Austin Adventures - Costa Rica Stamp - Costa Rica Vacation
  • 8 days 7 nights
  • Next Departure: Call (800) 575-1540
  • From $3,598 / person
  • (Varies single supplement)

 Life is Good | Costa Rica Manuel Antonio to Punta Islita

Live pura vida with Austin Adventures and Life is Good! In Costa Rica, pura vida, or “pure life”, isn’t just an expression, it’s a way of life that dismisses worries, and opens a person up to a relaxed, simple way of being. Leave your worries behind as we whisk you off to Pacific beachside bliss. Explore one of the world’s most beautiful national parks, spotting monkeys, sloths, and iguanas. Raft the pristine waters of the Savegre River, cooling offLife is good, Costa Rica with a peaceful swim between rapids. Learn to cook traditional Costa Rican dishes, or simply soak in the paradise from your beach chair, cocktail in hand, under the shade of a palm tree at Punta Islita. This beach-centric adventure will have you sighing “pura vida” as you truly discover the meaning of “Life is Good”.



  • Latin America Vacations
  • Hiking
  • Paddling/Rafting

Activity Level: Moderately Easy (2)

This Tour
Costa Rica is a paradise almost too good to be true! With almost 25% of the landscape preserved through a system of national parks and preserves, this tiny country is big on diversity. Our Life is Good Costa Rica vacation explores the country’s diversity by putting you in the middle of it. Explore the nocturnal world on a night hike through Fincas Naturales Wildlife Refuge, watching for creatures like armadillo and kinkajou. Relax on the cream-colored beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park, listening to the calls of howler monkeys. Cool off in swimming holes and under tropical waterfalls while rafting down the Savegre River. Center yourself with a private yoga class at your luxury accommodation before heading off to learn traditional Costa Rican cooking or mixing Costa Rican cocktails. Pura vida.
  • Discover the beautiful grounds of Xandari Resort, a hidden gem on the outskirts of San Jose, featuring an onsite forest reserve, miles of walking paths, incredible landscaped gardens and an orchid farm
  • Feel the sand between your toes as you stroll along the postcard-perfect beaches of Manual Antonio National Park
  • Keep a watchful eye out for Costa Rican wildlife like Capuchin Monkeys, Spider Monkeys, Sloths, Black Iguanas, and Agoutis
  • Paddle the class II and III rapids of the pristine Savegre River, stopping every so often to cannonball into the perfect swimming hole
  • Opt for a horseback ride on the beach or a forest canopy zip line tour at your all-inclusive accommodation located on Guanacaste's secluded Pacific coastline
  • Sip a guaro sour in Punta Islita's infinity-edge freshwater pool, reflecting on the fact that "Life is Good"
Beautiful Costa Rican Beach
Photo: Beautiful Costa Rican Beach

Overall I really enjoyed the trip, the activities were fun and the guides were very knowledgeable.

Jody M. Burlingame, CA

Very fun trip. The beaches were beautiful and the food was great. The guides really made the trip memorable and we will be traveling with Austin Adventures again very soon!

Chuck H. Glen Elyn, IL

BEST TRIP EVER! Amazing! The guides were amazing and the food was great, Couldn't suggest a better company to travel with.

Brian H. St. Louis, MO

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Tour Itinerary

8 days 7 nights

San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO)

Day 1: San José
LIG costa rica
Overnight: Xandari Resort
Arrive at the San José International Airport and transfer approximately 20 minutes to your hotel for the evening • Once you arrive, there will be a brief orientation before you are free to settle in and relax • Enjoy a farm-to-table dinner on your own tonight at Xandari’s Terrace Restaurant
Day 2: San José / Quepos / Fincas Naturales Wildlife Refuge
Life is Good
Meals Included:  B,L,D
This morning, head out to explore Xandari’s beautiful grounds with your guide • Xandari is truly a hidden gem just outside the city and the property features a forest reserve with five waterfalls and miles of trails for birdwatching, landscaped gardens, an orchid house and a farm • After a pleasant morning at your hotel, begin your transfer to the beach town of Quepos (approx.3 hours plus stops) • Along the way, we’ll eat at a typical Costa Rican restaurant for lunch • Check-in to your accommodation, Si Como No and relax poolside for the afternoon • At nightfall, we embark on a twohour jungle hike at Fincas Naturales Wildlife Refuge where we will explore a nocturnal tropical wet forest • Keep an eye out for more than 30 nocturnal species including kinkajou, armadillo or even…snakes! • Tonight, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant
Day 3: Quepos / Manuel Antonio National Park
Life is good
Meals Included:  B,L,D
After breakfast, we shuttle a short distance to one of our favorite national parks: Manuel Antonio • In 2011 Forbes Magazine compiled a list of the twelve most beautiful national parks from among nearly 7000 parks around the world • Manuel Antonio was included in the list of twelve top parks for its gorgeous cream colored beach, lush forest growing to the beach edge, abundant wildlife, warm pacific waters, easy forest trails and scenic ocean overlooks • Walking the park trails you will likely encounter a variety of wildlife including squirrel monkeys, capuchin monkeys, sloths, black iguanas and agoutis • We’ll enjoy lunch at a nearby restaurant and spend some downtime at the hotel in the afternoon • At sunset, we’ll head to Ronny’s Place to enjoy their famous white wine-and-vodka sangria and aperitifs, looking at incredible views as the sun sinks over the ocean horizon • Tonight’s dinner will be at a local restaurant
Day 4: Quepos / Savegre River
Meals Included:  B,L,D
Overnight: Si Como No
Today, we enjoy an exciting rafting trip down the Savegre River, one of the most pristine rivers in the country featuring class II and III rapids perfect for adventure seekers • This full day adventure includes a four-wheel drive journey on backroads to a very remote area where you will enter the Rio Savegre’s meandering waters • Along the journey, we stop at great swimming holes and cascading waterfalls • Keep an eye along the riverbanks for commonly seen birds such as osprey, egrets, parrots, toucans and much more • Lunch will be eaten along the river and dinner tonight is back at the hotel
Day 5: Quepos / Punta Islita
Life is good
Meals Included:  B
Overnight: Punta Islita
Wake your body up today with a private morning yoga class • Enjoy lunch in town before a short transfer to the Quepos Airport • Wave goodbye to Manuel Antonio as your private charter flight takes you to Punta Islita (approx. 50 minute flight) • Upon arrival at Punta Islita airstrip, transfer to your accommodation for the next three nights, Hotel Punta Islita • This unique and authentic hotel’s incredible natural setting and 300 acre property provide endless opportunities for everything from soft-paced adventure to intense adrenaline activities • Spend the next several days exploring the property and its host of activities, relaxing at the one-of-a-kind infinity pool or heading down to the coast to catch some beach time
Day 6&7: Punta Islita
Beautiful Costa Rican Beach
Meals Included:  B
Overnight: Punta Islita
Spend the next several days on your own at Punta Islita, taking advantage of an incredible array of activities • Punta Islita’s signature Authentic Costa Rica program includes complimentary ecoadventures, cultural activities and learning sessions that make your stay fun, meaningful and unforgettable • Soar through the forest canopy on a zipline tour, horseback ride on the beach or take a guided dawn or dusk hike on the lookout for wildlife • Take a traditional Tico cooking class or get the lowdown on Costa Rican cocktail mixology from an expert bartender • Catch some rays at the secluded beach and swim in the gentle ocean surf • Head down to the onsite golf course to work on your swing, or just kick back at one of the most beautiful infinity pools, complete with swim-up cocktail bar, in Costa Rica • Whatever you choose to do for the next several days is up to you!
Day 8: Punta Islita / Liberia
costa rica beach
Meals Included:  B
A private shuttle will take you from the hotel to Liberia International Airport for your flight home (approx. 2.5 hours) *Trip itineraries are subject to change without notice due to road, weather and other factors outside of our control, for the safety and enjoyment of our guests, as deemed necessary and appropriate by Austin Adventures
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  • 8 days 7 nights
  • Next Departure: Call (800) 575-1540
  • From $3,598 / person
  • (Varies single supplement)

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Additional Trip Information

Your trip begins with your arrival in San José at Costa Rica’s Juan Santamaría International Airport. After passing through Immigration, take the right hand side exit door and look for the Sun Tours representative who will direct you to customs. When you leave the building after clearing customs, look for a Sun Tours representative, who will be holding a sign that says “Costa Rica Sun Tours” with your name on it. Your guide will take you to Xandari Resort. Your trip ends with a drop-off at the Liberia airport three hours prior to your flight departure.
  • Hiking: Guided 1 to 3 mile hikes through rainforest and along the beach, during the day and at night.
  • Whitewater Rafting: Class I to III rapids on Savegre River, no experience necessary. A professional guide will provide instruction. Swimming opportunities available.
  • Options at Punta Islita: Brisk Morning Hike, Bird Watching Hike, Monkey Quest Hike, Dusk Hike, Horseback Riding, Zip Line Canopy, Yoga, Tico Cooking, Cocktail Mixing, Golf Short Game, Golf Clinic, Beach Painting, Driving Range, Pick up Soccer, Candle Art and Keychain Making.
The hallmark of an Austin Adventures vacation is our exceptional dining. All meals are included as indicated by itinerary. (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner). Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities are not included in the trip price.
Included in Trip Price
  • Double occupancy rooms with private baths.
  • All meals as listed in itinerary: B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner.
  •  Fully trained, first-aid certified professional guides and knowledgeable local partners.
  • Any necessary equipment – all safe and well maintained.
  • Vehicle support and land transportation during the trip
  • Domestic flight from Quepos to Punta Islita.
  • Austin Adventures T-shirt, water bottle, luggage tags and luggage service.
  • Pre-departure and packing information.
  • Incidental expenses such as taxes, dining and housekeeping gratuities, local partner and expert gratuities and national park entrance and permit fees.
Not Included in Trip Price
  • Gratuities to Austin Adventures guides.
  • Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities.
  • Dinner on Night 1.
  • Extra activities not designated in itinerary.
  • Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses.
  • Air and land transportation to/from host cities.
  • All types of personal insurance.
  • Personal expenses.
With over 20-years of experience in the adventure travel industry, we've perfected the recipe for crafting award-winning small group trips and custom itineraries on all seven continents. On every departure, we aim to exceed your expectations with best-in-class service, expert guides and the finest in regional cuisine and accommodations. From first-time travelers to seasoned alumni, our guests agree that on each Austin Adventures journey , the hardest part truly is going home. We're happy to share that 99.26% of these travelers say they'd join us again...and again...and again. But don't take our word for it. Our guests say it best:
Planned down to every last detail- Meticulous! Our guide was superb! ” Anna G., Charlotte, NC
We all enjoyed the trip immensely. Everything perfectly arranged and timed. ” Lorraine S., Saritoga, NY
Well organized, always helpful. ” Chuck H., Danbury, CT
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A few more reasons why you've gotta go:
  • 1. Monkeys: They're everywhere! There's nothing quite like seeing (or hearing) one leap from tree to tree right above your head.
  • 2. Butterflies: Learn about the life-cycle of nearly 1,000 species of butterflies.
  • 3. Kick-back time: Get swept away in tropical bliss as you swim in the clear waters of a refreshing waterfall or walk in the surf along a white-sand beach.
  • 4. Birds of a feather: Home to 893 recorded bird species, Costa Rica is a birder's paradise!
  • 5. In-the-field expertise: From sharing regional folklore to orchestrating seamless group dynamics, our guides keep their eyes on the details, ensuring that the hardest part of your vacation truly is going home.

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