The Forests & Coasts of Affordable Costa Rica

12 Days from £2184 per adult. All trip details below can be tailored just for you
12 Days
Tailor-Made Tour
Beach
Budget

Travel to the Caribbean lowlands and coasts on this excellent value, tailor-made tour. See a plethora of mammal, reptile, amphibian and bird species; learn about rainforest ecology; enjoy raft and boat trips through jungle-clad rivers; then head for the funky southern Caribbean coast to recharge your batteries with large doses of sun, sea and swimming before the long trip home. All these experiences await you in this keenly priced itinerary, whose price includes many meals, a wide variety of activities and tours, and good, tried-and-tested accommodation.

Best months for this itinerary vary from February to March and September to October which are the peak dry periods for the southern Caribbean lowlands, however, this trip can be taken at any time of the year.

Itinerary

Price from £2184 per adult. Based on sharing double / twin rooms

Day 1 - San Jose

Arrive San Jose, capital of Costa Rica. Met and transfer to your hotel, not far from the airport.

Staying at Bougainvillea Hotel. Includes In-flight Meals.

Day 2 - Tortuguero

Morning pickup at your hotel and transfer through Braulio Carillo National Park to the Caribbean lowlands and the embarkation point for a boat transfer to Tortuguero. Arrive at your lodge and settle in. Afternoon visit to Tortuguero Town.

Staying at Laguna Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 3 - Tortuguero

Morning boat trip through the jungle-fringed waterways and rivers of the Tortuguero region. It is possible to see howler, spider and white faced capuchin monkeys, three-toed sloth, river turtle, caiman, iguana, basilisk and many bird species. After lunch, venture out for a guided wildlife walk through the rainforest. Night time turtle watching trips are arranged in season.

Staying at Laguna Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 4 - Sarapiqui

Take a boat back to the original dock, then a road transfer to your next lodge, situated next to the mighty Sarapiqui River. Arrive and check in to your room. Rest of the day at leisure, perhaps to swim in the pool or visit the remarkable insect display.

Staying at La Quinta Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 5 - Sarapiqui

A visit to La Selva Biological Station for a shared wildlife walk in the famous rainforest reserve. See the wonderful work done to preserve the region’s forests and ecosystems

Staying at La Quinta Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 6 - Sarapiqui

After breakfast, depart for a half-day gentle (or white-water) rafting trip down the beautiful Sarapiqui River, lined with farms and forest. In the afternoon, perhaps visit the butterfly and amphibian houses.

Staying at La Quinta Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 7 - Southern Caribbean Coast

Morning pickup for your transfer to the Caribbean coast. Drive to the main town of Limon, then head southwards along the coast past Puerto Viejo to Cocles beach and your seaside hotel

Staying at Cariblue Resort. Includes Breakfast.

Day 8 - Southern Caribbean Coast

Day at leisure to relax by the pool or swim in the sea (check sea conditions as there may be rip currents).

Staying at Cariblue Resort. Includes Breakfast.

Day 9 - Southern Caribbean Coast

Day at leisure. Optional activities are available such as snorkelling at Cahuita, surfing, hire of car of motorcycle, visit to the town to dine, visit to KekoLdi Amerindian reserve, swimming in the warm Caribbean Sea (subject to checks), visit the Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge.

Staying at Cariblue Resort. Includes Breakfast.

Day 10 - Southern Caribbean Coast

Last day at leisure in the warm Caribbean coast.

Staying at Cariblue Resort. Includes Breakfast.

Day 11 - San Jose

Pickup for your private transfer to San Jose airport for your flight out.

Includes In-flight Meals.

Travel Info

Are Flights Included?
Yes

Flight Info:
Fly London to San Jose Costa Rica, via the USA or Madrid.

Best visited:
Februaryto March

Area Specialist

Jonathan Morris
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*Green and hawksbill turtles are best seen in Tortuguero from June to September; leatherbacks and loggerheads nest from March to May.

This tour is also ideal for an active, adventurous family with older children.

At Selva Verde, look for two colourful species of poison dart frog – one called “blue jeans” because of its red body and blue legs – in the lush borders lining the walkways. In Corcovado National Park, try to spot the helicopter damselfly, a particular favourite of clients of ours who are members of the British Dragonfly Society. If seen, it will become clear as to how it got its name.

If you have any queries about this tour please feel free to call me directly on +44 (0)1803 866965 or...

This is the second trip with reef and Rainforest and it certainly met all of our expectations. (Your representatives) were excellent as were all the lodges generally. There was a good balance of organised tours and time to ourselves – this was just what we wanted. Your choice of locations in Costa Rica was again excellent sharing your local knowledge and expertise and assessing what we wanted. Thank you very much for your help and organisation. We look forward to using you again and will happily recommend you.

Mr D M - Gwynedd

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La Quinta Sarapiqui: 10.451934, -84.120896
Cariblue Resort: 9.650517, -82.739508
Bougainvillea Hotel: 9.999105, -84.109250
Laguna Lodge: 10.538710, -83.502319