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CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA | San José, Caño Negro, Arenal Volcano National Park and Guanacaste | 7 Days / 6 Nights

Costa Rica

Adventurers rafting on the Sarapiquí River Mist surrounds the crater of the Arenal volcano Women dance in traditional Costa Rican costumes A butterfly rests on human hands A perfectly still monkey holds onto a vine in the rainforest A young woman is all smiles as she zip lines through the rain forest
Adventurers rafting on the Sarapiquí River
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Tackle the Sarapiquí River with a whitewater rafting excursion

Costa Rica

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Unveil the mysteries of nature at its most beautiful. Explore the scenic wonderland of this Central American paradise—boasting a verdant rainforest, breathtaking coastlines, rugged mountains, numerous waterways, active volcanoes and exotic wildlife.

COSTA RICA TRIP TIPSExpanded

  • Preparing for your AdventureExpanded

    • Required Travel DocumentationExpanded

      If you are a U. S. citizen, you will need a valid passport to enter Costa Rica and return to the United States.

      Your passport must be valid 6 months beyond your intended stay and have 1-2 blank pages remaining. Allow yourself sufficient time to have your application processed if you are applying for a new passport or renewing an expired passport. Refer to the U.S. Department of State for further details. As a general precaution, all travelers are advised to carry a photocopy of the photo/bio information page of their passport and keep it in a location separate from the passport.

      You do not need a visa to travel to Costa Rica.

      In addition, Guests 17 years of age or younger may be required to show additional documentation when traveling with a single parent.

      If you are not a U.S. citizen, please check with the Costa Rica Consulate for information on documentation requirements.

      Passport/Visa Services You can apply for a passport and/or visa through CIBT, Inc., a third party travel document company servicing the travel industry (not affiliated with the Walt Disney Company). Learn more or call CIBT at (800) 406-1523. Be sure to mention Adventures by Disney, account #55134, for special pricing options.
      PLEASE NOTE: Additional charges will apply for telephone calls made to access CIBT specialists.

    • What to PackExpanded

      Please limit your baggage to one piece of luggage per person plus one carry-on. With frequent security changes, we recommend that you check with your air carrier as well as the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for current restrictions.

      Since you will be visiting humid rainforests, attire for your adventure should be casual and comfortable, and you should bring at least one additional change of clothes per day. However, you may wish to don business casual attire for dinner. The following is a list of clothing and other items you may want to bring:

      Clothing
      •     T-shirts (both short- and long-sleeved)
      •     Collared shirts
      •     Jeans or long pants
      •     Casual dress/skirt (optional)
      •     Shorts
      •     Lightweight rain jacket
      •     Hat
      •     Swimsuits
      •     Sturdy-soled walking shoes
      •     Sandals
      •     Dark clothing needed for July-Sept turtle nesting season

      Miscellaneous
      •     Passport
      •     Medication
      •     Camera/video camera
      •     Sunglasses
      •     Sunscreen
      •     Umbrella
      •     Binoculars
      •     Toiletries
      •     Insect repellant

    • WeatherExpanded

      Typically, daytime temperatures in Costa Rica range from 75°F (24°C) to 80°F (27°C) while the evenings rarely get cooler than 60°F (15.5°C). In July and August, Guanacaste temperatures can range from 80°F (27°C) to 90°F (32°C) plus humidity. Due to tropical conditions, you should expect rain at some time each day.

    • Recommended ReadingExpanded

      Longitude Books offers great books and maps to help you get the most of out of your travel. For a selection of reading recommendations, prepared especially to enhance your Adventures by Disney vacation.

    • The Adventures by Disney Vacation Protection Plan Expanded

      Protect your vacation investment with coverage for trip cancellation and interruption, reimbursement for trip delays, medical protection, baggage protection and 24-hour assistance. This inclusive Travel Insurance offered by Adventures by Disney is underwritten by Arch Insurance Company—and is as easy as a phone call to learn more about and then purchase.


      Get details about the Adventures by Disney Vacation Protection Plan.

  • En RouteExpanded

    • Arrival/Departure InformationExpanded

      Upon arrival at Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO), follow airport signage to the Immigration/ Passport Control area. Once you have gone through Passport Control, follow additional airport signage directing you to the baggage claim. Collect your luggage, pass through the Customs control area and into the public Arrival area. Then look for a representative holding an orange Adventures by Disney sign. This representative will assist you with your luggage and escort you to the pre-arranged ground transportation to your hotel. At the conclusion of your adventure, you will be escorted to the Liberia International Airport for your return flight home.

      Day Airport Code Arrival/Departure Time
      Arrival 1 SJO Anytime
      Departure 8 LIR Anytime

  • During Your AdventureExpanded

    • CurrencyExpanded

      The unit of currency in Costa Rica is officially the Colón (CRC). U.S. dollars, however, are widely accepted and available at ATM machines. Most hotels and restaurants accept major credit cards or single-use debit cards in addition to travelers' checks.

    • GratuitiesExpanded

      Adventure Guide Gratuities
      Gratuities for your Adventure Guides are not included. Based on the quality of service you have received, we suggest the following gratuity guidelines. Please note that this is for each member of your traveling party, for each Adventure Guide and for each day.

      Per Adult/Child/Per Adventure Guide/Per Day: $8 - $11 USD

      Example:
      •  For a 7-Night adventure, the Adventure Guide gratuity Per Guest/Per Adventure Guide is $56 - $77 USD.
      •  For a family of 4 for a 7-Night adventure, the Adventure Guide gratuity Per Guest/Per Adventure Guide is: $224 - $308 USD. For 2 Adventure Guides, this is a total of $448 - $616 USD.

      The Adventure Guides gratuity can be paid in U.S dollars, local currency, travelers' checks or PayPal. Please check with your Adventure Guide if they accept PayPal.

      All Other Gratuities
      Gratuities have been taken care of on your behalf for all services included in the itinerary. There is no need for you to worry about tipping the bellmen, housekeepers, waiters, drivers and local experts.

    • TransportationExpanded

      On this adventure, your group will travel by motor coach and by airplane.

      When spending time on your own in Costa Rica, you may choose to visit a site that requires transportation. If this is the case, a convenient travel option is to request taxi service through the hotel.

    • LanguageExpanded

      While the primary language of Costa Rica is Spanish, most Costa Ricans speak English.

      The following is a list of words and phrases you may want to use during your trip to Costa Rica:

      English Spanish Pronunciation
      Hello Hola Oh-la
      Goodbye Adios ah-dee-os
      Good morning Buenos días bwen-os dee-as
      Good afternoon Buenas tardes bwen-os tar-des
      Goodnight Buena noches bwen-os no-ches
      Yes see
      No No no
      Adventure Aventura ab-wen-too-ra
      Cheers! Salud sah-lood

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONSExpanded

  • How do I book my Adventures by Disney vacation?Expanded

    To book your vacation, please call our Reservation Center at (800) 543-0865† and speak with a Vacationista or contact your Travel Agent.

    If you are outside the U.S., please call (866) 983-7872† and speak with a Vacationista or contact your Travel Agent.

  • Do I need vaccinations to travel to this country?Expanded

    Vaccinations to travel to the areas of Costa Rica that are a part of the Adventures by Disney itinerary are not required if you are going to Costa Rica from the U.S.

    Learn more if you want to extend your stay to other parts of Costa Rica.

    If you are not a U.S. citizen, please check your local requirements on vaccinations for travel to Costa Rica.

  • What airport do I fly into and out of?Expanded

    ARRIVAL: We will pick you up at San José International Airport (SJO) in Costa Rica. You may arrive at any time.

    DEPARTURE: At the end of the adventure, we will transfer you to the Liberia International Airport (LIR) for your return flight home. You may depart at any time.

  • Are transfers included if I arrive or depart from different locations or at different times from the itinerary?Expanded

    No. Transfers are only included from the specified arrival/departure airports and hotels. For Costa Rica, transfers are included from the San José International Airport (SJO) in Costa Rica to the Costa Rica Marriott Hotel on your arrival day. On your departure day, transfers are included from the El Mangroove back to the Liberia International Airport (LIR).

  • Can I extend my vacation beyond the Adventures by Disney itinerary?Expanded

    Yes, you may stay in Costa Rica before or after our itinerary. Extended stays are available at special rates if booked through Adventures by Disney Travel Services, Inc. in conjunction with a land package and cannot be combined with any other offer. Please contact a Vacationista at (800) 543-0865† for further information.

  • How strenuous are the activities?Expanded

    While this adventure is not considered physically strenuous, most days will include one or more hours of walking and/or gentle hiking, often in a rainforest environment. Guests should feel comfortable spending time exploring the outdoors. This adventure includes a Sky Tram ride through the forest, a whitewater rafting activity (Class II-III), and a canopy zip lining experience. Please note that there is a minimum age of 5. Additionally, there is a maximum weight restriction of 300 lbs. / 136 kg (No minimum weight) and Guests must fit comfortably in the harness for the zip lining experience. Temperatures may be hot and humid in Arenal, so wear cool clothing and a hat, and drink plenty of water. While nearly all of the trip's featured activities are gentle if examined separately, the full range of activities requires a moderate amount of stamina in order to get the most of your vacation.

  • What ages are appropriate for this adventure?Expanded

    While we welcome children ages 4 and up at the time of travel to discover the stories of the world with us, we recommend that children be at least 8 years old at the time of travel on our Costa Rica trip. This is based on several factors, such as high altitude at destination, number of internal transports between experiences, potential for extreme temperatures in the summer months, and amount of physical activity (e.g., hiking, riding zip lines, white-water rafting) involved. Because each child is different, call a Vacationista at (800) 543-0865† to discuss whether this is the right trip for your little ones.

  • What types of meals are served on this Adventures by Disney Trip?Expanded

    Typically, breakfast is served each morning in buffet style and offers a variety of dishes. Dinners and lunches usually include fish, meat, and pasta or rice entrées; vegetables and salad; and desserts and fruit. Some included meals on this trip are served buffet style while others offer a limited-choice menu. Given the nature of group travel, we regret that á la carte menu choices may not always be available. Children-friendly choices are available at all meals. Menu items are subject to change due to the availability and seasonality of foods. In order to allow you and your family time to enjoy meals by yourselves, there are a few meals that are not included in the itinerary. These meals have been planned in locations where you have many dining options available. If you have any questions or concerns about dining at any time during your vacation, your Adventure Guides will be happy to assist you.

  • Is alcohol included with meals?Expanded

    Alcoholic beverages are typically not included with your scheduled meals; however, you may purchase them at your own expense.

  • Can you accommodate special dietary needs?Expanded

    Adventures by Disney will make a reasonable effort to accommodate some special dietary needs at no additional charge. Unfortunately, we may not be able to accommodate all special dietary needs requested. Please contact a Vacationista at (800) 543-0865† in advance of your departure to advise us of your needs.

  • Is this itinerary appropriate for travelers with special needs?Expanded

    Please note that this vacation includes multiple activities that present certain challenges to Guests with special needs. Neither Adventures by Disney nor its suppliers may physically lift or assist Guests onto transportation vehicles. It is strongly recommended that persons requiring assistance be accompanied by a companion who is capable of and solely responsible for providing assistance. Contact your Vacationista at (800) 543-0865† to discuss your needs.

  • What if Adventures by Disney cancels the adventure prior to departure?Expanded

    We will make every reasonable effort to operate vacations as advertised; however, we reserve the right to curtail or modify the itinerary, or to substitute activities, hotels, meals or transportation as we deem necessary. We further reserve the right to reduce the number of Adventure Guides to one, and to modify other services to accommodate a smaller group, if a minimum number of Guests is not reached. Similarly, we may marginally exceed the stated group's maximum size, if necessary to accommodate a family. Please also note that during certain holidays and peak periods, some activities may be disrupted or unavailable. None of these modifications or changes shall affect the land package price. We reserve the right to cancel a trip at any time prior to its commencement for any reason, such as if there are too few Guests, or if the quality of the trip or the safety of the Guests would, in our opinion, be compromised, such as may result from unforeseen circumstances (acts of God) or other circumstances beyond our reasonable control. If we cancel your trip prior to its commencement because there are too few Guests: (i) We will attempt to rebook you on another departure of the same itinerary, subject to availability, and we will bear any reasonable airline rebooking charges; however, if we are unable to rebook you, we will issue a full refund of your land package price and plan (unless you have filed a claim); and (ii) if you booked airfare through us, we will issue a full refund of your airfare; and (iii) if you did not book airfare through us, we will reimburse you for your reasonable out-of-pocket (subject to proof) airline cancellation charges or, in the case of bookings using frequent flier miles, a reasonable cancellation service fee, provided you have exercised best efforts to mitigate such charges/fees; and (iv) the aforesaid payments and/or rebooking by us shall constitute a full settlement.

  • Is travel insurance available?Expanded

    Yes, you can protect your vacation investment by adding the Adventures by Disney Vacation Protection Plan to your reservation.

    Get details about the Adventures by Disney Vacation Protection Plan.