Get away with your family, and enjoy two of Costa Rica's best beach destinations with enough activities to keep you active, but enough free time to enjoy your beach accommodations fully. Manuel Antonio National Park continues to be Costa Rica's premier beach for visitors seeking a secluded stretch of sand, surrounded by verdant green tropical jungle. A variety of adventure activities are available here, and this itinerary takes full advantage of them. Playa Quizales, on the other hand, is the perfect relaxing beach. Time here is meant for laying back and enjoying the sunsets with your travel partners.

Daily Itinerary

Day 1: San Jose Arrival

San Jose Arrival
Daily Summary
  • Transportation: Airport Transfer
  • Accommodation: Alta Hotel

Today, you will be picked up at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Check in and enjoy the rest of the day free. The transfer time is 30 minutes approximately.

San Jose

Historic neighborhoods in Costa Rica are laced with good international restaurants and shopping streets. The city's art scene is popping, and huge murals accompany small art galleries throughout. Like many Latin American capitals, it's the colonial architecture that really gives the streets their charm, and is a welcome break from the ever-modernizing city. As a city that mostly hosts travelers arriving and departing from Costa Rica, San Jose fills its role perfectly.

Day 2: San Jose - Manuel Antonio

San Jose - Manuel Antonio
Daily Summary
  • Transportation: Internal Transfer
  • Tour: Jungle River & Crocodile Adventure
  • Accommodation: Hotel Parador
  • Meals: B, L

In the morning, you will be picked up at your hotel in San Jose and transferred to your accommodations in Manuel Antonio National Park. En route, you will enjoy an interesting adventure.

Jungle River & Crocodile Adventure

Located on the Central Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, the Estuary of Guacalillo and the Tarcoles River offer the opportunity to observe one of the largest populations of American crocodile (Crocodylus acutus) in America, also discover the mangrove area with a high percentage biodiversity among which there is a large number of waterfowl and one of the most important conservation area of the Scarlet Macaw in the country.

Boats with up to 25 people will take you for a ride extensive mangrove ecosystem composed impressive four mangrove species, all of them represent an important nesting ground for birds that inhabit it, so that in turn represent their shelter and nutrients area for many fish and invertebrates also mangrove swamps are extremely important for marine productivity.

After your tour you will continue to your hotel in Manuel Antonio.

*Transfer Duration: San Jose to Hacienda Nosavar is approximately 1.30 hours.
*Transfer Duration: Hacienda Nosavar to El Parador is approximately 1.30 hours.

Manuel Antonio

If there is a heaven for beach lovers, it must take some queues from Manuel Antonio. There's a reason this ragged coast of small bays and smaller beaches is one of Central America's most popular destinations. Dense jungle sits directly adjacent to beautiful beaches in this national park, forming unique, funky coves that each offer their own photo opportunities. If perfect landscapes aren't enough for you, then you might enjoy the wildlife viewing. Iguanas, howler monkeys, sloths and tons of birds parade through here daily.

Day 3: Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Half Day Manuel Antonio National Park Tour
  • Accommodation: Hotel Parador
  • Meals: B

Half Day Manuel Antonio National Park Tour

This morning, you'll enjoy a half day guided visit to Manuel Antonio National Park (shared basis), arguably the country's most beautiful and popular protected coastal area. The national park contains pristine white-sand beaches, hidden coves ideal for snorkeling, trails through tropical forest filled with wildlife and the landmark Punta Catedral, and towering high above the deep blue Pacific Ocean.

This afternoon, you'll be transferred back to your accommodation in Manuel Antonio to enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure.

Day 4: Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Damas Island Kayaking
  • Accommodation: Hotel Parador
  • Meals: B

Damas Island Kayaking

This morning you'll meet your local guide for a kayak tour through the mangroves of Damas Island (shared basis).

Kayaking through a mangrove forest to Damas Island offers a half day tour through a unique and fascinating world of tall mangroves, known as a natural nursery for fish and crustaceans, where sloths and three species of monkeys travel through the tree canopy. This paddling adventure gives you the opportunity to see the rare silky anteater, and several types of non-poisonous snakes and marine birds close up. Mid way through the trip, stop with your adventure guide and enjoy tropical fresh fruit and refreshments at a stop on the banks of Damas Island.

Afterwards, you will be transferred back to your hotel.

Day 5: Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Morning Catamaran Tour & Snorkeling
  • Accommodation: Hotel Parador
  • Meals: B, L

Morning Catamaran Tour & Snorkeling

This morning you will sail with us in the giant Catamaran Ocean King, the most unique, fun and hip cruise excursion in Manuel Antonio (shared basis). The Ocean King catamaran is the largest and most advanced in the country at 100 meters in length. Our professional guides will provide excellent service as you enjoy a show, the bar and music.

We stop for a refreshing dive right out off the Manuel Antonio coast for snorkeling. Our friendly and professional staff ensures the safety of everyone aboard. Keep your eye open for dolphins! Around mid-day enjoy lunch on board before returning to port and on to your hotel.

*Please Note: Sunset Catamaran Tour (afternoon departure) is on request. In the event that spaces become available you will be notified.

Day 6: Manuel Antonio - Playa Quizales

Manuel Antonio - Playa Quizales
Daily Summary
  • Transportation: Internal Transfer
  • Accommodation: Tango Mar Boutique Hotel
  • Meals: B

This morning you will be met by your private driver and transferred to Peninsula de Nicoya and on to Playa Quizales. This day the transfer will include a ferry transfer from Puntarenas to Paquera in Peninsula de Nicoya.

*Transfer Duration: Manuel Antonia to Puntaarenas (in order to puck up the Ferry) is approximately 2 hours.
*Transfer Duration: Ferry Ride from Puntaarenas to Paquera is approximately 2.15 hours.
*Transfer Duration: Paquera to Playa Quizales is approximately 30 minutes.

** Please note that the ferry fee is not included and must be paid for directly (approx $1.70 per person).

Day 7: Playa Quizales

Playa Quizales
Daily Summary
  • Accommodation: Tango Mar Boutique Hotel
  • Meals: B

Enjoy this free time at your leisure.

Days 8 - 10: Playa Quizales

Playa Quizales
Daily Summary
  • Accommodation: Tango Mar Boutique Hotel
  • Meals: B

Enjoy this free time at your leisure.

Day 11: Playa Quizales - San Jose

Playa Quizales - San Jose
Daily Summary
  • Transportation: Transfer - Domestic Flight - Transfer
  • Transportation: Domestic Flight
  • Accommodation: Alta Hotel
  • Meals: B
Domestic Flight
Puntarenas - San Jose
Flight #: TBD
Departs: TBD
Arrives: TBD

In the afternoon, you will be picked up at your hotel in Nicoya and transferred to the Tambor airstrip in good time to board your domestic flight to San Jose. Upon arrival in San Jose, you will be picked up at the airport and transferred to your hotel.

The transfer time to Tambor Airstrip is 20 minutes approximately.
The local flight from Tambor to San José is 45 minutes approximately.
The transfer time to the hotel in San Jose is 30 minutes approximately.

Day 12: San Jose Departure

Daily Summary
  • Transportation: Airport Transfer
  • Meals: B

Today, you will be picked up at your hotel and transferred to the airport. Please remember you will need to check in for your flight a least 3 hours prior to departure.

We hope you enjoyed your time in Costa Rica and we wish you a pleasant flight home.

Accommodation

Alta Hotel

Alta Hotel

This classically built mountain retreat was recently refurbished, and now houses a contemporary hotel that manages to maintain its old world charm. The comfortable rooms, and castle-like hallways are lined with black and white photos of 1920's Costa Rica. Views from the rooms include the city skyline and the forests that stretch to the Pacific.

Hotel Parador

Hotel Parador

Welcome to Parador Resort & Spa, Costa Rica’s premier eco-luxury resort. Sitting high above the Central Pacific coastline, this award-winning hotel is built on 12 acres of rainforest in beautiful Manuel Antonio, just minutes from Costa Rica’s best beaches. Known for its dedication to preserving and protecting Mother Nature as well as its first-class amenities, Parador offers a long list of activities for your enjoyment and a staff ready to accommodate your every need. Experience inspired cuisine. Take a walk along a white sand beach. Swing through the rainforest canopy. Or simply relax and take in the view from your splendid suite. It’s all about responsible luxury, pura vida style.

Tango Mar Boutique Hotel

Tango Mar Boutique Hotel

Through mountains, forests, charming towns and panoramic ocean views, this charming place is found on the sunny Nicoya Peninsula, in Northern Guanacaste, just a few steps away from the quiet Quizales Beach. It´s manicured grounds and fine accommodations blend with exuberant jungle vegetation and exotic fauna, balancing nature and refinement. The rooms are decorated with handcrafted furniture made of fine wood grown in their farm and are equipped with modern and comfortable amenities. Whether beach front or garden rooms, Tropical or Tiki suites, this is a fabulous beach retreat. Cristobal Restaurant, overlooking the ocean with its casual, romantic setting serves fresh seafood, international cuisine and native Costa Rican dishes. Tropical cocktails can be enjoyed at Tango Bar, the ocean side deck or at the beach and poolside rancho grill "El Pirata". Refreshing pool, tennis courts, 9-hole golf course, horseback riding, fishing, spa, yoga lessons and relaxing massages are some of the activities to enjoy in this hotel that vibrates with its natural surroundings or …just sit by the beach, fringed with thick groves of palms and swaying hammocks.

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