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Manuel Antonio Beach Stay


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

4 NIGHTS from £574pp

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
  • Explore enchanting Tortuguero National Park
  • Visit idyllic Tortuguero town
  • Experience the majestic La Fortuna Waterfall
  • Explore the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
  • Enjoy a city tour of San Jose
  • Experience the mighty Arenal Volcano

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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. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy a welcome dinner tonight with your group.

  • Dinner
2
Alajuela Province to Tortuguero

This morning you will leave Alajuela and start your journey to the mystical town of Tortuguero on the Caribbean coast. We schedule breakfast before leaving the hotel for your first taste of the traditional gallo pinto (black beans and rice), then a quick stop in Guapiles. Continuing your journey to the port you will travel through small villages and banana plantations. A gentle boat ride through the jungle canals will follow to arrive at your lodge in Tortuguero. Enjoy lunch at your lodge and then a visit to Tortuguero town. With no cars or streets, the town is sandwiched between a Caribbean beach on one side and waterways on the other. Spend some time exploring this charming town where you may even be lucky enough to spot some turtles nesting on the beach if you are travelling between July and October. The rest of the afternoon will be free to relax with dinner at your lodge.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
3
San Jose to Tortuguero

Following an early breakfast, start your day with a fascinating hike through the rainforest nature trails at your lodge, home to a diverse range of flora and fauna. Following lunch, travel by boat through the maze of canals within the national park, for the best chance to spot the wildlife of the rainforest. Tortuguero literally means ?region of turtles? and it is no surprise that it is home to seven species of turtles as well as being the most important nesting site for the green sea turtle. The area also contains a great diversity of crustaceans and many species of freshwater fish.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
4
Tortuguero to La Fortuna

Travel back through the Tortuguero canals to reach the pier where your ground transportation will meet you. Travel by bus to La Fortuna with stops for a traditional Costa Rican lunch and to see the Giant Iguanas at El Muelle.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
5
La Fortuna

Explore a private 4.5-kilometre path around the base of the volcano and ascend to a lookout point to experience a fantastic view of the Arenal Volcano including the remains of the last volcanic eruption in 1968. Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the hot springs or simply take in the view from your hotel.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
6
La Fortuna

Today you will visit Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge. One of the most important wetland areas in the world and a region of huge biological importance due to the immense variety of flora and fauna in the area. The refuge is home to several endangered species including cougars, jaguars and tapirs, and whilst these elusive animals are very difficult to see there are several species of monkeys and a phenomenal variety of birdlife that are much easier to find.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
7
La Fortuna to Monteverde

Monteverde is a world above the coastal towns at high altitude (1440m above sea level) allowing it to receive the steady supply of clouds and the life-giving moisture they contain. On the journey, take in the beautiful landscape of Lake Arenal and pass through some typical country villages. Your lunch stop will be at a wonderful local ranch, where you will be served a traditional local meal along with a folklore dance presentation by school children, plus the chance to visit the coffee plantations on the grounds. Before arriving at your hotel, you will be taken for an introduction to the town of Santa Elena, famous for one of South America?s most resplendent birds, the Quetzal.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
8
Monteverde

Today?s tour takes you high above the clouds to the Monteverde Cloud Forest. Here, clouds hover above the canopy of the forest before condensing on leaves creating a specialized ecosystem and habitat found nowhere else on earth. With the help of your guide, you will be able to spot some of nature?s most splendid creations, from colourful butterflies, to lowlying lizards and fearless primates; this forest is said to be home to over 3,000 known species. The morning will be spent in Selvatura Park and explored via the 1.9 mile long treetop walkways taking you close to the cloud-forest canopy and allowing you excellent vistas of the forest below. Lunch today will be at a family run kitchen at an ecological sanctuary. Your food will be prepared in front of you whilst you learn about the traditional recipes and dishes along with the opportunity to join in, perhaps becoming an expert in tortilla making by the end of the meal! The afternoon will continue at ground level as a gentle hike will allow you to closely examine some of the 500 species of orchids growing amongst the 3,000 varieties of plants on the moist forest floor.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
9
Monteverde to Punta Leona

Depart to Punta Leona on the Pacific Coast. Make a stop en route at the Tarcoles River Bridge to see the giant crocodiles sunning themselves on the river backs below.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
10
Punta Leona

Visit the stunning Manuel Antonio Nationa

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
11
San Jose to Manuel Antonio

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

  • Breakfast
12
Manuel Antonio

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

  • Breakfast
13
Manuel Antonio

Continue your relaxation with another day spent at leisure

  • Breakfast
14
Manuel Antonio

This day is also yours to spend at leisure.

  • Breakfast
15
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
06 May 202020 May 2020£599£2239£2838
20 May 202003 Jun 2020£599£2099£2698
26 Aug 202009 Sep 2020£599£2699£3298
02 Sep 202016 Sep 2020£599£2149£2748
30 Sep 202014 Oct 2020£599£2149£2748
21 Oct 202004 Nov 2020£599£2499£3098
07 Nov 202021 Nov 2020£599£2149£2748
14 Nov 202028 Nov 2020£599£2149£2748
21 Nov 202005 Dec 2020£599£2149£2748
05 Dec 202019 Dec 2020£599£2199£2798
2021 DATES
09 Jan 202123 Jan 2021£619£2499£3118
16 Jan 202130 Jan 2021£619£2499£3118
30 Jan 202113 Feb 2021£619£2499£3118
06 Feb 202120 Feb 2021£619£2499£3118
13 Feb 202127 Feb 2021£619£2499£3118
27 Feb 202113 Mar 2021£619£2449£3068
06 Mar 202120 Mar 2021£619£2399£3018
13 Mar 202127 Mar 2021£619£2369£2988
14 Apr 202128 Apr 2021£619£2349£2968
28 Apr 202112 May 2021£589£2349£2938
05 May 202119 May 2021£589£2199£2788
19 May 202102 Jun 2021£589£2149£2738
02 Jun 202116 Jun 2021£589£2099£2688
30 Jun 202114 Jul 2021£619£2349£2968
14 Jul 202128 Jul 2021£619£2749£3368
28 Jul 202111 Aug 2021£619£2749£3368
11 Aug 202125 Aug 2021£619£2749£3368
25 Aug 202108 Sep 2021£589£2749£3338
01 Sep 202115 Sep 2021£589£2199£2788
15 Sep 202129 Sep 2021£589£2199£2788
29 Sep 202113 Oct 2021£589£2199£2788
13 Oct 202127 Oct 2021£589£2199£2788
23 Oct 202106 Nov 2021£589£2199£2788
06 Nov 202120 Nov 2021£589£2199£2788
13 Nov 202127 Nov 2021£589£2199£2788
20 Nov 202104 Dec 2021£589£2199£2788
04 Dec 202118 Dec 2021£589£2249£2838
2020 DATES
San Bada Hotel
06 May 202020 May 2020£499£2239£2738
20 May 202003 Jun 2020£499£2099£2598
26 Aug 202009 Sep 2020£519£2699£3218
02 Sep 202016 Sep 2020£519£2149£2668
30 Sep 202014 Oct 2020£519£2149£2668
21 Oct 202004 Nov 2020£519£2499£3018
07 Nov 202021 Nov 2020£519£2149£2668
14 Nov 202028 Nov 2020£519£2149£2668
21 Nov 202005 Dec 2020£519£2149£2668
05 Dec 202019 Dec 2020£519£2199£2718
2021 DATES
09 Jan 202123 Jan 2021£519£2499£3018
23 Jan 202106 Feb 2021£519£2499£3018
30 Jan 202113 Feb 2021£519£2499£3018
06 Feb 202120 Feb 2021£519£2499£3018
13 Feb 202127 Feb 2021£519£2499£3018
27 Feb 202113 Mar 2021£519£2449£2968
06 Mar 202120 Mar 2021£519£2399£2918
13 Mar 202127 Mar 2021£519£2369£2888
14 Apr 202128 Apr 2021£519£2349£2868
28 Apr 202112 May 2021£499£2349£2848
05 May 202119 May 2021£499£2199£2698
19 May 202102 Jun 2021£499£2149£2648
02 Jun 202116 Jun 2021£499£2099£2598
30 Jun 202114 Jul 2021£519£2349£2868
14 Jul 202128 Jul 2021£519£2749£3268
28 Jul 202111 Aug 2021£519£2749£3268
11 Aug 202125 Aug 2021£519£2749£3268
25 Aug 202108 Sep 2021£499£2749£3248
01 Sep 202115 Sep 2021£499£2199£2698
15 Sep 202129 Sep 2021£499£2199£2698
29 Sep 202113 Oct 2021£499£2199£2698
13 Oct 202127 Oct 2021£499£2199£2698
23 Oct 202106 Nov 2021£499£2199£2698
06 Nov 202120 Nov 2021£499£2199£2698
13 Nov 202127 Nov 2021£499£2199£2698
20 Nov 202104 Dec 2021£499£2199£2698
04 Dec 202118 Dec 2021£499£2249£2748
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
  • A plug adaptor
Customer Rating:
10/10
N Kerr
9th Mar 2020

The guide was the best 11 out of 10.

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
Jan Hughes
27th Nov 2018

Hotels were all of a good standard, with Poas Volcano Lodge being outstanding. We wished we could have stayed more than one night there as it was fabulous!
Our guide (Jose Herrera) was excellent - informative and engaging. He gave just the right amount of information during the long drives and was clear with all the arrangements - times to meet etc. Vehicle was comfortable.

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
Judith Elsey-warren
22nd Mar 2018

All the hotels were of an excellent standard.
My favourites were The Pachira Lodge Tortuguera,The Poas Volcano Lodge and El Parador Manuel Antonio.
However the Country inns and Suites in San Jose also gets a special mention.
Las Lagos Arenal was good the evening meal was not so good.
El Establo was good we were lucky to have rooms high up overlooking the rain forest and there was a lovely pool.

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
Irene O’brien
20th Mar 2018

All the hotels were good, would expect nothing less on a Mercury Holiday. The highlight of the holiday, as far as hotels go, was Poas Volcano Lodge. It was 5 star luxury, with our room being more of a suite. The dinner and breakfast were superb and to find a hot-water bottle in your bed on a chilly evening was absolute heaven! It was such a shame we were only there for one night, we left feeling there was so much more to explore.

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
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