Explore a Costa Rican cloud forest, surf the best Pacific waves and sleep near the Arenal volcano. This eight-day adventure spans western Costa Rica from the capital, San José, to Tamarindo. It’s perfect for wildlife watchers and adrenaline seekers – you’ll spot sloths, hummingbirds and frogs, and go ziplining or white-water rafting through the jungle. There’s also coffee tasting on a volcanic farm, a cooking lesson, and many cocktails to enjoy as you wind down each day. The beauty of this trip is its flexibility – you choose your adventure.
In the midst of bustling downtown San José, Hotel Presidente stands out – it’s covered in a vibrant multi-colored mural, and the interior mixes local history with modern touches. Breakfast is served buffet-style, while dinner (and drinks) are on the roof.
The mighty Arenal volcano is your neighbor at Los Lagos, a sophisticated resort within a tropical forest expanse. Amenities are plentiful. There are several pools, five fed by natural hot springs; a Costa Rican restaurant; and a pool bar with volcano views.
Hotel Fondavela is a mountainside retreat near the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve stretching on for acres. The wide wooden ceilings and expansive windows in the rooms bring the outdoors to you, while the heated pool and hot tub are perfect for soaking tired limbs.
Surf’s up at Cala Luna, a boutique resort overlooking the surf at Playa Langosta in Tamarindo Bay. Expect barefoot luxury with king-size bedrooms opening up to lush gardens, organic gourmet food and an on-site yoga shala and spa.