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Costa Rica Honeymoon

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Day 1 of your Costa Rica Honeymoon

Arrival:
Meet & Greet Service
Transfer to San Jose Center
Overnight at Grano de Oro – Deluxe Room

San Jose

Founded in 1738 and declared Costa Rica’s capital in 1823, San José is a friendly, cosmopolitan city that’s nestled in the Central Valley and surrounded by lush mountains and tall volcanoes, some active. It is perfect for a tart to your honeymoon in Costa Rica.It’s the nation’s cultural and political hub and nearly half of the country’s population calls it and the suburbs around it home. Known locally as ―Chepe,‖ San José started out as a small village with fertile soils; the introduction of coffee transformed it into a prominent urban center. (Historic factoid: It was the third city in the world to use electric energy, after New York and Paris.) Most visitors to San José head downtown to explore the pedestrian-only Avenida Central and Plaza de la Cultura, a perfect people-watching spot that is home to cafés, flower shops, the National Theater (one of the capital’s finest historic buildings), and the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, which houses a collection of ancient gold artifacts. The city boasts a nice assortment of restaurants and bars and a vibrant nightlife, too. It’s also an excellent base for exploring the Central Valley; nearby sit rainforests, coffee plantations, zip-lines, and rivers for whitewater rafting.

Grano de Oro Hotel
Calle 30, Avenida 2 y 4, San José Costa Rica
Category – High / Deluxe

Located in an elegant Victorian mansion, on a shaded street in the heart of a San José, Grano de Oro is a 40-room hotel that exudes the warmth and comfort of a private home while offering excellent services, too. There are picturesque atriums; halls lined with original art, photographs, and antiques; and varying categories of rooms and suites. All are plush and air-conditioned and boast pillow-top beds with sumptuous linens-some feature rich wood paneling, a hot tub, or a private garden or patio. The property’s renowned restaurant boasts a Euro-Costa Rican menu, specialty cocktails, and a good wine list. Granode Oro also offers massage services and a rooftop garden terrace with lounge chairs and two hot tubs for relaxing on your honeymoon in Costa Rica.

Facilities: Restaurant, bar, rooftop terrace, air-conditioning & WiFi.
Location: 20-minute drive from Juan Santamaría International Airport.

Day 2

American Breakfast at Grano de Oro
Poas Volcano, Doka Coffee Estate & La Paz Waterfall Gardens (Private/FD/Minibus)
Transfer to Bajos del Toro
Overnight at El Silencio Lodge – Luxury Suite

Poas Volcano, Doka Coffee Estate & La Paz Waterfall Gardens (Private/FD/Minibus)

Today, you’ll transfer to the Poas Volcano National Park, considered by some people the world’s largest geyser. On the way, you will learn about the foliage and strawberry greenhouses you pass. Once inside the park, you’ll explore the volcano’s maincrater—which steams with fumaroles (cracks in the ground that omit geothermal steam and gasses)—visit the Botos Lagoon, and learn about the region’s various ecosystems and wildlife. You’ll then travel to the more than 100-year-old Doka Coffee Estate, which works by hydraulic power and was declared to be an Architectural Heritage for Humanity Site in 2003. Here, you will learn how coffee is produced and have a chance to taste the estate’s eight blends. Afterward, you’ll head to the La Paz Waterfall Gardens, an ecological preserve where you’ll walk along a forested trail with beautiful waterfalls. The preserve hosts more than 100 species of animals, plus a hummingbird garden, serpentarium, bird house, butterfly garden, and frog exhibit.

  • Activity Includes: Transport, Guide, Entrance fees, water

 

El Silencio Lodge

Bajos del Toro, Alajuela

Located on a hillside, in an isolated mountain setting, El Silencio Lodge & Spa offers plush, upscale suites and two-bedroom villas, all constructed out of environmentally friendly materials. Expect king-sized beds, marble bathrooms, private decks (with handcrafted rocking chairs), outdoor hot tubs, and floor-to-ceiling windows that ensure amazing cloud forest views. A full-service spa boasts a comprehensive menu of massages, facials, and body wraps; an outdoor yoga deck is located right in the middle of the jungle. The retreat sits on 202 hectares (500 acres) of private forest, and there are myriad hiking trails at guests disposal. Las Ventanas restaurant offers Costa Rican fare made with ingredients sourced from the property’s organic garden and from local purveyors.

Facilities: Restaurant, spa, yoga deck & WiFi.
Location: A 90-minute drive from the San José International Airport.

Day 3

Breakfast a la Carte at El Silencio Lodge
SL: Los Bajos Cultural Experience (Collective/HD)
SL: Wine Tasting Experience (Collective/HD)
Overnight at El Silencio Lodge – Luxury Suite

SL: Los Bajos Cultural Experience (Collective/HD)

Los Bajos del Toro Amarillo is a thriving rural community set within the cloud forest with beautiful landscapes and intriguing flora. During this tour you will experience the authentic Costa Rican atmosphere and traditions. You will visit the private garden of orchid enthusiast Mr. Martín Porras, where you’ll have the opportunity to observe his private collection of more than 400 orchid species of amazing beauty. Continuing the tour, you will experience the culture of a rural town by visiting the local school, the church, and the soccer field. You’ll also stop by Mrs. Olga’s pulpería, where you will learn how to make fresh tortillas and stock up on local pastries.

  • Activity Includes: Local home visit, palm tortillas, orchid garden

 

SL: Wine Tasting Experience (Collective/HD)

Let your sommelier take you on a fantastic wine lover’s journey. Learn about wine’s origins, grape varieties, growing conditions, and unexpected challenges. Includes a crash course on wine-pairing, highlighted by a fun tasting session stacking up two reds and two whites against elemental flavors to illustrate the fine art of selecting the perfect wine to complement and enhance the flavor of a delicious dish. This is a great moment to enhance your wine expertise.

  • Activity Includes: Class, tasting & sommelier

 

Day 4

Breakfast a la Carte at El Silencio Lodge
SL: Guided Waterfall Hike (Collective/HD)
Transfer to Arenal / Fortuna
Overnight at Nayara Hotel Spa & Gardens – Spring Villa

SL: Guided Waterfall Hike (Collective/HD)

Your Eco-Concierge will take you along well-groomed paths that trace a pristine creek to find soothing waterfalls. This guided excursion will provide fascinating facts about the cloud forest eco-system, maximizing chances to spot beautiful birds and local wildlife. Walking sticks are recommended for safety and convenience. The names of each waterfall are: El Silencio (Silence), La Melodía (Melody) and La Promesa (The Promise). You might be in the mood to energize by swimming in its cold waters.

  • Activity Includes: Guide & guidebooks, Walking Sticks

 

La Fortuna & Arenal Volcano

For approximately 40 years, Arenal erupted near-daily, making it Costa Rica’s most active volcano. It has been dormant since 2010, but the area around it and the nearby town of La Fortuna still buzzes with activity. Adventurous travelers set out for this region of northern Costa Rica to hike stunning rainforests with hanging bridges, sky-blue waterfalls, and fascinating caves. They raft river rapids, horseback ride, zip-line through the jungle, and relax in natural hot springs. The town of La Fortuna itself is a great spot for delicious meals and vibrant nightlight where you can salsa the night away.

Nayara Hotel Spa & Gardens

La Fortuna, Arenal
Category – High / Deluxe

Located in the middle of a tropical rainforest, on beautifully manicured grounds, Nayara Hotel offers 50 spacious accommodations perfectly situated to take in the draw-dropping views of nearby Arenal volcano and the surrounding jungle. There are casitas, suites, and villas, and all are supremely comfortable: Picture plantation furniture, plush, four-poster beds, hardwood floors, secluded gardens with outdoor showers, and oversize terraces boasting hot tubs or mineral spring-fed plunge pools. The on-premise spa, perched on a cliff overlooking a wild landscape, offers a comprehensive menu of massages, wraps, and more. Guests have an eclectic mix of food from which to choose, from sushi to tapas to local eats; a nice selection of wine is on offer, as well. The hotel is well-suited for visitors looking to hike, mountain bike, zip-line, and enjoy local thermal springs or Lake Arenal.

Facilities: Restaurants, bar, pool, spa, air-conditioning & WiFi.
Location: 6 kilometers (3.7 miles) from La Fortuna town.

Day 5

Breakfast Buffet at Nayara Hotel Spa & Gardens
Free Morning in Arenal Area
Arenal Volcano National Park Hike & Tabacón Hot Springs with Dinner (Private/HD/Minibus) (ARE)
Overnight at Nayara Hotel Spa & Gardens – Spring Villa

Arenal Volcano National Park Hike & Tabacón Hot Springs with Dinner (Private/HD/Minibus)

Embark on a half-day tour of the famous Arenal Volcano National Park, a 12,000 hectare (30,000 acre) stretch of land that comprises rainforest, savannah, and two volcanoes. (A large chunk of this area was devastated during Arenal’s massive eruption in 1968.) You’ll explore the park on a 45-minute hike along a sandy trail and over a lava field (formed in 1992) as your guide explains on volcanism, Costa Rican geography, and the history of Arenal, which was once the most active volcano in the country. The hike culminates at a spot with excellent views for photograph shooting. Afterwards, you’ll be transferred to Tabacón Grand Spa where you will be able to enjoy a relaxing immersion in the resort’s hot springs. A buffet dinner is included in Tabacón hot springs.

  • Activity Includes: Entrance fees, transfers, drinking water, guide, hot springs & dinner

 

Day 6

Breakfast Buffet at Nayara Hotel Spa & Gardens
Arenal Hanging Bridges, La Fortuna Waterfall (Private/FD/Minibus) (ARE)
Free Afternoon in Arenal Area
Overnight at Nayara Hotel Spa & Gardens – Spring Villa

Arenal Hanging Bridges, & La Fortuna Waterfall (Private/FD/Minibus) (ARE)

Today, you’ll travel 30 minutes to the Arenal Hanging Bridges, a 250 hectare (617 acre) stretch of rainforest that boasts a series of winding trails and bridges. Upon arrival, you’ll set out on a 3 kilometer (2 mile) hike along a well-maintained trail featuring 16 bridges, plus a beautiful waterfall. You’ll learn about the natural history of the area, as you take in the surrounding wildlife and jungle canopy. Afterwards, you’ll head to the 60-meter-high (200 foot) La Fortuna waterfall. You’ll follow a series of steps to the base of the falls where a picturesque pool for swimming awaits. After lunch in La Fortuna town, you’ll transfer back to your hotel.

Day 7

Breakfast Buffet at Nayara Hotel Spa & Gardens
Free Day in Arenal Area
Overnight at Nayara Hotel Spa & Gardens – Spring Villa

Day 8

Breakfast Buffet at Nayara Hotel Spa & Gardens
Free Day in Arenal Area
Overnight at Nayara Hotel Spa & Gardens – Spring Villa

Day 8

Breakfast Buffet at Nayara Hotel Spa & Gardens
Transfer to Guanacaste – Papagayo Gulf
Overnight at Hotel El Mangroove – Nesto (2nd floor)

Guanacaste Province/North Pacific

The province of Guanacaste sits in northwestern Costa Rica and stretches from Nicaragua to the Nicoya Peninsula, along the Pacific coast. It’s one of Costa Rica’s most exciting destinations and attracts travelers of all kinds, from honeymooners and families to golfers, scuba divers, and surfers. Beaches are rugged, remote, and often deserted; some of the better-known ones include Sámara, Nosara, Montezuma, and Punta Islita. National parks like Rincón de la Vieja boast active volcanoes, cloud forests, and incredible wildlife (think spider monkeys, pumas, sloths, and tapirs). Other parks are home to mangroves, wetlands, and savanna; some protect important sea turtle nesting sites. Guanacaste is also sabanero (cowboy) territory, and extensive cattle ranches pepper the landscape. Guanacastecos take pride in the rich local culture which visitors can learn about via typical music, dances, dishes, and drinks (meals often incorporate maiz, a principal regional crop). In small villages like Guaitil, potters use ancient traditional methods to produce pre-Columbian Chorotega-style pottery.

The most popular time to visit Guanacaste is November to April during the ―golden‖ (and dry) sunny season, though the rainy season boasts its own advantages with lush green landscapes. The city of Liberia is Guanacaste’s capital and commercial hub and has its own international airport.

Hotel El Mangroove

El Mangroove
Papagayo Gulf, Guanacaste

El Mangroove is located in the coveted Papagayo Bay in Guanacaste. The property spans for 17 acres including 150 mts of beach front alongside Panama Beach. It’s also just 15 minutes away from El Coco, a lively beach town with restaurants, bars, souvenir markets, parks and shops. El Mangroove boasts from King Suites, to a Presidential suite. Perfect mixes of wood and water alongside contemporary linear architecture, bamboo, stone and natural furnishings make it evident that luxury here is simple. El Mangroove has a unique personality within itself and of its own; it entertains the grooviest of travelers while leading a sun soaking, moongazing and ever so desirable lifestyle.

Day 9

Buffet breakfast at Hotel El Mangroove
Free Day in Papagayo Gulf
Overnight at Hotel El Mangroove – Nesto (2nd floor)

Day 10

Buffet breakfast at Hotel El Mangroove
Free Day in Papagayo Gulf
Overnight at Hotel El Mangroove – Nesto (2nd floor)

Day 11

Buffet breakfast at Hotel El Mangroove
Transfer to LIR Airport / Liberia
Flight to San Jose Airport / Alajuela
Trip Ends

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