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NEW YEARS EVE PARTY
Costa Rica Beach and Fun Week 
Saturday Dec. 30th 2017-Sunday January 7th, 2018


  Volcanoes, Rainforests, luxurious Hot Springs, scintillating Beaches,
plus snorkeling, ziplining, rafting and more!

   

By popular demand, we are pleased to offer our annual beach and activity week in Costa Rica. 

Our trip features a glorious tour offering visits to many exciting sights including Volcanoes, Rainforests, luxurious Hot Springs, scintillating Beaches & much more

 

Included Highlights of our tour once again this December:
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  • 3 nights at the 4 star Tamarindo Diria Resort, located right on fabulous Tamarindo Beach with two pools, a swim up bar and just a short walk to several shops and nightclubs.  A full hot breakfast buffet is included daily with a wide selection of hot and cold items and custom made omelet station included. 
  • 3 nights in La Fortuna, at the 4 star Casa Luna Hot Springs Hotel and Spa, set in a lush tropical setting, with a pool AND FOUR HOT SPRINGS POOLS, plus a pool bar, a spa and lush gardens with waterfall and a view of the amazing Arenal volcano!   A full hot Breakfast buffet is included daily.
  • 2 nights at the 4 star Quality Hotel Real’ in San Jose with full hot breakfast buffet included daily
  • Tours of La Paz Waterfall and Butterfly Gardens, Poas Volcano (where you can walk to an observation deck to look down into the steaming hot pools at the base of the volcano)

  • A night viewing excursion to watch the active Arenal Volcano where we will take you to view, from a safe distance, the red hot lava that streams down this still active volcano on a nightly basis.)

  • A thrilling White Water Rafting/Kayaking adventure with professional bilingual local guide paddling you through rapids and beautiful scenery

  • A relaxing and fun half day sunset sailing and snorkel excursion with all equipment and unlimited free drinks as we sail into the sunset following our snorkeling activity

  • An adventure featuring a forest walk across the Arenal Hanging Bridges

  • A thrilling afternoon at the Arenal Sky Trek Canopy Adventure, where passengers can travel like Tarzan across a specially designed course via a harness and cable system atop the trees of the Costa Rican Rain Forest

  • An evening visit to Tabacon Hot Springs, where you will see and enjoy soaking in the most amazing array of hot spring pools, even have the opportunity to sit under a hot spring waterfall!

  • A full day tour and cruise through Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge where you will spot many local species of wildlife in their natural habitat along the waterfront, including toucans, monkeys and many species of native birds.

  • An exciting horseback riding trip, taking you along Tamarindo beach and surrounding area (or choose a thrilling ATV riding excursion)

  • An optional walking tour in Arenal National Park, where you can walk on the volcanic rock and enjoy picturesque, panoramic views of the valley.

Also included:

  • Air conditioned chartered private mini coach transportation throughout Costa Rica with individual seats onboard
  • Services of Gustavo, our Bilingual local private group guide escorting the group over the entire duration of the trip. Gustavo has served our costa Rica groups for over a
  • decade and provides the most knowledgeable and helpful guidance and service.
  • Services of an experienced singles travel representative escorting the group for the entire trip duration
         
        

DAILY ITINERARY (B,L,D indicates included meals that day )

DAY 01: Saturday December 30th

Depart on your own arrangements from your home city to Liberia Costa Rica (airport code LIR).  Upon your arrival, you will be met and then taken by our group’s included transfer service directly to our group’s hotel for the first 3 nights of our tour, the beautiful 4 star Tamarindo Diria beachfront hotel  

Hotel Tamarindo Diria boasts modern amenities and luxurious accommodations featuring minibar & safety deposit box.  The hotel also offers  e-mail service and a full laundry service and is walking distance from many restaurants, shops and nightclubs.  Our hotel is situated right on the vibrant Pacific Ocean sands.

Tamarindo Beach Resort is located on the north pacific coast, it is an ideal place located in the heart of TAMARINDO, recognized as one of the country’s nicest beaches with all the amenities of a Costa Rican beach town

 

This hotel offers the best location on the beach with huge trees, flowers and plenty of wildlife in our gardens. Tamarindo itself has grown over the years into a little village, with boutiques, restaurants, nightclubs and bars.  All you need, you will find at a small walking distance from the hotel. Tamarindo Diriá is a modem 4 star property, offering superb views of the Pacific Ocean.

 

Our hotel has 113 inviting rooms, finely decorated, surrounded by tropical gardens, spacious and air conditioned that guarantee a pleasant stay along one of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica. 

Choose between having your room located in the circular courtyard surrounding the giant lagoon pool with waterfall and swim up bar or upgrade to a room overlooking the ocean and beach.

Our hotel offers a restaurant which has the best ocean front location in all Tamarindo Beach. Located under an amazing natural wonder, a giant native tree that gives shade to a lovely atmosphere right on the ocean, where our customers can enjoy beautiful sunsets right at the surf break, a large variety of cocktails and live music while you sample the specialties of our international menu.

The remainder of the day is at leisure to enjoy free time to relax on the soft sandy beach, or on a comfortable lounge under a palm tree on a raised deck overlooking the beach, or go swimming in one of the hotel’s pools, including the lagoon pool with swim up bar and swim up waterfall (you can literally stroll under the waterfall in the pool and then stroll up to get a drink at the swim up bar) or if you prefer, take a dip in the ocean.   Our hotel also has a second pool, this one overlooking the ocean, with an adjacent tiki bar

 Our hotel offers the unique combination of a fabulous beach for those who enjoy being right on the sand, or for those that prefer a little shade, our hotel offers lounge chairs across an elevated grassy sun deck, lined with large palm trees, offering shade while overlooking scenic ocean vistas.

Description: One of Costa Rica's largest and most beautiful scenic pools located within a stunning tropical garden environment
                      The lagoon pool with swim up bar and swim up waterfall

     

 Description: We have an independent, children’s pool for their fun and your enjoyment.
The Oceanfront pool at our hotel
      

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The beachfront massages available at our hotel, starting as low as only $25 for 30 minutes

 

 

 

 

 

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Sunset over Tamarindo Beach

 

This evening at 7pm, we will meet Gustavo, our local, bilingual guide. Gustavo will be with us for the entire trip and is at your service for any needs or questions you may have.  He has been with us guiding our Costa Rica trips since our first visit and he is the most knowledgeable, conscientious and dedicated guide you will meet anywhere.
We will have a brief orientation and then we are at our leisure to enjoy the many offerings of the Tamarindo beach area, including several restaurants and nightclubs which are walking distance from our hotel.

 

 

Sunday December 31st (B)
This morning we will enjoy breakfast at the hotel and then a morning at leisure to relax, enjoy the beach, or the hotel's lounge chairs facing the ocean, idyllically located under the cool breezes of swaying palm trees, providing the option of lounging with or without the shade.  If you prefer, walk right onto the beach and get your tan on the golden sand, take a leisurely walk along the sandy beach or take a swim in the warm ocean.

This afternoon we will enjoy a catamaran sailing excursion. The excursion will offer our passengers the chance to relax on deck, with outdoor deck space for lying out under the sun, as well as covered seating space for those wishing the comfort of the shade.

We will enjoy plentiful appetizers and drinks (both soft drinks and alcoholic drinks will be provided at no cost by our captain and his crew sailing us on a course to some of the best snorkeling in the area (snorkeling equipment is provided for those wishing to go snorkeling, as are kayaks, each at no cost).

As our sailing excursion returns, we will enjoy a spectacular sunset at sea, with an open bar and service provided by the boat’s crew.

Tonight we will head to one of the many local nightclubs in Tamarindo, which are all within a short walk of our hotel.  We will enjoy a fabulous New Year’s Eve celebration with dancing, local entertainment and more.

There will be a great fireworks display along the beach as well!

 

Monday January 1st  (B)
This morning we will enjoy breakfast at the hotel and then a morning at leisure to relax, enjoy the fabulous beach, or simply work on your suntan.

This morning is free to relax on the beach or if you wish, take a surfing lesson or a beachfront massage (only $25 for a 30 minute massage on the beach).

This afternoon we will enjoy your choice of either a guided horseback riding excursion taking us along a stretch of Tamarindo beach and the surrounding areas, offering beautiful views. No riding experience is necessary and the ride follows a leisurely pace.
or
If you wish instead, enjoy an excursion to go ATV riding

We will return to the Tamarindo Diria hotel for the evening at leisure to enjoy the restaurants and nightclubs, all walking distance from our hotel once more. 

Tuesday January 2nd (B)

Enjoy a full breakfast buffet and the morning at leisure to relax along the beach one more time.  Then, late morning at 11am we will check out and head in our deluxe private mini coach to ourWhite Water Rafting/Kayaking excursion. 

This morning we will all enjoy our next group excursion included in your vacation package.  The rapids on this river are class 3 and 4, so whether you are a beginner or an experienced rafter, you will have fun.  Each passenger receives their own 2 seat raft/kayak with his/her own experienced local Costa Rican rafting guide who will paddle you down the river.  All passengers are given a paddle and you can choose whether you wish to join in the paddling or relax and let your guide take you down the river.

Following our excursion, we will have the chance to change clothes at the changing facility provided by the rafting company and the chance to purchase photos of your rafting excursion if you wish.

After our rafting experience, as stop will be made at a local restaurant for lunch.

After lunch we will continue to the Arenal Volcano area and check into our hotel, the Casa Luna hotel and Spa.

The Casa Luna Hot Springs Resort is set in a lush tropical setting, with a pool AND FOUR HOT SPRINGS POOLS, plus a pool bar, a spa and lush gardens with waterfall and a view of the amazing Arenal volcano!

Description: Casa Luna Hotel & Spa 
One of the hot springs pools at Casa Luna hotel and spa
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The hotel has only 36 total rooms, so you will truly feel that you are in an exclusive tranquil setting.

Luna Spa
We invite you to enjoy the experience of reaching the ultimate state of relaxation surrounded by the sounds of nature at the Casa Luna Spa.  A wide variety of treatments are available including Reflexology for only $30 or a Swedish massage – 45 minutes for only $50.  You can also get a hot stone massage, a deep tissue massage or a volcanic mud massage.  The massage treatments are done in garden setting,, adding to the feeling of total relaxation.

There is a small walking trail behind the pool within the most peaceful surroundings.

The four hot spring pools offer a chance to relax and unwind after a day of activity.

This evening enjoy dinner at your leisure at the hotel’s own restaurant.

After dinner, join us for a special free night volcano watch outing.  This annual favorite takes us by our chartered mini coach to an overlook, just 5 minutes from our hotel, where, on a clear night, you will see the red lava flowing down the always active Arenal volcano.  This volcanic activity occurs every night and can be seen when the sun is down on any clear sky night. 

 It is a memorable sight to see and one you won’t forget !



Photo of the volcano erupting at night .

 

 

Wednesday January 3rd (B,D)

 After our included breakfast,
 From the hot springs at our hotel, you can often see another unique view of Arenal volcano with smoke protruding from its top.

 
Pictured is normal daytime Arenal volcano activity taken in May of 2006.

This morning we will visit the Arenal Hanging Bridges.  Just a short 10 minute drive from Tabacon, the Arenal hanging bridges are a unique marvel of nature.  Set in a forested domain, we will walk across pathways where our local expert naturalist guide will describe the many indigenous plants and other items that make the forest their home.   The highlight of the walk is the several bridges built into the forest.  As we walk across these bridges, you will gain a wonderful perspective and a panoramic view of the forest.  You will even see a waterfall in the forest from one of the bridge overlooks.

Arenal Hanging Bridges is one the most beautiful environmentally-friendly projects in Costa Rica. Located in front of the Arenal Volcano and within the corridor followed by migratory birds between North and South America, the project's trails and bridges bring you close to the birds, flowers, and lush vegetation of the primary rainforest. With safe and easy access, the trails allow you to walk right into a beautiful forest. The awe inspiring hanging bridges overlook a dense canopy with volcano views looming in the background.


One of the bridges we will cross in the Arenal hanging bridges guided walking tour

After our tour, we will return by our chartered coach, the short 10 minute ride back to our hotel to shower, relax and have lunch at your leisure. 

This afternoon we will enjoy an included group tour to the Arenal Sky Tram and Sky Trek Zipline.  We will be driven to the tour location, which is approx. a 20 minute drive from our resort.

The tour is the ideal way to get both a bird’s view of the lush tropical forest, as well as enjoy a thrilling, safe, adventure ride high above the forest.

The tour begins with the leisurely paced Sky Tram gondolas that will provide a smooth ride through the rain forest, with endless views along the way, so you can appreciate the natural beauty that surrounds you on your way to the top. Once at the at the observation deck, you will be able to enjoy the most magnificent views of the volcano’s south face for as long as you desire.


 
The Sky Tram Gondolas at the Arenal Sky Tram/Sky Trek.

From the observation deck, you will have two options (both included in the tour) for returning to the base. The first option is to ride back down the same way you came up, on the Sky Tram. On the ride you will be able to notice how the vegetation varies as the altitude changes once again.

The other and more exciting option is that you can zip your way to the bottom along the Sky Trek Canopy Tour (also called the Zip Lines), the best option for those seeking a safe and thrilling experience.

The zip line canopy tour takes you across several cables constructed between the tree tops.  Standing on the first of several tree top platforms, you will be placed in a safety harness that is then attached to the 1st cable.  Then you will literally “Zip” from one platform to another across the cable.  You will enjoy the thrill of gliding from one platform to the next, with views of the forest, the volcano and scenic Lake Arenal.  Gliding high above it all, you will effortlessly go from one platform to the next, as you make your way, naturally back down to the base of the mountain.


 


A passenger glides in a harness across one of the cables on the Sky Trek Canopy (“Zip Line”) tour with one of the platforms pictured in the background

This evening, we will enjoy an excursion to Tabacon Hot Springs

The most amazing hot springs in the world, as you will learn, as soon as you step foot into their myriad of natural hot springs outdoor in a tropical setting overlooking Arenal volcano. 

 At the foot of the majestic Arenal Volcano, lies Tabacón Hotel Springs – a true, tropical paradise of nature, adventure and relaxation.

Its distinctive facilities are comprised of thermo-mineral rivers, flowing through exotic tropical gardens, forming natural waterfalls and river pools.

The Tabacón Hot Springs perfectly combine mineral content, volume and temperature. While there are many hot springs destinations around the world, few offer this special balance set in a splendorous natural paradise.

       
Scenes from Tabacon Hot Springs  featuring the fabulous “Waterfall Hot Springs”
        
More fun at Tabacon Hot Springs

 

Its distinctive facilities are comprised of thermo-mineral rivers, flowing through exotic tropical gardens, forming natural waterfalls and river pools.

The resort also offers a world class Spa facility, featuring a full array of massage services, facials, mud wraps and more.  Try the waterfall massage, a soothing massage, in a private bungalow, alongside one of the resort’s waterfall hot springs.

The Tabacón Hot Springs perfectly combine mineral content, volume and temperature. While there are many hot springs destinations around the world, few offer this special balance set in a splendorous natural paradise.  

There are paths that meander from one hot spring to the next, each with its own character.  Two have a natural waterfall that passengers can sit under as the warm waters cascade over them. One of the hot springs has a tiki bar adjacent to it from which passengers can take their favorite drink into the hot spring to relax in real comfort, while another hot spring has a built in tiki bar with bar stools and a long counter, so passengers don’t even need to get out of the soothing waters to enjoy their favorite drinks. (You can even order and eat a lite meal while seated at the tiki bar inside the hot spring)

Tabacon offers separate changing rooms with lockers for men and for women.  Complimentary Fresh towels are provided to all guests.  They even provide complimentary use of instant drying machines in the locker rooms so you can have your bathing suit dried in seconds before leaving the locker room with your suit in a plastic carrying bag, also provided in the locker room.

 The feeling of soaking in the hot springs under the night sky is amazing. 

If you wish, sit and soak under their natural hot spring waterfall, with its own built in seating platform for the ultimate in relaxation to simply let go and unwind in this tropical paradise.   

At your leisure, you may return to the on-site changing rooms/lockers facility, where you can change clothes, return used towels and have your suit instantly dried in their complementary drying machine if you wish.  Our visit to Tabacon Hot Springs lasts from 5:30pm-9:30pm, allowing you ample time to enjoy the many hot springs, as well as enjoy the included buffet dinner, at the Tabacon Hot Springs  restaurant.   

Thursday January 4th (B,L) 

After our included breakfast, we will enjoy a guided full day excursion to Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge.

The Caño Negro Wildlife refuge is considered the best site on the continent for bird watching. In addition to an abundance of birds, Caño Negro is also home to many exciting animals, such as sloths, three types of monkeys, caimans, lizards, bats and a wide variety of flora native to the wetlands.

Our tour to this beautiful region leaves from La Fortuna and takes approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes to get to Los Chiles, a small village just five kilometers from the Nicaraguan border. It is here where we start our boat trip to the wetlands.

We will work our way slowly up stream stopping along the way as we see different bird and animal species

For avid bird watchers, Caño Negro is one of the prime spots to see the Nicaraguan grackle or the endangered Jabirus, the largest bird found in Central America.

Fishing is allowed on the Rio Frio from July 1 through March 31, and licenses are available through the ranger station in the village.

Some of the more commonly spotted species include howler, spider and white-faced monkeys, three-toed sloths, turtles and even Jesus Christ lizards. Lunch is provided on this tour.


             Description: Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge
Monkeys seen in Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge

 

Friday January 5th – (B)

This morning, those interested in a scenic walk, can join us for an optional short excursion into Arenal National Park.  Just a short 10 minute ride from our hotel, the park offers a most scenic excursion.  We will enjoy a guided walk across hardened lava rock formations, derived from a lava flow many years ago.  The walk is approx. 2 hours round trip with a stop at a fabulous overlook providing panoramic views.  The walk is suitable for all with no experience needed.    The views from the overlook are beautiful.  The return segment of our walk will take us through a primary forest trail where it is common to spot howler monkeys and toucans in the wild before we return to Tabacon on our coach. 
 
We will check out at around noon and coach to San Jose with a stop for lunch along the way and on arrival we will check into our hotel for the final 2 nights of our tour.  The Quality Hotel Real.  Enroute, a stop will be offered with an optional visit to the Doka Coffee Plantation, where you can enjoy a short guided walking tour of the coffee growing fields and the building where the machinery is housed to grind the coffee beans and produce the finish product.  Free samples are offered as well as coffee bags are available for purchase
 

 
The Quality Hotel Real, San Jose.

Saturday January 6th  (B,L)

A buffet breakfast is served at our hotel. Then, we are escorted by deluxe, air-conditioned motor coach to the Poas Volcano where a view from the observation deck provides stunning looks into the volcanic crater and its deep pools, as well as, on a clear day, a view of both the Pacific and the Caribbean, one of only 2 places in the Americas where both bodies of water can be seen from one observation. This afternoon, we will enjoy an included visit the La Paz waterfalls, butterfly and hummingbird gardens

  La Paz offers the largest butterfly garden in all of the Americas, as well as a walking path to view many birds, monkeys and toucans.  The waterfall trail, takes us to view 5 beautiful waterfalls amid lush trees.


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Poas Volcano National Park
Considered by most to be one of the most breathtaking sites in the entire country, the Poas Volcano sits high above 14,000 acres (5,666 ha) of various habitats and life zones which make up Poas Volcano National Park (Parque Nacional Volcan Poas). Rising up to 8,885 ft (2,708 m), Poas remains one of Costa Rica's largest and most active volcanoes. This fact alone is enough to attract thousands of visitors per year.

Walking just 15 minutes from the visitor's center, the main crater supplies guests with a spectacular view. At almost a mile in diameter (1.6 km), the crater & rain-fed sulfuric pool still bubbles and emits smoke into the air, reminding you of its imposing activity. Although the last major eruption was in 1910, visitors can still see geysers explode into the air up to 820 ft. (250 m) high. Chances of getting wet are pretty remote as the crater descends almost 1,000 ft.

 La Paz Waterfall Gardens is the #1 Most Visited Privately Owned Ecological Attraction in Costa Rica featuring the most famous waterfalls in Costa Rica, rescued wildlife preserve with over 100 species of animals and an environmental education program

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The view at one of the overlooks at La Paz Waterfall Gardens

Sunday January 7th

After breakfast at the hotel, we will check out of our hotel this morning and then board our mini coach for the short transfer to the San Jose airport (we will have 2 transfer times to meet the needs of flight times of our passengers.  All passengers should book their return flight from San Jose Costa Rica (SJO) airport.

 

TRIP PACKAGE INCLUDES:
· Air conditioned chartered private mini coach transportation throughout Costa Rica with individual seats onboard
· Services of Gustavo, our Bilingual local private group guide escorting the group over the entire duration of the trip.
· Services of a singles travel representative escorting the group for the entire trip duration

  •  1st class Lodging as indicated in the itinerary - based on double occupancy with free roommate matching provided
    • 3 nights at the 4 star Tamarindo Diria Beach Resort with breakfast daily and accommodations in rooms overlooking the lagoon pool with swim up bar
    • 3 nights at the 4 star Casa Luna hotel and spa with breakfast daily
    • 2 nights at the 4 star Quality hotel Real in San Jose with breakfast daily

Free wifi is provided by each of our hotels.

  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary ( Breakfast is included every day plus one dinner and two lunches as listed in the itinerary)

Tours included on our itinerary:

    • Catamaran Sailing/Snorkeling Sunset cruise
    • Rafting/kayaking excursion
    • Arenal Hanging Bridges tour
    • Sky Tram & Sky Trek Zip Line adventure
    • Poas Volcano visit
    • La Paz Waterfall Gardens visit with lunch
    • Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge visit with boat ride for wildlife viewing and lunch
    • Choice of either horseback riding or ATV riding in Tamarindo

 Trip cost:  $2499 including tax  based on double occupancy with free roommate matching based on age, sex and smoking or non smoking preference
Optional single room supplement: $749

Optional upgrade to ocean view room for the three nights at Tamarindo Diria resort on Tamarindo beach is $150 per person with a roommate assigned or $300 in single occupancy.

Passengers must provide their own air arrangements from their home city into Liberia Costa Rica (LIR) arriving on Sat. Dec. 29th and home from San Jose Costa Rica (SJO) departing on Sunday Jan. 7th.

A deposit of $400 is due within 7 days of making your reservation

If you need to cancel by June 1st, your deposit will be fully refunded to you.  If you need to cancel between June 2nd and June 30th, your $400 deposit can be transferred to any other group trip to any destination we offer within one year of your canceling, but the deposit will not be refunded.  If you need to cancel after June 30th, your deposit for this special New Year’s trip will be forfeited.

Balance payments are due August 15th and are non-refundable  

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