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Pam's Coast to Coast Itinerary
Pam's trip included:
- Three nights with a triple room at the Dunn Inn, San Jose
- One night at the Rio Colorado Lodge with all meals and open bar, Caribbean Coast
- Three nights with a triple room at Los Lagos with breakfast included, Arenal Volcano
- Five nights with a triple room at the Diria Hotel with breakfast included, Pacific Coast
- One day of tarpon fishing at Rio Colorado Lodge
- One day of bass fishing on Lake Arenal, lunch and beverages included
- Two days of deep-sea fishing on the Pacific Coast
- Canopy Tour
- One day of white water rafting, lunch and breakfast included
- Private tour with van and driver to orchid gardens and Irazu Volcano
- In-country airfare between San Jose and Barra Colorado and San Jose and Tamarindo transfers
- Ground transfers
- Boat and van transfers
- All taxes (except $26 Costa Rica Departure Tax)
- Total travelers: 3
- Total cost: $7923.00
Day 1 - Welcome to Costa Rica!: We were met promptly at the airport by Costa Rica Outdoors and taken to the cozy Hotel Dunn Inn in San Jose.
Day 2 - Caribbean Coast: In the morning we were transferred to the airport for a 30-minute flight to Barra Colorado on the northern Caribbean coast. Breakfast was ready and our boat was rigged and waiting. We fished all day on a 23-foot center console with a great guide, only stopping to eat lunch at the lodge. All our meals, lodging, open bar and fishing licenses were included and the hospitality was wonderful.
Day 3 - Arenal Volcano: Howler monkeys in the surrounding jungle were our alarm clock and after breakfast we headed up the Colorado River to the San Juan River that forms the border between Costa Rica and Nicaragua. Our passports were stamped with a Nicaraguan visa before heading down the Sarapiqui River. We saw a lot of wildlife including monkeys, a sloth, crocodiles and exotic birds. We were met by a van at Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui and driven to the San Carlos Valley, where we checked into Los Lagos Lodge at the foot of the famous Arenal volcano. The hotel was part of a ranch that sprawls over more than 2,000 acres and has been owned for generations by the same Tico family. The area was absolutely beautiful!
Day 4 - Bass Fishing: We fished all day for rainbow bass on spectacular Lake Arenal. They were beautiful fish with feathered dorsal and caudal fins, sharp teeth and colored in rainbow hues of rose, blue and green.
Day 5 - Canopy Tour: Another amazing day! We took a canopy tour of the surrounding rainforest that gave us an otherwise unattainable view of this vibrant ecosystem. We still had time in the afternoon for hot springs, horseback riding, or a tour of the La Fortuna waterfalls.
Day 6 - Pacific Coast: In the morning we were picked up by a shuttle for the scenic drive to Tamarindo on the northern Pacific coast that we knew to be the peak spot for sails, marlin, tuna, and dorado late in the year. We were dropped off at the impressive Tamarindo Diria Hotel, right on the beach with a restaurant, bar, casino and pool. Our afternoon was free for the beach, snorkeling, surfing, or just being lazy.
Days 7 and 8 - Deep Sea Fishing: We fished both days on a 32-foot charter boat, fully rigged with tower, electronics, and professional quality tackle. We jumped a couple marlin, bagged a tuna and raised more sailfish than we could handle!
Days 9 and 10 - Free Days: These two days were free and after two days of deep-sea fishing, it was just what we needed!
Day 11 - Central Valley Tour: In the morning we caught a flight back to San Jose where we were met at the airport by a van and bilingual guide for a private tour of the highland cloud forest ringing Irazu Volcano with it's famous emerald green lakes. We also visited the Lankester Orchid Gardens, said to have the world's largest collection of orchids.
Day 13 - Departure: We were picked up at the hotel and transferred to the airport for our flight home.
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