Costa Rica Vacation with Airfare - Arenal Volcano, Guanacaste, and San Jose

Eight-Day Costa Rica Vacation with Airfare, Hotel, and Rental Car or Transfers from Travel By Jen

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Eight-Day Costa Rica Vacation from Arenal Volcano to San Jose

This eight-day vacation from Travel By Jen introduces travelers to three of Costa Rica’s most popular attractions: Arenal Volcano, Playa Flamingo’s white-sand beaches, and San Jose. Along the way, you’ll have the option of chauffeured transportation or to rent an automatic car and drive yourself.

The vacation includes:

  • Round-trip airfare from one of five cities
  • Three-night stay in a junior suite at Hotel Linda Vista del Norte in Arenal Volcano National Park
  • Three-night stay in a standard room at Flamingo Beach Resort & Spa in Guanacaste
  • One-night stay in a standard room at Holiday Inn in San Jose
  • Automatic rental car or transfers, depending on option purchased
  • Daily breakfast at Hotel Linda Vista del Norte and Flamingo Beach Resort & Spa
  • Arenal Ecozoo tour

Days 1–3: Arenal Volcano

Arenal Volcano National Park actually contains two volcanoes—Arenal and Chato—but Arenal is the one to see. Lush rainforests and gorgeous lakes surround this iconic conical crater. Explore the park via short trails that wend through old lava fields and tropical foliage. Along the way, you might spot howler monkeys, parrots, and tapir—large, pig-like mammals that eat fruit, berries, and leaves.

Travel time: Three-hour drive from San Jose
Hotel amenities: Infinity pool and restaurant with views of the volcano and a hiking trail that leads to a nearby waterfall

Days 4–6: Playa Flamingo, Guanacaste

The mile-long Playa Flamingo beach is a place of quiet beauty with lush mangroves, white sands, and endless views of the Pacific Ocean. The village center offers a handful of casual restaurants and beach bars, but is mostly private resorts and villas, making it a great spot for relaxing beach recreation. A few miles to the south, Marino las Baulas National Park is rife with crocodiles, ocelots, and waterfowl in its mangrove swamps and estuaries.

Travel time: Three-hour drive from Arenal Volcano
Hotel amenities: Pool with swim-up bar, restaurant and lounge, casino with slots and video poker, and spa

Day 7: San Jose

San Jose is both Costa Rica’s capital and largest city as well as its cultural hub. Browse local handicrafts at the central market, and then stroll over to Central Avenue, a pedestrian-only strip lined with restaurants, shops, and art galleries.

Travel time: Four-hour drive from Playa Flamingo
Hotel amenities: Indoor pool and two restaurants

What You Get

  • Starting at $799 per person, eight-day, seven-night Costa Rica vacation with airfare
  • 20 options available, including departures in August, September, and October 2013 from Fort Lauderdale (FLL), New York (NYC), Chicago (ORD), Washington DC (IAD), and Los Angeles (LAX).
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Note: All options priced per person and valid for a Travel with a Friend package (two Groupons required), or pay an additional $349 fee to travel solo. Read about package structures here.


Policies and Fees

For all options, book by: 7/19/13

  • Cancellation policy & fees: 46-day cancellation notice required or fee of 50% Groupon price applies; 31-day notice or fee up to Groupon price applies.
  • Taxes: Tax included

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.

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The Fine Print

  • Book by 7/19/13 or promo value expires
  • Depart by 8/31/13 or 10/31/13 per option purchased
  • 1/person, +5 as gifts
  • 1/visit
  • Valid only for option bought
  • Reservation required, subject to availability; trip may be cancelled w/refund if not enough Groupons are bought for that date
  • Alternate departure dates or gateways may be available for additional fee
  • 46-day cancellation notice required or fee of 50% Groupon price applies; 31-day notice or fee up to Groupon price applies
  • Must be 18 or older to check in
  • Credit card required at booking
  • Tax included
  • $349 fee to travel solo.
  • Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Getting There

  • By plane: includes round-trip airfare from five cities
  • By tour bus: some options include in-country transportation
  • By car: some options include a rental car

Traveler's Tips

  • A passport is required for all travel outside the U.S.
  • Before international travel, always check the State Department's website for important info on the destination and its entry/exit requirements.

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