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About Costa Rica

 

Costa Rica is one of the most biodiverse countries in the world; it contains about 5% of the world’s species. The lush wild natural environment can be experienced all throughout the country and is easily accessible to the curious visitor. Costa Rica is a safe paradise. Unlike other countries, Costa Rica enjoys a very stable political climate and economic development, providing visitors with a tranquil setting for their stay. It is one of the few countries in the world with no army. The country and its people have a peaceful disposition, which makes for the perfect place to enjoy an unforgettable vacation. Costa Rica offers dreamlike landscapes, kind people willing to share their culture and a safe country to experience natural wonders.

 

Costa Rica provides the perfect combination of relaxation, adventure, culture, fine cuisine and wildlife. Visitors find in Costa Rica an adventure paradise set in the most beautiful natural and safe environment. It is also the home of four World Heritage sites certified by UNESCO.

 

Essential Costa Rica is about promoting organic ingredients, unspoiled nature and authentic experiences. It is one of the world’s most unique places. In support of these efforts, the Costa Rica Institute of Tourism (ICT) has developed a Sustainable Tourism Certification (CST) program for those companies that place an extra effort on offering, through their everyday activities, a conscious approach towards preserving the environment and the local community.

 

Important aspects of the Costa Rican climate

 

In geography, the region between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn is called the tropics. Costa Rica is located in this region, which gives its ecological surroundings – its forests, waters, soils and climate – certain tropical characteristics. Its flora and fauna are adapted to these conditions, meaning that they are tropical as well. 

This tropical climate is modified by various factors, including relief (mountains, plains and plateaus), its position on the Central American isthmus, the influence of the oceans (winds and sea breezes and the temperature of ocean currents) and the general atmospheric circulation. The interaction of all of these local geographic, atmospheric and oceanic factors are the main causes of the country’s regional climate.

 

The northwest-southeast orientation of the mountain range divides Costa Rica into two sides: the Pacific and the Caribbean. Each one of these has its own precipitation and temperature regimen with particular spatial and temporal distribution.

 

Pacific

The Pacific region is characterized by a well-defined dry and rainy season.The dry season lasts from December to March. April is a transition month. The driest and hottest month is March.The Pacific region begins in the northwest and ends in the southeast, meaning that the dividing line changes from north to south.

The rainy season goes from May to October, with November being a month of transition.There is a relative decrease in the amount of rain during the months of July and August, which are termed veranillo, or “little summer”.These months are marked by an intensification of the trade winds.The rainiest month are September and October, mainly due to the influence of the cyclone systems, the monsoon winds from the equatorial Pacific Ocean, and the sea breezes.

The rains mainly occur during the afternoon and early evening.

 

Caribbean

The climate regime of this side of the country does not have a well-defined dry season, since the rains remain steady between 100 and 200 mm in the driest months, which is a considerable amount. 

 

Two relatively dry periods exist in the coastal zones. The first dry period is between February and March and the second between September and October. The first dry period is in sync with the Pacific dry season, while the second period occurs during the rainiest months on the west coast.In addition, there are two rainy periods between the dry ones. The first one goes from November to January and is the strongest rainy period. The second one stretches from May to August and is characterized by a maximum in July that coincides with the “little summer” in the Pacific.The rainiest month is December, which is influenced by the effects of cold fronts coming from the Northern Hemisphere, which are present between November and May, though their greatest effect is felt between November and March. Rain falls mostly during the night and morning.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Day 1

USA - Arrive Sam Jose Costa Rica
Arrive in San Jose, meet your Professional Naturalist Tour Director and transfer to your hotel. On the 4th voyage of Christopher Columbus in 1502, the explorer and his crew discovered the Caribbean side of a beautiful territory he called, "Costa Rica" or "Rich Coast". Costa Rica is Central America's greatest hidden gem, a haven for eco-tourism featuring lush forests, magnificent waterfalls, rumbling volcanoes and diverse ecosystems.
Overnight: San Jose

Day 2

San Jose Volcano National Park
Today enjoy the scenery of the Central Valley, surrounded by soaring mountains, strawberry plantations and flower farms. Visit a Coffee Plantation to sample fresh Costa Rican coffee and learn about the history and cultivation of the coffee bean. Later travel past tropical landscapes for a visit of Poas Volcano National Park to view the dramatic mile wide crater from an overlook. Also stop at the Sarchi Artisan Village, known as the cradle of craftsmanship and an ideal place to shop for an oxcart, Costa Rica's best-known craft & souvenir. Overnight in the Arenal Volcano National Park area (La Fortuna) for the next two evenings. Tonight, join your traveling companions for a Welcome Dinner.
Overnight: La Fortuna

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Day 3

La Fortuna Day of Leisure
Today enjoy the amenities of your resort and spa hotel. The resort features a wonderful viewing angle of the Arenal Volcano and is surrounded by lush gardens, walking paths, excellent bird watching, swimming pools and hot springs. Enjoy dinner at the resort.
Overnight: La Fortuna

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Day 4

Arenal Volcano National Park
This morning visit the Arenal Volcano National Park, one of the 10 most active volcanoes in the world. Its constant emissions of gases and lava will amaze you. Later check into your hotel in the Monteverde Cloud Forest area for a two-night stay and enjoy dinner.
Overnight: Monteverde

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Day 5

Monteverde
Today experience the conservation project at Selvatura Park. Enjoy a unique opportunity to walk across Hanging Bridges & discover first-hand the natural beauty of the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, one of the largest and most enchanting wildlife sanctuaries in the Americas. Enjoy interesting visits to the Butterfly Garden, home to 50 different species, and the Hummingbird Gallery, home to many species from the cloud forest.
Overnight: Monteverde

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Day 6

Monteverde- Jaco Beach/Puntarenas Beach
This morning travel west via motorcoach to the Jaco Beach/Puntarenas Beach area, located on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica for a two-night resort stay. Jaco Beach/Puntarenas area is one of the most visited coastal destinations in Costa Rica and is well known for wildlife viewing, sport fishing and surfing. Enjoy a visit to the Carara National Park, a tropical bird and wildlife sanctuary and one of the world's few nesting places for the scarlet macaw.
Overnight Jaco Beach/Puntarenas Beach

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Day 7

Morning at Leisure - Crocodile Cruise
Enjoy the morning at leisure to relax and enjoy the amenities of the resort complex. Maybe take an optional excursion via Tranopy or Zip Line. Later set out for an exciting Jungle Crocodile Safari Cruise. The 2-hour cruise highlights crocodiles and spectacular bird-viewing while cruising the Tarcoles River.
Overnight Jaco Beach Puntarenas

B, D

Day 8

Jaco Beach/Puntarenas
This morning enjoy a bit of leisure time before departing for San Jose. Enroute visit an Orchid Garden and gain insight into the stunning diversity of orchids. Tonight, enjoy a special Farewell Dinner.
Overnight: San Jose

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Day 9

San Jose - USA
Fly home filled with wonderful memories of Costa Rica.

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B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Accommodations

8 Nights Hotel Accommodations

• 1 Night - Wyndham Garden Escazu or Park Inn by Radisson, San Jose

• 2 Nights - Arenal Paraiso, Lavas de Tacotal or Montana de Fuego, La Fortuna

• 2 Nights - Hotel El Establo, Montana Monteverde or Hotel Haliconia, Monteverde

• 2 Nights - Best Western Jacó or Oceano Jaco, Jaco Beach

• 1 Night - Wyndham Garden Escazu or Park Inn by Radisson, San Jose

 

Inclusions

• Round-trip airfare

• Airport transportation from Delaware to DCA

• Comprehensive Sightseeing

• Baggage Handling at Hotels

• 16 Meals: 8 - Breakfasts, 1 - Lunch, 7 - Dinners

• Professional Naturalist Tour Director

• Motorcoach Transportation

• Hotel Transfers

• Admissions per Itinerary

• Comprehensive Sightseeing

• Baggage Handling at Hotels

 

NOTES

•A valid US passport is required for this tour and is the responsibility of each passenger. Passports should be valid for up to six (6) months beyond the travel dates. All names must be submitted to Grand View Tours exactly as they appear on passenger passports.

•Itinerary and hotels are subject to change.

•Local airport departure taxes of approximately $32 must be paid at the airport in local currency upon departure from Costa Rica (subject to change)

•Visit to Poas Volcano has an elevation 9,000 feet.

•Hotels on this tour are smaller & maybe considered rustic. Hotel properties are selected for location. Elevators & Air Conditioning may not always be available.

 

CANCELL ATION FEES

Cancellations not covered by the Travel Protection Plan (TPP) or if the TPP is not purchased,

are subject to the following per person fees:

- Cancel more than 180 days prior to departure: Full Refund

- Cancel 179-75 days prior to departure: Deposit or TPP* is Retained

- Cancel 74-45 days prior to departure: 25% of total price

- Cancel 44-15 days prior to departure: 50% of total price

- Cancel 14 days or less prior to departure/no shows: No refunds

*If purchased with Initial Deposit

 

Travel protection is available for $310 per person.

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Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

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