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Beach Expedition (12 days)

Costa Rica Expeditions

Drake Bay, Costa Rica To San José, Costa Rica

Valid for Departures Now Through: 19 Sep 2019

Beach Expedition (12 days)

Day 1

Drake Bay, Costa Rica

Day 2

Drake Bay, Costa Rica

Day 3

Drake Bay, Costa Rica

Day 4

Drake Bay, Costa Rica

Day 5

Drake Bay, Costa Rica

Day 6

Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica

Day 7

Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica

Day 8

Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica

Day 9

Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica

Day 10

Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Drake Bay, Costa Rica
La Paloma Lodge Dinner

Once you have met the guide, he/she will introduce you to our Spanish speaking driver and they will take you to the local terminal where you will meet your 40 minute Costa Rica Expeditions light charter flight from San José to Palmar Sur. Once in Palmar Sur, we will provide you a 10 minute land transfer to the small town of Sierpe.

Once in Sierpe, you will be taking a boat (1 hour approximately) and continue to Drake Bay.

La Paloma Lodge nests atop a high bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean and nearby Cano Island, in Costa Rica's isolated Drake Bay. The resort is spread over 12 richly landscaped acres and is surrounded by dense tropical rainforest.

Day 2
Drake Bay, Costa Rica
La Paloma Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Caño Island Snorkeling Excursion

Caño Island Biological Marine Reserve is 12 nautical miles offshore from Drake Bay. The attraction is not necessarily found on its land, but underwater. The waters surrounding the island are some of the clearest in the country. The Island's dark, volcanic rock is home to numerous species including smaller brightly colored tropical fish, and the larger snapper, tuna, grouper, mackerel, jack, white tip shark, sea turtles, barracuda (typically in schools), manta rays, eels, porcupine fish, sea urchins, octopus, lobster, sponges and sea cucumbers. There are 15 or more types of stony coral species as well as the attendant coral eaters (starfish, mollusks, and hermit crabs). Visibility is good-to-excellent year round. The island is of considerable geographical and archeological importance. This 300-hectare piece of land was a burial ground dating back to the pre-Columbian era of the Diquis tribal people.

Day 3
Drake Bay, Costa Rica
La Paloma Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hike in Corcovado National Park – San Pedrillo Station

After breakfast leave with your local guide for a hike in Corcovado National Park. A 25 minute boat ride from the lodge will land you at the northern San Pedrillo entrance to the park. Early morning is the best time to spot wildlife and observe the many species of birds found in the park. Frequent sighting include monkeys, coatimundis, squirrels, spiders, macaws, bats, leaf cutter ants, and more. Learn from your guide about the life in the rainforest. The hike will follow a river and visit a waterfall. This will be your chance to cool off in one of the shaded pools of the river. Afterwards, continue down river until reaching the Park Station at San Pedrillo. Located just offshore is Picaros Island, a refuge for several species of marine birds including the Brown Boobie, Blue Heron and Brown Pelican. At the Station, under shade trees on the beach, you will have a picnic lunch including fresh fruit and cold drinks. Afterwards there will be time to explore the beach or relax.

Day 4
Drake Bay, Costa Rica
La Paloma Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Free Day in La Paloma Lodge

Day 5
Drake Bay, Costa Rica
La Paloma Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Free Day in La Paloma Lodge

Day 6
Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica
Lapa Ríos Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we will provide you the transfer from Drake Bay to Puerto Jimenez with a Spanish speaking driver. The duration of the transfer is 2 to 2½ hours approximately.

The staff from La Paloma will take you to the airstrip and there you will meet the Spanish speaking driver who will take you to Puerto Jimenez.

Please note that you will wet your feet upon arrival to the airstrip as you'll have to take a boat transfer to your hotel and there is no dock.

Upon arrival, a representative from Lapa Rios will greet you and prepare you for the 45 minute land transfer to the property. Set in a private nature reserve spread over 1,000 acres of Central America's last remaining lowland tropical rainforest in Costa Rica, Lapa Rios Ecolodge overlooks the pristine point where the Golfo Dulce meets the Pacific Ocean and was built in harmony with the surrounding forest and beach environments. The main lodge and bungalows line three ridges connected by walking paths and steps. The main lodge, housing the restaurant and bar, soars 50 feet. Climb up to view the forest canopy and ocean. Comfortable, locally made bamboo furniture adds to relaxation in this tranquil nature lodge.

Day 7
Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica
Lapa Ríos Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Early or Sunset Bird Watching

Your local guides will lead a walk in search of local avifauna. The guides of Lapa Rios carry a spotting scope and are real experts on finding the birds and trying to show them to you. You may have to take a short ride before getting to some designated areas for this activity. Early mornings or late afternoon are ideal for spotting birds. Easy walk. 1.5 - 2 hours

Local Medicine Tour

Follow local guides through the primary rainforest as they explain traditional medicinal uses of plants and seeds. A fascinating tour for all nature lovers interested in indigenous culture and customs of Costa Rica. Medium hike with hills, 3 hours.

Day 8
Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica
Lapa Ríos Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Wild Waterfalls Tour

Hike through the virgin rainforest to pristine waterfalls and splash back along the Carbonera River. A fun rainforest experience with adventurous hiking and a chance to swim under the waterfall. For hardy hikers looking for a challenge (wet walking and some climbing involved). Medium to difficult, 3 hours.

Night Walk

Experience the magic of the rainforest at night! Use your flashlight, and the help of a guide, to uncover unusual nocturnal creatures and their habitats. A great opportunity to see bats, insects, kinkajous and other wonders of this hidden, nocturnal world. Don’t worry: you’ll make it back before dinner! This activity is considered a medium difficulty walk with some hills. The duration is 1.5 - 2 hours.

Day 9
Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica
Lapa Ríos Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Plant a Tree

Contribute to the Lapa Rios reforestation program by transplanting a primary rain forest seedling to an area of secondary growth. Participants will learn about their tree, its role in the ecosystem and receive a certificate to commemorate their efforts. Gift certificates can be purchased on behalf of others and the trees can be planted in their honor.

Planting usually takes place in the early morning or late afternoons when soil is cool. This is considered an easy activity and you can plan on 10-20 minutes to plant trees.

Pigs, Twigs and Garbage Tour

This highly recommended tour winds around the lodge premises, giving first-hand witness to our commitment for a greener and more sustainable way of life. From renewable building materials to the biogas produced by our pigs, learn why Lapa Rios is an award-winning sustainable property. Not to be missed, a unique experience highly praised by guests. Easy. 1.5 hours.

Rainforest Ridge Walk

Hike down along the cool ridges of Lapa Rios’ most impressive primary and secondary forest as your guide highlights the hidden treasures of the rainforest. An excellent opportunity to see rare and unusual flora and fauna, and a great hike to truly immerse yourself in the wonders of the rainforest. Medium to difficult. 3 - 3.5 hours.

Day 10
Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica
Lapa Ríos Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Matapalo Tour

Hike along nearby beaches and secondary forest as your guide points out some of the most lively and active creatures of the rainforest. A great tour for wildlife lovers who also want to explore nearby beaches. Easy, 2 hours

The Osa Trail

The complete rainforest experience! This tour descends through the reserve’s most remote and pristine forest filled with enormous trees and breathtaking views of the rainforest, The Osa Walk is an unforgettable experience for all hardy hikers. Medium to difficult, some hills. 3.5 - 4 hours.

Day 11
San José, Costa Rica
Hotel Grano de Oro Breakfast

Today the staff of Lapa Rios will provide you the transfer back to Puerto Jimenez where you will take a regular flight to San Jose with the domestic airline SANSA (50 min flight).

Upon arrival a 20 - 40 min shared land transfer will be provided to your hotel.

Day 12
San José, Costa Rica
International Airport None

Transfer to the Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) at least three hours prior to the departure time for your flight out of the country (20 - 40 min drive).

Tour Features

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Description

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Lapa Ríos Hotel

Located on the Osa Peninsula south of Puerto Jimenez, this eco-resort offers 17 bungalows with screened windows, hardwood floors, private baths and balconies and both inside and outside private showers. There is a swimming pool with bar and sundeck, and a terraced restaurant hangs over the forest with a view of the sea. 1000 acres of private reserve include a sandy stretch of beach. Lapa Rios has a Wi Fi access point in the guides hut, this will allow you to receive and send emails if youneed to. Because of its location on a hill, there're more than 225 steps from some of the bungalows up to the reception and the restaurant. Hot climate 80°- 90° F & high humidity

La Paloma Lodge

La Paloma Lodge is located on the Osa Peninsula overlooking Drake Bay and Caño Island. This hotel offers 5 two-story ranchos and 5 rooms all with private baths, hammocks and views. There is a swimming pool with bar, a dining room serving family-style meals, and a variety of water sports equipment for diving, snorkeling, kayaking and boogie boarding is available. Fishing and diving tours are offered and a local guide is on hand for hikes in the surrounding forest. Room rates include all meals. Hot climate.

About Us

Created in 1978, Costa Rica Expeditions continues to set the pace with Taylor made itineraries of leisure, wilderness and nature adventures in one of the world's most bio diverse and richly-populated wildlife areas. With appeal for travelers seeking escape to remote wilderness areas, retreats and beaches with the most upscale accommodations waiting at the end of the day, Costa Rica Expeditions blends adventure-packed itineraries led by expert, bilingual naturalist guides with luxurious lodgings set in Costa Rica's wildest corners. Costa Rica Expeditions is widely recognized as the best nature and adventure tour operator in the country.

Insider Tip

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Terms & Conditions

TERMS & CONDITIONS

INCLUDED: Accommodations, Transfers, Tours and Meals: As indicated in the itinerary.

Porterage: we include the handling of two bags per person.

Taxes & entrance fees: Hotel taxes, entrance fees to National Parks, museums and places of interest in effect at the time of booking are included unless otherwise specified.

NOT INCLUDED: Costs of obtaining passports, visas; excess baggage fees; personal expenses, gratuities for tour escort, guides or driver; international airfare and airport departure taxes; sightseeing or meals not specified in the itinerary; personal insurance coverage.

HOLIDAY PAYMENT POLICY:

APPLIES TO CHRISTMAS, NEW YEARS, PRESIDENTS WEEK AND EASTER

A non-refundable deposit of 50% of the total trip cost is required to guarantee your reservation upon acceptance of proposal. The balance is due 60 days prior to the start date of departure. Any trips that are reserved less than 90 days prior to arrival must make full payment before hotel reservations can be confirmed. Deposits that are made to secure peak season hotels, guides and services are non-refundable.

PAYMENT POLICY FOR DATES OTHER THAN HOLIDAY DATES

A deposit of 50% of the total trip cost is required to guarantee your reservation upon acceptance of proposal. The balance is due 30 days prior to the start date of departure. Any trips that are confirmed less than 60 days prior to arrival must make full payment before hotel reservations can be confirmed.

PRICES CHARGED

The prices we charge reflect our costs and a reasonable profit for our services in planning and operating the trip.

PRICE BREAKDOWNS

We do not give price breakdowns.

HOLIDAY CANCELLATION POLICY:

APPLIES TO CHRISTMAS, NEW YEARS, PRESIDENTS WEEK AND EASTER

Deposits that are made to secure peak season hotel, guides and services are non-refundable. In the case of cancellations 90 days or more prior to the start date of the scheduled trip, there is a full refund minus a cancellation fee of $750 or 20% of the entire cost of the trip. In the case of cancellations received in our office from 89 to 46 days prior to the start date of the trip, there is a 50% refund, minus hotel deposits and guide fees. There will be no refund for cancellations made 45 or fewer days prior to the trip.

CANCELLATION POLICY FOR DATES OTHER THAN HOLIDAYS

Deposits that are made to secure peak season hotel, guides and service are non-refundable. In the case of cancellations 30 days or more prior to the start date of the scheduled trip, there is a full refund minus hotel deposits and guide fees, in addition to a cancellation fee of $500 or 15% of the entire cost of the trip. In the case of cancellations received in our office from 29 to 15 days prior to the start date of the trip, there is a 50% refund, minus hotel deposits and guide fees. There will be no refund for cancellations made 14 or fewer days prior to the trip.



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Excellent accomodation and tours

By: MM


Reviewed on: 02 Mar 2015

Costa Rica Expeditions is a first class operation. Their guide Donald at the Montverde Lodge and Gardens was amazing. We saw many species of birds and mammals that we would not have seen had he not been along to point then out to us. Very professional, polite and well versed in the ecology of Costa Rica. Excellent English as well. All transfers from one location to another were executed perfectly. Always on time and safe. Most drivers spoke a fair amount of English and were only too glad to stop to point out sights or to stop for a photo. shoot. The Monteverde Lodge and Gardens was very comfortable and the restaurant El Jardin was great as well. Loved the whole experience.
Travel Advisor:  Lisa and Nancy Zupancic

Pura Vida

By: Sherie


Reviewed on: 10 Mar 2015

Costa Rica....the most hospitable place on earth! Wonderful service wherever we went. Everyone we met was kind and welcoming. Such an amazing country.

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By: Cecile


Reviewed on: 03 Apr 2017

10+ Drivers, tour guides, hosts, lodges (especially Tortuga Lodge, but also Monte Verde Lodge), food, employees were all fabulous! We also stayed at Arenas Del Mar and that was fabulous as well!
Travel Advisor:  Susan Morley

HIGHLY recommend for a stress free vacation of your dreams!

By: Brittany A.


Reviewed on: 20 Jul 2018

Costa Rica Expeditions was absolutely incredible!! Every detail was planned out perfectly, so that my husband and I did not have to worry about a thing. The tour guides were some of the friendliest people I have ever met. They made us feel like old friends and went out of their way with kindness. This was the least stressful vacation I have ever taken and I recommend this service to everyone who has asked us about our trip. Costa Rica Expeditions will provide you with the most memorable vacation, you will not regret it!
Travel Advisor:  Charissa Popp