San Jose

The Perfect Beginning to the Perfect Costa Rica Experience.

The Aurola Holiday Inn

FIVE STAR Luxury in the Heart of Downtown San Jose.


Featuring the City's Best Views, and the Most Central Location.

We are pleased to feature one of the best luxury hotels in San Jose. Welcome to your Five Star retreat to enjoy at the beginning and end or your travel experience. Centrally located in downtown San Jose, close to different businesses, museums, restaurants, shopping and nightlife, The Aurola Holiday Inn provides the perfect location for travelers who are seeking to explore this vibrant city. Your short private transfer from San Jose International Airport brings you to your headquarters, where you will be near of all the cultural activities you want to experience while you are in San Jose. You will enjoy a variety of hotel amenities including:

- 200 guest rooms & suites.

- Complimentary daily American breakfast buffet.

- Complimentary wireless high-speed internet access (guest rooms and public areas).

- Two restaurants.

- Modern fitness center.

- Rooftop, covered swimming pool.

- Souvenir store and news stand.

- Travel agency and tour desk for local optional tours and excursions.

- Parking for guests.

- Weekly manager's reception.

- Currency exchange.

What a luxurious way to begin and end your Costa Rica adventure.

The Aurola Holiday Inn offers 200 Freshly Remodeled guestrooms that include all of the amenities you would expect in a five star hotel.

- Free local calls.

- Business Desk.

- High speed internet wireless.

- 2 phones Lines.

- 2 phones.

- Voice Message.

- Safety deposit box.

- Mini-bar.

- Coffee maker.

- Cable TV (HBO, CNN.

- Alarm Clock.

- Hair Dryer.

- Bathrobes.

- Pillow menu.

- 24 Hour Room Service.

- Iron & Ironing Board.


Restaurant El Mirador

Aurora Holiday Inn - Restaurant

If you are seeking a delightful and romantic evening, come to the Restaurant El Mirador. The best views in San Jose await you on the 17th floor.

This elegant and sophisticated restaurant features the most exquisite food with a very calm and soothing atmosphere. Come enjoy live piano music from Monday to Saturday. All while experiencing a stunning panoramic view of the Central Valley and San Jose's architecture, Visit in the evening, to marvel at the dizzying display of lights of San Jose, along with the twinkling dots from Alajuela and Heredia in the distance. Simply Magical

Indoor Swimming Pool

Aurora Holiday Inn - pool

What better way to relax after a long flight, or an excitement filled vacation?

Or to help the kids burn off some excess energy! There is even Ping Pong and Foos-ball.

Great for Mom and Dad. Great for the family!

Business Center

Aurora Holiday Inn - Business Center

Need to check in with the office? Check on the kids?

Just want see what is going on in the rest of the world?

You don't have to lug around your laptop. Just come to the business center.

Or if you have brought along your laptop or other wireless device, just use the Free Wireless available in your room or common areas around the hotel.

Experience the Vibrancy of Downtown San Jose

San Jose is the cultural, governmental and business center of Costa Rica. We usually advise our guests to spend your first and last nights here.

Sometimes, international travel can be tricky. the worst situation is when you have scheduled a night in a hotel four hours from the airport and then have your flight delayed! If you spend the first night in San Jose, your travel will be less stressful. By the same token, it is usually easier to spend the last night here as well. This is also the jumping off point for many day tours, such as whitewater rafting.

Besides, if you have never been to a large Latin city, you should spend at least a day and a night exploring the museums, discos and the passing parade of local color. The population of San Jose is one of the most well educated in Central America. There is a very vibrant cultural scene. The local community is passionate about art and theater, and of course, music!

San Jose is also where you want to shop for delicious coffee and take time to visit the markets. The Jade and Gold museums are certainly worth a visit, and no visit to San Jose is complete without a stop at the wonderfully ornate National Theater.

So, as the locals say - "Tranquilo." Have a drink and a meal at one of the many fine restaurants, and get ready for the rest of the trip!

Aurora Holiday Inn - San Jose

Arenal Volcano

Majestic, Magical, and Romantic. Oh Yes, There Are Hot Springs!.


Paradise Found! With a True Costa Rican Feel!.

Hotel la pradera

Stunning Volcano Views from anywhere on the property!.

Hotel Pradera invites you to enjoy the perfect balance between nature, service, and simplicity. Our favorite Arenal Hotel offers friendliness, high standards of service, and a truly local feel.

All of the air conditioned rooms feature stunning volcano views from each private terrace The rooms are also equipped with fine wood furniture, cable television, security box and hair dryer.

Pamper yourself with Spa services, cool off in the large swimming pool or unwind in one of two large jacuzzis. Or simply hang out with a tropical beverage while the kids play in the pool.

Don't miss dinner in the local style restaurant. This completely open air restaurant offers you the opportunity to enjoy delicious meals in a totally natural atmosphere.

On the grounds or out and about. There is no better combination of friendly service and value in the entire Arenal region.

Tortuguero beach in Costa Rica

Standard rooms (Included in our packages).

La Pradera - rooms
La Pradera - rooms

All rooms come equipped with air conditioning, cable television, security safe, local and international phone service, exotic gardens, and an unobstructed view of the Arenal Volcano from the terrace.

After a delicious breakfast (complimentary for our hotel guests), you can stroll over to see our fleet of new Four wheelers.  We start with a brief explanation of how to drive, the safety rules and a little driving practice. Then it is off we go to a private farm, through a beautiful scenario of nature, trees, birds and animals.  Enjoy the view all the way to our first stop at a very high point on the base of the volcano.  From there you can see the entire area and of course the Majestic Arenal Volcano. After short break to relax with a refreshing drink,  we are all set for the rest of the adventure. We will drive to the Arenal River going through La Guaria town, once at the river you can swim, rest for a while and head back to the hotel restaurant to have a delicious lunch or dinner.


The area around the Arenal volcano offers something for everyone. My personal favorite activity is soaking in one of the numerous hot springs around the base of the volcano. There are several day spas in the area,and are worth the price of admission. Most offer swim up bars and cool down pools. Your hotel offers free transportation to the hot springs or to the nearby small town of La Fortuna.

There is also terrific fishing to be enjoyed on Lake Arenal - fly fishermen go after both Rainbow Bass and the spirited Machaca. Lake Arenal is also world renowned for wind surfing, and hikers also enjoy trekking to the waterfall outside of the town of La Fortuna.

Numerours nature or adventure tours can also be arranged by hotel reception.

Of course, the most compelling reason to visit this area is the volcano itself. Once you have heard it sigh, groan, and rumble, you will understand why some ancient people worshiped volcanoes as gods. All room classes at your hotel offer spectacular views of this awe inspiring natural spectacle.

Monteverde Cloudforest

The Views. The Unspoiled Forest. And the Best Ziplines in Costa Rica.


Paradise Found! With a True Costa Rican Feel!.

In the early 1950s a small group of Quaker dairy farmers from the US settled on the mountain. The Quakers, with their peaceful ways and respect for the environment, were a perfect match for the hard working, gentle Costa Ricans already living here. Since that time, several reserves have been founded where you can walk for hours in the splendor of the cloudforest.

Many artists, researchers and educators either make their homes here or are frequent visitors. Several alternative schools, an institute for cloudforest education, a woman's arts cooperative, and a yearly concert series illustrate the cultural experience awaiting you here.

Numerous canopy adventures (both walkways and cables), an orchid garden, a butterfly farm, a rainforest tram, a frog zoo, a serpentarium and insectarium can also be found here. Due to the numerous activities, we recommend a minimum of three nights to experience as much as possible.


You can enjoy the privacy and flexability of a Private Home near the Monteverde Reserve. Maybe you want to relax at a Modern hotel that is within walking distance to the town center, or get closer to nature in the Middle of the Cloudforest only a short taxi ride from town.

No matter what you choose, Monteverde is not going to disappoint!

Hotel Poco a Poco

A Small Friendly Hotel, with Big Hotel Amenities.

Hotel Poco a Poco

Offering Free Wifi and Monteverde's only covered and heated pool!.

All rooms are equipped with telephones (for international calls), cable TV, DVD (rental library at reception), coffee maker, safe deposit box and very comfortable orthopedic beds.

Opened in 2000, Hotel Poco a Poco started as a beautiful and cozy hotel of just 5 rooms.

Then "Little by Little" as the name of the hotel stands for; the owners began with an ambitious plan to expand the facilities without loosing their Vision of Cozy Style and Quality Service. The hotel now offers 32 deluxe fully equipped rooms, a restaurant with the best fusion of native and foreign cuisine, a beautiful heated swimming pool, jacuzzi wet bar, and gardens full of native flowers, butterflies and hummingbirds.

Hotel Poco a Poco offers a strategic location, only four hundred meters from downtown Santa Elena, home to lots of shops, restaurants and tour companies. Located just a short 15 minutes drive from The Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve, one of the most famous cloud forests in the world, or The Reserve of Santa Elenatowards the north of the mountain range, a community managed biological preserve.

La Pradera - rooms
La Pradera - rooms

The Quetzal's Nest

A private Home, only a short walk from the Monteverde Cloudforest Reserve!

Hotel Quetzal Nest

The Quetzal's Nest is Located only 700 meters (about 1/2 mile) from the entrance to the world famous Monteverde Cloudforest Biological Reserve.


The home features two bedrooms with a queen bed in each, a full kitchen, one bath, and a native species garden. There is a queen size futon sofa in the living rooms too.

Fully equipped home, with everything a couple or small family needs to live like a local in this beautiful location.

It is on the main road, but a little remote. This is a great choice if you have your own vehicle. But our local manager's family operates a taxi, and is happy to assist with transportation.

Quetzal Nest

Monteverde Cloudforest Lodge

Hidden in the Cloudforest. In the middle of the Nature!

Monteverde Cloudforest Lodge

This option offers an amazing setting. Completely surrounded by 70 acres cloudforest, you can often spot animals onsite. Yet, it is only a $5.00 taxi ride to the town center. The rooms here are a little more basic. No telephones or TVs. But there is WiFi on the entire property. The lounge area attached to the restaurant has fantastic view at sunset. A peaceful retreat in a stunning setting.

Manuel Antonio

A World Famous National Park, and Costa Rica's Prettiest Beaches.

Manuel Antonio / Quepos

This is one of the most popular areas in the country, and for very good reason. The National Park has some of the most beautiful beaches in all of Costa Rica, and is simply teeming with wildlife. The tambolo here is one of the most perfect in the world.

Built up from thousands of years of wave-action, the narrow isthmus connects the island to the mainland. Three of the four species of monkey found in Costa Rica are present here, as are dozens of species of birds. The stunning National park used to be the only game in town. But as the area has become more popular, the options have grown.

The billfishing in this area is some of the finest in the world, with many world records taken off the coast here. There are a multitude of tours to keep the active visitor happy. Jungle canopy tours, whitewater rafting, horseback tours, ATV tours, even ultralight flights are available here. In the evenings, head out to any of the fine little restaurants for fresh seafood at bargain prices. This is an easy area to get around - you will not need a car. This area has it all.

There is a seven-kilometer (four mile) long road leading from the little fishing town of Quepos and ending at the National Park. All hotels, restaurants, cafes, etc are either in Quepos or on this one road. Our Manuel Antonio hotel partners are conveniently located along or a very short walk from the main road.

It was difficult to find a single hotel, that would fill the various needs of every type of group we have visiting the Manuel Antonio region. So we have THREE different options for lodging in this area.

Please scroll down to see all three.

Hotel Plaza Yara

Our Package Hotel Features All Suites!

Hotel Plaza Yara

Hotel Plaza Yara is the least expensive option, and is the base hotel offered in our packages.

Plaza Yara

This is a small All Suite Hotel. Each Suite has a small kitchenette. While it shares the property with two restaurants, neither is open for breakfast. But No Worries! They actually bring breakfast to your room every morning!

Plaza Yara

Each room has it's own terrace, with a view into the forest. The monkey shot above was taken from a Suite Terrace (Large family suite does not have a terrace, but features a larger kitchen).

The hotel features a very nice pool deck. This hotel offers a lot of big hotel amenities, without the big ticket price.

Hotel Plaza Yara

Important note: Only kids six and under are free. Kids older than that pay the adult rate of $20.00 per night, plus tax.

Hotel Costa Verde

Still more monkeys than people!

Hotel Plaza Yara

Hotel Costa Verde is a very well known hotel. Their 727 suite has been featured in major travel magazines, and television shows. They took the fuselage of a 727, and converted it into a luxury accommodation!.

Plaza Yara

The accommodations featured in our packages have never been airborne. But their efficiency rooms are perfect for couples or families. There is no extra charge for additional people in the room. These rooms feature jungle views (lots of monkeys onsite here), and beautiful local hardwoods.

They offer separate family and adult sections, each featuring it's own pool area.The hotel has two restaurants (see above), with amazing views of the ocean and National Park. There is also beach access, with a little bit of a walk down the hill.

Please note that breakfast is not included in the rate. Upgrades to larger rooms or ocean views are available for a small additional charge.

An upgrade to Costa Verde in our packages is $17.00 per night, plus 13% tax.

Low Season Rates Expire on November 16, 2017.


Remote and Unspoiled. The Rainforest You Have Dreamed About.


Deep in the Rainforest!

An All inclusive Lodge Offering

The Most Intensive Nature Experience in Costa Rica!


Mawamba Lodge is situated on the Northeast area of Costa Rica's Caribbean Coast on a sand bar between the Tortuguero Canals and the Caribbean Sea, an excellent location that provides direct access to the beach and the canals.

Nestled in the lush rainforest, this is the ideal hideaway for nature lovers and the perfect place to discover the wonders of the Tortuguero National Park.

The Lodge is a 15-acre beach front property located on the beach side of Tortuguero. This location offers nice views to the Tortuguero Lagoon and the canals. It is close to the village, making visits there easy. It's beautiful gardens and rustic accommodations, blend with the exuberant jungle vegetation, exotic birds and wildlife to create the perfect balance of nature. Day tours depart from our two modern docks.


Your package includes a guided tour of the onsite butterfly gardens, frog farm and garden, aquarium, and gardens on the first day. The second day includes a guided walk in the rainforest, and an afternoon nature tour of the Tortuguero canals. If you still have enough energy, there are optional evening and early morning tours available at a small additional cost.

All the spacious and comfortable rooms are built in fine woods and are equipped with either one double and one single bed or three single beds. All feature a private bathroom with hot water, ceiling fans, and a safety box. All rooms also offer space to relax in a comfortable chair to enjoy the tranquil garden views.

Enjoy the pool surrounded by exotic gardens and relax in the ranchos with hammocks. When you are not busy on one of the tours included in your package, you can stroll through the nature trails or take a leisurely walk on the beach in front of the lodge. Other lodge amenities include a frog garden, frog farm, iguana farm, TWO butterfly farms, aquarium. nature trails. If you have had enough nature for the day, visit our gift shop, enjoy the welcoming bar, or surf the net.


These comfortable accommodations in the heart of a tropical rain forest make Tortuguero your ideal active vacation spot!


Ask us about upgrades! Mawamba Lodge now offers four Superior Suites. These Oversized rooms feature a King Bed and Huge Bathroom with Large Jacuzzi Bathtub. Perfect for Honeymooners, or anyone that wants a little Luxury with their Nature!

Come to Tortuguero, a land of incredible biological diversity.

Explore a navigable network of lake and canals that cross the National Park from Southeast to Northwest and accessible only by boat or air. There are no roads to get here!


This tropical sanctuary is home to more than 300 different species of birds. The unique natural habitat supports an amazing array of wildlife; such as monkeys, crocodiles, sloths, iguanas, among many others. Discover the lush vegetation that abounds in the midst of the Rainforest. Come enjoy a true virgin tropical rain forest, and all the nature it has to offer.


From July to September, impressive Green Sea Turtles (Chelonia Mydas) nest on the beach at Tortuguero, the most important site in the occidental half of the Caribbean for the nesting of these amazing turtles.

Daily departure tour packages from San Jose include land & boat transportation, lodging for your selected number of nights, all meals, boat tours on the Canals and walks on private trails, all led by a professional guide. We offer this package to or from the Arenal region, or as an add on to any other package.

IMPORTANT NOTE: All of the other hotels in our itineraries offer a "kids free" policy, for children under 12. These Tortuguero packages include meals, transportation, and tours. Due to the extra services included, there will be a small addtional charge for the kids for this segement only.

From July to September, impressive Green Sea Turtles (Chelonia Mydas) nest on the beach at Tortuguero, the most important site in the occidental half of the Caribbean for the nesting of these amazing turtles.