Costa Rica Marine Adventure Package

                          (Central America)

 

Costa Rica offers an excellent opportunity for marine life enthusiasts!  Obseve a special biological phenomena which only occurs in the warm waters surrounding this country.  Two populations of humpback whales visit this geographical region to breed and give birth.   This annual migration of the Pacific Humpback Whale is one of the most remarkable journeys by any creature on the planet. These cetaceans travel between 3,000 and 5,000 miles, twice in a year, which  makes them one of the farthest migrating animals on Earth.  Humpback whales have made it to "the endangered species list" due to over hunting.  Their numbers declined by 90% which put them on the edge of extinction.  They have gained International Government Protection Status to help their numbers recover which is growing approximately 3% year year.  Seeing these magnificent creatures is truly a fascinating scene!

 

Every year, thousands of Olive Ridley sea turtles storm the black sand beaches of Ostional in phenomenon known as "arribadas," or mass nesting. Located on Costa Rica's North Pacific Coast, a short jaunt from Nosara, the Ostional Wildlife Refuge is one of the world's most important nesting sites for this endangered species. Conservation efforts are in place to protect this crucial habitat and increase survival rates for newborn hatchlings.

 

Ostional Wildlife Refuge is best known as Costa Rica's second-most important nesting site for the Olive Ridley sea turtle; it is second only to Playa Nancite, located in Santa Rosa National Park. Every year, tens of thousands of Olive Ridleys come to shore during arribadas, mass nesting periods that last year-round with peaks between June and December. The months of September, October and November see the largest number of nesting turtles. Small populations of leatherback and Pacific green turtles also nest on Playa Ostional.

Sample Itinerary (11 Day Tour)

San José, Arenal, Playa Carrillo and Manuel Antonio.

(B,L,D=Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

 

Day 1: Flights arriving into San Jose, Costa Rica.

           Overnight in San José. (D). Country Inn and Suites

 

Day 2:

There will be a morning transfer to Arenal Region of Costa Rica. While on route to Arenal,  we will visit the famous Poás Volcano. Poás is one of Costa Rica´s  most active volcanoes and one of  its most frequently visited.  The view as you look down upon the crater lake will prove to be simply captivating!

           Overnight in Arenal. (B,L,D). Arenal Observatory Lodge

 

Day 3:

After a refreshing breakfast, we will have the opportunity to enjoy the nature surrounding Arenal Observatory Lodge.   Trails surrounding the lodge offer breath-taking views of the thundering Arenal Volcano. This extensive network of trails allow for tremendous opportunities to view wildlife.  Whether its birds, butterflies, trees, monkeys or rich vegetation you wish to see...you will find it here at the Observatory Lodge!

           Overnight in  Arenal. (B,L,D). Arenal Observatory Lodge

 

Day 4:

In the morning we will participate in a community service project (to be determined).  After a hard day's work, we will be rewarded with a piece of paradise with our afternoon visit to one of Costa Rica’s expansive hot springs facility, Baldi Hot Springs. This facility gets its energy from the famous Arenal Volcano which has an unavoidable presence while in this

part of the country.  If relaxation is on your “to do” list while on this eco-adventure, this is the perfect place for you! This is a perfect ending to a full day of adventure and education.       

           Overnight in Arenal. (B,L,D). Arenal Observatory Lodge

 

Day 5:

After an early rise, we will transfer from Arenal to Playa Carrillo. Located on the Nicoya Peninsula, Playa Carillo is lined with palm trees and white sand beaches.  Because its shore is typically not very crowded, it makes Playa Carrillo the perfect place to relax and take in the beauty.  The area has such amazing views with lush mountain ranges in the distance.  After settling in our hotel, a late day beach clean up is planned for those who wish to participate in an additional community service activity. 

           Overnight in Carrillo. (B,L,D). Hotel Guanamar

 

Day 6:

Prepare yourselves for an enchanting day on the Pacific with a four hour dolphin tour. Swim and snorkel in the morning hours as we share the waters with a variety of dolphin species.  Our afternoon will be free to enjoy the beach and the the beautiful mountain backdrops! We will take a night tour of Camaronal or Ostional Beach for observation of sea turtles laying their eggs. We have planned this trip around the mass arrival of the sea turtles, therefore this walk should prove to be one of the most fascinating biological scenes!

           Overnight in Carrillo. (B,L,D). Hotel Guanamar

 

Day 7:

In the morning, we will transfer from Playa Carrillo to the Manuel Antonio Region of Costa Rica. . If you are interested in supporting the many ecosystems within this highly biodiverse region, you may be interested in yet another beach clean up project. This area is a vacation hotspot for both locals and visitors around the world, many of whom are not eco aware.  The beaches during summer months can become littered and interfere with a variety of  wildlife.  "Beach Clean Ups" are a way that you can support wildlife and attempt to improve ecosystems. .

Overnight in Manual Antonio. (B,L,D).  Hotel Playa Espadilla

 

Day 8:

Get your cameras ready! An early morning outing will prove to be a breath taking experience!  Witness the migration of Humpback whales in Bahía Ballena. We will depart by boat from Punta Uvita Beach and will make stops at the famous Punta Uvita (Whale’s Tail), Ballena Island, Tres Hermanas Islets and Ventana Sea Caves. During the tour we will observe Humpback Whales and two different species of resident dolphins.

Overnight in Manuel Antonio. (B,LD). Hotel Playa Espadilla

 

Day 9:

We will take a short morning hike to the world famous Manuel Antonio National Park, located here in the Central Pacific.  This park is the second most visit national park in Costa Rica.  Beaches with white sand, abundant wild life and beautiful landscapes are just part of the countless reasons why people come from all over the globe to visit this park. 

     Overnight in Manuel Antonio. (B,L,D). Hotel Playa Espadilla

 

Day 10: 

The morning will be free for taking in the Pacific sights for the last time. After lunch, we will transfer from the Manuel Antonio Region back to San José.  Along the way, we will stop for a crocodile tour along the famous Tarcoles River. This is popular stop on route back to San Jose.

         Overnight in San José. (B,L,D).Country Inn and Suites

 

Day 11: Transfer to San José  International airport. (B)

 

Good bye, Costa Rica!

 

 

 

 

 

Final Price:  $3395

($2395 Estimated Ground Price and $1000 Estimated Airfare)

Prices will vary slightly depending on hotel availability and airfare

 

 

 

            

Package Includes:

 

*10 nights of accommodations (taxes included)

*All meals as indicated in itinerary

  B= Breakfast / L= Lunch / D= Dinner

*Comfortable, air conditioned private motor coach

*Naturalist Guide for duration of tour

*All gratuities

*Entrance fees to parks and special tours

*Community service projects: Arenal and Carrillo.

*Costa Rica departure taxes

*General travel insurance

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*Company t-shirt

*Water bottle

*Passport holder

*Flight into Costa Rica (SJO) 

*11 days of cultural and natural education

Hotel Websites (subject to availability)

 

Hotel Country Inn and Suites (San Jose)

      http://www.countryinns.com/san-jose-heredia-

      hotel-cr-357-2120/cossanj

      

Hotel Arenal Observatory Lodge (Arenal)

      http://www.arenalobservatorylodge.com/index.php

 

Hotel Guanamar, (Playa Carrillo)

      http://www.guanamarhotel.com/

 

Hotel Playa Espadilla (Manuel Antonio)

      http://espadilla.com/en/