Escape to Costa Rica – An Itinerary

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Unforgettable Travel to Costa Rica: Explore the Best Itinerary for an Exquisite Escape

Welcome to beautiful Costa Rica – a paradise for travelers seeking both adventure and relaxation. This stunning country, known as a natural bridge between North and South America, will captivate you with its incredible biodiversity. With 12 distinct ecological zones, including cloud forests, rainforests, mangroves, and dry forests, Costa Rica offers a rich tapestry of habitats that brim with an astonishing array of plant and animal species. From the mesmerizing sight of over 880 bird species to the diversity of 9,000 recorded plant species, not to mention 200 mammals, 2,000 butterflies, 50 species of hummingbirds, 150 species of amphibians, and so much more, Costa Rica promises a truly unforgettable nature experience. So whether you’re an avid nature lover or simply seeking a beach retreat, let Costa Rica’s captivating beauty and adventure-filled landscapes be your ultimate travel destination.

But it’s not just the beautiful landscapes that make Costa Rica special. The locals, known as “Ticos,” are known for their open and friendly nature, making visitors feel welcome and at ease.

A couple at Nayara springs in Costa Rica with a volcano in the background

Debbie & Stratton at Nayara Springs

In the beautiful country of Costa Rica there are over 100 volcanoes, with 5 of them still active. Imagine the thrill of standing at the edge of a volcano’s crater, taking in the awe-inspiring sight before you. But that’s not all – Costa Rica also offers over 600 miles of untouched coastline, where you can relax on pristine beaches, catch some waves, or explore the colorful underwater world while snorkeling. With its natural wonders, friendly locals, and a perfect blend of volcanoes and beaches, Costa Rica is a must-visit destination for any traveler. Book your trip to Costa Rica now and experience the magic for yourself.

Explore Breathtaking Landscapes, Exotic Wildlife, and Pristine Beaches

My husband and I traveled to Costa Rica last summer and had the most amazing vacation.  We started our journey by staying at Nayara Springs. This exclusive resort, nestled in the heart of a lush tropical rainforest, provides the ultimate luxurious and adults-only experience. And the best part? It’s conveniently connected to Nayara Gardens, its sister hotel, by a footbridge.

The villas at Nayara Springs are truly something out of a dream. Equipped with top-notch amenities, like a private pool filled with mineral hot springs and a sprawling private garden, we felt like royalty from the moment we stepped inside. The interior was just as impressive, with a cozy four-poster bed adorned with soft cotton linens and both indoor and outdoor sitting areas for ultimate relaxation.

View from room at Nayara Springs in Costa Rica to the private plunge pool

View of our private plunge pool.

The spa at Nayara Springs provides a unique experience by having open-air treatment rooms that overlook the rainforest. Guests can relax to the soothing sounds of a nearby babbling creek, along with the melodies of birds and frogs in the trees. Each treatment room even has its own plunge pool for post-treatment relaxation.

One of the highlights of this one-of-a-kind spa is the renowned volcanic mud massage, a local favorite believed to possess incredible rejuvenating properties. Let the therapeutic qualities of the volcanic mud seep into your skin, leaving you feeling revitalized and renewed.

For those seeking a more energetic endeavor, the spa also features a fully-equipped gym with stunning views of the nearby volcano. Engage in an invigorating workout routine while being captivated by the awe-inspiring beauty of Costa Rica’s natural wonders.

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Day 1 in Costa Rica: Exploring its biodiversity

Accompanied by a skilled naturalist guide, we embarked on a private excursion through the richly diverse Arenal Hanging Bridges. The guide provided us with fascinating insights into the vibrant tropical rainforest, captivating our senses. Our journey included a visit to the newly opened Waterfall Trail, where we were enchanted by a stunning waterfall surrounded by lush greenery. As we strolled across the hanging bridges, suspended above the forest, we were treated to breathtaking views of the majestic Volcano. This unforgettable adventure was a fusion of awe-inspiring vistas and lasting memories.

Day 3: Travel to Manuel Antonio

On day three we took a private transfer to Manuel Antonio. Manuel Antonio offers a unique blend of lush rainforests, secluded beaches, and captivating wildlife. As we stepped foot in Manuel Antonio National Park, we were enchanted by the symphony of tropical birds, curious monkeys swinging from tree to tree, and the mesmerizing sight of sloths lazily lounging in the branches above. This sanctuary allows you to witness the wonders of nature up close and personal, leaving you with indelible memories.

View of the ocean in Costa Rica from the Antonio Hotel

View from our room at Arenas Del Mar, Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio is a magnet for surfers, sun worshippers, and beach lovers from across the globe due to its unspoiled beaches. Playa Manuel Antonio, famous for its pristine waters and soft, powdery sands, provides an ideal setting for unwinding beneath palm trees or engaging in water sports like snorkeling and kayaking. Whether you desire a tranquil and secluded beach or a lively coastline teeming with excitement, Manuel Antonio offers a little something for everyone.

Arenas Del Mar

While in Manuel Antonio we stayed at the Arenas Del Mar. Arenas Del Mar stands out as the sole luxury hotel in Manuel Antonio that offers a unique experience of being both on the beach and in the rainforest. Set within an exclusive 11-acre rainforest reserve, it provides a chance to spot monkeys and sloths right at the resort. Guests will have the privilege of enjoying two stunning beaches, Playitas Beach and Espadilla Beach. Moreover, a leisurely stroll along Espadilla Beach can be taken towards the nearby city of Manuel Antonio and the renowned Manuel Antonio National Park.

This exceptional hotel prides itself on its exclusive beach access, offering beachfront suites and services. Upon arrival, guests are welcomed with refreshing cool towels, tropical fruit juice, and warm smiles. Notably, Arenas Del Mar fosters a genuine family-like atmosphere that is evident in the staff’s interactions with guests. For a truly romantic experience, intimate lunches or dinners can be arranged right on the beach. Relaxation reaches new heights at the Las Brisas Spa, where indulging in algae and clay wraps promises a truly pampering and lavish escape.

Day 4: A Day cruising the Manuel Antonio National Park

We set sail and explored the vast open waters in search of mesmerizing marine creatures such as spotted dolphins, migrating humpback whales, majestic sea turtles, and graceful manta rays. Our journey took us along the picturesque coastline of Manuel Antonio National Park, a place adorned with intriguing islands, rugged cliffs, and extraordinary rock formations. These islands serve as both nesting grounds and habitats for a diverse range of marine birds, including awe-inspiring frigates, graceful pelicans, charming yellow-footed boobies, and elegant white ibises.

Whale breaching off the coast of Costa Rica

While we cruised along the coastline, our skilled captain took charge of the sails, allowing us to immerse ourselves in the serene beauty of the Pacific Ocean.  Our knowledgeable guides were available to answer any inquiries we had and provided a fascinating overview of the area’s history.

After a beautiful journey along the shoreline, we dropped anchor in the protected Biesanz Bay. This secluded cove offered a tranquil sanctuary to admire the pristine surroundings and revel in nature’s wonders. We were equipped with masks, snorkels, and fins when we reached our snorkel destination. We dove into the underwater playground and witnessed a vibrant array of tropical fish species. After exploring this mesmerizing aquatic world, we returned to the boat and enjoyed a delicious lunch.

Day 6: Transfer to the Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation Resort

Next we transferred to Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation Resort. From the moment you arrive, it’s evident that this isn’t just another getaway; it’s an experience that transcends the ordinary. Nestled within an organic shade grown coffee plantation, this eco resort offers more than just beautiful views – it affords a deep dive into the world of sustainable, artisanal coffee production.

The resort seamlessly integrates eco conscious practices with opulent comfort, offering guests a one-of-a-kind experience. As we stepped onto the property, we were greeted by the intoxicating aroma of freshly roasted coffee. This set the tone for our extraordinary journey into the world of coffee cultivation and indulgence. The commitment to environmental stewardship is evident in every aspect of the resort, from the architecture to the culinary offerings, making it a haven for discerning travelers seeking a holistic, eco friendly retreat.

Day 7: Touring Finca Rosa Blanca’s coffee plantation.

We took a guided stroll through Finca Rosa Blanca’s sustainable coffee plantation to experience the entire lifecycle of coffee plants. We learned about everything from growth and cultivation to harvest and roasting. Our guide gave us the insight into the ecological practices behind their shade grown coffee production. We were able to witness the relationships between the plant life and animals. Inside their beneficio and roasting house, we witnessed the extensive journey of coffee berries as they are washed, sorted, dried, roasted, and eventually find their way to your kitchen table. We gained understanding of gourmet coffee by engaging in a coffee “cupping” session with our well informed guides, who showed us how experts assess and rate the quality of coffee.

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Debbie, author of this blog, holding up a tropical drink in Costa Rica at Nayara Springs

Pura Vida, Debbie


I hope the enchanting stories of my own travel adventures inspire you to embark on your very own Costa Rica getaway. Get in touch with me today, and together, let’s create a custom travel plan that will allow you to fully immerse yourself in the beauty of this extraordinary country. Get ready for an exciting journey in Costa Rica!


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Debbie Horres

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