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Costa Rica Beach and Fun Week
 Saturday February 2-9, 2019


 Volcanoes, Rainforests, Wildlife Nature Cruise, Relaxing Hot Springs,
Scintillating Beaches,
plus Snorkeling, Zip-lining, Tubing and more!

Also enjoy a Super Bowl Party overlooking the beach
 

   

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, Relaxing Hot Springs, Scintillating Beaches & much more

Included Highlights of our tour :

  • 7 nights’ accommodations (Lagoon Pool View rooms) at the 4 star Tamarindo Diria Resort, located right on fabulous Tamarindo Beach and just a short walk to several shops, restaurants and nightclubs with full hot breakfast buffet daily with a wide selection of hot and cold items and custom made omelet and waffle station included. 
  • Two Hour Walking Tour of Arenal Volcano National Park
  • Visit to the Baldi Hot Springs, the largest Hot Springs facility in the world with over 25 natural hot springs in a tropical setting, to relax and have fun plus five water slides and included lunch
  • Two hour Wildlife Cruise tour of Baula National Park  (also called Las Baulas National Marine Park) and the Tamarindo Estuary with a short guided walking tour of the National Park following the boat tour.
  • Half day afternoon sailing cruise with snorkeling and kayaking, along with hot foods and bar drinks included and served on board, plus live music and sunset views at the end of the sailing.  
  • 90 minute Horseback riding on Tamarindo Beach tour
  • Full day tour featuring Zip-lining, tubing, hot spring, mud bath & horseback ride
  • Plus one full free day to enjoy as you wish.

 

Also included:
· Air conditioned transportation throughout Costa Rica.
· Services of a singles travel  representative escorting the group for the entire trip duration
Plus Roommate matching based on gender to save you money


    

 

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

 Saturday February 2nd, 2019

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  transfer service directly to our group’s hotel for the 7 nights of our tour, the beautiful 4 star Tamarindo Diria beachfront hotel where we will enjoy rooms along the fabulous Lagoon pool with swim up bar and swim up waterfall.

Enjoy the ease of only unpacking once with a full week of exciting activities and glorious beaches awaiting you.
Read more about the Tamarindo Diria by clicking the links to the following websites for pictures, details and reviews of the hotel.

http://centralamerica.com/cr/hotel/diria.htm
http://travel.yahoo.com/p-hotel-324260-hotel_tamarindo_diria-i

Hotel Tamarindo Diria boasts modern amenities and luxurious accommodations featuring minibar & safety deposit box.  The hotel also offers free wifi service and a full laundry service and is walking distance from many restaurants, shops and nightclubs.  Our passengers will all enjoy direct access to the ocean at this fine property, 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, best snorkel and surf opportunities, best nightlife and restaurant opportunities in the country.   

 

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 short walking distance from the hotel. Tamarindo Diriá is a modem 4 star property, offering superb views of the Pacific Ocean.

 

Our hotel has 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., each with a private patio or balcony and the ease to walk out to the huge lagoon pool with swim up bar and swim up waterfall.

Our resort’s bar and restaurant have the best ocean front location in all of Tamarindo Beach. The restaurant is 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 three hotel pools, (our lagoon pool with swim up bar and waterfall, a beachfront pool, an adults only quiet pool, plus a small children’s pool.)  There is also a whirlpool.

Of course, the most popular attraction is just relaxing on a lounge chair for relaxation and a tan, or taking a dip in the ocean.   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.

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The pool overlooking the ocean                                      Sunset over Tamarindo Beach

This evening at 7pm, we will have a group orientation to meet each other and meet Gustavo, our local, bilingual guide.  He has been with us guiding our Costa Rica trips since our first visit 20 years ago 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 February 3rd (B)
Today we will enjoy a leisurely two hour wildlife viewing boat cruise followed by approx. 30 minutes guided walk through Baula National Park and the Tamarindo Estuary.

This is a wonderful two hour tour to observe wildlife in their own natural habitat, both from our boat and on a guided walking tour exploring the mangroves in the southern end of Las Baulas National Marine Park and the Tamarindo Estuary.

The scenery is beautiful in itself and along the way our expert local bilingual guide will point out loads of birds including blue herons, pipers and frigate birds. Crocodiles and monkeys in their natural habitat may also be seen.  Some of the monkeys in this area are howler monkeys which are great fun to observe, as they make fun “howling” noises.

Part of the trip is on foot in mangroves were you can observe more wildlife in their natural habitat.

At the end of the walk, we will return to the boat and we will cruise back and have the chance to see some iguanas, crocodiles, monkeys and more birds. Altogether this will be a thoroughly enjoyable couple of hours spent observing wildlife in their natural habitat.
Upon our return to the resort, enjoy the splendors of the beach, the pools and if you wish, maybe even enjoy a massage overlooking the beach.

This evening is Super Bowl Sunday and we will enjoy a fun Super Bowl Party with ocean views at one of the bars or restaurants along the beach!

Monday February 4th  (B)
This morning we will enjoy breakfast at the hotel and then a morning at leisure to relax on the beach, or on the hotel's lounge chairs facing the ocean, idyllically located under the cool breezes of swaying palm trees, providing the option of lounging in the sun or  the shade.  You can 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.

If you wish, take a surfing lesson or a beachfront massage (only $20 for a 30 minute massage on the beach) or enjoy an optional morning excursion to go ATV riding along the beach.

This afternoon we will enjoy a sailing excursion from 1:00-6:30. 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. Large bean bags are also provided to relax on and soak up the sun from the outdoor deck area during our sailing.

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).
 
Antares is a 1947 Sparkman and Stephens sailboat, and is a great sailing vessel. We have comfortable bean bags on deck, and take a limited amount of guests. Although we have an open bar and our crew are serving throughout the tour, this is much more than just a booze cruise.  We are served 5 plates of delicious food ...a tofu salad, a salmon plate, a vegetable and fruit ceviche with guacamole and after snorkeling we serve a tasty curry soup with veggies, shrimp and rice and then, lastly we have a chocolate muffin with fruit, chia and cream.   

While you enjoy the sailing, beautiful views and gentle breeze, you will enjoy our talented live music. You will be so relaxed and comfortable. You can go snorkel, swim around the boat, go to the beach, use our kayak or paddleboard, or just laze around on deck.  For guests needing shade, we have plenty on our aft deck. Our experienced captain is also a medical doctor, and a certified lifeguard. You will be in very good hands. We guarantee a wonderful day aboard

What to bring today:  All you need to bring is your towel, sunscreen and bathing suit

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.

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

 

Tuesday February 5th (B,L)

No vacation in Costa Rica will be complete without visiting one of the “10 Top” active Volcanoes around the world and an incredible hot springs facility.
We will be driven to Arenal National Park this morning.  Upon arrival, we will enjoy a 2 hour guided walk in the Arenal National Park with great views of Arenal volcano and a chance to experience the volcanic rock formations that make this national park special.   The walk is not difficult and is suitable for anyone with normal fitness.

After this walk you will be taken to Baldi Hot Springs where you will have a delicious and complete lunch and free time for us all to relax and enjoy the therapeutic volcanic hot springs, with magnificent 25 different hot spring pools, and 5 water slides (one for kids) and wet bars.

 


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

 

More details of today’s exciting tour:
Experience the thrill of walking near one of the most active volcanoes in the Western Hemisphere! On this full-day trip, get an up-close view of Costa Rica's famous Arenal Volcano and the surrounding tropical landscape. Rejuvenate with a dip in volcanic hot springs and enjoy stellar evening views of the volcano and emerging stars. Round-trip hotel transport is of course included.

Take in stunning views of the active volcano Soak in rejuvenating hot springs during a relaxing afternoon.  Learn about the tropical landscape from your knowledgeable local guide

Spend a day immersed in the geologic wonders and relaxing hot springs of Arenal. After morning pickup at our hotel, ride in a comfortable air-conditioned coach or mini-coach to Arenal Volcano National Park. Join your knowledgeable guide on a leisurely walk around the base of the volcano, which emits a steady stream of smoke, ash and lava that can be seen in the distance.   Trek across open expanses of lava fields formed from previous eruptions and learn about the geologic history of this seismic wonder.  Make your way through the lush greenery of the surrounding forest, where your guide will help you spot interesting plant species and native wildlife.

Admire panoramic views of the volcano from a distance, and look for signs of activity shooting out of its crater.

Relax after your hike with a therapeutic soak at nearby Baldi Hot Springs.  Baldi Hot Springs boasts 25 thermal pools of varying temperatures surrounded by beautiful tropical scenery. There’s something for everyone, including a swim-up bar, waterfall pools, a kids’ area and several exciting water slides.

Amidst the tropical rainforest, these 25 thermal water pools are filled by crystalline waterfalls, for the use and enjoyment of all visitors.

The purity of the water will make you feel like you are floating in an oasis of healing, with birds singing all around and the sound of falling water that invites you to relax and recover your wellness and quality of life.

Famous for its multiple hot spring pools, bars, and restaurants. Baldi Hot Springs has become a popular attraction for visitors to the area. A fun and unique destination, Baldi offers numerous different activities. They are a must do activity while in Arenal!   Baldi offers a beautiful location full of tropical gardens, waterfalls and exotic plant life to enjoy.  Guests will also find three swim up “wet” bars and two “dry” bars. All perfect for grabbing a relaxing cocktail while enjoying the spectacular surroundings.

The hot springs in the Arenal area of Costa Rica are believed to have natural curative powers and multiple healing effects. The temperature and chemical composition of the thermal springs increase blood circulation while ridding the body of germs and toxins. Additional health benefits include the stimulation of the digestion system and reduced pressure on joints and muscles. Also benefitting from the curative waters are those with arthritis, various skin conditions and assorted respiratory conditions, such as asthma. The Baldi Hot Springs has pools with temperatures ranging from 93 to 152 degrees Fahrenheit and is certified by the Costa Rican National Water Laboratory. 

When hunger strikes, enjoy lunch (included) at the on-site restaurant, so you can choose whether you wish to eat first and then enjoy the springs, or relax in the springs and then eat when you feel hungry.  As dusk falls over Arenal, take in an enchanted atmosphere of steamy pools and emerging stars with views of the volcano in the distance. You might even see red lava flowing down in the distance, as is often visible on clear evenings. Relax on the ride back to Tamarindo, after your blissful experience in the natural hot springs.

INCLUDES Transportation in air conditioned coach or mini-coach, lunch, bottle of water or fruit juice, entrance to the Arenal National Park for our guided volcano walk, entrance to Baldi Hot Springs, and our local bilingual tour guide.

 

          
      

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

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The thrill of enjoyment at Baldi hot springs

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Relaxing and exploring at Baldi Hot Springs

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.

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 and return used towels.

Wednesday February 6th. (B)
Today is a free day to relax at your leisure, enjoy the beach, the lagoon pool with its swim up bar and waterfall, get a massage on the beach, take a surf lesson or just meander through the local shops if you wish.  There are three pools in all including our lagoon pool with swim up bar and waterfall, the beachfront pool and an adults only quiet pool for tranquility.  The resort also has a small children’s pool and has a whirlpool for relaxation.
 

Thursday  February 7th (B,L) 
After our included breakfast, we will enjoy a full day adventure including Zip-lining, tubing, a hot spring, a mud bath and a horseback ride.

Hacienda Guachipelin Full Day Adrenaline

DESCRIPTION
 Fill your day with adventure and Costa Rica’s pure nature Activities:

Canopy,  Water Tubing, Horseback riding, Rock climbing, one rappel,  Hot Springs, Volcanic Mud Bath,  Lunch, Transportation, Tour Guide!

WHAT TO BRING Bathing suit, Extra clothes to change into, spending money for souvenirs, camera, tennis shoes, water shoes, pants, towel.

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 below.  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 platforms.


 
A passenger glides in a harness across one of the cables on the Zip Line tour with one of the platforms pictured in the background.

(Note: The order of today’s full day zip-line tour and Tuesday’s full day tour to Arenal Volcano and Baldi Hot Springs may be reversed, thus providing the zip-line tour on Tuesday and the Arenal Volcano/Baldi Hot Springs tour on Thursday)

 

Friday  February 8th  – (B)
The morning is again at your leisure to relax on the beach, or in the pools, get a massage, or even take a surf lesson.  You may also wish to take some shopping time as there are many shops just a few steps from our resort.

This afternoon we will enjoy a guided horseback riding tour on the beach. 

There is nothing quite as magical as the site of the ocean from the back of a horse as we leisurely ride across the sand and view the panoramic ocean vistas.

 
Singles enjoying our horseback ride on the beach on last year's Costa Rica trip.

 

If you wish, join us for a final night farewell dinner at the restaurant overlooking the beach at our resort.

Saturday February 9th  (B)– Transfer from the hotel to the Liberia airport for your flight home. 

Our hotel offers transportation services to the airport.  The concierge can arrange this for you.  (If you share with others going to the airport at the same time, the cost is as little as $30 for the approx. 45 minute ride)

TRIP PACKAGE INCLUDES:

    • 7 nights at the 4 star Tamarindo Diria Beach Resort with lagoon pool view rooms
    • Roommate matching based on gender to save you money
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary ( Full hot Breakfast is included every day plus two lunches included on our tours)

 

Tours included in our trip package:

    • Sailing/Snorkeling half day Sunset Cruise with included food, drinks & music
    • Baula National Park & Tamarindo Estuary 2 hour guided wildlife viewing cruise with 30 minute guided wildlife viewing walk
    • Zip Line, tubing, horseback, mud bath, hot spring full day guided adventure tour with lunch included
    • Arenal National Park, Baldi Hot Springs full day combination guided tour with lunch included
    • Horseback riding on the beach guided tour
  • Also included:
  • · Air conditioned transportation on all tours.
  • · Services of a singles travel  representative escorting the group for the entire trip duration

 

 Trip cost:  $1999 + $180 tax  per person - based on double occupancy with free roommate matching based on  gender and smoking or non smoking roommate

Optional single room supplement:   $789 if you prefer to have your own room for the week

Passengers must provide their own air arrangements from their home city into Liberia Costa Rica (airport code LIR) and home from the same Liberia airport (LIR). Nonstop flights are offered from major US air cities by Delta, American, United and Jet Blue.  Transfer services from the airport to the hotel are available for as little as $30 per person sharing the ride with others arriving at the same or similar flight arrival times and as little as $30 per person from the hotel to the airport shared with others departing at similar flight times.  Passengers should provide their flight details to us between 45 and 60 days prior to arrival to be booked into the shared shuttle service from the airport to the hotel.  Transport from the hotel back to the airport can be arranged at the hotel by the hotel concierge.  Private shuttle services are also available upon request at approx. $90 per vehicle each way.  Distance from the airport to the hotel is approx. 45 minutes

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


Cancelation policy:  If you have traveled with us before, then you are part of our “Ohana”, a Hawaiian term for family.  As part of our Ohana, you can cancel until the cancel date and receive a full refund of your deposit.  After the cancel date, the deposit is non-refundable.

If you have not traveled with us before, you may still cancel until the same cancel date and receive a future trip credit in the amount of your deposit, good toward any singles trip we offer for two years from the start date of this trip.

The cancel date for this trip is September 1st

Balance payments are due Friday October 19th and are non-refundable

Travel insurance is available upon request. Inquire for rates .

 

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