Costa Rica
If you are looking to share a little adventure, culture, sun, hiking, and even diving, Costa Rica may be just the place for you. This tiny little country, the size of West Virginia, packs in an incredible amount of ecological and geographical diversity. The Pacific Coast offers relaxing beach time and perhaps some snorkeling, surfing, or diving. Explore the natural beauty of this country in the mountaineous volcanic and rainforest regions. A popular way to enjoy a honeymoon in Costa Rica is with a multi-destination itinerary. That is, mix some rainforest time in with Pacific coastal time. But the most popular Costa Rica vacation is with a beach stay along the Guanacaste coast, adding some day tours for fun; there are all-inclusive options, with family friendly as well as adult only resorts.

Some things to know about Costa Rica:

  • Roads here are interesting, to say the least. Paved highways are bumpy and poorly marked. Some of the roads through the mountains and rainforests are not paved, besides not being well marked. While you can rent a car, it is best recommended to book a package with the transportation included (shared or private) to avoid the headache.
  • There are better beaches elsewhere in the Caribbean. The Pacific Coast is rocky, and at times a bit rough. Costa Rica doesn't offer a pleasant Caribbean coast line, and all the beachside resorts in Costa Rica will be found on the Western Pacific side. That said, the culture and beauty of Costa Rica is so charming, you will fall in love!
  • The main airport in Costa Rica is in the capitol city of San Jose but if you plan on staying at the beach (in Guanacaste) the Liberia airport is much more convenient.
  • While Spanish is the official language, English is very common. You'll do by with your broken Spanish, patience, and a smile. The folks are very friendly and welcome American tourists. Resorts of moderate or better quality utilize English speaking staff.

Panama
Tours. This compact little isthmus of a country offers rainforest, beaches (Caribbean and Pacific) and the famous Canal. New resorts have been popping up, including some fantastic all-inclusive options making Panama the latest up-and-coming destination. Opt for a guided/escorted tour to explore in depth or a beach stay for a focus on relaxation and sun.

Costa Rica/Panama/Central America Guided Tours 2016

Pleasant Holidays Guided Tours

  • Marvels of Costa Rica - 9 days
    Overnight stays: San Jose, Arenal 2 nights, Monteverde 2 nights, Guanacaste 3 nights
  • Jewels of Costa Rica - 11 days
    Overnight stays: San Jose, Tortuguero 2 nights, Arenal 2 nights, Montegerde 2 nights, Manuel Antonio 2 nights, San Jose.
  • Treasures of Panama - 8 days
    Overnight stays: Panama City 2 nights, Gamboa Rainforest 2 nights, Playa Bonita 3 nights
  • Panama Explorer - 9 days
    Overnight stays: Panama City 2 nights, Gamboa Rainforest 2 nights, Anton Valley, Playa Blanca 3 nights.

Trafalgar Escorted Tours

  • Costa Rica Eco Adventure - 8 days from $1625
    Overnight stays: San Jose, Tortuguero National Park 2 nights, Sarapiqui, Arenal, Monteverde Could Forest 2 nights, options extension Guanacaste Beach 2 nights.
  • Natural Wonders of Costa Rica - 9 days from $2395.
    Overnight stays: San Jose, Arenal 2 nights, Rio Perdido 2 nights, Carrillo Beach 2 nights, Los Angeles Cloud Forest, fly out of San Jose.
  • Monkeys, Jungles & Volcanoes (Family Vacations) - 8 days from $1625
    Overnight stays: San Jose, Tortuguero National Park 2 nights, Arenal 2 nights, Manuel Antonio Natinal Park 2 nights, fly out of San Jose.
  • Panama, the Canal and Beyond - 8 days from $2250
    Overnight stays: Panama City 2 nights, Gamboa 2 nights, Boquete 2 nights, Playa Blanca. Optional beach extension Playa Bonita.
  • Secrets of Panama and Costa Rica - 16 days from $5050
    Overnight stays: Panama City 2 nights, Gamboa 2 nights, Boquete 2 nights, Playa Blanca, fly to San Jose, Arenal 2 nights, Rio Perdido 2 nights, Carillo Beach 2 nights, Los Angeles Cloud Forest, fly from San Jose.
  • Treasures of the Yucatan - 8 days from $1625
    (Mexico) Overnight stays: Cancun, Merida 2 nights, Campeche, Uxmal, Chichen Itza, Cancun. Optional extension Cancun or Riviera Maya.
  • Mexico's Copper Canyon - 10 days from $1795
    Overnight stays: Phoenix Arizona, San Carlos 2 nights, Alamos, El Fuerte, Copper Canyon 2 nights, Casas Grandes, Phoenix Arizona.

Globus Escorted Tours

  • Costa Rica Explorer - 7 days from $1619
    Overnight stays: San Jose, Arenal 2 nights, Manuel Antonio 3 nights. Extend your stay with additional nights in Manuel Antonio.
  • Natural Wonders of Costa Rica - 9 days from $1869
    Overnight stays: San Jose, Torguguero National Park 2 nights, Arenal 2 nights, Monteverde 2 nights, San Jose. Optional extensions to Guatemala, Manuel Antonio, or Guanacaste.
  • Costa Rica Wonders (locally hosted/independent) - 7 days from $1019
    Overnight stays: San Jose, Arenal 2 nights, Monteverde 2 nights, San Jose.
  • Colors of Guatemala (locally hosted/independent) - 8 days from $2099
    Overnight stays: Guatemala City, Tkal Flores, Guatemala City, Lake Atitlan 2 nights, Antigua 2 nights.
  • Best of Panama (locally hosted/independent) - 6 days from $1299
    Overnight stays: Panama City 2 nights, Gamboa Rainforest 3 nights.
  • Mysteries of the Mayan World (locally hosted/independent) - 5 days from $1229
    (Mexico) Overnight stays: Fly into Cancun to Chichen Itza 2 nights, Uxmal 2 nights, fly out of Cancun. Optional extension Cancun (or Riviera Maya).


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