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San José: Full-Day Tortuga Island Tour with Lunch

1. San José: Full-Day Tortuga Island Tour with Lunch

Explore Tortuga Island on a guided tour, Go on a quick tour of the other islands in a boat, then arrive at Tortuga Island. Go snorkeling or swimming, and eat breakfast on the beach. Opt to do other activities, such as renting a jet ski. Tuck into lunch. Begin your tour by getting picked up in an air-conditioned vehicle directly from your hotel in either Heredia, San José, or Alajuela. Once you arrive at the harbor, hop into your speedboat and set sail on your adventure. Listen to your guide tell you about the local area and take in the views. Go on a tour of the Gulf of Nicoya, and see islands such as San Lucas, Isla Cedros, and Jesusita. Use the opportunity to take photos. Along the way, keep an eye out for bottlenose dolphins that are residents of Puntarenas. See if you can spot whales or turtles, and stop to observe them. Upon arrival at the island, be provided with equipment to go snorkeling, as well as instructions on how to use them. Go searching for exotic and colorful fish underwater. Spend time relaxing on the white sand in the shade of palm trees. Opt to participate in other activities at an extra cost. Rent a jet ski or a kayak, or go paddleboarding. After you have explored the island, head back for lunch on the beach. Enjoy cold drinks and a coffee along with it. Hop back in the boat to be taken back to your hotel at the end of the day.

Monteverde: Coffee, Chocolate, and Sugar Cane Day Trip

2. Monteverde: Coffee, Chocolate, and Sugar Cane Day Trip

Discover the flavors of Monteverde on this day trip from Monteverde or Santa Elena. Enjoy a day in the countryside and have the opportunity to taste local coffee, chocolate, and sugar cane on this tour to Costa Rican plantations. Enjoy the convenience of being picked up by a comfortable and spacious bus at your hotel in Monteverde or Santa Elena. Soak up the lush countryside on the way to a coffee plantation, which is situated in one of Costa Rica's top 8 coffee-producing regions. Learn about how this area has the ideal weather, required altitude, and volcanic soils to produce a fine cup of gourmet coffee. Sip on some coffee that is grown on site before hopping back on the bus and heading to chocolate farm. Complement your coffee tasting with a visit to the chocolate farm. Find out how to produce high-quality chocolate products. Indulge your sweet tooth as you try some fine Costa Rican chocolate. Continue to the sugar cane plantation to learn about its history, growing conditions, and processing. Have the opportunity to sip on some handcrafted sugar cane juice. Return to your accommodation at the end of your day trip.

Puntarenas: Tortuga Island Snorkeling and Speed Boat Tour

3. Puntarenas: Tortuga Island Snorkeling and Speed Boat Tour

In Puntarenas, board a fast boat and cruise to Tortuga Island. During the hour-long boat ride, keep your eyes peeled for a variety of birds, dolphins, sea turtles, and whales. When you arrive at the island, get your snorkeling gear and dive into the crystal-clear water. For about 30-40 minutes, snorkel with diverse and colorful tropical fish around the island. After you dry off, take some time to explore the island on foot at your own pace. As you explore, you can choose to indulge in extra activities (not included), like jet skiing, riding in a banana boat, paddle boarding, kayaking, hiking to a viewpoint, or enjoying a drink at a beach bar. During the day, enjoy a selection of tropical fruits, a delicious lunch, and refreshing soft drinks with your guide. After you've thoroughly explored the island, head back to Puntarenas. There, you can freshen up with the showers before returning to San José.



Discover the magic of a dream island, Tortuga Island. Located in the Gulf of Nicoya, 12 nautical miles from Puntarenas, Isla Tortuga (called Tolinga by the indigenous people) has an area of 120 hectares and is maintained as a protected forest; which has enjoyed the Ecological Blue Flag for more than five years. This distinction is awarded to beaches in our country that have pollution-free waters. Due to its geographical characteristic, its waters are turquoise and are optimal for swimming. During your stay on the island, you will be able to enjoy and acquire extra activities, such as snorkeling, banana, kayaking, among others..

Manuel Antonio: Nauyaca Waterfall and Beach Towns Tour

5. Manuel Antonio: Nauyaca Waterfall and Beach Towns Tour

Begin the day with a pickup from your accommodation in Manuel Antonio and embark on a journey down the Pacific coast toward Nauyaca Waterfall. Upon arrival, marvel at exotic wildlife in the rainforest and enjoy time to jump off the edge of the waterfalls and swim in the mountain-fresh river pools. Up next experience a deserted beach and drink coconuts fresh off the tree with relaxing visits to 3 local wonders: Playa Linda, Portalon, and Dominical. After your adventure, stop at a traditional restaurant to indulge in the comfort food of Costa Rica: the Casado. Climb back aboard the vehicle and unwind on the way back to Manuel Antonio.

From San José: Monteverde Hanging Bridges & Santa Elena Tour

6. From San José: Monteverde Hanging Bridges & Santa Elena Tour

Start your adventure with a hotel pickup and begin a scenic drive to the beautiful Monteverde forest with stops at impressive viewpoints to take in the landscapes. Upon arrival, immerse yourself in the lush vegetation by walking at canopy height across the hanging bridges. Follow your guide on an exciting hike and allow them to point out local wildlife along the way. Taste a delicious lunch of traditional cuisine to recharge batteries, then have some free time to book a different activity or simply explore downtown Santa Elena. Finally, climb back aboard the van for a return trip to your San José accommodation.

From Puntarenas: Isla Tortuga Speedboat Trip with Lunch

7. From Puntarenas: Isla Tortuga Speedboat Trip with Lunch

Hop on a comfortable boat at a private dock in Puntarenas vibrant Las Playitas neighborhood. Get comfortable before setting off on an exciting ride through the Islands of the Gulf of Nicoya. Feel the wind in your hair as you admire turquoise waters and keep an eye out for playful dolphins. Reach Tortuga Island where you can take a peak beneath the waves on a snorkeling adventure (weather permitting). Swim with colorful fish and have the chance to spot magnificent sea turtles in their natural environment. Refuel with fresh, seasonal fruits and a delicious lunch followed by coffee paired with cookies. Spend free time to soak up some sun, swim in crystal clear waters, or shit under the shade of a palm tree. Have the option to rent a beach chair from a private vendor. After an unforgettable day on Tortuga Island, make the speedboat journey back to your starting point where you end your adventure and have access shower and changing facilities.

Corcovado National Park - San Pedrillo Station - 1 Day

8. Corcovado National Park - San Pedrillo Station - 1 Day

Explore a densely vegetated primary forest. Imagine trees older than the discovery of America and taller than the Empire State Building, a coastal forest taking root in the sand and giving birth to flowers as colorful as they are dangerous. Or a waterfall flowing into a refreshing pool. Come to San Pedrillo to discover all these wonders. It's in the heart of this dense, luxuriant vegetation that you're most likely to spot the puma in Costa Rica, since this is where it roams freely. You can also see some monkeys, tapirs, ...

From Puntarenas: Tortuga Island Full-Day Boat Trip

9. From Puntarenas: Tortuga Island Full-Day Boat Trip

Take a trip to Isla Tortuga, a island paradise with white sands and turquoise water. As a special treat, we will take you to the negritos Island wildlife refuge, island that is habited by spider monkeys. See dolphins and monkeys in their natural hábitat on way the island. Enjoy a delicious lunch at a private beach club and do snorkeling in the crystal-clear waters on this day trip from Puntarenas. Feel the ocean breeze in your face, take a panoramic photo of the Nicoya Stone Arch. This tour, is all day from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm, offers a lot in one package.

Corcovado National Park - Sirena Station - 1 Day

10. Corcovado National Park - Sirena Station - 1 Day

Did you know that Corcovado National Park is the only park in which all 4 Central American monkey species can be found? The howler monkey, the spider monkey, the capuchin monkey and the squirrel monkey. Spend a day exploring Sirena Station, the heard of the park with a naturalist certified guide and discover all the treasures hidden in this vibrant secondary forest. Wildlife is everywhere, and you'll feel like you're in an open-air zoo, so let's go and keep your eyes open, you might see peccaries, coatis, sloths and hopefully the tapir.

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(13 reviews)

We took a taxi to one of their six pick-up spots. They were not very accommodating about picking us up from a nearby hotel, which was a 5-minute drive from one of the locations. The tour leaves as early as 4.30ish. Anyway, the speedboat dock area was not very pleasant and appealing. It was an open boat that could hold about 20 people or so, and the wind blowing across the face made it a bit hard to breathe. The island is nice, but not exactly the beautiful blue water shown in the pictures. Waves get rough during the day, and the stones hit the shore with waves. Recommend wearing water shoes. The food was dry, the fish was ok. There's a bar for drinks. The island itself isn't too clean, there is a lot of debris, coconut shells, etc.

Josue was a amazing tour guide while Will was an awesome bus driver! Catamaran boat staff especially to (Antonio-Great entertainer), They were all friendly, outstanding and excepitonal guest services! I highly recommend this island tour if you want to have fun on the boat and swim also relax on the island! I must say it was a Memorable experience!

Excellent communication You can see the experience and organization of the team that gives you peace of mind The place is very beautiful The food tasted good and the portion was good

Very beautiful beach and island amazing views, some wildlife, lots of activities, The Tours Guides were amazing!

The place and diving, but you could talk a little more about the place