9 Day UPSCALE Pickleball Costa Rica Tour & Play

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Experience Mesmerizing Costa Rica

 For the first Pickleball Costa Rica UPSCALE Tour and Play offered in Costa Rica, Greentique Hotels has been invited by the USAPA Ambassador to Costa Rica, Tony Horpel and his wife, Celeste, to offer a customized vacation for pickleball players.

When it comes to exceptional Costa Rica experiences, treat yourselves to 9 days of tropical adventures in two unique biospheres of Greentique's boutique properties where genuine hospitality comes naturally by good-natured staff in harmony with the Magic of Nature.

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Play Pickleball in the cool Central Highlands, and in the warm Central Pacific Coast to stay physically fit.

This Costa Rica vacation immerses you in the incredible diversity of this mesmerizing Central American paradise. It is truly one of life's epic adventures. This UPSCALE Pickleball Costa Rica Tour will deliver exceptional Costa Rica experiences that connect you to the wonders of nature, and to the warm, good nature of Costs Rica's people, culture and the always present, easy rhythm of life in the tropics that is called "Pura Vida."

Comfort, heritage, and conservation co-exist, reflecting their commitment to sustainable hospitality. We have chosen Greentique hotels because of our respect for our natural surroundings, and desire that our guests receive uncompromising standards of personal service, and a truly exceptional Costa Rica experience, while still caring for the environment.  We have researched thoroughly are are impressed with everything about these two hotels.

We will donate $2.00/day, per room at both hotels, to help continue sustainability in Costa Rica, and also give back to our communities for education and future job training for the youth here.

We feel confident that our guests will agree with TripAdvisor's ranking of Greentique Hotels in placing them in the top 1% globally. TripAdvisor also rates tham as #4 of the top 25 hotels in Central America.

Costa Rica is an amazing place! It is teeming with wildlife - birds, mammals amphibians, insects, all kinds of plants, and more! The sights, sounds, and scents, will excite your senses! Some of the species we hope to see here include monkeys (spider, howler and white-faced capuchin), crocodiles, tree sloths and a host of colorful tropical birds, butterflies galore, and so much more.

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  • Enjoy Costa Rica's beautiful beaches.
  • Relax and soak in the sun and warm waves.
  • See scenic mountains, lakes, and lush primary-growth rain forest, seen now in only a few countries in the world.
  • Relax in hot springs heated by the volcano's underground sources. Explore treetops on a canopy tour with breathtaking views of Arenal Volcano, Lake Arenal and miles beyond. 
  • Experience a myriad of things in between!

Come join us and stay fit too! You'll leave with lasting memories and great photos. This is the way to do Costa Rica!

Bring your court shoes and your paddle.  No running shoes during play, for your own safety.  And bring your camera.  Every day has many photo opportunities.

Tours/Trips Provided During Your Stay

  • Guided tour: Hanging Bridges
  • Guided Arenal Volcano National Park Tour
  • Hot Springs soak and lunch, Arenal Volcano area
  • Guided Catamaran Dolphin Discovery and Snorkeling Tour
  • We take you for a relaxing morning to our favorite secluded, palm-lined beach (Pool available for non-beach friends). Lunch.
  • Visit a beach with multiple monkey families
  • Guided Tour to Manuel Antonio National Park & Beach
  • Guided Jungle Night Walk Tour
  • And of course! Pickleball Play 3 to 5 days.  Please bring court shoes for play.
  • Free entrance to the Butterfly Garden
  • Free passes to Si Como No's private movie theater with professional quality sound system and large selection of DVD's.
  • Free Transportation to the beach on schedule

Meals, etc.: Welcome to reception with beer, wine & appetizers, Breakfasts (6), Lunches (3), Dinners (2); Welcome and Farewell Dinners.
Cold bottled water and fruit snacks with Pickleball play sessions.

 

PRICE: 


12-19 guests
pay $3,297     20-29 guests pay $2,997   30 guests pay $2,883


GROUP INCENTIVE!

Pull together 12 full paying guests, receive 1 FREE excursion, (Does not include airfare)

Pull together 13 to 20 full paying guests, receive 2 FREE excursions, (Does not include airfare)

Pull together 21 to 30 full paying guests, receive 3 FREE excursions, (Does not include airfare)

 

Tour Starts Day 1: 1 p.m.
Tour Ends Day 9: 11 a.m.

                                                      ITINERARY

DAY 1 

 

Transport from Juan Santamaria Int'l Airport in San Jose leave at 1 p.m. (our tour start time).

Transport to Villa Blanca

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Welcome Reception with beer & wine bar, and appetizers (included)

Evening: Optional open pickleball play

Overnight Villa Blanca

DAY 2

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Early buffet breakfast (included)

Pickleball/open play available all day ©
Cold water and fruit snacks (included)

Day free to relax, use the spa, wander, or take advantage of free tours or (optional) tours to choose from at Concierge.

Lunch on your own.

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Special three-course "Welcome" Dinner with beer & wine bar (included) at El Sendero Restaurant.

Overnight: Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel 

 

DAY 3

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Early buffet breakfast (included)

Tour7 a.m. Arenal Volcacno and Therman Hot Springs Tour with lunch.

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Still the most popular volcano in Costa Rica, Arenal is just 70km. from Villa Blanca along a beautiful scenic drive through rolling hills and picturesque green pasturelands. You enjoy a nature walk to Arenal Volcano National Park, then relax in private hot springs heated by Arenal.  It's a soothing, therapeutic experience with a limit on guests per session to keep the crowds to a minimum.  Feast on an authentic campesino-style lunch included.

  • Includes: Greentique Certified Guide, ground transportation, park entry fees, and lunch inclued
  • Departure Time: 7:00 a.m.
  • Place: hotel lobby
  • Duration: Full Day
  • Activity level: Easy to Moderate
  • Recommend: Swim suit, sneakers, long pants, lightweight jacket or poncho, hat, sunscreen, water bottle, camera, binoculars
  • Pickleball Optional open play- late afternoon/evening
  • Dinner on your own

Overnight at Villa Blanca Hotel

 

DAY 4

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Breakfast Buffet (included)

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Shower and have lunch on your own.

Tour: 1:30 p.m. Hanging Bridges Guided Tour

Take an amazing educational walk through the tropical Forest.  Your native interpreter will teach you about the different symbiotic relationships that develop within the ecosystem and help you appreciate the different strata that make up the forest.

Also observe a significant diversity of birds, epiphytes, palms, among others.

As part of your tour, enjoy a visit to the butterfly and hummingbird garden, where species of different color and beauty await you. 

The trail is made for the ultimate experience, with 6 hanging bridges with lengths of 96 to 250 feet long.  This easy to moderate walk has a distance of just over 1 mile.  Your bilingual guide will explain interesting details as you move along the trail.

Departure Time/Place:  1:30 p.m. Transportation leaves from the hotel lobby.

Duration: 3.5 hours

Activity level: Easy to moderate

Recommend: Sneakers, long pants, lightweight waterproof jacket, sunscreen, water bottle, camera, binoculars.


 

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 Lush green grounds at Hotel Villa Blanca

Three-course dinner at El Sendero Restaurante with beer & wine bar (included)

Overnight at Villa Blanca Hotel

 

DAY 5

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 Today we leave to enjoy the pura vida vibe of coastal resort life at Si Como No with two pools, spa and fantastic dining; plus the spectacular beaches and magic of nature in Manuel Antonio National Park and the private Greentique Wildlife Refuge.

Breakfast buffet (included)

Check out of Villa Blanca

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7:30 a.m. Take a private transfer to stop for a short time at a little beach to see the families of capuchin monkeys. Often, we see mothers witht their baby on their backs.  If you like, there will be a short time to enjoy a beverage at the beach-side cafe.

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On our way down to Manuel Antonio area, we'll stop for 3 hours for a beach day at our favorite beach along the way. It is a long, wonderfully secluded, palm-lined beach with shells, if you're a sheller, a pool with lounge chairs, and beach-side lounges and hammocks with palm trees for shade, one men's changing room with a shower, and one women's changing room with a shower.

Lunch at this beach (included).

Check-in at Si Como No Resort and Nature Refuge in the Central Pacific Coast.

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Afternoon and evening open:

  • Enjoy the resort's own movie theatre
  • Workshops with Greentique Certified Guides in the adjacent Wildlife Refuge
  • Use free passes for self-guided tours offered to the Butterfly Garden Atrium
  • Or choose an (optional) tour at the concierge desk.
  • Use resort Discount Coupons, including Cala Spa, Regalame Gift Shop (selected items), Restaurants

Dinner on your own

Overnight Si Como No Resort

 

DAY 6

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Breakfast buffet (included)

Eat an early lunch or a big late breakfast BEFORE our 12:30 TOUR TODAY)

courtPrivate transfer to the Tennis courts at 6:45 a.m. for Open pickeball play © from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Transfer back to Si Como No. Cold water and fruit snacks (included)

12:30p.m. Greentique's Guided Manuel Antonio National Park Tour

See the Magic of Nature with Those Who Know it Best. Explore one of the most famous National Parks in the Costa Rican National Park system. All along this moderate three-hour walk, your Greentique Certified Guide will share the secrets of the Coastal Wet Forest and the wonders of the Park and the region's natural history. Manuel Antonio is home to species of monkeys, plus sloths, white nosed coatimundi, raccoons, agoutis, iguanas, snakes, birds, butterflies, and other insects. After the tour, we suggest that you spend some time on the beautiful beaches within the park, so take along your bathing suit and hotel beach towel and catch our hotel shuttle later in the day.

Some of the many things you may see on your tour.

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  • Tour Includes: Transportation, park entrance fee, and water bottle.
  • Departure Time: 12:30
  • Place: departing from the hotel lobby at 12:30 p.m.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Activity level: Moderate
  • Recommend: Sneakers, shorts or lightweight long pants, light waterproof jacket during green season, hat, sunscreen, camera, binoculars

Open evening with discount coupons.

Use discount coupons for

  • The Rico Tico Jungle Grill
  • or Claro Que Si Restaurant.

Plus use passes to

  • Wildlife Refuge
  • Butterfly Gardens
  • Movie theater schedule.

 

Dinner on your own

 

Overnight Si Como No

 

DAY 7

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Buffet Breakfast (included)

8:30 Catamaran Dolphin Discovery & Snorkeling Tour w/Lunch

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Cruise along the coastline for swimming, snorkeling, filming, and to research the many spectacular marine creatures that are teeming in the world below, especially the friendly dolphins.

  • Includes: Certified local guide, transportation, snorkeling equipment, fruit, beverages and mixed drinks, lunch
  • Departure Time/Place: 8:30 a.m./hotel lobby.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Ages: All ages
  • Activity level: Easy
  • Recommend: Swimsuit, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, towel, camera

 

Remainder of the day open for example:

  • Beach
  • Optional tours from the Concierge desk
  • Enjoying the spa menu
  • Relaxation
  • Leisure
  • Hiking

Dinner on your own (EARLY) so you can go on the night tour.

5:30 p.m. Guided "Jungle Night Walk" Tour of the Amphibian Gardens and Wildlife Refuge.  Tour leaves from the Lobby.

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Overnight at Si Como No Resort.

 

DAY 8

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  • Buffet breakfast (included)
  • Transfer to the tennis courts at 6:45. Round Robin and open Pickleball play from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Transfer back to Si Como No. Cold water and fruit snacks provided.
  • Day open for relaxation, beach, pool, souvenirs, or (optional tours)
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  • Farewell Dinner with beer & wine (included)

 

Day 9

Buffet Breakfast (included)

Transport to Airport and leave Costa Rica. Transport leaves at 8 a.m. and arrives the airport at 11 a.m. Your scheduled flight must not leave earlier than 1 p.m.

Thank you for joining us! We hope you had a wonderful time! 

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Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel:

Located above San Ramon amidst the awe-inspiring beauty of the Los Angeles Private Cloud Forest Reserve, the Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel & Nature Reserve offers one of the most extraordinary guest experiences in all of Costa Rica. Rolling green pastures lead you into the Hotel and Reserve, revealing the layers of exotic trees dripping with life that border the property. Even a brief foray along the fringes of this rare and fragile tropical forest will stir the emotions.

Rated #4 of the top 25 hotels in Central America by TripAdvisor reviewers, you’ll delight in this homage to early 19th-century village life in Costa Rica’s Central Highlands. Individual casitas, featuring wood-burning fireplaces and garden terraces and patios, create an intimate and peaceful ambiance that is a welcomed respite from the world you left behind. Private, peaceful, and personalized to your taste, Villa Blanca immerses you in a Costa Rica you never imagined existed.

Amenities:  Free High Speed Internet, Room Service, Bar/Lounge, Spa, Citness Center with Gym/ Workout Room, Private Movie Theater with Professional Thx Sound System, Wheelchair Accessibility, Hot Tub, Mini Fridge in your room, Meeting Rooms, Laundry Service, Concierge, Multi-lingual Staff, Self-Serve Laundry, Room Service.

 

Hotel Si Como No Resort, Spa, and Wildlife Refuge:

Si Como No is a nature-based boutique hotel overlooking the sparkling blue waters and golden beaches of Costa Rica's Central Pacific with a Trip Advisor ranking of Greentique Hotel Group placing them in the top 1% globally. Trip Advisor also rates them as #4 of the top 25 hotels in Central America. Highly awarded for sustainable hospitality and giving back to the communities near their hotels, their serious commitment spans more than 20 years. We have taken a serious look at their efforts and think you will be as impressed as we are.  We will be donating $2 per room, per day, toward these efforts.

This area is blessed with tropical rain forests, stunning beaches and warm ocean waters. Manuel Antonio is a small village with some restaurants, bars and shops. Just 7 km north is Quepos, another small, yet bustling town. It is known as a fishing village and offers an array of restaurants, live music, sodas and shops.

Due to the area is richness in rainforest and beaches, visitors have a variety of activities to engage in. There are waterfall tours, kayak and catamaran adventures, canopy safaris, sport fishing and tours to the local Vanilla Plantation. If hiking and bird watching are of interest, visit the Manuel Antonio National Park where you'll hike well-maintained trails into the rainforest to picturesque viewpoints and soft sand beaches.

This Costa Rica vacation immerses you in the incredible diversity of this mesmerizing Central American paradise. This trip will deliver memorable Costa Rica experiences that connect you with nature, and unite you with the warm, welcoming people, their culture, and the famous relaxing rhythm of life here in the tropics, called "Pura Vida".  Voted the "Happiest People on Earth", their friendliness combined with the beauty here, the hotel, and tours we've chosen, is the very best way to do Costa Rica.  Enjoy the unsurpassed barefoot luxury that redefines the Manuel Antonio resort experience.

Amenities: Bar, Restaurants, Energy Efficient Air Conditioning, Wireless Internet, Spa Services, Balconies, (most rooms), Ocean View, Coffee Service, fully stocked mini-bar (extra fee for use), Direct Dial Telephone, Currency Exchange, Fan, Hair Dryer, Handicap Accessible, Hiking Trails, Hot Water, Laundry Service, Mini Refrigerator, Safe Deposit Box, Wet Bar, 2 Pools, Swim-up Bar and Slide, Solar heated Jacuzzi,  Free Shuttle to the Beach, Free Passes to Si Como No's Private Movie Theater with THX Professional Sound System, Butterfly Farm, Wildlife Refuge.

 

 Single Room Supplement:  The additional charge for single supplement is $984 for this particular tour.  

 

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 insured for bodily injury by our Costa Rican auto insurance coverage. 

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

PACKAGE INCLUDES: 

  • 2 Pickleball open play days
  • 1 Round Robin
  • 3 days of optional pickleball play
  • Private air conditioned transport throughout the tour.
  • 8 nights accommodations with double occupancy. If you wish single occupancy there will be an additional charge of $984.
  • Welcome Reception with beer, wine, and appetizers.
  • Welcome Dinner with beer and wine.
  • Farewell Dinner with beer and wine.
  • Breakfast: (8) Daily full breakfast buffet
  • Lunches: (3)
  • Dinners: (3) (Includes Welcome Dinner and Farewell Dinner)
  • All tours listed in tour package

           Tours Included in your package:

  • Arenal Volcano
  • Private Thermal Hot Springs Tour
  • Villa Blanca Guided Cloud Forest Day Tour
  • Self-guided tours offered to the Butterfly Garden Atrium
  • Greentique's Guided Manuel Antonio National Park Tour
  • Guided Catamaran Dolphin Discovery and Snorkeling Tour
  • Guided "Jungle Night Walk"
  • VIP passes to Villa Blanca and Si Como No movie theaters nightly. These theaters have a movie-theater quality sound system along with a large selection of DVD's to choose from.
  • Pickleball play 3 to 5 days.  Please remember to bring court shoes for playing.

 

PACKAGE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Meals not specified in the program.
  • Optional activities or guided tours not specified on the program.
  • Local and/or international phone calls, laundry services, mini-bar, room service and other extras in the hotels. Do not charge anything to your hotel room please. 
  • Personal and/or medical expenses.
  • Airport departure taxes $29 per person are not included.
  • Unused portions are neither refundable, nor credited to other services.
  • Airfare to and from Costa Rica