Costa Rica Beach and Fun Week

 Saturday December 28th 2019 - Saturday Jan 4th, 2020

 Volcanoes, Rainforests, Wildlife Nature Cruise, Relaxing Hot Springs,
Scintillating Beaches with hammocks and sun loungers
plus Snorkeling, Zip-lining, and more!

Also enjoy a NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY AND FIREWORKS overlooking the beach
Plus, an optional 2 day/1 night trip extension to witness the incredible Panama Canal



By popular demand, we are pleased to offer our annual beach and activity week in Costa Rica.  This will be the seventeenth consecutive year we have run this trip and the fourth time we have offered New Year’s Eve as the time frame of this annual trip and each time we have made our visit there over the New Year’s holiday week, our passengers have said the New Year’s Eve celebrations there were the best New Year’s they had experienced.

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, fresh fruits, breads & juices included. 
  • Two Hour Walking Tour in the spectacular rain forest featuring the amazing Arenal Hanging Bridges, overlooking the awe inspiring Arenal Volcano
  • Visit to either Baldi Hot Springs, or Tabacon Hot Springs, each with over fifteen natural hot springs in a tropical setting, to relax and have fun plus water slides and included buffet lunch
  • Two hour Wildlife Cruise tour of Baula National Park  (also called Las Baulas National Marine Park) and the Tamarindo Estuary featuring monkeys, iguanas, birds and other native wildlife
  • Half day afternoon sailing cruise with snorkeling, along with hot foods and bar drinks included and served on board, plus live music and large bean bags on deck for each person to lie on while relaxing in the sun (or choose a covered seating area for shade). Also, enjoy the sunset views over the water from our sail boat at the end of the sailing.  
  • 90 minute guided Horseback riding tour on Tamarindo Beach  
  • Full day tour featuring Zip-lining over the ocean, a visit to one of the largest nature preserves in Central America, featuring wildlife native to Costa Rica, plus a walk across a bridge over native crocodiles below you. Also enjoy today a buffet lunch, chocolate and coffee making demonstration with tasting and free time to relax in hammocks on a sandy beach
  • Plus one full free day to enjoy as you wish, relaxing at our beachfront resort with its own pool and swim up bar or take either an optional full day excursion to see the sites of Nicaragua or a half day optional excursion to see and swim at the base of a huge waterfall. Another optional excursion is offered on Sunday night to witness the nesting giant turtles along a protected beach, just 30 minutes’ drive away from our hotel


Also included:
* Air conditioned transportation throughout Costa Rica.
* Services of a singles travel  representative escorting the group for the entire trip duration
* Roommate matching based on gender (to Save you the cost of a single room supplement!)

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

 Saturday December 28th, 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 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. Our Costa Rica tour is designed to give you the opportunity to see the most of Costa Rica, while also enjoying the convenience of only unpacking once and only checking into one hotel. Tamarindo Diria is the best hotel on Tamarindo Beach and is literally just a few steps from several beachfront restaurants, shops, nightclubs, ATMs and even a small grocery store.

Read more about the Tamarindo Diria by clicking the links to the following websites for pictures, details and reviews of the hotel.

Hotel Tamarindo Diria boasts modern amenities and luxurious accommodations featuring minibar & safety deposit box.  The hotel also offers free Wi-Fi 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 and incredible sunsets each evening from its elevated beachfront restaurant, overlooking the pristine 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 alongside the large lagoon pool where our rooms are located.

Of course, the most popular attraction is just lying 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 annual Costa Rica trips since our first visit to Costa Rica 17 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 December 29th (B)

Today we will enjoy a leisurely two hour wildlife viewing boat cruise 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.

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.

Tonight, if you wish, enjoy a night time tour to view nesting turtles on a beach approx. 30 minutes’ drive from our hotel.  The tour picks us up at our hotel at 6pm and after the short drive, includes a guided walk of approx. 10 minutes along a sandy path to get to the beach where professional naturalist local guides with special red light flashlights will walk us to where the giant turtles are nesting so we can witness them up close and watch them walk across the beach into the ocean. It is quiet an impressive site to witness up close and only costs $49.  The tour includes hotel pickup at 6pm and return by 10pm.

Monday December 30th (B,L)

Today we will enjoy a full day tour of two incredible sites: The Costa Rican Rain Forest, featuring the Amazing Arenal Hanging Bridges and then relaxing with a visit to soak in the natural hot springs of Tabacon Hot Springs or Baldi Hot Springs
No vacation in Costa Rica would be complete without visiting the rain forest for a guided walk along the incomparable Arenal Hanging Bridges, plus witnessing the sight of the awe inspiring Arenal Volcano and relaxing in an incredible hot springs.
We will be driven to the rain forest at the base of the awe inspiring Arenal Volcano this morning.  Upon arrival, we will enjoy a 2 hour guided walk through the rain forest visiting the Arenal Hanging Bridges, with great views of Arenal Volcano   The walk is not difficult and is suitable for anyone with normal fitness.

After this walk you will be taken to either Baldi Hot Springs or Tabacon 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 over 15 magnificent different hot spring pools, plus a water slide and swim up bar in the hot spring.

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. Enjoy a walk through the rain forest crossing over multiple suspension bridges, with stunning views of the expansive rain forest and one incredible vista overlook from which to view the awe inspiring Arenal Volcano itself.  After our rain forest walk, rejuvenate with a dip in the multiple volcanic hot springs at Tabacon or Baldi Hot Springs and lunch at the hot springs. Round-trip hotel transport is of course included.

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 suspension bridges built into the forest.  As we cross these bridges, you will gain a wonderful perspective and a panoramic view of the stunning Costa Rican rain 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 tropical rain forest. The amazing hanging bridges overlook a dense canopy with volcano views and more lush rain forest views in the background.

Amidst the tropical rainforest, the Arenal Hanging Bridges are a marvel to experience a guided two hour walk

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Some of our passengers enjoying a “photo opp” on the hanging bridges on our trip in Feb. 2019

After our walk in the rain forest, we will be taken to relax in the thermal water pools of Tabacon Hot Springs or Baldi Hot Springs, each comprising more than 15 natural hot springs and each which 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 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 and Tabacon Hot Springs have each become popular attractions for visitors to the area.
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. 

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. Relax on the ride back to Tamarindo, after your blissful experience in the natural hot springs.

INCLUDES: Round trip Transportation from our hotel in air conditioned coach or mini-coach, buffet lunch at the hot springs, bottle of water or fruit juice on the drive, entrance to the Arenal Hanging Bridges for our guided rainforest walk with our professional local guide, entrance to Tabacon Hot Springs or Baldi Hot Springs with free time to relax in the hot springs.

The distinctive facilities of Tabacon Hot Springs are comprised of thermal-mineral rivers flowing through
exotic tropical gardens, forming natural waterfalls and river pools. (two photos above)

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The thrill of enjoyment at Baldi hot springs
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Relaxing and exploring at Baldi Hot Springs

At both Tabacon and Baldi hot springs there are paths that meander from one hot spring to the next, each with its own character.  Each have natural waterfall hot springs where you can relax and luxuriate under the cascading waters that passengers can sit or stand under as the soothing waters cascade over them 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 which are provided at both Tabacon and Baldi, where you can change clothes and return used towels.

Tuesday December 31st (B)

The morning is again at your leisure to relax on the beach, or in the three pools at our hotel, get a massage on the beach, 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.


Wednesday January 1st, 2020. (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 in the shade.  You can also walk 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 desert served.   

While you enjoy the sailing, beautiful views and gentle breeze, you will enjoy our talented live music. You will be so relaxed and comfortable. We will make one stop where you can go snorkel, with included snorkeling equipment provided, swim around the boat, go to the beach, use our kayak or paddleboard, or just laze around on deck.  We will then enjoy a return sailing back to our resort, with live music, and again, the choice of enjoying the sun while relaxing on large bean bags on the outer deck, or relaxing in the covered aft area of the sailboat, offering shade.  As we return we will enjoy views of the beautiful setting sun over the ocean, with live music, an open bar and service provided by the boat crew.   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.  The sailing tour starts and ends just a short walk down the beach from our hotel.

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. 

Thursday January 2nd (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.

Two optional excursions are offered today: A full day excursion to enjoy the sites of the neighboring nation of Nicaragua or a half day excursion to enjoy swimming under a huge waterfall.

Friday January 3rd (B, L)

Today we will enjoy a full day excursion including a morning guided tour featuring the thrill of Zip-lining over the ocean, followed by an afternoon featuring a walk through one of the largest nature preserves in Central America, a walk along a footbridge over live crocodiles, a buffet lunch, a chocolate making demonstration and chocolate tasting, and lastly free time to relax on a sandy beach with hammocks to simply enjoy and relax more.

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.

Our full day tour takes us to Diamante Eco Adventure Park. 

Diamante’s oceanfront location offers the most exciting zip line course featuring the longest ocean view zip-line and the longest dual zip-line in the country. Diamante’s Animal Sanctuary is one of the finest Wildlife Education Centers in all of Latin America.  Diamante’s bi-lingual team is known for excellent customer service and raising awareness among visitors and locals about the importance of the protection of wildlife. The Animal Sanctuary is home to frogs, snakes, crocodiles, monkeys, sloths, beautiful birds, a butterfly observatory and a variety of large cats including jaguars.

The Botanical Garden, filled with fruit trees, flowers and plants is the location of the “Traditional House” a replica of a typical farmhouse common in the area 100 years ago. Diamante offers a unique “hands-on” cultural experience with coffee, chocolate and sugar cane making demonstrations and tasting.

Our last activity of the day is a visit to our own Hammock Beach which is the ideal spot to relax and enjoy exclusive access to the beach only for Diamante visitors.

Plus if you wish added activities from the beach, you can enjoy free stand up paddle boarding, snorkeling and kayaking or sit back and just relax in hanging chairs and hammocks along Diamante’s private beach.

After we return to our hotel, if you wish, join us for a final night farewell dinner at the restaurant overlooking the beach at our resort.

Saturday January 4th (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 or we can arrange it for you through our private guide Gustavo.  (If you share with others going to the airport at the same time, the cost is as little as $25 per person for the approx. 45 minute ride)


    • 7 nights at the 4 star Tamarindo Diria Beach Resort with lagoon pool view rooms
    • Free Non smoking Roommate matching based on gender (To Save You Money! )
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary ( Full Hot Breakfast Buffet with made to order omelet station, made to order waffle and pancakes, fresh fruits, breads and muffins  is included every day plus two lunches included on our tours)

Tours included in our trip package: (all with pick up and return to/from our hotel)

    • Sailing/Snorkeling half day Sunset Cruise with included food, drinks & music
    • Baula National Park & Tamarindo Estuary 2 hour guided wildlife viewing cruise
    • Full day tour at Diamante Adventure park including Zip Lining, a visit through their Native Wildlife Preserve, Coffee, sugar cane and chocolate making demonstrations and tasting and free time to relax on their private “Hammock Beach” with buffet lunch included
    • Full day tour including 2 hour guided walk through the rainforest featuring the Arenal Hanging Bridges, followed by a visit to Baldi Hot Springs or Tabacon Hot Springs with buffet lunch and free time to relax in the natural hot springs with lockers 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:  $2429  per person including all taxes, based on double occupancy with free non smoking roommate matching based on  gender

Optional single room supplement:   Add $1060 if you prefer to have your own room for the week rather than taking our free roommate matching service


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 $25 per person sharing the ride with others arriving at the same or similar flight arrival times and as little as $25 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 or by our guide Gustavo at any time during the trip.  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 $500 is due within 7 days of making your reservation

Cancelation policy

  • If you have traveled with us before and have chosen single occupancy on this trip, you may cancel by September 15th and receive a full refund.  Cancelations made after Sept. 15th will receive no refunds.
  • If you have traveled with us before and are travelling with your own selected friend as your roommate, you may cancel by August 15th and receive a full refund. Cancelations after August 15th will receive no refunds.
  • If you have traveled with us before and have requested a roommate be assigned to you on this trip, then you can cancel by July 15th and receive a full refund. Cancelations after July 15th will receive no refunds.
  • If you have not traveled with us before and have chosen single occupancy on this trip, you may cancel until August 15th and you will receive a future trip credit in the amount of your $500 deposit from this trip, good toward any singles trip we offer until December 28th, 2021 (two years from the start date of this trip).
  • If you have not traveled with us before and are travelling with your own selected friend as your roommate, you may cancel by August 15th and you will receive a future trip credit in the amount of your $500 deposit from this trip, good toward any singles trip we offer until December 28th, 2021 (two years from the start date of this trip).
  • If you have not traveled with us before and have requested a roommate be assigned to you, then you can cancel until July 15th and receive a future trip credit in the amount of your $500 deposit from this trip, good toward any singles trip we offer until December 28th, 2021 (two years from the start date of this trip)

Balance payments for all passengers on this special New Year’s Holiday trip are due August 15th.

Reservation requests received after August 15th will be filled if space is available at that time.

Travel insurance is available upon request. Inquire for rates and coverages.

Sat. Jan 4TH-Sunday Jan 5th 2020

Enjoy a visit to witness the incomparable Panama Canal.  We will enjoy a short flight from Liberia airport, just 45 minutes from our hotel (the same airport you will fly into and home from on our New Year’s Costa Rica trip).  Our flight takes us to Panama City Panama.  Upon arrival we will be taken on a private vehicle and driven to the Miraflores Locks Visitors Center where we will enjoy a tour of the museum there, with exhibits and interactive modules on how the Panama Canal was built. 

The top floor contains an observation deck from which visitors can observe the activity of boats entering and proceeding through the Miraflores Locks of the Panama Canal.  The sight of watching the canal gates open and the water levels raise and lower as boats proceed through the locks is quite impressive.

After our visit to the Miraflores Visitors Center, Museum and Observation Deck we will enjoy a private guided tour of the old town district of Panama City, before we are taken to our hotel for our one night stay.

The evening is at leisure with an optional dinner at a local restaurant.

The next morning we will be taken back to the airport and flown back to Liberia Costa Rica, from where we can catch our connecting flight back to our own home cities.

Pricing for this optional 2 day/1 night visit to the Panama Canal will be available in early summer so check back with us at that time if you are interested in adding this optional 2 day/1 night Panama Canal visit to your New Year’s Beach and Adventure Holiday trip to Costa Rica.