The Bi-Coastal: San Jose, Manuel Antonio, Arenal, and the Caribbean
Our 11 day / 10 night Bi-Coastal Tour offers you the Best of Coast Rica, taking you from the majestic Pacific Coast, inland, to the awe-inspiring slopes of Arenal Volcano, and on to the pristine shores of the Caribbean. We have designed this package with you in mind. The standard hotels offered are either exclusively gay or gay-friendly. Your days are filled with exciting tours as well as time for relaxation.
This package is self-guided but with us taking care of your transportation, hotel reservations and tours, all you need to do is be ready when it's time to leave for your next adventure!
The 11 day / 10 night package costs from $1200-1500 USD per person based on double-occupancy depending on dates and hotels chosen. It is completely customizable to become a perfect fit for you! It includes quality accommodations in highly recommended hotels and is loaded with activities and adventure
Arrival in San Jose
| Airport pick-up for transportation to your chosen hotel. Enjoy time in the city -- shopping, museums, restaurants, bars, discos, and saunas. The staff are more than happy to assist you with information about places to visit in town.|
Standard package includes a 2-night stay in a Classic Comfort room at the exclusively gay Colours Oasis Resort (located a short taxi ride from downtown San Jose) or the gay-friendly Studio hotel, located just outside of San Jose in the suburb of Santa Ana (may increase package price). Other hotel options include the exclusively-gay Casa Rainbow Canyon (may increase package priced depending on room selected; this hotel is located in a beautiful natural setting a 15 min cab ride from San Jose downtown).
Waterfall and Volcano
|Get picked up from your hotel and enjoy a day tour today. From San Jose to the amazing Poas Volcano and La Paz Waterfall Gardens, this tour includes transportation, entrance fees, lunch, and guide. Not to worry -- you will arrive back in time to get cleaned up for another night on the town.|
|The famous Manuel Antonio National Park and the gay beach at Playita await you! We'll pick you up at your San José hotel and bring you directly to Hotel Villa Roca, in the center of Manuel Antonio's gay scene. With stunning views overlooking the park and the beautiful Pacific Ocean, stay 3 nights in a King bed room. This hotel is exclusively for gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, and their friends.
Other hotel options, all at an additional cost, include the luxury, gay-owned Contempo, the super-luxurious gay-owned Gaia Hotel and Reserve, gay-friendly La Mansion Inn or Costa Verde.
|Spend the morning on a guided tour exploring Manuel Antonio National Park. Your experienced guide will lead you through this magnificent park. This is recommended as the best way to encounter as much variety of wildlife as possible. Tour includes transportation, entrance fee, and guide. In the afternoon, enjoy time at any of Manuel Antonio's beautiful beaches, relax poolside at your hotel, or explore the area on your own. Be sure to check out Manuel Antonio's exciting nightlife.|
|Another morning to relax on the beach or by the pool. In the late afternoon, experience Manuel Antonio aboard a catamaran for a Sunset Cruise. And, snorkel among the fishes in a bay just off beautiful Bizans Beach. Tour includes transportation and a light snack with beverage. Snorkelling equipment is provided.|
| Optional add-on to Monteverde — from just $61 per person.|
Monteverde, a lush Cloud Forest region, renowned for its beauty and abundant wildlife. We'll pick you up in Manuel Antonio, bring you to your hotel for a one-night stay. Choose from our standard hotel Claro de Luna, or for a bit more luxury, Hotel Belmar. You can explore on your own or do the highly recommended Sky Trek tour.
The next morning you'll travel by van and boat across Lake Arenal to La Fortuna.
| Comfortable minibus shuttle to Arenal. Stay 2 nights at Hotel Silencio del Campo, our preferred gay-friendly option, the Arenal Manoa, another gay-friendly option, or the friendly gay-owned B&B La Fortuna Suites located in town (this selection will reduce your cost).|
In the evening, you'll be picked up for a Nighttime Volcano Tour and a visit to the famous Tabacon Hot Springs and Spa. Enjoy the many natural thermal pools followed by a delicious buffet dinner.
| Choose either a free day to explore the area, go to Lake Arenal, or add an amazing tour like the Lost Canyon Adventures Canyoneering or Sky Trek and Sky Tram Arenal.|
If your time is limited or you just want more time at the beach, you can choose to eliminate days 6 and 7 from your itinerary, and, instead, do them as a day trip from San Jose. This day-trip includes a Nighttime Volcano Tour and a visit to the Tabacon Hot Springs and Spa, including buffet style dinner.
Arrival Caribbean Coast
| In Arenal, we'll pick you up early to take you to the Caribbean for a spectacular Whitewater Rafting adventure on the Pacuare River, Costa Rica's premier rafting river. You will be served breakfast at the rafting center. Your luggage and belongings will safely be stored there, too. Then it's a full-day river trip with lunch served along the river.
At the end of the day, you will be transported to Puerto Viejo. |
Stay 2 nights at Hotel Banana Azul, our preferred gay-friendly option here, or at Hotel Namuwoki Lodge, another gay-friendly place in the area.
Or, choose from one of our optional activities:
• Our 3 in 1 includes the Animal Rescue Center (entrance fee included), a visit to the Chocolate Lady, and a short hike to an amazing Waterfall.
• The Cahuita National Park Hike and Snorkel Tour includes a guided hike with a naturist and a boat ride for snorkelling in the reef.
• Enjoy the rush! Fly through the jungle tree tops on the Canopy/Zipline Tour.
• Let us arrange a massage for you at the Pure Jungle Spa or beachfront at Banana Azul.
Tortuguero National Park is an isolated area on the north part of the Caribbean Coast reachable only by boat or by air. Unspoiled nature, turtle watching opportunities and jungle canals await you.
We'll pick you up at your Puerto Viejo hotel, bring you to Tortuguero by mini-bus and boat for a 1 night stay at a lodge. All your meals are included as are tours of the canals and town. Boat and shuttle transport to San Jose on the following afternoon.
Afternoon/evening on your own to explore.
Standard package includes a 1 night stay in a Classic Comfort room at the exclusively gay Colours Oasis Resort. Or choose Studio Hotel or Casa Rainbow Canyon. All 3 hotels are located about 15 to 20 minutes from the airport in case you have an early flight the next day.
|Transportation to the airport for your departure.|
Or, let us know if you'd like to add additional destinations or nights onto your package
|Duration:||11 days / 10 nights. Additional nights can be added or we could also shorten the trip if you don't have enough time. Please let us know!|
|Cost per person:||From $1200 - $1500 USD per person based on double-occupancy depending on dates and hotels chosen. This package can be customized and in so many ways. Please enter your information on our booking form and let us come up with a price quote for you.|
● Airport transfers (with standard hotel choice; may be extra with different hotel choices)
● Microbus Transportation to/from all destinations
● Three nights of lodging at Colours Oasis Resort in San Jose (two on arrival, one on departure)
● Three nights lodging in a King room at Hotel Villa Roca in Manuel Antonio
● Sail/Snorkel tour in Manuel Antonio
● Two nights lodging at Silencio del Campo in Arenal
● Night tour to the volcano view point
● Entrance to and dinner at Tabacón Hotsprings and Resort
● Whitewater river rafting on the Pacuare River incl breakfast & lunch
● Two nights lodging at Hotel Banana Azul in Puerto Viejo
● Breakfast daily at all standard hotels (other hotels may not include breakfast)
● All taxes
● GTA service charge
● Supplement for single room or discount for triple/quad room
● Optional gratuities
● Modifications from standard base package are done simply on a cost basis - we deduct the cost of any services / hotels / destinations you don't want and add the costs of those you do.