Guanacaste Beach & Arenal Volcano Trek
Guanacaste, a province in Costa Rica’s northwest corner, is known for its beaches on the Pacific and biodiverse reserves. Guanacaste's endless beaches include Playa Blanca and Playa Panama, with its calm waters and Playa Hermosa, popular for diving and water sports. In the south Playa Ocotal and Playas del Coco, the cleanest and quietest beaches are great for snorkelling. Further south Flamingo Beach, with white sand is home to the nation's largest marina.
Begin with a comprehensive tour of San Jose. Visit La Paz Waterfall Gardens, Poas Volcano & Doka. This crater volcano is one of the four active volcanoes in Costa Rica. Later, visit the artisan town of Sarchi, famous for handicraft articles and an ideal place to find wonderful souvenirs. In San Carlos, take a hike up the Arenal Volcano. Spend an evening in Tabacon hot springs. Transfer to Guanacaste on the Pacific Ocean, blessed with a beautiful landscapes.
Guanacaste Beach & Arenal Volcano Trek
San Jose, San Carlos, Guanacaste
(10 Days – Travel Any Day)
Day 01-03 – Arrive & Tour
San Jose Meet and greet on arrival and private transfer to your hotel for your three-night stay.
Overnight: Grano de Oro Hotel.
Grano de Oro: located near the Paseo Colon, it is a true oasis, a sanctuary in the heart of the busy city. It was a tropical Victorian style residence; today the hotel maintains the colour and comfort of a private home. Its charming porches and corridors have fountains and an abundance of tropical plants. One terrace offers two relaxing Jacuzzis and the perfect spot to take a sun bath. The restaurant of the hotel, one of the best in San Jose, offers continental cuisine in an intimate and cordial atmosphere.
Next day visit La Paz Waterfall Gardens, Poas Volcano & Doka. Feel the true essence of Costa Rica. First stop is at a local cafe where you will enjoy an authentic Costa Rican style breakfast. Then visit a third-generation coffee plantation and learn how coffee is picked, milled, ground, and roasted. Once you’ve found out first hand, or cup, why Costa Rica is known for its coffee, it’s off to the Poas Volcano. This crater volcano is one of the four active volcanoes in Costa Rica. The crystal blue sulphur pools will amaze you along with the steam rising from the various volcanic vents. Last stop is La Paz Waterfall Gardens. Your tour guide will take you through the butterfly observatory, the hummingbird garden and the waterfall trails. After you hike you will enjoy a Costa Rican buffet lunch.
We invite you to visit Sarchi, the “cradle of Costa Rican handicrafts”. This artisan town is famous for handicraft articles of leather, jewellery, toys, as well as accessories of bronze, wood and other materials. This is the ideal place to find wonderful souvenirs of your trip. Afternoon at leisure.
Overnight: Grano de Oro Hotel (B)
Day 04 & 05 – Transfer & Explore
San Carlos Morning private transfer to San Carlos. San Carlos offers a landscape of exceptional beauty with its forests, lagoons, fields of crops, rivers with hot springs, and the most active volcano of Costa Rica: Arenal. In other words, sanctuaries where one can breathe pure air and feel the power of nature.
Hike up to the Arenal Volcano and spend the evening in Tabacon hot springs.
Overnight: Montana de Fuego hotel (B, D)
Montana de Fuego: is located in La Fortuna, San Carlos, the hotel takes advantage of the natural beauty of the area and emerges as a peaceful oasis within a magnificent vegetation and diverse fauna. Its spacious and comfortable rooms offer all the facilities to rest and relax. Besides, you will have the opportunity to choose among different tours full of adventure and especially for nature lovers. You will find yourself surrounded by a diverse natural environment including the best and most spectacular view of the Arenal Volcano. It’s incredible and fascinating eruptions will amaze you. Here you can feel the power of nature.
Day 06 & 08 – National Park
Guanacaste In the morning ground private transfer to Guanacaste province, North Pacific coast.
Guanacaste is blessed with a landscape of plains and dry coasts from January to April which become very lush during the rainy season. In this idyllic region, the positive energy of the radiant sun, which shines long hours, combined with the hot temperatures, invites you to enjoy the warm waters and the great Pacific Ocean and the nearby attractions and national parks.
Overnight at Fiesta Premier Hotel (B, L, D)
Fiesta Premier Resort & Spa: Located in a private bay in the Gulf of Papagayo, just 20 minutes away from the Liberia International Airport, this all-inclusive hotel has 202 rooms with private terrace, air conditioning, cable TV, telephone etc. The facilities offered are: two restaurants, two bars, swimming pool, gym, spa, casino and tennis court.
Day 09 – Transfer
San Jose Transfer to Liberia airport and take a local Liberia flight to San Jose.
Overnight: Alta Hotel (B)
Alta Hotel: is located 15 minutes from the Juan Santamaria International Airport, in the exclusive area of Alto de las Palomas. With 23 rooms and suites, swimming pool, jacuzzi, terrace with views of the central valley and mountains, sauna, exercise area, massage area, and bar with natural juices. Laundry service and maid service twice a day.
Day 10 – Depart
San Jose Transfer from the hotel to the international airport. Check in at airline counter must be done three hours prior flight departure (B)
Make this your holiday
Getting There The easiest way to get to Costa Rica from the UK is via the US or Madrid, with connecting flights to San José. Continental has flights from the UK via Newark and Houston, while American Airlines flies via JFK, Dallas or Miami, and United via New York or Houston: of the three, Continental generally has the lowest fares and offers an excellent service with swift connections. Iberia’s flights via Madrid are one of the quicker routings.
When to go December through April is the high season in Costa Rica when the weather is at its most pleasant. It is also the dry season, and one can mostly depend on clear, sunny days. There is a brief dry spell from February to April but it's worthwhile to visit in April-May.
May through October: The rainy season in Costa Rica takes a while to get started in May, often diminishing for a couple of weeks in June or July. The brunt of the rain however falls on the Caribbean coast, giving the Pacific a much more arid climate. The only really rainy months in Guanacaste on the Pacific coast are October and November, and on the Atlantic coast, the only predictably dry months are September and October. October to December is also a good time to visit Costa Rica when things are much quieter and when the weather is still good.