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 your luxurious culinary discovery tour in featured Zicasso hotels as your personalized Costa Rica vacation will highlight the comforting tastes of authentic mountain retreats and coastal getaways. Vibrant markets overflow with...
San Jose – Arrive in Costa Rica and to the Hotel Grano de Oro
If Costa Rica represents the most biologically diverse place on earth, the capital, San Jose embodies the beating cultural heart of the country. The city is a pleasant surprise for visitors as the unique pre-Columbian history and heritage are slowly revealed beyond the concrete structures. Colorful markets brim with bright mangos, ripe bananas, and giant watermelons while contemporary art galleries offer insight into the multidimensional aesthetic of the art world in Central America. Your private transfer will greet you at Juan Santamaria International Airport upon your arrival and escort you to the charming Hotel Grano de Oro as you prepare to explore it all.
Your car will arrive at the grand façade of the Grano de Oro Hotel situated inside a historical Victorian mansion along the shady street of Paseo Colon. The stunning location acts as an oasis away from the bustling streets of the capital city. Period photographs line the halls, and original art decorates the galleries. The tropical climate accentuates the rooftop terrace that is covered with soothing hot tubs while the 38 guest rooms provide the royal treatment. With a blend of tropical leisure with Victorian extravagance, the accommodations are stylized with wrought-iron bed frames and soft, welcoming fabrics, with each room offering a unique design.
In the evening, you relax in the charming restaurant located inside the inner courtyard. The perfect ambiance derives from the climate averaging between 63 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit at an altitude of nearly 3,800 feet above sea level. The restaurant boasts an award-winning wine cellar for a tasty and elegant welcome to Costa Rica.
San Jose – Explore Pre-Columbian Gold and the Flavors of San Jose
Vara Blanca – Transfer to the Peace Lodge in Vara Blanca for a Relaxing Day
Vara Blanca – Discover the Splendors of La Paz Waterfall Gardens
Monteverde – Venture to Luxurious Hotel Belmar in Monteverde
Monteverde – Traverse the Majesty of the Cloud Forest Ecological Reserve
Central Pacific – Travel to Villa Caletas and Enjoy a Gorgeous Sunset
Central Pacific – Delight in the Central Pacific with a Day at Leisure
Central Pacific – Depart for Home
- Enjoy the distinctive flavors of Costa Rica’s five major coffee producing regions with a private sampling and alcohol pairing in San Jose
- Discover the historical properties of cacao beans and the traditional methods of producing varieties of delectable chocolate on a chocolate tour
- Bask in the luxuries of featured Zicasso hotels known for their gorgeous location, attentive staff, and Costa Rican charm
- Savor remarkable flavors in gourmet restaurants in the cloud forests of Monteverde and Vara Blanca, and the Central Pacific Province of Puntarenas
- Soar through the treetops of the Monteverde Cloud Forest on a zip-line adventure that offers panoramic views of the wildlife and landscape
- Traverse the hiking trails of Carara National Park in search of sloths, deer, howler monkeys, and the largest colony of scarlet macaws
- Follow the walking paths through La Paz Waterfall Gardens for grand views of the five distinctive waterfalls that decorate the slopes of the Poas Volcano
Costa Rica embodies the romance of a tropical getaway and the intrigue of an active adventure. With incredible wildlife found on safari while taking in the captivating flavors of a fascinating cuisine, your visit is enriched by a heritage of decadent fruits, vegetables, and locally grown ingredients for a riot of flavor. Your 9-day Costa Rica vacation will embrace the culinary delights found between San Jose, Vara Blanca, Monteverde, and the Central Pacific. Whether a lover of world cuisines or a birding enthusiast, an amateur surfer or eager to visit Costa Rica for the first, second, or fifth time, you will be immersed in luxury and activity that spans the majestic scenery of cloud forests and sandy beaches.
Your journey will begin with your arrival in San Jose at the gorgeous Hotel Grano de Oro. The Victorian architecture offers a respite from the bustling streets of the capital city while the malls, restaurants, markets, and nightclubs harbor the hidden charms of the fast-paced atmosphere that is surrounded by the lush mountains that shape the Central Valley. Enjoy a privately guided tour of the Gold Museum to learn about the coffee culture at Café del Barista for an experience meant to awaken your taste buds to the subtle possibilities of the everyday drink’s profile. Relish time in the Central Market to learn about the historical complex and heritage that surrounds the traditional cuisine of the capital city.
In Vara Blanca, you will find comfort in the boutique Peace Lodge that is located on the same property as La Paz Waterfall Gardens. The hotel is known for its warm ambiance that emanates from the rooms that are decorated with rich wood, hardy stone, and cozy fireplaces set amidst the misty mountains draped in rainforest. La Paz Waterfall Gardens is a fascinating complex with enclosures that protect tropical birds, jungle cats, snakes, and monkeys that were once part of the illegal game trade. Visitors can walk amongst hummingbirds and into the butterfly observatory, and then wander past the protected animal enclosures before reaching the waterfall trail. Walkways and viewing platforms provide access to the five cascades that pour down the backside of Poas Volcano.
The Hotel Belmar in Monteverde brings comfort, luxury, and gourmet cuisine that blend with the scenery of the cloud forest. The landscape offers a series of adventures, or you can take the chance to relax in the cozy cabin ambiance on the hotel grounds. Travel through the trees on a zip line tour, or wander the hiking trails on a guided tour around the protected reserve in search of resplendent quetzals and motmots. A cacao farm in Old Town Monteverde will immerse you in the history of chocolate and the evolution of the process of making gourmet chocolate.
Villa Caletas, in Costa Rica’s Central Pacific, provides splendid views of the coastline and of the protected scenery that rolls from the tree-lined hills to the basin of the Tarcoles River. Luxurious panoramas, opulent accommodations, and delicious cuisine enhance each other to create a memorable and relaxing time. Indulge in the splendors of the hotel’s award-winning spa, or take a moment to relish the hot coastline of Villa Caletas’s private beach. Take a chance with a surfing lesson, or hike around the trails of Carara National Park to find scarlet macaws and howler monkeys. Costa Rica is a region unlike any other; learn more by seeing how our partner Costa Rica travel companies can personalize the experience for you.
$1,615 per person (excluding international flights)
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