Costa Rica by Kayak | Adventure Unbound

Venture into Costa Rica’s boundless paradise of lush rainforests, white sand beaches and glassy waters on this active adventure. An ecotourism tour de force, Costa Rica offers a tropical paradise where howler monkeys swing through the rainforest and toucans paint the sky. Kayak Golfo Dulce and keep an eye out for bottle-nosed dolphins, olive ridley turtles and possibly humpback whales. Snorkel and paddle Rio Esquinas in search of the elusive mangrove tree boas. Hike along tropical forest trails, kayak through glistening Caribbean waves and relax on a secluded jungle terrace overlooking the ocean below. As you explore, enjoy the ideal balance between adventure and relaxation, excitement and luxury. Get a taste of Pura Vida with Costa Rica Unbound.  

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Day 1

Arrive San Jose 
Meet our local representative as you step out of the Juan Santa Maria International Airport for a transfer to Parque del Lago Boutique Hotel, which offers the best location in the capital city. Only 20 minutes from the Juan Santamaria International Airport, 10 minutes from downtown San Jose, and easy access to highways that leads to the country's main tourist attractions. Located near the Parque Metropolitano La Sabana, a 72 acre urban forest of green areas where you can practice multiple sports. 

ACCOMMODATION : Parque Del Lago Boutique Hotel (Standard Room)

Day 2

San Jose South Pacific Area to Golfo Dulce  
Morning departure for the approximately 40 minute flight to Puerto Jimenez. Upon arrival, drive approximately for one hour to Mogos area, where you’ll hike for approximately 30 minutes to the put-in.  
Today you will kayak approximately 5 miles (~2 hours) until reaching Saladero Lodge. The route today offers possibilities to encounter Pantropical Spotted Dolphins, Bottlenosed Dolphins, Olive Ridley Turtles, Sea Snakes, and Humpback Whales (depending on the season). When you move close to the coast, there are also chances to see Howler and White-faced Monkeys, and Scarlet Macaws fly overhead quite often.  
Kayaks are expedition sit-in kayaks, and there will always be a boat escorting the kayaks along the way.   

ACCOMMODATION : Camping at Saladero Eco Lodge
MEALS INCLUDED : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3

 Kayaking at Golfo Dulce Area  

Begin the day with a morning nature walk, then spend the day kayaking and snorkeling through the mangrove of Rio Esquinas. Paddle along the shore and enter the Rio Esquinas to explore the beautiful mangroves, look for wildlife, and find the secretive Mangrove Tree Boa. The group might also choose to paddle along the shore for a few minutes to approach some rocky reefs that are quite interesting for snorkeling. Kayaking today will be approximately 2.5 miles

ACCOMMODATION : Camping at Saladero Eco Lodge

Day 4

 Golfo Dulce Area, Manuel Antonio 

After an early breakfast. Depart for a magnificent gulf crossing. You will begin paddling from Saladero Camp and venture on the gulf to reach Playa Blanca, with a total kayaking distance today of 8 miles.  There will be excellent chances to see dolphins, turtles, and sea birds. Upon arrival to Playitas, depart for an approximately 3-hour drive to Manuel Antonio, to hotel Si Como No, your home for the next 3 nights. This boutique hotel sits atop one of the most idyllic hillsides in Manuel Antonio. The resort’s lush jungle terraces and brilliantly vivid gardens overlook the sparkling ocean just above world-renown Manuel Antonio National Park. 


ACCOMMODATION : Si Como No (Deluxe Room)
MEALS INCLUDED : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5

Manuel Antonio, Hike from Quepos to Manuel Antonio 

Starting in the town of Quepos, join a local guide for a hike on a coastal and tropical forest trail known by very few locals in the area. This is an old remote trail that connects Quepos with Manuel Antonio. Hike up and down hills in steep terrain and through beautiful beaches, while enjoying stunning ocean views as you walk along. This is the perfect alternative to avoid the crowds of Manuel Antonio National Park. 
This activity is suitable for anyone in good physical condition that participates in outdoor activities on regular basis. A picnic lunch will be served along the way.  
Note: Transportation and guided hiking tour from Quepos to Manuel Antonio may be shared with other guests. 

ACCOMMODATION : Si Como No (Deluxe Room)
MEALS INCLUDED : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6

Manuel Antonio Ocean Kayak 

Today we will guide you on a journey in the open sea water to see different landscapes along the beautiful Costa Rican Pacific coastline. Rowing while sitting on a kayak in the middle of the ocean will give you the opportunity to witness the miracle of life, both at water surface as well as underneath it, since you’ll have the chance to see flying fish, turtles, flocks of birds, and even pelicans.  

Note: Transportation and kayaking activity may be shared with other guests. 

ACCOMMODATION : Si Como No (Deluxe Room)
MEALS INCLUDED : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7


Drive approximately 3 ½ hours or fly 25 minutes from Quepos to Juan Santamaria Airport, arriving three hours before your international flight back home. 


Dates & Rates

Supplementary Information

Year round departures offered for 2 or more people 

Tier Pricing: 

2 People            Prices starting at $4385 per person                     
3 PeoplePrices starting at $3,470 per person
4 PeoplePrices starting at $2,875 per person
5 PeoplePrices starting at $2,710 per person
6 PeoplePrices starting at $2,525 per person
7 PeoplePrices starting at $2,525 per person
8 People    Prices starting at $2,350 per person


Single Supplement: $563

•    Private transportation and guide for the first 6 days of the trip (Rincon de La Vieja and Arenal) 
•    All meals as outlined in the itinerary
•    Equipment needed for all included activities
•    Local fees and taxes
•    Full service of our Adventure Consultants

Not Included: 
•    Airfare to and from Costa Rica
•    Departure Tax ($29)
•    Meals not specified on the itinerary
•    Alcoholic beverages
•    Gratuities
•    Items of a personal nature

FAQ & More

What language do they speak in Costa Rica?

Spanish is the official language in Costa Rica. Because Tourism is one of the principal industries in the country, today many ticos speak English as well. If you feel like using your Spanish while traveling, go ahead! Ticos love to practice Spanish with visitors. It doesn't matter if it is poor or very good, just give it a try and add more words to your Spanish vocabulary.

How much and what type of currency should I bring?

The Costa Rica National currency is the colon. Credit cards (VISA - MASTER CARD) are widely accepted. US dollars are accepted in almost every part of the country. It is always good to take at least $300 per person, in case of any emergency, as well as for souvenirs and tipping.

What type of weather can I expect?

Costa Rica is a tropical country situated between 8 and 11 degrees above the equator. It has only two seasons: dry and green. The dry season runs between late December and April and the green or rainy season lasts the rest of the year May through November, and still offers sunny mornings. The Caribbean coast stays green all year round due to the humidity. Average temperature ranges in San Jose are from 57 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit in December to 63 to 81 ° F in May. The coasts are much hotter, with the Caribbean averaging 70° F at night and over 86° F during the day. The Pacific side is a few degrees warmer still, but due to a lower humidity it tends to be more comfortable.

Do I need a passport to travel to Costa Rica?

U.S. Citizens traveling to Central America are required to carry a valid U.S. passport. Your passport must also be valid for six months after your return date from Central America to the U.S. If you are not a U.S. Citizen, contact the embassy, consulate or national airline of the country you are traveling to for entry requirements.

What type of food will I eat?

Wherever you go in Costa Rica, the abundance of fresh fruit, vegetables and grains will make of your meal a "must to eat it all experience". Many people think the cooking is like the way Mexican people cook, the answer is No. The ingredients we use are similar but the difference is that in a Costa Rican meal, rather than a spicy/ hot flavor, the food has the freshness of all of the ingredients in each bite. The Typical Costa Rican breakfast is called "Gallo Pinto". A mixture of rice and beans, cilantro and spices will be always on any menu in the country. Beef, chicken and seafood are also part of the Tico's diet.

What type of tipping is recommended?

•    13% tax and 10% gratuity are already added to restaurant bills. 
•    $1 per bag at check-in and check-out and for bellboys. 
•    $5.00 - $15.00 per person, per day for guides. 
•    $3.00 - $5.00 for drivers, transfer guides and river guides per person, per day 
•    $1.00 - $2.00 per night for housekeeping personal. 

For example, for a 4-day trip with a private driver and guide for two people, an average tip would be $80 for the guide, and $40 for the driver.

What is the departure tax?

A $29.00 departure tax has to be paid when leaving the country. Before your check- in process, go to the bank counter inside the airport and pay the fee; the amount could be paid by cash / credit card. Complete the form on the back of the document and present it at the airline counter. You can also request the operator in Costa Rica to do this beforehand for you, you just need to provide copy of the passports and pay $2 extra per person.

How do I know when my pick up times will be?

Estimated pick up times are indicated in your itinerary. Please note that sometimes, the final confirmation for the pickup time might not match the one you have in your itinerary, as in certain occasions is necessary to change it due to bad traffic, or other type of situation that might affect that specific logistic. The pickup times have been scheduled based on avoiding rush hours, with extra cushion for any delay along the road, stops for lunch etc. If you decide to make any changes to the pickup times scheduled, it would be under your responsibility.

Are there luggage requirements for domestic flights and small boats?

There is a 40 lb. per person baggage weight limit for transportation on domestic airline flights and small boat trips within your itinerary, though you are allowed one small carry-on and a small personal purse, or camera bag. The airline and boat operators enforce these limitations on your checked baggage for safety reasons. If you have extra luggage, you can leave it behind with the operator, and on the way back from that portion of the trip you will get it back. Please let us know before hand so we can coordinate are traveling to for entry requirements.

What should I pack?

When you book your reservation you will receive a full packing list with your reservation materials? 

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