Costa Rican's will all agree that the Caribbean side of the country has a culture of its own. Coconut in every form is a main ingredient in local cuisine. Besides the dominant Spanish language, the dialect used by many is patois, a creole English with a strong Caribbean twist.
Reggae music is played all day, and all around, people's energy seems to be in sync with the rhythm of the peaceful waves gently kissing the golden shore. While most travellers tend to visit the Pacific side of Costa Rica for its larger array of lodging options, the North and South Caribbean of Costa Rica attracts people who search for a laid-back atmosphere, direct contact with nature and crowd-free beaches. There are no tall buildings erupting past the rainforest canopy; from the shore all you see is a long stretch of sand bordered by evergreen jungle on one side and clear water on the other, all topped with a brilliant blue sky.
- Enjoy various other excursions on this tour including a Tortuguero Canals Boat Tour, Boat ride over La Estrella River along with much more
- Discover the amazing sloths at the Sloth Sanctuary in a little bit of paradise with various other animals to see along with fauna in the tropical rainforest setting
- Services of an English-Speaking local Guide shall be provided for the sightseeing & excursion tours only as per the itinerary
- Departs: london
- Arrives: san jose, Costa Rica
- Departs: san jose, Costa Rica
- Arrives: london
Caribbean Rhythms of Costa Rica Tour
- As Per Itinerary
- As Per Itinerary
- Knowldgeable local guides are provided as per itineraary
- The tour includes various fantastic excursions
- Discover all the Caribbean side of Costa Rica has to offer
Costa Ricans will all agree that the Caribbean side of the country has a culture of its own. Coconut in every form is a main ingredient in local cuisine. Besides the dominant Spanish language, the dialect used by many is patois, a creole English with a strong Caribbean twist. Reggae music is played all day, and all around, people's energy seems to be in sync with the rhythm of the peaceful waves gently kissing the golden shore. While most travellers tend to visit the Pacific side of Costa Rica for its larger array of lodging options, the North and South Caribbean of Costa Rica attracts people who search for a laid-back atmosphere, direct contact with nature and crowd-free beaches. There are no tall buildings erupting past the rainforest canopy; from the shore all you see is a long stretch of sand bordered by evergreen jungle on one side and clear water on the other, all topped with a brilliant blue sky.
Your first night will be in the vibrant city of San Jose before departing on a 2 night adventure at Tortuguero Canals National Park, continuing with 3 nights in Puerto Viejo (South Caribbean) to immerse yourself in the Caribbean rhythms and colours, heading back to San Jose for a last night stay.
- Tortuguero Town & Turtle Museum Visit
- Tortuguero Canals Boat Tour
- Sloth Sanctuary Excursion & Boat Tour
Day 1 - Arrival in San Jose
This afternoon you will arrive at Juan Santamaria International Airport located 20km away from San Jose City. Following customs, immigration formalities and baggage collection, a representative will meet you as you exit the arrival terminal building and transfer you to your hotel where you will proceed for check-in. As the main entryway to the country, the Central Valley which includes San José, offers a variety of tourist, cultural and natural attractions, including Costa Rica´s best museums: the Pre- Columbian Gold, Jade, National, Costa Rican Art, La Salle Natural Science, University of Costa Rica Insect and Children´s Contemporary Art and Design Museums. In addition, this region is home to the architectural jewel of Costa Rica: the National Theatre.
Today spend your day relaxing at the hotel. Dinner is on your own.
You will spend 1 night in San Jose at the Holiday Inn Aurola Hotel (or similar) on Breakfast Board in a Standard room
Day 2 – On route to Tortuguero, Limón (North Caribbean)
Early morning pick up at hotel, followed by transfer to Caño Blanco or Matina dock with a stop on route at local restaurant for Costa Rican traditional breakfast. On arrival to the dock visitors will board a boat, which will take them through canals to the Tortuguero National Park (approx. 2 hours). On the way they may observe different flora, fauna and wildlife. You will arribve to the lodge on time for lunch, followed by visit to Tortuguero Town and Caribbean Conservation Corporation museum. Tortuguero is the most important nesting site (July thru September) in the entire western half of the Caribbean for the green Turtle. The leatherback and hawksbill also nest along these beaches. This is a natural system of canals and navigable lagoons, of great scenic beauty cross the park from southeast to the northwest forming the habitat for seven species of land turtles, the manatee or the sea cow and the crocodile. This is one of the rainiest and most biologically diverse regions in the country. Visitors will be at leisure in the afternoon to experience the local culture developed in this lush tropical environment, visit some of the area's natural attractions, walk the nature trails or just relax in comfort on a hammock. Turtle nesting night tour is available directly with the lodge for an additional cost. Buffet dinner included at the lodge restaurant
You will spend 2 nights in Tortuguero at Evergreen Lodge (or similar) on Full Board in a Standard room
Travelling Time approx. 06 hours
Day 3 – Tortuguero National Park
Breakfast included at the lodge. Enjoy a nature walk trip, returning to hotel on time for lunch. Please check with the hotel and your guide the schedule for the day activities. Afternoon canal boat tour over specialised open boats so that participants can admire the wildlife of the area.
IMPORTANT REMARK: Boats have electric engines that make much less noise than a row boat.
Dinner is included at the lodge.
IMPORTANT: During nesting season at optional night tour for turtle observation is available at the lodge at extra cost. By purchasing this tour you will contribute to the Turtle Spotters Program, which reduce the negative impact of tourism on the sea turtles, you will contribute to the local guides and the conservation of this specie (Must wear dark clothing)
Day 4 – On route to Puerto Viejo, Limón
After breakfast at the hotel a shared boat and ground transportation will take you to Guapiles for lunch and as a meeting point for a vehicle change to continue to the South Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica. Afternoon arrival at Puerto Viejo with time at leisure to enjoy the hotel facilities and discover the town with its many attractions included the beach. Today spend your day relaxing at the hotel. Dinner is on your own.
You will spend 3 nights in Puerto Viejo at Azania Bungalows Hotel (or similar) on Breakfast Board in a Standard room
Travelling Time approx. 07 hours
Day 5 – The Sloth Sanctuary
Breakfast is at the hotel followed by departure to discover these amazing creatures, the sloths. The Sloth Sanctuary, formerly known as Aviarios del Caribe, is privately owned by the Avey-Arroyo- Rochté family. The property is an area of approximately 300 acres, which includes the delta of the Estrella River. This delta is very special because it provides food and sanctuary to many migrating birds, such as hawks, falcons, vultures, orioles, and herons to name a few. It provides a home for a wonderful variety of small and large mammals, reptiles, butterflies and resident birds typical of the lowland tropical forest. The Sloth Sanctuary is dedicated to the on-going protection of this property for generations to come. In this little bit of paradise, you can be sure to see sloths, kinkajous, poison-dart frogs, toucans and a myriad of other flora and fauna that is found in the tropical rainforest. They have identified 310 species of birds on the property and are still counting! To finalise this adventure, we will do a boat ride over La Estrella River, with a great opportunity to observe different flora and fauna, same as sloths on theirnatural habitat. If you want to donate to this important foundation, you can visit their website www.slothsanctuary.com
Today lunch and dinner will be on your own. Afternoon return to hotel at leisure and overnight.
Day 6 – Puerto Viejo
Breakfast is included at the hotel. Day is at leisure to explore the surroundings on your own, relax at the hotel or take optional activities. Do not forget to try the famous Rice & Beans, a traditional recipe from the Caribbean Coast.
Day 7 – On route to San Jose
Breakfast is included at the hotel. Morning is at leisure to enjoy your last hours of sun and beach at this amazing Caribbean paradise. Afternoon return to San Jose and dinner is at leisure.
You will spend 1 night in San Jose at the Park Inn by Radisson Hotel (or similar) on Breakfast Board in a Standard room
Travelling Distance approx. 220 km – Driving Time approx. 04 hours 30 minutes
Day 8 - Departure Costa Rica
Breakfast included at the hotel (flight schedule permit). According to the international flight departure time transfer from the hotel in San Jose to the International airport to take the flight back home (Approximately 3 hours prior to flight departure time). The standard check out time at the hotel is 12:00hrs.
Travelling distance approx. 12 km, driving time approx. 25-45 minutes
£1849 per person
Your holidays include:
- Representation Services