Seven-Day Vacation in Costa Rica’s San Jose, Arenal Volcano, and Monteverde Reserve
This trip includes:
- Round trip flights from Miami (MIA) (other gateways available on request for an additional fee and subject to availability)
- Fuel surcharges and taxes
- All transfers in air-conditioned chauffeur-driven mini-vans
- Breakfast daily
- Two nights standard accommodations at Crowne Plaza Corobici
- Two nights standard accommodations at Mountain Paradise Hotel
- Two nights standard accommodations at El Establo Hotel
- Alternate gateways available for an additional fee and subject to availability: $145 for IAD, $150 for JFK, $170 for BOS, $200 for LAX, $225 for ATL and ORD, $250 for DFW, $300 for PHL and SFO, $350 for SEA.
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Day 1: San Jose
After landing in Costa Rica’s capital, depending on flight schedule, you’ll have the day to relax and explore at your leisure.
Accommodations: Crowne Plaza Corobici
Days 2–3: Arenal Volcano
In the morning, an air-conditioned minivan shuttles the group to the Arenal volcano region in the heart of Costa Rica. Arenal woke up from its half-a-millennia dormancy in 1968. While you’re here, be sure to hike to the volcano’s foothills within the national park, where you might catch a glimpse of smoke rising from its cone.
You can also sign up for optional tours, including horseback riding to La Fortuna waterfall, exploring the Venado Caves, or kayaking on Arenal Lake (additional fees for optional tours).
Days 4–5: Monteverde
After breakfast, you’ll set off for the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, skirting around scenic Lake Arenal en route. The reserve houses more than 300 species of mammals and birds, including ocelots, jaguars, and Baird’s tapir. You can independently explore the reserve’s Santa Elena Cloud Forest—a high-elevation forest partially obscured by clouds—or sign up for optional excursions to travel through the tropical forest by train or zipline above the canopy. Other optional tours include a tour of a local cheese factory or a visit to a hummingbird garden and insect museum, home to more than 100 hummingbirds (additional fees for optional tours).
Accommodations: El Establo Hotel
Days 6–7: San Jose
The rest of the trip is yours to explore San Jose, independently. Swing by the ornate National Theatre, which dates back to 1897, to catch a live play. Around the corner, the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum houses an extensive collection of indigenous gold art.
Accommodations: Crowne Plaza Corobici
Stay three more days in Costa Rica for an additional fee with the Manuel Antonio optional extension. Enjoy the scenic national park and an additional 2 full days of leisure.
Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How much would it cost to fly from an airport not listed as part of this deal? Alternate gateways available for an additional fee and subject to availability: $145 for IAD, $150 for JFK, $170 for BOS, $200 for LAX, $225 for ATL and ORD, $250 for DFW, $300 for PHL and SFO, $350 for SEA.
2. Can we extend our trip before or after the promotional dates for the deal? Early departures and/or late returns are possible at a cost of $100 per person, plus any difference in airfare and additional services required, and are subject to availability. To book an early departure and/or late return, let Friendly Planet know and they’ll do their best to accommodate your request.
3. How do I find out if the dates I want to travel are available? If your requested date is available for purchase on Groupon’s site, it should still be available.
4. What happens if I buy the Groupon and my travel dates are not available? Technically, you should not be able to buy a Groupon for a sold out date or departure city.
5. Does my child need a Groupon, and can they stay in my room? Every passenger traveling is required to have one. Triple rooms are subject to availability.