Costa Rica Natural Paradise

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All Inclusive Costa Rica Resorts & Hotels

Welcome! We’re Caravan Tours, one of the oldest and most respected family run all-inclusive tour companies in North America (since 1952).

Costa Rica is a BEAUTIFUL country, a great vacation destination, and our most popular fully guided tour! Caravan’s Costa Rica all inclusive vacations are affordably priced and include all itinerary activities, ground transportation, meals, and of course, Costa Rica all inclusive resort accommodations.

Caravan Costa Rica hotels and resorts were carefully chosen for their ambiance, decor, service, and location. As well, all restaurants, menus and meals (which include free bottled water) were also given careful consideration. As this tour guest commented:

“The hotels were an outstanding value.
Each was clean, comfortable and had a special charm of its own.
You have put together an outstanding package at a very reasonable price!”

As your Costa Rica tour operator, Caravan has gone to great lengths to ensure that your travel tour includes accommodations at some of the finest all-inclusive resorts in Costa Rica, including the newly opened JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort and Spa!

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Costa Rica All Inclusive Tour

Costa Rica All-Inclusive Resorts in San Jose

Your tour begins and ends at a Costa Rica all-inclusive resort in San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica. Located in the Central Valley, San Jose is renowned for its memorable markets, museums, theaters, and restaurants, and has its own distinctive charm. Popular with tourists, San Jose is surrounded by quaint farm villages and three majestic volcanoes.

San Jose is also a great “jumping off” point for our Costa Rica all inclusive travel package, with easy access to all our tour itinerary destinations. While in San Jose, our tour guests stay at the Real InterContinental Hotel upon arrival and at Quality Real Hotel on the final day of the tour.

Real InterContinental Hotel

This is a luxurious 4-star hotel located adjacent to San Jose’s famous Multi-Plaza Mall and Shopping Centre in the exclusive area of Escazu. The Real InterContinental Hotel is where luxury and tranquility meet and features spacious accommodations including executive rooms and suites. The hotel also features heated pools, tropical gardens, an exclusive spa, plus a number of excellent restaurants and a lounge with live music.

Quality Real Hotel

With a 3-star hotel rating, the Quality Real Hotel is located in the Santa Ana business district of San Jose, with easy access (just six miles) to the airport. The hotel has a multi-lingual staff and features three restaurants, an outdoor swimming pool with a garden, and an exercise room.

Costa Rica All-Inclusive Resorts in La Fortuna

Costa Rica is often referred to as the “land of volcanoes.” While most of Costa Rica’s 116 volcanoes are dormant, the active lava flow of Arenal Volcano is a major tourism attraction.

Located next to Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna gives our Caravan travelers the one-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness the glowing active lava flows of Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica’s most active volcano. The area boasts not only amazing views of Arenal volcano (weather permitting) but also natural rainforests and cloud forests with some of Costa Rica’s most impressive natural diversity. Your Costa Rica all inclusive resort stay also includes a trip to the Baldi Hot Springs!

During your tour of Costa Rica, your all inclusive resort stay in La Fortuna will be at one of three available resort hotels, including:

Lomas del Volcan

Located in the foothills and in full view of Arenal Volcano, this all inclusive Costa Rica resort hotel is situated within a 300 acre natural reserve and features air conditioned chalets close to amazing nearby nature trails. On their own, the surrounding rainforest canopy wildlife, flora and fauna are worth the stay here. Other nearby natural attractions includes Butterfly Gardens, Hot Springs, Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge, and the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and conservation area.

Arenal Springs

Built in a Colonial style, this newly opened all inclusive Costa Rica resort also features air-conditioned chalets that offer amazing views of Arenal Volcano. Arenal Springs is a 90-room all inclusive Costa Rica resort and spa, and part of the Arenal Hot Springs area. The hotel features 2 outdoor pools, full service spa facilities, and 3 excellent restaurants.

Magic Mountain

Every room at this 4-star Magic Mountain Hotel and Spa features a terrace or balcony with a full view of Arenal Volcano. This all inclusive Costa Rica resort also has a swim up pool bar, several Jacuzzis and full service spa facilities and is surrounded by lush tropical rainforests.

Costa Rica All-Inclusive Resort In Guanacaste

Renowned for the diversity between its incredible west cost rainforests and the pristine shorelines of its Pacific Coast beaches, the province of Guanacaste is a true tropical paradise. Guanacaste enjoys over two million visitors each year, many of whom come here to visit the area’s leatherback turtle nesting beaches.

While enjoying your Caravan Costa Rica tour, your all inclusive resort stay in Guanacaste will be at the JW Marriott Resort and Spa.

JW Marriott Hotel & Spa

The JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort is a family friendly, oceanfront, hacienda style 5-star hotel that offers an authentic Costa Rica experience with luxury that is unparalleled. Boasting a secluded beach, this resort hotel features an amazing infinity pool and is located next to a unique 18-hole golf and country club that also has amazing Pacific Ocean views.

Manuel Antonio Costa Rica All-Inclusive Resort

Established in 1972, Manuel Antonio National Park may be small in size but it is immense in stature. The tropical rainforests of Manuel Antonio Park is home to a huge diversity of tropical flora and fauna, as well as exceptional wildlife including 3-toed sloths, Macaws, Toucans, howler monkeys, and white-faced capuchin monkeys. The 680 hectare park features exceptional Pacific Coast white sandy beaches, plus many hiking trails, making it a favorite destination for many Costa Rica vacationers.

While on your all inclusive Caravan Costa Rica tour, you will stay at the San Bada Hotel, which overlooks the Pacific Ocean and is located on the mountainside, right at the entrance to Manuel Antonia National Park.

Hotel San Bada Costa Rica

The 4-star San Bada Hotel features a full-service spa plus a unique rooftop pool and bar that offers spectacular sunset views of Pacific Ocean and the beaches of Guanacaste. Just a few minutes walk down from the hotel you’ll find one of the area’s best beaches plus numerous local shops and restaurants.

Book Your All-Inclusive Costa Rica Tour Now!

Caravan offers all inclusive Costa Rica tours throughout the year with our most popular months between December and March. We do recommend that you book your preferred travel dates early since Costa Rica is a very popular tour and tends to sell out very quickly. We are confident that you’ll fall in love with the country and the Costa Rican people.

Keep in mind that this little Central American country has fewer than 5 million people who have made the preservation of their natural resources their number one priority. As a result, Costa Rica boasts as much as 6% of the world’s biodiversity and tourism is their number one industry. You can read more details about the Costa Rica tour itinerary here.

Come travel Costa Rica all inclusive on our Caravan Natural Paradise tour and discover tropical rainforests and exotic flora, fauna, and wildlife, plus much, much more.

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2021 Hotels

Accommodations in the hotels and lodges are rooms with two beds and private bath or shower. A limited number of single rooms are available. Triple rooms are usually two beds, sometimes with a cot or rollaway.


Barcelo Palacio

Days 1, 2 • San José

Barcelo Palacio

Barcelo Palacio

The Barcelo San Jose Palacio Hotel is located 1 mile from downtown San José, amidst beautifully landscaped gardens in a quiet residential area. This five star hotel features two indoor restaurants, two bars, a casino, a large swimming pool and pool bar and restaurant, spa with Jacuzzi, steam bath, sauna, tennis and squash courts, massage therapists, hairdresser, and gift shops. Your hotel is fully air-conditioned. Free internet access.


Magic Mountain

Days 3, 4 • Fortuna

Magic Mountain

Magic Mountain

Magic Mountain Hotel and Spa is located on the northern end of Fortuna. All rooms have either a balcony or a terrace with a view of Arenal Volcano. Magic Mountain has a restaurant, sports bar, swimming pool with pool bar and two jacuzzis. The deluxe spa specializes in a variety of treatments including volcanic mud wraps, massages, facials, pedicures and manicures. Free internet access.


J.W. Marriott Resort and Spa

Days 5, 6 • Pinilla, Guanacaste

J.W. Marriott Resort and Spa

J.W. Marriott Resort and Spa

The elegant JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort and Spa is located on Costa Rica's northwestern coast in a thousand acre private Hacienda. This oceanfront resort sits on a pristine secluded beach surrounded by a natural sanctuary with extensive landscaped gardens. The resort has a full service spa and the largest pool in Costa Rica (over 25,000 square feet). The spacious guest rooms are each furnished with a private balcony or terrace. Guest rooms feature luxury bathrooms with a separate deep soaking bathtub and shower. Free internet access.


San Bada Hotel

Day 7 • Manuel Antonio

San Bada Hotel

San Bada Hotel

San Bada is a spectacular new hotel in Manuel Antonio, located directly at the entrance to the world famous Manuel Antonio National Park. It is the closest hotel to the Park and a short, easy walk to the breathtaking public beaches of Manuel Antonio. Here at San Bada, you'll sleep to the magical sounds of the jungle. The beautifully furnished guest rooms have balconies and include free Wi-Fi. The hotel features two pools. Enjoy magnificent views of the ocean from San Bada's unique Sunset Terrace Bar.

For comfort, convenience and mobility, San Bada is the best place to stay while visiting Manuel Antonio. Most hotels in Manuel Antonio are built on hillsides and spread out over large areas. This can require navigating numerous flights of stairs and walking substantial distances to access the restaurant, bar, or guest rooms – a challenge for anyone with difficulty walking. San Bada is built on level ground with no steps, and short distances between public areas. The hotel also has a modern elevator.


Real InterContinental Hotel

Day 8 • San José

Real InterContinental Hotel

Real InterContinental Hotel

The Real InterContinental Hotel is located in the heart of San José's trendy Escazu area, adjacent to the Multiplaza, a large upscale shopping and entertainment complex. The hotel has three restaurants, two bars, gift shops, an outdoor swimming pool and jacuzzi, a tennis court, a fitness center, and a full service spa and beauty salon. The hotel is fully air-conditioned. Free internet access.

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Airport Transfers

arrival Transfers

Caravan's vacation packages include complimentary arrival transfers from Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) in San José, Costa Rica to your hotel in San José on the day the tour begins. These transfers are only available on the day the tour begins. See Travel Tips for more details.

departure Transfers

Caravan's vacation packages include complimentary departure transfers from your hotel in San José to the Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) in San José, Costa Rica on the day the tour ends, scheduled to arrive at the airport at 5:00 a.m, 7:00 a.m, 9:00 a.m., and 11:30 a.m. These transfers are only available on the day the tour ends. See Travel Tips for more details.

Airfare is not included or sold by Caravan.

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Passports & Visas

To enter Costa Rica, you will need a U.S. passport valid for 6 additional months after the date of your arrival into Costa Rica. A 3 month tourist visa is automatically issued to U.S. citizens after clearing Costa Rica customs. Non U.S. citizens, please check passport and visa requirements. Note: It is recommended that children under 18 years old traveling internationally without both parents or legal guardians, carry a notarized letter of authorization signed by the missing parent(s) or guardian(s). A notarized birth certificate showing only one parent, a parent’s death certificate, or a court order of child custody may also be permissible. Failure to have proper documentation could result in denial of boarding by the airline, due to international child protection laws. See Travel Tips for more details.

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Weather & Clothing

Temperature °F (high/low) Rainfall (inches)

San JoséPinilla
TempRainTempRain
Jan73/590.396/710.2
Feb75/590.296/710.2
Mar77/600.395/730.2
Apr78/601.795/731.5
May78/629.091/767.7
Jun78/6211.589/739.1
Jul77/628.791/736.3
Aug77/6210.091/739.1
Sep76/6013.589/7311.9
Oct77/6013.589/7310.9
Nov75/605.789/734.9
Dec73/591.691/711.2

Temperature °F (high/low) Rainfall (inches)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
San José
temp73/5975/5977/6078/6078/6278/6277/6277/6276/6077/6075/6073/59
rainfall0.30.20.31.79.011.58.710.013.513.55.71.6
Pinilla
temp96/7196/7195/7395/7391/7689/7391/7391/7389/7389/7389/7391/71
rainfall0.20.20.21.57.79.16.39.111.910.94.91.2

Clothing Tips

This is a casual tour. Casual wear is suggested for sightseeing and daytime travelling. Dress code for evenings is casual. Suit jackets for men and dresses for women are never required on Caravan's Costa Rica tour. It is recommended to wear drip-dry clothing (such as that offered by Columbia, ExOfficio and Travelsmith) in the rainforest. Shirts with long sleeves and long pants are recommended for rain forest and cloud forest hikes. Pants that zip at the knee to convert into shorts are very comfortable in the rainforest. See Travel Tips for more details.

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Travel Tips & FAQs

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My Tour Price Includes

Virtually everything! Hotels, all meals, all of the activities described in the itinerary pages, airport transfers in select cities, gratuities to hotel porters, restaurant staff and local guides. Caravan’s professional Tour Directors and local guides will be with you every step of the way, ensuring a worry free vacation. They are fluent in English, experienced and fun, ensuring a worry-free vacation.

My Tour Price Does Not Include

Prices do not include air travel, country entry or departure fees, airport porters, visas, phone calls, valet, laundry, all items of a personal nature, extra food and beverages not on the regular menu, and tips to the Caravan Tour Director and Driver. General fees and taxes are additional and listed separately beneath each tour’s price.

Caravan’s $99 Protection Plan Offers Peace of Mind

Caravan’s Travel Protection Plan offers peace of mind if you cancel for any reason whatsoever prior to the departure of the tour. The travel protection plan also includes air, baggage, evacuation and medical coverage. The cost is $99.

Age of Travelers on a Caravan Tour

Usually, you find a mix of different age adult travelers on a Caravan Tour. Children age five (5) and over are welcome, and children usually join tours offered during Christmas holidays, summer vacation and spring break vacation.

A Well-Paced Itinerary

A well-paced and unhurried itinerary is our goal, after all, you are on vacation! Touring days begin and end at reasonable hours and include frequent stops. While the occasional early morning departure is necessary, we do our best to ensure a leisurely vacation.

Preparing for the Tropics

It is recommended to bring at least one pair of quick-dry pants and one quick-dry shirt. The quick-dry pants that zip at the knee to convert into shorts are particularly popular. Be sure to also bring a sweater or jacket for the cooler night temperatures. Caravan does not make product endorsements, but many Central Americans feel that Avon Skin So Soft oil (not cream), or Avon's Expedition anti-mosquito spray is effective protection against mosquito bites in the jungle. Caravan does not endorse any vitamin, but please note that Central American pharmacies sell 500 milligram vitamin B-1 tablets, a non-prescription vitamin, as "anti-mosquito" pills. Many Guatemalans take Vitamin B-1 pills and eat garlic for about two weeks prior to and during their visits to the jungle because they believe that the smell of Vitamin B-1 and garlic repels mosquitoes. If you believe this may be of value, consult your doctor for further information on Vitamin B-1 and garlic. Guatemalans also avoid eating bananas in the rainforest, as it is believed that this smell attracts mosquitoes. Also, it is wise to wear light-weight quick-dry long-sleeved pants and shirts in these tropical areas.

Meals

Included meals for each tour are listed at the end of each day. Meals are shown by B (breakfast), L (lunch) and D (dinner). All meals in Latin America are included. Many meals are included in the USA and Canada. Full, buffet, or deluxe continental breakfasts are included everywhere. Coffee and tea are provided at all meals. In Latin America, bottled water is provided free on the motorcoach and purified water is provided at the meals. Alcoholic beverages are not included unless specified.

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Customer Reviews

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"I took the tour to see the nature and beauty of Costa Rica. It was beyond my expectations. Several friends had recommended this Caravan tour to me and now I am ready to recommend your company to others."

Mrs. D.T., Story, Wyoming

"This was the best vacation I've had. It is the only way to see Costa Rica."

Ms. P.H., Plano, Texas

"The sights were absolutely fabulous! We visited all the places we were interested in seeing. This was an exceptional tour at an exceptional price. The guides were very eco-minded. We received a good education from them and their passion for preserving their environment was contagious. We totally get it. Your Costa Rican tour was awesome."

Mr. & Mrs. B.H., Burton, Michigan

"The superior lodging and food made our concerns seem silly. We found all the hotels clean and modern and we were exceptionally pleased with the luxury, botanicals and unique character of the J.W. Marriott. We always try to support local artists when we travel, so we were delighted to visit Sarchi with its oxcart factory and its shop with an extensive selection of goods made in Costa Rica. We enjoyed the spectacular and clean pools at Baldi Hot Springs, cruising the Rio Frio; the focus on flora and fauna attracted us to this trip in the first place."

Mr. & Mrs. M.C., Kenai, Arkansas

"I was in awe. I was in Costa Rica on vacation. Couldn’t have asked for a better ride from our driver. A first class guy. My first Caravan trip and I would recommend you guys to anyone."

Mr. H.T., Waterloo, Illinois

"It is almost impossible to visit a country in one week, but Caravan is doing a wonderful job in Costa Rica. Food was incredible, very fresh, great variety and plentiful. Love all activities. Got to see all birds and animals including the elusive sloth. We had a smooth ride, everything was just wonderful."

Ms. V.N., Terrytown, Louisiana

"I definitely want you to know our feeling about this tour considering it is one of if not the best tours we have ever taken. Every hotel was very good with outstanding locations - of course the Marriott was over the top. The efficiency that Caravan developed in hotel check-in was easy and fast. The sightseeing was outstanding for sure. We had been to Costa Rica previously and this was by far superior by the extensive destinations geographically seeing most of the country that tourists would be interested in. This coupled with the extremely skilled guide made it superior to what we had seen before. He was so very knowledgeable concerning every possible thing we were witnessing and much more. In addition, he has an extremely entertaining wit. We both had a wonderful time and were amazed at all we got for the $’s."

Mr. & Mrs. J.M., Marysville, Washington.

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Why Travel with Caravan?

Excellence Since 1952

You can trust our years of experience with tours of superb quality and excellent value. Caravan has enjoyed the same family management and ownership since 1952.

PanAm Jet
In 1959, Pan Am invited Caravan to be the very first tour company to fly their clients on its new line of Clipper Jets.
Vintage Motorcoach
In 1964, Caravan introduced the very first fleet of air conditioned motorcoaches in all of Europe.
Leather Back Turtle Park
Caravan is a proud supporter of the Leatherback Turtle National Park and Costa Rica's efforts to protect this endangered giant.
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Caravan Care

For your safety, Caravan cancelled most 2020 and all 2021 tour departures and refunded 100% of all payments received. See Caravan’s Covid-19 Update.

Caravan's Proud History

In 1965, Roger Mudd hosted a two-hour CBS TV special on Caravan Tours. This TV production took about one month to make and was so successful it inspired the 1968 romantic comedy movie “If it’s Tuesday this must be Belgium.” In the early 50’s the Mayor of Dublin presented Caravan with the Key to Dublin for bringing the first American tour to the city after WWII. Since then, Caravan has been recognized as a pioneer in travel. You can trust in our stability, experience and dedication to quality.

Great Hotels

Stay at park lodges, scenic resorts, and excellent hotels in great locations. See hotel descriptions on each tour page.

Meals

In Costa Rica, Panama, and Guatemala, Caravan includes all meals. For USA and Canada tours, included meals are listed on each itinerary page. In Latin America, bottled water is provided free on the motorcoach and purified water is provided at the meals.

Complete Sightseeing

Enjoy complete sightseeing with more visits, extra features, and local guides.

Fully Guided by Tour Directors

All tours conducted from start to finish by professional tour directors, who are fluent in English, experienced, and fun.

All-inclusive

Caravan includes all activities listed in the tour itinerary page. Caravan does not sell any optional activities which can add hundreds of dollars to your tour price. Your free time is scheduled in great settings where there is no need to buy additional expensive activities.

Shopping Freedom

Caravan will not bring you to overpriced shops in exchange for payments. Caravan gives you ample opportunity and time for great shopping, and the freedom to choose where and when to shop.

Great Value, Book Early

Caravan’s strong buying power gives you great vacations at prices much lower than you can find anywhere. In a typical year, most of our tours sell out quickly. Book early for the date you prefer and the best air fare.

How does Caravan Tours sell these tours for such a low cost?

Caravan delivers volume to our suppliers, who in turn reward us with their very best prices. We in turn pass these savings on to you, and you reward us by buying our tours. As volume continues to rise, we then receive even better prices from our suppliers, and we pass even greater savings on to you. This year our tours are better than ever.

Trade Association Memberships

Caravan Tours is a member of ASTA (American Society of Travel Agents), NTA (National Tour Association), CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association), and an allied member of ACTA (Alliance of Canadian Travel Agencies).

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