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Costa Rica - A Surfer's Paradise

15 days

from $3,225pp (excluding flights)

Costa Rica is well known for its diversity.  It is also a popular surf destination with an abundance of surf spots on both the Pacific and Caribbean coasts for beginners and advanced surfers alike. This 15 day self-drive holiday takes you across Costa Rica visiting a selection of the interior highlights as well as two top surf destinations for those that wish to get their boardies on.  

  • Surf from Puerto Viejo on Costa Rica’s Caribbean Coast
  • Visit Arenal and experience the majestic volcano
  • Explore the rainforest and wildlife of Costa Rica
  • Surf at Santa Teresa

Begin your holiday to Costa Rica in San Jose at the delightful Finca Rosa Blanca. Visit La Paz Waterfall Gardens, a rehabilitation centre for endemic animals, as well as hiking trails and waterfalls to visit.  Experience Poás volcano which has the largest active caldera in the world and Doka Coffee Plantation for a fantastic introduction to one of the country’s’ greatest exports.

Collect your hire car and continue your holiday to the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica and the melting pot that is Puerto Viejo. A unique blend of indigenous Bribri, Latino and Afro-Caribbean cultures all meet in this laid back town. There are a number of popular surf breaks along this stretch of coast, some for pros only with plenty of boards to break, others perfect for beginners particularly between Puerto Viejo and El Barco.  However, if travelling with a non –surfer there are lots of great activities that can be enjoyed in this area too, including snorkelling at Cahuita and a rainforest hike.

From Puerto Viejo drive north-west to Arenal.  Spend three nights at Arenal Nayara to be pampered and see one of Costa Rica’s most famous landmarks.  There is an abundant of activities to do in the area. We have included a day exploring the hanging bridges in the rainforest and also a safari float along the Penas Blancas River to observe wildlife such as monkey, caiman and birds.

Continue from Arenal and drive to the Nicoya Peninsula and the small beachside village of Santa Teresa. This area has become popular with a smart surfing crowd and a couple of superb hotels to boot.   The beach at Florblanca, Santa Teresa boasts lovely golden sands and there are a variety of beach breaks, point breaks and high swells for the more experienced surfers, as well as breaks for beginners at Playa Hermosa.  Surfing instructors are available to book for lessons. 
Alternatively, activities at Florblanca include yoga classes, fishing, horse riding, zip line, mountain biking and the relaxing spa. 

Return to Finca Rosa Blanca for a final night before flying home. From May 2016 British Airways will be flying twice a week, non-stop between London Gatwick and San Jose.

 

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

Price Excluding Flights $Flight cost from 
$ 4353.75 $ 1039.5

Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to San Jose


Most visits to Costa Rica start and finish in San José, the country's capital. This bustling city lies in Costa Rica's Central Valley and has a year round, spring-like climate and a cosmopolitan feel. And while it may lack the impressive colonial architecture of other latin cities, it offers a handful of good museums, regular cultural events and excellent day trips into the surrounding countryside.

In the central highlands above San Jose, you will find the small towns of Alajuela and Heredia as well as numerous coffee plantations located on the fertile slopes of the Poas Volcano. The accommodation in this area offers a tranquil retreat that's just a short drive from San José's city centre.


You will be staying at Finca Rosa Blanca, Bed & Breakfast

Day 2

Poas, Doka and La Paz full day tour
Begin at Poas Volcano, which at 1.6 kilometres across is the largest active crater in the world. If the cloud cover and mist banks part, you will be treated to epic views from the look-out point of the bubbling green crater lake that is surrounded by smoking and steaming fumaroles.
After viewing the crater, you may wish to walk a short trail that will take you to a lookout point at nearby Botos Lagoon.

Continue from Poas to Doka Coffee Plantation, located on the fertile slopes of Poas Volcano.The bean-to-cup tour concludes with the opportunity to taste the various coffees produced by the estate.

Then head to the Caribbean Coast and La Paz Waterfall Gardens and the wildlfie rehabilitation centre. There are 3.5 kilometres of trails that wind through lush forest past five waterfalls, including a 120 foot drop. This is a terrific introduction to the flora and fauna of Costa Rica.

Lunch is included at the centre and after your tour, return to your hotel.


You will be staying at Finca Rosa Blanca, Bed & Breakfast

Day 3


Car Hire
Pick up place: San Jose
Drop off place: San Jose
Duration of hire: 11 days
Type of vehicle: Car

Drive from San Jose to Puerto Viejo (Road Journey)


Costa Rica's South Caribbean Coast offers abundant wildlife, pristine rain forest and plenty of activities for the adventurous. The two charming villages of Puerto Viejo and Cahuita start to live on reggae rhythms at sunset with an authentic Afro-Caribbean atmosphere. Visitors will find lots to do in the zone, beginning with sunbathing and swimming along the miles of white, sand and coral beaches. Other popular activities include kayaking, surfing, hiking, horseback riding and tours to the nearby Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge or Cahuita National Park.


You will be staying at Le Cameleon Hotel, Bed & Breakfast

Day 4

Choice of activities & excursions
Days to relax on the beach, surf, snorkel, kayak, dive, rent a bike and explore the surrounding area. Puerto Viejo is a cultural mix of Afro-Caribbean, Bribri, Indian, Tico and hippy, this small port town is an anthropological study in itself.


You will be staying at Le Cameleon Hotel, Bed & Breakfast

Day 5

You will be staying at Le Cameleon Hotel, Bed & Breakfast

Day 6

Drive from Puerto Viejo to Arenal (Road Journey)


Arenal is an area of stunning scenery, waterfalls, forest and lake but the undoubted star attraction is Arenal Volcano. This perfectly conical volcano is currently entering a quiet phase with little volcanic activity but this huge geological feature has a very imposing presence and offers wonderful walking trails through the tropical forest that cloaks its base. Its geothermal activity also warms the hot springs that sooth many an aching joint.

As a centre for adventure sports, Arenal offers white water rafting, zip lining, canopy walkways, horse riding, canyoning, mountain biking, windsurfing and challenging hikes, all which can be enjoyed in the middle of some outstanding scenery.


You will be staying at Arenal Nayara, Bed & Breakfast

Day 7

Penas Blancas Safari Float
Pick up 06:45 this morning for a shared Peñas Blancas Safari Float. Push out onto the quiet waters of Peñas Blancas River in an inflatable raft. You will experience a relaxing half day tour, led by our bilingual naturalist guide. An expert in Safari adventures, he will provide a safe environment and point out the beautiful flora and fauna of this region. Animals like sloths, monkeys, toucans, crocodiles, Jesus Christ Lizards and turtles might cross your way. You will also be immersed in the colourful world of tropical birds. Snacks & fruit will be provided.


You will be staying at Arenal Nayara, Bed & Breakfast

Day 8

Arenal Hanging Bridges trails
The guide will meet you at your hotel for a private morning tour of Arenal Hanging Bridges, located in a 250 hectare reserve of primary forest. Walk with a naturalist through 15 bridges from 5 to 100 metres long, along 3 km of rain forest circuit trails.


You will be staying at Arenal Nayara, Bed & Breakfast

Day 9

Drive from Arenal to Santa Teresa (Road Journey)


Santa Teresa, once a small fishing village on the Pacific Coast of the Nicoya Peninsula. It is a lively upmarket town for surf enthusiasts and those in the know. Out of the water there are plenty of boutiques, cafes and restaurants to frequent, but the beaches are what draws most visitors to the area.


You will be staying at Florblanca, Bed & Breakfast

Day 10

Surf Spots in Santa Teresa
Usually bigger and more hollow than Playa Carmen, Playa Santa Teresa presents a variety of beach breaks, point breaks and high swells for the more experienced surfers. The surf is better at low tide when waves tend to be faster. Playa Hermosa has a long sandy beach with easy going beach breaks, both lefts and rights, well suited for surf beginners. Further north at Manzanillo the reef is offshore at the north end of the beach. It is a very fickle wave which needs a lot of swell to work.


You will be staying at Florblanca, Bed & Breakfast

Day 11

Days at leisure
Time at leisure. Apart from taking in the pristine beaches and spectacular sunsets, the activities around the resort include world class surfing (lessons are available), the Montezuma waterfall canopy tour with its ziplines, waterfalls and natural beauty, horseback riding, visits to nature reserves, or just nestle down on your sun bed on the beach or by the pool with a good book.


You will be staying at Florblanca, Bed & Breakfast

Day 12

You will be staying at Florblanca, Bed & Breakfast

Day 13


Car Hire
Drop off place: San Jose
Type of vehicle: Car

Drive from Santa Teresa to San Jose (Road Journey)


You will be staying at Finca Rosa Blanca, Bed & Breakfast

Day 14

Fly San Jose to London overnight

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Arenal Nayara

Arenal Nayara

Arenal Nayara Hotel Spa & Gardens is located just outside the Arenal National Park, surrounded by tropical gardens and with beautiful views of the towering Arenal volcano....

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Le Cameleon Hotel

Le Cameleon Hotel

Hotel Le Cameleon is a very comfortable modern boutique hotel on Costa Rica's Caribbean coast at Puerto Viejo, near the Panamanian border....

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Finca Rosa Blanca

Finca Rosa Blanca

Finca Rosa Blanca is a graceful countryside mansion set on a hilltop in Costa Rica's Central Valley....

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Florblanca

Florblanca

Florblanca is a beautiful hotel situated on 7 acres of pristine beach....

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