Bill and Jen’s 2020 Excellent Costa Rica Adventure

Dates: Friday, July 31st through August 9th, 10th or 11th 2020

San Jose – La Fortuna – Mal Pais – San Jose


Hi Everyone,

Our flights are booked and we are planning some socially distant R&R in our favorite 2 spots in Costa Rica.  If you are interesting in going, email either of us.  Friends of friends are welcome.  No kids please :). 

Bill & Jen


7/31: (Friday): Arrive in San Jose, Costa Rica – 1 night

  • Arrive at SJO, Rent SUV at Airport for entire stay

  • Drive to San Jose, Check into the Holiday Inn in the city center

  • Walk the central market, art museum, experience downtown

  • Meet up at 7-9 pm for dinner & drinks

  • Top restaurant Guide


8/1: Late morning drive from San Jose to La Fortuna area – 3 nights

  • 8/1: PM – Check into hotel, enjoy poolside bar & sightseeing.  Group dinner after sunset.

  • 8/2: AM – Tabicon Grand Spa & Resort for the day. Deals for staying at Tabicon. Dinner or do your own thing.

  • 8/2: PM – Hikes to the volcano/waterfalls or relax at hotel on your own or with others

  • 8/3: AM/PM – Relax by the pool, more local tours & sightseeing


8/4: Mid-morning drive from La Fortuna Area to Mal Pais – 5 to 6 nights

  • 8/4: - Dinner at Las Piedras in Santa Theresa 

  • 8/5 til 8/9, 8/10: Enjoy the Mal Pais/Santa Teresa area

  • Things to do:  Enjoy the beaches, beach bars, cafes, funky shops, surfing, kayaking, ATVs, nature preserves & sanctuaries, local tours and scenic drives.  Incredible food and drinks. Or chill out at the large Hacienda we will be renting.


8/9 - 8/11: Return to San Jose and fly home - 0 or 1 night

  • AM/PM: 90-min drive to Paquera port + 90-min boat ferry + 90-minute ride to San Jose Airport

  • Current Ferry Schedule

  • Return rental car and fly home.


Total Cost Estimate

- Flights: To/from San Jose, Costa Rica 

- Accommodations:  Average prices:

  • $60-$80/room = basic, $100-120/room = very nice, , $200/room = epic

  • We have spent as little as $30 a night and had a great time

- SUV Rental: About $500-$600 plus $100 in gas for 2 or more people to split

- Food, Drinks and Excursions: Inexpensive.  About 50% of US prices.