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Costa Rica Beaches & Jungles

9 Days / 8 Nights

Package Overview

Neon yellow and electric blue flittered past, a contrast to the slow moving turtle...

The green-gray and brown sea turtle blended into the muted seascape. But its elegant movements made it stand out from the busy scene all around. Butterfly fish, horse-eyed jack fish, puffers, speckled sea stars. While there seemed to be no limit to the color underwater, the sea turtle commanded attention from our snorkeling group. Gracefully, it undulated its flipper-like legs, weaving between us to swim on.

Explore scenic beaches and biodiverse jungles on an 8-night Costa Rica adventure cruise.

Highlights include:

  • Adventure cruise
  • One-night pre-cruise hotel stay in San Jose
  • Costa Rica north to south - discover two distinct coastal, tropical environments
  • National parks and a wildlife refuge
  • Forest hikes in search of wildlife - sloths, howler monkeys, spider monkeys, white-faced capuchins, scarlet macaws, hummingbirds, iguanas
  • Paddle board and snorkel in marine-life rich Papagayo Gulf
  • Kayak and skiff among the mangroves of Golfo Dulce
  • Off-the-beaten path exploration

2018 Fixed Departure Dates:

  • July 6, 13, 20, 27
  • Aug. 3, 10, 17

Agent Commission Starting At: $419.50

Package Pricing

Package starting at: $4195.00 PP * Prices based on double occupancy. Prices per person in USD.

Travel Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Costa Rica! Warmly greeted, you’ll be transferred from the San Jose airport to the Intercontinental Hotel (or similar) for your overnight. Rest after your day of travel or explore San Jose on your own.

Day 2

The morning is yours to enjoy as you wish—take advantage of the hotel’s amenities and lunch at a restaurant nearby. An afternoon transfer with your new shipmates brings you to Caldera Port and the Safari Voyager. The captain and crew help you settle in to your new home for a week’s worth of wonder. Sail north with a celebratory glass of champagne.

Day 3

Postcard-worthy beaches and dry tropical forest are signature landscapes along Papagayo Gulf. Get your feet wet on this first day of adventure and water activities. Kayak and paddle board through the gulf’s deep blue-green water. If conditions are right, snorkel for bright tropical fish, green sea turtles, and elusive octopuses. And take a sand-between-your-toes stroll or lounge on a tranquil Papagayo beach. Known for epic sunsets, complete your day with a cool beverage and fiery show from the ship’s deck.

Day 4

On the north Pacific coast of Guanacaste sits Santa Rosa National Park—protected home to a significant number of sea turtle nesting sites. Check into the park at the Murcielago Islands station, then set out for a quiet cove and a day of water ops. The Guanacaste shores are some of Costa Rica’s best for seeking life below the surface, so take it all in.

Day 5

At the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula, dry tropical forest meets wet tropical forest. Today, explore the unique flora and fauna Curú National Wildlife Refuge. The lush trees teem with life—scarlet macaws, parrots, motmots, spider and howler monkeys, iguanas, lizards, butterflies. Count how many species you find on a hike through the forest. Afterwards, you’ll find the blue waters near Isla Tortuga refreshingly irresistible. Snorkel, kayak, paddle board—make a splash!

Day 6

There’s no question, this forest is alive—feel the vibrant energy of the jungle all around you. When howler monkeys begin to bellow, that feeling amplifies. Manuel Antonio National Park is a haven for an astounding diversity of life nestled among 340-plus species of plants that grow here. Two- and three-toed sloths, white-faced capuchins, basilisks, iguanas, and over a hundred bird species—watch for the park’s many residents on a guided jungle hike.

Day 7

Aptly named, Golfo Dulce—or “sweet gulf”—is a sweet spot for biodiversity. Kayak and skiff through mangrove waterways. The forest hums with chattering birds, monkeys, and insects. Keep an eye out for caimans, crabs, fish, and egrets. A tour through a botanical preserve reveals flowering tropical treasures—bromeliads, ginger plants, and heliconias. Hummingbirds and butterflies, too. Take in the sights, sounds, and smells from every tree and bush, uncovering the gulf’s ambrosial secrets. At the end of the day, watch a lightshow of bioluminescence from the bow of the Safari Voyager.

Day 8

Adventure opportunities are as rich as the biodiversity you’ll encounter. Sloths, hummingbirds, macaws, cotingas, frogs, stick bugs, army ants, and all four of the country’s monkeys… it’s no wonder the Osa Conservation area has earned the nickname of “most biologically intense place on earth.” Go deep—hike the jungle looking high and low for wildlife in the dense vegetation. Watch for both big and small natural wonders—it’s all around you here. Tonight, celebrate your adventure and the pura vida of Costa Rica at a special farewell dinner, complete with a slideshow by your expedition team.

Day 9

After breakfast aboard the Safari Voyager, you’ll be transferred to San Jose for your flight home or to begin your hotel stay.

Additional Package Information

 Package Includes

  • All onboard meals, spirits, wine, microbrews, non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Exclusive transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embark/disembark days
  • Entry fees to national parks/preserves
  • All from-the-boat adventure activities and equipment
  • Wellness amenities: fitness equipment, yoga mats, and a complimentary massage

 Package Does Not Include

  • $250 port taxes/fees are additional
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities

 Package Notes

  • Pricing varies depending on date and cabin type. Call for prices.
  • Passport required.
  • Itineraries are guidelines; variations in itinerary and the order of days may occur to maximize your experience.
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9 Days / 8 Nights Costa Rica Vacation Package

General Information

  • Capital: San Jose
  • Government: Democratic Republic
  • Currency: Costa Rican colon (CRC)
  • Area: 51,100 km2
  • Population: 4,075,261 (July 2006 est.)
  • Language: Spanish (official), English (creole) spoken around Puerto Limon
  • Religion: Roman Catholic 76.3%, Evangelical 13.7%, other Protestant 0.7%, Jehovah's Witnesses 1.3%, other 4.8%
  • Electricity: N/A
  • Calling Code: N/A
  • Time Zone: N/A

Points of Interest

  • San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Papagayo Gulf
  • Guanacaste
  • Islas Murcielago
  • Curu National Wildlife Refuge
  • Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Golfo Dulce
  • Osa Conservation Area