Costa Rica in a Nutshell

2-Week Costa Rica Holiday Itinerary - Including Tortuguero & Samara Beach

Prices from £1,455 pp

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Duration13 days / 12 nights (flexible)


ItinerarySan Jose - Tortuguero - La Fortuna - Monteverde - Samara Beach - San Jose

Suitable for families

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This speedy itinerary will allow you to see all the highlights of Costa Rica and top it off with a few days on a quiet beach in less than two weeks. Start in the bustling city of San Jose before journeying deep into the Costa Rican jungle by boat and canoe. Hike in the shadow of an active volcano and stretch your legs on a canopy walk. Then head for a peach-sand beach where you can sit back, enjoy an ice-cold beer and reflect on your adventure.

What's included

  • Accommodation – price based on 2 people sharing
  • Breakfast
  • Transport (shuttle bus or car hire)
  • Excursions as described
  • Car hire – full insurance included

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We know the way to San José

After a long flight you’ll be pleased to see a representative from our local office waiting to whisk you away to your modern hotel. The next morning you’ll visit the office of our local partner where you’ll be greeted with a Costa Rican coffee. We’ll organise a two hour walk for you around the city with an English speaking guide to discover the secret sights of the city.

san jose city tour scenery

Through the Jungle to Tortuguero

The amazing landscape of Tortuguero is not accessible by road. Instead you’ll find rivers meandering through the pristine rainforest to the famous nesting ground of countless turtles. You’ll spend a couple of nights in a jungle lodge, with all of your food and boat trips included. Fill your senses with the sounds of the rainforest, listen to howler monkeys in the distance, smell the tropical hibiscus or spot tiny red frogs in the grass.

Close up of monkey looking left

Lava Flows of Arenal Volcano

As you head towards La Fortuna, at the foot of Arenal volcano, you’ll notice the landscape becoming more mountainous and the winding road becoming more pot-holed. The mighty volcano and beautiful countryside is one of the most iconic images of Costa Rica. We’ll arrange for you to stay in a comfortable wooden cabin hotel, just outside the popular tourist town. During your stay, you will take a hike through the lush landscape, with the volcano as a beautiful back-drop before being transferred to the hot springs where you can unwind.

Volcano in the clouds

Into the Cloud Forests of Monteverde

Feel the magic of the dense cloud forest of Monteverde. Take a guided canopy walk through the forest where ferns, mosses and orchids bloom amongst the hanging tree branches and beautiful birds dart through the trees. Due to the humid climate the forest gives off a fairytale-like atmosphere, especially in often-present mist. You’ll stay in a comfortable Swiss-style chalet, set amongst wooded surroundings.

Long bridge walkway in jungle

Lazy Days at Samara Beach

Samara is a cosy village with a long, sandy beach complete with palm trees and a calm sea that slopes gently from the sand. There are no large hotels and the surroundings here are beautiful. You’ll stay in a small scale lodge just a few minutes’ walk from the beach and Samara village. At night you can hear the hundreds of sounds of the jungle and the roar of the sea.

Lazy Days at Samara Beach


During your stay you’ll hop in a kayak to paddle over to Isla Chora with a guide and group, about 20 minutes away from the coast. Here you’ll find an uninhabited white sand beach, the perfect spot for snorkelling and spotting tropical fish darting past your mask. After a buffet of fresh local fruits you’ll kayak back to the mainland.

Travel by Hire Car

  • A rental car in Costa Rica

For a little extra freedom, you can choose to travel by hire car. Aside from the occasional pothole on the rural roads, driving in Costa Rica is pretty easy and stress-free, and we think it’s a really lovely and adventurous way to explore the country. You’ll have a modern SUV car complete with GPS and insurance cover, so you’re all good to go!

Prices from: £ 1,468 - per person - travelling by hire car

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Speak to our Costa Rica specialist, Rob

“I’ve visited Costa Rica a few times and it has never let me down. It’s packed with adventure; from volcanoes to cloudforests. Plus, being wildlife-mad, it’s perfect for me. I love its diversity and impressive conservation efforts.”

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