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Our most recommended Puntarenas Province Day Trips

Manuel Antonio or Quepos: Manuel Antonio National Park Tour

1. Manuel Antonio or Quepos: Manuel Antonio National Park Tour

Discover Manuel Antonio National Park, a small biological island established in 1972 by the Costa Rican government to preserve its precious wildlife. Though Manuel Antonio National Park is the smallest park in the country, it’s also the most visited due to its charming combination of rain forests, beaches, coral reefs, and wildlife. After being picked up from your hotel by your excerpt driver-guide, get ready to explore a diverse range of fauna spanning 109 species of mammals and 184 birds. As you explore, look out for raccoons, coatis, agoutis, sloths, white-faced monkeys, howler monkeys, and the famous Titi monkey, an endangered subspecies unique to the park. Be led by your guide on a breathtaking walking tour through the jungle and experience the secrets and wonders of this amazing ecosystem. See kingfishers, the yellow crowned night heron and many more bird species. Benefit from assistance taking high-quality nature photos using your own digital camera combined with professional telescopes provided on the tour.

From Puntarenas: Tortuga Island Full-Day Boat Trip

2. 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.

All-Inclusive Catamaran Eco Adventure with Lunch

3. All-Inclusive Catamaran Eco Adventure with Lunch

Cruise along Costa Rica's Pacific coast, keeping an eye out for whales, dolphins, and seabirds. Anchor in a protected bay and explore the area above and below water, using the snorkel equipment, waterslides, and trampoline provided onboard.  Pickup starts from Quepos and Manuel Antonio approximately 30-45 minutes prior to departure. Hop aboard and enjoy a 3.5-hour cruise through clear waters and past lush jungle and dramatic rock formations.  Stop for swimming and snorkeling and take advantage of the waterslides and trampoline. A gourmet lunch will be served on board along with coffee and a selection of fresh fruits and natural fruit juices.

Manuel Antonio National Park Combo Tour from San Jose

4. Manuel Antonio National Park Combo Tour from San Jose

Expereince the stunning beauty of the Manuel Antonio National Park on this day trip from San Jose. Visit Crocodile Bridge and Tarcoles Beach. Discover the abundant wildlife on the park’s rainforest trails and eat breakfast and lunch at local restaurants.  Enjoy being picked up from the comfort of your accommodation in the San Jose area. Travel aboard an airconditioned coach on the way to have breakfast in a local restaurant located next to the biggest fruit market in the country.  Visit the market to observe a large variety of tropical fruits. Continue your journey with a stop at the popular crocodile bridge where you will have the chance to observe one of Costa Rica’s biggest crocodile’s populations.  Search for scarlet macaws in their natural habitat on Tarcoles Beach where they like to gather. Stop at the Jaco Bay lookout point and take pictures of Costa Rica’s most popular coastal town.  Travel to the Manuel Antonio National Park, hike the rainforest trails with your guide for about and hour and search for monkeys, sloths, toucans, and agoutis. Spend some free time relaxing on the park's pristine beaches or hiking to along rainforest trails. Savor a delicious lunch of local cuisine in a restaurant that provides great jungle and ocean views. Lunch is served in the early afternoon around 2 PM, after which you will be taken back to your hotel in San Jose.

Manuel Antonio: Night Jungle Tour

5. Manuel Antonio: Night Jungle Tour

This rainforest night tour is operated in the amazing Rainmaker Park. Rainmaker is one of the most important and impressive rainforest ecosystems in Costa Rica, this is where the extinct harlequin frog reappeared and was rediscovered thus becoming an important field of research and scientific studies for herpetologists worldwide. This night walk takes about 2-hours to 2.5-hours and is led by a professional and expert certified guide. During the expedition you may see bats, Jesus Christ lizard, spiders, owls, high varieties of frogs, snakes and many interesting insects. You will use special equipment for the night and a flashlight for a better appreciation during the activity to help you see the jungle life more clearly.

Monteverde: Guided Cloud Forest Canopy Tour with Zip Lining

6. Monteverde: Guided Cloud Forest Canopy Tour with Zip Lining

See the Monteverde Cloud Forest from above on a guided canopy tour. Ascend to the treetops in a sky tram, admire native wildlife as you cross suspension bridges, and soar above the cloud forest on a zip line. After being picked up from your hotel, board the aerial tram and ascend above the beautiful cloud forest, stopping along the way to observe plant and animal life. Learn about the different species and habitats from your guide. Then, arrive at the first of two observatory platforms, where you can enjoy panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and, on a clear day, the northern lowlands that stretch all the way to the Caribbean. Next, make your way across the suspension bridges, each with its own breathtaking view of the forest. Take your time to cross and admire the cloud forest's flora and fauna from a dizzying height. Finally, zip line across the canopy and get a birds-eye view of the forest. Enjoy eight zip line cables totaling nearly 1.8 miles (3 kilometers), with distances ranging from 131 to 2,460 feet (40 meters and 750 meters) and heights ranging from 49 to 328 feet (15 meters to 100 meters). At the end of your canopy tour, you will be returned to your hotel in Monteverde.

From San José: Monteverde Hanging Bridges Day Trip

7. From San José: Monteverde Hanging Bridges Day Trip

Your tour begins in the morning with pickup in the San José area. Then travel towards the northern part of the country on a very scenic drive, with great views of beautiful mountain ranges, local towns and farms, and the Pacific coast. On the way to Monteverde, enjoy multiple stops. Learn about local fruits at the largest fruit stand of the country. Explore a place where several monkeys are normally observed in the wild at a very close range. Photograph amazing landscapes from a lookout point. Once in Monteverde, savor a delicious lunch and then proceed to do the amazing hanging bridges tour in the cloud forest. Hike with your guide for two to three hours, admiring the beauties of this rare ecosystem and searching for the local wildlife, including monkeys, emerald toucans, coatimundis, and the rare resplendent quetzal, the most beautiful bird of Costa Rica. This hike is approximately 3km (1.9 miles) long and is mostly on flat terrain with a few mild climbs.  Late in the afternoon, return to your accommodation in San José or to your accommodation in central Monteverde. 

Monteverde: Zip Line, Bridges, and Butterfly Garden Tour

8. Monteverde: Zip Line, Bridges, and Butterfly Garden Tour

Treat yourself to a day of fun in Monteverde park. Zip line through the tree canopy, walk across the impressive suspension bridges, and wander around the extensive butterfly gardens with a guide. Experience the Monteverde Cloud Forest by zip line. Then head to the tree-top walkway, the ideal experience for those who want to explore the beauty of the canopy at their own pace and appreciate the region's incredible array of vegetation and exotic bird life. The walkway is made up of eight suspension bridges linked by 1.9 miles of trails. The bridges range in length from 150 feet to 500 feet and are suspended at heights ranging from 36 feet to 180 feet. The bridge system is the widest and strongest in Costa Rica. The stunning butterfly garden in Monteverde is one of the largest on the continent. Discover the giant garden that is 300 feet long and 90 feet wide, with a massive 50-foot dome ceiling and 50 species of butterflies. Temperature control that is precise and sensitive allows species to survive across a wide range of altitudes and climate conditions in Costa Rica. Take a guided tour of this fascinating live exhibit to learn about the life cycle, special behaviors, and evolution of these extraordinary creatures.

Jaco: Naranjo River Rafting

9. Jaco: Naranjo River Rafting

After being collected from your accommodation, a 90-minute scenic ride will bring you to the small town of Londres. It is here where you will discover your private ranch, which features diverse facilities. Following some safety instructions and time to practice, you will be ready to board your 6-passenger rafts. Each raft has a guide who will provide instructions during the journey, and for additional safety, a kayaker will accompany the group close by. The Naranjo River flows through mountains, jungle gorges, farmlands and palm plantations. The river’s course is steep and challenging, perfect for adventure seekers searching for an adrenaline rush. Halfway through the tour, you’ll take a break where you can catch your breath and admire the view. Towards the end of the river, the waters calm down and you can take in the sights while cruising over the last few rapids. After taming the river for almost two hours, you will be rewarded with a tasty lunch, made with local ingredients.

From Manuel Antonio: Mangrove Boat Tour

10. From Manuel Antonio: Mangrove Boat Tour

The mangrove forest is one of the most vital and astounding ecosystems in the world. Damas Island, located just 10 minutes from Manuel Antonio is currently one of the most important remaining mangroves in Costa Rica. Covering thousands of acres of protected forest, this amazing biodiversity is home to a large number of birds, reptiles, mammals, and insects. Our experienced guides will take you on an unforgettable boat tour through the channels of the mangrove forest, far away from civilization. You can discover an abundance of species native to the area such as white-faced monkeys, anteaters, boas, iguanas, birds and thousands of colorful crabs. Our boats have the capacity to hold 12 passengers and are fully equipped for your comfort and security.

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4.6 / 5

based on 46 reviews

Excellent day tour from San jose, the tour starts with the crocodile boat ride, it is an experience that will stay with you for years. You get to see many crocodiles in the Tarcoles river along with a very knowledgeable guide that thoroughly explains the different habitats, crocodiles and birds that live in and near the river. Rigo then takes you to Carara National park and slowly guides you through the park pointing out various insects, lizards, toads and monkeys that you will encounter overall this was one of the best tours from San Jose that I took during my time in Costa Rica

One of the most memorable experiences EVER! When you do this tour you HAVE to request Edward. We saw SO many different animals (one of them being the rare Cost Rican Squirrel Monkeys) thanks to him with so many descriptive facts about each one. He is clearly an expert in this field and we had such a great experience we signed up for the Manuel Antonio National Park with him. Highly recommend- thanks for making this the best trip ever, Edward! Pura vida :)

The tour company was prompt in picking us up and communicative when they had to change the river we were rafting due to a large storm. The guides were knowledgeable, very friendly, and really helped us have a wonderful day. Both my sister and I agreed that this was the best day of our trip to Costa Rica. Highly recommend this tour!

Great experience with Fernando! Wonderful time swimming in the waterfall, hanging out in the hot springs while it poured and delicious food!

We had a great trip! Driver was on time and spoke excellent English. He gave clear instructions for each activity.