Escorted Groups Details

The Best of Costa Rica

May 8, 2023 - May 23, 2023


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May 8 - 23, 2023
16 days, 15 nights | Max 20 guests



Lush rain forests, exotic creatures, palm-fringed beaches.
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Teeming waterfalls, and steaming thermal springs… Join very own Costa Rica expert, Maxine Monk, as she returns in May, the ideal time to visit this unspoiled paradise where the countryside & forests are more lush & vibrant than ever, and there are fewer crowds.



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Meet Maxine Monk

Our Costa Rica Expert


To say Maxine is passionate about Costa Rica is an understatement. “I have visited this paradise more than 40 times since 2001. I love it so much, I now live part of the year here,” she says. Maxine has designed and escorted Costa Rican getaways for individuals, families, school and senior groups. After more than 20 years as a Maritime Travel advisor, Maxine thought she’d take a break from leading Costa Rica tours. “I couldn’t stay away. I miss it too much. The fun, the new friendships, the camaraderie, and of course, the country itself.” Join Maxine for a true insider’s experience of Costa Rica.


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15 nights deluxe accommodations, including 3-day secluded Deluxe Beachfront Resort stay • 15 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 10 dinners • English-speaking private guide driver, naturalist guides • All land transportation in AC coach; transfers • Coffee plantation & La Paz Waterfall Gardens Tours • Boat tours in Tortuguero National Park & Turtle Museum visit • Caribbean Rainforest Aerial Tram • Local Community Interaction “Charla” • Primary Forest & Cloud Forest Hanging Bridges hikes • Tabacon Hot Springs visit • San Jose city tour • Includes all land transportation, transfers, gratuities for private guide & driver • Fun, laughs, & memories to last a lifetime  /_uploads/images/escortedgroups/Meet-Maxine-Monk-2023-rev.png




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Taxes Included.
Price is per person based on
double occupancy, land only.



Contact your Maritime Travel Advisor 
for more information or to book!

Hurry! Space is limited!




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Itinerary


Monday, May 8 - Travel to San Jose, capital of Costa Rica. After clearing Customs and Immigration, and claiming your luggage, you will be met outside by Maxine and transferred to HOTEL STUDIO BOUTIQUE, our home for the next two nights. Located in Santa Ana, 15km from the airport and 12km from downtown, our hotel features beautiful Costa Rican and international art and views of the surrounding Central Valley. Tonight, we enjoy a Welcome Dinner and get to know our travelling companions. D

Tuesday, May 9 - Following breakfast, our adventure begins with a visit to DOKA COFFEE ESTATE located in the foothills of POAS VOLCANO. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site where we will experience firsthand how a choice bean is transformed into our morning cup of coffee. We then continue our adventure as we travel to LA PAZ WATERFALL GARDENS AND PARK, a private animal sanctuary with over 100 species. We will hike with our guide along the La Paz River past five amazing waterfalls and enjoy a delicious Costa Rican lunch. Afterwards, you will not want to miss the cat and bird exhibits, the butterfly observatory, hummingbird gardens, snake and frog exhibits and much more. The balance of the day/evening is at leisure. B L

Wednesday, May 10 & Thursday, May 11 - After check-out, we begin our adventure with a drive through scenic and mystical BRAULIO CARRILLO NATIONAL PARK, with cascading waterfalls set amidst Jurassic Park-like jungle, crossing the Continental Divide to the Caribbean side of the country. Continue on to board the boat and travel along rivers and canals through jungle waterways to EVERGREEN LODGE, located in the middle of TORTUGUERO’s tropical forest. For the next two nights, you will be in the heart of nature at it’s very best! Being awakened at 5:25am by howler monkeys in the trees directly above you is an experience you will never forget. This is considered one of Costa Rica’s most exotic areas. We will enjoy guided boat tours through striking canals of TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK. Expect to find spider monkeys, howler monkeys, and white-faced Capuchin monkeys swinging through the trees, as well as hundreds of bird species and wildlife including tiger herons, macaws, boas, caimans, bats, iguanas and more. A visit to the tiny village of TORTUGUERO, a visit to the TURTLE MUSEUM to learn about the conservation of the green turtle and a short hike along one of the most important nesting beaches for marine turtles in the world, is also planned. B L D (each day)

Friday, May 12 - Following breakfast and check-out, we traverse the canals and rivers to continue our adventure. We will meet up with our chofer and coach and enjoy a typical lunch in GUAPILES. Next, we will experience the CARIBBEAN RAINFOREST AERIAL TRAM. You will travel through 2.6km of rainforest from forest floor to tree tops, accompanied by our own naturalist guide. We then head to SARAPIQUI region and check in to SELVA VERDE LODGE AND RAINFOREST RESERVE, our home for the next two nights. Keel-billed toucans, great green macaws, sloths and howler monkeys can be spotted in the lodge area so be ready and do not miss the experience of walking together with thousands of other species! Enjoy a group dinner tonight at the lodge. B L D

Saturday, May 13 - This morning is free to relax, enjoy the pool, lodge trails or take a local tour: white water rafting, river cruise or safari float on Sarapiqui River, horseback riding, chocolate or pineapple tour, La Selva bat tour and more. Midday we will take part in a “charla”. What better way to learn about rural community life than to visit a home and meet a member of that community. We will visit a local casa and discover how a Tico family makes cheese “arepas.” We will have the opportunity to ask questions about life in this area. Following dinner, you might choose to explore the rainforest on a night walk with our guide. B L D

Sunday, May 14 - Early morning , we cross the Sarapiqui River to enter the Primary Forest Reserve of old-growth and secondary forest to observe this unique ecosystem with a naturalist guide. Following breakfast, surprises are in store as we travel towards the northern region and one of the most famous volcanoes in the country. We will stop at the picturesque town of LA FORTUNA, a great place to take photos and shop for snacks, before making our way up the mountain to ARENAL OBSERVATORY LODGE. Boasting impressive views of the volcano and lake, this hotel is the only one within ARENAL NATIONAL PARK. It is our home for the next two nights. Tonight we enjoy a group dinner in the lodge restaurant. B D

Monday, May 15 - Are you an early riser? Our alarm clock this morning might be a Howler Monkey or a Montezuma Oropendula bird. Enjoy breakfast overlooking the lake and viewing the mighty volcano. The morning is free. Arenal area is considered the adventure capital of the country loaded with activities including the famous canopy tour (zip lines), mountain biking, ATV, horseback riding, fishing, wind surfing or kayaking on Lake Arenal, volcano and hanging bridges hikes, rappelling, white water rafting, spelunking, bird watching, wildlife refuge tours and more. Later this afternoon, we visit TABACON GRAND THERMAL RESORT & SPA. If you are looking for the “Garden of Eden” - this is it! Enjoy time bathing in the hot springs, strolling through the lush, tropical gardens of this secret paradise, or sipping a cool drink at the pool bar. You will have time to enjoy all this before savouring an amazing buffet dinner. B D

Tuesday, May 16 - Today, following breakfast, we cross man-made LAKE ARENAL to meet up with our coach and journey to the beautiful and mystical area of MONTEVERDE, where trees grow to heights of more than 100 feet! Enjoy the view as we transition from rainforest to cloud forest. We will be amazed by the emerald-green foliage and the symphony sung by Monteverde’s animal kingdom. We will arrive at FICUS SUNSET SUITES HOTEL (2 nights). Located in the heart of Monteverde and within walking distance from the small town of SANTA ELENA, you will find great local restaurants, shops and a grocery close by. We will spend the next two nights here so be prepared to experience amazing sunsets and breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. The remainder of the day is free to enjoy and explore. You might wish to check out the ranarium or frog pond in the village for a glimpse of the “glass frog” , explore the shops and sights in the quaint little town or simply enjoy sitting on your balcony or patio while watching colourful birds and exotic animals that might frequent the branches near your suite. B D

Wednesday, May 17 - Following breakfast, we head to SELVATURA HANGING BRIDGES – a reserve that abounds with wonderful trails, suspension bridges, and outstanding natural areas. Count on up-close encounters of Costa Rica’s famous forest ecosystems and possible close encounters with cloudforest inhabitants. If we are fortunate, we may spy the “resplendant quetzal” bird – the wish of many travellers who venture here. The afternoon and evening are free to relax or enjoy another of the many activities available in the area. B

Thursday, May 18 - This morning we leave the mountains of Monteverde Cloudforest behind us and journey west and south to the Pan American Highway (longest highway in the world) towards the Central Pacific, home to beautiful beaches, national parks and refuges. The region is home to many ecosystems that serve as habitat for numerous plant and animal species, many of which reside protected within wildlife reserves. Many activities here involve sun, sand, nature, adventure, honeymoons, relaxation, and water sports. Destination - the Nicoya Peninsula, separated from the mainland of Costa Rica by the Gulf of Nicoya. We will cross the gulf by ferry from the port of PUNTARENAS to PAQUERA and continue on to TANGO MAR BEACHFRONT SPA & GOLF RESORT (3 nights.) This intimate and exclusive small, deluxe resort, located on a 150-acre private beachfront reserve, offers the ultimate relaxation escape or an active eco vacation. Tango Mar is the recipient of the Costa Rican Ecological Blue Flag Certification award. Guests here have access to a world of fascinating and exciting soft and adrenaline-rush activities: Horseback riding, kayaking, canopy zip lining, hiking, bird watching, golf, incredible sunset cruises, nature and ecological tours to nature wildlife reserves including Curu Biological Nature Reserve or Pochote Mangrove Estuary Tour. This is the time to relax, enjoy the beach and pools or check out the area and get rested for our journey back to reality! A group dinner is included tonight in the restaurant overlooking the stunning Pacific Ocean. B D

Friday, May 19 & Saturday, May 20 - Two days at leisure to enjoy the resort. Our guide and driver will be available for local excursions if there is enough interest. B (each day)

Sunday, May 21 - This morning we will return to the mainland and the Central Valley and visit SARCHI, Costa Rica’s main artisan town, before continuing on to San Jose. The brightly painted oxcarts that you noticed around the country are made here. Oxcarts were once used to haul coffee beans over the mountains to the coast and remain a well known symbol of Costa Rica. We will visit an oxcart factory and see Guinness Book of World Records “largest oxcart in the world” located in the town square. This is the ideal place to purchase those last minute gifts and hand-crafted wooden items made from rare hardwoods for family and friends back home. We will continue on to San Jose and check in to CROWNE PLAZA SAN JOSE COROBICI, our home for the next two nights and located 15 minutes from the airport and 5 minutes from downtown. B

Monday, May 22 - This morning our guide will show us the culture, history and architecture of San Jose. We will begin with a bus tour of the downtown and surrounding area, including residential areas and SABANA PARK, location of the first international airport and very close to our hotel. We will visit the beautiful NATIONAL THEATRE, one of the capital city’s cultural gems, the impressive PRE-COLUMBIAN GOLD MUSEUM, and the lively maze-like historical CENTRAL MARKET which has been providing fresh produce and local goods to San Jose residents since 1882. At the end of the tour you will have the option of staying downtown to explore further on your own or returning to your hotel. We will make arrangements for our driver to pick you up later in the day at a specific area. Tonight we will gather together at FUJI RESTAURANT, located in our hotel, for a Farewell Dinner. Be prepared for an evening of fun as we raise a glass to shared experiences with new friends and bid “adios” and “pura vida” to our guide and driver. B D

Tuesday, May 23 - Departure day. Following breakfast, there will be transfers to the airport for your flights home unless you are choosing to extend your stay. B

B = BREAKFAST   L = LUNCH   D = DINNER

Terms & Conditions:
*Some itinerary details are subject to change. Price is per person based on double occupancy. Cancellation Policy: Once full payment has been received, the tour is considered non-cancellable. Deposit of $500 per person required at time of booking. Deposit is fully refundable if tour does not occur. Full payment required 60 days before start date of tour. Minimum number of 14 bookings required to guarantee departure.

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