2. Though gaining in popularity, Costa Rica remains one of the "best
kept secrets" of vacation destinations. Though it's only as big as
West Virginia, there are few places in the world that compare for the
sheer magnitude of its bio-diversity. Twelve major life zones provide
refuge for over 10,000 kinds of flowering plants, 850 bird
species, 3,000 butterfly species, and 209 mammal species! Active
volcanoes, rainforests, cloud forests, lowland jungles, the dramatic
Pacific coastline, and tranquil Caribbean beaches ramble across
seven provinces. Thirty percent of the land is protected by national
and private reserves, which harbor more than five percent of the
world's plant and animal species.
Equally fantastic are the activities - rafting, scuba diving, jungle
hiking, bird watching, horseback riding, mountain biking, and more.
As the perfect complement to this vacation Eden, Costa Ricans
(Ticos, as they call themselves) are friendly, peaceful people who
welcome you to their country like a long-lost relative.
Simultaneously, Costa Rica is known for the multi-ethnic pleasures
of its capital, San José, and as a producer of some of the world's best
coffee. Most Costa Rican vacations begin and end in the exciting
capital, but it's what lies beyond that takes your breath away!
3. EC0-NATURE AREAS
◦ Manuel Antonio: This is a small town with exquisite scenery and astounding ecological treasures.
There are panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, evergreen vegetation, an exciting mix of comfort
and adventure, and popular beaches in Costa Rica. Manuel Antonio was designated as a National
Park in 1972, forever preserving its 1,700 acres of land, 136,000 acres of ocean, and the 109
mammal and 187 bird species that inhabit its coasts and forests. This privileged place of virgin
forests, lagoons, mangroves, beaches, and 12 small islands is also crucial as a nesting and feeding
ground for many sea birds. Venture along the jungle trails and come face to face with toucans,
white-faced monkeys, red squirrels, three-toed sloths, and many more!
◦ Monteverde: This Cloud Forest Reserve is a village as well as a biological reserve. The Dry Season is
the best time for bird-watching and any time of year visitors can enjoy art and butterfly galleries,
orchid gardens, a serpentarium, horseback riding, family restaurants, pubs, craft shops, and more.
The Reserve sits on the Continental Divide in the Tilarán Mountain Range and contains 8 life zones
that shelter many rare species such as the brilliantly-plumed quetzal birds and the endangered
gentle tapir, a relative of the horse. Nature trails let you journey safely and easily through this
◦ Arenal Region: Facing one of the most active volcanoes of Costa Rica, this is a favorite destination
for locals and tourists. Lake Arenal provides safe viewpoints of the volcanic fireworks, and the
Arenal Reservoir is rich in aquatic resources and wildlife. Hiking and horseback riding are also
popular. Take a self-guided tour through the botanical gardens, handicraft markets, greenhouses,
rainforest nature trails, river, waterfalls, keep your eyes open for the more than 225 species of birds
that populate the region, and don't forget a rejuvenating soak in the Tabacon Hot Springs.
◦ Osa Peninsula:At the top of the Osa Peninsula, Corcovado National Park offers an extraordinary
chance to get close the diversity of nature. Beside the lush flora of this rain forest reserve, there are
624 species of mammals birds, reptiles, and amphibians to meet here.
◦ Tortuguero: Great adventures await in the tropical rain forest of Tortuguero National Park. Your boat
guide will lead you among a network of canals teeming with life, from howler monkeys to herons
4. BEACH AREAS
◦ Guanacaste: The largest province in Costa Rica, Guanacaste offers miles of
untouched beaches on the Pacific, and is home to the relaxed beach towns
of Flamingo and Tamarindo. You'll also find some of the country's finest
resort hotels and best nature parks.
◦ Puntarenas: The closest beach resort to San Jose, Puntarenas features
striking and unusual volcanic black sand beaches. A great starting point
for day trips to the Monteverde Cloud Forest or the Gulf of Nicoya.
◦ Jaco Beach: Excellent surfing, small native style hotels, restaurants with
local flair and low key entertainment are all part of the Jaco Beach
experience. The area is an ideal base for exploring the Carara Biological
◦ Tambor: You can play all day in the warm Pacific water of Tambor, set on
the Southern end of the Nicoya peninsula. In fact, it's a perfect place to get
off the beaten path and onto the beach!
◦ Caribbean Coast/Limon: Experience the Caribbean as it was, and as it
should be...pristine beaches, waving palm trees and small quaint hotels.
Don't miss the opportunity to explore at the underwater park in Cahuita.
5. The tropical weather in San José is usually
temperate, with temperatures generally ranging
between 70°-85° in the lowlands and 58°-76° in
the elevated Central Valley, and San José,
Monteverde, and Arenal. The Pacific coast is
more arid and is the hottest region, with dry
season temperature up in the 90s. Summer is the
dry season, running from December to April and
winter is the rainy season, running from May to
November, though rain tends to fall only in the
late afternoon or evening.
Average high temperature in March is 87° F, the
average low is 67° F.
Spanish is the official language, but English is
widely spoken in the tourist centers.
7. With a spectacular view of the Arenal Volcano, natural hot and
cold springs, four unique dining experiences, and an impressive
full service Spa, The Springs Resort and Spa at Arenal promises
to overwhelm you in every aspect of quality, service and design.
This Costa Rica luxury resort perches one thousand feet above
the Arenal Valley on a mountain ridge just six kilometers north
of the active volcano but safely outside the government declared
danger zone. Our higher altitude relative to other hotels in the
area allows for not only incomparable views of the Arenal
volcano, the lush valley, and the surrounding towns that sparkle
at night, but also access to the area's famous prevailing breezes.
In fact, the name Arenal volcano is an indigenous word meaning
"Window of the Wind". With an average daytime high temperature
of 80 degrees F in the shade and nighttime lows averaging 70
degrees F you are sure to enjoy countless comfortable hours in
your balcony hammock al fresco dining, or sipping a frothy
tropical cocktail in one of our spring pools.
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9. 18 free-form, landscaped pools provide great views
of the volcano and a multitude of options. With
temperatures ranging from 83°F to 103°F and
environments that vary from raging waterfalls to
tranquil forest, there's a pool for everyone.
The mineral content of the spring water and the
health benefits derived from these minerals makes
the springs the best mineral hot springs in La
Fortuna, Arenal Costa Rica and the great value on the
hot springs day tour makes The Springs Resort and
Spa a "must see" destination and the premiere hot
springs resort in Costa Rica. Also has the best view
of the Arenal Volcano from the hot spring pools.
12. Dining Facilities:
◦ Las Ventanas - Enjoy beautiful views and fine dining. The master chef has
created a menu blending the latest fusion concepts and the finest
ingredients found on Costa Rica's farms and in its 2 oceans. The menu is a
well-balanced combination of beef, seafood, pork, homemade pasta, and
vegetarian fare. Open for lunch and fine dining for dinner. Casual dress
code and reservations required.
◦ Tres Cascadas - Gourmet buffet restaurant, described as a "tasting"
experience, with a menu that changes daily. Fresh fruit juices, tea, and
coffee are included. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a casual
◦ Ginger Sushi - Whether it's for an afternoon snack or late-night dining,
enjoy the open-air festive atmosphere at Ginger Sushi, where fish arrives
fresh daily straight from Costa Rica's fertile fishing grounds. Located on
the Game Lounge level. Open for afternoon snacks and dinner.
◦ Treetops Grill - Poolside, cliff-side, or tree-canopy dining all in one place!
Plus, you'll enjoy great food from the grill and some Jimmy Buffet music.
Bathing attire is not only permitted, it is suggested. Open for lunch
through late afternoon.
◦ Rancho Club Rio - Located 1 mile below the resort on the Arenal River
front. Enjoy snacks and beverages in a beautiful atmosphere surrounded
by nature. Open morning through afternoon. Shuttle to and from the river
depart hourly from the lobby.
◦ Room Service - Yes, daily during limited hours.
13. Cocktail Lounges or Bars:
◦ Heliconia Bar - Located on the fourth floor, this bar is perfect for an
afternoon cocktail or relaxing drink before or after dinner. The seating
presents a magnificent view of the volcano and listen to mellow Latin jazz
music in a casual elegance setting.
◦ La Laguna Bar - Located in the center of the largest pool, this swim-up bar
boasts 12 dry and 30 wet seats. Spending a few hours at this bar, which
has great views of the Arenal Volcano, is one of the best things to do in La
◦ Rancho Club Rio - Located 1 mile below the resort on the Arenal River
front. Enjoy your favorite drinks during the day.
◦ Los Perdido Bar - Located at the nexus of the trails within Perdido Springs
(Lost Springs), this is a rustic palm-thatched jungle bar surrounded by hot
spring waterfalls and gardens. This is a great place to watch the
adventurous take a ride down the water flume, the Monkey Slide, located
at the nexus of the trails within the Perdido Springs.
◦ Game Bar - Located on the Game Lounge level, this bar is not only for
sushi, but is a great place to watch sports on satellite television, and
perhaps play a game of pool, darts, or backgammon. Enjoy happy hour
cocktails on the Sunset Terrace, located just steps away from the bar.
15. Alta Vista Guest Room
◦ Each Vista Guest Room features a private balcony
with hammock and rocking chairs, located on the
second floor and features 18-foot vaulted ceilings
for even more extraordinary views of Arenal
Volcano. In addition, the room offers hardwood
floors, luxurious marbled bathrooms with whirlpool
bathtub and multiple-head showers, central air
conditioning, 37-inch flat-screen satellite
television, surround sound stereo with CD/DVD
player and IPOD/MP3/USB connectivity, telephone,
wireless Internet access, wet bar, safe, minibar
refrigerator, and coffee maker.
17. Honeymoon Vista and Honeymoon Vista Plus
◦ These ultra special guest rooms offer guests the
ability to enjoy a hot mineral spring experience in
the privacy of their own lushly landscaped garden
terrace. With the touch of a switch hot spring water
flows with pressure into the jets of the Jacuzzi
allowing for a soothing massage of your lower back
and legs. The overflowing water then cascades over
the infinity border edge and out of the Jacuzzi.
19. Arenal 4 in 1 Combo Tour
◦ Experience 4 spectacular activities during this full-day tour. First choose
between the hanging bridges walk or a river safari float. The hanging bridges
walk is made up of 15 bridges that make up a 2-mile circuit in the rainforest.
The safari float takes you leisurely down the Peñas Blancas River. Both areas
are full of tropical flora and fauna. Next up is a walking tour at the majestic
waterfall La Fortuna, a gorgeous 200-foot waterfall. After, your walk, a typical
Costa Rican lunch will be served at a local restaurant in La Fortuna. After lunch
depart for the Arenal Volcano National park and take a hike through the
natural and geological history of the Arenal Volcano. Finally finish the day
relaxing in the hot springs of your choice and then enjoy a delicious dinner.
Arenal Bridges Tour
◦ Nature lovers will love the views from the 15 bridges that conform a 2-mile
circuit amid the rainforest. The bridges are made of aluminum, galvanized
steel, and concrete to ensure maximum security as well as paving blocks to
prevent slipping. A naturalist will guide you through a fascinating, colorful
tropical rainforest world through natural history. The views of the volcano
from the hanging bridges over the forest make for an unforgettable
Arenal Volcano Hike Tour
◦ Enjoy the most extraordinary view of the Arenal Volcano on a gentle hike
along the base of this marvelous volcano, which was one of Costa Rica's most
active volcanoes from its initial eruption in 1968 until the end of 2010. This
hike begins on one of the trails close to the volcano. The trail will take you
through the forest over where in 1968, lava has flowed and the area, and is
now in the process of regeneration. The hike lasts approximately 2 ½ hours.
*Additional fees apply
20. Caño Negro Rio Frío Tour
◦ This tour is perfect for nature lovers! First, you'll take a 1½-hour drive through the scenic
countryside of Costa Rica and then board a boat for a tour along the Frío River winding through
canyons. During the boat ride, you will learn about the ecological history and see various
species or wildlife, including birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians. On the way back, you'll
enjoy an authentic Costa Rican experience with lunch at a traditional style restaurant.
One Day Monteverde Tour
◦ A fabulous day of beautiful scenery and nature. The tour starts with a 30-minute drive aboard
a microbus to the Arenal Lake Dam. Then you'll board a very comfortable and safe pontoon
boat for a 30- to 40-minute ride to Rio Chiquito, a small town on the other side of the lake.
Arenal Lake is the largest and most important lake in Costa Rica. During the boat ride you will
see resident and migratory birds, great views of the Arenal Volcano, and perhaps some animals
in the surrounding areas. Next, you'll take a 1 ½-hour drive to Monteverde. Once in
Monteverde, you'll take an exceptional hike where you'll experience different species of
birds, rich beds of moss, flowers, lichen, and bromeliads. Visit a frog pond or the serpentarium
to see some of the wildlife in the area and complete the journey to the famous cloud forest.
After the hike, lunch will be served before you head back to your hotel.
Sky Tram & Sky Trek Tour
◦ Visit the Arenal Reserve, which is located between the rain forest and the Monteverde cloud
forest. Experience spectacular views of the Arenal Volcano and Lake from the Sky Tram or the
Sky Trek or take a hike through the trails full of flora and fauna. The Sky Tram is a 15-minute
aerial tram tour through the rain forest to the Miguel Angel observatory where you will have
spectacular views of Arenal Volcano, Lake Arenal, and the Tilarán mountain range. Then take
the Sky Trek, which takes about 1 ½ hours and is a 3280-foot long zip line system allowing
you to enjoy the rain forest and its beautiful views in a fun, easy, and safe ride.
*Additional fees apply
22. 5 Star Eco-lodge
A visit to the Pacuare Lodge is a journey to a magical place where the
beauty and diversity of tropical nature delight the senses, authentic
Costa Rican hospitality makes you feel like part of the family and the
outdoor adventures range from exhilarating to sublime. Getting there is
half the adventure, since most guests stay at the Pacuare Lodge as part
of a multi-day rafting tour on the Pacuare River, though it can be visited
without rafting. In addition to rafting, you can enjoy horseback riding,
bird watching, canyoning, a rainforest canopy tour, or a trek to a
Cabecar Indian community. The lodge’s comfortable bungalows and
elegant suites are nestled between a pristine wilderness reserve and the
Pacuare River Costa Rica’s most spectacular white water route. It is
surrounded by tropical rainforest where colorful birds and butterflies flit
through exuberant foliage and the songs of toucans and oropendolas
complement the soothing sound of flowing water. The Pacuare Lodge is
truly unique a jungle lodge where gourmet dinners are accompanied by
candlelight and a wine list, and where adventure travel activities are
complemented by a spa, honeymoon packages and suites with private
pools. It is also an exemplary ecolodge that conserves 300 hectares (740
acres) of rainforest, and is committed to mitigating tourism’s impact
through eco-friendly accommodations and projects that benefit local
24. Pacuare Lodge offers guests the unique opportunity to white water raft
into and out of the resort.
Pacuare Lodge can also be accessed by van then ATV then a river
gondola and finally a 300 meter hike.
The Pacuare Protected Zone
◦ In the Caribbean region of Costa Rica there is a protected zone of incomparable
beauty that begins near the town of Siquirres and covers approximately 25,000
acres as it descends down the Talamanca Mountain Range.
◦ This is the area known as Pacuare, which constitutes one of the most important
protected areas in the region. Its proximity to the lowlands and its high annual
rainfall combine to nurture the complex life systems whose abundance makes for
extraordinary scenic beauty.
◦ Located within this zone, the Pacuare River forms the northern border of Central
America’s most important network of national parks and reserves and offers
some of the finest white water in Latin America. Officially designated a “Wild and
Scenic River,” the water flows deep inside remarkable primordial rainforest,
coursing through a wilderness of dense vegetation that covers the sides of steep
gorges rising above the riverbanks. The rainforest’s thick undergrowth provides
shelter to jaguars, ocelots, monkeys, sloths, and numerous other species of
mammals and birds.
Deep inside the Pacuare Protected Zone, perched on the banks of this enchanting
river, lies the singular Pacuare Lodge. Visitors to the lodge can enjoy a truly
memorable Pacuare Adventureas they soak up the natural beauty and tranquility
of this magical jungle hideaway
27. Culinary Experience
◦ The kitchen staff at Pacuare Lodge is made up of
locals who bring their traditional cooking and
culinary passion to the kitchen.
◦ The ingredients are fresh and local
◦ Private dinners can be set up by the river
◦ The Nest is a unique feature- a platform 60 feet in
the trees where you can enjoy a private meal
31. Linda Vista Honeymoon Suite
◦ This charming bungalow is perched on a lushly forested ridge with
a view of the Pacuare River and rainforest. It has an elegant décor
that complements its exuberant natural surroundings, with
polished hardwood floors and sloping cane ceilings, while its
screened windows and sliding doors let in plenty of light and
◦ The suite is spacious (230 square meters), and offers a level of
luxury that belies its remote location. It is sumptuously furnished,
with couches, armchairs and a king-sized canopy bed complete
with a Simmons Beauty Rest mattress and 300-thread Egyptian
cotton sheets. The airy bathroom has both an indoor and al fresco
shower that overlooks the forest, and the entire suite opens onto
a wooden deck with a private dipping pool fed by spring water.
◦ You’ll be lulled to sleep by the sound of the river and jungle at
night, and in the morning, you’ll awake to a symphony of
◦ The Linda Vista Honeymoon Suite has a room safe, bathrobes and
a telephone to communicate with the main building, as well as an
Eco-Concierge to help with tour reservations, general information
and specific needs.
36. Canopy Honeymoon Suite
◦ The bungalow has a high, thatched roof, plantation teak floors
and wide screened windows that let the breeze through and
provide a 180-degree rainforest view. It is elegantly furnished
and holds a king-size, canopy bed. The adjacent covered deck
has a hammock and a rattan sofa, whereas the entire suite
opens onto a sundeck with a small stone swimming pool fed
by spring water.
◦ A private suspension bridge leads from the deck to a platform
high in a massive rainforest tree that affords a vertiginous
view of the Pacuare River and surrounding jungle. On any
given morning or evening, you can spot dozens of bird
species in the nearby treetops from that aerial perch.
◦ Tropical greenery surrounds the suite and a tiny stream flows
through a channel behind it, so the soothing sound of running
water complements the birdsong and tree frog chirps. The
spacious bathroom has a solar heated shower and hand-
painted ceramic sinks set in a marble counter, whereas the
nearby alfresco shower is ensconced in luxuriant vegetation
and seems to cascade out of the mountainside.
◦ All meals are included
◦ Drinks and alcohol are not included
◦ The lodge has minimal electricity. No electricity in
the rooms. You can charge in the reception area.
The lodge does have wi-fi in the reception area
◦ There are luggage restrictions due to the difficulty
of getting to the lode
◦ Pacuare Lodge is secluded so only excursions near
the resort are available
◦ Adventure and romance packages are available
42. Pacuare Canopy Adventure Tour
A unique tour in Costa Rica along a series of transverse cables with the highest rappel of the Original
Canopy Tour in Costa Rica.
Pacuare River Inflatable Duckies Tour
The Pacuare Lodge’s newest outdoor adventure lets you paddle down a relatively calm stretch of the
Pacuare River in an inflatable kayak. You’ll enjoy gorgeous riparian scenery, spot some of the local
birdlife, and paddle through class-II rapids.
Pacuare Lodge Tropical Canyon Tour
This tour lets you experience the adventure sport of canyoning, or canyoneering, which combines
hiking, climbing and rappelling.
Day Break Activity Tour
Enjoy the spread of color and life throughout the forest as you observe a variety of native plant and
animal species begin their day in the rainforest.
Experience the energy of a tropical paradise with our deep tissue Therapeutic Rainforest Massage
The One World Expedition “Plant a tree program”
Actively support the “Bajo del Tigre” elementary school and at the same time contribute to reforestation
by participating in the The One World Expedition “Plant a tree program”.
To begin this tour, you will hike approximately 300 meters from the lodge back to the gondola pass
over the Pacuare River—an experience in itself! When you reach the other side of the river, the horses
will be waiting, along with a horseman from the region.
Cabecar Indians Tour
Hike the same trails the Cabecar Indians have for centuries, and personally visit with a Zutkia, or
Cabecar medicine man to learn about the traditions and customs that are at the foundation of the
Cabecar’s relationship with nature.
44. 4 star boutique hotel
Inspired by French-colonial architecture, with a
hint of tropical flair, and the style of Victorian
homes still found in San Jose; this impressive
property expresses a truly unique combination of
a mountain and seaside resort. Perched 1,150
feet above the Pacific Ocean, the spectacular
360-degree panoramic view sweeps over the gulf
islands of the Nicoya Peninsula, the crescent
beaches of Jaco, Herradura, and Punta Leona, and
the majestic rainforest covered mountains.
48. One mile from the hotel, guests can enjoy
Caletas beach, an hourly transfer will take
you back and forth starting at 9:00 a.m. to
3:00 pm, or even better if you have your own
4x4, you can go at any time to this wild and
very private pebble beach, equipped with sun
beds, showers, restrooms and refreshing
drinks out of El Pelicano snack bar to relax
under the sun or the cool shade.
50. Two restaurants, one overlooking the ocean
Full service spa
52. Link to excursions from Villa Caletas
54. 4.5 Star Resort
From pools to their "Renova Spa", this new hotel has
everything you need for maximum comfort during
your stay. The quality of the cuisine offered at the
different restaurants of the hotel is exceptional
thanks to their chefs, who prepare a variety of dishes,
from classic to the most exotic. Being on a privileged
environment, the hotel offers a variety of activities on
the beautiful beaches such as diving or fishing in the
Pacific waters, ecotourism in the volcanic areas, and
during the day several programs of entertainment for
all ages, whether in family or friends.
56. Four swimming pools
Windsurfing, pedaloes, snorkeling equipment,
One introductory scuba diving lesson in the
Daytime and evening entertainment and
58. 24 hour room service
Arenal - Main restaurant with a terrace. Buffet style,
serving international and local cuisine. Open for
breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Kystal - Fusion restaurant, offering a la carte dining for
Tokio - Japanese a la carte restaurant open for dinner
L'’Anfora - Italian a la carte restaurant open for dinner.
Papagayo - Poolside a la carte grill and steakhouse open
Capuchino - Patisserie and ice cream parlor
Daiquiri - Lobby bar
Tico Tico - Lounge bar with terrace
Flora - Plaza bar
Coconut - Pool bar with swim-up bar
Lounge - 24-hour all-inclusive service
60. Suite Jacuzzi Ocean View
◦ Features an integrated lounge with sofa, a whirlpool
on the balcony or terrace with ocean views, satellite
TV, minibar, liquor dispenser, coffee maker,
electronic in-room laptop-size safe, bathroom
amenities, use of bathrobes, hair dryer, telephone,
and turn-down service.
◦ King bed
◦ 7 Nights $5,343