accommodation: Monteverde Cloud Forest Lodge

Day 7: Cloud forest to the beach

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After breakfast this morning you will be picked up at your hotel and taken by shuttle bus transfer to your hotel on Potrero beach in Guanacaste province. The journey takes between 3 and 4 hours. Spend the afternoon relaxing in the pool at the swim up bar!

Meals Included: Breakfast

Suggested Accommodation: Bahía del Sol

Days 8 – 10: Three days at leisure on the beach

These three days are free to spend however you wish. Your hotel is just steps away from the Potrero beach. The calm waters in this bay are perfect for swimming, snorkeling and kayaking. You can also take a sailing tour or go scuba diving. Horse riding, zip lining and day trips to national parks are also available.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Suggested Accommodation: Bahía del Sol

Day 11: Potrero to San Jose

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After breakfast this morning the shuttle bus will pick you up from your hotel to take you back to San Jose. The drive takes about 4 hours. The rest of the afternoon and evening is at leisure. Let us know if you would like us to arrange a special meal for your final night in Costa Rica.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Suggested Accommodation: Hotel Presidente

Day 12: Departure or extend your holiday

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Today it’s time go home, or you can extend your trip. This itinerary is just an example and can be tailored to your requirements. Speak to someone who know Costa Rica today on 0208 191 7772 about designing your very own tailor made holiday.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Our Suggested Accommodation

This trip can be customised to your style of travel and preferred standard of accommodation. Below is our suggested accommodation for this trip.

Tour Inclusions

  • All accommodation
  • All internal flights
  • All tours as specified in the itinerary
  • All meals as specified in the itinerary
  • All transfers and transportation
  • All national park entrance fees
  • All other entrance fees
  • 24 hour emergency assistance
  • 100% financial protection with our ATOL license & ABTA membership
  • Our exclusive 100+ page trip guidebook, personalised to your trip
  • Full support from your dedicated specialist
  • International flights – we can include these for you, just ask us for a quote
  • Discretionary gratuities to drivers and guides
  • Travel insurance

Destinations you visit on this tour

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