Arenal Volcano, Rain Forest & Beach: Top Family Vacation in Costa Rica

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Arenal Volcano, Rain Forest & Beach: Top Family Vacation in Costa Rica
11-Days / 10-Nights

Costa Rica is an awesome Vacation Getaway for soft adventure travelers seeking a unique experience visiting tropical rain forests, a volcano in Arenal and beautiful beaches near Guanacaste.  This package getaway is ideal for  honeymooners, active couples, families and multi-generation travelers who want to jump in and see first hand what Costa Rica is known for.  This package offers moderate fun day excursions in Costa Rica.

Package Includes:
- Transfers from Liberia to Lomas Del Volcan,
- 3-night at Volcan Lomas
- Transfers from Arenal to Monteverde and spend 2-nights in the Cloud Forest.
- Transfers from Monteverde to Guanacaste
- 4-Nights at the RIU Guanacasta – All-inclusive resort hotel, meals & drinks.
- All Transfers and day excursions as listed in the day-to-day itinerary

Day to Day Itinerary:

Day 01 – SAN JOSE or LIBERIA COSTA RICA

After arriving into San Jose you will meet and greet your private transfer outside the international terminal for your ground transfer to your the Arenal Area for the next 3-nights.
OVERNIGHT: Lomas Del Vocan

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Lomas Volcan

All rooms are wood cabins with rustic style, that have fine finishes. Each of them have two terraces with unique views of both the Arenal Volcano and the rainforest. Includes daily breakfast
All our cabins are equipped with:
• 2 Queen beds
• 32″ LCD TV with cable, accessing 76 channels
• Refrigerator
• Bathroom with hot shower and bidet
• Telephone access for international calls
• “Coffee Maker”
• Free Safety Box
• Wi-Fi
• AC
The terraces of our cabins were comfortably designed so that you can enjoy a great book with the company of the primary rainforest. You can order room service

Day 02 – ARENAL  (B), (D)

This morning you will be picked up for a morning half day excursion to Arenal Hanging Bridges Tour –
AM Arenal Hanging Bridges Tour –
The Arenal Hanging Bridges tour takes place on a 600 acre reserve filled with lush vegetation and a variety of birds and animals which your experienced guide will help you spot. The trail itself is 1.9 miles (3.1 km) in length, crossing nine fixed bridges and 6 suspension bridges and is laid out at a maximum grade of 7 degrees so that anyone can walk it. Departure: 8:00am. 1:00pm
Includes: Transportation, naturalist guide and drinks.
What to bring: Comfortable clothing, hiking shoes, insect repellent, camera, binoculars, sunscreen (sunny days) or rain gear (rainy days).

PM Arenal Volcano Hiking Tour and Tabacon Hot Springs –
The Arenal Volcano tour starts with a drive to the western side of the volcano, which is the one that has been mostly affected by the initial activity since 1968. Once there, you will embark on a very informative hike on the Park trail´s. We can choose one of the trails depending on the client´s preference. We have Las Coladas trail which traverses the rainforest and crosses over a large lava flow from 1992 where we can observe all the impact of the past eruptions, or Los Tucanes trail which goes mostly thru the recovered forest of the past activity and where we can see more wildlife.

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Tabacon Hot Springs

It is possible to observe a great variety of plants, wildlife and magnificent lava rock formations. Once on the top of the lava flow you will have a beautiful view of the Arenal Lake. The hike ends up at a view point, where if the weather allows you will see the volcano very close and feel like it is possible to reach with your hands. You will be able to feel some rocks rolling down, some seismic activity and some smoke from the main crater. During the tour, our experienced guides will provide interesting and educational information regarding

Day 03 – Arenal (B)

7:30am – This morning you will be picked up at your hotel for a full day excursion to Cano Negro.
Overnight: Lomas Del Volcan

Caño Negro on Boat Tour –

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The Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge is considered one of the richest sites in the continent for the observation of birds. Beside an abundance of birds, Caño Negro is also refuge of many other animals like: sloths, three types of monkeys, caimans, lizards, bats, and anative flora of the wet land.

Our tour to this beautiful region, leaves from La Fortuna, driving for about an hour and a half until Los Chiles, which is a rustic town that meets to only five kilometers of the border of Nicaragua, it is here where we take the boat down to Río Frío for about three hours. From the beginning of the trip, our professional guide will explain each one of the plantations that we will see on the way, as well as the flora and fauna of the region.
Departure: 7: 30 a.m – 3: 30 p.m. approximately.
Includes:
Transport, bilingual naturalist guide, lunch, and cold drinks.
What to bring:
Fresh and comfortable clothes, tennis shoes or sandals, camera, hat, binoculars, sunscreen.
Recommended:
For adults and children of all the ages.

Day 04 – Arenal (B)
Today is a free day to explore the surrounding area of the Arenal area.
Overnight: Lomas Del Volcan

Day 05 – Arenal / Montverde (B)
This morning your driver will pick you up and transfer you to the Cloud Forests of Monteverde.

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Monteverde Cloud Forest

Overnight: Belmar Lodge (B)

Belmar Hotel
The Hotel Belmar is nestled in the mountains adjacent to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve. The hotel is owned by the Belmar family who is committed to providing guests with personalized service and excellent quality while protecting the surrounding forests and communities.In addition to comfortable rooms, the hotel offers a restaurant and bar, a pool table for entertainment, a private nature trail, and a relaxing Jacuzzi hot tub.

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Day 06 Monteverde (B)
This morning you will be picked up at your hotel for a morning half day excursion hike to the Monteverde Cloud Forest. After lunch you will be picked up at the hotel for your afternoon Canopy and Zip line tour.
Overnight: Belmar (B)

AM Monteverde Cloud Forest Tour –
The variable climate and altitude of the protected Monteverde Reserve have produced an extremely diverse group of flora and fauna in a small area. The cloud forest features
majestically tall trees festooned with orchids, bromeliads, ferns, vines, and mosses. Wildlife species seen in the area include the jaguar, Baird´s tapir, three-wattled bellbird, bare-necked umbrella bird, and resplendent quetzal. This half day tour includes transportation, a tour guide, and entrance fees.

PM Selvatura Canopy and Walkways Tour –
This canopy tour in the Monteverde Cloud Forest features a system of trails and zip lines offering the opportunity to observe nature in the treetops. You’ll soar from platform to platform high above the ground. In addition to the zip lines, the tour also includes a number of trails and suspension bridges through the lower levels of the forest allowing visitors to fully explore the world of the cloud forest. Transportation, entrance fees, and a guide for the canopy tour portion are included as well.

Day 07 – Monteverde / RIU Palace (B, L,D)

Transfer from the Arenal area to the beautiful beaches of the Guanacaste Rui Palace. The RUI is an all-inclusive resort located on the Guanacaste Area of Costa Rica.

4-NIGHTS IN 1 Standard ROOM,  ALL-INCLUSIVE
Includes All Meals, non-motorize sports and beverages

Day 08 – 11 RIU GUANACASTE

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RIU Guanacaste Palance

The recently built 5 star complex of the Hotel Riu Guanacaste (24h All Inclusive), is situated in Guanacaste, Costa Rica in a seafront location on Mata Palo Beach.
This fully equipped hotel offers guests the best service in addition to a fresh water swimming pool, Jacuzzi, gym, sauna and the “Renova Spa” centre with a range of different treatments and massages. Everything you could need to guarantee the maximum well-being during your stay.

From its prime location, the hotel offers a wide range of activities on its beautiful beaches such as diving or fishing in the Pacific Ocean and ecotourism in the volcanic regions. During the day, we also offer you several entertainment programs for all ages, whether you’re travelling with your family, as a couple or with friends. The hotel includes a gym, table tennis, volleyball, a tennis court, windsurfing, sailing, snorkelling, kayaking and other water activities. If your favourite sporting activity is Golf, the Four Seasons golf club boasts fantastic views over the ocean and a challenging course.

Day 11 – RIU / LIBERIA AIRPORT 
Pick up and transfer to the Liberia or San Jose Airport for your international flight.

Total Land Package Includes:
- 4 Nights accommodation in Arenal Area at the Lomas Del Volcan or similar —  -2 Nights accommodation in Monteverde at Belmar or similar
- 4 Nights accommodations at the RIU GUANACASTE Palace
- Day Excursions as described in the itinerary with bilingual English speaking guides
- Transfers and transportation with bilingual English speaking guides/ drivers
- All accommodation taxes
- Meals as indicated

Meet Our Costa Rica Travel Specialists:

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Costa Rica Waterfall La-paz Gardens

Andy James brings over 35 years of practical experience working directly with all of our travel suppliers, lodging vendors and travel providers in Central & South America.  Andy has spent much of his travel career working as a owner and operator of a retail and wholesale travel agency, visiting Costa RicaBelize, Colombia & Peru on a regular basis, negotiating preferred rates with travel suppliers to bring our customers customized tours at fantastic prices and itineraries to Central and South America.

From unique boutique hotel beaches to jungle adventures in Costa Rica or trekking in Peru & Chile, Andy seeks to balance luxury and relaxation with the right amount of exploration.  With a passion for travel and dedication to provide excellent service, Turner makes a wonderful partner to have while planning your next trip to Central and South America.

Call Toll Free:   1-800-626-3483 FREE
Visit our Website at:  www.costaricatravelpoints.com

 

 

 

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Costa Rica # 32 – Travel & Leisure Best 50 Destinations in 2016

 

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Why is Costa Rica one of the top destinations to visit in 2016, Recently Travel & Leisure published their top 50 destinations to travel to around the world in 2016. Costa Rica came up on their list as number #32.

Why is Costa Rica one of the top destinations to visit in 2016. It is an extraordinary country in Central America that lies majestically between the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, with incredibly landscape, towering volcanoes, beautiful beaches, remote jungle forests and peninsulas that make it unique to the other Central American Countries to see and experience.

Costa Rica is a small country that encompasses just 0.03% of the world’s land mass. With over 500,000 plant and animal species, Costa Rica is one of the planets most biologically dense countries. According to Costa Rica’s National Biodiversity Institute (INBio), the biodiversity in Costa Rica represents close to 4% of the total species on Earth.

The ecosystems within Costa Rica can be attributed to its location between two continents, as well as it numerous micro climates, which vary by elevation among the countries mountainous and volcanic landscapes. The Continental Divide runs through the country’s interior and weather patterns from both the Pacific and Caribbean sweep across the divide’s. The northern regions of the country tend to be arid and have dry tropical forest. In the South, lush tropical jungles are created from high precipitation levels. The green season starts in May – December and the dry season starts in December – Aprils. Weather along the Pacific coast tends to follow these patterns, however the Caribbean can receive rain through the year.

Since the 2012 opening of the new terminal at Liberia’s International Airport, many properties are now starting to see an influx of travelers into the Northern Pacific of Costa Rica seeking rainforest and beach adventures.

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Arenal Volcanco Costa Rica

In the Arenal area Tabacon Resort and Arenal Springs are two very popular small boutique hotel that offer guest stunning views of Arenal Volcano and a relaxing dip into the thermal hot springs from the volcano.  Many travelers will spend 3 or 4 nights exploring the Arenal area with day excursion adventures ranging from white water rafting, hiking in and around the volcano rainforest to Canopy Zip lining.  Then on the the beach, in the Papagayo area travelers can experience all-inclusive resort hotels such as the RIU Palace and adults only Secrets Papagayo or relax in a smaller moderate hotel,  EL MANGROOVE. Moving further south, travelers seeking to learn the art of surfing can spend time staying in Tamarindo at the Diria and Capitan Suizo.

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Diria Hotel Tamarindo Costa Rica

Costa Rica is more than a vacation destination; it is a soft adventure experience within the landscape, the people, the culture and the multiple species of animals, birds, insects and aquatic wildlife. The country is blessed with a vast array of biodiversity and environmental attractions – majestic volcanoes, misty cloud forests, stunning river valleys and hundreds of beaches along the Pacific and Caribbean coasts. a must see and do destination.

Meet Our Costa Rica Travel Specialists:

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Costa Rica Waterfall La-paz Gardens

Andy James brings over 35 years of practical experience working directly with all of our travel suppliers, lodging vendors and travel providers in Central & South America.  Andy has spent much of his travel career working as a owner and operator of a retail and wholesale travel agency, visiting Costa RicaBelize, Colombia & Peru on a regular basis, negotiating preferred rates with travel suppliers to bring our customers customized tours at fantastic prices and itineraries to Central and South America.

From unique boutique hotel beaches to jungle adventures in Costa Rica or trekking in Peru & Chile, Andy seeks to balance luxury and relaxation with the right amount of exploration.  With a passion for travel and dedication to provide excellent service, Turner makes a wonderful partner to have while planning your next trip to Central and South America.  Call 1-800-626-3483 FREE

 

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Costa Rica Vacation Packages – Family Vacations

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Costa Rica Vacation Packages – Family Vacations

Experience Costa Rica’s wild jungles of Arenal, the Cloud Forests of Monteverde and relax on the sandy beaches over the Holiday in Tamarindo. With local guides, explore and experience Costa Rica’s stunning variety of wildlife and soft adventure. White water rafting, hiking around Arenal, Zip lining or try your hand at surfing. This Package is for families or multi-generational families who want to escape during the holidays. We are holding space at these properties, Call or email us for a quote.
Day-to-Day Itinerary:

Dec 22 – U.S. / San Jose Costa Rica
After arriving into San Jose you will meet and greet your private transfer outside the International terminal for your ground transfer to the Hotel Presidente ( 10 minutes)

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Dec. 23 San Jose / Arenal 
Meet your private transfer outside the hotel and transfer to Arenal (3 hr)

Dec 23-26   3-nights Arenal Manoa & Hot Springs hotel, breakfast included.

Choice of Day Excursions Dec. 24 & 25:
Hiking Arenal Volcano trails in the morning & Arenal Sky Tram & Trek (canopy & aerial tram) or Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge – Full Day or Sarapiqui River Rafting -
class III – Full Day or Celeste River hiking tour – Full Day

DEC 26 Arenal / Monteverde
Transfer to Monteverde ( 3 hr transfer). P.M. Monteverde Cloud Forest walk. Overnight for 1-night Monteverde El Establo Hotel.

Dec. 27 – Monteverde / Tamarindo
Morning half day excursion to Selvatura Canopy & Walkways.
Afternoon – Transfer from Monteverde to Tamarindo, overnight at the Diari Hotel located on the beach.

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DEC 27-03 Jan 7 nights at the Diari Hotel including breakfast.

Choice of 2 Day Excursions Dec. 27-02Jan:
Manuel Antonio National Park – Half Day or Damas
Island Estuary kayaking- Half Day or Kayaking & Snorkeling at Punta Uva or Manzanillo – 3 hours or Kayaking & Snorkeling at Punta Uva or Manzanillo – 3 hour

JAN 03 Tamarindo / Liberia Airport 
Transfer to the Liberia Airport. Airport

13-Days / 12-Nights Holiday Package Includes:

• 1 night in San Jose
• Airport to hotel transfer in San Jose to your hotel
• Transfers to Arenal Manoma Lodge.
• 3 nights in Arenal Manoma Lodge
2 Day Excursion in Arenal
• Transfers to Monteverde – Establo Lodge
• Afternoon Monteverde Cloud Forest walk & Selvatura Canopy & Walkways
• Transfers from Arenal to Tamarindo
• 7 nights in Tamarindo Diari Hotel breakfast included
2 Day excursions in Tamarindo
• Hotel to airport transfer as listed
• Daily breakfast
• Hotel Taxes
• English speaking guides for all day excursions and transfers

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Alma Del Pacifico Beach Hotel Costa Rica

 

 

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The Alma Del Pacifico resort hotel is a small boutique luxury hotel located on the  Esterillos Este Beach, a few miles South of Jaco and a few miles North of Quepos.  The Alma Del Pacifico resort hotel is nested on the beach with attractive villas overlooking the tropical gardens.  Each Villas is spacious,attractive and bright with the decor of the Costa Rican flare.

Villas have high ceiling, tile floors kitchenette and coffee maker. Outdoor amenities include swimming pool, spa and resturant.  Local and popular seafood dished services in the restaurant and a continental breakfast in the morning. The hotel’s beach side setting is ideal for scuba diving, snorkelling and surfing. Local activities include rain-forest canopy tours, canyoning, hiking and white-water rafting.

Day Excursions Ideas:  

MANUEL ANTONIO NATIONAL PARKManuel Antonio National Park is deservedly the most popular park in Costa Rica, with beautiful white sand beaches surrounded by emerald waters and jungle. Your guide will explain the history and geography of the area as well as help you get the most of your visit, pointing out sloths, monkeys, iguanas, and a multitude of insects and birds during this very informative three hour walk. The half day tour includes transportation, a guide, and entrance fee to the park.

CARARA NATIONAL PARK - This 11,600 acre reserve is the northernmost tropical wet forest on the Pacific Coast. Surrounded by agricultural land, it forms an oasis for wildlife from a large surrounding area. This tour offers a two and a half hour hike with a naturalist guide through the richly bio-diverse reserve as well as a chance to see sweeping rice fields, African palm plantations, and local cattle ranching. The tour also includes entrance fees to the park. Though suitable for children, participants should be in good physical condition.

DAMAS ISLAND SEA KAYAKING - Paddle the smooth protected inland waterways and explore the unique ecosystem of an island mangrove. Abundant with wildlife, the Damas area also offers a swimming beach.  This tour normally departs in the morning and lasts about 5 hours, but actual departure and return times are dependent upon the tides. Participants should be in good physical condition. The tour includes transportation, a guide, and lunch.

MANUEL ANTONIO COASTAL PADDLE – This is a more challenging open ocean paddle along the rugged coastline from Quepos to the Manuel Antonio National Park. Paddle by islands that are nesting sites for unique coastal birdlife including boobies and frigate birds, visit the secluded Biesanz Bay and surf kayak at Espadilla beach.  This half day tour is suitable for children, but all participants should be in good physical condition. The tour includes transportation and a guide, and A ‘Tico’ style lunch is hosted at the end of the tour.

Tití Canopy Tour
Canopy Tour
The Tití Canopy Tour is a fantastic adventure for people of all ages. You’ll travel through the trees from platform to platform while enjoying the rainforest that surrounds you.  During the tour, you’ll ride through the canopy of the primary and secondary forest where you will see many different types of animals, birds and plants. The 3-hour tour has morning and afternoon departures, and includes transportation, guides, and gear.

Rafting SAVEGRE RAFTING – This full day adventure kicks off with a 4-wheel drive trip into the remote valley that is home to the Rio Savegre. Then you’ll begin a fantastic adventure down the river that is perfect for all experience levels.The Rio Savegre offers a wide variety of class II, III and IV rapids, as well as pristine waterfalls, swimming holes, and a remarkable variety of birds including egrets, toucans, osprey, parrots, kingfishers and cormorants. A “Tico” style lunch is hosted at the local small village.

NARANJO RIVER - This half day challenge is geared towards more experienced rafters. The beautiful river drops steeply from the mountains above Quepos through a breathtaking jungle gorge on a wild ride to sea level.

 

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Amenities:
-  wifi
-  TV
-  Room Service
-  concierge Service
-  Laundry Service
-  Gift Shop

General
Safety deposit box
Shops (on site)
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
Non-smoking throughout
Air conditioning

Languages spoken
Spanish
English

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Costa Rica TRAVELPOINTS Package Includes:

  • 1-Nights Lodging in San Jose at the El Presidente
  • RT Transfers to/from San Jose to Alma Del Pacifico Beach Hotel
  • 6-Nights In a 1-bedroom Villa (including room tax and service fees)
  • Day Excursion to Manuel Antonio
  • Day Excursions option:  Damas Island or White Water Rafting

Price:  Call us today for specific dates and price

Meet our Costa Rica Travel Specialists

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Turner James brings over 7 years of practical experience working directly with all of our travel suppliers, lodging vendors and travel providers in Central & South America.

Turner has spent his travel career working as a wholesale travel consultant, visiting Costa Rica, Belize, Colombia & Peru on a regular basis, negotiating preferred rates with travel suppliers to bring our customers customized tours at fantastic prices and itineraries to Central and South America.

From unique boutique hotel beaches to jungle adventures and trekking in Peru, he seeks to balance luxury and relaxation with the right amount of exploration.  With a passion for travel and dedication to provide excellent service, Turner makes a wonderful partner to have while planning your next trip to Central and South America.  Call 1-800-626-3483

 

 

 

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Costa Rica Family Boutique Resort Vacation Getaway

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Costa Rica with the Family or Without the Family
Traveling to Costa Rica with the family can be a fun filled vacation for everyone. Families traveling together can usually agree that a luxury resort hotel and a beautiful beach are a great combination for a mult-family vacation getaway. This multi-generation family destination offers the family a beautiful beach, in-creditable surfing and a unique setting along the Pacific Ocean.

Flora Blanca located on Nicoya Peninsula of the Pacific side of the country is a small luxury resort with 10 villas’, spa, swimming pool, ala cart dining in the restaurant and a top of the line surf shop located on the beach. Families with kids are only allowed only during the summer and fall months which make it ideal for everyone to enjoy a week filled with activities. Activities include kayaking, horseback riding, fishing, snorkeling, waterfall and zip line tours and surfing. Vilas can accommodate from 2-4 people. This is also a perfect honeymoon get-away for couples who want to enjoy the surroundings of a peaceful and beautiful setting.

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A luxury Costa Rica resort on the shores of the Pacific coast, Florblanca is an award-winning destination for every adventurous traveler. Located on the pristine beaches of the Nicoya Peninsula, in an unspoiled tropical jungle overlooking the world famous surf of Playa Santa Teresa, Florblanca offers a vacation experience like no other.

At Florblanca, you will always enjoy fresh, healthy, and locally grown food prepared by our chefs at Nectar. Stimulate your senses with surfing, hiking, horseback riding, or zip line excursions, just to name a few of the many adventurous activities we make available to you. Connect more deeply with the world around you with professionally guided sessions of Yoga or Pilates. And when you are ready to thoroughly indulge, try any of our relaxing and rejuvenating body treatments at the stunning Spa Bambu.

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Retreat to your own private beachfront villa, enjoy our luxurious amenities, and marvel at the natural beauty, serenity, and energy of Florblanca.

Package to Flora Blanca 7-Day / 6-Night Includes:

  • Meet & Greet upon arrival into Costa rica.
  • Transfer to the El Presidente hotel for 1-night
  • 1st night San Jose at the Presidente Hotel including room tax.
  • Return transfers back to the San Jose airport
  • Rountrip Intra-country flight from San Jose to Tambor
  • RT Transfers to/from Tambor to Flora Blanca
  • 5-Nights Flora Blanca
  • 6th night free Flora Blanca
  • Valid: May 15 – Nov 30, 2016
    No children under the age of 6

Package rate: Call us for current pricing
(Does not include international airfare to Costa Rica from the U.S.)

 

Meet our Costa Rica Travel Specialists

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Turner James brings over 7 years of practical experience working directly with all of our travel suppliers, lodging vendors and travel providers in Central & South America.

Turner has spent his travel career working as a wholesale travel consultant, visiting Costa Rica, Belize, Colombia & Peru on a regular basis, negotiating preferred rates with travel suppliers to bring our customers customized tours at fantastic prices and itineraries to Central and South America.

From unique boutique hotel beaches to jungle adventures and trekking in Peru, he seeks to balance luxury and relaxation with the right amount of exploration.  With a passion for travel and dedication to provide excellent service, Turner makes a wonderful partner to have while planning your next trip to Central and South America.  Call 1-800-626-3483

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Zika Virus Warning

Zika Virus Warning Up-Date

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has expanded its Zika virus travel warning to an additional eight countries. As a reminder, while the mosquito-borne virus causes only mild illness in most people, there is mounting evidence linking it to a birth defect. Specifically, the CDC is recommending that pregnant women consider postponing travel to any area where Zika virus transmission is ongoing, and women who are trying to become pregnant talk to their doctors about the risk of infection before travelling.

The 24 countries now covered by the CDC warning are Barbados, Bolivia, Brazil, Cape Verde, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Samoa, St. Martin, Suriname, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Venezuela. The CDC cautions that “specific areas where Zika virus transmission is ongoing are often difficult to determine and are likely to change over time.”

Your clients will likely have questions about the disease and its ability to spread while traveling. You may want to direct them to http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/zika-travel-information for the most up-to-date recommendations.

Finally, the Associated Press reported today that several airlines may be offering refunds to certain travelers concerned about the Zika outbreak. TravelPOINTS recommends that where warranted, check with respective carriers directly to determine their most up-to-date policies regarding refunds and exchanges related to the virus as this issue evolves.

Questions call us at TravelPOINTS: 1-800-626-3483 FREE

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Costa Rica National Parks Get-Away Vacation

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Costa Rica National Parks an outdoor adventurer’s paradise.  This Family Friendly Vacation destination is ideal for the family  interested in seeing some of the most interesting National Parks in Costa RicaTortuguero National Park, Arenal and Manuel Antonio National Park.  There are rain-forests, cloud-forests and miles of unspoiled beaches to see and learn about.   In the Arenal area there is world-class whitewater rafting and canoeing, volcanoes and hot springs, exotic wildlife and colorful tropical birds.

This itinerary includes the river boat trip to Tortuguero where many species of birds, mammals and reptiles live.  Then a short flight and transfer to Arenal where you can hike around the Arenal Volcano, visiting hanging bridges or whitewater rafting. Then onto one of the senic beaches in Manuel Antonio areawhere monkey and sloth sightings are a given. The scenic views are gorgeous, making this a top getaway choice for families and couples.

Quepos where you can stay in moderate to luxury accommodations and visit one of the most popular National parks in Costa Rica.  Each day excursions are planned from early morning boat excursions along the canals and waterways to view the many different species of wildlife to the lush rainforest and beautiful beaches of Manuel Antonio.  This 8-day / 7-night package is designed for the family to experience some of the best features of Costa Rica and is independent so you can add or delete days and other destinations in Costa Rica such as Arenal, OsaTamarindo, Monteverde and the Southern Caribbean area.

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 01 – Arrive into San Jose Costa Rica -Meet & Greet transfer to Hotel
Overnight:  Presidente Hotel

Day 02 – San Jose to Tortuguero.
Morning pick up and transfer Shuttle to boat. Boat to Tortuguero.Overnight at Pachira Lodge.

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Pachira Lodge

Tortuguero National Park is one of the most visited National Parks in Costa Rica and hosts many species of reptiles/amphibians, birds and mammals along with thousands of different trees and plants. Tortuguero is a remote area in the North Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica, there are no roads to get there, and access is available only by boat (or plane). During your stay lodging, meals and daily guided tours are included that will take you to discover waterways, lakes and canals around Tortuguero. Tortuguero’s shoreline is also one of the world’s most important nesting sanctuaries for Sea Turtles. Lodging is at a moderate level but very comfortable. Jungle lodges are designed to enhance the natural environment.

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Day 04: Tortuguero / San Jose / Quepos
Morning flight from Tortuguero to San Jose.  Meet & Greet and transfer to Quepos. Overnight:
Overnight: Parador

Manuel Antonio - The lush rainforest and translucent shoreline have helped to make Manuel Antonio and nearby Quepos immensely popular destinations for sportsmen, outdoor enthusiasts, and animal lovers from the world over. Manuel Antonio is the most visited National Park in Costa Rica, and this area may have more to do than almost anywhere in Costa Rica.-  Parador  (Breakfast Plan) – 5 Star

Located in a tranquil corner of Manuel Antonio on Punta Quepos, you’ll find El Parador Boutique Resort and Spa.  Built in the Mediterranean style with
traditional Spanish architectural details, the resort features spacious rooms and suites and all the amenities you’d expect in a hotel of this caliber.

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Day 05 - Quepos – Manuel Antonio
Half day tour of Manuel Antonio National Park

MANUEL ANTONIO NATIONAL PARK IS ONE OF THE MOST popular and famous National Parks in Costa Rica due to its wide variety of flora and fauna. The park itself boasts 3 different trails with very different inclinations, going from flat to very steep. You will be accompanied by a naturalist guide who is knowledgeable about everything you will see. The trail you will take is flat and picturesque and loops through the park making your course approximately 2 miles long (3.2 Km approximately). Throughout the hike your guide will stop to share information about the different species that can be observed; you will be able to take photographs or just admire the view. One of the highlights of this tour is that the park is home to 3 of the 4 species of monkeys that reside in Costa Rica. Halfway through the hike you will make a leisure stop at the third beach, located within the national park. You will have approximately 20 minutes to rest on the beach or play with the waves if you so choose. Along your hike you will be able to observe sloths, birds, and reptiles, as well as to admire orchids, butterflies, and tropical trees. The guides that will accompany you on this trip are equipped with Pentax and Swarovski telescopes that you can use to observe wildlife and take pictures with a different perspective. Your transportation will be ready to take you back to your hotel after finishing the tour. The park does not receive visitors on Mondays.Overnight:  Parador Hotel

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Day 06 Quepos
Kayak Tour in Damas Island- Half Day
This morning you will experience the wonderful mangrove ecosystem. You will float along the calm currents under a verdant forest canopy. You will set out on the Paquita River, facing an island, and will float along with the soft currents under a verdant forest canopy. Make sure you keep your eyes open to spot the innumerable species of birds, snakes, anteaters, and White-faced capuchin monkeys. While you silently observe this rich habitat your guide will offer

explanations about the flora and fauna found in this unique region. This excursion will take you through the natural channels and provide you with an ideal opportunity to observe species of Herons, Kingfishers, Ospreys, Frigatebirds, and other migratory birds. As you journey through the brackish waters you can catch glimpses of the island while passing under tunnels made naturally by the growths of the trees. You journey across the waters will last for approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes; lunch can be arranged for before or after the trip. The kayaks are available in 1-passenger and 2-passenger format. No previous experience is required, but kids must be at least 8 years old to paddle alone.Children under 6 years old are not allowed.

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Day 07 Quepos
Free Day or optional White Water rafting trip.
Overnight:  Parador
COSTA RICA OFFERS SOME OF THE WORLD?S BEST WHITE water rafting. Wild and untamed, these big brash rivers plunge through spectacularly beautiful, largely and unexplored tropical wilderness. Enjoy of the local tropical rivers no matter if you are an expert, beginner, nature lover or thrill seeker, this expedition is for you. This full day adventure includes a journey into the very remote back country of the Savegre River for a 3 hour guided rafting trip with class II /III rapids. There are great swimming holes and a large variety of birds.

Day 08 Quepos to San Jose

Return to San Jose for your flight  back to the home.

 

 

Meet our Costa Rica Travel Specialists

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Turner James brings over 7 years of practical experience working directly with all of our travel suppliers, lodging vendors and travel providers in Central & South America.

Turner has spent his travel career working as a wholesale travel consultant, visiting Costa Rica, Belize, Colombia & Peru on a regular basis, negotiating preferred rates with travel suppliers to bring our customers customized tours at fantastic prices and itineraries to Central and South America.

From unique boutique hotel beaches to jungle adventures and trekking in Peru, he seeks to balance luxury and relaxation with the right amount of exploration.  With a passion for travel and dedication to provide excellent service, Turner makes a wonderful partner to have while planning your next trip to Central and South America.  Call 1-800-626-3483

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Rainforest and Beach Getaway Vacation to Costa Rica and Panama

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Costa Rica and Panama Jungle and Beach Getaway - 11-Days / 10-Nights

Costa Rica and Panama Beach Vacation Getaway is for honeymooners, active couples, families and multi-generation travelers who want a unique experience visiting tropical rain forests, a volcano in Arenal, beautiful beaches near Manual Antonio, tropical species of birds and mammals and the unspoiled coastline of beaches in Panama.   Costa Rica and Panama are known for diverse beaches on both sides of the ocean, the Caribbean & Pacific side offer expansive claim to world class surfing. Both countries offer a wide variety of moderate to luxury boutique accommodations, amazing soft-adventure activities.  And the beaches are lovely.

 

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Package Includes: -

  • Transfers from San Jose Airport to the El Presidente hotel
  • 1-night El Presidente
  • Transfers from El President to Arenal
  • 2-nights accommodtions at the Arenal Springs Hotel
  • Transfers from Arenal to Quepos
  • 2-nights at El Parador Manual Antonio
  • Transfers from Quepos to San Jose
  • Flight from San Jose to Panama
  • Meet & greet, transfers from Panama Airport to Playa Blanca
  • 3-nights Playa Blanca -  All-inclusive resort hotel, meals & drinks
  • Transfer to Gamboa Reserve
  • 2- Nights at the Gamboa Resort Hotel
  • Transfers from Gamboa to Panama International Airport.

Day to Day Itinerary:

Day 01    USA to San Jose  Meet and greet at the San Jose Airport, transfer to the El President Hotel.

Day 02 Transfer San Jose to Arenal
Arenal Volcano at 5,437 feet..  Daily fiery eruptions occur with lava flows that can be seen on a clear night.. Arenal provides a wide variety of outdoor activities.  Enjoy hiking, canopy tours, horseback riding, or a refreshing swim in the Hot Springs.

Day 03:  Arenal
Today there are many things to do, you can visit the Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge Boat Tour, Rio Celeste Volcano Tour, White water rafting, Hanging Bridges tour and more.

Day 4 Arenal
Today there are many things to do, it’s your choice or you can just relax.  Day 5 Arenal / Quepos – Manual Antonio Beaches  Morning transfer from Arenal to Quepos 3-nights.  The beaches located within Manual Antonio are uncrowned beautiful beaches. Along the Guanacaste region are some of the most popular beaches in Costa Rica.

Day 6 Quepos – Manual Antonio  
Free Day. There are many OPTIONAL activities available along with relaxing on the beach. -  Ranger guided walk through Manual Antonio Park -  Carara National Park excursion -  Kayaking with Snorkeling excursion -  Los Campesios Private Reserve excursion -  Deep sea fishing  Overnight: Si Como NO

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Day 7  Quepos / San Jose / Panama / Playa Blanca
Morning transfer to San Jose Airport.  Short flight from San Jose to Panama. Airport Meet & Greet, transfer to  Playa Blanca

Day 8 Playa Blanca
The Playa Blanca Resort is located on the Pacific Coast of Panama, after passing the America’s Bridge in the City of Panama, and after an hour and 30 minutes drive through the Panamerican Highway north.  Playa Blanca Hotel & Resort is a hotel where you will find everything you expect from a hotel, an all-inclusive resort hotel on expansive beach is perfect for families, friends. There are many numerous outdoor activities.

The All inclusive plan covers foods, national and international beverages, accommodation, entertainment, duties, unlimited activities in the hotel, non mechanized water sports, and much more!  There are four restaurants.

Day 09 Playa Blanca
Free Day.

Day 10 – Playa Blanca / Gamboa Reserve  Transfer Playa Blanca to Gamboa Reserve located along the Panama Canal, passing the Miraflores locks.  The Gamboa Rainforest Resort is located in Panama’s pristine rain forest in the Gatun Lake and the Panama Canal. You can explore miles and miles of the Soberania National Park, meeting wild exotic birds and monkeys on expertly guided tours and then return to the comforts of resort luxury. Gamboa Rainforest Resort brings you luxury in the jungle. The lodge was built in the year 2000 with spacious modern rooms according to the highest hotel standards.

Day 11 – Gamboa
Free Day to experience many of the activities available.  The Miraflores locks or other activities available.

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Day 12 – Gamboa – Panama City International Airport  
Early morning transfer to Panama City International airport for departure.

Meet our Costa Rica Travel Specialists

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Turner James brings over 7 years of practical experience working directly with all of our travel suppliers, lodging vendors and travel providers in Central & South America.

Turner has spent his travel career working as a wholesale travel consultant, visiting Costa Rica, Belize, Colombia & Peru on a regular basis, negotiating preferred rates with travel suppliers to bring our customers customized tours at fantastic prices and itineraries to Central and South America.

From unique boutique hotel beaches to jungle adventures and trekking in Peru, he seeks to balance luxury and relaxation with the right amount of exploration.  With a passion for travel and dedication to provide excellent service, Turner makes a wonderful partner to have while planning your next trip to Central and South America.  Call 1-800-626-3483

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Why Costa Rica is a top 25 Destination to Visit in 2016

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Why is Costa Rica one of the top 25 destinations to visit in 2016.  It is an extraordinary country in Central America that lies majestically between the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, with incredibly landscape, towering volcanoes, beautiful beaches, remote jungle forests and peninsulas that make it unique to the other Central American Countries to see and experience.

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The ecosystems within Costa Rica can be attributed to its location between two continents, as well as it numerous micro climates, which vary by elevation among the countries mountainous and volcanic landscapes.  The Continental Divide runs through the country’s interior and weather patterns from both the Pacific and Caribbean sweep across the divide’s.   The northern regions of the country tend to be arid and have dry tropical forest.  In the South, lush tropical jungles are created from high precipitation levels.  The green season starts in May – December and the dry season starts in December – Aprils.  Weather along the Pacific coast tends to follow these patterns, however the Caribbean can receive rain through the year.

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Costa Rica is more than a vacation destination; it is a soft adventure experience within the landscape, the people, the culture and the multiple species of animals, birds, insects and aquatic wildlife. The country is blessed with a vast array of biodiversity and environmental attractions – majestic volcanoes, misty cloud forests, stunning river valleys and hundreds of beaches along the Pacific and Caribbean coasts.  Costa Rica carries a fascinating ecological story, woven into the history of a peaceful and family-oriented culture.

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Costa Rica remains one the safest country in Central America and there are few travel requirements to enter the country.   There are hundreds of activities to see and do from day excursions into the rainforests, volcanoes, rivers and waterfalls to surfing, swimming, snorkeling, diving and fishing off the coastal waters of the Pacific or Caribbean.  Here you can observe the countries natural resources,  all protected by a consolidated National System of Protected Areas, including biological reserves, national parks, forest reserves, and wildlife refuges.

Travelers planning a vacation to Costa Rica should be aware of a few import tips to help you prepare for a great vacation.

  • It rains year round in Costa Rica, and visitors should be sure to bring a light rain jacket or poncho.
  • Costa Rica busy season – Christmas and New Years, as well as the week leading up to Easter Sunday.
  • Clean tap water can generally be found throughout the country and in most tourist destinations. Additionally, most visitors find that they are free to enjoy the local food without serious repercussions on their stomachs.
  • Costa Rica’s currency is the colon.  U.S. dollars are widely accepted, provided the bill is not too large ($50 and $100 bills are rarely accepted) and in good condition. Hotels and tours generally list their prices in dollars.
  • Road conditions throughout the country are unpredictable.  With the tropical climate and mountainous terrain, many roads are difficult to maintain, and many have never been paved.  Relatively short distances can take many hours due to poor road conditions or traffic, and some roads are simply inaccessible during the rainy season when rivers swell. Geography
  • Costa Rica is bordered by both the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea, with Panama to the south and Nicaragua to the north. The country’s total area is 51,100 sq km (19,730 sq mi), slightly smaller than the U.S. state of West Virginia. Costa Rica’s terrain varies between coastal plains and rugged mountains. Three mountain ranges run through the country and there are over 100 volcanic cones, several of which are major volcanoes. The highest point is Cerro Chirripo, which rises to 3,810 meters (12,500 ft) in the Chirripo National Park.
  • Costa Rican society is rooted in family, education, health. Ticos and Ticas (male and female Costa Ricans, respectively) have a sustained commitment to healthy personal relationships and stewardship of the natural environment. This emphasis on creating symbiotic relationships with the environment and tourism, particularly in the last 40 years has set a profound example, and it has allowed a fascinating model of development to take root.
  • Costa Rica has been a peaceful democracy without a military for more than 60 years. Costa Rica is often referred to as the Switzerland of Central America that offers free education through the 11th grade as well as health care for all citizens. Costa Rica enjoys a high standard of living with the highest regional literacy rate (96%) and an average life expectancy of 78 years. Costa Rica’s long-term vision and investment in the health of its people has also paid off with many foreign businesses drawn to its qualified work force, stability, and proximity to the United States.
  • In addition to generous social policies, Costa Rica has enacted progressive conservation efforts that have drastically reversed the deforestation that ravaged its land for decades. The country’s system of national parks and reserves protects approximately 25% of the country, a percentage that sits among the highest in the world.
  • Living up to environmental virtues and sustainable development remains a constant battle throughout the country, whether due to lucrative contract offers, corrupt politics, or illegal poaching and logging. Nevertheless, Costa Rica has largely resisted opportunities to exploit its vast natural resources for valued commodities, despite having a high density of precious metals in the South Pacific, oil along the Pacific Coast, and rare hardwoods in the rainforest. Instead, Costa Rica has opted for an ethic of sustainable development and a commitment to develop renewable energy. Already, Costa Rica is on track to become the first carbon-neutral country, with 99% of the country’s energy needs meet through a combination of geothermal, hydroelectric, and wind power.
  • Costa Rica is a small country that encompasses just 0.03% of the world’s land mass. With over 500,000 plant and animal species, Costa Rica is one of the planets most biologically dense countries. According to Costa Rica’s National Biodiversity Institute (INBio), the biodiversity in Costa Rica represents close to 4% of the total species on Earth.
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Nicaragua Soft Adventure Package for the Family

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Nicaragua Adventure with the Family

Nicaragua is a wonderful destination for families, active couples and honeymooners looking for a unique vacation that offers culture, soft adventure, beautiful panoramic views and the ambiance of Nicaragua. This trip is planned with the flexibility of adding fun activities for the more adventurist and flexible sightseeing for the traveler who wants to relax and enjoy the culture, history and sights Nicaragua has to offer. Read more about this trip….
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Brief Day to Day Itinerary
Day 01 – Fly to Managua Nicaragua
Our tour operator guide will Meet & Greet overnight Managua.
Day 02 – GRANADA – LAS ISLETAS – MOMBACHO VOLCANO – GRANADA
A.M drive to Lake Nicaragua for guided kayaking. P.M. Mombacho Volcano for a canopy tour (zip-lining tour) in the cloud forest. Lodging Hotel Real La Merced in balcony suite.
Day 03 – GRANADA – LAGUNA DE APOYO – MASAYA MARKET
Masaya Volcano National Park, P.M.Masaya Market
Day 04 – GRANADA – OMETEPE ISLAND
A.M. ferry to the dual-volcano island of Ometepe. Afternoon mountain bike or horseback riding
Day 05 – Ometepe Island
A.M. hike to San Ramon waterfall on Maderas Volcano and swimming in fresh water spring at El Ojo del Aqua. Lodging Ometepe Island
Day 06 – Ometepe Island to San Juan Del Sur
Ferry to the mainland. Private transfer to the fishing village of San Juan del Sur
Day 07 – 11 San Juan Del Sur
Free Days to enjoy the beach. Morning free to relax or take a leisure walk along the beach.
Day 12 – San Del Sur – HOME
Transfer to Managua then Flight Home.

 

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Detail Day to Day itinerary

Day 01 – USA to Managua
Meet and greet airport transfer to Managua for overnight accommodations.

Day 02 – GRANADA – LAS ISLETAS – MOMBACHO VOLCANO – GRANADA
Breakfast at hotel and transfer to Lake Nicaragua for guided kayaking
around the island archipelago of Las Isletas. Afternoon transfer to
the slopes of the dormant Mombacho Volcano for a canopy tour
(zip-lining tour) in the cloud forest.
Overnight: Granada

Day 03 – GRANADA – LAGUNA DE APOYO – MASAYA MARKET
Breakfast at hotel and transfer north to the Masaya Volcano National Park for hiking around the Santiago crater and up to the San Fernando cone. Then to the Masaya Market for shopping. Afterwards to the shores of the country’slargest of 14 crater lakes, for a swim and Lunch (lunch not included)
on the lake shore. Overnight: Granada

Day 04 – GRANADA – OMETEPE ISLAND, LAKE NICARAGUA
Breakfast at hotel and transfer to San Jorge for the ferry to the
dual-volcano island of Ometepe. Dock greeting and transfer around the
active cone of Concepción in route to Santo Domingo Beach. Afternoon
mountain bike or horseback riding.
Lodging on Ometepe Island

Day 05 -OMETEPE ISLAND – SAN RAMON ,MADERAS VOLCANO – EL OJO DEL AGUA
Breakfast and hike to San Ramon waterfall on Maderas Volcano and
swimming in fresh water spring at El Ojo del Aqua.
Lodging: Ometepe Island

Day 06 – OMETEPE ISLAND – PACIFIC COAST – San Juan Del Sur
Breakfast and transfer to the dock for ferry to the mainland. Dock
greeting in San Jorge and private transfer to the fishing village of
San Juan del Sur at its best hotel,

Day 07 – 11 PACIFIC OCEAN – San Juan Del Sur
Breakfast and lodging in ocean view rooms

DEC 12: MANAGUA

Private transfer to Managua Airport for departure back to USA.

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Contact Us at Belize, Costa Rica & Peru TravelPOINTS:  info@belizetravelpoints.com for a complete detailed itinerary on this package or call him at: 1-800-626-34831
Toll Free:  1- 800-626-3483

 

 

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