Begin in the secluded surroundings of the lush Central Valley at the beautiful coffee estate Finca Rosa Blanca, a lovely property that makes a perfect base for exploring the cloud forest and enjoying activities such as zip-lining and rafting. Stay 2 nights in a two-bedroom villa.
Then fly south to the tropical wildlife paradise of the Osa Peninsula. This relatively unexplored coastal stretch is considered one of the most bio-diverse areas in the world, and is home to remote beaches, fresh water lagoons and virgin rainforest. Getting here is half the fun, as you are taken from by motor boat through the mangroves to fabulous Casa Corcovado overlooking the wild Pacific Ocean. This secluded hideaway is great for nature enthusiasts. As the mist unfurls catch glimpses of scarlet macaws, iguanas, jaguars, tree sloths, pumas and monkeys in their natural habitats. Offshore the deep blue waters of the Pacific and Golfo Dulce host migrating humpback whales and sea turtles, which nest on Osa’s shores. Bird watching, nature trail walks, fishing, surfing, horse riding, sea kayaking and scuba diving are all popular activities.
Return to San Jose and head north to Arenal, a spectacular volcanic region with Arenal volcano itself the centrepiece. At night when the weather is clear you will be able to witness its fiery red eruptions. It is also a great base for all kinds of family adventure activities, from canopy walkways and zip-wiring to horse riding.
Finish in style with 4 nights at the wonderful Four Seasons Papagayo, a stylish luxury 5-star hotel that spills down towards golden sands on the Pacific Ocean. There are two unspoiled beaches, a great spa, championship golf nearby as well as the magic of the tropical dry forest to explore. The children’s club here is one of the best in Latin America, with a very wide range of activities planned to keep everyone happy and occupied.
Please see our Original Itinerary below. It is a suggested itinerary and can be tailored to suit your individual needs.
When to travel
Costa Rica’s Central Valley enjoys a spring-like climate year round. In the tropical coastal areas the temperature is very warm and humid. Much of Costa Rica is covered by rainforest so expect rain at any time, but the drier season on the Pacific coast is from December to April and the rainier ‘green’ season is from May to November with the heaviest rainfall being in September and October. Christmas, New Year and Easter are incredibly popular so it is best to book well in advance.
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Location and directions
Heredia, Corcovado NP, La Fortuna and Papagayo Bay
Your first destination is Finca Rosa Blanca, located in the province of Heredia, 1.6 km from the town of Santa Barbara, a suburb of San Jose, in the Central Highlands of Costa Rica. Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge is located on the Osa Peninsula in southwestern Costa Rica, near the Corcovado National Park, the last remaining Pacific lowland rainforest of sustainable size in Central America. Then onto Arenal Nayara, 10km (15-minutes) from the town of La Fortuna de San Carlos, close to Arenal Volcano National Park in northern Costa Rica.Your final destination the Four Seasons is positioned on Peninsula Papagayo, on Costa Rica’s northwest Pacific coast within the province of Guanacaste.
How to get there
15-hour international flight (via Miami) to San Jose Juan Santamaria International, followed by a 20-minute drive to Finca Rosa Blanca.