Discover Beautiful Costa Rica- A Two Week Itinerary You'll Love!
Costa Rica may be a tiny country, however, it has an amazing mix of beautiful nature, rainforests, wildlife, delicious food, tradition, adventure and of course sensational beaches!
A truly incredible and exciting destination to add to your bucket list.
We spent our Christmas vacation here, flying back home was harder than it normally is!
We arrived in full adventure mode in San José on Christmas Eve, we decided to stay in the capital just one night and start our journey the very next morning.
TIP: If you are planning to arrive on Christmas (or any other major holiday) check the options available in your hotel and what is open nearby. We were sure the hotel will have a festive dinner but funny enough that wasn’t the case, everything was also closed in the area with the exception of Subway across the street. It made for a fun Christmas story if nothing else lol
TIP: The best way to see Costa Rica in my view is using private transportation and I have the perfect company for you to look at- https://www.tucanlimoservices.com/
Reliable, trustworthy, very helpful, a source of incredible information and tips..Our driver Louis and Rosie manning the back office made it together an unforgettable experience!
Heading out from the capital we started our way towards Tortuguero national park.
In a nutshell- Adventure closer to nature!
This is one of the most popular nature parks to visit while in Costa Rica. Tortuguero is renowned for its canals running through the rainforest, earning it the nickname 'Central America's Amazon'. Tortuguero means the Land of Turtles, this remote village is located on the Northern Caribbean coast, in the Limon province. The main attraction here is in the name…The turtles! They come to nest on the beaches here. There are also other interesting animals to observe here from birds to monkeys, jaguars, frogs, insects to snakes and crocks too.
You can only arrive here by boat ( or a very small charted plane) which leaves from a central location at the entrance to the rainforest. The boat ride takes just under two hours, introducing you to this heavenly spot you’re about to explore for the next few days. You can tour the canals, bird watch, take a night tour to discover the wildlife, hiking trails to enjoy and simply hang out. Don’t forget to relax and enjoy this stunning location! Disconnecting from the modern world has never been easier…
I recommend you stay at least two nights here, we stayed three nights at the La Baula lodge across the water, very nice and very affordable. I highly recommend this place! It is surrounded by gardens and is located right in front of Tortuguero Lagoon.
From the balcony of your room, you can admire howler monkeys, spider monkeys, sloth and birds as the toucans, manakins and trogons and as well as wide variety of flowers and plants.
For more details & reservations: https://www.labaulalodge.com/the-hotel
From here we traveled to Arenal Volcano. The biggest attraction here is the area of La Fortuna and the hot springs. This was so much fun! The weather here is slightly cooler so going from wearing a light jacket to enjoying a hot and steamy natural spring in my bikini was awesome! Some hotels have their own private springs which are even better. The area of Arenal offers scenic views, mountain hiking trails, lakes you can do water sports on and fishing.
TIP: Book your accommodations in advance including entry to the springs! There is a limited amount of people allowed in at any one time so it could be that without tickets in advance, you won’t be allowed in.
TIP: Accommodations that can offer you entry to springs are in La Fortuna only. You’ll find hotels for surprisingly cheap rates promising entry but here’s the catch- These are about two-hour drive away. And I speak from experience, once our driver realized there’s something wrong with the address of the hotel we called, and they finally confirmed it’s a two hour drive to the nearest spring. We canceled our reservation and spent about two-hours with Louis looking for an alternative and entry to the springs.
We spent one night here before continuing across the river and up into the mountains towards Montevrede, and what a fun & adventurous time we had there!
When you get to Montevrede, check out: http://www.dreamslodge.com/index.php/en/
A small family run lodge. Lovely spot, it’s clean and cozy with the whole family there to help you with anything you need arranging. The adventures are at your doorstep and they are far out! Apart for scenic views we enjoyed, the wildlife, serious peace and quite..We had the most extreme fun here too!
Nature trails, hanging bridges, bungy jumping, buggy & quad rides and so much more..
The BEST adrenaline rush attraction ever was at the Extremo park! A 4330 meters of zip lining canopy tours, Tarzan jumps, swing falls…DON’T miss the Superman zip line, it was too crazy for words!
For all the details: https://monteverdeextremopark.com/
We spent four magical days here, it was now time to explore the beaches of Costa Rica and work on my tan lines..and so we headed to Guanacaste, we stayed at the RIU Hotel & Resort for the remaining 9 days of our trip.
This beautifully chic resort is right on the beach, water sports and boat rides to explore the area are available. Swimming pools, spa treatments and great times in the sun and on the pool’s bar..
You can take snuba dives from the hotel which is great because you don’t need to be a certified diver to do it, also allowing the whole family children included to enjoy the water world together.
Visit Tamarindo for the day via boat, if you’re lucky dolphins, whales and sea turtles will make an appearance and even give you an escort!
Two and half weeks were not nearly enough, it left us wanting more and so, we will be back!
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