Costa Rica Tour with Airfare - Arenal Volcano, Monteverde, and San Jose

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See Costa Rica’s Arenal Volcano and San Jose

Costa Rica’s diverse landscapes range from white-sand beaches along the Pacific coast to lush cloud forests filled with exotic sloths, howler monkeys, and toucans. This seven-day vacation journeys into the country’s exotic setting, and includes a hike through the Arenal Volcano foothills and a visit in the vibrant capital city, San Jose.

This seven-day trip includes nightly accommodations, all transfers, daily breakfast and round-trip airfare from Miami (MIA) on a major airline. Other departure cities are available for an additional fee.

Click here for more information, including a detailed daily itinerary, or check out our rundown of some trip highlights below.

Days 1–3: San Jose and Arenal Volcano

San Jose is Costa Rica’s capital and its most populous city. You can behold Pre-Colombian artifacts at the Gold Museum downtown, or pick up handcrafted souvenirs and sample sugar-cane brandy at the Mercado Central. While in San Jose, you’ll stay at the 4-star Crowne Plaza Hotel Corobici.

Located about a four-hour drive north of San Jose, Arenal Volcano was dormant for centuries before a massive eruption in 1968. On this trip, you might see steam rising from its conical opening as you hike through the foothills of Arenal Volcano National Park. Here, you’ll stay at Mountain Paradise Hotel, which has a gorgeous view of the volcano.

Days 4–7: Monteverde and San Jose

Next, you’ll head to the breathtaking Monteverde region, home to a cloud forest that’s more than 4,500 feet above sea level. Because of its altitude, a thick mist of clouds almost always blankets the area. Monteverde means “green mountain,” and the cloud forest has certainly lived up to its name. The high altitude helps foster the growth of exotic flora, from colorful rare orchids (more than 400 types) to old-growth trees tangled in vines. Deep in the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, you can sometimes spot sloths, howler monkeys, and hundreds of species of birds. At Monteverde, you’ll stay at El Establo Mountain Hotel.

After spending two nights in Monteverde, you’ll take a four-hour ride back to San Jose, where you can enjoy a little bit of leisure time before heading home the following day.

What You Get

Seven-day, six-night tour of Costa Rica with airfare from Miami (MIA). Valid for Travel with a Friend package (two Groupons required), or pay a single supplement fee to travel solo. Read about package structures here.

  • Option 1: $1,169 per person, valid for April 23 departure
  • Option 2: $1,149 per person, valid for May 21 departure
  • Option 3: $1,169 per person, valid for June 4 departure
  • Option 4: $1,199 per person, valid for July 2 or July 16 departure
  • Option 5: $1,199 per person, valid for August 13 or August 27 departure
  • Option 6: $1,149 per person, valid for September 10 or September 24 departure
  • Option 7: $1,149 per person, valid for October 8 or October 22 departure
  • Option 8: $1,169 per person, valid for November 5 or November 19 departure

Single Supplement Fee: $399

Book by: 2/19/13

Included in all options:

  • Round-trip airfare from Miami International Airport (MIA); other departure cites available for an additional fee
  • Ground transportation
  • Hotel accommodations
  • Daily breakfast

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

The Fine Print

  • Book by 2/19 or promo value exp
  • 2/person, 2/gifts
  • Reserv req'd, subj to avail
  • $600 cncl fee; 74-day notice or $800 fee; 44-days or $1,000; 29-days or up to Groupon price
  • Must be 6+ to travel; if under 18, must be accomp by adult 21+
  • $399 fee to travel solo
  • Fee to depart from other gateways: IAD ($145), BOS ($165), JFK ($170), LAX ($250), ATL ($300, N/A 5/21), ORD ($300), PHL ($300), DFW ($315, N/A 3/12, 6/18, 7/2), SFO ($375), SEA ($460)
  • $26 Costa Rica departure tax not included.

Other Details

Hotel Policies

  • Parking: varies by hotel.
  • Rollaways: varies by hotel.
  • Smoking policy: varies by hotel.
  • Pet policy: varies by hotel.
  • Accessibility: varies by hotel.
  • Room upgrades: varies by hotel.

Getting There

  • By plane: includes round-trip airfare from Miami International Airport (MIA) on a major airline
  • May depart from a different city for an additional fee: IAD ($145), BOS ($165), JFK ($170), LAX ($250), ATL ($300, N/A 5/21), ORD ($300), PHL ($300), DFW ($315, N/A 3/12, 6/18, 7/2), SFO ($375), SEA ($460)

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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