Panama, Costa Rica & Nicaragua Beaches and Nature

17 Days / 16 Nights

HIGHLIGHTS

Discover the best beaches and the amazing nature these Central American countries have to offer.

Start with the crystal clear waters of the Bocas del Toro archipelago, then continue to the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica and the Cahuita National Park. Hike to the impressive Arenal Volcano, explore the Monteverde Cloud Forests, then head to the colonial city of Granada in Nicaragua. Finally spend a few days on Costa Rica's Pacific coast. 

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Our itineraries are suggestions and are fully customisable according to your needs, interests and budget.

Treat these itineraries as inspiration and one of our experts will create your uniquely tailored holiday with your requests in mind so that you can truly experience Panama, Costa Rica and Nicaragua with Seven Senses.

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Day 1. Arrive San José, Costa Rica (-/-/-)

Welcome to San José, Costa Rica. Meet your driver and transfer to your hotel. Explore the city and its charms, its theatres, museums, shopping, or just enjoy a coffee while watching the daily life of the "Ticos". 

Day 2. San José - Bocas del Toro, Panama (B/-/-)

Breakfast at the hotel. Today we will visit the archipelago of Bocas del Toro, which is bordered to the west by Costa Rica, and is composed of 9 islands, 50 Keys and more than 200 islets. All of these offer a wide variety of attractions and natural environments difficult to find in other regions of the continent – dense humid forests and rainforests with abundant flora and fauna, islands full of sun, beaches that compete with the best in the Caribbean, living coral reefs in completely transparent waters, mangrove islets in lake settings, indigenous Ngobe and Naso communities, and a biosphere reserve that protects examples of the ecosystems and natural resources within the Bocas del Toro province as a tribute to future generations.

Day 3. Bocas del Toro (B/-/-)

Breakfast at the hotel. During your stay you can enjoy excursions. On this day, we offer an excursion to Bird Island, Boca Drago and Estrellas Beach, which allows you to discover the attractions of Colón Island and the town of Bocas del Toro. The tour starts in the center of Bocas del Toro, where you will board a covered boat that will take you to the most beautiful places. The first place we will visit is Bird Island, which is a bird sanctuary. It is also one of the most important nesting sites for seabirds, including gulls in particular; for instance, the Red-billed tropicbird spends most of the year in the open sea and only comes to the Keys to reproduce. The Brown Booby, Northern Gannet, Terns and Pelicans are some of the birds found on this island. From there, we will head to Boca del Drago beach, which lies at the other end of the island. Legend has it that 500 or so years ago, Christopher Columbus landed on this beach. Drago is an ideal site for swimming, diving or snorkeling. There are walking trails and beaches with crystal clear water where you can see starfish. From there we also will enjoy the pristine waters of Estrellas (Star) Beach. Included: Regular boat transport, bottled water, local guide. The tour does not include meals.

Day 4. Bocas del Toro (B/-/-)

Breakfast at the hotel. We will continue to discover more of the Bocas del Toro archipelago: Excursion to Dolphin Bay, Coral Cay, Red Frog Beach & Hospital Point. The tour starts in the center of Bocas del Toro, where you will board a covered boat that will take you to the most beautiful places in Bocas del Toro. We will visit Dolphin Bay to see wild dolphins, then go to Coral Cay to snorkel amid coral reefs filled with multicolored fish; after snorkeling, we will have time for lunch (lunch is not included). After savoring the delicious Caribbean cuisine of Bocas del Toro, we will visit the beautiful Red Frog Beach, where you can relax under the sun on a turquoise beach. Finally, we will snorkel along the multicolored reef of Hospital Point. Included: Regular boat transport, bottled water, local guide, entrance to a private nature trail at Red Frog Beach. The tour does not include meals.

Day 5. Bocas del Toro - Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica (B/-/-)

Breakfast at the hotel. At the appointed hour, we will go by transfer to Puerto Viejo de Limón, Costa Rica. Our Southern Caribbean destination is home to Costa Rica’s Afro-Caribbean culture, which has an incredible combination of colours and flavours.

Day 6. Cahuita National Park (B/-/-)

Breakfast at the hotel. Today, we will go on a snorkeling tour at Cahuita National Park. We will take 15-passenger boat with our captain and guide to one of the most important coral reefs of Costa Rica, where we will snorkel for approximately 2 hours. Afterwards, we will have a snack of seasonal tropical fruits and fresh bottled water, before we begin the second stage of the tour which is a guided trail walk. Our guide will take us to different points between Punta Cahuita and the town of Cahuita (3.5 km) to discover the flora and fauna common in the rainforest.

Day 7. Puerto Viejo - Arenal Volcano (B/-/-)

Breakfast at the hotel. We will travel by regular transfer to Costa Rica’s Northern Plains to the impressive Arenal Volcano, a natural wonder offering you the chance to witness volcanic activity, such as columns of white smoke and ash emanating from the cone-shaped crater. Along the way there, you will see various agricultural and ornamental plant plantations and cattle ranches, until you reach the town of La Fortuna. The town is worth visiting to walk and to have lunch or dinner. Your hotel is strategically located to appreciate the Volcano.

Day 8. Arenal Volcano - Tabacon Hot Springs (B/-/-)

Breakfast at the hotel. This is an explosive tour you won’t forget! The tour starts with a walk along rainforest trails accompanied by our naturalist guide, where you can see monkeys, toucans, sloths and more. Then we’ll go to Arenal Volcano’s active area, where you can see incandescent rocks falling, the eruption of gases, and the roar of this amazing giant. Afterward, relax in the hot springs of Tabacon Resort, famous for its healing properties.

Day 9. Arenal Volcano - Monteverde (B/-/-)

Breakfast at the hotel. Your next destination is the Monteverde cloud forest, a small community located at the top of the Tilarán Mountain Range and an important ecotourism destination in Costa Rica; the main attraction is the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. During the trip, you will see Lake Arenal and beautiful landscapes, and pass through some typical country villages. You will have the afternoon free to enjoy your hotel’s facilities.

Day 10. Selvatura Park Monteverde (B/-/-)

Breakfast at the hotel. Today, we will explore the Monteverde cloud forest by canopy zipline tour and hanging bridges at Selvatura Park. We will cross through the unique cloud forest canopy suspended on high-capacity cables, using the best mountaineering equipment. This tour not only combines the excitement of one of the safest and most popular Costa Rica adventures, it also offers amazing views of the cloud forest canopy, a perspective which could only be appreciated by scientists until recently.

Our tour continues walking the hanging bridges trail which offers a safe way to admire the cloud forest canopy. The bridges can be enjoyed by people of all ages and physical conditions. Almost the entire trail is flat and the hills are small. The trail is a loop, which ensures that our visitors will not get lost and can walk at their own pace. Finally, you will visit the hummingbird museum and butterfly garden.

Day 11. Monteverde - Granada, Nicaragua (B/-/-)

Breakfast at the hotel. Today, we will go by private transport to Peñas Blancas, the border between Costa Rica and Nicaragua. At the border, we will change transport and continue on to the colonial city of Granada. Once there, we will enjoy a half-day tour through the oldest and most historical city of the American continent. Explore its main streets where you can appreciate the architecture of colonial houses.

In addition, we will walk in the Colón Park, visit the La Merced Church, Pólvora (Gunpowder) Fortress, the San Francisco Convent, and appreciate the monuments, culture, and warmth of this wonderful city. Finally, you will have the opportunity to enjoy a boat tour through the lush and romantic islets of Granada.

Day 12. Granada, Nicaragua (B/-/-)

Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning we will drive to Catarina, known for its impressive viewpoint and the town of San Juan de Oriente, rich in handicrafts and traditions. Then our tour will take us to the city of Masaya, famous for being the birthplace of Nicaraguan folklore; it is essential to visit the artisan market where you can learn about and purchase a range of handicrafts by Nicaraguan artisans. Afterward, we will delve a little deeper into the rich nature of Nicaragua by visiting the Masaya Volcano National Park, where you can see the volcanic activity of the San Fernando crater. We also have the opportunity to visit the museum. Following this, we will have lunch at a local restaurant.

Day 13. Granada, Nicaragua - Guanacaste, Costa Rica (B/-/-)

Breakfast at the hotel. You have part of the morning free to enjoy this beautiful colonial city. At the appointed time, we will return once again to Costa Rica, passing the border at Peñas Blancas; there, your private transport will take you onward to Guanacaste. With a spectacular, always sunny climate, here you can enjoy beautiful beaches of white sand and one of the richest areas for culture, music, gastronomy and hospitality in Costa Rica.

Day 14. Guanacaste (B/-/-)

Breakfast at the hotel. Today you have many different activities available in the area: visit the Palo Verde National Park, the Rincon de la Vieja National Park, beach activities, canopy tours, etc. Additionally, you can experience many Costa Rican traditions such as clay handicrafts, traditional "marimba" music, and a delicious typical dinner.

Day 15. Guanacaste (B/-/-)

Breakfast at the hotel. Today you have many different activities available in the area: visit the Palo Verde National Park, the Rincon de la Vieja National Park, beach activities, canopy tours, etc. Additionally, you can experience many Costa Rican traditions such as clay handicrafts, traditional "marimba" music, and a delicious typical dinner.

Day 16. Guanacaste - San José (B/-/-)

Breakfast at the hotel. Return trip from the “land of cowboys” to the Central Valley. During the trip, we will pass through picturesque towns. Upon arrival to your hotel, you will have time to rest before enjoying an exquisite dinner from the wide range of gourmet cuisine found in the Capital.

Day 17. Departure (B/-/-)

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure transfer to the airport.

PRICES AND INCLUSIONS

17 DAYS / 16 NIGHTS FROM £2,840 per person + flights

based on 2 people travelling together 

The price includes:

Transfer in from the airport to the hotel

 1 night’s accommodation in San José. Breakfast included

Private transfer from the hotel to the local Airport

Flight San José – Bocas del Toro (only operate Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays)

Private transfer from the Bocas del Toro Airport to the hotel

3 nights’ accommodation in Bocas del Toro. Breakfasts are included

Excursion to Bird Island, Boca del Drago, Estrellas Beach; does not include lunch

Excursion to Dolphin Bay, Coral Cay, Red Frog Beach, Hospital Point; does not include lunch

Shared Transfer from Bocas del Toro to Puerto Viejo de Limón

2 nights’ accommodation in Puerto Viejo or Cahuita. Breakfasts are included

Excursion: Walk in Cahuita National Park with snorkeling

Shared transfer from Puerto Viejo de Limón to Arenal

2 nights’ accommodation in Arenal. Breakfasts are included

Excursion: Hike to Arenal Volcano & Tabacón Resort hot springs

Shared transfer from Arenal to Monteverde

2 nights’ accommodation in Monteverde. Breakfasts are included

Excursion: Canopy, Hanging Bridges, hummingbird museum & butterfly garden at Selvatura Park

Private transfer from Monteverde to Peñas Blancas, Costa Rica – Nicaragua border, and to Granada, Nicaragua

2 nights’ accommodation in Granada, Nicaragua. Includes 2 breakfasts & 1 lunch

Transfers in Nicaragua, according to the program

Entrances to sights in Granada

Private transfer from Granada to Peñas Blancas, Costa Rica - Nicaragua border, to Guanacaste

 3 nights’ accommodation in Guanacaste. Breakfasts are included

Shared transfer from Guanacaste to San José

1 night’s accommodation in San José. Breakfast included 

Transfer out from the hotel to the airport.

The price does not include:

 

Return flights from the UK to Costa Rica. Request a quote from us.

Anything not specifically mentioned above.

Optional tours, camera fees.

Tips to the guide and driver, porters and waiters.

Travel insurance.

Personal costs such as drinks, laundry, etc.

Peak season surcharges

Private transfer surcharges if required

Full cover insurance in case of self drive option

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