Personalized Holidays in Costa Rica
With its plethora of easy flights from North America, getting to Costa Rica has never been easier.
That's why Costa Rica is popular as a quick destination, a place to jump down for a few days or a week's vacation. It's easy to get to and easy to leave on short flights.
But what if you want more time in Costa Rica? What if you can come down to Costa Rica for a more extended, more extensive trip where you can either explore more different destinations around the country or enjoy extra time on the beach?
How great would it be to come to Costa Rica for longer than a week?
The big question would be, if you're lucky enough to spend more time in Costa Rica than the traditional week, what would you do, and where would you go?
After all, two weeks is quite a lot of time, and in the end, it all boils down to what you want to experience the most.
In Costa Rica, you'll have plenty to see and do. So don't worry about that. You could come for a month and still not cover everything.
But planning can get more confusing when playing around with more time. By using the services of a travel agency like Costa Rican Vacations, you can take much of the stress and confusion away from the process.
We do all the planning for you, leaving you to sit back and enjoy the process. Plus, booking with us provides other added benefits to your holiday.
With 24/7 in-country service and over 20 years of travel expertise, our local knowledge is at your disposal from the beginning to the end of your trip.
We'll help you plan the perfect holiday package to include everything you want, knowing you have expert assistance from local experts.
Choosing the Route for a Holiday in Costa Rica
Ten or more days of traveling in Costa Rica affords you an excellent opportunity to see much of this beautiful country's variety, much more than most people can see.
There are a series of old-time favorite locations, of course, like the Arenal Volcano area, the beaches of Guanacaste, or the rainforests of Manuel Antonio on the Central Pacific coast.
These are the main places you'd visit on a shorter trip, and you'll still experience them on a more extended vacation.
But with the luxury of more time on your hands, you may want to consider less-visited locations to expand your knowledge of the area.
Places like Rincon de la Vieja, the Osa Peninsula, Caño Negro, Monteverde, or even the Caribbean coast. A more extended vacation gives you access to all these places.
You could even stay a night or two in the capital city of San José or elsewhere in the Central Valley to get a more cultural experience.
Wherever you go, it's also necessary to think about the best way to make sure the trip is both fulfilling and relaxing all the way through. You don't want to get exhausted or - heaven forbid - bored in the middle of your Costa Rica vacation.
For example, perhaps start your time with more energetic activities, like zip-lining and whitewater rafting, leaving beach time until the end to make sure you go home refreshed and renewed.
That's a common way to go about a Costa Rican vacation itinerary. Of course, you can still take tours and enjoy an adventure at the end, but you can book them while here on the ground with our client service department, or through your hotel instead.
Depending on what you want to do, our Travel Consultants can help you make the best of your time to see as much as possible. Let them know what you want, and they'll help you arrange everything.
How to Get Around in Costa Rica?
For more extended packages, moving around the country is a serious consideration.
While most of our clients prefer to use private transfers, sometimes the freedom to get around on your own can be very tempting, especially if you're in Costa Rica. This is why we offer the option of renting a car.
A Travel Consultant will be happy to discuss the benefits of both types of transport so that you can make the best decision for you and your travel companions.
To make the best decision, take into account the following questions:
- Will you stay in the same accommodation for several days in a row? If so, private transfers may be more convenient and less expensive.
- Are you comfortable asking for directions in Spanish? If not, it might be frustrating to drive around on your own.
- While GPS has dramatically improved navigation in Costa Rica, issues with road signage and closures will be best resolved by asking a local who may or may not speak English. If you feel confident enough about this type of adventure, maybe driving on your own is the best option.
- Using private - or even shared transfers - takes the worries away from many of our clients. This mode of transport allows you to sit back and enjoy the trip with the confidence that a knowledgeable driver is taking care of everything for you.
The Best Accommodation for Your Costa Rica Holiday
It may be to your benefit with longer trips to explore different kinds of lodging during your time in Costa Rica. We recommend two main types: vacation rental homes and hotels.
Rentals: A Home away from Home
In Costa Rica, the best rentals are in beach locations, specifically Manuel Antonio, Guanacaste, and Jacó.
If you're planning to stay in the same place for several days and explore from there, rentals are cost-effective and convenient, especially if you're traveling with your family or a larger group of friends.
A Travel Consultant can point out the best choices for your budget and lifestyle. For example, you may prefer to eat in, so you'll want something close to a grocery store.
On the other hand, if you're in a group or traveling with children, you may prefer a private pool for convenience.
Boutique Hotels & Eco-lodges
Other areas, like Arenal and Tortuguero, are best visited by choosing more traditional hotels.
Each property is unique, and by working with a Travel Consultant, you can find the best options for your personal preferences.
These could be meal-inclusive stays, where you don't have to lift a finger. Or breakfast-included hotels that feed you at the start of the day or more independent options that let you make your own choices about where and when to eat.
No matter the trip you choose, you will have an incredible few weeks in paradise. Feel free to contact us while you are in the planning process, and we will be happy to work with you to plan your dream holiday in Costa Rica.
FAQs About Custom Holiday Packages to Costa Rica
Is Costa Rica a good holiday?
Costa Rica offers a wonderful holiday experience for anyone wishing to explore this beautiful country with beaches, rainforests, volcanoes, mountains, and national parks full of wildlife.
What is Christmas like in Costa Rica?
As long as you can book far enough in advance to remove any stress overflights and accommodations, Costa Rica is a perfect place to visit over Christmas. The weather is excellent, and there's a festive atmosphere around the country.
How many days do you need in Costa Rica?
We recommend at least a week in Costa Rica, although you'll have more fun the longer you stay.
Can you swim in Costa Rica in December?
Yes. The weather is warm, and the oceans are perfect for swimming year-round.
How much does a holiday to Costa Rica cost?
That depends on the type of trip you want and the things you want to do. Our Travel Consultants can talk to you about your budget and create an incredible plan based on that information.