Birdwatching for Beginners

Are You a First-Time Birdwatcher? Come Experience the Best Costa Rica Has to Offer!



9 Nights /
$ $ $ $

‘Birdwatching for Beginners’ is perfect for:

Nature-loving travelers who want to learn more about wildlife in Costa Rica.

This 9-night birding vacation will introduce you to the very best of Costa Rica’s feathered friends. Observe birds and other animals in their natural rainforest and cloud forest habitats.

The Central Valley and on to Arenal

Arrive into San Jose where we’ll meet you and take you 30 minutes to the Bougainvillea Hotel in the countryside outside of San Jose. Set on ten acres of gardens, the Bougainvillea offers the perfect start to a birdwatching vacation. Spend your first morning in Costa Rica exploring the gardens and seeing what you can find.

The next day, a van picks you up and drives you to the Arenal Volcano area.

This is the adventure capital of Costa Rica, but it also offers wonderful bird and wildlife spotting in the Arenal National Park and surrounding rainforest. Stay three nights at the Arenal Volcano Inn, a cozy hotel with an expansive volcano view.

While here, take on a birdwatching tour where you can spot toucans, falcons, and many others.

On your free day in Arenal, explore the volcano, relax in hot springs, or try something more active like zip lining or rafting.

The Monteverde Cloud Forest

After three nights in Arenal, take a transfer by van and boat across Lake Arenal, to the pristine cloud forests of Monteverde. This part of Costa Rica is ground zero for eco tourism, full of nature.

Your home for the two nights you’ll spend in Monteverde is the Belmar, a boutique eco-hotel surrounded by the cloud forest. Tour the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve with an expert guide who will show you orchids, birds, insects, and amphibians galore.

Manuel Antonio National Park and the Beach

Now it’s time to get out of the mountains and down to the Central Pacific Coast, to Costa Rica’s favorite national park, Manuel Antonio.

Manuel Antonio is Costa Rica’s smallest national park, but one of its most beautiful. Here is where the virgin rainforest meets the Pacific Ocean and where monkeys, sloths, and all sorts of birds live.

The hotel in Manuel Antonio is The Falls Resort, a boutique hideaway close to the entrance of the park. During your three nights here, take a guided tour of the Manuel Antonio National Park and have a day to yourself to relax on the beach or by the pool.

If you’re interested in spotting tropical birds and immersing yourself in nature, this is the Costa Rica vacation for you. Contact us and we’ll be happy to personalize it to make it the trip of your dreams.

What’s included in ‘Birdwatching for Beginners’?

Lodging & Meals:

  • 1 night at Bougainvillea Hotel—including breakfast.
  • 3 nights at Arenal Volcano Inn—including breakfast.
  • 2 nights at Belmar Hotel.
  • 3 nights at The Falls Resort—including breakfast.


  • Private ground transfer from the San Jose International Airport to Bougainvillea Hotel (app. 30 minutes)
  • Private ground transfer from Bougainvillea Hotel to Arenal Volcano Inn (app. 3.5 hours)
  • Shared boat and ground transfer from Arenal Volcano Inn to Belmar Hotel (app. 3 hours)
  • Private ground transfer from Belmar Hotel to The Falls Resort (app. 5 hours)
  • Private ground transfer from The Falls Resort to the San Jose International Airport (app. 3.5 hours)

All private transfers include an English-speaking driver.

Tours and Activities:

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  • Arenal Volcano birdwatching tour
  • Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve guided tour
  • Manuel Antonio National Park guided tour

You will receive a 100% accurate price when you inquire with us and share your travel dates. Final package pricing includes taxes, domestic transport, tours and lodging as described unless otherwise indicated. The package does NOT include international airfare or optional travel insurance or any other services not expressly mentioned.