Prepared by Jane Doe

Costa Rica Highlights

"Observe turtles nesting in scenic Tortuguero (seasonal), relax in the hot springs at Arenal, enjoy a tour of the Monteverde Cloudforest Reserve and relax on the Pacific beaches in Manuel Antonio."

Trip Information:
 
Trip Start:
San José, Costa Rica
Arrival:
Apr 1, 2011
Duration:
10 days (9 nights)
Trip End:
San José, Costa Rica
Group Size:
2 people
Quote #:
101019Doe2-124677 (expired - contact us for updated quote)

Description:

A complete Costa Rican adventure of the best this diverse and fascinating country has to offer including a rainforest lodge experience in Tortuguero, the hot springs and wildlife of Arenal and the Monteverde Cloudforest Reserve with its profuse wildlife, skytram vistas and exhilarating zipline thrills. Next, change your pace in beautiful Manuel Antonio where you can rest along pristine beaches of the Pacific Coast for two nights, amid wildlife's best kept secrets. Note: Baggage restriction of 25lbs per person for domestic flights (excess items can be stored in San Jose).

Itinerary Summary

 

DayActivitiesHotel
Day 1: Fri, Apr 01 2011
San José
  • Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
  • Dinner (not included)
Grano de Oro
Superior (B)
1 DBL (2 Adults)


Day 2: Sat, Apr 02 2011
San José - Tortuguero
  • Transfer to Tortuguero (shared) with guided tour of National Park (with breakfast)(7.5 hrs)
  • Turtle Beach Lodge - Arrival & Welcome
  • Lunch (included)
  • Self-Guided - Turtle Beach Lodge: Explore Tortuguero Village
  • Turtle Beach Lodge: Buffet Dinner
Turtle Beach Lodge
Standard 2N/3D (B,L,D)
1 DBL (2 Adults)


Alt: Evergreen Lodge (standard)
Day 3: Sun, Apr 03 2011
Tortuguero
  • Turtle beach Lodge: Canal & Jungle Tour (shared tour)
  • Turtle Beach Lodge: Buffet Lunch
  • Self-Guided - Turtle Beach Lodge: At Leisure
  • Turtle Beach Lodge: Buffet Dinner
Turtle Beach Lodge
Standard 2N/3D (B,L,D)
1 DBL (2 Adults)


Alt: Evergreen Lodge (standard)
Day 4: Mon, Apr 04 2011
Tortuguero - Guápiles - Arenal
  • Shared Transfer to Guapiles
  • Lunch (included)
  • Transfer - Arenal - Vehicle/Driver
  • Dinner (not included)
Royal Corin Hotel & Spa
Standard (B)
1 DBL (2 Adults)


Alt: Observatory Lodge (smithsonian)
Day 5: Tue, Apr 05 2011
Arenal
  • At Leisure
  • Lunch (not included)
  • Private - Volcano Hike & Thermal Pools at the Springs Resort & Spa (with Dinner) (6 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
Royal Corin Hotel & Spa
Standard (B)
1 DBL (2 Adults)


Alt: Observatory Lodge (smithsonian)
Day 6: Wed, Apr 06 2011
Arenal - Monteverde
  • Transfer - Monteverde (3.5 hrs) - Vehicle/Boat/Guide
  • Lunch (not included)
  • Shared - 1/2 d Zip Canopy Tour
  • Dinner (not included)
Fonda Vela
Jr Suite (B)
1 DBL (2 Adults)


Alt: (None)
Day 7: Thu, Apr 07 2011
Monteverde
  • Private - 1/2 d Monteverde Cloudforest Reserve Tour - Vehicle/Guide
  • Lunch (not included)
  • Dinner (not included)
Fonda Vela
Jr Suite (B)
1 DBL (2 Adults)


Alt: (None)
Day 8: Fri, Apr 08 2011
Monteverde - Manuel Antonio
  • Transfer - Manuel Antonio - Vehicle/Driver
  • Lunch (not included)
  • Dinner (not included)
Hotel Si Como No
Deluxe (B)
1 DBL (2 Adults)


Alt: Byblos Resort & Casino (Premium Deluxe)
Day 9: Sat, Apr 09 2011
Manuel Antonio
  • Optional Activities
  • Lunch (not included)
  • Dinner (not included)
Hotel Si Como No
Deluxe (B)
1 DBL (2 Adults)


Alt: Byblos Resort & Casino (Premium Deluxe)
Day 10: Sun, Apr 10 2011
Manuel Antonio - San José
  • Transfer - San Jose - Vehicle/Driver
  • Kensington Cares - 2
Depart (Int`l Airport)
B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner, 1/2d = Half Day, Al = All Inclusive

Customizable Trip Options

All of our itineraries may be customized as you wish, add extra days, change a hotel, see different sights. Contact one of our expert consultants for your free, no-obligation vacation plan.

Locations

  • Costa Rica

    Costa Rica is the most visited nation in the Central American region, and is renowned for its rain forest reserves. While the country has only about 0.1% of the world's landmass, it contains 5% of the world's biodiversity. The most notable parks are; Corcovado National Park, Tortuguero National Park, and the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. The capitol of San Jose is well serviced with international flights. Most itineraries include time at one of the country's fine ocean beaches.

  • Arenal

    Arenal contains an active volcano, and also the only dwarf cloudforest in Costa Rica. The crater of the volcano is 1.5km (1mi.) wide and contains a hot-water lake that changes color from turquoise to green to gray. It is also a whitewater rafting center with routes on the Rio Toro and Rio Sarapiqui.

  • Manuel Antonio

    Well-kept and well-guarded,ManuelAntonioNational Parkfeatures 5 kinds of forest, some with characteristic rain forest vegetation. Orchids and ferns, jaguars, ocelots and the Baird tapir may be seen here. There are trails through the park and many lookouts. Horseback riding and white-water activities are also available.

  • Monteverde

    Straddling the Continental Divide at 1440 meters (4662 ft), the Santa Elena and Monteverde Cloud Forest area offers one of the most interesting place to visit in Costa Rica. In the rain forest are more than 100 species of mammals including 5 species of cats, over 400 species of birds including 30 kinds of hummingbirds, tens of thousands of insect species (over 5000 species of moths) and 2,500 species of plants (420 kinds of orchids). The area is acclaimed as one of the most outstanding wildlife refuges in the New World Tropics.

  • San José

    San José was founded in 1737 and is a pleasant mixture of traditional and modern Spanish architecture. Places of interest include the Teatro Nacional, the Legislative Assembly building, and the Parque Central, east of which is the Cathedral. The National Museum and the Museum of Gold are also worth a visit.

  • Tortuguero

    Tortuguero National Park protects the Atlantic green turtle egg-laying grounds; it is in an area of great ecological diversity. Its network of canals and lagoons serves as waterways for transportation and exploration.

Day-by-Day Itinerary

    • San JoseSan José
    • Grano de Oro, San JoseGrano de Oro, San Jose

    Day 1: Fri, Apr 01 2011 - San José

    Enjoy a private airport transfer with vehicle, and professional driver. The transfer is approximately 30 mins (22km/14mi).

    Accommodation: Grano de Oro
    • TortugueroTortuguero
    • Turtle Beach LodgeTurtle Beach Lodge

    Day 2: Sat, Apr 02 2011 - San José - Tortuguero

    Prepare for a day of adventure this morning as you board a comfortable, shared touring bus at your hotel in San Jose.  Marvel at the spectacular scenery as you make your way through the city to Braulio Carrillo National Park. En route you’ll pass through the agricultural region of the Limon Lowlands, where crops of pineapples, paddies of rice, and various forms of cattle flourish.  An opportunity to enjoy a delicious, typical Costa Rican breakfast presents itself along the way. Once you’ve arrived at the port, you will be transferred by boat to the lodge. Here is your chance to experience the beautiful Tortuguero River and Tortuguero National Park canals.  The total transfer time including stops along the way is approximately 7.5 hours across a distance of 267 kilometers. All included transfers and activities in Tortuguero are offered on a shared basis with other guests of the lodge.

    You will be warmly welcomed to the Turtle Beach Lodge with a refreshing, fresh fruit cocktail, as well as a deliciously prepared lunch featuring locally grown fruits and vegetables. Relax and settle into your room at Turtle Beach Lodge.

    This is your chance to explore the fantastic Tortuguero Village on your own. Take your time to appreciate the most popular sightseeing attractions of the area. Visit the National Park office to purchase entrance tickets.

    Prepare your taste buds for a stimulating culinary adventure as you enjoy some of the many mouth-watering treats during this buffet style dinner at the Turtle Tavern and Restaurant.

    Accommodation: Turtle Beach Lodge
    • Squirrel Monkey FunSquirrel Monkey Fun
    • Relaxing on the BeachRelaxing on the Beach
    • Fine DiningFine Dining

    Day 3: Sun, Apr 03 2011 - Tortuguero

    Rise and shine bright and early this morning, where you have a chance to enjoy a famous Costa Rican coffee, or tea at the restaurant before heading out in search of adventure. You’ll join an early morning, guided Canal Tour with fellow vacationers to experience the awakening of the jungle which surrounds the nearby canals. These early morning hours are the most exciting times of the day in the jungle as the wildlife is most active.  After some touring you’ll head back to the hotel to replenish your energy with a healthy, typical “Tico” style breakfast in the Turtle Restaurant. After breakfast, you’ll suit up with a pair of complimentary boots provided by the lodge for some further exploration of the mysterious Tortuguero Jungle with your guide. Your guide will explain what they’ve learnt about this beautiful jungle flora and fauna.  Their experience in the field has provided them with plenty of knowledge about the many species of wildlife that call this jungle home. This full day of excitement begins at 5:30 a.m.

    Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch at the lodge.

    Enjoy some leisurely time partaking in the many optional activities in and around the resort.  This is your opportunity to explore the beautiful surrounding area on your own.  Why not schedule an exciting adventure into the wild with an expertly trained guide for an interesting and informative tour?  This lush area provides the bases for a variety of tours suitable for all ages to enjoy, such as canopy hikes, garden strolls, kayaking, white water rafting or Cerro Tortuguero Mountain treks.  Then again, since you’re on vacation, why not enjoy a very low-key afternoon.  Test your patience as you listen to the harmonious sounds of the waves during a relaxing fishing trip as your try to catch the preverbal “big one” or just absolutely unwind whilst sprawled out on a hammock or with your toes in the warm sandy water!  Another great way to maximize relaxation and stimulate the mind is by sampling some of the delicious food, and refreshing cocktails at the resort and the surrounding area.  Please note that some of these activities incur an additional cost which you’ll have to take care on your own.

    Prepare your taste buds for a stimulating culinary adventure as you enjoy some of the many mouth-watering treats during this buffet style dinner at the Turtle Tavern and Restaurant.

    Accommodation: Turtle Beach Lodge
    • The Arenal VolcanoThe Arenal Volcano
    • Royal Corin Hotel & SpaRoyal Corin Hotel & Spa

    Day 4: Mon, Apr 04 2011 - Tortuguero - Guápiles - Arenal

    Prepare your mind, body and soul for an adventurous morning with a replenishing breakfast featuring authentic “Tico” breakfast options including eggs, corn tortillas, rice, beans, and Salsa Lizano. After breakfast, double-check that you’ve packed all your belongings, keeping aside any borrowed hotel items, and head to the reception area to complete the check-out process.  You’ll then embark on a boat transfer; travelling along the picturesque canals before disembarking the boat and boarding a shared coach for the final transfer to Guapiles.  En-route a typical Costa Rican lunch will be provided.

    Private transfer to Arenal.

    Accommodation: Royal Corin Hotel & Spa
    • Hot Springs at The Springs Resort & SpaHot Springs at The Springs Resort & Spa

    Day 5: Tue, Apr 05 2011 - Arenal

    Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.

    You will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the rainforest close to the Arenal Volcano. Enjoy a leisurely hike for 1.5 hours through the rainforest while your private guide offers the history of the Arenal Volcano. This park is located at the base of the Arenal Volcano and is filled with wildlife including monkeys, toucans, coati and a large variety of bird species. Conclude the tour at the Springs Resort - soak in the hot mineral baths and enjoy! After a soothing soak in the hot springs, enjoy a lovely dinner at The Springs Resort, prepared in a colonial style rustic kitchen. Enjoy the local cuisine - a true authentic experience. Return to your hotel in the evening after a delicious dinner (included in the tour cost).

    Accommodation: Royal Corin Hotel & Spa
    • HummingbirdHummingbird
    • Fonda Vela HotelFonda Vela Hotel

    Day 6: Wed, Apr 06 2011 - Arenal - Monteverde

    Pick up from your hotel in Arenal and transfer to Lake Arenal (25 mins). Board a motor boat and cross the lake while observing scenic views of the Arenal Volcano (45 mins). Private vehicle transfer to your hotel in Monteverde (approx 2.75 hours). Time/Distance Approximately 3.5 hours (112km/70mi).

    You will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the tour starting point. You will see beautiful views of the area all from a bird’s eye view flying through the treetops of the Monteverde Cloud Forest . You will get your adrenaline pumping when between each one of the points on the cables that stretch jungle. Morning/Afternoon Departures, Duration 3 Hours (approximately) Return to the hotel after the tour.

    Accommodation: Fonda Vela
    • Cloudforest Reserve TourCloudforest Reserve Tour

    Day 7: Thu, Apr 07 2011 - Monteverde

    You will be picked up from your hotel and driven to the Monteverde Cloud forest. Explore the enchanted Monteverde Cloud forest with a set of expert eyes during this privately guided walk. Explore different trails in search of birds and mammals and discuss the amazing diversity of plants. Half day excursion (4 hrs).

    Accommodation: Fonda Vela
    • Manuel Antonio BeachManuel Antonio Beach
    • Si Como No HotelSi Como No Hotel

    Day 8: Fri, Apr 08 2011 - Monteverde - Manuel Antonio

    Pick up from your hotel in Monteverde and transfer to your hotel in Manuel Antonio. Time/Distance: Approximately 4.5 hours - 141 miles/225 kms

    Accommodation: Hotel Si Como No
    • Exploring the Rainforest CanopiesExploring the Rainforest Canopies

    Day 9: Sat, Apr 09 2011 - Manuel Antonio

    Here’s your chance to enjoy some leisure time in Manuel Antonio. Why not add some adventurous activities to your itinerary? Feel free to choose from white water rafting, zip canopy tour, Nauyaca Waterfalls by horseback, catamaran sunset sail, ATV rentals and much more! Please speak to your Sales Advisor if you would like to add in anything activity-wise to your itinerary on this day.

    Accommodation: Hotel Si Como No
    • Kensington CaresKensington Cares

    Day 10: Sun, Apr 10 2011 - Manuel Antonio - San José

    Private transfer from Manuel Antonio to San Jose. (car/driver) Time/Distance: Approximately 3.5 hours - Approximately 120 miles/192 kms

    Kensington Tours donates a portion of proceeds to our charitable initiative www.kensingtoncares.com which supports education-based initiatives in disadvantaged communities.

    Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport)

Travel Tips

  • Costa Rica

    VISA/PASSPORT
    For entry into Costa Rica, U.S. and Canadian citizens must present valid passports that will not expire for at least thirty days after arrival, and a roundtrip/outbound ticket. Airlines should not permit passengers to board flights to Costa Rica without a roundtrip ticket unless they have Costa Rican residency or visa. Passports should be in good condition; Costa Rican immigration will deny entry if the passport is damaged in any way. Costa Rican authorities generally permit U.S. citizens to stay up to ninety days. Canadian citizens do not need to obtain visas for tourism stays of up to ninety days. Persons traveling to Costa Rica from some countries in South America and Sub-Saharan Africa must provide evidence of a valid yellow fever vaccination prior to entry. The South American countries include Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela.

    Please note obtaining a visa is your responsibility. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Embassy of Costa Rica for the most up to date visa information. 

    HEALTH
    Health insurance is recommended. Medical facilities are good quality but not widespread. We recommend that you see a health-care provider who specializes in Travel Medicine. The doctor or health-care provider will determine what vaccinations and medication you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities. For more information on travel requirements, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/costa-rica.aspx

    COUNTRY INFO
    Capital: San José.
    Government: Republic. Gained independence from Spain in 1821.
    Language: Spanish is the official language. English is widely spoken. Some French, German and Italian is also spoken.
    Religion: Almost entirely Christian, with Roman Catholic majority.
    Time: GMT - 6.
    Electricity: 110 volts AC, 60Hz. Two-pin plugs are standard.
    Telephone: Country code +506. There are no area codes.
    Mobile Telephone: Roaming agreements exist with some countries. Handsets can be hired, although this can be difficult and time-consuming. Costa Rica employs both GSM and TDMA systems.
    Internet: There are Internet cafes throughout the country, and most tourist hotels also provide facilities.
    More Info on Costa Rica

Accommodation

    • Grano de Oro, San JoseGrano de Oro, San Jose
    • Grano de Oro, San JoseGrano de Oro, San Jose
    • Grano de Oro, San JoseGrano de Oro, San Jose

    Grano de Oro - San José

    Grano de Oro is the hotel of choice for those who visit San Jose, with a reputation for hospitality and fine quality. The 40 rooms are magical and full of allure, each possessing a carefully chosen color scheme and theme. Pleasant features such as a fountain or balcony add to the appeal of each room. Grano de Oro's restaurant is recognized for its culinary success, surpassing the expectations of even the most critical guest. Set under a high ceiling, or in the romance of the outdoors, each dish is prepared with local and international influences. The subtle ambiance of the restaurant is what makes visitors return. Spend time lounging on the lawn beds of the rooftop garden terrace or choose to sink into relaxation in the jacuzzi.

    Room: Superior

    Superior rooms are slightly larger than the Standard rooms and also offer a pillow-top queen size bed with fine linens. The Superior suite also includes all the perfect amenities needed to make your stay comfortable. All rooms have tables at which to enjoy room service or plan your excursions of the city.

    Restaurant Amenities

    • Grano de Oro Restaurants

      Restaurante Grano de Oro merges Costa Rican tropical with European cuisine under the expertise of French-trained Chef Francis Canal. Once a simple cafe, this restaurant has evolved into one of San Jose's finest dining establishments, frequented by locals and tourists alike. Specialty cocktails, classically presented dishes and delicious desserts are served in the charming ambiance of an intimate dining room and elegant courtyard. Friendly, bilingual waiters serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. The restaurant, patio, and bar are non-smoking.

    Recreation Amenities

    • Grano de Oro Activities

      Guests delight in the tranquil ambiance of tropical plants and flowers found throughout the hotel. Additionally, a rooftop garden terrace with lawn beds and Jacuzzi provides blissful, secluded lounging. The Gallery gift shop displaying quality Costa Rican handicrafts is the perfect place to browse for that special souvenir of Costa Rica.

    • Turtle Beach LodgeTurtle Beach Lodge
    • Standard BedroomStandard Bedroom
    • Turtle Beach Lodge RoomTurtle Beach Lodge Room
    • Food at Turtle Beach LodgeFood at Turtle Beach Lodge

    Turtle Beach Lodge - Tortuguero

    Turtle Beach Lodge is a secluded resort spanning 175 acres. It encompasses miles of jungle trails, a meandering private canal and a half mile of isolated beach on the Caribbean Sea. Each of the airy cabins feature comfortable beds, ceiling fans, cool tiled floors, private baths with hot showers and wide, screened windows that let in gentle ocean breezes and melodic sounds from the jungle as you fall asleep. The experienced chef and staff combine local and international cuisine along with fresh juices, fruits and vegetables to create a mouth-watering buffet three times daily. There is always enough to choose from and even the pickiest eaters never go hungry.

    Room: Standard 2N/3D

    Each of the rooms feature comfortable beds, ceiling fans, cool tiled floors, private baths with hot showers and wide, screened windows that let in gentle ocean breezes and melodic sounds from the jungle as you fall asleep. Standard rooms are available with one double bed, two twins, or one double and one twin. Larger rooms are available for family groups. Includes meals, transportation, guide and regular tours.

    Restaurant Amenities

    • Turtle Beach Lodge Restaurant

      The lodge's chef and staff combine local and international cuisine along with fresh juices, fruits and vegetables to create a mouth-watering buffet three times daily. There is always enough to choose from and even the pickiest eaters never go hungry. Unwind from your jungle explorations in the thatched roof bar rancho with your favorite mixed drink, a local cervesa or a glass of wine. Eat dinner in the spacious open-air restaurant, or dine in romantic solitude with only the sound of the ocean's roar. Ask your guide or a gardener to open a coconut with his machete and let you drink the "pipa" water or sample the delicious meat.

    Recreation Amenities

    • Swimming Pools at Turtle Beach Lodge

      The uniquely designed pool complex at Turtle Beach Lodge features a shady thatched hammock hut overlooking a large turtle-shaped pool, both conveniently situated near the restaurant and bar. The waters of the pool are kept sparkling with an environmentally friendly salt filter, which is equally healthy for skin and hair.

    • Grounds at Turtle Beach Lodge

      The grounds practically explode with a breathtaking array of colorful flowers and plants, herbs and a special medicinal garden with plants native to Costa Rica. Lush trees bear fruit such as lemons, papaya, mango, bananas, avocado, and of course coconuts.

    • Royal Corin Hotel & SpaRoyal Corin Hotel & Spa
    • Guest RoomGuest Room
    • Royal Corin Hotel & Spa LobbyRoyal Corin Hotel & Spa Lobby
    • Hotel Royal Corin Resort & SpaHotel Royal Corin Resort & Spa
    • Swimming PoolSwimming Pool

    Royal Corin Hotel & Spa - Arenal

    Located in Arenal, Costa Rica, with a glowing and clear view of the Arenal Volcano, the Royal Corin Resort & Loto Spa sits surrounded by pools and bathed in relaxation. The Royal Corin Resort & Loto Spa has 54 rooms with an elegant design, quiet atmosphere in harmony with natural wealth of the area of the majestic Arenal volcano. Each room has a fantastic view of the volcano mainly because of the excellent architectural design. Royal Corin Resort & Loto Spa is the best answer if you are looking for a comfortable and luxurious destination in one of the most beautiful areas in Costa Rica.

    Room: Standard

    Every guest room has phones even in the bathrooms, plus mini bar, drinkable hot water system, LCD TV, tempered panoramic glasses, high quality wooden furniture, tempered glass doors and ceramic vitro in bathroom. Guest Rooms are also conditioned with bathroom tub, integrated TV/DVD, bubbles system, different color lights and jacuzzi for two. Royal Corin offers Internet service and electronic latchkeys with security key.

    Restaurant Amenities

    • Emperador Restaurant

      A delicious variety of meals and drinks are available at the Restaurante Emperador. The service is professional and guarantees an excellent dining experience. The restaurant opens at 6:30 a.m. with a great breakfast buffet served until 10 a.m. The lunch service runs from 12 noon until 4 p.m. Dinner service begins at 6 p.m. and runs until 10 p.m. Lunch and dinner are both "a la carte".

    • Basalto Bar

      If you prefer to enjoy a drink while you are at the pool, the Basalto Bar opens from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Service is provided right in the pool and surroundings, always with the highest quality. If you also want to have a snack or a slight sandwich, you will find a special dining area to enjoy your meal close to the pool.

    • The Lava Bar

      Good music and excellent service are great complements for the one and only Lava Bar with a panoramic view of the entire area. The wonderful Lava Bar is located on the 5th floor of the hotel. Enjoy drinks with the wonderful company of your family and friends in this unique bar. Lava Bar offers several delicious options; from Asian dishes to Italian, which conquer even the most demanding palate.

    Recreation Amenities

    • The Lotto Spa

      Discover the wonderful experience of a professional massage as you have always deserved. After your treatment, relax in the sauna, Jacuzzi or the pleasant thermal waters. If you prefer, you can stay in the massages rooms and enjoy a drink in the private Jacuzzi.

    • Hot Springs

      Royal Corin has a great area of thermal waters inside the facilities. The special location transforms it into a very private area for your peace and comfort. In front of each room, you will find three pools of hot springs, each set at a different temperature. The river of thermal water also contains four Jacuzzis and a small river of hot springs. Warm waterfalls by the river allow you to admire such an impressive view. A natural sauna of thermal waters is under the waterfalls where you will enjoy a unique experience.

    • Fonda Vela HotelFonda Vela Hotel
    • Guest RoomGuest Room
    • Dining at Hotel Fondavela, MonteverdeDining at Hotel Fondavela, Monteverde

    Fonda Vela - Monteverde

    The Hotel Fonda Vela is located in beautiful Monteverde, famous for its rare and gorgeous cloud forest and friendly community. Each room is designed with the environment in mind. For example, large windows help to bring the outdoors inside.  Hotel Fonda Vela has two restaurants. The elegant and spacious Galleria seats 100, and has walls of large windows with beautiful, tropical views. Sometimes, cute, wild animals come to the windows to watch the diners!  In 2010, a swimming Pool, two jacuzzis, bar and pool table was added to the facilities. The climate of Monteverde is refreshing, often referred to as "eternal spring".  Surrounded by beautiful tropical gardens, the building is an attractive part of the lush, tropical mountainside.

    Room: Jr Suite

    For guests that would prefer a more spacious option, the Junior Suite is the best choice. Junior Suites feature a private bath, mini-bar, telephone, coffee maker and cable TV. Junior Suites have a king and a queen sized bed.

    Restaurant Amenities

    • Fonda Vela Restaurants

      The elegant and spacious Galleria seats 100, and has walls of large windows with beautiful, tropical views. Sometimes, cute, wild animals come to the windows to watch the diners! The cozy Fireside Room seats 40 and is accentuated by the crackle and dancing flames of a wood-burning fireplace. Terrace seating on the balcony offer views of the Gulf of Nicoya. The sunsets are truly beautiful. The Canopy Bar is a full service bar offering exotic beverages. The bar's TV, of course, brings you the current sports events.

    Recreation Amenities

    • Fonda Vela Amenities

      The pool is perfect for a good exercise before dinner, also you can enjoy a drink at the bar overlooking the sunset. In 2010, the indoor swimming Pool and two jacuzzis, bar and pool table were added.

    • Si Como No HotelSi Como No Hotel
    • Dining at Si Como NoDining at Si Como No
    • Hotel Si Como No Guest RoomHotel Si Como No Guest Room

    Hotel Si Como No - Manuel Antonio

    Located along Costa Rica’s Central Pacific coast, Si Como No is a uniquely special Manuel Antonio Resort Spa and Wildlife Refuge that sits atop one of the most idyllic hillsides in Manuel Antonio. The resort’s lush jungle terraces and brilliantly vivid gardens overlook the sparkling ocean just above world-renowned Manuel Antonio National Park.  Borrowing its name from the local expression, “si como no”, this stunning Greentique Hotel resort is the perfect combination of Pura Vida attitude and barefoot luxury. Of all the resorts in Manuel Antonio, you won’t find a more luxurious, laid-back environment than that of the award-winning Si Como No hotel. The hotel strikes the perfect balance of design and comfort, connecting you with the surrounding tropical forest of Manuel Antonio and the essence of the spirit of Costa Rica. Its 58 rooms are literally contoured into the jungle hillside across the property’s ten acres. What immediately strikes you about the rooms is just how much you become a part of this exotic environment and how comfortable being this close to nature can be! Each spacious room has a well-appointed bathroom, fully stocked mini-bar, most have a private balcony, direct dial telephones and energy efficient lights and air conditioning.

    What stands out the most is the hotel’s ability to immerse you in a Costa Rica experience born of the surrounding habitat. Ideal for families or couples seeking comfortable, well-appointed accommodations, it features a full array of spa & other resort amenities, superb dinning, custom designed nature-based tours and adventure activities – each designed to deliver both value & the authenticity of an exceptional Costa Rican experience.

    Room: Deluxe

    Deluxe Rooms feature panoramic ocean and jungle views from windows and balconies, high beam ceiling, bath with shower, wet-bar, stocked mini-bar, king size beds, sitting room or extra bed, A/C, ceiling fans, telephone and security box.

    Restaurant Amenities

    • Hotel Si Como No Restaurants

      Si Como No features two dining concepts, each a unique Costa Rica experience that will fit your budget and your appetites. The unsurpassed jungle terrace location of the Claro Que Seafood Grill & Wine Bar offers an elegant dinning setting with fresh seafood and the very best wine and cocktail selections in the region. For more casual dining, try the Rico Tico Bar & Grill, famous for it’s Banana Flambé fire show, canopied dining area, and poolside service. Both restaurants offer a warm, engaging wait staff who’s service standards are unsurpassed in Pura Vida charm and personalized attention. The Claro Que Seafood Grill, now re-located next to Regalame Gift Shop on the main street level. It offers fresh Costa Rican seafood in a spectacular setting overlooking the tropical forest and Pacific coastline. Think upscale dining with a wine bar menu in a casual setting, incorporating fresh tropical ingredients from local recipes to create a unique culinary experience. After dinner, be sure to catch a complimentary movie in the private THX theater. The Rico Tico Bar & Grill offers casual dining surrounded by gardens and graced with breathtaking jungle and ocean vistas. The grill offers Tico cuisine, a children’ s menu, and many specialized fresh tropical cocktails.

    Recreation Amenities

    • Hotel Si Como No Activities

      Si Como No brings you one-of-a kind tours in the Manuel Antonio and Quepos area. As a Greentique Hotel Nature Resort, Si Como No offers several exclusive nature-based tours that connect you with the flora, fauna and culture of Costa Rica. There’s thrilling rural mountain excursions, amazing guided night walks in a private wildlife refuge and a combination canopy zip line, mountain horseback and waterfall swim.

    • Cala Spa

      At Cala Spa the staff is dedicated to providing a comfortable atmosphere for healing care, utilizing many natural ingredients from local gardens here in Costa Rica. The staff is experienced at massaging away sore muscles and reducing stress to enhance relaxation and rejuvenate positive energy bringing even more enjoyment to your holiday experience in “Harmony with Nature”! Specials of the Month Si Como No’s Cala Spa offers a unique beach & jungle experience with special added values on popular spa treatments.

Contact Information

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The Fine Print

  • What's Included:

    • Guaranteed departure - Accommodation, Activities, Transfers, Meals, Fees where indicated as per the itinerary - Local and international traveler assistance during your tour - Specialised and personalised services
  • What's not Included:

    • Tips - Laundry - Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages unless explicitly noted - Optional activities/extras – Visas (unless noted) - Vacation insurance
  • Trip Terms & Conditions

    • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
    • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
    • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
    • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
    • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
    • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.privateguided.com/terms-and-conditions
    • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.