Costa Rica Vacation Itineraries

5 unbeatable Christmas in Costa Rica vacation ideas

For many of us in North America, Europe, and other cold climes, Christmas is a time of snowmen, icicle-laden trees, hot cider and warm sweaters. But it doesn’t have to be that way. The Christmas spirit is very much alive in Costa Rica – it just wears a bathing suit, drinks a mai tai, sits under a palm tree and watches the waves roll in. And if you’re feeling like you’re missing something, you can always make a sand angel.

Here are five basic ideas that we’ve put together to form the base of your tropical Christmas vacation. Pick your favorite, let us know, and we’ll start working with you to fine-tune the details.

Hot springs are the perfect place to relax after a full day of activities at La Fortuna/Arenal. Photo: Andrés Madrigal

1. Luxury Costa Rica Romance

Leave the cold behind and immerse yourself in tropical luxury. Our Luxury Costa Rica Romance itinerary includes a stay at Tabacon Grand Spa, a five-star resort located among manicured tropical gardens, natural hot springs, and at the foot of Arenal Volcano. The adventure of La Fortuna’s landscapes lies at your fingertips.

Stand up paddling at Arenal Lake. Photo: Andrés Madrigal/Desafio Adventures

From there, head to Guanacaste’s Gold Coast to take in ocean views, gourmet cuisine, stunning pools, and a boutique hotel that has more staff members than rooms. Enjoy the excellent cuisine and stunning two-tier swimming pool where you can relax with a cocktail from the swim-up bar. Explore the beaches, take to the water on a sailboat, or go on a scuba diving trip to the famous Catalina Islands.

In addition, guests will have members-only access to the exclusive facilities at The Club at Coco Bay and the Beach Club at Playa Ocotal. Make use of the gym, pool, and tennis courts as well as have access to snorkeling gear and yoga lessons.

Read also: A full day-by-day itinerary for a Costa Rica Christmas vacation 

2. Waterfront Christmas

Christmas on the beach? There is no better place than Costa Rica’s Gold Coast!

Arrive in the sunny Guanacaste region where you will stay in the all-inclusive Flamingo Beach Resort. Its beachfront location is perfect for enjoying those spectacular sunsets! Take advantage of the many great amenities offered such as the spa, casino, fitness center, tennis court, and access to two nearby championship golf courses, or just work on your tan while you lounge around the expansive pool.

Flamingo beach, one of the most beautiful beaches on the Gold Coast of Costa Rica. Photo: Andrés Madrigal

If laying beach side gets too relaxing, the area offers many exciting tours. Choose from national parks to water sports to adrenaline pumping adventures. And a visit to Costa Rica isn’t complete without a surf lesson! This is a real holiday getaway.

3. Festive Family Holiday

What better way to spend the holidays than by heading off on a Costa Rica family vacation? You will never forget this family adventure as you take in two of Costa Rica’s top rated hotels in two of its most exciting locations.

Begin your Costa Rican vacation right under the majestic Arenal Volcano where you will enjoy the warmth of the hot springs and the delightful tropical weather. Staying at the Arenal Kioro, you get unobstructed views of the spectacular volcano and have easy access to all the fabulous tours in the Arenal area: go zip lining, take a kayak tour on the lake, or enjoy a walk through a jungle canopy. In between adventures, how about some friendly competition over a game of pool or ping pong in the game room?

From Arenal, you will then go to Guanacaste where you will stay at a beachfront luxury resort: the JW Marriott Guanacaste. With huge, free-form swimming pools, tons of activities on offer, and great service, your entire family is sure to enjoy this vacation to Costa Rica. Located right on one of the less crowded beaches and very close to several others, there is much to explore! Don’t worry about keeping the kids entertained – with a kids’ pool, activities, and a game room, there is plenty for the little ones to do; and with a babysitting service, Mom and Dad have the option to sneak away to enjoy some grown-up activities too.


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4. Christmas Combo

Spend the Christmas holidays in paradise; leave the snow and rain behind and bring Santa to the tropics this year! This custom vacation package takes you to Costa Rica’s most popular destinations.

Begin your Costa Rica vacation in the stunning Arenal area where you will stay at the base of the volcano at the luxurious Tabacon Resort which features hot springs and mineral pools. Explore the large variety of tours and activities the area has to offer, from the outright adventurous to the purely relaxing. You can also choose to stay in the resort and get pampered at the Grand Spa.

A visit to Manuel Antonio national park will almost guarantee a sighting of white faced monkeys. Photo 1 & 2 by Andrés Madrigal. Photo of pool courtesy of La Mansion Inn.

The second part of this vacation will see you heading to Manuel Antonio Beach on the Pacific coast, an exotic destination that combines warm beaches with lush jungles. Located on the mountainside, La Mansion Inn offers an incredible view of the coastline and stunning sunsets. Take advantage of the in-room spa services or pop in the onsite Bat Cave Bar. Spend a day in the National Park, plan a zip lining tour, or go kayaking in the mangroves. Can you think of a better Christmas present?

5. Costa Rica All-Inclusive Christmas

Spend your holidays in the amazing scenery of tropical Costa Rica and stay at the Westin, one of the country’s most luxurious all-inclusive hotels, where you never need to reach for your wallet. Visit one of the most praised beaches of the Costa Rican Pacific Coast—Playa Conchal!

Sunset at Conchal beach, northern Pacific. Photo: Costa Rica

Staying at this all-inclusive resort is a truly indulgent and relaxing experience. The Westin is one of the country’s best hotels, situated right on one of its most spectacular beaches. With eight restaurants and all your food and drinks (alcoholic and non-) included, this is a 5-star hotel in Costa Rica like no other. Every one of the rooms is a suite, so you can relax with space and comfort when you are not enjoying the many amenities.

If sitting in the sun or lounging in the pool makes you restless, then you can pick up a paddleboard, go snorkeling, try diving, or even enjoy a round of golf. There is a fantastic Kids Club, as well, to keep the little ones entertained. This is a Christmas that everyone will enjoy!

We offer fully customized vacation packages that take you to Costa Rica’s wonders without sacrificing comfort. Our local, expert, English-speaking vacation planners will respond to your requests shortly.

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