7 Day Economy Pickleball Costa Rica Tour & Play

registerButtonTony and Celeste bananasYOUR TOUR is created by Celeste and Tony Horpel, a U.S.A.P.A. Ambassador to Costa Rica.  Our Economy seven day tour is for the budget-minded pickleball player who wants to still see this beautiful country in a variety of ways, but chooses to be more frugal.  Hotels are TripAdvisor-rated as 4 star, very decent and comfortable, with good food.

Each of our Economy tours, regardless of length show you mostly the REAL Costa Rica, instead of the highly-touristed areas.  We know where to go, because we live here! We'll introduce you to the rich beauty of this country.  Our intent is to have you experience "the REAL Costa Rica."

A seven (7) Day Tour necessitates staying on a fairly tight schedule to enable you see as much as possible in the 5 full days you have here, and still allow you to play some Pickleball.  On this trip, you’ll have a chance to take in a variety of some of the places and things to do here.  Costa Rica is very different culturally, and probably in every way.  The people are sweet and welcoming, and the landscape is varied, having many micro-climates; from lush, moist, green primary-growth forest to dry desert-like terrain, and from beaches to volcanoes

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The locations this trip focuses on are beaches, beautiful forests and a volcano with a lot in-between!  We will visit some tourist areas.

The landscape contains many micro-climates; from lush, moist, green primary-growth forest to dry desert-like terrain, and from beaches to volcanoes

  • Take in the beauty of 3 of Costa Rica’s gorgeous beaches. 
  • Get that amazing feeling as you breathe in the extra oxygen of the lush green of a primary-growth forest. 
  • Feel the mist of gorgeous waterfalls. 
  • Absorb the unique flora and fauna of the Costa Rican tropics.  
  • See one of Costa Rica's more active volcanoes. 
  • One of the several ways you'll learn about real life here is by visiting a Campasino Organic Coffee Farm & Garden, (no commercialized tours here! We show the real Costa Rica! This particular tour has something so unusual that we're certain that you'll NEVER forget it!). 
  • Costa Rica boasts more species of butterflies than anywhere else in the world!  Feel the thrill of butterflies from several climates encircling and even landing on you, and learn about their life cycles. 
  • Marvel at the wildlife here.  Iguanas, monkeys, toucans, and macaws are a small example of just a few of the incredible variety of insects, amphibians, reptiles and mammals. 
  • Experience the "Ticos", as the Costa Ricans call themselves, and get a feel for their culture. 
  • See how business is conducted. 
  • Eat delicious local food. 
  • See a farmer’s market like you’ve never seen. 
  • Go souvenir shopping if you’re interested.  
  • Visit local towns, a tourist town, rural areas, several well-known tourist spots, and experience some less traveled Costa Rican gems. 

Bring your camera!  Each day has many photo opportunities. 

You will go home wih some wonderful memories and great photos, and still stay physically fit. We will play in two areas;  At the beach and at our club, Pickleball Costa Rica, which is located in the San Ramon area where we have a group from the USA, Canada, and Costa Rica, who are itching to play with you! 

Bring your court shoes and your paddle.  No running shoes for your own safety.

Come join us!  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.

Leave room in your bags for;

       A Pickleball Costa Rica coffee mug,

      A 1 lb. bag of rich, shade-grown, gourmet coffee grown in our area.

      A Pickleball Costa Rica T-shirt.

 

Tours/Trips Included While in Costa Rica

  • Relax for aprox. 3 hrs. at our favorite secluded, palm-lined beach (with a pool for those non-beach guests). 
  • Monkey Beach
  • Local Farmer's Market
  • Butterfly Farm
  • Organic Coffee Farm tour with eco-creativity surprise.
  • Privately owned ecological reserve (Primary-growth forest, waterfalls) & wildlife refuge: 100 species. 
  • Poas Volcano
  • And of course, pickleball play 3 to 5 days.  Bring court shoes for play, please.

 

PRICE:  from $1,447 pp  double occupancy. (Not including airfare)

Single accomodations ARE $70 ADDITIONAL cost for this particular trip, but these rooms are limited.  so book early

12- 19 guests:  pay $1,957   20-29 guests:   pay $1,620    30 guests: $1,447

Deposit; (50% Deposit  due at time of reservation).  Final payment must be paid by 3 months prior to tour start date.


Group INCENTIVE!  *  Invite your friends, YOU GO FREE!

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

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

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

                                Itinerary  

DAY 1   (Tuesday)  Arrive, Meet & Greet

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Your tour starts at the airport (Juan Santamaria International Airport), as we transport everyone to Playa Jaco in a private coach.  Arrive at your hotel, Best Western All-inclusive Hotel on the beach in Playa Jaco.  Check in is at 3 p.m.

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After check-in, we have a little time to wander the beach or town.   This bustling tourist/surf town has a variety of things to do and see.  There are  many souvenir shops, art galleries, and snack bars for everyone. 

The Pickleball courts are reserved for our group for (optional play) for afternoon and evening play.

Evening brings a Meet & Greet with coctails, beer and wine, including dinner afterwards.

Overnight in Playa Jaco. 

DAY 2  (Wednesday)  Enjoy a "Real Costa Rica" Beach

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Beach Day! 

Although we are staying on the beach, we will travel south to one of our favorite beaches today. 

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Enjoy this gorgeous secluded palm-lined  beach for fun and relaxation.  We'll relax at a beach-front hotel with a day pass, to allow us to lounge at their pool, wander this long picturesque beach, swim, hire surf lessons (optional), hire horse riding on the beach (optional), go shelling to your content, use their outdoor shower, and have lunch (included) and/or drinks at their restaurant (optional). This portion of the day is one of those "Real Costa Rica" adventures.

After a day of relaxation and fun, we'll drive up to Playa Jaco for the late afternoon.   The late afternoon and evening are yours to enjoy.

(Optional) Pickleball this evening.

Overnight in Playa Jaco Best Western All-inclusive Resort

DAY 3  (Thursday)  Playa Jaco or Optional Tours

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Free day!  Choose either another day at the beach, or perhaps take an (optional) tour for a zip line, horseback ride in the forest, ATV in the forest, catamaran ride, etc. If you choose an optional tour, the hotel provides transportation to your tour location.  

Los Suenos zip line photo Horseback riding jaco Souvenir shopping  
       

The day is yours. Have a great time.

Evening Pickleball open play.  

Overnight in Playa Jaco.

DAY 4  (Friday)  Monkey Business & Farmer's Market

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Kathy W. with IguanaAs we leave Playa Jaco, we'll stop at a beachfront hotel with some of Costa Rica's birds and reptiles.  Even if you aren't fond of reptiles, you'll leave with a fascination of these guys. 

Monkeys are our next stop.  You'll see whole families of Capuchin monkeys, seeing moms carrying their babies on their backs.  Each little face looks different.

Next, we drive on up to the cool Central Highlands where our club is located.

Spend a short time at our local Farmer's Market like you've never seen.

We'll have a very nice buffet lunch at a small bed and breakfast owned by Kim and David at Vista Valverde, on top of a hill overlooking San Ramon and the ocean.   

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Pickleball, open play at our club's courts in the small town of Santiago this afternoon. After checking into our hotel, clean up for dinner.

BBQ dinner at Carol & John's house, "Jardin La Torre", with a stunning view of the ocean, sunset, and city lights of Esparsa and Puntarenas.

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Overnight in San Ramon.  Hotel La Posada 

DAY 5  (Saturday)  Another "Real Costa Rica" Day

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After an early breakfast we see a family-owned Butterfly Farm.  They carefully raise multiple species and ship them all over the world.  You'll learn about the stages of their lives and see plants and bushes that attract them. 

Blue Morpho Butterfly  
       

Compesino Organic Coffee Farm, Organic Garden and Eco-Creativity surprise.  This is a tour you will NEVER forget! 

Get your cameras out for this!  We'll see a Farmer's Market like you've never seen.

Lunch buffet of Costa Rican fare in another well-known restaurant in San Ramon. 

After lunch, Pickleball open play/Round Robin

Dinner at one of San Ramon's popular restaurants with delicious Pizza and more.  Includes beer and wine.            

Overnight in San Ramon.  La Posada

DAY 6  (Sunday)  Waterfalls, Primary-Growth Forest & Volcano

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After breakfast we drive to one of the country's favorite primary-growth forests. 

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You'll see lush green flora of the area, tall magestic trees, feel the mist of multiple large waterfalls and see lots of Costa Rica's birds, like toucans and macaws, etc., Experience a different variety of butterflies of this area in a very large butterfly atrium, cats of this country, reptiles like the famous multi-colored red eyed green tree frog that we use as our logo, and much more. 

Costa Rica's famous painted oxcarts, once used all over the country for travel and work, before cars arrived, will be on display with an ox..a live one!  Multiple cities have excellent oxcart parades throughout the year to show off the families' special designs painted on their carts, pulled by beautiful, large oxen.  This gives you a chance to see more of the typical culture of Costa Rica today. 

Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch with a beautiful view of the forest. 

See one of Costa Rica's most active volcanoes, last erupting in 2014. 

Leaving ParadiseTonight we visit Andy and Nancy's house, Casa Vivace for a gourmet meal by Chef Andy, who is well known in these parts for multiple reasons.  Along with creating great meals, he and Nancy have built a beautiful and unique home that is one for the "House Beautiful" Magazines!  Dinner is included with beer and wine, and a panaramic view of the city below.  After enjoying sunset, we see those city lights of the town below.

Overnight in San Ramon.  Hotel La Posada

DAY 7  (Monday)  Leave Costa Rica

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After Breakfast, you will be transported at whatever time most of our guests need to be at  to Juan Santa Maria International Airport (arriving at aprox. 9 a.m. for your trip home. Remember to schedule your return flight for sometime after 11 a.m.

We hope you had a fantastic time experiencing some of Costa Rica and playing Pickleball with us.  Our club is growing steadily, but we're hoping some of you will move down to join our community and our club.  The club is in its infancy, so please spread the word so others hear about us!  Thank you so much for coming!

 

Best Western Hotel, Beach Front All-Inclusive Unlimited Food, Beverages, Alcohol, Snacks. Rooms are clean, beds are comfortable, and food and drinks are good.

Amenities:  Air Conditioning, Phone,  Free International Calls to the USA and Canada, Wireless Internet, Alarm Radio, Hot Water, Private Bathroom, Work/Desk Area, Cribs/infant beds, Cable TV & Free Movie Channel, Daily Housekeeping, In-room Safe, Hair Dryer, Iron & Ironing Board, Rollaway beds/extra Beds Available, Laundry & Dry Cleaning Service, and wheelchair accessibility.  If you have someone coming with you that has this need, please let us know as soon as possible, room availability is limited.

Sports Available:  Adult & Child Swimming Pools, Beach and Grass Volley Ball Courts, Tennis Courts, Ping Pong, Fuseball, & Billiards. 

Beds:  Each room contains 2 Double beds.

 

La Posada Hotel in San Ramon:  A family owned eco friendly hotel with solar power.. The rooms are clean, beds are comfortable, and the food is good.

Amenities:  Full Breakfast, Room Service, High Speed Internet, 24/7 reception, Free calls to the USA, Wheel Chair accessibility, Suites,  air conditioning in some rooms, but there is usually no need for it except on rare occasions.  Fans in all rooms, Costa Rican carved wood furniture, comfortable beds, hot water, and hair dryers.

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Single Room Supplement: Single accomodations are limited.  The additional fee for a single room is $70 for this particular tour.  If you want a single room, book early, but please call or email us first to make certain there are still rooms available.

 

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 rare 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, or pay for the change hotels to another location (We will have pre-paid for hotels.  If we cannot, for some reason get to a hotel, we are not responsible for paying for the 2nd hotel.  This is what travel insurance should cover.).  By paying for, and committing to this tour, you are agreeing that the responsibility of purchasing travel/health/cancellation insurance is yours and that we are in no way expected to provide payment for anything other than our originally scheduled plans and expenses. 

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

 

INCLUDED IN YOUR TOUR PRICE: 

  • Meals: 6 Breakfasts,   5 Lunches,  6 Dinners
  • Air conditioned transportation throughout the country.
  • Park or entrance fees
  • Pickleball Play;  Two Pickleball Clinics, 1 Round Robin, 2 optional play times on your own time.
  • Court fees  
  • Tours that are mentioned on this itinerary
  • Six nights accomodations based on double occupancy.  (Single accommodations will only be $70 more for this particular tour.  Single accommodations are limited, so book early if you would like a single room).
  • A Pickleball Costa Rica T-shirt
  • A Pickleball Costa Rica Mug and a bag of Gourmet shade-grown coffee from here is San Ramon, Costa Rica's most famous coffee zone.
  • Lots of great memories and a healthy body.

                Tours Included While in Costa Rica

  • Relax for half-day at our favorite secluded, palm-lined beach (with a pool for those non-beach guests).  Lunch included.
  • Monkey Beach
  • Local Farmer's Market
  • Butterfly Farm
  • Organic Coffee Farm with eco-creativity surprise.
  • Privately owned ecological reserve (Primary-growth forest, waterfalls) & wildlife refuge: 100 species.  Lunch included.
  • Poas Volcano
  • And of course pickleball play at the beach and the Highlands! 

 

NOT INCLUDED IN YOUR TOUR PRICE:

  • Your airfare to and from Costa Rica
  • Airport Tax of Approx. $29 to be paid before departure from Costa Rica.  (Find out from your airline if they have included that tax in your airfare, or if you must pay at the airport before departure).
  • Any meals not "included" and printed in bold  B, L, D to the far right of the tour Day #and the day of the week.
  • Any food or drinks at provided hotels, room service, laundry service. All items or food/drinks/service must be paid for at the time of service.   (For your information, Costa Rica has a 13% tax on any purchase, and a 10% added tax for service at most restaurants. Small mom and pop places called Sodas usually don’t have the service tax. Employees usually make from $1.50 to $3.00 per hour. Please DO tip them if you see that the 10% tip is not added on the receipt).
  • Beverages ordered during meals that are "included" in the package price.
  • Medical needs.
  • Any tours not listed, including tours mentioned as “optional”. Although we do pay for court fees where “optional” is listed for Pickleball play.
  • Any taxis or other that you choose to use during your trip.

 

 

 

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