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Costa Rica

CELEBRATE

The world’s greatest eco-friendly destination at remote luxury lodges

ENERGIZE

By jungle and by sea, by horse and by foot, yoga and surfing, zip lining and kayaking

RELAX

On secluded beaches and in treehouse-style jungle bungalows with oceanside decks

Why Costa Rica

Costa Rica’s thoughtful approach to nature and wildlife has served as the world model for ecotourism for decades. Tropical rainforests pulsate with wildlife, unblemished remote beaches bask in the sun's glow, a freshly made cup of the local coffee beans tastes absolutely unforgettable. Costa Rica is pura vida, the one and only 'pure life.'

Moments That Matter

Jungle, volcanoes, white-sand beaches—see it all up-close, as you zip line over jungle canyons, or ride horses through cloud forests to secluded waterfalls. Soak in private thermo-mineral springs near our eco-lodges, and tube past rock-walled canyons on wild white-water rivers. And of course, take the opportunity to sip sunset cocktails in beachside luxury and on private jungle decks. Costa Rica is the adventure you judge all others by.

Your Private Experience

Who It’s For

A luxurious couples getaway, a friend reunion, a family-fun adventure. Our Costa Rican adventure can accommodate all kinds of travelers.

When to Travel

The best time to visit is December thru April when the dry season gives way to sun-kissed beaches and warm weather. Many hotels shut down completely in the rainy season, August thru October.

Make It Yours

Romantic beachy retreat? Health and wellness adventure meet-up? Family holiday? We’ll adjust our Costa Rica itinerary to suit your needs and interests, and make it the trip you’ve always dreamed of.

Itinerary Highlights

The flow and focus of the trip are up to you, with options geared toward health and wellness, sustainability and family fun. Use our itinerary as a jumping-off point.

Day 1

From San José we’ll bring you straight into the rainforest, looking up to the smoldering purplish cone-crater of Arenal, the country’s most famous volcano. Get acquainted with Arenal on a unique forest hike, listening for howler monkeys and traversing 14 waterfall-adjacent bridges spanning the forest canopy.

  • Private transfer from San José to La Fortuna
  • Nature hike around Arenal Volcano

Day 2

Ride a sky tram up into the mountains, then zip line your way through the jungle over eight lines—sometimes 600 feet above the ground!—taking in volcano views as you go. Celebrate your aerial adventures back on ground at an organic chocolate farm, with a private tour that includes grinding and tasting local organic beans. In the afternoon explore the area’s hot springs, including the hotel’s own springs, or simply relax poolside with unforgettable volcano views.

  • Jungle zip-line tour
  • Organic chocolate farm tour
  • Hot springs visit

Day 3

After breakfast get ready for a thrilling float on the Corobici River, where you’ll take a (mostly gentle) ride, looking out for tropical wildlife as you squeeze through curving slot canyons draped in tropical trees and vines. Next stop is Rincón de la Vieja national park. This is geyser country, so coat yourselves in volcanic mud—great for its restorative powers, or at least a memorable photo or two. Afterwards, kick back in the hotel pool, or take hikes through its 570 acres, filled with wildlife and three waterfalls.

  • Private transfer to Guanacaste
  • River rafting and picnic lunch
  • Relax at hotel and explore nearby trails

Day 4

Today you’ll explore Costa Rica’s cowboy country at a working ranch. Hike a trail past boiling mud pots as toucans and monkeys play in the laurel and guanacaste trees. Look out for more elusive sloths and maybe even a jaguar. Follow the steep steps leading down to the stunning Oropendola waterfall, a narrow cascade tumbling into a very tight pocket canyon. Jump right in its gorgeous blue-green waters and take in the falls’ spray, then ride back to your vehicle—like any true sabaneroby horse.

  • Waterfall hike and swimming
  • Jungle horseback ride
  • Afternoon relaxation or exploration

Day 5

You’re beach bound today! We’ll transfer you to the beach of Playa Hermosa, on the 1,400-acre Papagayo Peninsula and what GQ magazine calls “Costa Rica’s best-kept beach secret.” You’ll immediately see why, with the dozen or so miles of gorgeous sandy coast outside your new abode, which feels like a private beach house on the world’s most stunning stretch of sand.

  • Private transfer to Playa Hermosa
  • Hiking and swimming at Sensoria 
  • Relax on the beach

Day 6

The Pacific’s blue waves are yours! It’s the perfect place to snorkel, surf or just kick back in the sun on the beach’s dozen miles of sandy shoreline. Meet up in the afternoon for a private catamaran bay tour, surf lesson, snorkeling and an epic sunset. Dinner is a private banquet of freshly caught seafood.

  • Beach time
  • Private catamaran sail
  • Surfing & snorkeling
  • Private beachside dinner

Day 7

After breakfast, transfer back to San Jose or the nearby airport in Liberia, or extend your time with a few additional days on the beach. Or maybe a few days on the Osa Peninsula are calling you. Either way, Modern Adventure’s Costa Rica is unforgettable.

Where We Sleep

Bungalows on tropical mountainsides, spa hotels looking up to volcanoes, beachfront bungalows on the edge of jungle—stay in comfort and true luxury, with Costa Rica’s wild side just outside the door.

La Fortuna

You can’t get much closer to an active volcano than at our luxury resort outside La Fortuna. All of the roomy suites have wide windows and private decks to look out over the green rainforest rising before you to the misty, purplish peak of Arenal.

Rincon de la Vieja

This luxury bungalow resort spreads along a lush mountainscape on a 570-acre ranch. Jungle trails, three waterfalls and endless opportunities to spot toucans, quetzals, sloths and monkeys.

Playa Hermosa

Papagayo Peninsula is one of Costa Rica’s most exclusive spots, and our hotel here feels more like checking into a private beach house. Palm trees press up onto the balcony of your room. When not relaxing on the nearby beach, lit by the golden sun, you can swing in a hammock or relax by the pool.

People Love MO/AD Private Departures

It was evident that everyone who had a hand in the planning truly wanted the trip to be special and memorable.
Debra B.
The properties were stunning!
Sharzad K.
Every person involved with leading and guiding was top notch—friendly, knowledgeable, fun, kind—it doesn’t get better.
Elizabeth Z.

FAQs

  1. How many people is this itinerary suitable for?

    Our private itinerary to Costa Rica is ideal for groups of four or more—you and friends, families, and multi-generational groups. For groups of six or more, an optional Modern Adventure local guide can be arranged.

  2. Can you curate an itinerary for a larger group?

    Yes, we can help you craft an unforgettable milestone celebration, for groups as large as 40 or more.

  3. What makes a MO/AD experience different?

    Our level of curation and care. We handle everything, overseeing your experience from beginning to end, with the highest levels of ownership and responsibility. We also support you each step of the way, with comprehensive trip materials and itineraries, detailed day-by-day options, insider destination info, gear recommendations, and 24/7 dedicated support.

  4. How far in advance should I plan my trip?

    Preferably three to six months in advance. We stay in unique, in-demand boutique and luxury hotels where advance reservations are important to secure the best accommodations possible.

  5. What is typically included?

    We curate your Modern Adventure to ensure the experiences are authentic and immersive, and included in your trip price. This includes all accommodations, local transport and airport transfers, private travel for all day trips and excursions, private tours with local guides and cultural experts, exclusive VIP access and activities, all breakfasts and some lunches and dinners.

  6. How much will it cost?

    Private Modern Adventures typically cost $750 to $1,500 per person, per day, and vary by time of year, number of people in your group, types of activities you prefer including private local guides and private transfers.

  7. What's not included?

    MO/AD Private Departures do not include roundtrip airfare to/from your destination, travel insurance, transportation to your trip’s starting point, hotel incidentals (including room service, laundry service and hotel bar tabs), and any activities or meals not included in your confirmed MO/AD itinerary.

  8. What deposits are required?

    After learning more about you, your interests and preferred style of travel, as well as your preferred travel dates, we will present you with a detailed itinerary including activities, internal flights, transport and accommodations. In order to check and confirm availability for your group, there is a $750 non-refundable deposit due. This will be applied to your final trip cost. 

    Your trip is guaranteed—and your dates secured—with a 25% non-refundable deposit. Many of our local partners, including our hotel and resort partners, require advance deposits to secure the best accommodations. The balance of your trip is due 30 days prior to travel.

  9. What travel documents are needed?

    US citizens do not require a visa to visit Costa Rica. Just bring a valid US passport. For citizens of other countries, please check with the Costa Rica Embassy or Consulate for information and requirements.