From rapids, rivers, and rainforests, to active volcanos and private coastal beaches, Costa Rica’s awe-inspiring landscape and abundance of activities will leave you breathless. Because there is so much to do and see, exploring this wanderlust-inspiring country requires some preparation. Having a well-organized itinerary for the duration of your stay will leave you with the freedom to simply relax, unwind, and take it all in.
So, if you’re ready to explore, indulge, and adventure through the best that Costa Rica has to offer, this 9-day Costa Rica Luxury Adventure is for you!
The breathtaking view from your truly unique accommodations. (Photo: Nayara Gardens)
This itinerary features several luxury components. For starters, you’ll receive private transfers to all locations and activities, chauffeured by your very own driver in your own private vehicle.
At each luxury stay, you’ll be guided to exclusive accommodations, ranging from acclaimed Relais & Chateaux properties to hidden retreats perched upon a private beach. In addition, you’ll be welcomed with infinity pools, gourmet cuisine, and spa treatment upgrades, among other luxurious amenities.
Lastly, if it couldn’t get any more luxurious, you’ll have the option to upgrade to an ultra-VIP experience. Chartered flights? No problem. Private helicopter rides? Check.
Optional upgrades include switching river rafting for a bird’s-eye-view of the rainforest in a private helicopter transfer. (Photo: Pacuare Lodge)
If you’re ready to check off the best that Costa Rica has to offer from your list, keep reading! This is the ultimate 9-day travel itinerary to magical Costa Rica:
Day 1: Arrive in San Jose
Your luxury exploration will begin in San Jose, the vibrant capital of Costa Rica. Here, you’ll be resting your head at Grano De Oro Hotel, a converted tropical Victorian mansion and one of the top hotels in all Central America & the Caribbean. San Jose is a bustling city, so be sure to take some time on day one to embrace the culture around you.
Day 2-3: River rafting on Pacuare River
On day two, you’ll take a VIP rafting transport to the Pacuare River where you’ll be staying in Pacuare Lodge, a luxury eco-hotel perched in the middle of a beautiful rainforest location only accessible by raft, 4x4 vehicle, or helicopter. Talk about privacy! Over the next couple of days, while you live in lavish luxury, you’ll have the opportunity to go white-water river rafting along the nearby 108km stretch of the Pacuare River.
The perfect blend of relaxation and adventure. (Photo: Arenal Springs)
Day 4-5: Visit Arenal Volcano
On day four, you’ll arrive in fashion at Nayara Gardens Hotel, a Relais & Chateaux property near Arenal Volcano National Park. Here you’ll take in the views of the awe-inspiring volcano from the comfort of your own room and you’ll have the luxury of bathing in hot springs, standing beneath waterfalls you’ve repelled into, zip-lining, and even taking a romantic ride on a gondola. The on-site restaurants at Nayara contribute to a truly Epicurean adventure.
Day 6-8: Relax on the beach & snorkel in the Gulf of Papagayo
For the grand finale to your exclusive Costa Rica adventure, you’ll have the pleasure of being a guest at Kasiiya Papagayo Retreat, a rustic 5-star private beach resort. Now is your chance to truly unwind, take in your magnificent natural surroundings, and bask in the wilderness, catching sightings of monkeys, iguanas, and even tropical birds. Oh, and if being active is your forte, don’t be afraid to go snorkeling or stand-up paddle boarding along the Gulf of Papagayo … who knows what you’ll find!
Picture yourself here, in tented opulence, with an ocean view and unrivalled service. (Photo: Kasiiya Papagayo Retreat)
If you’re looking to get off the beaten path and onto one of VIP treatment, exclusive access, and luxurious services, this is the ideal exclusive Costa Rica itinerary for you!
With marvelous accommodations throughout, incredible activities suitable for the whole family, and privacy like no other for you and the romantic partner in your life, you’ll surely leave no regrets on the table during this trip of a lifetime in beautiful Costa Rica.
If this exclusive 9-Day Costa Rica Luxury Adventure piques your interest, contact a Destination Expert straight away to start customizing your next expedition. Don’t forget, our itineraries are fully customizable, so why not tack on a visit to Panama or Guatemala for a well-rounded Central America travel experience? Cheers to endless memories! Header photo courtesy of Relais & Chateaux, Nayara Gardens.