Short & Sweet Vacation to Costa Rica

A Week Full of the Sweetest Adventures, Nature, and Lodges

COSTA RICA VACATION PACKAGE | 7 DAYS, 6 NIGHTS

Short & Sweet

Join us for a week-long escape to the world-renowned Arenal Volcano and the Pacific beach of Manuel Antonio, home to the most visited National Park in Costa Rica. Experience the adventurous side of the Arenal region first, and finish off with three days of pure relaxation on the spectacular Central Pacific coast.

Walk the hanging bridges through the jungle, rappel off 150-foot waterfalls, paddle the rapids of our beautiful white-water rivers, zip your way through and over the jungle canopy, and relax at one of the most amazing hot springs in the world.

During this Short & Sweet trip you’ll experience the best of super-natural Costa Rica on this tropical adventure, and taste the natural flavors of the Costa Rican cuisine; all while staying at wonderful lodges from start to end.

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DAY 1 | WELCOME TO COSTA RICA

At the airport, you will be met by one of our lovely drivers who will take you to a beautiful tranquil little hotel with pool and tropical gardens, just 10 minutes from the airport. A perfect start for this Costa Rica Short & Sweet vacation! In case of an early arrival we can also take you straight to the Arenal Volcano area.

Lodging | La Rosa de America Hotel
Meals | n/a

DAY 2 | ARENAL VOLCANO & HANGING BRIDGES & HOT SPRINGS

Buenos Dias! Wake up to the sound of tropical birds and the smell of Costa Rican coffee. After a morning dip in the pool and typical Costa Rican breakfast, we’ll take you on an interesting drive over the mountains and into the flatlands of the Arenal Volcano.

Upon arrival you will check in at a great hotel where after you will visit the Arenal Hanging Bridges. This is a system of trails, paths and suspension bridges which will let you explore the low land tropical rain forest and contemplate magnificent vistas of the Arenal Volcano on foot.

You’ll continue to a marvelous Hot Springs location to relax and enjoy the thermal baths and dinner on location. At around 10 Pm you will be taken back to your lovely hotel for a good night rest.

Lodging | Campo Verde
Meals | Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 3 |  ARENAL VOLCANO & CANYONING & WHITE WATER RAFTING

Start early this morning meeting your canyoning guides and venturing into a pristine rain forest canyon filled with pools and waterfalls. Experienced guides put you into your safety harness and assist you down a series of 8 amazing waterfalls that get gradually bigger. We save the best for last: the grand finale is a huge, 70 meter (210-ft), 3-stage waterfall!

You will continue the second portion of the day with the best class II-III rafting in the Arenal region. Challenge yourself with rapids like “Morning Coffee” & “Rock around the Croc” while occasionally swimming in a beautiful river pool and enjoying an exuberant river canyon. This little white water jewel offers amazing wildlife observing opportunities and with luck you will spot monkeys, bright colored tropical birds, iguanas and other fauna.

After these awesome wet & wild adventures, you will be served a delicious hot Costa Rica style meal we call ‘Casado’

Lodging | Campo Verde
Meals | Breakfast & Lunch

DAY 4 | MANUEL ANTONIO & BEACH TIME

Today you’ll be heading to the beach of Manuel Antonio on the Pacific coast. This place is home to many of the nicest resorts in Costa Rica and a multitude of excellent restaurants. It has some of the most beautiful views and is home to the most visited national park.

Here you’ll check in at a marvelous hotel with friendly staff, a couple of pools, three types of restaurants on-site, Yoga platform, comfortable and spacious rooms with private balconies offering the best rain forest and ocean views. Settle in and enjoy this breath taking place for the remainder of the day.

Lodging | Costa Verde Hotel
Meals | Breakfast

DAY 5 | VISIT MANUEL ANTONIO NATIONAL PARK

Early today your highly trained, well-educated Costa Rican naturalist guide will pick you up for your hike on the trails of the renowned Manuel Antonio National Park.

With one of the most stunning, picture-postcard backdrops in the country, this is one of the lushest locations in Costa Rica, with spectacular white-grey sand beaches fringed by thickly forested green hills. Watch sloths and numerous species of monkeys travel through the tree canopy, hunt for nocturnal silky anteaters and several types of non-poisonous snakes resting in the tropical rain forest, and listen to the songs of the various birds as they glide or perch above your heads.

This low land coastal tropical rain forest boasts an array of different kinds of flora and fauna you can spot just in the span of a 2 ½ hour nature walk or hike.

The afternoon is free for you to enjoy the beaches & relax at the hotel’s pools.

Lodging | Costa Verde Hotel
Meals | Breakfast

DAY 6 | CANOPY ZIP LINES & BEACH TIME 

Let’s end this Costa Rica Short & Sweet vacation at the beach with an exhilarating Canopy Zip Lines tour.

You will start on one of 20 platforms high above the jungle floor offering dramatic views. From here you will fly, one by one, through the unspoiled rainforest canopy using a series of zip line cables reaching up to 450 meters (1500-ft) in length. Breathtaking mountain and valley views can be captured; three species of monkeys can be spotted, as well as two and three toed sloths, poison dart frogs, iguanas, and toucans that are part of this primary and secondary rain forests habitat.

After this zip lines experience we’ll gather for some drinks, fresh fruit, and snacks before you’ll head back to your hotel. Enjoy the afternoon with a cocktail at one of the hotel’s pools, or simply relax at the beach

Lodging | Costa Verde Hotel
Meals | Breakfast & Lunch

DAY 7 | ALL SWEET THINGS MUST COME TO AN END

Today is your departure day. You will be taking with you great memories, many photographs, one or two new acquired tastes for Costa Rican cuisine, great anecdotes, and the desire to come back to Costa Rica to visit your new friends and getting to know even more of this small but wonderful country.

We’ll have one of our drivers take you back to the International Airport of San José, in time to catch your flight home.

Optional: Ask us to schedule an extra night in the Central Valley for some R&R and fine dining!

Lodging | n/a
Meals | Breakfast

Package Pricing

$1199 per person

Day 1 San Jose: Arrival
La Rosa de America Hotel
Day 2 Arenal: Hang. Bridges | Hot Springs
Campo Verde Hotel (BD)
Day 3 Arenal: Canyoning | Rafting
Campo Verde Hotel (BL)
Day 4 Manuel Antonio: Beach time
Costa Verde Hotel (B)
Day 5 Manuel Antonio: National Park Visit
Costa Verde Hotel (BL)
Day 6 San Jose: Zip Lines | Beach time
Costa Verde Hotel (BL)
Day 7 San Jose: Departure (B)

  • Hanging Bridges
  • Hot Springs
  • Canyoning & Rappelling
  • White Water Rafting
  • National Park Hiking
  • Canopy Zip Lining
  • 1 Night near Airport
    La Rosa de America Hotel
  • 2 Nights in Arenal Volcano region
    Campo Verde Hotel
  • 3 Nights in Manuel Antonio
    Costa Verde Hotel
  • Skilled, professional adventure and/or nature guide service
  • 6 nights hotel and lodge accommodation
  • All meals as indicated in the itinerary overview and description
  • All activities and equipment as outlined in the itinerary
  • All transportation from arrival on day 1 through departure from San Jose on last day