Ultimate Costa Rica

Central Valley, Arenal, Osa Peninsula & Manuel Antonio
12 days private tour from GBP £7,000 per person

This incredible trip showcases the very best of Costa Rica from verdant coffee plantations, volcanoes, wildlife rich jungles and adrenalin fuelled activities to effortlessly chic properties that make for a truly memorable stay.

Ultimate Costa Rica
Journey highlights
  • Spot howler monkeys, sloths and brilliantly coloured birds in the jungles of the Golfo Dulce

  • Visit a secluded hideaway in Costa Rica’s lush Central Valley

  • Stay in effortly chic lodges that make for a memorable trip

  • Traverse the canopy on hanging bridges to experience the rainforest on another level

  • Ultimate itinerary:A harmonious blend of authenticity and superlative luxury, our Ultimate Journeys are designed for the discerning traveller, providing unparalleled insider access and exclusive luxury private experiences
Our tailor made journeys include:
  • Your dedicated Travel Consultant who will take care of arrangements
  • Private international airport transfers in destination
  • Your own private, English-speaking local guides
  • Unique experiences, hand-picked by our Journeys team
  • Entrance to must-see local sites
  • Dedicated 24/7 team providing in-country support and guidance
  • Complimentary access to My Scott Dunn – industry-leading travel app providing pre-departure information and in-journey support

When to visit

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Year round destination, although November to April are the best months for sunshine. The ‘Green’ season, from May to October, is a good time to visit: it’s sunny in the mornings with rain in the afternoons. The quietest period is April to early June. The rain can be particularly strong in September and October.

Rafting is possible all year round, though the river might be slightly colder during the green season.


Price Guide: (per person based on double occupancy and excludes international flights)

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  • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
  • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
  • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
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January GBP £8,700 GBP £1,300 plan your trip
February GBP £8,700 GBP £1,300 plan your trip
March GBP £8,700 GBP £1,300 plan your trip
April GBP £8,700 GBP £1,300 plan your trip
May GBP £7,800 GBP £1,200 plan your trip
June GBP £7,800 GBP £1,200 plan your trip
July GBP £8,700 GBP £1,300 plan your trip
August GBP £8,700 GBP £1,300 plan your trip
September GBP £7,000 GBP £1,000 plan your trip
October GBP £7,000 GBP £1,000 plan your trip
November GBP £7,800 GBP £1,200 plan your trip
December GBP £8,700 GBP £1,300 plan your trip
  • January
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    GBP £8,700
    Deposit from*
    GBP £1,300
  • February
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    GBP £8,700
    Deposit from*
    GBP £1,300
  • March
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    GBP £8,700
    Deposit from*
    GBP £1,300
  • April
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    GBP £8,700
    Deposit from*
    GBP £1,300
  • May
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    GBP £7,800
    Deposit from*
    GBP £1,200
  • June
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    GBP £7,800
    Deposit from*
    GBP £1,200
  • July
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    GBP £8,700
    Deposit from*
    GBP £1,300
  • August
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    GBP £8,700
    Deposit from*
    GBP £1,300
  • September
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    GBP £7,000
    Deposit from*
    GBP £1,000
  • October
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    GBP £7,000
    Deposit from*
    GBP £1,000
  • November
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    GBP £7,800
    Deposit from*
    GBP £1,200
  • December
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    GBP £8,700
    Deposit from*
    GBP £1,300
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Itinerary

Fly to San Jose
Day 1-3

San Jose and Central Valley

Just a stones throw from San Jose, submerge in the dense rainforest of Central Valley, with national parks bursting with wildlife and plantation covered rolling hills. El Silencio Lodge & Spa is an exclusive eco-friendly hideaway set in a 500 acre private reserve surrounded by tropical cloud forest and waterfalls.

An abundance of excursion can be enjoyed; coffee tasting, horse riding, hiking, river rafting, bird watching, tours to nearby Juan Castro Blanco National Park, Medicine Forest Walk, night hiking, chocolate and coffee tours, rappelling, canopy zip-lining, and visits to the Arenal and Poas volcanoes. There is definitely something to capture your heart in this diverse ecosystem.

Accommodation: El Silencio Lodge & Spa ( 2 nights )
Day 3-6

Arenal

From the Central Valley head north to the iconic Arenal Volcano. Arenal is a great base for all kinds of adventure activities, from canopy walks, to horse riding, white-water rafting and trekking. We’ve included fascinating tour that will see you traverse a series of hanging bridges in the National Park, a great way to spot birdlife and other creatures who dwell in the rainforest canopy. This geo-thermal area is also famous for its natural hot springs – the perfect place to ease tired muscles after a day’s activity!

Accommodation: Amor Arenal ( 3 nights )
Day 6-9

Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica

After exploring Arenal, transfer back to San Jose where you’ll catch a short flight to Puerto Jimenez. From here continue on to the Golfo Dulce for a stay at the fabulous Playa Cativo Lodge. Playa Cativo is secluded, surrounded by jungle and offers spectacular views out to the water from the comfort of luxurious rooms. You have the freedom to explore the self-guided trails that surround this remote lodge at your own pace as well as complimentary use of the kayaks, stand up paddle boards and snorkelling gear so as to explore the bay and become acquainted with resident spotted dolphins! To help you maximise your time in this gorgeous corner of the world, we’ve included a snorkelling trip in the Golfo Dulce and also a dolphin and whale watching excursion.

Accommodation: Playa Cativo Lodge ( 3 nights )
Day 9-13

Manuel Antonio National Park

Your final stop is Manuel Antonio, a region that has been popular for many years now and with good reason. Your hotel is the best in the area, a beautiful hideaway away from the crowds, with its own private beach so the perfect spot to unwind as your adventure comes to a close.

 The adventure's certainly not over yet though: included in your stay is a guided tour through the National Park, where you’ll observe sloths hanging in the trees, share the beach with monkeys and iguanas and the can take a dip in the ocean, which is suitable even for young or less confident swimmers. We recommend using Manuel Antonio as a base to explore this stretch of Pacific coastline. Tours and activities offered include white water rafting, mangrove kayaking and boat tours, guided rainforest hikes, ocean kayaking, catch and release sport fishing, canopy tours and horseback riding excursions. Restaurants and bars are within easy reach.

Accommodation: Arenas del Mar ( 4 nights )
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We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you.
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Why Scott Dunn?

At Scott Dunn, we live and breathe travel. An insatiable appetite to discover the world runs through everything we do. We relish the planning and revel in the detail. We know it’s the smallest touches that make the biggest difference, and we stop at nothing to make every trip not only exceptional but totally unique.

  • Every itinerary is crafted from scratch, based around exactly what’s important to you
  • Packed full of unique experiences, hand-picked by our journeys team
  • Expert local guides enrich your experience in every destination
  • Your own dedicated Travel Specialist who will take care of every detail of your trip
  • We have a 24/7 team providing in-country support and guidance
  • We offer flexibility and financial protection to give you total peace of mind

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