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Rainforest and Beach Itinerary - 10 Nights

1 nt San Jose, 2 nts Tortuguero, 3 nts Arenal, 4 nts Manuel Antonio

This holiday starts with two nights in exploring the canals and the rainforest of the Tortuguero region on the Caribbean Coast. Staying in simple accommodation in the jungle you will take a guided boat tour and guided walk to see the wildlife and riverlife. A further three nights are then spent in the Arenal region where you will visit the beautiful rainforest of the Arenal National Park and may see howler monkeys, toucans and oropendulas. Expert guides will help you spot birds and wildlife, but also highlight the huge variety of insects, reptiles, trees and plants within the rainforest.

The latter part of the holiday will be spent at the beautiful Arenas del Mar which has a privileged location close to the Manuel Antonio National Park and close to a secluded beautiful beach. Sloths and monkeys live on the grounds and you can relax in the pool or on the jungle backed beach.

Price guide

10 nights from £2,790 per person based on double occupancy

These prices are based on an average flight price of £650 per person and High Season room rates. Flight routes vary, there are direct flight options with British Airways from London Gatwick but also many alternative routes via the US. Please contact us for accurate flight pricing for your timings and place of departure.


  • International flights from UK to San Jose, Costa Rica
  • 1 night in San Jose
  • 2 nts Pachira Lodge, Tortuguero
  • 3 nights at Arenal, Lost Iguana
  • 4 nights at Arenas del Mar, Manuel Antonio
  • Guided boat tour of Tortuguero canals
  • Choice of Sky Tram zipline, hanging bridges walk or walk to Arenal Volcano
  • Tortuguero village tour
  • Guided tour of Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Daily breakfast
  • Three lunches and two dinners

Day to Day

Below is an example day to day itinerary.

Day 1

Fly from UK to San Jose, Costa Rica. Overnight in hotel in San Jose.

Day 2

Early start to meeting point for vehicle trip to boat launch for Tortuguero, breakfast stop included on way (approx. 4 hours). Boat transfer to Tortuguero and overnight at Pachira Lodge (BLD)

Day 3

Enjoy a guided boat tour on the Tortuguero canals, your guide will point out resident birdlife and you may spot caimans, iguanas and howler monkeys. In the afternoon you will take a trip to the village of Tortuguero (BLD).

Day 4

Transfer in a private air-conditioned vehicle to the Arenal region and the hotel Lost Iguanas (approx. 5 hrs). Relax in the pool or enjoy one of the onsite trails (BL).

Day 5 to 6

Included in your stay is the choice of either a guided hanging bridges walk, the Sky Tram and zipline canopy tour, a guided walk to Arenal Volcano or whitewater rafting on the Sarapiqui River (B).

Day 7

Fly in small plane from Arenal to town of Quepos on the Southern Pacific coast and then transfer by air-conditioned vehicle to Arenas del Mar hotel (B).

Day 8 to 10

Relax by the pool or on the secluded beach. Included in your stay is a guided tour of Manuel Antonio National Park where you can enjoy the spectacular beaches, rainforest and spot sloths, monkeys and toucans (B).

Day 11

Transfer by private air-conditioned vehicle back to Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose (journey time takes approx. 3 hours). Depart on international flight to UK (B).

Day 12

Arrive in UK

Curious Capuchin Monkey Beach at Manuel Antonio National Park Sloth Arenas del Mar hotel Mistico Hanging Bridge tour SkyTram Zipline at Arenal Arenal Volcano Passerinis Tanager Walk through the Rainforest Pachira Lodge Cabin