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While Spain named it "Rich Coast" for the gold they found, tiny Costa Rica has become a tourist treasure, especially for the outdoor enthusiast, offering both beautiful resorts and adventure travel opportunities. Go whitewater rafting, trek through the rainforest, climb a volcano, snorkel, or fish. Then there are the Pacific and Caribbean beaches, separated by just 75 miles of the narrow peninsula.

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Independent Package Costa Rica: Volcanoes, Rainforests & Beaches
The capital San José, spectacular Arenal and its volcano, 3 relaxing days in Playa Hermosa; travel on your own with flights & hotel included. Optional pre-tour to Tortuguero.
from $2249 w/ Flights from $1749 Tour Only 7 days
per person, double occupancy*

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  1. Arenal Volcano National Park

    Arenal VolcanoExplore the rich biodiversity of Arenal Volcano National Park. Consisting of rainforests, a lake, hot springs, and two volcanoes, the park offers plenty to do and see! As a protected area, the land is well-maintained to ensure the conservation of its ecosystem. Get an up-close view of the park’s two volcanoes, Arenal and Chato. Arenal is the country’s most active volcano, with small eruptions occurring multiple times daily. On the other hand, Chato has been dormant for more than 3,000 years. The park has a gorgeous setting, with lush rainforests amid the serene Lake Arenal. 

  2. Coffee plantations

    Coffee beans, Photo by Amy SteinfeldIf you’re a coffee lover, a trip to one of Costa Rica’s coffee plantations is a must! Initially, growing coffee beans was seen as a way to boost the local economy, but the country has since become one of the best coffee producers in the world. All coffee is made from Arábica beans. Fertile soil, high altitude, and lots of rain enhance the beans’ flavor. It’s no wonder the Arábica bean is known as the “golden bean.” Take a tour and learn the history and production techniques used to curate this delicious coffee. There are coffee plantations throughout the country, but many are in the Central Valley. 

  3. Playa Panama

    Capuchin monkeysLocated in Guanacaste province, Playa Panama is one of the most attractive beaches in the area. The waters are crystal blue, surrounding pristine beaches perfect for relaxing after a day of exploring the dry tropical forests. These forests are home to over 300 species of bird, 100 reptiles and amphibians, and more than 140 species of mammals, including pumas, white-faced monkeys, peccary, tapirs, and so much more! Playa Panama offers travelers a tranquil atmosphere without the crowds of a downtown area and is perfect for solo travelers and groups.

  4. San José

    La Paz Waterfall GardensCosta Rica’s capital city is relatively small compared to other countries. This compact space has all the elements of a traditional capital city: museums, national parks, and a bustling business district. But contrary to its capital counterparts, breathtaking natural beauty awaits outside its perimeter. The La Paz Waterfall Gardens are the perfect stop before heading into or out of the city. Here, you will find magnificent waterfalls surrounded by fascinating flora and fauna. Once in the city, immerse yourself in the local lifestyle by listening to street performers, browsing the stalls of merchants selling artisan crafts, and learning about history and culture with a visit to a museum, like the Jade Museum. Relax like a local with Costa Rica’s national drink, Guaro.

  5. Outdoor adventures

    Whitewater raftingThanks to its warm weather, lush landscape, and incredible wildlife, there is no shortage of adventure in Costa Rica! From leisurely bird-watching or relaxing in a hot spring to adrenaline-inducing activities such as walking high in the sky on an aerial bridge or white water rafting through fierce rapids, any adventurer will fall in love with the outdoor lifestyle that awaits you. Check out our Costa Rica tour to get ideas for your trip!

  6. Hot springs

    Hot springs in ArenalWith so many exhilarating activities to do, pamper yourself and relax with one of the numerous hot springs found throughout the country. Costa Rica is home to five active volcanoes, so it’s no surprise that hot springs are one of the country’s most popular attractions. Formed by volcanic springs heated underground, the hot springs offer the ultimate pampering experience for travelers to unwind and renew in the mineral-rich waters. So sit back and enjoy a therapeutic soak after a long day of exploration.

Fast Facts

Already booked on one of our packages to Costa Rica? See everything you need to know before you go.


Capital: San José
Population:  4.857 million
Currency: Costa Rican colón (CRC), but U.S. dollars (USD) are accepted as legal currency throughout the country
Languages: Spanish
Drives on the: Right
Time zone: CST

Entry requirements Please see our Entry Requirements page.
Staying Healthy


Malaria is present in Costa Rica. Take precautions against getting mosquito bites. Speak with your doctor about taking a prescription medicine (before, during, and after your trip) to prevent malaria.

CDC Malaria guidance: Costa Rica


Costa Rica is a year-round destination. Temperatures in San Jose and the Central Highlands are mild and springlike. The mountains can be cool at night. Coastal areas tend to be hot and steamy, but hot and dry in the Pacific northwest.

December through May is Costa Rica's relatively dry period. June through October tends to be wetter, but as a result the vegetation looks even more verdant during this time.


Most restaurants include the 13% restaurant tax and the 10% service charge. Check the bottom of the menu or ask your server if the charge is included. Add a small tip on top of the 10% service charge if you feel the service was excellent.

Money & Credit Cards

U.S. credit/debit cards are widely accepted throughout Costa Rica and typically offer the best exchange rate.

Always notify your bank prior to departure to avoid any problems using your credit or debit card while traveling.


Shop for pottery, traditional miniature painted oxcarts, jewelry made of semiprecious stones, hand-painted feathers, wood carvings, leather goods, and other high quality handicrafts. Tasty local treats such as coffee, rum, coffee liqueur, macadamia nuts and hearts of palm, also make great souvenirs.

Electricity & Power Adapters

Voltage: 110-120 volts. Plugs A & B. You will probably need a voltage converter and plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances. We recommend getting a universal adapter and converter kit.

Learn more about electrical standards around the world.

Cell Phones & Internet

Want to take your cell phone, tablet or laptop, but not sure how to get cell service or wifi? Read up on using your cell phone abroad and the top 5 ways to get Internet abroad.

* Advertised prices may include an "Instant Savings" discount and/or sale discount, available for a limited time. Prices reflect these discounts. Advertised prices are per person, based on double occupancy; single occupancy rooms may be available for an additional charge. Advertised prices are the best available based on the least expensive travel dates, departure city, and other options, and do not include optional excursions or other optional items. Your total price will vary based upon the dates, flights, and other options you select during the booking process. For packages including flights, prices include Airline Taxes, Fees & Sept. 11th Security Fee, but do not include excess baggage fees or advance seat reservations. Prices and availability subject to change. More about our prices.

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