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Playa Tamarindo: Sunset Sailing and Snorkeling Tour

1. Playa Tamarindo: Sunset Sailing and Snorkeling Tour

Sail along Costa Rica’s Gold Coast on a 4.5-hour sunset cruise, passing Guanacaste’s exotic bays, white sand beaches, and tropical jungles. Gaze off the bow with a cold tropical drink in your hand as you scan the seas for dolphins, sea turtles, flying fish, or even a breaching whale. Stop in a tranquil bay, drop anchor, and enjoy a swim. Snorkel in the bay or take a walk down a deserted white sand beach. While you’re enjoying the sun, sand, and sea, the crew will prepare a lunch of chicken or pasta salad, fruit, chips, pico de gallo, guacamole, and homemade chocolate chip cookies. As the sun sets, you’ll see the ever-changing colors of the sky, while enjoying your favorite drink from the boat’s open bar. Capture the moment to show your family and friends the wonders of a Costa Rican sunset.

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Boat Transfer between Monteverde and La Fortuna

2. Boat Transfer between Monteverde and La Fortuna

Add a little adventure to your transportation needs between Monteverde and La Fortuna and avail of a transfer that includes an informative boat tour across Lake Arenal. Get spectacular views of Arenal Volcano and the cloud forests of Monteverde as you travel by van and boat. Choose from a morning or afternoon departure in either direction to suit your schedule, and relax in the knowledge that your luggage will be taken care of on every step of the journey. Depart La Fortuna and travel to Lake Arenal by van. Then, take a 30-minute boat ride to the town of Río Chiquito before continuing to Monteverde by van. For departures from Monteverde, travel to Lake Arenal by van. Cross Lake Arenal on an enlightening 30-minute boat ride to the earthen dam, and then continue to La Fortuna by van for drop off at your hotel.

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Tamarindo: Dream Chaser Catamaran Sunset Cruise

3. Tamarindo: Dream Chaser Catamaran Sunset Cruise

Discover picturesque secluded beaches on a 5-hour catamaran cruise. Benefit from relaxing lounge areas, an open bar, lunch buffet, snorkeling equipment, and paddleboards. Board the 40-foot Dream Chaser catamaran and cruise along the north coast and, depending on weather conditions of the day, anchor in the secluded beaches of Playa Minas, Playa Huevo, or Piratas Bay.  Jump into the refreshing waters and tryout water activities like snorkeling, paddle boarding, and playing with the floaties (noodles). Feast on a delicious home-style buffet and enjoy an open bar where you can get unlimited refreshments, liquor, and mixed drinks.  Lounge on the spacious upper deck while listening to a modern sound system. Cool off in the shaded main cabin, relax in comfortable leather seats, and make use of the free Wi-Fi.  As you head back to Playa Tamarindo, be treated to unforgettable views of the Costa Rican sunset over the Pacific Ocean.

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Guanacaste: 5-Hour Rainforest Canopy Zipline Tour

4. Guanacaste: 5-Hour Rainforest Canopy Zipline Tour

Enjoy a thrilling half-day adventure with a rainforest canopy zipline tour in Guanacaste. Depart from your hotel, and after a short drive, arrive in the tropical dry forest where you will be surrounded by high trees and pristine nature. Once there, take a short hike to the first platform, where your tour guide will get you ready for the ride of your life. Then get ready to start zipping through the trees and flying down the suspended cables. During the tour you will also come across a walking bridge between 2 platforms. If you are lucky, even the howler monkeys will be your company during a part of these canopy travels.

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Playas del Coco: Sunset Sailing and Snorkeling Tour

5. Playas del Coco: Sunset Sailing and Snorkeling Tour

Sail along Costa Rica’s Gold Coast on a 4.5-hour sunset cruise, passing Guanacaste’s exotic bays, white sand beaches and tropical jungles. Gaze off the bow with a cold tropical drink in your hand as you scan the seas for dolphins, sea turtles, flying fish or even a breaching whale. Stop in a tranquil bay, drop anchor and enjoy a swim. Snorkel in the bay or take a walk down a deserted white sand beach. While you’re enjoying the sun, sand and sea, the crew will prepare a lunch of chicken or pasta salad, fruit, chips, pico de gallo, guacamole and homemade chocolate chip cookies. As the sun sets, you’ll see the ever-changing colors of the sky, while enjoying your favorite drink from the boat’s open bar. Capture the moment to show your family and friends the wonders of a Costa Rican sunset.

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Playa Minas: Sea Turtle Watching Tour

6. Playa Minas: Sea Turtle Watching Tour

You will be picked up from your hotel at 6:00 PM and driven to Playa Minas or a nearby beach that is home to nesting turtles. Playa Minas constitutes one of Costa Rica's most important nesting sites. Between October and March, large numbers of turtles migrate to this region. It remains one of the last untouched beaches in the world, giving it a remote paradise feel. There will be a 700-meter hike in the dark with infrared flashlights provided by your tour guide. Once arriving at the beach, the guide will educate the group on how to respectfully navigate the area. You will see the black turtles, and if you are lucky, the rare leatherback turtles. The leatherback sea turtle is the largest sea turtle in the world, weighing over 1,200 pounds and averaging almost 8 feet in length.

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Tamarindo: Zip Line, Horseback Riding & Natural Spa Day Tour

7. Tamarindo: Zip Line, Horseback Riding & Natural Spa Day Tour

Experience a day of adventure with a canopy tour, hot springs, a natural spa, thrilling water slides, and horseback riding. This fun-filled tour is great for both adrenaline-seekers and nature-lovers. Get picked up from your hotel head to the Buena Vista Lodge and Adventure Center to start your experience. Take a canopy tour, where you’ll glide through the treetops and cross hanging bridges. Then enjoy a horseback ride along nature trails as you admire the beautiful landscape. Afterwards, soothe your muscles with a volcanic mud bath and relax in the swimming pool. During the tour you’ll savor a buffet lunch, with vegan and vegetarian options available, along with local coffee, natural juices, and water. At the end of your day trip, get dropped back at your hotel.

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Tamarindo: Catamaran Sailing and Snorkeling Tour

8. Tamarindo: Catamaran Sailing and Snorkeling Tour

After meeting your group at the meeting point, sail aboard the 38-foot Sea Shell catamaran with a capacity for 25 people. After setting off, bruschetta will be served as an appetizer.  You’ll head to a private beach, observing the lush Pacific coast of Guanacaste. After reaching the private beach, you will be able to enjoy snorkeling, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding and many other activities. Alternatively, just enjoy the views of the ocean and relax by the beach. After the water activities, lunch will be served. It consists of typical local cuisine like chicken rice, ground beans, sautéed vegetables and salad. Enjoy some fresh fruit on the journey back to Tamarindo. If you have chosen the afternoon tour, you will witness a beautiful sunset on your return. The open bar will be available throughout the trip with alcoholic beverages as well as non-alcoholic beverages such as soda, fresh juices, and bottled water.

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Liberia: One Day Waterfalls Expedition and Buffet Lunch

9. Liberia: One Day Waterfalls Expedition and Buffet Lunch

See first Chorreras Waterfalls, two side-by-side waterfalls that cascade into a beautiful sky-blue mineral water pool, perfect for a refreshing swim. Walk 30 minutes on forest trails to get to the falls, taking in the picturesque scenery of the dry tropical forest and sighting any wildlife along the way. Explore the shallow canyon of volcanic rock rings the waterfalls and pool, creating an intimate and private tropical oasis. At Victoria Waterfall, the falls drop 115 feet (35 meters) into the Rio Negro (Black River). The surrounding canyon has unique vegetation and topography and you can swim in the crystal clear pool at the waterfall’s base. Continue further in Rincon de la Vieja National Park where the Oropendola Waterfall plunges an impressive 82 feet (25 meters) to a sparkling turquoise pool. The beautiful lush canyon of the Rio Blanco (White River) makes a picturesque tropical oasis perfect for a refreshing swim. At Rio Negro hot springs and waterfalls, combine 3 beautiful hidden waterfalls and relaxing, volcanic hot springs, heated naturally by the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano – the largest and most active volcano in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. The tour concludes with a delicious buffet lunch.

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Tamarindo: ATV Quad Bike Adventure Tour

10. Tamarindo: ATV Quad Bike Adventure Tour

Start the tour with a pickup head to the location. Receive safety instructions upon arrival and follow the tour guide through pastures and rivers, up mountains with breath-taking views of the valley, pristine beaches, the Pacific Ocean, and take in the natural beauty and wildlife. Enjoy 3 gorgeous beaches and maybe make a quick stop to take it all in and make incredible photos. See howler monkeys, iguanas, and other exotic animals of the tropical dry forest, natural to the environment you will be visiting. Improve your experience and choose the option that includes a snorkeling activity at Playa Conchal before heading back to the hotel.

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What people are saying about Guanacaste

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 128 reviews

This was a several hour hike quite a workout with a lot of climbing steps and rocks, but the reward of the magnificent beauty of the Rio Celeste waterfall, lagoon, and seeing the two rivers meet was well worth the effort! Brian and Kenya were amazing informative tour guides. Kenya made sure she helped all the less fit hikers up & down the trail. Please note you need to be in pretty decent physical shape to do this hike

We were picked up punctually at the next hotel on our Airbnb and dropped off in the center of Santa Elena, not far from the taxi rank. We used this tour because the travel time by bus / car was too long for us and would do it again. Unfortunately it rained heavily so that we couldn't enjoy the view at all.

Despite a slight delay with the pickup and start or the tour, afterwards it was all just great. We went to two nice beaches along the way (Puerto Viejo and another equally beautiful one). Keep in mind that you'll swallow a lot of dust, especially if you'll be driving among the last in the group.

Jose and his crew were such great hosts. We had an amazing time on their catamaran. The food was spectacular!

Amazing trip around the coves. Great guides, good food and drinks. The end was a beautiful sunset. Perfect!