Tours: Suggestions

Central American Tours

#1 Costa Rica At Its Finest
7 Nights San Jose
Sitting at an elevation of 3600 feet, in Costa Rica’s Central Valley, San Jose is the perfect location to experience this ecological paradise. Daily excursions will allow you to enjoy the best National Parks and Reserves.
Included:
7 Nights hotel accommodations
Transfer airport – hotel – airport
Half-day city sightseeing
Full – day Pacific Island Cruise
Full – Day Poas Volcano and Oxcart Factory
Meals included only when specified. Walking shoes, binoculars, mosquito repellant, hat, and bathing suit recommended.

#2 Costa Rica Nature Adventure
3 Nights San Jose, 2 Nights San Carlos, 2 Nights Monteverde
Experience the opportunity of a lifetime. Explore trails under the canopy of giant trees at the Carara Biological Reserve. Admire majestic Arenal Volcano with its spectacular lave eruptions and thundering explosions. Relax at Tabacon Hot Water Springs. Take an exciting jungle boat ride to Cano Negro. Visit Monteverde’s six different eco systems and home of the Resplendent Quetzal.
Included:
7 Nights hotel accommodation
Transfer airport – hotel – airport
Caraca Biological Reserve
Arenal Volcano and Tabacon Springs
Cano Negro Wild Life Refuge
Monteverde Cloud Forest
Meals included only when specified. Walking shoes, binoculars, mosquito repellant, hat, and bathing suit recommended.

#3 City / Mountain / Beach
3 Nights San Jose, 1 Night Monteverde, 3 Nights Beach
Perfect combination: San Jose’s friendly charm, Monteverde’s ecological paradise and time to discover Costa Rica’s beautiful beaches. You can choose from any one of our relaxing beaches with this packege: Hotel Fiesta, Punta Leona or Jaco Beach in Puntarenas, conveniently located only one and a half hour drive to San Jose, Flamingo Beach, Tamarindo, El Ocotal or Manuel Antonio, and a short flight from SanJose.
Included:
7 Nights hotel accommodation
Transfer airport – hotel – airport
Half-day city sightseeing
Transfer San Jose – Monteverde
Transfer Monteverde – Beach
Transfer Beach – San Jose
Meals included only when specified. Walking shoes, binoculars, mosquito repellant, hat, and bathing suit recommended.

#4 City and Beach
3 Nights San Jose, 4 Nights Beach
A short stay in San Jose with a half day city tour. Visit the National Theater, National Museum, University of Costa Rica and shop for some of the country’s hand crafted bargains. Transfer to one of Costa Rica´s popular beaches to enjoy a few days of relaxation and hospitality.
Included:
7 Nights hotel accommodation
Transfer airport – hotel – airport
Half-day city sightseeing
Transfer Beach – San Jose
Meals included only when specified. Walking shoes, binoculars, mosquito repellant, hat, and bathing suit recommended.
For international flight departures, it’s recommend to spend your last night in San Jose.

#5 Costa Rica’s Pacific Adventure
2 Nights San Jose
3 Nights Fiesta Hotel
2 Nights Monteverde (FAP)
After a pleasant overnight in San Jose, your Pacific Adventure will begin. A naturalist guide will unveil the secrets of the Carara Biological Reserve before driving you to the lovely Fiesta Hotel. Enjoy an exciting cruise on the calm waters of the beautiful Gulf of Nicoya. Move on to the highlands and discover Monteverde’s ecological paradise. Return to San Jose for your last night before returning home.
Included:
7 Nights hotel accommodation
Transfer airport – hotel – airport
Monteverde Cloud Forest
Pacific Island Cruise
Carara Biological Reserve
Meals included only when specified. Walking shoes, binoculars, mosquito repellant, hat, and bathing suit recommended.

Multi Day Tours

Tilajari
Adventure into the region of the Arenal Volcano includes accommodations at the delightful Tilajari Lodge (or similar). The tour includes a visit to the Tabacon hot springs and a boat ride through Caño Negro Preserve. View the volcano’s glow from an observation point at sunset.
Recommend: towel and swimsuit, walking shoes, sweater or light jacket, binoculars, insect repellent and flashlight.
2 Day / 1 Night
First day Arenal Volcano & Tabacón Hot Springs
Hotel accommodations
Lunch / dinner
Second day Caño Negro Adventure
Breakfast / lunch
Transfer back to San José or if the guest has the Monteverde Package, they will continue from Arenal to Monteverde after the Caño Negro Adventure; that will be around 2:30pm
3 Day / 2 Nights
First day Arenal Volcano & Tabacón Hot Springs
Hotel accommodation
Lunch / dinner
Second day Optional activity
(if guest has a combined package with Monteverde, they will have the Caño Negro on this day)
Hotel accommodation
Breakfast / lunch / dinner
Third day Caño Negro Adventure
Breakfast / lunch
Transfer back to San Jose
(If guest has the Monteverde Package, on this day they will have the transfer from Arenal to Monteverde in the morning)

Monteverde
Watch the landscape change on a 3 hour journey to the famous cloud forest north of San José. Stay in the charming De Montaña Hotel (or Similar) surrounded by nature. Tour the Monteverde Park and return to San José late afternoon.
Recommend: Hiking Boots, binoculars and insect repellent.
2 Day / 1 Night
First day Transfer from San José to Monteverde
Bird Farm
Hotel accommodation
Lunch / dinner
Second day Monteverde Cloud Forest
Hummingbird Gallery
Cheese Factory
Breakfast / lunch
Transfer back to San José
3 Day / 2 Nights
First day Transfer from San José to Monteverde in the morning
Lunch / dinner
Hotel Accommodation
Afternoon free
Second day Monteverde Cloud Forest
Cheese Factory
Hummingbird Gallery
Bird Farm
Breakfast / lunch / dinner
Hotel accommodation
Third day Breakfast
Transfer back to San José

Marenco
Marenco Biological Station is nestled in a tropical wilderness within the rain forest on the wild Pacific Shoreline of Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula.
Recommend: Hiking Boots, sunscreen, insect repellent and binoculars.
3 Day / 2 Nights
First day Air & boat transfer to Marenco
Hotel accommodation
Lunch / dinner
Second day Corcovado National Park
Breakfast / lunch / dinner
Hotel accommodation
Third day Breakfast
Boat & air transfer to San José
4 Day / 3 Nights
First day Air & boat transfer to Marenco
Lunch / dinner
Hotel accommodation
Second day Corcovado National Park
Hotel accommodation
Breakfast / lunch / dinner
Third day Caño Island
Breakfast / lunch /dinner
Hotel accommodation
Fourth day Breakfast
Boat & air transfer to San José
5 Day / 4 Nights
First day Air & boat transfer to Marenco
Lunch / dinner
Hotel accommodation
Second day Corcovado National Park
Breakfast / lunch / dinner
Hotel accommodation
Third day Caño Island
Breakfast / lunch / dinner
Hotel accommodation
Fourth day Rio Claro Tour
Breakfast / lunch / dinner
Hotel accommodation
Fifth day Breakfast
Boat & air transfer to San José

Tortuguero
Enjoy a canal tour through the Tortuguero National Park by boat and walk through the rain forest to observe the teeming wildlife.
Recommend: sunscreen, binoculars and insect repellent.
Mawamba 2D/1NT
First day Ground transportation to point of embarkation
Breakfast / lunch / dinner
Hotel accommodation
Boat transfer into the Tortuguero Canals
Second day Boat transfer intothe Tortuguero Canals
Breakfast / lunch
Ground transfer back to San José
Mawamba 3D / 2NT
First day Ground transportation to point of embarkation
Breakfast / lunch / dinner
Hotel accommodation
Boat transfer into the Tortuguero Canals
Second day Tortuguero National Park Tour
Breakfast / lunch / dinner
Hotel accommodation
Third day Boat transfer into the Tortuguero Canals
Breakfast / lunch
Ground transfer back to San José

Tortuguero
Tortuguero Jungle Expedition 2D / 1NT
First day Early morning flight to Tortuguero
Tortuguero Canals Tours (morning & afternoon)
Hotel accommodation
Breakfast / lunch / dinner
Second day Breakfast
Flight back to San José
Short Tortuguero Jungle Oddyssey 2D / 1NT
First day Morning flight to Tortuguero
Rest of the day is free ( optional activities-extra cost)
Breakfast / lunch / dinner
Hotel accommodation
Second day Breakfast
Boat transfer back to Limón
Ground transfer back to San José
Tortuguero Jungle Oddyssey 3D / 2NT
First day Ground & boat transfer to Tortuguero
Lunch / dinner
Hotel accommodation
Second day Breakfast / lunch / dinner
Hotel accommodation
Optional activities ( extra cost )
Third day Breakfast
Early flight back to San José
This tour may be run in reserve order:
First day Flight to Tortuguero
Third day Transfer back to San Jose by boat / bus
Includes same as above plus one extra meal.

Day Tours From San Jose

City Sightseeing Tour
Enjoy a half-day tour of Costa Rica’s largest city, San José. Explore the culture and history of this international hub; visit the National Theater and Museum, also some shopping districts.

Lankester Gardens & Orosi Tour
At Lankester, nature lovers can stroll through a lush botanical garden and marvel at approximately 800 varieties of orchids, anthuriums and ferns. These wonderful gardens have been declared a refuge for many migratory species of birds. A visit to Orosi, a place admired the world around, you will view the Lost Ruins of Ujarrás, the Bride’s Veil Waterfalls and the Cachi Dam. 7-8 hours

Irazú Volcano / Orosi Valley
Pass coffee and large vegetable plantations as you ascend the slopes of Costa Rica’s famous volcano. Stop in Cartago, the old capital city, to visit Los Angeles Basilica where the patron saint of the country is enshrined. After lunch, you travel to Orosi Valley, the “Shangri-La”of Central America. You view the lost ruins of Ujarrás, one of the oldest Spanish settlements in the country, and see the thundering Bride’s Veil waterfall which drops 300 feet to the floor of the valley. 8 hours
Recommend: Walking shoes and sweater or light jacket and binoculars.

Arenal Volcano
A delightful 2 hour drive through the central highlands leads you to Costa Rica’s most active volcano. Travel past the quaint towns of San Ramón, La Tigra and Chachagua before descending into the San Carlos plains. Visit “The Tabacón recreational spot with hot water sulphur springs. Then view majestic Arenal with its spectacular fiery display for thundering explosions. 10 hours
Recommend: Towel and swimsuit, walking shoes, sweater or light jacket, binoculars and flashlight.

Poas Volcano / Oxcart Factory
Enjoy this partially active volcano, approximately 1 hour drive northwest of San José. One of the widest craters in the world, Poas still discharges smoke and steam. Travel through the town of Alajuela. After lunch at a local restaurant, you visit Sarchi and the Oxcart Factory. Here local artisans practice the national art form of unique painting. 7 hours

Los Angeles Cloud Forest
Early morning departure from San José to the private 2.000 acre cloud forest situated at 2.800 – 3.900 feet. A guided hike allows you to view the various species of birds, plants and mammals. 12 hours
Recommend: Hiking boots, insect repellent and binoculars.

Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge
Drive through some of the most diversified countryside of all Costa Rica and stop for a Typical breakfast. At Los Chiles, you board a comfortable boat for a tour of the refuge which consists of 9.000 hectares of tropical rain forests. The great biological diversity of the area attracts birdwatchers and nature lovers alike. Enjoy a picnic lunch on the banks of the river before returning to San José early this evening. 12 hours
Recommend: Binoculars and insect repellent.

Aerial Tram
Travel from San José to this unique eco tourism and research facility. The Tram will take visitors on a 90 minute excursion through the rain forest canopy and its hanging gardens of plants and animals hidden at the tops of tall rain forest species, the rain forest canopy is little-known world of tremendous beauty and extraordinary biological diversity. The site, next to the northern border of Braulio Carrillo National Park, possesses one of the richest canopy communities in the world. 4 hours
Recommend: Binoculars and insect repellent.
Children under 5 years cannot board the tram.

Coffee Tour and Butterfly Farm.
The “Coffee Tour” is a multimedia presentation for all ages using actors to describe coffee production from the farm to the beverage we all know. Visitors will also have a chance to sample this fine product. erfly Farm offers a two hour guided tours teaching you the incredible details of the complex life-cycle of some of the world’s most beautiful butterflies. This farm is home to 1.000 butterflies. 7 hours
Recommend: walking shoes.

Carara Biological Reserve & Punta Leona
This is a transitional rain forest with lush vegetation and abundant wildlife. Observe the many birds: Macaws, parrots, guans, toucans, trogons, flycatchers, kingfishers and hummingbirds. You will spend approximately 3 hours exploring the trails accompanied by a naturalist guide. Later stop at Punta Leona for lunch and time to enjoy the beach. 10 hours (L)
Recommend: Hiking shoes, binoculars, insect repellent, towel, swimsuit and sunscreen.

Sacramento Horseback Riding
The sound of the city are left behind as you approach the central mountain range of Sacramento. After being welcomed with a rich cup of Costa Rican coffee and biscuit, you then mount your horse and follow your experienced naturalist guide who will lead you through mountain trails of giant trees bedecked with bromeliads, ferns, moss and wild orchids. Experience the enchantment of the sound of silence intermingled with the musical notes of the birds endemic to the zone.
Recommend: Jeans or sport slacks, towel and insect repellent.

Tortuguero Monkey Adventure
Transfer by bus to Freeman, on the Eastern Caribbean; tour the Tortuguero National Park by boat for a view of the surrounding terrain. Monkeys and other inhabitants of the rain forest are featured guests, it is impossible to enumerate all the beautiful flowers, the multi-colored frogs, butterflies and fascinating reptiles. Return by bus late afternoon to San Jose. Full day
Recommend: binoculars, sunscreen and insect repellent.

Whitewater Rafting
Suitable for young and old, this is a chance to raft on one of the country’s mighty rivers, Rio Reventazon. All rafting is Class 3 and includes safety equipment and an expert guide. This trip combines sensational white water rafting with a glimpse of Costa Rican history, agricultural development and wildlife. Recommended for beginners. Full day
Minimum 12 years of age.
Recommend: Swimsuit, a change of clothes and shoes, plastic bag for camera.
Rio Pacuare is another option for people with more experience on rafting. This trip includes same as above. Class IV.
Minimum 16 years of age.
Recommend: Same as above.

Pacific Island Cruise
Depart for a scenic early morning drive to the Pacific seaport city of Puntarenas. Upon arrival, you will be met by the experienced skipper and crew of the yacht. The yacht is specially designed for comfort and safety and will take you on an exciting cruise on the calm waters of the beautiful Gulf of Nicoya. 12 hours
Recommend: Towel, swiming suit, walking shoes, sun-block lotion, sun glasses, sandals.

Optional Tours

Guanacaste

Los Inocentes Horseback Riding
Duration 8 Hours
What to Wear Jeans, T-shirt, Tennis Shoes
Includes Transportation, bilingual Tour Guide, lunch at Los Inocentes
Los Inocentes is the best place to enjoy the surrounding of the “Savannas Guanacastecas”.
This Cattle Hacienda, involves an outdoor experience on a horseback or if you prefer a Guided Nature walk enjoying the spectacular view at the Orosi Volcano, animals, as toucans, wild parrots, monkeys and iguanas.

Santa Rosa National Park
Duration 7-8 Hours
What to Wear Short, T-shirt, Tennis shoes
Includes Transportation, bilingual Tour Guide, lunch at Los Inocentes
Sight of the historical 1856 Battle against American filibuster William Walker and his army of mercenaries, Santa Rosa National Park, is considered the only Tropical Dry Forest left in Central America. Amoung the abundant wildlife of the park we find: Capuchin and Howler Monkeys, Coatis, White Tale Deer, and numerous birds including Scarlet Macaws and Blue Jays. We will visit the old “Casona”, farm house turned into a museum and National Monument. Our tour includes delicious typical lunch at Hacienda Los Inocentes. A stop will be made at Liberia, capital of Guanacaste with its turn of the century architecture.

Rincon de la Vieja Volcano
Duration 10 Hours
What to Wear Short, T-shirt, Tennis shoes
Includes Transportation, bilingual Tour Guide, lunch at Rincon de la Vieja lodge
This is one of the most impressive volcanoes in Costa Rica. Two craters (one active with a hot water lake), exiting fumaroles, and a large variety of vegetation and wildlife, including resplendent Quetzals, monkeys, sloths, and maybe a cougar ,are part of this one day adventure.

Corobici River Float
Duration 10 Hours
What to Wear Short, T-shirt, Tennis shoes
Includes Transportation, bilingual Tour Guide, lunch at Rincon de la Vieja lodge
Admire nature as you float down the Corobici River on a rubber raft. Exotic sights of flora and fauna are common to this area; ospreys , mot mots; herons, egrets and a variety of iguanas and monkeys. An unforgettable adventure for all age groups.

Palo Verde National Park
Duration 10 Hours
What to Wear Short, T-shirt, Tennis shoes
Includes Transportation, bilingual Tour Guide, lunch at Cañas Hotel
Palo Verde National Park, is known for preserving some of the most extensive wetlands in Costa Rica, provide refuge for thousands of migrant and resident waterbirds, numerous landbirds and many other animals. Crocodiles relax in the sun while monkeys sprint through the branches overhead as our jungle boat cruises slowly along the Bebedero and Tempisque rivers. Scientists from around the world visit this unique nature sanctuary to learn more about the different species and find shelter at this wildlife refuge. ** Children under seven not allowed.

Sea Turtle Nesting Safari
Duration 7 Hours
What to Wear Jeans, dark cotton T-shirt, Tennis shoes, repellent
Includes Transportation, bilingual Tour Guide, entrance fee to Las baulas
Every year (November to March) Giant Leatherback turtles come out of the ocean to bury their eggs in the volcanic beaches of Costa Rica’s pacific coast. One of the few remaining natural nesting grounds is Playa Grande in Guanacaste. Observe this private ritual under the moon (or star) light. Long trousers, dark cotton shirt and tennis shoes are recommended.

Guatil Ceramics
Duration 5 Hours
What to Wear Short, T-shirt, Tennis shoes
Includes Transportation, bilingual Tour Guides
The small village of “Guaitil” is home to the last descendants of the Mayans in our country. Proud of their heritage, they have protected much of their culture; especially their ceramic art. Admire how they hand shape mud in to pottery painted with natural soil colors, just like their ancestors did thousands of years ago. Our tour includes a visit to the city of Santa Cruz.

Also available Arenal Volcano Tabacon Springs
(14-15 hours)

J.P. Sportfishing Tours

Costa Rica for the World’s Best Fishing!

We fish where the fishing’s best, throughout the year.

Costa Rica is a legend among the international sport fishing fraternity, and nobody in Costa Rica catches more fish, offers better boats and equipment or provides better service than J.P. Sportfishing.

There’s always incredible billfishing along the Pacific coast of this beautiful country, but like anyplace in the world, sailfish and marlin do move depending on the season and prevailing conditions.

That’s why we don’t wait for the fish to come to us. We go where the fish are.

From December to May we work primarily out of Quepos on the central coast where the major billfish population is centered. As the sailfish and marlin begin to move north, we intercept them at Punta Guiones and Flamingo Beach, then move back to Quepos when the seasonal winds begin to blow in northern Guanacaste. That’s where action is best for blue, black and stripped marlin and the occasional giant yellow fin tuna — that may run from 150 to 300 pounds — along with sailfish.

Be prepared for incredible catches!

Average catch over the 10 years J.P. Sportfishing Tours has been operating is 8 to 15 billfish releases per boat per day. We have many days with over 20 releases and the record last year aboard the Sea Lady, Queen of our fleet, was 35 sailfish released in a single day. In 1995, an angler aboard the Sea Lady established a new IGFA six-pound-tippet record when he boated a 103-pound sailfish on a fly.

Choose your type of fish

Tired of hooking billfish? Just let your skipper know. He will find you a school of tuna or dorado in the bluewater, or work inshore for giant Pacific cubera snapper, mackerel, blue runners, bonito, small tuna, the beautiful, battling, roosterfish and more.

Multiple packages available

If you are fishing out of Quepos, we also offer optional overnight and special daily packages to Drake Bay, gateway to Corcovado National Park. Anglers here work the seldom fished waters around Canos Island where the action never stops.

The Sea Lady

The 34-foot Sea Lady is the Queen of J.P. Sportfishing Tours fishing fleet. A diesel-powered Crusader. the Sea Lady offers tournament quality tackle, state of the art electronics, is fully-rigged. Captain and crew are experts in conventional fishing, fly fishing and light-tackle angling.

In addition to the Sea Lady, J.P. Sportfishing Tours represents five other boats, that range 26 to 32 feet, all similarly rigged and out fitted.

Sportfishing Quepos

Nov 1 to May 1

Boat Full Day
34ft. Sea Lady, Crusader
31ft. wild Dog Betran
31ft. Mad Dog
30ft. Silueta
42ft. T-Boat
25ft. Wahoo, American

Full Day: 7:00am – 4:00pm

Every charter includes: lunch, beer, snacks, sodas, bottles of water, fruits, tackle, captain and mate.

Our prices also include ground transportations, from your hotel to the pier, and then from the pier back to your hotel.

Thank you for using JP Sportfishing Tours and we look forward to hear from you.

We also represent the Hotel el Dorado Mojado, in Manuel Antonio, Quepos. Each villa has air conditioning and hot water. Villas are + tax and the Studios are + tax

Cocos Travel Diving Tours

The Cocos Island Dive Adventure: Dive with hammerheads, whalesharks, dolphins, mantas and other large pelagics

Cousteau called it “one of the best big animal diving sites in the world”. Cocos Island, Costa Rica, is indeed an amazing place to do scuba diving. Virtually untouched by man, and fed by a network of ocean currents, the surrounding waters of Cocos Island support an unusually rich population of aquatic species, including schooling hammerheads (seen in schools of 200 or more during rainy season), sailfish, mantas, silky sharks, whale sharks, dolphins, orcas, green sea turtles, whitetip reef sharks (all over the place), marble stingrays and many more. You can dive Cocos aboard the superior vessels Sea Hunter and the Undersea Hunter year round. We at Cocos Travel specialize in making all the arrangements necessary for you. We are a company located right in Costa Rica and we will be more than happy to answer any questions you might have on Cocos Island or any other location in Costa Rica. No matter what part of the world you come from, you can make your diving trip to Cocos easy by booking through us. Just send us an e-mail and we will gladly answer your questions and requests.

Following is more detailed information on Cocos–one of the few remaining truly wild places on earth.

Come and discover the magic of Cocos!

Located far from view from Costa Rica’s mainland (290 miles southwest), Isla del Coco rises dramatically from the Pacific Ocean to a height of 634 m (2,080 ft.). It is the oldest and northernmost peak in a chain called Cocos Ridge, which stretches south to the Equator and reemerges as the Galapagos Islands.

You will often find the island capped in cloud cover. Cocos is blanketed in rain forest and is beautifully ornamented by a series of waterfalls, some of which fall in a spectacular manner into the sea. Cocos has an average annual rainfall of 5.000 – 8.000 mm. (16 – 26 feet). Temperature on the island is 27 C (81 F). Water temperature is around 26-28 C (78-83 F). Visibility underwater averages 24-30 meters (80-100 feet) with occasional extremes of 12-37 meters (40 and 120 feet).

Costa Rica Travel: Travel Information & Tips

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