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Costa Rica Luxury Surf Holiday

The ultimate combination of surfing, luxury and exploring the stunning nature of Costa Rica, this is a luxurious 2-week foray through Costa Rica’s top surf and rainforest destinations.

Designed for families or couples with a mix of surfers and non surfers, there is something here for everyone, from hot springs to zip-wiring, stunning eco lodges and of course world-class surfing in Playa Guiones (Nosara) and Matapalo. Includes private road and air transfers and the best accommodation around.

Tailor-made Luxury 2 weeks

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $1,008 per person economy class from London

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Itinerary

Overview


  • 2 luxurious weeks showcasing Costa Rica’s top surfing and rainforest destinations

  • Waterfalls, hot springs, hiking and ziplining in Arenal National Park

  • Excellent surfing in Nosara, with yoga and biking for non-surfing companions

  • Enjoy an exquisite 'grand finale' in the spellbinding, wildlife-rich Osa Peninsula. /li>

  • Includes private transfers and stays in sleek, upmarket hotels and rainforest eco-lodges

Day-by-day

DAY 1: ARRIVE SAN JOSE
You will be met at the airport by our representative and transferred to Xandari Resort & Spa, your home for the night. The rest of the afternoon is free to recuperate after the flight amidst the hotel’s attractive gardens and swimming pools. If you want to stretch your legs, there’s a lovely trail on the property to a series of impressive waterfalls.
Accommodation: Xandari Resort & Spa

DAY 2: TRANSFER TO ARENAL
This morning, make the 3-hour private transfer by road to the exclusive Nayara Resort in Arenal (alternatively, light aircraft flights are available, please enquire with us if interested). The rest of day is free to relax and enjoy the many award-winning facilities at this luxurious property. There are some wonderful walking trails on site which provide good chances of spotting sloths, not to mention the abundant, colourful birdlife.
Accommodation: Nayara Resort

DAY 3: ARENAL - HOT SPRINGS, VOLCANO, ZIP WIRE, WATERFALLS
Today, take your pick of the various tours and attractions in the area. Activity highlights include bathing in the area’s natural hot springs, experiencing a unique and heady challenge at the expansive ‘Skytrek’ zipwire complex, crossing hanging bridges in jaw-dropping surroundings, taking a refreshing dip at the foot of the superb Fortuna Waterfall, and enjoying guided or independent hikes in the beautiful Arenal National Park. We find that a morning of activity followed by an afternoon at the hot pools works well.

The impressive ‘Skytrek’ zipwire complex has a huge visitor centre and restaurant along with no fewer than 7 ziplines covering a massive distance in a zig zag over a vertiginous canyon. Attempting this zipwire is no mean feat and thus it’s not recommended for those who are afraid of heights, or young children who don’t like to be out of their comfort zone. There's also the famed Fortuna Waterfall which cascades about 75 metres down from the tropical rainforest into a swimmable pool - get there early and make the steep but short hike to and from the waterfalls in the relative cool.

The many walking trails dotted around the Arenal Volcano National Park reveal the fascinating history of this stunning volcano. Weather permitting, there will be wonderful views of the towering volcano, and the opportunity to walk on the (thankfully) now dry lava fields with good chances of seeing wildlife, since the ash layer in the soil prevents the growth of large trees. Although the volcano hasn't erupted for many years, it can still occasionally be heard rumbling and small clouds of vapour might be seen emerging from the cone. Walks can be completed independently on marked trails, or we can arrange a guided hike depending on preference.

After a morning of activity, spend the afternoon at the hot springs. There are several hot springs resorts in the area ranging from the natural and romantic (Eco Termales), to the sleek and manicured (Tabacon), to the crazy, fun-filled waterslides of Baldi Hot Springs.
Accommodation: Nayara Resort

DAY 4: ARENAL - HOT SPRINGS, VOLCANO, ZIP WIRE, WATERFALLS
Another day at leisure to explore the many activities on offer in Arenal.
Accommodation: Nayara Resort

DAY 5: FLY TO NOSARA
Small aircraft flight to Nosara, world-class surfing hot spot with wonderful beaches and a ‘chilled-out’ feel.
Accommodation: Gilded Iguana

DAY 6: NOSARA – WORLD-CLASS SURFING HOT-SPOT
Nosara is among the best surfing beaches in Costa Rica, and one of our absolute favourites. The area’s combination of superb beaches and a laid-back atmosphere is hard to beat, and its unique offering of world-class surf, yoga expertise, great food, coffee and craft beer is the cream on the cake.

Although commonly referred to as Nosara, from a traveller's perspective, we are in fact referring to the beach settlements of Playa Guiones (the surf beach) and Playa Pelada (the swimming and sunset restaurant beach). Playa Guiones is a beach break and an ideal location for beginner and intermediate surfers, with miles of golden sands lapped by consistent, clean 3-5 foot waves and a reliable offshore breeze. There are a handful of surf hire shops in town and beginner lessons or intermediate coaching are easy to arrange. The Gilded Iguana has a world-class surf school with a wide range of boards available and there’s also a noteworthy mountain biking centre on site.
Accommodation: Gilded Iguana

DAY 7: NOSARA – SURFING, MOUNTAIN BIKING, YOGA, KAYAKING, CHILLING
If you are travelling with non-surfers there’s a wealth of alternative activities in Nosara to suit all tastes, from mountain biking and kayaking in the enchanting mangroves, to yoga classes or simply chilling out by the pool. There’s also the nearby Ostional Beach which offers some of the best turtle viewing in Costa Rica (seasonal). Turtles return to land to nest in the evenings, particularly during full moons. Ask at your hotel and they will let you know the best time to visit and arrange a tour for you. If self-driving to the beach, please note the road involves a river crossing which may invalidate the insurance on your rental car.
Accommodation: Gilded Iguana

DAY 8: NOSARA – SURFING, MOUNTAIN BIKING, YOGA, KAYAKING, CHILLING
Another laid-back day in Nosara, enjoying all that it has to offer.
Accommodation: Gilded Iguana

DAY 9: NOSARA – SURFING, MOUNTAIN BIKING, YOGA, KAYAKING, CHILLING
A final day in Nosara.
Accommodation: Gilded Iguana

DAY 10: FLY TO THE BEAUTIFUL, UNSPOILT OSA PENINSULA
Today, there’s a small aircraft flight to the outstandingly beautiful Osa Peninsula, one of Costa Rica’s crowning glories. This stunning wilderness reveals pristine rainforest tumbling down onto wild beaches and the forest and ocean positively teem with vibrant and varied wildlife. This is one of the best spots in the world for dolphin and bird watching.

With much of the area designated national park, this unspoilt peninsula plays host to an astonishing biodiversity and the few accommodations on offer tend to be superb, small eco-lodges each set within their own slice of virgin rainforest. Accommodation for the next 4 nights is at the luxurious ‘Lapa Rios’, renowned for being the best of all the eco-lodges. This splendid property provides jaw-dropping Pacific Ocean views along with complete immersion in nature.

The many activities offered from ‘Lapa Rios’ include waterfall hikes, night-time walks and birdwatching sessions with one of the lodge’s four exceptional guides. Away from the property itself, there’s horseback riding, mangrove kayaking, dolphin spotting (highly recommended) and trips to the Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica’s largest national park, known for its exceptionally rich biodiversity. Rather handily, Lapa Rios overlooks Pan Dulce, a legendary beach break, which offers long mellow rights if the conditions are right, just saying...
Accommodation: Lapa Rios

DAY 11: OSA PENSINSULA – INTENSE WILDLIFE, HUGE RANGE OF ACTIVITIES
Enjoy a second day at leisure in the breath-takingly beautiful Osa Peninsula.
Accommodation: Lapa Rios

DAY 12: OSA PENSINSULA - INTENSE WILDLIFE, HUGE RANGE OF ACTIVITIES
Another day free to explore the peninsula and engage in the many activities it has to offer.
Accommodation: Lapa Rios

DAY 13: OSA PENSINSULA - INTENSE WILDLIFE, HUGE RANGE OF ACTIVITIES
Final day in the Osa Peninsula.
Accommodation: Lapa Rios

DAY 14: FLY TO SAN JOSE AND HOME
Small aircraft flight to San Jose to connect with your onward International Flight

Accommodation


Guide price is based on recommended accommodations. Alternative accommodations and upgrades are available. Please get in touch or click on 'alternatives' below for alternatives and upgrade options.

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Upmarket hillside retreat
- Near San Jose Airport
- Stunning views, secluded location
- 3 pools, spa, restaurant

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 5

- Exclusive boutique hotel
- 35 luxurious and stylish private villas
- Adults only
- Adjacent to family-friendly sister property

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Top beachside surfing destination
- Laid back atmosphere
- Surf school, yoga
- Mountain biking centre

Lapa Rios

Osa Peninsula

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 5

- Remote rainforest location
- Complete immersion in nature
- Superb luxury accommodation
- Waterfalls, hiking, surfing, kayaking

Details

Getting there

From the UK: Direct Flights with a flight time of approximately 11 hours from the UK to Costa Rica San Jose airport are offered by BA (Twice or thrice per week depending on season), TUI (once per week to Liberia, seasonal) and Thomas Cook (once per week to San Jose, seasonal). Direct flights tend to be considerably more expensive than indirect flights to Costa Rica. Indirect flights involving one stop in Europe, USA or Panama are available with BA, American Airlines, KLM , Norwegian, TAP Portugal, Air Canada, Delta, United, and Iberia offering overall flight times of between 14 – 22 hours. Competitive deals are often available with BA and American Airlines flying via Miami, with the option of combining your Costa Rica holiday with a stay on South Beach, Miami. Return flights range from £720 to upwards of £2,000, depending on seasonality and demand. Please get in touch for a detailed quote, including international flights from the UK.
From the US:
From the East Coast, United offer direct flights to San Jose, taking approximately 5 ½ hours, with prices from $515 return. Avianca fly with one stop and a 7 - 8 hour flight time, with prices starting at $370 return. From the West Coast, American Airlines, United, and Avianca offer a flight time of between 8 - 10 hours involving one stop. Prices range from $450 to $610 return. Please get in touch for a detailed quote, including international flights from the US.

Price includes

Price for this sample itinerary is based on 2 people travelling together (or a family of 4 travelling together for the family price). Price includes all accommodation, private transfers, small aircraft flights and guided activities where mentioned. Accommodation is on a Bed and Breakfast basis in Arenal and Nosara, but inclusive of all meals in the Osa Peninsula. Price doesn’t include surf board hire or lessons. Please let us know whether you prefer to bring your own board or rent one and we will be able to assist either way. Price is given as a guide and does not include International Flights, actual quote will vary depending on the number and age of your children (if any), your travel dates and accommodation availability. Please call or enquire for a tailor-made quote including International flights.

When is best?

Costa Rica’s densely verdant terrain and sweeping rainforest owe much to its tropical climate. Generally, the country experiences its peak dry season from December to April, with May to November heralding the rainy or ‘green’ season. Rainfall can occur year round, although showers during the dry season tend to be short lived.
December to April: Peak visitor season: beaches and national parks are busy, and accommodation is in high demand. Most of the country enjoys plenty of sun and high temperatures, with minimal rainfall. The Caribbean Coast is usually at its driest during March. Wildlife viewing is generally excellent, including whale watching at Uvita from December to March.
May to August: The green season begins, bringing frequent showers to most regions. National parks see a slowdown in visitors, allowing crowd-free wildlife viewing, and surfing conditions can be good on key beaches. May and June can be good months to visit Arenal, when good visibility permits great views of the volcano. There are sunny periods in the Central Valley areas of San Jose and Manual Antonio National Park, and on the Caribbean Coast, where green sea turtle nesting along Tortuguero’s coastline is at its peak during July and August. July heralds the start of whale watching season at Uvita on the Southern Pacific Coast. The Northern Pacific coastline, including the Nicoya Peninsula, receives less rainfall year-round than the country as a whole, and often basks in sunny spells during July and August.
September to November: The height of the rainy season, with prolonged heavy rain showers and storms sweeping most of the country, and resultant sea swells bringing great surfing conditions along the Pacific Coast. Tourist accommodation may be closed, and roads in rural areas can be off limits, due to flooding. The Caribbean Coast, hot and humid for most of year, is usually at its driest during September and October, coinciding with the end of turtle nesting season. The Uvita whale watching season reaches its peak during October. In November the rains begin to abate, allowing low-season uninterrupted wildlife watching for nature lovers who don’t mind the odd shower. By the end of the month, visitor numbers are on the increase again.
Note the seasonality of turtle viewing in Nosara: Wet season is best in September and October, but it's also possible to view them in July and August if lucky.

Is it for me?

This holiday is designed for the keen surfer who wants to see the best of Costa Rica and get some serious surfing in along the way. In particular, it would suit a family or couple where one person surfs and the others don’t as there are plenty of non-surfing activities on offer.
The proposed accommodation is some of the best and consequently most expensive in Costa Rica, and with small aircraft flights between location, costs soon add up. If this is over budget we would be happy to work with you to develop a lower priced alternative, probably skipping the Osa Peninsula (which is the most expensive portion of this itinerary), providing lower-priced accommodation in Arenal, and private transfers to Arenal and Nosara rather than flights. For a lower-priced dose of wildlife, we would recommend Manuel Antonio rather than Osa.

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    Dar Housnia was absolutely delightful. It was like an entire wing of a house to ourselves with perfect Moroccan decor. The private area where we ate was so cute, the riad staff so accommodating. I loved waking in the cozy space with our family and hearing both call to prayer as well as roosters. Just perfect.

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    We were then joined by our driver for the next several days, Jamal. What a fun guy and a perfect driver. He could joke with my kids, he had a fun smile, and he had worked with Abraham before so they were a great team. The drive to desert was long as I knew it would be. It was nice to have the stop on way there near Ait Ben Haddu. The drive back from desert was long. It was more near 10 hours of driving (plus 1 hour at lunch = 11 hours) but I wouldn’t have made any different choices.

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    The last night was at Riad Jona. This was so very very lovely. The food was amazing - such a good idea to eat here after our long drive back to Marrakech. They had a small dining pool plus a hot tub which was delightful. It was almost more of a boutique hotel as it had several rooms.

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    MissingWilliam Kearns reviewing 11 Day Mount Kenya Trek and Masai Mara Safari Combined on 29 October 2018

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