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Costa Rica Vacations & Tours

From luscious rainforests and towering volcanoes to captivating wildlife and exhilarating adventure, Costa Rica offers a perfect getaway. From the Pacific to the Caribbean, lounge on pristine beaches, zipline through cloud forests, and enjoy La Pura Vida as a personalized Zicasso itinerary to Costa Rica opens a world of discovery and relaxation. Design yours today.

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Sample Itineraries

You can have any trip tailor made for your private travel.

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Best of Costa Rica Vacation: Volcanoes, Hot Springs, ...

Customizable trip

From $1,615

Discover the reasons why vacationing in Costa Rica is so popular on this customizable experience spent exploring the unforgettable scenery. Scour the trees for toucans and scarlet macaws ...
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Costa Rica Family Friendly Vacation: Jungle, Wildlife ...

Customizable trip

From $1,255

Costa Rica is a paradise in every way, known for its tropical weather and lush rainforests, charming people and captivating wildlife. On this 7-day family vacation, you will find something ...
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Coffee, Chocolate & Cocktails Tour of Costa Rica ...

Customizable trip

From $4,147

The world’s most coveted coffees, chocolates, and cocktails blend seamlessly on this 12-day journey through Costa Rica, immersing you in the origins of some of the most prized coffee ...
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Costa Rica for Seniors: 7-Day Tropical Vacation

Customizable trip

From $1,255

Discover the fascinating biodiversity, welcoming culture, and breathtaking natural beauty of Costa Rica during your custom-tailored tour for seniors. Whether traveling in a group, as ...
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Costa Rica Vacation Package: A Tropical Getaway to ...

Customizable trip

From $1,255

Costa Rica surpasses the paradisiacal and borders dreamlike. On this 7-day tour you will experience the true splendor of the country, finding both luxury and adventure in the rolling ...
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Perfect Proposal: The Ultimate Romance in Costa Rica ...

Customizable trip

From $1,795

Prepare for the perfect proposal on a handcrafted Costa Rica vacation that offers a selection of pristine destinations at which to ask for your loved one’s hand in marriage. Blend comfort ...
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Perfection 7-Day Costa Rica Vacation

Customizable trip

From $1,255

This week-long Costa Rica vacation exudes luxury and excitement, exploration and excellence, and is custom-tailored to your preferred experiences. Enjoy a carefree existence in thermal ...
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Costa Rica Gastronomy Tour: Gourmet to Flavorful Surprises ...

Customizable trip

From $1,615

Costa Rica brings an unforgettable gourmet experience to the table with a collection of tasty dishes and mouthwatering flavors alongside a colorful cultural heritage.  Take in ...
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Discovering La Pura Vida in Costa Rica

Customizable trip

From $1,795

Discover boutique luxury away from the well-trodden trails and the crowded resorts during your Costa Rica tour that will celebrate the splendors found far from the familiar paths. Your ...
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Off The Beaten Track Vacation in Costa Rica

Customizable trip

From $1,615

The world looks different from off the beaten path, revealing true beauty and charm during your customizable Costa Rica vacation. The mist of the cloud forest burns away illuminating ...
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Costa Rica for Second Timers

Customizable trip

From $1,435

Those who have experienced the grace of Costa Rica understand the need to return, forever enthralled with the pace of life, lush scenery, and active wildlife. Search for toucanets and ...
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Costa Rica for Families Vacation

Customizable trip

From $1,615

The best Costa Rica family vacations blend excitement, relaxation, intrigue, and adventure. Discover wildlife, bask in the coastal sunshine, and wander through a mixture of cloud and ...
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Costa Rica Highlights Tour with Teenagers

Customizable trip

From $1,435

Tear the kids away from the television and take them out of the worlds provided by their videogames for an 8-day immersive Costa Rica vacation. Instead of posting selfies from the mall ...
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Amazing Costa Rica 8-Day Itinerary

Customizable trip

From $1,435

The vibrant feathers of scarlet macaws, the rumbling whitewater of enchanting cascades, the tranquil seclusion of a luxury hotel on the Pacific coast, your Costa Rica vacation embodies ...
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Adventurous 10-Day Costa Rican Vacation

Customizable trip

From $1,795

Whether you are a nature enthusiast, a thrill-seeker, or a family that is thirsty for a new adventure, your customizable, best of Costa Rica tour celebrates the diversity of the landscape ...
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Costa Rica Monkey Tour: Luxury & Adventure

Customizable trip

From $2,155

Luxury and adventure are not two words that often go hand-in-hand, but on this 12-day tour of Costa Rica you will find that the two are not mutually exclusive. This adventurous excursion ...
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Best of Costa Rica Vacation: Relaxation & Adventure ...

Customizable trip

From $1,255

Experience rugged jungles, pristine beaches, and the surprising luxuries found deep in nature during your custom tailored best-of Costa Rica tour. The idyllic destination combines fascinating ...
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Costa Rica’s Road Less Traveled: Touring the Pacific ...

Customizable trip

From $1,435

An unusual path offers variety and uniqueness during your Costa Rica vacation, allowing you a personalized experience away from the familiarity of the beaten path. Follow the coastal ...
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Costa Rica “Must Sees” Vacation

Customizable trip

From $1,615

Cloud forests and Pacific Coast waves, hidden charms of thermal springs and soaring through the treetops - these are some of the must-see experiences you will have during your personalized, ...
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Action and Adventures in Costa Rica Vacation

Customizable trip

From $1,795

Savor Pura Vida, the Pure Life, with an adventurous Costa Rica vacation tailored to your preferred taste for excitement. Listen to the low, intense wails of howler monkeys, paddle the ...
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One-Week Romantic Costa Rican Getaway Vacation

Customizable trip

From $1,255

Experience the exotic passion and exuberant spirit of the jungle during your customizable romantic tour of Costa Rica, where you will immerse yourself in the gorgeous seclusion of the ...
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Costa Rica Eco Tour Vacation: Pacuare, Arenal & ...

Customizable trip

From $1,255

The natural springs in Arenal are heated by the volcanic activity. The largest lake in the country reflects the nearby volcano’s conical peak. Glacial blue waters wind around the foothills ...
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Costa Rica Nature & Wildlife Vacation: Volcano, ...

Customizable trip

From $1,435

The word paradise conjures images of palm trees and coconuts, a sense of harmony in a tropical wonderland. Find paradise and let majesty open its gates in Costa Rica. The country is ...
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Costa Rica Bird Watching Tour: Quetzals, Motmots and ...

Customizable trip

From $2,155

Travel to where the scenery is as colorful and as diverse as the birdlife on this unparalleled Costa Rica vacation. Toucans call to one another in the Caribbean lowlands, and the iridescent ...
Best of Costa Rica Tour 2020-2021

Customizable trip

From $1,615

Customized for 2020, open the treasure chest of Costa Rican wonders and indulge in its charms. On this best of Costa Rica tour you will be introduced and reintroduced to the endless luxuries of the country’s natural splendor. Glide through the trees and discover where the drifting sky brushes through the canopy. Witness the shimmering water of the sapphire Pacific Ocean and wander through the emerald rainforest. Indulge in natural hot springs and eat breakfast while watching steam rise from the crater of an active volcano. Find riches, quintessence, and majesty when you uncover Costa Rica.

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Costa Rica Romantic Getaway: Vacation in Paradise

Customizable trip

From $1,615

Leave the worries at home and settle into a remarkably intimate 9-day romantic vacation to Costa Rica. You and your partner will have the opportunity to indulge in everything paradise has to offer. The sweet and luscious aromas of coconut and mango are never far away. The gentle sound of forest streams is soothing. Relax in the secluded hot springs with a view of an active volcano and surround yourself with lush and colorful vegetation. Enjoy the view of the volcano’s peak and explore the playful rapids of the Pacuare River. Costa Rica emanates romance and passion, adventure and intimacy. 

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Natural Wonders of Costa Rica Vacation: Exotic Wildlife & Pristine Nature

Customizable trip

From $1,795

The colors of Costa Rica are wildly ambitious, glowing emerald on the coastline and jade in the trees, even in the scarlet macaw and white-faced capuchin monkeys. The country’s wildlife comes from its natural wonders, offering you a panorama of nature’s grandeur. From wave breaks to simmering volcanoes, hot springs to thundering waterfalls, venture into the jungle and discover winding canals shaded by dense trees. Linger on the hillside and watch the early morning mist disappear. Costa Rica’s life is vibrant, luminous, wild, and blissfully colorful.   

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The Honeymooner Special: Costa Rica Tour of Romance

Customizable trip

From $2,155

Your 12-day Costa Rica vacation highlights the desirable glow of the coral reefs and amorous foliage spreading along the slopes of active volcanoes. Romance casts a wide and comfortable shade over the mountainous landscape, from white beaches along the Caribbean Sea to dry forests near the Pacific, and the cloud forests in between. Sit in private pools overlooking the rainforest and listen to the vibrant calls of wildlife. Whether reveling in the romance of your honeymoon or wanting to relive the passion of previous vacations, you will find ardor in the adventure and sensuality in Costa Rica’s divine luxuries.

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Costa Rica Tour for Nature Lovers & Adventure Seekers

Customizable trip

From $1,795

Costa Rica is known for its rich and colorful natural wonders. The vivacious rainforest reaches the coastline on either side of the country. The capital city encapsulates the vibrant tropical colors of the local fruits. The canopy boasts lively, glowing orchids, and sloths hold tight to trees and disappear in the distance. From careening waterfalls to owl monkeys, luminous birds to smoldering volcanoes, this 10-day adventure will brighten your eyes and stimulate your imagination, reminding you just how beautiful the natural world can be. 

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Discover Costa Rica Tour: Coffee Plantation, Dairy Farm, Cheese Factory & Nature

Customizable trip

From $1,615

Find the combination of modern luxury and tropical wonderland with a custom-tailored Costa Rica vacation. The verdant rainforest captivates you with its vibrant wildlife. The Pacific Ocean charms you with is transcendent color and tranquil current. On this Costa Rica tour tailored to your preferences, you can settle into lavish hotels and traverse the jungle canopy on an aerial tram tour; discover majestic ecosystems and listen to birds twitter in the dawn light; volunteer at a wildlife sanctuary and dig your toes into hot white beach. The beauty of Costa Rica is in its natural marvels and exceptional indulgences.  

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A Perfect Romantic Escape to Costa Rica: Arenal, Manuel Antonio & Drake Bay

Customizable trip

From $1,615

The lush jungle landscape of Costa Rica is bordered on either side by pristine oceans. The treetops hide luxurious resorts and the wildlife calls out like a symphony in the morning light. Settle into paradise on this custom tailored escape meant for romantics and adventurers, honeymooners and hand-holders. Explore the treasures of the rainforest trails and ride through the remarkable canopy. Float in the sapphire ocean and scour the horizon for diving dolphins. Volcanoes simmer with passion and waterfalls careen with force during your blissful time in Costa Rica. 

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Luxuries of Costa Rica Vacation in Monteverde & Tamarindo: Cloud Forest, Hot Springs & More

Customizable trip

From $1,615

Listen to the tranquil sounds of crashing waves in the distance. Explore the landscape where the forest touches the clouds. On this getaway to Costa Rica you will find endless luxury wrapped in unparalleled landscape. Indulge in natural thermal hot springs that pour from volcanic foothills. Dip your toes into the soft sand of a quiet beach as iguanas sunbathe on the nearby rocks. The comforts of Costa Rica can be found in both cosmopolitan cities and the expanse of natural countryside. When you explore the rainforest and the beaches you find charm, bliss, and beauty.

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East to West Costa Rica Vacation of Romance & Luxury: Caribbean Sea to Pacific Coast

Customizable trip

From $1,615

Blend romance and luxury, exploration and relaxation on this custom tailored vacation in Costa Rica. Relax near the opulent waters of the Pacific Ocean and drift through the secluded canals at Tortuguero. Witness the distinctive simmer of an active volcano and traverse the unique canopy around the Cloud Forest Reserve. Settle in lavish eco-friendly hotels and watch the vivacious wildlife coarse through the rainforest. From coral reefs to turtles’ nests, jaguars to scarlet macaws, indulge in the rich natural life of Costa Rica.

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Costa Rica Family Adventure Vacation: Whitewater Rafting, Zip-Lining & More

Customizable trip

From $1,435

The family always wants something different on vacation, whether that be relaxing on paradisiacal beaches or exploratory hiking in the mountains, and a family vacation to Costa Rica offer something for everyone. Your family will enjoy this custom tailored family adventure in the diverse and luxurious landscapes of Costa Rica. Trek through lush mountainous rainforest and relax on opulent white sand beaches. Course through whitewater rapids and stroll alongside stunning waterfalls. Whether searching for thrilling shared family time or indulging in the spa while the children horseback ride, you will find adventure and relaxation, delight and family moments during your time in Costa Rica. 

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Adventures in Costa Rica Vacation: Live Volcano, Zip Line & Rafting Tour

Customizable trip

From $1,435

Whether with your partner or your best friend, your children, or on your own, you will journey through this Costa Rican vacation that caters to the adventurer in everyone. Paddle down river through the Pacuare Gorge and kayak around the mangrove estuary on Damas Island. Scour volcanic summits and watch the steam rise directly out of the crater. Watch waves form perfect barrels or search beneath the ocean’s surface on a scuba or snorkeling excursion. Costa Rica offers captivating landscapes and treasured wildlife, amazing culture and unparalleled beauty all ready to be discovered.

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Costa Rica Tour for Active Travelers: Whitewater Rafting, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Kayaking & More

Customizable trip

From $1,435

Forget about the adrenaline specific vacations of New Zealand and South Africa. Costa Rica offers the unique wildlife of the tropics with exhilarating adventures in its mountainsides and celebrated beaches. The rainforest provides an intoxicating aroma, and the coastal waves offer a serene soundtrack. The abundant marvels of this 8-day vacation in Costa Rica take you along a thrilling ride through the dense canopy found in the diverse mountain ranges. The country will sweep you off your feet, where you can stand on the shoreline and witness unparalleled beauty after a day of electrifying exploration.

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Costa Rica Luxury Honeymoon: Secluded Beaches, Leisurely Horseback Rides & More

Customizable trip

From $2,695

Costa Rica is famous for sweeping rainforest landscapes and pristine beaches. The tropical breeze sweeps through the trees and the delicate calls of the wildlife echo against a mountainous backdrop. Discover romantic bliss on this custom tailored tour that shows you the wild luxuries of the jungle and Costa Rica’s tranquil beachside opulence. Indulge in a couple’s massage and explore secluded trails on horseback. Experience the passion of the countryside with your loved one and create unforgettable memories of a Costa Rican romance. 

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Costa Rica Adventure Tour for Solo Travelers

Customizable trip

From $1,435

The adventurous spirit waits for no one. On this customizable Costa Rica vacation you will find yourself exploring the far reaches of the countryside, from its shoreline edges to its towering mountaintops. Listen to the birds call out in the morning light and power down rapids as the water thunders around you. Meet like-minded people, filled with vitality and curiosity, engaging the world, one adventure at a time. Your desire to explore propels you forward leaving no reason to wait to visit Costa Rica. 

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A Perfect Romantic Getaway to Costa Rica

Customizable trip

From $1,435

The moonlight reflects off of the Pacific Ocean. The current sweeps across the soft beach. The aroma of refreshing lemon zest drifts in the breeze. This is only a taste of the romantic luxury in Costa Rica. Each day is tailored to your wish, centered on the fabulous flavors and unique wildlife spread throughout the countryside. The landscape rises and falls with mountains and active volcanoes. The rainforest blocks out the sky and offers hidden waterfalls for you to discover. When you combine decadent food, fabulous luxuries, and unparalleled romance, you find captivating Costa Rica. 

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Costa Rica Luxury Vacation Tour for Families

Customizable trip

From $1,615

The jovial spirit of Costa Rica will spread across your vacation and your family’s experiences. Your children will smile with endless delight and you will find an adventure that everyone can enjoy. On this 9-day exploration you will discover the fascinating wildlife and wonderful landscape. Active volcano summits create the skyline. Treetops house elegant birdlife and rambunctious monkeys. Clouds creep through the rainforest and create a unique ecosystem high atop the mountainside. When you traverse the wonders of Costa Rica you find adventure, elegance, luxury, culture, wildlife, and all the elements that bring inspiration to children and parents alike.

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Costa Rica Wellness Vacation: Yoga & Spa Retreat

Customizable trip

From $1,435

Refresh the mind and body on a spirited journey through Costa Rica. A healthy mind and an active spirit will show you the natural wonders of the landscape. The sun rises over the rainforest and glitters off of the pristine beaches. You are swept up in blissful private morning yoga sessions. You can listen to the waves crash against the shore or hear the howler monkeys call to one another in the early breeze. Your time in Costa Rica will show you elegance and tranquility, matching the outer splendor of the natural landscape with the inner majesty you desire. 

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Costa Rica Vacation with Kids: Adventure & Nature Tour

Customizable trip

From $1,435

You don’t have to be a kid to have fun like one. This active and adventurous family vacation is hand tailored to ensure everyone’s desires are met. Peer into the depths of an active volcano. Soar through the rainforest and feel the wind rush against your cheeks. Search for monkeys and watch turtles hatch from their nests. There is no shortage of sights to see and fun to have. Experience Costa Rica as a family and find the adventure you have all been waiting for.

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Family Trip to Costa Rica in 7 Days

Customizable trip

From $1,255

Your customizable family tour of Costa Rica will take you deep into the rainforest for a fabulous river safari, and then along the azure waters of the tropical Pacific in search of passing humpback whales. The best family vacations inspire life-long memories and in which the kids explore exciting destinations with thrilling experiences, and these will embody the welcoming spirit of Costa Rican Pura Vida. Witness the volcanic peak of Arenal, wander the jungle terrain at night in search of active nocturnal wildlife, and relax on the gorgeous sands of the celebrated beaches of Guanacaste during your family-friendly Costa Rica vacation.

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Costa Rica

How to Book a Tour
Must-See Destinations
Essential Experiences
Special Interests & Activities
Cost of a Trip
Best Time to Visit
Modes of Transportation
Travel Considerations
Best Flights & Airports
Returning Traveler Recommendations

How to Book a Costa Rica Tour

Costa Rica is a wonderland of natural attractions. Volcanoes, beaches, cloud forests, and fascinating wildlife appeals to luxury travelers of all kinds. Birdwatchers, surfers and nature enthusiasts enjoy the variety of cultural attractions and scenery found in the mountains and from the Pacific Ocean to the Caribbean Sea.

When planning your perfect trip, the necessary details and logistics can be overwhelming, but Zicasso is here to help.

There are three main ways to plan and book a trip:

1. Get a customized tour planned and booked by a travel professional. Travel independently on your own schedule.

2. Book a group tour. Join an escorted group tour with a fixed departure date.

3. Plan and book a trip yourself.

Zicasso offers the best solution for a customized tour by matching you with top travel specialists who plan and book the trip for you. Our travel agency division, Marageti, specializes in helping you book an escorted group tour. There is no extra cost to you for either service.

Custom Tours

A customized tour is one that is planned by a travel specialist according to your specific interests, preferences, and schedule. Whether you desire a family-friendly adventure or a romantic getaway, each of the accommodations, activities, and destinations is tailored to your preferences.

The knowledge and experience of your travel specialist make a big difference. Zicasso has spent thousands of hours vetting the best travel partners. We act as a referral service, matching you with specialists that best meet your goals and priorities.

Escorted Group Tours

A group tour offers the advantage of convenience at a great value. The schedule is fixed, the itinerary is pre-planned, and a dedicated tour director travels with the group throughout the trip.

Out of the many group tours, how do you select the right one for you? Our travel agency division, Marageti, has sales agents who specialize in helping travelers weigh the pros and cons of different group tours. We give you personalized recommendations on the best tour for you.

Goals and Priorities

What are your goals and priorities of the trip? These should drive your decision for either a customized tour or a fixed departure group tour. We are here to help you make the right decisions to make your dream trip a reality.

Must-See Destinations in Costa Rica

After careful consideration in consultation with our Costa Rica travel specialists, we have suggestions for how you can organize your trip of any length. A custom Zicasso tour reduces the pressures of planning a trip by allowing us to organize your days based on what you want to experience. The suggestions below provide you with guidelines on how to plan a Costa Rica trip:

7 to 9 Day Trips

If you have 7 to 9 days in Costa Rica, we suggest you visit Arenal, Monteverde, and Manuel Antonio National Park. Organizing your days efficiently will offer you more time to better experience the essentials of Costa Rica.

7 Days

Days 1-3: Arenal

Days 5-7: Manuel Antonio National Park

8 Days

Days 1-3: Arenal

Days 4-5: Monteverde

Days 6-8: Manuel Antonio National Park

9 Days

Days 1-3: Arenal

Days 4-5: Monteverde

Days 6-9: Manuel Antonio National Park

If you have more time (10-16 Days), We Recommend:

If you can spend closer to 14 days in Costa Rica, we suggest adding more destinations to the original locations of Arenal, Monteverde, and Manuel Antonio National Park by visiting Tortuguero and Corcovado National Park. Each Zicasso tour is custom-tailored to your desired experience, but we recommend that you organize your time as follows:

10 Days

Days 1-3: Arenal

Days 4-5: Monteverde

Days 6-8: Manuel Antonio National Park

Days 9-10: Tortuguero

12 Days

Days 1-3: Arenal

Days 4-5: Monteverde

Days 6-9: Manuel Antonio National Park

Days 10-12: Corcovado National Park

14 Days

Days 1-3: Arenal

Days 4-5: Monteverde

Days 6-8: Manuel Antonio National Park

Days 9-11: Corcovado National Park

Days 12-14: Tortuguero

15 Days

Days 1-3: Arenal

Days 4-5: Monteverde

Days 6-9: Manuel Antonio National Park

Days 10-12: Corcovado National Park

Days 13-15: Tortuguero

16 days

Days 1-4: Arenal

Days 5-6: Monteverde

Days 7-9: Manuel Antonio National Park

Days 10-13: Corcovado National Park

Days 14-15: Tortuguero

How many days is enough to see Costa Rica?

10 to 12 days is the perfect amount of time for a Costa Rica trip. Costa Rica remains an idyllic destination for active travelers and those searching for a tropical escape. The famous biodiversity offers thrilling outdoor excursions and getaways into the peaceful wilderness. Your goals will help guide you to how and where you travel in Costa Rica. 10 to 12 days offers you enough time to visit the highlights of Arenal, Monteverde, and Manuel Antonio National Park in addition to having time for further exploring the country at your pace.

Essential Experiences for the Best Costa Rica Vacation

During your Costa Rica tour, you can discover deserted beaches and transcendent forests hiding toucans and quetzals. Active volcanoes, pristine wave breaks, cultural markets and fantastic hiking trails also highlight Costa Rica’s dazzling charm.

Best Way to Experience Arenal

Arenal volcano has created a thermal wonderland that embodies the lush beauty and captivating biodiversity for which Costa Rica is known. Arenal contains natural marvels, such as cultural excursions, active explorations, and relaxing hot springs.

What to See & Do

The Main Must-Do Tours in Arenal (recommended 3-4 nights depending on pace):

1.  Active Tours

  • Ziplining offers a different perspective of the treeline by taking you on a thrilling ride through the canopy.
  • Whitewater Rafting allows you to rush along the rivers for views of scenic waterfalls and lush mountains that support the marvelous wildlife.

2.  Food Tour

  • A chocolate tour reflects the heritage of the cocoa bean in Central and South America as well as its delicious representation in Costa Rica.
  • Coffee tours highlight the importance of Costa Rica’s biodiversity by revealing the production methods and diverse flavors of local beans.

Best Way to Experience Monteverde

The small town of Monteverde embodies the marvels of wildlife and biodiversity in Costa Rica, which can be found in the enchanting Cloud Forest and Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve. Untamed wilderness, butterfly farms, and the local community showcase the local majesty.

What to See & Do

The Main Must-Do Tours in Monteverde (2 days depending on pace):

  1. Active Tours
    • Nature walks through the Cloud Forest reveal stunning wildlife, such as three-toed sloths, jaguars, and Baird’s tapir, along the trails and hanging bridges.
    • Horseback riding in the Cloud Forest reveals the pathways for a mixture of wildlife viewing and further wilderness exploration.

Best Way to Experience Manuel Antonio National Park

The dazzling beauty of Manuel Antonio National Park stems from the white-sand beaches and relaxing ambiance of the Pacific coastline. The wilderness features 109 different mammals as well as 184 different bird species that are easily viewed from the trails.

What to See & Do

The Main Must-Do Tours in Manuel Antonio National Park (3-4 days depending on pace):

1.  Active Tours

  • Sea Kayaking allows you to explore the colorful waters of the Pacific while also witnessing the immense wildlife along the coastline.
  • Surfing is a fantastic activity to experience in Manuel Antonio due to the consistent and easy breaks within view of the lush scenery.

2.  Sightseeing

  • The Pacific Ocean is the perfect destination to whale watch and offers glimpses of humpback, orcas, and pilot whales.
  • Wildlife Viewing around Manuel Antonio immerses you in the rainforest with possibilities for finding endangered squirrel and spider monkeys.

Special Interests & Activities in Costa Rica

Traveling with Zicasso provides you with exclusive access to many activities, excursions, and tours for a distinctive experience. The following information offers insight into our recommended experiences and can be tailored to focus on your unique interests:

Active Tours

An active tour will immerse you in the excitement of the mountains, rivers, lakes, and treetops across Costa Rica for a distinctive glimpse of the landscape and  incredible wildlife at your preferred pace.

Recommendations for some of the best active tours in Costa Rica include:

Hiking

  • Arenal Volcano National Park – Hiking trails wind through more than 7,114 acres of protected landscape, leading trekkers over lava flows and through Costa Rica’s primary rainforest.
  • Rio Celeste Waterfall – The blue water of the hidden river hosts trails that lead to natural hot springs fed by the Tenorio Volcano.

Surfing

  • Playa Guiones – The shoreline of Playa Guiones has over 300 days of surf a year with consistent waves that break over a soft, sandy seafloor.
  • Playa Tamarindo – The long stretch of surf along the Pacific coast offers consistent waves for experienced and novice surfers.

Whitewater Rafting

  • La Fortuna – Rapids around La Fortuna create the gateway to the Arenal Volcano National Park and an adventurous destination home to multiple rivers with a variety of rapid classes.
  • Penas Blancas River – The perfect choice for children and adults alike, the Penas Blancas River boasts power and precision with class I and II rapids as well as floating safaris that offer views of the surrounding wildlife.

Private Excursions and Special Access

Zicasso’s travel specialist partners have insider access to unique experiences that you cannot get any other way. These experiences, customized to your specific interests, can often be your most memorable, turning your trip into the experience of a lifetime. Here are some examples, but the possibilities are endless:

  • Learn how to mix perfect cocktails by blending spirits with the varieties of Costa Rican coffee. A trained barista will guided you in matching the flavors of each ingredient.
  • Experience authentic Costa Rican cuisine by producing a multi-course meal under the tutelage of a celebrated chef.

Best Destinations for Food in Costa Rica

Costa Rica has become a universally beloved destination for travel and a country that is eager to celebrate its cultural gastronomy. The volcanic landscape supports the warm climate and fertile soils rich with abundant minerals. Delectable fruits and stunning seafood reflect the fresh ingredients often used in the local cuisine in addition to culinary staples, such as rice, black beans, and roasted chicken. Tasty chocolate and celebrated coffee crown the popular flavors of Costa Rica.

Poas: The rich soil of the volcanic region of the Poas Volcano reaches elevations between 3,937 feet and 5,249 feet above sea level,resulting in a harsh but supportive micro-climate ideal for growing coffee beans. The beans often result in a fruity and floral flavor, ending with earthy or chocolate notes.

Tres Rios: The mountainous region of Tres Rios possesses some of the most coveted coffee in the world. The mineral-rich soil stems from the Irazu Volcano, resulting in a high-quality bean known for its subtle acidity, intense aroma, and slightly tart chocolate flavor.

Terrazu: The largest coffee-growing region in Costa Rica produces some of the world’s highest quality coffee while accounting for over one third of the country’s entire crop. The delicious flavors include hints of honey, grass, malt, dates, and chocolate.

Art

The Costa Rican government supports and encourages the preservation of historic monuments, museums, galleries, and popular art initiatives. The town of Sarchi embodies the ideals of Costa Rican art by acting as the cultural center of the country and home to the world’s largest ox cart. The charming mountain town shines with handmade furniture, vibrant jewelry, and miscellaneous artworks, including the bright pinks and oranges of small hand-carved ox carts.

History

Costa Rica is a young country but has roots embedded in the essential history of Central America from before the arrival of the Spanish in the 16th century. The museums in San Jose truly embody the rich history of the country with artifacts that are displayed in the Gold Museum, the Jade Museum, and the Costa Rican National Museum. The neighborhoods of San Jose offer insight into how the city has changed through the centuries, from the retreat of the Spanish empire to the dissolution of the military in the mid-20th century. You can discover the remarkable heritage of the cities and the evolution of the preserved wildlife during a customized Zicasso trip. Your travel specialist will design a tour with specialized guides, such as a biologist with a PhD, coffee-cuppers, or a guide certified in leading bird-focused small-group tours.

How much is a tour to Costa Rica?

The starting price of a custom-tailored Costa Rica trip is approximately $180 per person, per day. For an escorted group tour, the starting price can be $150 per person, per day.

The cost of a vacation is dependent on several factors, such as the:

  • Length of your trip
  • Season (month) of travel
  • Class of hotel
  • Number of locations/cities you visit
  • Number of guided day tours and activities (e.g., cooking class, wine tasting, etc.)
  • How much you splurge on meals, shopping, etc.

A vacation such as this is often the biggest purchase of the year. It will also likely be one of the most memorable experiences of your lifetime. To get the most out of your trip, we highly recommend using an expert travel specialist to plan a customized tour that is tailored to your specific interests and budget. You can also join an escorted group tour so that most travel arrangements are pre-planned for you. This way, you can travel hassle-free and relax while a professional tour director and guide takes care of all logistics and any issues that might arise.

The cost of a tailor-made Costa Rica tour typically starts at $1,800 per person for a 10-day trip, i.e., at $180 per person, per day during the low or shoulder-season.

This includes:

  • 3-star hotels (shared twin room)
  • Some guided day tours and activities
  • Transportation in Costa Rica, such as airport transfers and domestic flights

A 5-star, tailor-made Costa Rica  tour, where most services are upgraded and extra unique experiences are included, typically starts at $500 per person for a 10-day trip.

An escorted Costa Rica group tour, with scheduled departure dates, delivers excellent value. With comparable inclusions, such as the class of hotel, guided activities, and transportation, a group tour can be 30 - 50% less expensive than an equivalent tailor-made tour.

Everyone’s priorities, interests, and preferences are different. Submit a trip request on Zicasso, and we will personally match you with an expert trip planner who will help you customize your dream trip or help you select the right group tour while also taking your budget into consideration.

Best Time to Visit Costa Rica

Updated: December 23, 2019

The best time to visit Costa Rica is during the dry season between mid-December and April. The dry season offers plenty of sunshine for both exploring the rainforests or relaxing on the celebrated beaches.

Visiting in between December and April is also the most popular time of year to travel to Costa Rica, which means prices are higher for hotels and rooms should be booked well in advance.

Visiting in the wet season between May and November offers different surprises, such as gorgeous foliage and natural wildlife in addition to lower prices for hotels. July and August also offer a sweet spot during the wet season when you can spot wildlife, enjoy the beaches, and discover the country without getting caught in the rain.

How far in advance should I plan a trip to Costa Rica?

You should plan your Costa Rica trip between three to six months in advance if you wish to visit key destinations like Arenal, Monteverde, and Manuel Antonio National Park. Due to the high demand of international and domestic travelers around Christmas, New Years, and Easter, in addition to the limited number of hotels and services, you should reserve your accommodations and transfers early. We recommend planning your Costa Rica trip up to six months in advance if traveling around different holidays.

Modes of Transportation in Costa Rica

The best way to see Costa Rica in 10 Days is with a combination of private drivers and flights. Flights between local airports are quick and allow you to travel farther and faster with reliable service. This allows you to visit distant areas of Costa Rica in a smaller period of time.

Private transfers in Costa Rica are affordable and make traveling around the country easy for every type of traveler, whether visiting as a couple, family, on a senior trip, or a solo traveler. Private transfers will take you to your hotels, link you to different regions, and connect you to exciting activities.

Car Rental

Renting a car for first-time visitors is unnecessary and can, in fact, cause confusion or avoidable stress. Private transfers and domestic flights are easy, affordable, and accessible for all types of travelers, and the roads around Costa Rica are often unmarked and unpaved. Traffic in the cities can be aggravating with mountain roads being long and winding.

A Zicasso travel specialist will always include private transfers to and from the airport, between destinations, and that connect to activities for your best stress-free Costa Rica tour, which circumvents possible gas service charges, winding mountain roads, and challenging weather conditions.

What to Consider When Traveling Through Costa Rica

Travel considerations during your Costa Rica tour include safety, logistics, and ease of accessibility. The following information offers guidelines to consider during your trip:

Is Costa Rica Safe for Travel?

Costa Rica is incredibly safe. During your Costa Rica trip, you will find the country and people welcoming and eager to share their culture. As with anywhere around the world, when in busy areas, pickpockets can be a concern. Regarding the general health of the nation, there are no issues concerning eating or drinking throughout Costa Rica.

Travel Insurance

You’ve booked your dream vacation, now protect it with travel insurance. A wide range of factors can leave your vacation in limbo. Medical emergencies, inclement weather, and unexpected cancellations can cause turmoil for your trip, so in the unlikely event of a disaster, get the travel insurance coverage that provides peace of mind. To get a quote, visit our travel insurance page.

For Families

Having a family-friendly guide will maximize your time by enhancing the experiences of your trip for every member of your family. Your guides can cater each tour to the children to keep their interest and can also create separate tours for teenagers or adults that focus on wildlife, conservation, or the unique ecosystems for which Costa Rica is known.

For Seniors

Having a guide who is knowledgeable in touring with seniors will understand how to organize more accessible tours and activities while also planning for appropriate transfers that will maximize what you can see and experience. Private transfers can help carry your luggage to and from check-in while quick domestic flights can also shorten the travel time between destinations.

For Couples

A guide knowledgeable in romance around Costa Rica will help uncover secluded corners of the country for unique perspectives and majestic opportunities, such as a secluded couple’s hike or horseback riding at sunset.

For Travelers with Disabilities

Guests with mobility challenges can be well assisted by our Costa Rica travel specialists. Access and alternative arrangements can be made with ease to ensure the enjoyment of certain monuments, historical sites, accommodations, and restaurants.

Best Airports to Fly In & Out of Costa Rica

For most travelers, the best airport to fly in and out of when visiting Costa Rica is Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose (SJO). Being the largest airport in the country and its central location,San Jose’s international airport is easy to reach while also making destinations around Costa Rica easily accessible. Other airports also provide equal opportunities and possibilities for flights inside of Costa Rica and connect to larger international airports.

For most travelers, the most convenient airport is Santamaria International Airport, but the second most accessible airport in Costa Rica is Liberia’s Daniel Oduber Airport (LIR).

Find the Best Flight

San Jose has the largest and most accessible airport in Costa Rica with flights from around North American and Europe landing in the nation’s capital before continuing to smaller airports around the country. Smaller airports require a connection in San Jose before traveling to other destinations, making it advantageous and easy to fly in and out of San Jose.

When traveling mostly around the Guanacaste region, it is much easier to fly in and out of Daniel Oduber Airport (LIR) in Liberia, which is the capital of Guanacaste.

Domestic Flights

Costa Rica has four domestic airlines that airlines that provide regular service across the country. Between the national airlines, you can travel to at least 14 different destinations around the country, andeach local airport is connected to the major hubs of San Jose and Liberia.

Flights Via Zicasso

Zicasso Air Desk is an international air ticketing service that eliminates the stress of finding and booking the right flights for your upcoming vacation by employing the same personalized service you can expect from planning a trip with Zicasso. Our competitive flight pricing, 24x7 Service & Support, and Complimentary Consultation of Routing vs. Pricing with an Expert Flight Specialist make finding the perfect flight for your trip effortless.

Recommendations for the Return Traveler

When returning to Costa Rica for another tour, you can travel beyond the destinations of Arenal, Manuel Antonio, and Monteverde to discover destinations considered more off-the-beaten-path but equally worthy of your attention. The following list includes some of our recommendations for where you can visit during your return Costa Rica trip.

  • Nicoya Peninsula

The rugged, mountainous landscape of the Nicoya Peninsula contrasts the barrelling waves that glint with turquoise hues and pristine sands that amble down the coastline. The relaxing ambiance only enhances the surrounding beauty of the forging rivers and towering ridges during the day, leading to luxurious stargazing and sea turtle spotting in the evening.

  • Corcovado National Park

The unique biodiversity of the protected landscape hosts primary rainforest that hosts half of Costa Rica’s indigenous species, including a large population of scarlet macaws. The jungle terrain offers fantastic hiking trails and a secluded coastline that travels from Bahia Drake to Puerto Jimenez.

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