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9 Days from $1195Costa Rica Natural Paradise

9 Days from $1195Costa Rica Natural Paradise

Dear Vacation Traveler, Welcome to a great vacation and an affordable tour. Your Costa Rica tour is all inclusive with all meals, all activities, all hotels, a great itinerary, all airport transfers, all transportation and excursions. A professional Tour Director accompanies you for the entire Costa Rica vacation. Our travel packages also offer purified water at meals and on the motor coach. Join the smart shoppers and experienced travelers who have chosen Caravan since 1952.
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Notice: the following is the 2019 itinerary
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Notice: the following is the 2020 itinerary
Click here for the 2019 itinerary

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Begins and Ends: San Jose, Costa Rica

Costa Rica Eco Friendly Nature Tours
by Caravan

In operation since 1952, family owned and operated Caravan Tours offers the most amazing all inclusive adventure tours including Costa Rica eco tours, our most popular, fully guided, all inclusive tours.

Caravan eco tours to Costa Rica are exceptionally eco friendly tours and have everything a nature lover can appreciate and more.

You will marvel at everything from virgin rainforests and mysterious cloud forests, to jungle canopy tours, active volcanoes and volcanic hot springs, natural wildlife refuges, butterfly gardens, exceptional tropical beaches, and even Leatherback Turtle National Park, where giant leatherback turtles return each year to nest and lay their eggs!

This all inclusive Costa Rica eco tour also includes an escorted tour, with naturalist guides, of Manuel Antonio National Park, a natural haven for ecotourism travelers that want to visit a pristine, undisturbed tropical ecosystem.

Book Your Costa Rica Eco Tour Now!
Call Caravan toll free at 1-800-227-2826

Costa Rica Ecotourism Facts

After the Second World War, Costa Rica abolished the military and diverted its military budget into supporting culture and tourism plus establishing and maintaining its numerous National Parks, refuges, and reserves.

Costa Rica is home to over 13,000 varieties of plant life, which makes up nearly 6% of the world's total biodiversity! Amazingly, over 23% of Costa Rica is now protected through nature wildlife preserves, biological reserves (to preserve the country's unique flora and fauna) and unbelievable National Parks, many with untouched virgin rainforests.

Although Costa Rica is a small country with fewer than 5 million people, it has one of the most stable and robust democracies in Central and South America, which is wonderful for supporting sustainable ecotourism in Costa Rica.

Costa Rica's commitment to sustained ecotourism has earned this “Jewel of Central America” a well-deserved worldwide reputation as a land of rare natural beauty, helping to consistently make Costa Rica a top tourist destination and a natural for guided eco tours.

Costa Ricans continually promote cultural and ecological educational programs. They also remain dedicated to preserving Costa Rica's rich biodiversity, pristine sandy beaches and lush tropical rainforests. It is this unique approach to sustainable ecotourism that makes Costa Rica eco adventure tours so incredible.

Costa Rica Eco Adventure Tour Highlights

Caravan's Costa Rica eco nature tours from San Jose are a true adventure and fully escorted by qualified naturalist guides who share their enthusiasm and extensive knowledge about their beautiful country, their people and the amazing biodiversity of their land.

Caravan Tours' fully guided eco tours in Costa Rica include:

San José - Begin and end your Costa Rica eco tour in San José, the capital, with plenty of time to explore this colonial city, which includes Plaza de la Cultura and Central Park.

Escalonia Cloud Forest Hike - Although similar to a rainforest, cloud forests have less rain and more humidity, creating a unique, thriving environment of natural biodiversity.

Poás & Arenal Volcanoes - Weather permitting, you'll marvel at the mile-wide crater of Poás Volcano and safely view the softly glowing lava flow of Costa Rica's Arenal volcano; perhaps while soaking in volcanic hot springs!

Costa Rica Rainforest Hike & Aerial Tram Ride - No Costa Rica eco nature adventure tour would be complete without a rainforest hike and aerial tram ride, gliding through the rainforest jungle canopy (one of Costa Rica's top tourist attractions).

Leatherback Turtles National Park - Impressive efforts have been made to protect Costa Rica's endangered giant leatherback turtle, or lute turtle as it is also known, the largest marine reptile in the world weighing up to 1500 lbs. Walk along turtle nesting beaches with your naturalist guide.

Additional Costa Rica Ecotourism Attractions

You'll also enjoy these added Costa Rica attractions, fully guided by our experienced and friendly naturalist guides:

Braulio Carrillo Park - This part of your all inclusive Costa Rica eco tour experience is an area of lush vegetation that features a spectacular Cascading Waterfall and a breathtaking rainforest aerial tram, plus magnificent butterfly gardens.

Rio Frio Boat Cruise through Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge - From safe inside your river boat eco tour you will spot a myriad of Costa Rica birds and crocodiles as you cruise along the Rio Frio.

Carara Biological Reserve & Tarcoles River Cruise - This Costa Rica eco boat tour through a Tropical Bird and Wildlife Sanctuary is always a highlight for those who love birding eco tours; you might even see a Scarlet Macaw in its natural environment.

Manuel Antonio National Park – Caravan's Costa Rica eco tour of Manuel Antonio National Park features some of the finest white sandy beaches in Costa Rica surrounded by beautiful, virgin, evergreen rainforests, plus mangrove swamps, lagoons and indigenous fauna.

Pineapple & Coffee Plantations - No eco tour to Costa Rica would be complete without a chance to experience and taste the finest crops of Costa Rica - rich coffee beans and sweet organic pineapple, right from the plantation!

Book Your Costa Rica Eco Tour with Caravan Tours!

Caravan Tours has taken great care to include the very best of what Costa Rica has to offer on our guided Costa Rica eco tours.

To ensure you have a wonderful stay in this ecotourism haven, we've lined up some of the best Costa Rica hotels and resort accommodations in San Jose, La Fortuna, Guanacaste and Manuel Antonio, including the J.W. Marriot Resort and Spa, a luxurious oceanfront resort on on Pacific Beach, a secluded private beach.

Caravan is one of America's oldest and most respected all-inclusive, eco adventure tour operators. We appreciate and support sustainable ecotourism as a means of protecting the natural beauty of Costa Rica, and helping to sustain the Costa Rica economy by sharing this amazing little country with our world travellers.

To learn more about Caravan Costa Rica eco tour packages or to make reservations for one of our Caravan eco tours please contact our travel experts.
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2019 Departure Dates

Jan 4*, 5*, 6*, 7*, 8*, 9*, 10*, 11*, 12*, 13*, 14*, 15*, 16*, 17*, 18*, 19*, 20*, 21*, 22*, 23*, 24*, 25*, 26*, 27*, 28*, 29*, 30*, 31*
Feb 1*, 2*, 3*, 4*, 5*, 6*, 7*, 8*, 9*, 10*, 11*, 12*, 13*, 14*, 15*, 16*, 17*, 18*, 19*, 20*, 21*, 22*, 23*, 24*, 25*, 26*, 27*, 28*
Mar 1*, 2*, 3*, 4*, 5*, 6*, 7*, 8*, 9*, 10*, 11*, 12*, 13*, 14*, 15*, 16*, 17*, 18*, 19*, 20*, 21*, 22*, 23*, 24*, 25*, 26*, 27*, 28*, 29*, 30*, 31*
Apr 1*, 2*, 3*, 4*, 5*, 6*, 12**, 19**, 26**
May 3**, 10**, 17**, 24**, 31**
Jun 7**, 8**, 14**, 15**, 21**, 22**, 28**, 29**
Jul 5**, 6**, 12**, 13**, 19**, 20**, 26**, 27**
Aug 2**, 9**, 16**
Oct 31**
Nov 1**, 2**, 3**, 7**, 8**, 9**, 10**, 22**, 23**, 28**, 29**, 30**
Dec 1**, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

**indicates Super Value date
*indicates Great Value date

Call For Latest Availability

Caravan's tours sell out fast! Please call 1 800 CARAVAN or 312 321-9800 before confirming other travel arrangements to verify availability and place a complimentary hold on your preferred departure date. Other dates may be available.

2019 Price Per Person - $U.S.

Room Type Super Value Great Value Special Value
Double $ 1195 $ 1295 $ 1395
Triple 1175 1275 1375
Single 1595 1695 1795

Plus Taxes and Fees:
Double $299; Triple $289; Single $359

2020 Departure Dates

Jan 4*, 5*, 6*, 7*, 8*, 9*, 10*, 11*, 12*, 13*, 14*, 15*, 16*, 17*, 18*, 19*, 20*, 21*, 22*, 23*, 24*, 25*, 26*, 27*, 28*, 29*, 30*, 31*
Feb 1*, 2*, 3*, 4*, 5*, 6*, 7*, 8*, 9*, 10*, 11*, 12*, 13*, 14*, 15*, 16*, 17*, 18*, 19*, 20*, 21*, 22*, 23*, 24*, 25*, 26*, 27*, 28*, 29*
Mar 1*, 2*, 3*, 4*, 5*, 6*, 7*, 8*, 9*, 10*, 11*, 12*, 13*, 14*, 15*, 16*, 17*, 18*, 19*, 20*, 21*, 22*, 23*, 24*, 25*, 26*, 27*, 28*, 29*, 30*, 31*
Apr 1*, 2*, 3*, 4*, 5*, 10**, 17**, 24**
May 1**, 8**, 15**, 22**, 29**
Jun 12**, 13**, 19**, 20**, 26**, 27**
Jul 3**, 4**, 10**, 11**, 17**, 18**, 24**, 25**, 31**
Aug 1**, 7**, 14**, 21**
Nov 5**, 6**, 7**, 8**, 12**, 13**, 14**, 15**, 20**, 21**
Dec 3**, 4**, 5**, 6**, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

**indicates Super Value date
*indicates Great Value date

Call For Latest Availability

Caravan's tours sell out fast! Please call 1 800 CARAVAN or 312 321-9800 before confirming other travel arrangements to verify availability and place a complimentary hold on your preferred departure date. Other dates may be available.

2020 Price Per Person - $U.S.

Room Type Super Value Great Value Special Value
Double $ 1195 $ 1295 $ 1395
Triple 1175 1275 1375
Single 1595 1695 1795

Plus Taxes and Fees:
Double $299; Triple $289; Single $359

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How to Reserve Space

Call 1-800-Caravan. You can reserve space free for up to 3 days, then a $300 deposit per person is due. Full payment due 60 days prior to departure.

$99 Travel Protection Plan
Caravan’s $99 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.

In Latin America, Caravan transfers you between the airport and hotel on the starting and ending dates of your tour.

Airfare is not included or sold by Caravan. Here is a list of some of the airlines that service this tour.

All Meals Included
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Hotels - listed by day

1, 2

San José
Barcelo Palacio

3, 4

Fortuna
Magic Mountain

5, 6

Guanacaste, Pacific Beach
J.W. Marriott Resort and Spa

7

Manuel Antonio
San Bada Hotel

8

San José
Real InterContinental

1, 2

San José
Barcelo Palacio

3, 4

Fortuna
Magic Mountain

5, 6

Guanacaste, Pacific Beach
J.W. Marriott Resort and Spa

7

Manuel Antonio
San Bada Hotel

8

San José
Real InterContinental

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Back to Top 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. On your Costa Rica tour, Caravan sometimes uses more than one hotel or lodge in a given area. Although each property is wonderfully different and may have many unique features, Caravan's goal is to offer a comparable overall selection so that you can experience the same enjoyment regardless of which property combination you find on your actual tour departure. Scheduled Caravan sightseeing will be the same from all the 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. On your Costa Rica tour, Caravan sometimes uses more than one hotel or lodge in a given area. Although each property is wonderfully different and may have many unique features, Caravan's goal is to offer a comparable overall selection so that you can experience the same enjoyment regardless of which property combination you find on your actual tour departure. Scheduled Caravan sightseeing will be the same from all the hotels.

Days 1, 2 – San José

San José is located in the central highlands of Costa Rica, midway between the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. With an elevation of around 4,000 feet, San José has a temperate year-round climate. San José is Costa Rica’s largest city and is the country’s seat of government.  

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. Internet access is available in the lobby internet cafe for a fee.

Days 1, 2 – San José

San José is located in the central highlands of Costa Rica, midway between the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. With an elevation of around 4,000 feet, San José has a temperate year-round climate. San José is Costa Rica’s largest city and is the country’s seat of government.  

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. Internet access is available in the lobby internet cafe for a fee.

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Days 3, 4 – Fortuna

Fortuna is a small town located at the base of picturesque Arenal Volcano in northcentral Costa Rica. 

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. Internet access is available in the Internet cafes for a fee in the nearby village of Fortuna.

Days 3, 4 – Fortuna

Fortuna is a small town located at the base of picturesque Arenal Volcano in northcentral Costa Rica. 

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. Internet access is available in the Internet cafes for a fee in the nearby village of Fortuna.
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Days 5, 6 – Guanacaste, Pacific Beach

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.

Days 5, 6 – Guanacaste, Pacific Beach

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.

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Day 7 – Manuel Antonio

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.

Day 7 – Manuel Antonio

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.

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Day 8 – San José

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. High speed internet access is available for a fee.

Day 8 – San José

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. High speed internet access is available for a fee.

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Back to Top Airport Transfer Information

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. Please see Costa Rica FAQ’s “Airport Information” for more detailed information for all incoming passengers. Tour members arriving on earlier days will need to arrange transfers on their own. After you clear customs, Caravan’s representative will meet you at the taxi stand, about 20 feet from the international terminal, with a “Caravan” sign. You may have to wait a couple minutes as your representative might be transferring another client. Please be sure to call the Caravan office before your flight to make sure that we have received your correct flight information. The airport representative is available to meet all flights with Caravan passengers, but will only meet your flight if we have received your flight information and are expecting you on that flight. If you miss your flight please call the Caravan office at 800-227-2826 or 312-321-9800 to notify us. Driving time to your hotel can run from 30 to 60 minutes, depending on traffic. If you take a taxi, use “Taxis Unidos Aeropuerto,” the official taxi service, and expect to pay $25.00 U.S. Dollars per taxi, plus tip. 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.

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. Please see Costa Rica FAQ’s “Airport Information” for more detailed information for all incoming passengers. Tour members arriving on earlier days will need to arrange transfers on their own. After you clear customs, Caravan’s representative will meet you at the taxi stand, about 20 feet from the international terminal, with a “Caravan” sign. You may have to wait a couple minutes as your representative might be transferring another client. Please be sure to call the Caravan office before your flight to make sure that we have received your correct flight information. The airport representative is available to meet all flights with Caravan passengers, but will only meet your flight if we have received your flight information and are expecting you on that flight. If you miss your flight please call the Caravan office at 800-227-2826 or 312-321-9800 to notify us. Driving time to your hotel can run from 30 to 60 minutes, depending on traffic. If you take a taxi, use “Taxis Unidos Aeropuerto,” the official taxi service, and expect to pay $25.00 U.S. Dollars per taxi, plus tip. 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.

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. If you wish to extend your stay in Costa Rica, you will need to transfer on your own, at your own expense. Please ask the hotel bellman to arrange a taxi. Expect to pay $25.00 U.S. Dollars per taxi, plus tip. The driving time from the hotel to the airport is approximately 30-60 minutes, depending on traffic. Please advise the Tour Director if you will be taking your own taxi separately.   

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. If you wish to extend your stay in Costa Rica, you will need to transfer on your own, at your own expense. Please ask the hotel bellman to arrange a taxi. Expect to pay $25.00 U.S. Dollars per taxi, plus tip. The driving time from the hotel to the airport is approximately 30-60 minutes, depending on traffic. Please advise the Tour Director if you will be taking your own taxi separately.   

Airline Info

Airfare is not included or sold by Caravan Tours. Here are lists of airlines that service this tour:

San Jose, Costa Rica Tour Begins
and Ends
Air Canada, Air Madrid, Alitalia, American Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Aviateca, British Airways, Comair, Copa, Cubana, Delta, Iberian, KLM, Lanchile, Lauda Air, Lberia, LTU, Lufthansa, Spirit Airlines, Taca, United Airlines

Back to Top Local Weather

Temperature (hi/lo) and Rainfall (inches)
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
San Jose, Costa Rica
temp 73/59 75/59 77/60 78/60 78/62 78/62 77/62 77/62 76/60 77/60 75/60 73/59
rainfall 0.3 0.2 0.3 1.7 9.0 11.5 8.7 10.0 13.5 13.5 5.7 1.6
Guanacaste
temp 96/71 96/71 95/73 95/73 91/76 89/73 91/73 91/73 89/73 89/73 89/73 91/71
rainfall .2 .2 .2 1.5 7.7 9.1 6.3 9.1 11.9 10.9 4.9 1.2

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 the 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 Planner: General Clothing Tips

Back to Top Frequently Asked Questions

What is included in the tour price?

Virtually everything! Hotels, all meals, all of the activities described in the itinerary pages, airport transfers, gratuities to hotel porters, restaurant staff and local guides. Caravan’s professional Tour Directors conduct every land tour from start to finish. They are fluent in English, experienced and fun, ensuring a worry free vacation.

What is not included in the tour price?

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.

Can your tours be enjoyed by all age groups?

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

How long will each day be?

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 and you will arrive at your hotels between 1:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. each day.

How large will my group be?

Group sizes will vary depending on the reserved rooms at the hotels and lodges and the capacity of the boats and motorcoaches used. Usually, group sizes range from 30 to 44 passengers.

Are meals included?

All meals are included on your Costa Rica tour. Included meals for each tour are listed at the end of each day. Meals are shown by B (breakfast), L (lunch) and D (dinner). Full, buffet, or deluxe continental breakfasts are included everywhere. 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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Back to Top Customer Reviews of our Costa Rica Natural Paradise tour

“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

“I was in awe. I was in Costa Rica on vacation. Couldn’t have asked for a better ride. I just wish I could drive a bus like our driver. A first class guy. My first Caravan trip and I would recommend you guys to anyone.”

Mr. H.T. Waterloo, Illinois

“This was the best vacation I had. It is the only way to see Costa Rica.”

Ms. P.H., Plano, Texas

“The sights were absolutely fabulous! We visited the coasts and many places in between ... 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

“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

“The sightseeing and activities, these were all that were promised and more! We would never have seen and done everything on our own! Very satisfied with this Caravan tour. Will definitely use your tour company again and have and will recommend it to friends. Pura Vida.”

Mr. & Mrs. L.R., Fort Myers, Florida

“I have never done a bus tour before. This was handled exceptionally from start to finish. We were taken care of the minute we stepped off the plane until we reboarded. I can’t say enough great things about our director. Upbeat, informative, honest and shared so much about Costa Rica. All accommodations and meals were great. My husband concurs.”

Mrs. N.V., Saint Cloud, Minnesota

“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.

“Simply the best driving skill that I have ever seen from someone driving a vehicle as large as our bus. Just an all-around excellent driver and he deserves the highest praise...the hotels were clean and pleasant, a couple quite beautiful. Overall as a group they deserve an ‘A’ rating. Sightseeing was pleasingly fresh for me. This was something different which is what I was looking for from this trip. It was a learning experience as well as entertaining.”

Mr. L.S., Adrian, Michigan

“You have put together an outstanding package at a very reasonable price. Costa Rica is a great vacation destination!”

Mr. & Mrs. M.M., Laguna Niguel, California

“This is an amazing tour especially for the price. I did not expect luxury hotels on this trip! Everyone in our group was constantly commenting on how Caravan could make any money off of this based on the amazing hotels, guides, local tours, meals. Etc. The best possible introduction to Costa Rica at an amazing price. I have traveled the world both independently and with groups for over 40 years - ours was the best director I’ve ever traveled with.”

Ms. M.D., San Diego, California

“As a travel agent, I would recommend clients to Costa Rica with Caravan. This was an excellent tour, especially since everything was included. We saw and did a great deal in a short period of time.”

Mr. & Mrs. B.S., Rochester, New York

“This was our 5th trip with Caravan and counting. Once again, the hotels chosen by Caravan were wonderful, each one with its specialty. Caravan has a knack for choosing sights and activities. Something for everyone. Have many times told others about your company.”

Mr. & Mrs. R.C., Greenville, Rhode Island

“Caravan tours are not only an amazing value, they are an incredible trip. All tours, parks, etc. were included and made for a carefree vacation. The hotels, the meals, the bus, the tour guide and driver, and the activities that are included are wonderful. We had several single travelers that felt very much included and we all ended up saying ‘goodbye’ as one big group of many members of a special family for a week. I belong to a few travel groups, and I live in a large travel community - I’m already spreading the word about Caravan.”

Ms. K.G., Santa Maria, California

“We had a very good experience in Costa Rica. Excellent hotels, very neat and clean, convenient locations. Very good service provided. Excellent hotels, motorcoach, sightseeing, activities, all 3 meals, what else would any tourist want? We will recommend to all our friends and family. ”

Mr. D.P., Paramus, New Jersey

“I want to thank Caravan and especially our tour director for sharing Costa Rica with us. Everyone was so happy and helpful and full of life. I had a wonderful time and would definitely recommend this company to family and friends. Caravan is truly blessed to have a great team representing the company and the country and its people. The memories will last a lifetime. Pura Vida! ”

Mrs. M.P., Mechanicsville, Virginia

“Really nice plants, flowers, meals were nice, nutritious, fruits, very healthy and plenty to eat. I like Caravan very much. Hotels were wonderful, natural beauty. Enjoyed seeing the natural settings and wild animals. Very insightful and educational. Director was fantastic, very energized and took excellent care of us. She is very inspiring. I very much enjoyed being on a guided tour more than being on my own. You see a lot more with a group, nice people on the bus. We would not have had so much fun if we went alone. We saw more at a great price. Caravan is top-notch.”

Mr. & Mrs. C.S.; Aurora Illinois

“It was a terrific trip. We met some nice people and shared some of our stories. Most of the guests wondered how Caravan can keep the cost of the tour as low as it is. The hotels were better than I have experienced. The meals were freshly made and consistently good and agreed with me. I wish I ate this well all the time! There was great variety in the elevations and climate on the trip, plenty of rest stops. Our director was a very talented woman. She somehow quickly knew all our names. She likes presenting her country to the outside world. Costa Rica can be very proud of her. ”

Mr. & Mrs. R.M., Feura Bush, New York

“This was my first vacation in over 40 years! Yes, what have I been waiting for? I’m so glad my friend asked me to go on the tour. Wonderful experience for me. I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the places utilized. Really enjoyed the Marriott in Guanacaste. Absolutely fabulous director and driver. What remarkable, wonderful people. We all sang their praises many times. ”

Ms. S.C.B., Moorestown New Jersey

“This was our fifth Caravan tour and it did not disappoint. What we particularly like about Caravan is that we always seem to have a variety of hotels - some are five star, some are more rustic and others are more unique. We could not complain, a good variety, there seemed to be something for everyone.”

Mrs. K.D., Conshohocken, Pennsylvania

“This was our first Caravan tour and we were very pleased at all aspects of the experience. We never doubted that things would be first class. Rooms were comfortable, food was good at every stop. The educational value of the stops was impressive. I think a great deal of our satisfaction was due to our director. We had an outstanding tour director, the good humor, graciousness and unfailing patience was evident from our first group meeting to the very minute of departure. She was able to gauge the tenor of our group and the spirit she seemed to sense amongst us. As they say in sports, there was great chemistry and understanding what was needed to make for a successful experience. The feeling among the travelers was unanimous that this success owed a great deal to the professional attitude, skill and friendship of Costa Rica. Pura Vida!!”

Mr. D.R., Annandale, Virginia

“The meals were fabulous and the final ‘sit down’ was especially nice. The sights were very good, enjoyed the coffee plantation and the cart factory. Had not traveled with Caravan before, but will recommend it to my friends.”

Ms. J.M., Laguna Niguel, California

“Caravan Tours, well done! It was spectacular. The J.W. Marriott and the Intercontinental were just superb. And by the time I left i had a wonderful sense of the country of Costa Rica. We saw so much wildlife and beauty, and our director was an expert of wildlife and history of Costa Rica, a beautiful country. We have been on many other tours and this was the best trip we have ever taken. Every detail from the moment we arrived until we were taken back to the airport was very well planned. I give Caravan an A+. We will see you all again on another adventure, thank you so much!”

Mr. & Mrs. R.H., Bothell, Washington

“The hotels were all great in their own way. The meals were very good, tasty, plentiful and fairly well-balanced. The tour director was unbelievably great, an encyclopedia of information convey tours in an entertaining, caring and interesting manner. You have set very high standards with your tour and guides.”

Mr. & Mrs. W.H., Henderson, Kentucky
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Caravan’s Proud History

Caravan Tours began selling fully escorted tours in 1952. We have been under the same management and ownership ever since. 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.

Great Value, Book Early

Caravan’s strong buying power gives you great vacations at prices much lower than you can find anywhere. Last year many of our tours sold out quickly. Book early for the date you prefer and the best air fare.

Trade Association Memberships

ASTA, NTA, CLIA, ACTACaravan 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).

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.

How satisfied are Caravan clients?

The short answer is “very.” Our surveys are uniformly very positive. However we continually strive to improve our tours, (they are often updated several times in the course of one year), we study all client surveys and suggestions for improvement very carefully.

Pitch-Free Travel

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.