8 DAY "REAL" COSTA RICA PLAY, RELAX & TOUR

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 GROUP INCENTIVE: Put together a group of 8 or more guests and receive a free trip (does not include airfare).

 

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YOUR TOUR is organized by Tony & Celeste Horpel of Pickleball Costa Rica. Located just outside of San Ramon in the province of Alajuela, their courts are nestled in the cool Central Highlands of the rural coffee and dairy region. As the USAPA ambassador to Costa Rica, the intent is to spread the sport of pickleball throughout the country.

This is a very fun and personalized 8 day, (7 nights) trip for pickleball lovers who desire to tour Costa Rica, but hate being away from this great sport while on vacation. Tony and Celeste know!  They are pickleball addicts too. Additionally, there is an active group of picklers looking to take you on!

While Tony and Celeste take you to some of the popular spots in Costa Rica, it is also their goal to give you a feel of the "Real" Costa Rica and the precious people that live there.  By taking you to some of the more out of the way places, you'll see Costa Rica like no one else!  Please be sure to check out the testimonials & video.

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THE "REAL" COSTA RICA

You will spend the first 4 nights in the beauty and solitude of one of Costa Rica's gems, Punta Leona.  There is a breathtaking beach known almost solely to Costa Ricans.  You will play pickleball morning, (and evening if you wish).  This portion of the trip allows you to play, relax, have a few experiences we've chosen, and also take some tours of your choice.

After your stay in Punta Leona, we will travel to the Central Highlands town of San Ramon where our club is.  During the remaining 3 days of your trip you will experience areas most never see.  Here in this area is where you get a feel for the "Real" Costa Rica.  You will see a small city, rural Costa Rica with working organic coffee farm, butterfly farm, an artisans town with lots of art, wood crafting, and interesting history.

Come join us and bring your camera.  You'll love your new experience, seeing Costa Rica like the locals do.  We love the beauty and diversity of this exotic country and we're certain you will love it too.

Your tour provides you with lots to see and do.  Bring your camera!

  • Visit 4 beautiful beaches,(three are secluded and one is a popular surf/tourist beach).  You may see the beautiful scarlet macaws which frequent the shorline trees.
  • Your first hotel provides: 2 beautiful beaches, 11 water sports, 11 regular sports, classes in Aqua gym, Cardio Gym Dancing, Cooking.  Evening activities, nature walks, nature spa, butterfly garden, insect observatory, birdwatching, natural history walk, guided nature tours morning and evening.
  • Time to souvenier shop in Playa Jaco.
  • Check out a well-known animal rescue reserve.  You will be impressed by the work some famous surgeons have done to bring animals from certain death to full recovery. Many of these animals are released into the wild after rehabilitation!  Enjoy toucans, macaws, monkeys and many more animals of Costa Rica that reside at this lush habitat.
  • Take walks and/or free guided tours in the green tropical rain forests.
  • Feel the mist of a 100 ft. waterfall.
  • Tour an organic eco-coffee tour.  This excursion is a definite favorite of all who have visited it. 
  • Butterfly farm and gardens.  The family owned business raises and sends butterflies to all parts of the world!
  • Meet sweet, welcoming people.
  • See a quaint Costa Rican town.
  • Travel through rural Costa Rica.
  • Experience the delicious Costa Rican fare.
  • Learn about some of Costa Rica's cultural history in a famous artisan town.
  • Unwind with beautiful Costa Rican sunsets.
  • And of course, we will have time to play pickleball at least 5 occasions, and up to 10 times, if you are willing!   Pickleball play will be in two locations:  Outdoor lighted courts at the beach and our club's indoor and outdoor courts located in the more rural region of  the San Ramon area. 

Leave room in your bags for:

A Pickleball Costa Rica T-Shirt

A 1 lb. bag of rich, shade-grown coffee grown in our area, famous for its quality.

A Pickleball Costa Rica Coffee Mug

       

Price:   $1,880 per person (based on double occupancy).

                   $2,130  (single occupancy)

 


                                                                           Tour Itinerary

 

Day 1
D, with beer and wine

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Depending on what time the flights arrive today, we may have time to visit an interesting place to pass the time before we check in at the hotel at 3 p.m.  If not, we will go on the

Animal Rescue; This location is famous throughout the world for its innovations in prosthetic work for injured birds, such as toucan beaks!  You will enjoy the many tyes of animals found here in the country, along with a walk through lush forest vegetation. 

Check in at hotel at 3 p.m.

Our first evening, will be one of meeting, greeting, and getting know each other.  

After dinner, pickleball is available on our lighted courts. 7:30 - 9:30 pm.   Depending of the size of the group, we are able to mark off up to 8 courts.

Overnight Hotel Punta Leona.


Day 2
B, L, D, with beer & wine

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Morning Pickleball: courts open from 7:30 a.m to 10:30 a.m  

Breakfast (7:00 a.m. - 10:30a.m.).

Free time to wander, take an (optional) tour, or use hotel facilities.  

Your hotel has many things to do.  Here are some ideas;

  • 2 beaches.
  • Water Sports:  Snorkeling, Stand Up Paddleboards, Boogie Boards, Kayaking, Paddle Boats, Swimming, Banana Boat, Surfing, Water Polo, Pool Volleyball and Water Basketball.
  • Regular sports: Pickleball, Tennis, Mini Golf, Beach Volleyball, Walking Trails, Tai Chi, Yoga, Soccer fields, Ping Pong, Boccias, Hiking
  • Complimentary Guided Morning Nature Tour.
  • Guided Night Walk:  See the teaming life that arrives in the night!  Guided tour.
  • Birdwatching (early morning is best.  Take the free  6:30 a.m. guided tour and see over 300 species of birds, such as toucans, scarlet macaws, humming birds and much more).
  • Butterfly Garden
  • Insect Observatory
  • Natural History Walk
  • Nature Spa 
  • Evening Activities: Kareoke Bar at Al Garet Bar.   Bingo
  • Classes:  Cooking, Dancing lessons to Latin Music: (Cumbia, Salsa, Merenge, Bachata).  Aqua classes (Aqua gym).  Cardio Gym.  Aerobics.

Examples of (optional) tours available:

  • Zipline canopy tour, 18 hole golf course nearby, Morning or afternoon catamaran cruises, SubWingHorseback riding on the beach or in the forest, Sport fishingGuided nature tours at Carara National ParkWhale and Dolfin Watching Tour, Waterfall SafariManuel Antonio National Park Tour,  Souvenier shop in a tourist town a short taxi ride away, Tortoise Observation Tour, Cultural Tour: San Jose Dinner, Live Music, City Lights with Costa Rican Traditional Dancers, Hot Springs, Volcano Hike, and Waterfall,  (Full Day), Coffee Tour,  Chocolate Tour.

Lunch (included) available 12 noon - 3:30 p.m.  Those who go on a tour may arrange for a box lunch if one is not available on your tour choice.

Meet together for sunset, if you want.  Let's join together at the pool bar and watch the sunset.

Dinner (included)

Evening pickleball if you wish.  Courts open from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Overnight Hotel Punta Leona


Day 3
B, L, D, with beer and wine

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Pickleball in the morning.  7:30 - 10:30 a.m. 

Breakfast (7:00 a.m. - 10:30a.m.).

Free time to wander, take an (optional) tour, or use hotel facilities.  

Your hotel has many things to do.  Here are some ideas;

  • 2 beaches.
  • Water Sports:  Snorkeling, Stand Up Paddleboards, Boogie Boards, Kayaking, Paddle Boats, Swimming, Banana Boat, Surfing, Boccias, Water Polo, Pool Volleyball and Water Basketball.
  • Regular sports: Pickleball, Tennis, Mini Golf, Beach Volleyball, Walking Trails, Tai Chi, Yoga, Soccer fields, Ping Pong, Boccias, Hiking
  • Complimentary Guided Morning Nature Tour.
  • Guided Night Walk:  See the teaming life that arrives in the night!  Guided tour.
  • Birdwatching (early morning is best.  Take the free  6:30 a.m. guided tour and see over 300 species of birds, such as toucans, scarlet macaws, humming birds and much more).
  • Butterfly Garden
  • Insect Observatory
  • Natural History Walk
  • Nature Spa 
  • Evening Activities: Kareoke Bar at Al Garet Bar.   Bingo
  • Classes:  Cooking, Dancing lessons to Latin Music: (Cumbia, Salsa, Merenge, Bachata).  Aqua classes (Aqua gym).  Cardio Gym.  Aerobics.

Examples of (optional) tours available:

  • Zipline canopy tour, 18 hole golf course nearby, Morning or afternoon catamaran cruisesSubWingHorseback riding on the beach or in the forest, Sport fishingGuided nature tours at Carara National ParkWhale and Dolfin Watching Tour, Waterfall SafariManuel Antonio National Park Tour,  Souvenier shop in a tourist town a short taxi ride away, Tortoise Observation Tour, Cultural Tour: San Jose Dinner, Live Music, City Lights with Costa Rican Traditional Dancers, Hot Springs, Volcano Hike, and Waterfall,  (Full Day), Coffee Tour,  Chocolate Tour.

Lunch (included) available 12 noon - 3:30 p.m.  Those who go on a tour may arrange for a box lunch.

Meet together for sunset, if you want.  Let's join together at the pool barand watch the sunset.

Dinner (included)

Evening pickleball if you wish 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Overnight Hotel Punta Leona

 

Day 4
B, L, D, with beer & wine

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Play pickleball: Courts open 7:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Breakfast (included)  7:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Morning Free to enjoy the beaches, hike, take a free guided nature tour, join in on any regular or water sports at the hotel.

Lunch (Included) 12 noon SHARP. 

Short bus trip bound for a beautiful, miles-long, palm-lined, secluded beach. Spend the afternoon at this beach.  We'll stay to watch their beautiful sunsets.  It's one of our favorite beaches.  5 hr. trip (with transport time).

Stop along the way to have some fun with Tony's favorite reptiles, Iguanas!

Sunset at this beach.

Dinner (included) 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Pickleball play in the evening if you wish.  Courts open 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Overnight at Hotel Punta Leona


Day 5
B, L, D, with beer & wine

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Leave Punta Leona this morning.  Drive to San Ramon.

Breakfast (included ) 7:00 SHARP!  Before going to breakfast, please have your bags packed and ready for pick-up in the lobby.

8 a.m. SHARP We drive to San Ramon with a stop at monkey beach.  We'll see families of capuchin monkeys with their babies, and the cute coatimundis. 

Drive to San Ramon in the cool Central Highlands. 

Farmer's Market cultural experience.  Upon arrival you will see how many of the local Costa Ricans purchase their food for the week in a picturesque open-air market. Get your cameras out!  This is one of the favorites of our past guests!

Lunch (included) in San Ramon.

Check-in at Hotel La Posada.

Pickleball

Dinner (included with wine or beer) at one of our favorite pizza joints.

Overnight in San Ramon at Hotel La Posada.


Day 6
B, D

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Breakfast (included at our hotel)  Early.  Meet at 7 a.m.  Leave today wearing your pickleball attire.

8:30. Famous artesian town with lots of history; woodworking, painting, art, and furniture. You will see talented artists at work.  Learn some very interesting things about Costa Rican history.  This trip is another of the favorites.

Zoo Ave Rescate will be added in here today, if we didn't have time to visit this the first day.  This animal rescue is not just a zoo.  The physicians here work miracles to keep these injured animals alive and able to return to the wild.  It is one of the favorites of our guests.

Lunch La Casona (included).

Pickleball upon return.

Dinner (included) at our favorite Columbian Restaurant

Overnight in San Ramon, Hotel La Posada


Day 7
B, L, D, with beer & wine 

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Breakfast (included) early

Butterfly Farm Tour.  Learn from an expert butterfly breeder. Costa Rica has about 1,251 species of butterflies (the most in the world) and at least 8,000 species of moths.  That's 10% of the entire world's species just in this tiny country!  This farm sells butterflies and caterpillars to tropical and/or tempreature controlled observatories throughout the world.  You will have hands-on contact with these beautiful creatures.

Organic Eco-Coffee Farm Tour with lunch (included).  The Central Highlands of Costa Rica is famous for its rich coffee production.  You can expect a real surprise at this location.  This is a special place and a favorite of all our previous guests!

Waterfall: Located in the tranquil, forested area of Las Musas just outside of San Ramon in the Central Highlands.  The waterfall cascades 100 feet.

Pickleball.

Dinner (included with wine or beer) at Andy and Nancy's Hacienda Vivace, a large custom-built home with a gorgeous ocean view .  Their home is the type that you would see in HOUSE BEAUTIFUL MAGAZINE.  Andy is a gourmet chef and fellow pickler.  We think you'll enjoy your meal with beer and wine, and sunset view of the ocean and city below. See view photo below.

Overnight in San Ramon at Hotel La Posada.     


Day 8
B, or fresh fruit box to go

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                      ADIOS!                                                   HASTA LA VISTA!                                                 BUEN VIAJE!

Depart for home today.


 

TRAVEL INSURANCE, (INCLUDING TRIP CANCELLATION) IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

This is not the USA.  Road and weather conditions, as well as earthquakes and volcanoes can close roads for hours if not days in some cases.  If we are stopped or delayed, for any reason, from arriving at our destination, or you have a health problem or are involved in an accident and you have no cancellation or accident insurance, we will not be liable to pay for any expenses to change flights missed, change hotels to another location (as well as having paid for a hotel we cannot get to).  By paying for, and committing to this tour, you are agreeing that this responsibility is yours and that we are in no way expected to provide payment for anything other than our originally scheduled plans and expenses.  You are fully covered for bodily injury by our contracted Costa Rican transportation service.

See "Terms and Conditions" under "Tours" tab for additional information.

INCLUDED IN YOUR TOUR PRICE: 

  • Meals: All inclusive meals. 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 7 dinners. Meals start the evening of the first day and end at breakfast the last day. See bold symbols of B, L, D just under each date and day.
  • Alcohol Beer and wine included during lunch and dinner at Punta Leona.  Beer & wine included 2 of the 3 nights in San Ramon.
  • Transportation throughout the country.
  • Park entrance fees.
  • Tours that are mentioned as included on this itinerary.
  • Seven nights accomodations.
  • And up to 10 pickleball playing sessions.
  • Phone calls to the USA from both hotels.
  • DOUBLE OCCUPANCY CHARGE:  $1,880
  • SINGLE OCCUPANCY CHARGE: $2,130

 

NOT INCLUDED IN YOUR TOUR PRICE

  • Airfare to/from Costa Rica
  • 1 lunch.  Meals start at dinner Day 1and end at breakfast last day.
  • Alcoholic beverages except those listed in our itinerary.
  • Tours unless specified as (included) on this itinerary.  There are several days when you may choose "optional" tours.
  • All hotel charges apart from what has been included in this itineray is your responsibility.  Upon registration at your hotels, you will provide a credit card to charge your miscellaneous charges to.
  • Tips to waiters/waitresses, room maids, drivers, and your guides.  For your information, waitresses, maids, etc., make about $1.50/hr. In your room, you will find an envelope for their tip for the maids.  It is customary to put about $2-3/day in the envelope for the maids.
  • Costa Rica's Airport Tax of $29.  Almost all airlines include this tax in your ticket.  Please verify your airline has taken care of this.  If it is not part of your ticket price, you must pay it at the airport at the time of your departure.  The agents at the baggage check-in counter will verify it for you.

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