Blue Water Holidays
Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
Experts in River and Small Ship Cruising Holidays since 2002
01756 706500 +44 1756 706500
Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
01756 706500
+44 1756 706500
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Natural Wonders of Costa Rica and Nicaragua

Explore this amazing destination on our exclusive 15-night guided tour and sailing cruise, visiting highlights like the Arenal Volcano National Park and the Monteverde Cloud Forest, alongside the secluded picture-perfect beaches of Bahia Culebra and Isla Tortuga on the exquisite Pacific coastline.

Fly Cruise
15 nights from £3995pp

Sailing Holiday
  • Arenal National Park
  • Costa Rica
  • Tree frog
  • Star Clipper in Costa Rica
  • Monteverde cloud forest
  • Fresh coffee beans
  • Beach in Costa Rica
  • Arenal volcano
  • Iguana

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Exclusive Blue Water Escorted Cruise and Tour!

Natural Wonders of Costa Rica and Nicaragua Special Offer

Renowned for its lush rainforests, smoking volcanoes, idyllic beaches and unique biodiversity, Costa Rica is a nature-lover’s dream, with 28 designated National Parks covering over a quarter of the country’s area.

Fly direct from the UK to San José to commence your escorted tour. Accompanied by expert local guides, handpicked excursions give a real insight into the nature and beauty of this astounding country. An exciting variety of guided walks, sky tram and boat rides enable you to explore dramatic volcanic calderas and dense rainforests, where nature trails wind past tumbling waterfalls and through clouds of butterflies.

Venture high into the forest canopy with its extraordinary views and spot the bountiful endemic flora and fauna. Watch out for wildlife including the sloth, symbol of Costa Rica and the ‘pura vida’ way of life, the well-named howler monkey, white-faced capuchin monkeys, red-eyed tree frogs, scarlet macaws, toucans and jewel-like hummingbirds. The carefully chosen hotels on the tour offer a relaxing counterpoint to the days’ excitements, with luxurious rooms and fabulous facilities enabling well-earned downtime.

The second half of this exciting holiday is on board magnificent tall ship, Star Clipper. Sailing to off-the-beaten-track villages and sublime beaches along the pristine and unspoilt Pacific coast, this 7-night cruise will show you yet another side to Costa Rica. Take part in excursions or simply unwind on world-class white sand beaches. Visit Costa Rica’s stunning Papagayo Peninsula, the colourful beach-side town of San Juan del Mar in Nicaragua, and Isla Tortuga, said to be the most beautiful island in Costa Rica.

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Natural Wonders of Costa Rica and Nicaragua Itinerary

Day 1 - UK - San José (Costa Rica)

Fly direct from London Gatwick to San José and transfer to the 5* Studio Hotel Boutique, beautifully located in Central Valley, with the second largest art collection in Costa Rica. Relax at leisure this evening.

Day 2 - Poás Volcano and La Paz Waterfall Gardens

Awake refreshed and join the included excursion to one of Costa Rica’s most famous National Parks. Visit the dramatic caldera of Poás Volcano, followed by a tour of La Paz Waterfall Gardens. This nature adventure through the rainforest trails and waterfalls explores the Aviary, the Butterfly Observatory, Hummingbird Garden, Serpentarium, Jungle Cats Exhibit, Frog Exhibit, Historical Casita Experience and Trout Lake. Transfer to the Arenal Kioro Suites and Spa, a luxury hotel in a tranquil rainforest setting with volcano views for a 2-night stay.

Day 3 - Arenal Volcano National Park - Caño Negro and Río Frío Wildlife Boat Tour

On this day-long nature and wildlife adventure, take a leisurely ride on a covered motorboat along the Río Frío to appreciate the beautiful flora and fauna of one of the most biologically diverse areas in Costa Rica and the world. It shelters a great variety of fauna including resident and migratory birds, three of the four different species of monkeys in Costa Rica, iguanas, sloths, turtles, spectacled caimans, and many other animals. Caño Negro is also home to incredible fish like the almost prehistoric Tropical Gar and endangered animals. It is an important place for protecting the unique wetland biodiversity of Costa Rica and is an official RAMSAR site with international significance. Enjoy a delicious traditional lunch, with the warmest welcome from friendly locals.

Day 4 - Arenal Volcano Hiking and Titokú Hot Springs

Costa Rica has around 112 volcanoes and the Arenal Volcano is one of the most active in the country. From 1968 to 2010 there were many lava flows, eruptions and pyroclastic clouds, making this volcano the biggest attraction in the area. Guided by a knowledgeable certified naturalist, explore trails through breath-taking natural scenery and characteristic flora and fauna, to the ancient lava fields. Relax in the revitalising waters of the nearby Titokú Hot Springs before transferring to Monteverde and a 3-night stay at the amazing El Establo Mountain Hotel, Monteverde.

Day 5 - Monteverde Coffee Tour

Costa Rica is world-famous for its coffee, and today learn about coffee from the experts on this half-day tour. Experience every stage of coffee farming and processing, from seed germination to farming, harvesting, processing and roasting. Enjoy (of course!) delicious coffee, and a traditional lunch with food prepared with fresh ingredients grown on the farm. Enjoy time at leisure.

Day 6 - Monteverde Sky Walk and Sky Tram

Take the guided Sky Walk tour, which combines trails and suspension bridges above the canopy of Monteverde cloud forest. Learn about the amazing flora and fauna of the area from a knowledgeable guide. Then embark the Sky Tram and experience this high technology cableway from your specially designed gondola. Venture up to the Continental Divide, 1400-1600 metres above sea level, and to one of the highest mountains of Monteverde. Enjoy short stops along the way to observe the cloud forest biodiversity, the Arenal, Tenorio, Miravalles and Rincón de la Vieja volcanoes, the Nicoya gulf, and the distant Guanacaste plain.

Day 7 - Board Star Clipper

Transfer from Monteverde to Puerto Caldera for a 7-night sailing cruise on board Star Clipper. Settle into your comfortable cabin and enjoy a romantic Sailaway.

Day 8 - Quepos (Costa Rica)

The beautiful harbour town of Quepos is renowned for its big-sport game fishing, watersports and sublime beaches, as well as being the gateway to Manuel Antonio National Park, home to an array of flora and fauna.

Day 9 - Day at Sea

Enjoy the facilities of Star Clipper on a relaxing day at sea.

Day 10 - San Juan del Mar (Nicaragua)

This colourful beach-side town is renowned for its laid-back surfing vibes and is the ideal place to enjoy some quality beach time. A massive contemporary Christ of the Mercy statue overlooks the town, and nearby olive ridley sea turtles breed at La Flor Nature Reserve.

Day 11 - Playa Nacascolo and Bahia Culebra (Costa Rica)

Playa Nacascolo is a beautiful, off-the-beaten-track beach hidden in Costa Rica’s stunning Papagayo Peninsula, complete with crystal clear waters and playful monkeys. Enjoy the bars and restaurants in Bahia Culebra, with its world-class beaches

Day 12 - Bahia Potrero

Explore the three picturesque seaside villages of Flamingo, Surfside and Potrero. There is an idyllic beach with calm waters for a relaxing swim or a long stroll along this exquisite Pacific coastline.

Day 13 - Isla Tortuga

Isla Tortuga is widely regarded as the most beautiful island in Costa Rica. With giant coconut palms framing powder soft white sand beaches, lapped by crystal clear turquoise waters, this really is a tropical paradise. You can also play beach volleyball, rent a kayak, swim, or even take a trip in a glass-bottom boat. If you are feeling adventurous you can ride the zip line as part of a canopy tour.

Day 14 - Puerto Caldera

Disembark Star Clipper and transfer to the 5* Studio Hotel Boutique in San José for an overnight stay. Enjoy a city tour of San José, with a visit to the subterranean Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, which boasts one of the largest collections of gold artifacts in Latin America. These ancient objects chronicle the history of the tribal peoples and civilisations that once inhabited the country. Finish with a visit to Mercado Central, a bustling market where you can sample local traditional food and pick up some souvenirs.

Day 15 - San José (Costa Rica) - UK

Enjoy the hotel facilities with a day room before transferring to the airport for the return flight to London Gatwick.

Day 16 - Arrive UK

Arrive back in the UK.

The Captain reserves the right to alter the itinerary to suit wind and weather conditions.

Price Includes

  • 7-night full board sailing cruise on Star Clipper
  • 7-night escorted tour of Costa Rica including:
  • - 2-night stay at the 5* Studio Hotel Boutique, San José (1 night pre-cruise, 1 night post-cruise) on B&B basis
  • - 2-night stay at the Arenal Kioro Suites and Spa, Arenal on B&B basis
  • - 3-night stay at the El Establo Mountain Hotel, Monteverde on B&B basis
  • - Guided excursions throughout with all entrance fees and transfers
  • Return direct flights from London Gatwick to San José
  • All overseas transfers
  • Fully escorted from the UK
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2023 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

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  • Port charges: £135pp
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