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Manuel Antonio Beach Stay


Route:
  • UK
  • Alajuela Province
  • Tortuguero
  • La Fortuna
  • Monteverde
  • Manuel Antonio
  • UK

4 NIGHTS from £562pp

Tour Highlights
  • San Jose City Tour
  • Visit the idyllic Tortuguero town
  • Witness the majestic Arenal Volcano
  • Experience the breathtaking La Fortuna Waterfall
  • Explore the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
  • Explore the rivers and canals in the enchanting Tortuguero National Park by boat
  • Witness flora and fauna in Tortuguero National Park, including Turtles nesting upon the beaches.
  • Sample traditional Costa Rican Cuisine
  • Spectacular views of Arenal Volcano
  • Nature trail along a private path at the base of Arenal Volcano
  • Visit a coffee plantation in Monteverde
  • Treetop walkways and wildlife spotting in Selvatura Park

Extension from £562pp

Tour + Extension from £2401pp

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Manuel Antonio Beach Stay

Extend your stay in Costa Rica and spend three nights relaxing on the white sandy shores or choose to take part in some of the various activities on offer in the local area including hiking, guided tours and canopy walks.

Situated close to the magical national park, Manuel Antonio is one of the most picturesque parts of the coastline in the country, affording stunning views and beautiful beaches.

Tour Itinerary

1
UK to Alajuela Province

Depart London on your scheduled flight to San Jose and meet your tour guides upon arrival. Transfer to tonight's hotel and become acquainted with your fellow travellers during a welcome dinner this evening.

  • Dinner
2
Alajuela Province to Tortuguero

Savour your first taste of traditional gallo pinto (black beans and rice) during breakfast at the hotel before travelling to the enchanting town of Tortuguero on Costa Rica's biodiverse Caribbean Coast, stopping en route in Guapiles. Arrive at your lodge for a lunch before departing on your first excursion visiting Tortuguero, the 'home of the turtles'. With the rest of your afternoon at leisure, explore Tortuguero's exotic beaches and be sure to look out for endearing turtles who are renowned for nesting upon the sandy shores (from July through mid October).

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
3
Tortuguero

Embark on a captivating nature hike through well-established rainforest trails, nestled within Tortuguero National Park; watch as mantled howler monkeys swing through the treetops, and listen to the tuneful changing of green macaws during this truly unforgettable experience. This afternoon, cruise Tortuguero's intricate rivers for the best glimpse of the park's most famous residents.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
4
Tortuguero to La Fortuna

Return through a system of snaking canals before continuing to Arenal, whose dramatic landscape is spectacularly dominated by the mighty Arenal Volcano. Pause en route to enjoy a traditional Costa Rican lunch.

  • Breakfast & Lunch
5
La Fortuna

A verdant haven framed by the grandiose Arenal Volcano, enjoy a scenic morning tour of the town of La Fortuna before tracing old lava flows around a private 4.5km hiking trail at its base. Along the way, discover wild sloths, monkeys and toucans inquisitively peer out of their fertile habitats, and relish in vistas overlooking the imposing Volcano. Return to your hotel for some time at leisure, or alternatively, relax in a serene web of natural thermal springs at Tabacon Hot Springs (at a fee).

  • Breakfast
6
La Fortuna to Monteverde

A picturesque journey from Arenal zigzags through a landscape of surpassing beauty; from rustic villages, rolling hills and the panoramas of stunning Lake Arenal, arrive in time for lunch at a hospitable ranch in the small community of Monteverde Cloud Forest. Dine on a flavourful traditional meal whilst enjoying a folklore dance presentation, before visiting a prospering coffee plantation which harvests one of Costa Rica's greatest agricultural produces. Prior to arriving at tonight's hotel, stop off in the town of Santa Elena, known as the home to one of South America's most mesmerising birds, the Quetzal.

  • Breakfast & Lunch
7
Monteverde

Soaring high above the clouds, bask in a vision of tranquillity in Monteverde Cloud Forest this morning, observing a hazy mist which drifts under the cloudforest; teeming with an astonishing 3000 species, witness some of nature's most stunning creatures, ranging from vibrant butterflies to prowling primates who reside in this biodiverse oasis. Delight in awe-inspiring jungle views from the dizzying heights of Selvatura Park's Treetop walkways before indulging in a delicious lunch, freshly prepared in front of your eyes. Laden with an enormous selection of colourful orchids, conclude today with a gentle hike in the tropical lowlands of the Ecological Sanctuary, a small patch of rainforest with an incredible variety of birds, mammals, plants and insects.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
8
Monteverde to the UK

Transfer to San Jose airport for your return flight to the UK.

  • Breakfast
9
San Jose to Manuel Antonio

After breakfast, transfer to your chosen beach hotel in Manuel Antonio

  • Breakfast
10
Manuel Antonio

Relax in this beautiful setting at the end of your tour.

  • Breakfast
11
Manuel Antonio

Continue your relaxation with another day spent at leisure

  • Breakfast
12
Manuel Antonio

This day is also yours to spend at leisure.

  • Breakfast
13
Manuel Antonio to the UK

Transfer back to the airport for your flight home.

  • Breakfast

Important Information

Visas

A 90 day tourist visa is granted on arrival in Costa Rica. You must have at least 6 months validity on your passport. Further to visa advice should be sought from the applicable tourist authority for other nationalities and for general queries. We strongly advise you to check with your destinations Tourist Board or Embassy for the most up-to-date guidelines regarding required passport validity. Costa Rica has a departure tax of approximately USD $29. This must be paid in cash at the airport before you depart.

Insurance

You must obtain suitable travel insurance prior to departure. Mercury Direct is partnered with Holiday Extras which offer insurance at the following prices:

Age in YearsUp to 6465 - 7475 - 85
Up to 17 days cover£39£75£129
For all persons 86 years and over, please contact us for insurance prices. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24 hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Direct will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.

Payment

If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £250pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

Flight Information

Your flight is to San Jose Airport with United Airlines (via Newark), departing from London Heathrow Terminal 2. Each passenger is entitled to 23kg of hold luggage and hand luggage not exceeding (22 cm x 35 cm x 56 cm), in size. Weight restrictions will be finalized on E-ticket receipt. Should you wish to take additional luggage you will need to pay extra at check-in. Check-in should be at least 3 hours before departure.

Health and Vaccinations

We recommend that you consult your local GP for advice on vaccinations and travel health before your departure.

Physical Accessibility

This tour is accessible to most people with an average level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves full days of sightseeing, often on foot and includes some climbing of stairs and getting on and off coaches and boats. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

Group Size

There is no minimum number of travellers for this extension however the main tour passenger numbers will apply for the main part of the tour. If in the unlikely event there are less than the required number of people booked on your main tour date then you may be asked to change to a different date. A full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.

Tour Guide

The main tour is a fully escorted tour, meaning that you will be met on arrival and will have a guide with you throughout the tour ensuring that you have first-hand knowledge at all times. Accommodation and transfers are included for the Manuel Antonio extension but there is NO guide so your time will be free.

Currency Information

Currency is Costa Rican colon. Prices in Costa Rica are frequently listed in US dollars, especially in hotels and restaurants, where you can expect to pay international prices. US dollars are widely accepted and some ATMs dispense dollars. Credit cards are also accepted as a form of payment. It is very important that you budget carefully and ensure you have the right form or currency before you arrive in the country.

Personal Expenses

You will need to take money with you to cover any personal purchases such as souvenirs, laundry and extra drinks and snacks. Approximately £300 will be sufficient for the durations of the tour, depending on how much of a bargain-hunter you are!

Tour Dates & Prices

Depart UKArrive UKExtension PriceTour PriceTotal Price
2020 DATES
El Parador Hotel
22 Aug 202002 Sep 2020£619£2329£2948
05 Sep 202016 Sep 2020£579£1929£2508
26 Sep 202007 Oct 2020£579£1799£2378
10 Oct 202021 Oct 2020£579£1799£2378
24 Nov 202005 Dec 2020£579£1849£2428
01 Dec 202012 Dec 2020£579£1849£2428
2021 DATES
05 Jan 202116 Jan 2021£629£2099£2728
19 Jan 202130 Jan 2021£629£2099£2728
16 Feb 202127 Feb 2021£629£2099£2728
09 Mar 202120 Mar 2021£629£1899£2528
17 Apr 202128 Apr 2021£629£1699£2328
15 May 202126 May 2021£589£1599£2188
29 May 202109 Jun 2021£589£1699£2288
12 Jun 202123 Jun 2021£589£1749£2338
26 Jun 202107 Jul 2021£629£1799£2428
10 Jul 202121 Jul 2021£629£2299£2928
24 Jul 202104 Aug 2021£629£2449£3078
07 Aug 202118 Aug 2021£629£2329£2958
21 Aug 202101 Sep 2021£629£2329£2958
11 Sep 202122 Sep 2021£589£1799£2388
25 Sep 202106 Oct 2021£589£1799£2388
13 Oct 202124 Oct 2021£589£1799£2388
26 Oct 202106 Nov 2021£589£1799£2388
02 Nov 202113 Nov 2021£589£1849£2438
30 Nov 202111 Dec 2021£589£1849£2438
2020 DATES
San Bada Hotel
20 Jun 202001 Jul 2020£489£1699£2188
22 Aug 202002 Sep 2020£499£2329£2828
05 Sep 202016 Sep 2020£489£1929£2418
26 Sep 202007 Oct 2020£489£1799£2288
10 Oct 202021 Oct 2020£489£1799£2288
24 Nov 202005 Dec 2020£489£1849£2338
01 Dec 202012 Dec 2020£489£1849£2338
2021 DATES
05 Jan 202116 Jan 2021£519£2099£2618
19 Jan 202130 Jan 2021£519£2099£2618
02 Feb 202113 Feb 2021£519£2099£2618
16 Feb 202127 Feb 2021£519£2099£2618
09 Mar 202120 Mar 2021£519£1899£2418
20 Mar 202131 Mar 2021£519£1899£2418
17 Apr 202128 Apr 2021£519£1699£2218
15 May 202126 May 2021£489£1599£2088
29 May 202109 Jun 2021£489£1699£2188
12 Jun 202123 Jun 2021£489£1749£2238
26 Jun 202107 Jul 2021£519£1799£2318
10 Jul 202121 Jul 2021£519£2299£2818
24 Jul 202104 Aug 2021£519£2449£2968
07 Aug 202118 Aug 2021£519£2329£2848
21 Aug 202101 Sep 2021£519£2329£2848
11 Sep 202122 Sep 2021£489£1799£2288
25 Sep 202106 Oct 2021£489£1799£2288
13 Oct 202124 Oct 2021£489£1799£2288
26 Oct 202106 Nov 2021£489£1799£2288
02 Nov 202113 Nov 2021£489£1849£2338
30 Nov 202111 Dec 2021£489£1849£2338
2020 DATES
Si Como No Resort and Wildlife Refuge
20 Jun 202001 Jul 2020£559£1699£2258
22 Aug 202002 Sep 2020£559£2329£2888
05 Sep 202016 Sep 2020£559£1929£2488
26 Sep 202007 Oct 2020£559£1799£2358
10 Oct 202021 Oct 2020£559£1799£2358
24 Nov 202005 Dec 2020£559£1849£2408
01 Dec 202012 Dec 2020£559£1849£2408
2021 DATES
05 Jan 202116 Jan 2021£689£2099£2788
19 Jan 202130 Jan 2021£689£2099£2788
02 Feb 202113 Feb 2021£689£2099£2788
16 Feb 202127 Feb 2021£689£2099£2788
09 Mar 202120 Mar 2021£689£1899£2588
20 Mar 202131 Mar 2021£689£1899£2588
17 Apr 202128 Apr 2021£689£1699£2388
15 May 202126 May 2021£569£1599£2168
29 May 202109 Jun 2021£569£1699£2268
12 Jun 202123 Jun 2021£569£1749£2318
26 Jun 202107 Jul 2021£569£1799£2368
10 Jul 202121 Jul 2021£569£2299£2868
24 Jul 202104 Aug 2021£569£2449£3018
07 Aug 202118 Aug 2021£569£2329£2898
21 Aug 202101 Sep 2021£569£2329£2898
11 Sep 202122 Sep 2021£569£1799£2368
25 Sep 202106 Oct 2021£569£1799£2368
13 Oct 202124 Oct 2021£569£1799£2368
26 Oct 202106 Nov 2021£569£1799£2368
02 Nov 202113 Nov 2021£569£1849£2418
30 Nov 202111 Dec 2021£569£1849£2418
Travelling alone?

Unfortunately, we do not have any places with no single supplements on this tour. However, if you are happy to share with another passenger of the same gender, then let us know at the time of booking and we will endeavour to find you a travelling partner. Alternatively, please ask about our single supplement prices in order to book your own twin room

Private Tours:

If the group departure dates are not suitable for you and you would prefer a more personal and flexible experience then you can choose to book a private guide for your tour at a reasonable supplement.

What to expect

Fact File
Currency

Colon

Min/Max temperature

21 °C / 33 °C

When to go

Please familiarise yourself with the climate charts below.

San Jose

Tortuguero

La Fortuna

Monteverde

San Antonio

What to pack
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Sun Hat
  • Waterproof lightweight jacket
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Flip flops or sandals
  • Camera
  • Plug adaptor
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