Costa Rica ("rich coast" in Spanish), is a country in Central America, bordered by Nicaragua to the north, Panama to the southeast, the Pacific Ocean to the west, the Caribbean Sea to the east, and Ecuador to the south of Cocos Island. It has a population of around 4.5 million, of whom nearly a quarter live in the metropolitan area of the capital and largest city, San José. Because Costa Rica is located between 8 and 12 degrees north of the Equator, the climate is tropical year round. Costa Rica's seasons are defined by how much rain falls during a particular period. The year can be split into two periods, the dry season known to the residents as summer, and the rainy season, known locally as winter. The "summer" or dry season goes from December to April, and "winter" or rainy season goes from May to November. Costa Rica is home to a rich variety of plants and animals, with many varieties being indigenous to the country.
They are organising a 2 week trip with a 7 night tour of the North, coupled with a 7 night stay at the Riu Guanacaste, and diving can be arranged during the beach part of the holiday. This is an excellent opportunity for both divers and non-divers to visit a country rich in cultural heritage and diversity.
Flying in to San Jose on the 4th April 2016, the tour starts visiting The Pacific Coast, Rain Forest, Arenal Volcano, and Towns of the North (Rincon de la Vieja, Sarapiqui and Tortuguero). During our tour, we also get to experience River Tubing and Horse Riding, relaxing at The Hot Spring (Tabacon), a guided walk through the Rainforest (on the hanging bridges) and a boat trip around the canals of Tortuguero. We then head to the hotel Riu Guanacaste on the Pacific coast for some well-deserved rest and relaxation.
The board basis of this holiday is Bed and Breakfast for the tour part, and an all-inclusive basis at the beach hotel. The current price of the trip is £2,371.95 per person based on 2 people sharing which includes flights, airport taxes, the tours, hotels and the board basis mentioned above.
One of the best things about diving off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica is encounters with the big stuff! It's not unusual to see whales and dolphins on the trip out to your dive site, you might even get to see them while you're diving! Diving is available at a cost of $410 ( about £210) for a 10 dive package with Scubacaribe (who are based at the hotel), but there are some other packages and options available on their website. We have contacted them already, but once we know how many people are interested in the trip we can go back to them to see what discounts they can do for us. We can confirm at this point that there are no night dives available.
Please let Richard and/or Lou know a.s.a.p if you are interested so they can get the ball moving. You can contact them on firstname.lastname@example.org or through me at the shop.