Costa Rica Eco-Beach Adventure
35+ - 40's - 50's and 60's Singles Vacations
March 14 - March 23 / July 18 - July 27 / November 7 - 16, 2014
Zip through the clouds, walk in the jungles, ride the rivers and sun on the beaches on this Costa Rica singles adventure. Enjoy the perfect mix of activities and leisure time on this wonderful vacation
Costa Rica Eco-Adventure & Beach Singles Vacation Itinerary
Vacation Day 1 - Friday: San Jose
Our singles trip begins as you arrive in San Jose and are met at the Juan Santamaria airport and transferred to our hotel.
Our Welcome Dinner is at El Patio del Balmoral, just a few blocks from your hotel.
Vacation Day 2 - Saturday: San Jose - Tortuguero
Today we depart to Tortuguero National Park on the Atlantic Coast, crossing Costa Rica from west to east, descending into the lowlands of the Caribbean coast. In Caño Blanco we board a river boat where our exciting tour really begins. During the two hour trip, we will observe various animals and vegetation. We arrive in time for lunch.
Spend the afternoon at the pool, kayaking or exploring the hotel.
Vacation Day 3 - Sunday: Tortuguero
After breakfast our group will explore by boat the National Park of Tortuguero which shelters a fabulous array of wildlife. There are unusually large populations of monkeys, amphibians, birds, including the great green macaw, fish and three species of marine turtles. Resident fauna include the tapir, ocelot, jaguars, collared peccaries, river otters, sloth, grisons, frogs, toucans, and the fascinating bulldog bats which feed on fish.
The wide-open canals make viewing easy for spotting crocodiles, giant iguanas, and basilisk lizards basking atop the branches, swallow-tailed hawks and vultures swooping over the treetops, and caimans on the fallen raffia palm branches at the side of the river.
After lunch back at the lodge we head into Tortuguero town and the Caribbean Conservation Center. The town of Tortuguero has a fairly basic life style. There are no cars in the island town of Tortuguero but there are a few shops and restaurants. Be sure to walk the little foot paths to Tortuguero beach, the most important nesting site of the endangered green turtle in the Western Hemisphere.
At night we can take a taxi boat in to town and dance or karaoke with the locals
Vacation Day 4 - Monday: Tortuguero - Arenal
Eat an early breakfast before we board the boats back to Caño Blanco port where our private transfer takes us to the Arenal Area.
After lunch at the Selva Tropical restaurant, we continue to La Fortuna and get our first full view of the majestic Arenal Volcano. It is the only volcano in Costa Rica constantly active since it woke up after 400 years with the big 1968 eruption producing huge ash columns, explosions & glowing red lava almost every day. It is considered one of the ten most active volcanoes in the world.
Vacation Day 5 - Tuesday: Arenal
This morning it's time to explore the town, walk or horseback ride (extra $) to La Fortuna Waterfalls. It is a short walk into the forest to the 230' high waterfall. The steps down to the base are steep but there's a “natural pool” for swimming so bring your suits and a hearty sense of adventure the water is chilly.
Now it is time to sit on our butts and float. Our tubing course is about 500 meters long in total but you can choose to run just the lower section which is only about 180 meters and maintains total visibility to our open viewing area to make you feel more comfortable.
After a long day soak in the hot mineral springs at Tabacón, hot springs waters. Take time out to relax in the thermal Hot Springs and naturally heated Jacuzzis, so close that you well feel the rumblings of the volcano.
Vacation Day 6 - Wednesday: Arenal - Monteverde
After breakfast we board our pontoon boat for a 40 minute ride to Río Chiquito, a little town on the other side of the lake from Arenal. Once there we have a short break before a 1.5 hour ride to our hotel in Monteverde.
The Monteverde Cloud Rain Forest is known for its conservation efforts and lifestyle centered on nature. There are more than 100 species of mammals including 5 species of cats, over 400 species of birds, tens ofthousands of insect species and 2,500 species of plants.
This afternoon it is time for ziplining through a canopy of trees. - Sky Trek is a system of trails, suspension bridges, and zip lines that offer visitors the opportunity to observe, view and appreciate tropical vegetation from different vantage points above the canopy. Two suspended bridges in, and above the canopy, one 265 feet long, and one 60 meters. There are three platforms above the canopy, connected by zip lines, a canopy observation tower 72' high and 10 cables system with the longest 1,400 feet.
Vacation Day 7 - Thursday: Monteverde - Manuel Antonio
Before we depart Monteverde we will hike in the reserve for a few hours. Elevation ranges from 600 meters above sea level to 1800 meters on isolated peaks. Trails are in excellent condition with railings on the steps and in some cases slices of tree trunks creating a lily pond like path to keep people from walking through mud.
Then we transfer from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio where we check into our full-service hotel, The Parador Resort and Spa. It's time for swimming or pool side sunning and we have three options, all overlooking the gleaming turquoise Pacific: choose from the beautiful centrally-located infinity pool with swim-up bar and terrace restaurant, our secluded adult-only pool, or the infinity pool with waterfall and Jacuzzi.
Vacation Day 8 - Friday: Manuel Antonio
Sleep late or see how many different kinds of flora and fauna you can spot in a 2 ½ hour morning nature walk. Learn about the history of the Quepoa Indians and Costa Rica’s past in regard to the Manuel Antonio area, and come back with ideas as to how to help preserve this priceless. At the end of the walk savour some local fresh fruits and refreshments.
Enjoy the remainder of the day on the white sand beaches that stretch for miles along the coastline from Manuel Antonio Park, providing numerous options for surfing, sunning, kayaking and parasailing. The free shuttle service will transport you to the stunning beaches of Manuel Antonio, a quick ten minute ride away.
Tonight our singles group will get check out the local night life.
Vacation Day 9 - Saturday: Manuel Antonio - San Jose
After breakfast, free time to enjoy the hotel and the beach before we transfer back to San José.
Our farewell dinner is at a local restaurant featuring mamba music and folklore show.
Vacation Day 10 - Sunday - San Jose
After Breakfast we say goodbye to our new single friends as we are transferred to the airport.
|San Jose - Sleeps Inn||Tortuguero - Evergreen Lodge||
Arenal - Arenal Manoa Hotel
|Monteverde - EL Establo||Manuel Antonio - Parador Hotel|
Costa Rica Eco-Beach Singles Vacation
*The price per person is for a double room. Best Single Travel provides free roommate matching on all our vacations, so there is never a need to pay a "single supplement". If you wish to room alone it is an additional $850
* International Airfare
* Airport Tax - $31
* Optional Pre or Post-Night hotel - $135 including transfer
July Balance Due June 3, 2014
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