Exploring Guanacaste Costa Rica
From 1320 $USD
Why choosing this trip ?
- Rincón de La Vieja Volcano
- The amaing beaches at Tamarindo
Cet autotour « plages du Costa Rica » a été conçu pour vous faire découvrir les plages de la côte Pacifique. Du Pacifique nord et les plages de Samara, Santa Teresa au Pacifique sud avec les plages sauvages de Corcovado et la baie de Drake en passant par Manuel Antonio et Uvita. Si vous aimez la plage ce circuit est fait pour vous car dans ce circuit aucune plage ne ressemble à une autre. Préparez vos serviettes, vos jus de fruits exotiques frais et la crème solaire.
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Day 1: Arrival at Liberia
Your will arrive Liberia Airport (LIR) at the international exit and one of our representatives will be waiting for your to take you to your hotel. Just
Just 45 minutes away will be your hotel, Hacienda Guachipelín located in the Rincón de La Vieja National Park area.
The Guanacaste Mountain Range at the Northern part of the country offers a protected area of Tropical Dry Forest. Santa Rosa National Park & Rincon de La Vieja National Park are great spots for hiking and birding. These parks are an important biological corridor for hundreds of species. Besides is an area rich in history and wildlife.
Day 2 & 3: Days off to enjoy Rincon de La Vieja
Rincon de la Vieja is the largest and most active volcano in Guanacaste. With 1916 meters high and 15 kilometers wide, it´s 600,000 years old and with at least 9 craters. Over 32 rivers flow to its sides that are part of the continental division.
The Hacienda Guachipelin hotel is located a few minutes from the entrance of the park through the “Las Pailas” sector.
In this area you can walk a circular trail of about 3.5 kms where you can see the dry forest, and great diversity of flora and fauna.
During your time off is also perfect to enjoy the hot springs and mud baths offered by the hotel.
Day 4: Discovering the beaches of Guanacaste
Tamarindo was a small fishing village, but now it has become one of the favorite´s tourist destination for surfing. Besides the innumerable beaches and activities available, the area is also home to the Diriá wildlife refuge and Las Baulas National Marine Park, where turtle nesting season arrive every summer. You can go out to swim its beautiful waters, take a fishing tour, or you an ATV tour where you can drie thru its mountains and enjoy its panoramic views. For early risers, you can start the day with a bird watching tour or visit the neighboring Playa Grande and bbserve the majestic leatherback turtle arriving at the coast to nest in Playa Grande. Enjoy activities such as kayaking, snorkeling, canopy tours, surf lessons and horseback riding along the beach.
Day 5: Sunset at the Catamaran
You will enjoy breakfast at the hotel and enjoy your morning off.
Around 1:00 pm you will depart in the Catamaran adventure. Silently glide along Costa Rica’s Gold Coast while passing some of Guanacaste’s exotic bays, white sand beaches and tropical jungles.Scan the seas for dolphins, sea turtles, flying fish or even a breaching whale. Stop in a tranquil bay, drop anchor and frolic in the blue Pacific. Snorkel in the bay or run down the deserted white sand beach while the crew prepares your lunch or dinner. Bring your camera and capture the moment everyone throughout the world talks about !
Duration: 5 hours approx.
What to bring: Sunglasses, suntan lotion, hat, bathing suit, waterproof camera, sandals, beach towel.
Inclus : Nuit d’hôtel – petit-déjeuner – location de voiture.
Day 6 : You can´t miss Surf Lessons
Tamarindo is one of the most popular surf destinations in Costa Rica and of course you can´t miss a class. Long sandy beaches, reefs and warm water create an ideal environment for experienced surfers as well as beginner surfers.
From Tamarindo there is easy access to Avellanas, Playa Grande and Playa Negra.
All you need are some swimming knowledge. Children must be over 10 years old.
Duration: 2 hours approx
What to bring: Ability to swim and a good sense of humor. Bathing Suit, Change of clothes, sun screen.
Departure according to tide. (Client must call us a couple of days prior to give them the pick up time)
Day 7: Back to Liberia airport & flight home.
Breakfast at hotel. This last day you will enjoy breakfast at your hotel and then a driver will pick you up to take you to Liberia international airport.
of your trip
– 6 nights in the recommended establishments or equivalent with hotel taxes included.
– Private transfers
– All breakfasts in the selected hotels and 1 light lunch
– Surf Lesson
– Catamaran adventure and snorkeling
– Travel Assistance by Morpho Evasions 24h / 7d.
– Transfers from the airport to the hotel at your arrival (with travel documents)
Price do not includes :
– Services not mentioned in “your trip includes”
– International flights
– Departure tax of Costa Rica ($ 29 / per) or of any country of origin of the client
– Meals and drinks not mentioned above
– Any additional service proposed “as optional” or as a suggestion
– Personal purchases and souvenirs.
– Transport taxes or temporary entrances (Entrance for private property, for example).
– Tips to guides or drivers.
– National parks or natural reserves entrances not indicated as included.
– The fuel or tolls of the rental vehicle.
The hotels selected for this tour are of category 3 stars or lodges of charm before the comfort and the quality of the accommodations.
The water is drinkable throughout the country except in some areas of the country or Tortuguero where hotels are meticulous at your disposal drinking water at will. Other options are offered at the continental breakfast (hot drink, pastries, side dishes and cold drinks). The vast majority of Costa Rican dishes are rice and black beans. It’s called the “casado” (married man), whether it’s two other foods, cooked bananas, salad and choice of chicken, meat or fish.
PASSPORT / VISA
US nationals do not require an entry visa to Costa Rica. However, they must have a current valid passport and a return ticket to exit Costa Rica within 90 days. (Either to return to your country or to go to another country). US passport must be valid for a minimum of one day from the day you enter Costa Rica. As a tourist US nationals cannot stay more than 90 days. For a stay longer than 90 days a residence permit must be established.
To rent a vehicle you will need a credit card (valid for at least six months) with the driver’s name + a passport + a valid driver's license (not necessarily an international permit). A deposit (often around $ 1000) will be blocked on the card. The basic insurance is always included in the daily rate of the rental, if you want the "full" insurance or other complementary services, you can subscribe when taking possession of the vehicle. Attention, you are not allowed to leave the country with a rented car.
Costa Rica has a quite well-developed road network. The country counts two "highways", the Caldera which connects the capital San Jose to Tarcoles (Pacific) and the "Panamericana", which crosses the country from north to south. One-lane national highways connect the rest of the country. In general, except for the two main roads, the national roads are often damaged (potholes, pavements that need repairing, bridges, etc.). Secondary roads are for the most part dirt or stone. In times of heavy rain these roads are more difficult to access. This is why a 4WD (4 Wheel Drive) is often recommended on this kind of road,
Long live the adventure! Those roads are sometimes responsible for the long duration of certain trips. To get an idea of the distance between two points, do not hesitate to contact us.
The Road rules are identical to the French ones although the signaling system is less developed. There are not often signs indicating the arrival in a village, but to know where you are, find landmarks, churches, above the bus stops, the name of sodas (typical restaurants) or sometimes the school’s names.
Important, buses always have priority, in the capital, they have a priority lane and in the rest of the country, they have the right to stop anywhere to pick up passengers. So be careful when you follow a bus! We advise you to avoid driving at night due to lack of lighting on the secondary roads.
Parking is fairly easy in Costa Rica, almost all hotels have parking and in towns and villages you will find paid, supervised car parks. Most of the time, it as a single day fare that remains cheap. If you park in the street, guards wearing a fluorescent vest monitor your vehicle in exchange of a tip. You can give what you want, usually 100 to 500 colones (about 0.50 €) depending on the duration of parking. Be careful when it comes to tourist areas where the price of parking can vary from single to double only 500m away.
The addresses in Costa Rica are based on a geographical orientation system, neither numbering nor street name, your hotel will be for example 100m north of the Church and 150m west of San Juan College.
BUDGET AND EXCHANGE
National currency: the colon (1 $ USD= 570 colones). For your everyday purchases (eg drinks, food, souvenirs, etc.); we recommend paying in Colones. Colones can be picked up on arrival at the airport, at currency exchange offices or at ATMs (Visa / MasterCard) in major cities across the country.
The US Dollar remains a reference currency and we advise you to bring Dollars in small denominations with you.
When you leave the country, you will have to pay an airport tax (US $ 29).
For meals, plan between $5 and $15 per person for a typical hot meal.
This is a usual and not mandatory practice. Depending on your satisfaction, at the end of a service or at the end of your trip, it is customary to tip your guide and the local team. It must be adapted to the standard of living of the country and the duration of your stay. It is your gesture of appreciation in relation to the service received.
On the other hand, in some establishments, prices do not include taxes (13%) or service (10%).
110V, 60 Hz, American style flat plugs.
Tropical, usually humid and warm. The average temperature is 23 ° C in San José, 31 ° C on the coast and north, only slightly cooler at night and this all year round. At altitude, the temperature drops quickly: at 3000m, it is 5 to 15 ° C. There are two distinct seasons in Costa Rica: winter, humid from May to November (short but torrential rain), summer, from December to April (sun and clear sky).
You can travel to Costa Rica all year long, because it never rains the whole day.
Each period of the year has its advantages:
- From January to April: sun, wind and drought on the Pacific side. Beware, the dry season is less marked on the Caribbean side.
- In April-May: it’s spring, the rainy season starts at the end of May.
- In June-July: it's the "veranillo", the little summer! Rainfall is decreasing throughout the country.
- From August to October: Beautiful sunny periods on the Caribbean coast.
- October to December: sunny periods interrupted by showers. December, the return of the dry season announced by trade winds on the Pacific.
We advise you to take light luggage, especially as it is easy to wash clothes on site. As a precaution, remember to bring in your cabin luggage, your basic requirements for a couple of days in case your luggage does not arrive at the same time as you!
We propose to you a short packing list meant only as a guideline:
- Light cotton clothing
- Canvas trousers
- Long sleeve shirts against mosquitoes
- A vest / sweater
- A waterproof windproof jacket
- Rain cover or umbrella
- Shorts and t-shirts
- Chapeau / cap
- Solar cream
- Mosquito repellent
- Flash light
- Closed walking shoes
- A light backpack for excursions
- An alarm clock
Avoid bringing valuable jewellery, leather clothing or bags, and bulky, solid suitcases that are less convenient to carry than soft bags during tours.
FOOD - WATER
The water is drinkable all over the country except in some remote areas such as Corcovado or Tortuguero where the hotels will provide you with drinking water.
If you eat fruits bought by roadside, remember to wash them with drinking water.
The majority of Costa Rican dishes are rice and black beans. The most popular dish is called "casado" (married man) which includes in addition to these two foods, cooked bananas, salad and choice of chicken, meat or fish
The most famous fish is called Tilapia and is most frequently eaten fried. Other dishes such as chicharones "fried beef" or chifrijo "beans, rice, tomato, avocado, cooked beef, are eaten as tapas in bars.
Make yourself a basic first aid kit (Analgesic, anti-diarrheal, laxative, antacid, disinfectant, bandages, sterilized compresses ...)
Dengue: The risk of contagion by mosquito bites is low. It is advisable to protect yourself by applying repellent cream or spray. We do not encourage the use of preventive treatments when they are not needed.
No vaccine is required to enter Costa Rica.
If you are traveling through a country in South America (Colombia, Panama,), check that the airline does not recommend you to take the yellow fever vaccine to enter Costa Rica.
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