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Costa Rica is a country that had been on our bucket list for a long time. With what we knew about the place, and feedback from friends that had visited, we had some very high hopes! However, we didn’t need to be worried. Costa Rica exceeded our expectations in every possible way!

Costa Rica boasts the highest density of biodiversity worldwide. Despite being such a small country, almost 5 percent of all animal and plant species are found here. It also offers some of the best adventure activities, such as hiking, ziplining, or white-water rafting. Or if you simply want to relax, it has both Pacific and Caribbean beaches. You are almost guaranteed to see a sloth in Costa Rica! How to travel Costa Rica with limited time?

We had limited time and a long list of things we wanted to do. For this trip, we decided it would be nice to let someone else take over the reins and do all the planning for us. We contacted Destination Costa Rica and after learning they were wanting to expand their offerings to the LGBT community, we thought they would be the perfect fit.

They offered us a completely tailor-made package from start to finish based on our personal requirements. We had already made arrangements to stay at certain gay-friendly properties in Manuel Antonio and San Jose. Destination Costa Rica factored this in – not booking accommodation for these nights but still assisting with our transport needs and arranging our excursions.

Booking with Destination Costa Rica meant not having to think or spend time planning what we were to do in Costa Rica. They organised everything from our accommodation, to transportation and all our activities and experiences. How is Destination Costa Rica LGBT friendly?

Destination Costa Rica is a gay-owned tour operator, naturally they then become a gay-friendly tour operator too. Whilst this is all well and good for your dealings with them directly, you can be confident that the same applies when dealing with the hotels and suppliers they use.

To really ensure they can market themselves as gay-friendly, they have gone as far as vetting the individual suppliers used within their packages to ensure this carries across. This meant that we felt completely relaxed and comfortable as an LGBT couple whilst onsite at our accommodation, whilst taking part in the rainforest walks, ziplining, or even in the transport bus from one location to another.

As they are very keen on growing their offerings to the LGBT market, Destination Costa Rica have put together an LGBT sampler package. This is great for either individuals or LGBT couples travelling to Costa Rica, but they also cater to families traveling with children! These guys are iconic, we saw them on a night tour! Which Destination Costa Rica services did we use? Day 1 – Sunset Cruise, Manuel Antonio

This was a fantastic activity, and we were even lucky enough to spot dolphins on our way back to Quepos. This was a great start of our experience using Destination Costa Ricas services! Thoroughly enjoying the cruise! Day 2 – La Fortuna (Arenal Volcano)

We arrived to the beautiful Hotel Arenal Country Inn, where we were to stay for the next 4 nights. This property is made up of bungalow style rooms all set in tropical gardens offering views of the Arenal Volcano. The hotel has a large pool area, and a delicious breakfast is included. The pool at Arenal Country Inn. Day 3 – La Fortuna, Pedal Boarding and Night Tours

Time for our second excursion through Destination Costa Rica, and something new for both of us – pedal boarding! This is a pretty new activity to Costa Rica, but it was a great way to see the stunning Lake Arenal and volcano in a completely different way than just regular paddle boarding or kayaking. The guide was very knowledgeable about the area and the wildlife we saw. He was also super friendly and his instructions were so clear. We had a great time and would love to do this activity again! Pedal boarding was so much fun regardless of the weather!

In the evening, we took a guided night-tour out to La Tigra. This was a great location, in the grounds of a large family home. The family were all so accommodating, and the included dinner was excellent. This was prepared locally, on a traditional wood burning stove – it was nice to have such a local touch! We also saw plenty of wildlife including the famous red eyed tree frog! Day 4 – La Fortuna, Chocolate tours and white water rafting!

After spending the morning eating lots of chocolate, it was time to burn it all off with some white-water rafting with Wave Expeditions– an activity we had been super keen to do! This was really well organised, and led by fun, knowledgeable guides. We spent between 2 – 2.5 hours on the water, which was the perfect length of time.

Altogether this was a full day out but organised seamlessly by Destination Costa Rica. Everything from our morning pick up, transportation between the Chocolate Tour and the Rafting, lunch, and then drop off back to our hotel was included and all flowed perfectly. Casually white water rafting! Day 5 – La Fortuna, Ziplining

Our last day in La Fortuna and we got to do something we had wanted to do in Costa Rica since we arrived – ziplining! We were so glad we had opted to do it here, rather than Monteverde, as the views of the Arenal Volcano and Lake Arenal were just incredible!

We were very pleased to have arranged this 2-night package through Destination Costa Rica. It would have been hard to make it there ourselves! We were picked up quite early, before setting off to the coast, but stopping on the way to enjoy a delicious included buffet breakfast.

Upon reaching the coast, we boarded our shuttle boat to cruise along the canals until we reached our beautiful hotel, Hotel & Spa Aninga. The hotel was in a jungle setting, with a stunning pool area from where you can see lots of local wildlife. Aniga Hotel was beautiful!

This was a fully inclusive package. This included round trip transfers from San Jose, all meals, accommodation and three different trips. The first trip was an exploration of the national park by boat, the second a guided walking tour through the jungle, and finally a visit to the local village to explore. Day 11 – Back to San Jose

Whether you are travelling to Costa Rica for an action-packed family adventure, a romantic getaway to celebrate your honeymoon or anniversary, or you are a solo traveller wanting some structure, Destination Costa Rica can match up your needs with the services they provide.

We had the most amazing time on our Destination Costa Rica package and didn’t have to worry about a thing for the full 11 days. Make sure you get in touch and allow them to put together your perfect itinerary for your own trip to this incredible country.