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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 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 essentially self-guided but we insist on 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!

This package starts at only $1385 based on double-occupancy and is completely customizable to become a perfect fit for you! It includes quality accommodations in highly recommended hotels and is packed with activities and adventure

Itinerary:

Day 1

Arrival in San Jose
Pool at Colours Oasis Airport pick-up for transportation to your chosen hotel. Enjoy time in the city - shopping, museums, restaurants, bars, discos, and saunas. All of the hotels we work with 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).
Day 2

Waterfall and Volcano
Get picked up from your hotel and enjoy a day tour. 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.
Day 3

Manuel Antonio
The famous Manuel Antonio National Park and 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 room with a King bed. This hotel is exclusively for gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, and their friends. Other hotel options, all at an additional cost, include the super-luxurious gay-owned Gaia Hotel and Reserve, gay-friendly La Mansion Inn or Costa Verde.

Day 4

Manuel Antonio
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.
Day 5

Manuel Antonio
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. Snorkel among the fishes in a bay just off beautiful Bizans Beach. Tour includes transportation and a light snack with beverage. Snorkeling equipment is provided.
Optional

Add-on
Monteverde
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 and bring you to your hotel for a 1-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.

Day 6

Arenal
Silencio del Campo Comfortable minibus shuttle to Arenal. Stay 2 nights at our preferred gay-friendly Hotel Silencio del Campo . Some other gay-friendly hotel options are Arenal Manoa, or the 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.

Day 7

Arenal
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 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.
Day 8

Whitewater Rafting

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 a hearty breakfast at the rafting center. Your luggage and belongings will safely stored in a locked container. Then it's a full-day river trip with lunch served along the river shore. At the end of the day, you will be transported to Puerto Viejo.

Stay 2 nights at our preferred gay-friendly option Hotel Banana Azul or at Hotel Namuwoki Lodge, another gay-friendly place in the area.

Day 9

Puerto Viejo

Enjoy your stay in this funky Caribbean coastal town. We recommend renting a bike to explore on your own as there are many unique jungle-hugging beaches to choose from, a fun shopping area, and a wide variety of international restaurants and cafes. Our favorite, and perhaps the hippest is the gay-owned Koki Beach restaurant, bar and lounge where you can enjoy a happy hour cocktail on their colorful deck overlooking the Caribbean Sea. This is a great spot to watch the sunset too!

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 snorkeling 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.

Optional

Add-on
Tortuguero

Optional add-on to Tortuguero starting at $159 per person.

Tortuguero National Park is an isolated area on the north part of the Caribbean Coast reachable only by boat or by air. Pure and untouched nature, turtle watching 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 transportation is provided to San Jose the following afternoon.
Optional

Add-on
Bocas del Toro, Panama
Optional add-on to Bocas del Toro,Panama starting at $179 per person.

Our Bocas del Toro trips include transportation from Puerto Viejo to Bocas del Toro via shared van and then on by boat to the islands, accommodation - either luxury on the main island or a bit more simple but with stunning views on Isla Solarte - breakfast, and depending on how many days you stay, an afternoon activity or a full day tour with lunch. The option to return to San Jose by land or air is also available.

For the ones staying for one night, you can either go snorkeling or deepboarding in the afternoon before enjoying a nice dinner in Bocastown or at your lodge. The next morning you have off to discover the islands or relax on a secluded beach. At noon you will start the trip back to Puerto Viejo. If you stay two nights, you will have the rest of the day free to visit one of the nearby islands or just have a walk in town. On the second day you will go on a tour to Cayo Zapatillo, where you can try out deepboarding, the new way to snorkel. The tour includes lunch and snorkeling equipment. After a day on and in the water, you can enjoy the evening in Bocastown or at your lodge and then return to Puerto Viejo the next day after breakfast. If you like an additional morning to explore the world of Bocas, we can also schedule you for the afternoon shuttle (not possible for San Jose).
Day 10

San Jose
Transportation to San Jose by minibus shuttle for a 1 night stay at one of our preferred gay owned or gay friendly hotels.

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.
Day 11

Departure
Transportation to the airport for your departure.

Let us know if you'd like to add additional destinations or nights onto your package and we'd be happy to do so!

Package information:

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.
Includes: ● 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
Not included: ● 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.

Monteverde add-on details:

Duration: One day/One night. Additional days can be added.
Cost per person: From $61 per person as an add-on to package depending on hotel and dates chosen
Accommodations: Includes accommodations at Arco Iris, Claro de Luna or similar. If you have a particular hotel request, let us know and we'll advise if we can book that for you and what the price difference would be.
Includes: ● Minibus transport from San Jose to Monteverde
● One night of lodging at a hotel in Monteverde (private bath, hot water, breakfast)
● Van/Boat/Van transportation to your Arenal hotel
Tour options: ● Add guided hike of Monteverde Cloud Forest - $67 pp
● Add Sky Adventures canopy/zipline tour including hotel pickup - add $77.5 pp
Not included: ● Supplement for single room

Tortuguero add-on details:

Duration: Two days/One night. Additional days can be added.
Cost per person: Standard room with swimming pool and open buffet meals $150 per person if you choose shuttle transporation for the main package. Otherwise $199 per person
Additional nights can be added, select your preferred stay on the reservation form for pricing. There is no single supplement for the Tortuguero add-on.
The 2 day/1 night package Includes: ● Transportation from Puerto Viejo with drop-off in San Jose
● One night of lodging
● Five great meals (2 breakfast, 2 lunch, 1 dinner)
● Two canal tours in the national park, in search of a close up view of the wildlife.
● One guided hike in the national park
● One trip to the interesting town of Tortuguero with a visit to the Caribbean Conservation Corporation.
Not Included: ● National park entrance fees ($10)
● Optional night turtle tour (July-October $35)
● Alcoholic beverages

Bocas del Toro, Panama add-on details:

Duration: 2 days/1 night or 3 days/2 nights.
Important Note: We cannot confirm your booking until we have received the complete passport info for ALL passengers. Not providing this info in a timely manner will be treated as a no-show
Cost per person: 2 day/1 night package: $179.00 p/p (economy) or $209.00 p/p (luxury)
3 day/2 night package: $259.00 p/p (economy) or $339.00 p/p (luxury)
Note - Rates are not valid for holiday seasons.
Includes: • Return transportation from Puerto Viejo area hotels to Colon Island or Isla Solarte in Bocas del Toro, Panama
• One or two nights of lodging in one of our partner hotels
• Local activity or one day tour to Cayo Zapatillo
• Gecko Trail Adventures service charge
Not Included: • Exit and entry fees to be paid on both sides of the border (calculate another $16 for round trip)
• Bocas airport departure tax $15 for those choosing the return to San Jose by air option
• $10/way additional charge per person for pickup in Cahuita
• $45/way additional charge per person for pickup in San Jose
• Single supplement if single room(s) needed
• Transportation from and to tour(s)
What to Bring: Bathing suit, sunglasses, sunscreen, towel, Passport and onward ticket leaving Costa Rica (or Panama if you are ending the tour there) for border crossing

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The Bi-Coastal: San Jose, Manuel Antonio, Arenal, and the Caribbean - Booking Form

Let's get started, we'll ask you a few questions about how you want to customize this package. Don't worry if you're not sure of the answer, just take your best guess and we'll work on answering your questions and get it exactly right for you before we confirm it.
First, tell us about your arrival
Where are you arriving/starting your trip from:
Notes on arrival:
And what you want to do in San Jose
Number of Nights San Jose at beginning of trip:
San Jose Hotel Choice: Colours Oasis Resort: Classic Comfort
What activities do you want planned during your stay in San Jose?
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Notes on San Jose (other things you'd like to do, questions, etc):
Manuel Antonio - Beautiful beaches, jungle, animals, surfing, snorkel, diving and monkeys. Plus gay nightlife and the gay beach!
Number of Nights Manuel Antonio:
Base package price includes 3 nights Manuel Antonio. Your package price will be adjusted up or down depending on nights chosen.
Manuel Antonio Hotel Choice: Hotel Villa Roca: King Room
Manuel Antonio Activities:
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Monteverde: enchanted cloud forests. Do you want to add one or more nights in Monteverde? Adding one night in Monteverde including transport from Manuel Antonio, onward transport to Arenal and 1 night hotel double starts at just $61 p/p
Number of Nights Monteverde:
Arenal Volcano - Stunning views, a must-see if you've never been before.
Number of nights Arenal:
The base package price includes 2 nights Arenal at Hotel Silencio del Campo. Other options will increase or decrease the total package price and package length accordingly.
Arenal hotel choice: Silencio del Campo: Cabin
Arenal tour choices:
The base package price includes the Tabacon Hotsprings and volcano viewing tour. Other options will increase or decrease the total package price accordingly.
Notes on Arenal (other things you'd like to do, questions, etc):
Caribbean: Puerto Viejo or Cahuita. A great diversity of beaches, stunning nature and wildlife, tons to do, great dining
Getting to the Caribbean Coast:
The Pacuare River rafting trip is highly recommended, a day full of excitement and nature enroute to your Caribbean destination. This option is included in the base package price. Other options will change your package price accordingly.
Number of Nights Caribbean:
The base package price includes 2 nights hotel on the Caribbean Coast.
Caribbean Hotel choice: Tierra de Sueños - Wellness Center: Bungalow
Caribbean tours: Hold down CTRL key while clicking to select multiple activities. There's so much to do on the Caribbean Coast why not add a few days here and see it all!?
Notes/Questions on Caribbean (other things you'd like to do, questions, etc):
Do you want to add one or more nights in Tortuguero? Tortuguero National Park is an isolated park on the Northern Caribbean coast. Reachable only by boat, the area is lush forests connected by rivers and canals and is prime habitat for animal sightings and of course the turtles which give the area its name. Only $150 per person to add the 1 night package (if using shuttle transport since Tortuguero packages include onward transport to San Jose)
Number of nights Tortuguero:
Tortuguero nights are in lodge accomodation near the park. All meals are included while you are there. As well the package will include tours of the canals and of the village. During turtle nesting season (July - Oct) as nighttime turtle tour can be added
Would you like to add one or more nights in Bocas del Toro, Panama? Just over the border from Puerto Viejo are these islands in Panama with a laid-back Caribbean vibe and some great snorkeling and diving. From just $169 per person.
Number of Nights in Bocas del Toro:
End of trip — All good things must come to an end!
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End of trip hotel choice: Colours Oasis Resort: Classic Comfort
Notes on end of trip (other things you'd like to do, questions, etc):
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  1. Most tours and activities run daily but have reached capacity on your date or haven\'t reached a minimum number of persons required for the tour to operate. If we are unable to accommodate you on your chosen date, we will, at your option, either reschedule your date or refund your payment, less bank fees, promptly.
  2. Tours will depart daily regardless of weather unless conditions would make it unsafe so please be prepared for the possibility of rain.
  3. For tours within Costa Rica please always make sure to carry a copy of your valid passport and your last entry stamp with you. For day and multi-day trips that involve border-crossing you must carry your valid passport and a copy of it with you at all times. Border crossing fees may apply.
  4. For multi-day packages, we require a minimum 50% deposit before we start confirming hotels, tours, etc. Full payment must be received three to four weeks before the start of your tour.
  5. Should we be unable to accomodate you at your requested accommodation choice, we will offer you choice of other accommodations and advise any price difference or we will refund your payment promptly (your choice).
  6. Prices are not valid for extra-high season weeks of Christmas, New Years or Easter. Please inquire for pricing and availability for those weeks.
  7. All cancellations of multi-day package bookings will incur a minimum $25 cancellation fee, increasing with the amount of time we spent on your booking plus any bank or vendor charges, as these require substantial staff and planning time.
  8. The client is also responsible for any fees charged by the vendor as they have committed resources to your tour and may have more restrictive policies. The more notice you give us, the more likely we will be able to reaccommodate you.
  9. Cancellations are subject to bank imposed fees which are generally $2 per transaction plus 3% to 5% of the amount. Or we will be happy to apply your payment to another service.
  10. Should you need to make date, time or route changes after we have started booking your trip, we are happy to help. A Gecko Trail service charge will apply plus any vendor change fees if applicable.
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The Bi-Coastal: San Jose, Manuel Antonio, Arenal, and the Caribbean - Terms and Conditions

  1. Most tours and activities run daily but have reached capacity on your date or haven\'t reached a minimum number of persons required for the tour to operate. If we are unable to accommodate you on your chosen date, we will, at your option, either reschedule your date or refund your payment, less bank fees, promptly.
  2. Tours will depart daily regardless of weather unless conditions would make it unsafe so please be prepared for the possibility of rain.
  3. For tours within Costa Rica please always make sure to carry a copy of your valid passport and your last entry stamp with you. For day and multi-day trips that involve border-crossing you must carry your valid passport and a copy of it with you at all times. Border crossing fees may apply.
  4. For multi-day packages, we require a minimum 50% deposit before we start confirming hotels, tours, etc. Full payment must be received three to four weeks before the start of your tour.
  5. Should we be unable to accomodate you at your requested accommodation choice, we will offer you choice of other accommodations and advise any price difference or we will refund your payment promptly (your choice).
  6. Prices are not valid for extra-high season weeks of Christmas, New Years or Easter. Please inquire for pricing and availability for those weeks.
  7. All cancellations of multi-day package bookings will incur a minimum $25 cancellation fee, increasing with the amount of time we spent on your booking plus any bank or vendor charges, as these require substantial staff and planning time.
  8. The client is also responsible for any fees charged by the vendor as they have committed resources to your tour and may have more restrictive policies. The more notice you give us, the more likely we will be able to reaccommodate you.
  9. Cancellations are subject to bank imposed fees which are generally $2 per transaction plus 3% to 5% of the amount. Or we will be happy to apply your payment to another service.
  10. Should you need to make date, time or route changes after we have started booking your trip, we are happy to help. A Gecko Trail service charge will apply plus any vendor change fees if applicable.