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About Costa Rica Active Singles Adventure

Everyone seeking an adrenaline rush will find it in Costa Rica! The country’s laid-back pace also suits beach bums. Die-hard surfers will find their break in the ocean swells, and those searching for critters in the jungle will not be disappointed.

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Nowhere else in the world, are you able to experience such a variety of spectacular landscapes and activities in one trip than on our multi-sport adventure in Costa Rica. Explore wildlife-rich rain and cloud forests and national parks, a wildlife refuge near Palo Verde National Park, feel the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean as you kayak to a remote beach and snorkel nearby. Warm up in mineral-rich waters of the Arenal Volcano hot springs and get your heart pumping on a Class IV whitewater rafting trip on the Upper Tenorio River. Our 9-day adventure also includes zip lining in the rain forest with incomparable views of Arenal Lake and Volcano! Evenings feature social time amid peaceful and natural hideaways.

This trip has been created with plenty of flexibility to accommodate a wide range of individual interests and is designed to suit a range of abilities for active singles. So join us for a week of stimulating days and enchanting evenings that are sure to quench your appetite for adventure.

“We strongly encourage all our members to check the latest travel recommendations by the US State Department, CDC and air carriers to review the latest information for travel risks in order to make an informed decision about their travel safety.  See our FAQ section for more.”

INCLUSIVE FEATURES OF OUR TOUR:

  • 8 Nights DELUXE Accommodations: (1) Night at the Aurola Holiday Inn  in San Jose; (2) Nights at the Lost Iguana in Arenal; (2) Nights at the El Establo in Monteverde; (3) Nights at the Tamarindo Diria in Tamarindo
  • ALL MEALS from Dinner Day 1 through Breakfast on Day 8 (except 2 dinners, on Days 6 & 7)
  • DAILY SINGLES-ONLY ADVENTURES – See Itinerary for Details: San Jose City Tour on foot, Private Visit to Espiritu Santo Coffee Plantation, Sky Walk & Sky Trek (hanging bridges and zipline), Jeep-Boat-Jeep to Monteverde, Monteverde Cloud Forest Tour, Tenorio River Rafting, Tamarindo Kayak Tour, Hot Springs at Tabacon
  • Park Fees and Equipment Associated with Activities Listed in Itinerary
  • Professional, Experienced and Licensed Eco-Adventure Specialist from the US
  • Bilingual Guide and Driver
  • Airport Transfers on Arrival Day (January 15) and Departure Day (January 23)
  • Private Air Conditioned Transportation Throughout Our Tour

UNIQUE SINGLES TRAVEL INTERNATIONAL BENEFITS:

  • PREMIUM MEMBERS Get a FREE 1-Night Pre Tour Stay in San Jose! (Up to $239 Value!) Click here to Join Today!
  • TONS of INCLUDED EXCURSIONS!! Zip lining, sky tram, visit to a coffee plantation, white water rafting, hot springs, volcanoes & cloud forests! Oh, My!
  • Singles Travel International Professional Concierge** commitment to an exceptional member experience assures that you get the most from your vacation.
  • Customized Activities Calendar exclusive to our group!
  • Camaraderie of Adventurous Singles who Enjoy Life!
  • Roommate Matching Saves You Lots of Money!
  • Breakfast Club each morning.
  • Virtual Pre-Trip Get-Together to plan excursions and more!
  • Free Membership to SingleLife.Today, our 365 online community for singles ages 50+
  • Private and Secure Chat Reserved Exclusively for Members on Your Vacation.
  • Singles Travel International will provide a complimentary KN95 mask and personal size hand sanitizer to each member on our tour.
  • COVID-19 safe travel protocols – Reference our Travel with Confidence Promise .
  • Fit & Willing to Travel Commitment signed by all members assures a mutually respectful environment surrounding COVID-19 safety.

* Hotel accommodations are subject to change at any time at the discretion of Singles Travel International and we reserve the option to swap for a similar property for any reason, at any time.

**Minimum of 10 guests required to send a Concierge. If no Concierge, a guest will be designated as a Singles Travel International “Ambassador” to coordinate the first day’s activities.

Inclusive features are subject to revision at the discretion of Singles Travel International. Ages listed are not meant as a restriction but are simply used as a guideline. Singles Travel International does not guarantee the number of guests, ages or ratios.

 

 

Itinerary

Trip Begins in San Jose (SJO), Costa Rica: Saturday, January 15, 2022
Trip Ends in Tamarindo, Costa Rica, Airport Liberia (LIR): Sunday, January 23, 2022

 

PREMIUM MEBERS get a FREE 1 Night PRE TOUR STAY * in San Jose! Click here today to find out more and start saving!!

Our OPTIONAL 1 Night PRE TOUR PACKAGE Includes (January 14-15, 2022)

  • 1 Night at the wonderful Aurola Holiday Inn **
  • Breakfast (1)
  • Personal Services of Your Singles Travel International Concierge***
  • Company of other Single Travelers
  • Singles Travel International Welcome to Istanbul “Meet & Greet”
  • Optional dinner out with your Concierge and fellow travelers
  • Hotel Tax

* FREE Pre Tour Room Accommodation Must Match Main Tour Package Accommodation: If you reserve a Share & Save on the tour, your FREE Package must also be a Share & Save. If you book a Single accommodation on the tour, your FREE package will also be Your Own Room.

**Pre and post tour hotel accommodations are subject to change at any time at the discretion of Singles Travel International, and we reserve the option to swap for a similar property for any reason, at any time. 

***Minimum of 10 guests required to send a Concierge. If no Concierge, a guest will be designated as a Singles Travel International “Ambassador” to coordinate the first day’s activities.

Our itinerary is designed to accommodate different skill levels, but members should be in good physical condition with an active lifestyle (regularly go to the gym, dance, play a sport or participate in mobile activities). Alternatives may not be available.

 

Day 1 – Saturday – January 15
Arrival, Orientation Walk and Welcome Dinner (D)

Welcome to Costa Rica! A representative from our local tour operator will meet us upon arrival at Juan Santamaría International Airport outside the main terminal. We transfer to our hotel (approximately 30 minutes) in San Jose, conveniently located in the heart of downtown, within walking distance of most attractions and features an indoor pool, Jacuzzi, business center and a cozy bar.

This afternoon, explore the area, it’s safe to walk around and get a feel for Costa Rica. Meet your Singles Travel International Concierge and enjoy a casual walking tour of San Jose’s pleasant parks, shopping district and some historical sites. Tonight we have a welcome orientation dinner with our Costa Rican hosts.

  • Introductory walk around is approximately 2-1/2 hours. Please schedule a flight that arrives by 1:00 p.m. on Day 1 in order to be able to attend the San Jose walking tour at 3:00 p.m. Otherwise, you may join us later for the welcome dinner.

Overnight at Aurola Holiday Inn (Don’t be fooled by the name, this is a very nice hotel in a great location!)

Day 2 – Sunday – January 16
Espiritu Santo Coffee Plantation & Arenal Hot Springs (B,L,D)

Enjoy breakfast at our hotel, and then we’re off to begin our adventure! First stop along the way we’ll visit Espiritu Santo Coffee Plantation to learn all about growing, harvesting and marketing the rich coffee of Costa Rica.

We’ll see the coffee in making, starting with the seedlings station where we’ll see the veggies garden, continue to “La Casona” where the coffee plant resides in their first year of life, then actually walk through a coffee field! Finally, we stop by the roasting room and of course, the souvenir shop. Lunch will be served at the ranch.

  • The secrets of a real coffee cup are cheerfully shared at this fine plantation. This tour shows the remarkable tradition and history of coffee growing in Costa Rica.
  • On the way to La Fortuna, we’ll have the chance to buy craft works in one of the many art shops in the town of Sarchi.

We continue to La Fortuna and the Arenal National Park, near the border of Nicaragua, a region possessing beautiful and varied scenery. The lowlands host gushing rivers, hot springs, lagoons and plentiful wildlife. Check into our luxurious resort where we spend the next two days exploring and treating our bodies to the relaxing and invigorating powers of the Natural Hot Springs formed by the active Arenal Volcano. The lake, canopy tours, hot springs, natural reserves and much more await us! If time permits, sneak in a swim in the thermal baths before dinner.

Meet the group for dinner at Ave Del Paraiso (in our hotel), once you are settled in your beautiful room overlooking the surrounding gardens.

Overnight at the 4 star Lost Iguana

Day 3 – Monday – January 17
Regular Sky Tram and Sky Trek Tour (zipline) (B,L,D)

Enjoy breakfast in tranquil surroundings before we depart for an adventurous day in the rain forest.

We start our day by walking on the hanging bridges of Arenal – five bridges in total, the longest is around 984 feet. The trails extend for slightly over 3.5 Km, making this tour extremely feasible for everyone.

Next, the slow-paced Sky Tram gondolas, designed and built by Doppelmayr (Austria), is an aerial tram with 6 cabins offering a smooth ride through the rain forest, with endless views along the way, so we’re able to appreciate the natural beauty that surrounds us on our way to the top. Once at the at the observation deck (1050 meters), we’ll be able to enjoy the most magnificent views of rain forest, the peaceful lake, and the majestic Arenal Volcano’s south face for as long as we’d like.

From there, we’ll have two options for returning to the base. The first option is to ride back down the same way we came up, on the Sky Tram. On the ride you will be able to notice how the vegetation varies as the altitude changes once again. The second and more exciting option is to zip your way to the bottom along a series of zip lines. The zip line descent is the best option for those seeking a rush of adrenaline.

Our operators use prestigious Pretzi brand harnesses; they are comfortable and adjustable at the waist and legs. All of the facilities were built and are supervised under strict safety measures. The Sky Trek pulleys were specially designed in hardened steel with two handles. They support 5,000 kilograms. The Sky Trek is a system of 11 cables that allows you to observe the rain forest and its landscape from many different views and positions while offering total security of its modern technology. The trek has 4.5 miles of cables ranging from 99 to 660 feet in length and 66 to 660 feet above ground. It is also composed of several walking trails through the forest. All together, the Sky Trek tour takes approximately 2 hours and 50 minutes.

Lunch is served at Sky Adventure restaurant and dinner at Ave del Paraiso are included in today’s agenda and there is plenty of time for spa activities and relaxing in the thermal hot springs!

Overnight at the 4 star Lost Iguana

Day 4- Tuesday – January 18
Arenal Lake Crossing – Monteverde (B,L,D)

Enjoy breakfast in tranquil surroundings before we depart for another adventurous day and the infinite beauty at Monteverde Cloud Forest.

Our journey leads us in the direction of Santa Elena & Monteverde area (which means “Green Mountain”). Our unique transfer will be a “lake crossing” form Arenal to Monteverde. We’ll be picked up by vans from our hotel to board a 40 minute boat ride in Lake Arenal. On the other side of the lake, we arrive at “Viejo Arenal” and ride for approximately 2.5 hours to our hotel in Monteverde.

Breathtaking view of the Gulf of Nicoya and the islands below will accompany us while ascending the hills. The Monteverde reserve was founded in 1951 by a group of North American Quakers who live in a secluded on 1400-meter-high plateau. Although some of the original virgin forest was cleared for dairy and coffee farming, the founders’ environmental consciousness, together with help from private organizations, founded a biological reserve that hosts one of the richest ecological systems in the country.

Lunch and dinner will be served at our hotel.

Overnight at the El Establo.

Day 5 – Wednesday – January 19
Monteverde Cloud Forest (B,L,D)

The Monteverde cloud forest tour will give us the opportunity to learn about the Monteverde rain forest’s magnificent ecosystem. A walk through a cloud forest reveals a lush green garden of mosses, ferns, flowers and epiphytes growing thickly on every tree. Clouds drift in and settle among the slopes, giving the continuous moisture required for such exuberant plant growth. Dangling roots and vines sweep across the trails. The air is rich with the sounds of birds and the occasional scurrying of small mammals on the forest floor and from time to time with a howler monkey roar.

Lunch and dinner will be served at our hotel.

Overnight at the El Establo.

Day 6 – Thursday – January 20
White Water River Rafting at Rio Tenorio – Tamarindo (B,L)

Enjoy an early, mountain air breakfast at our hotel this morning.

READY for a huge adventure? We’ll give you a chance to test your courage on the rollicking rapids of the upper Tenorio River in Guanacaste. Plenty of excitement awaits us as we plunge through twists, turns and drops down 8 miles of intense, challenging rapids. The Tenorio River has everything a rafter desires, including a one-of-a-kind Class V 12-foot drop! For rafters, this is a must-run river. The Guanacaste region features a distinctive dry tropical climate and remains largely undiscovered by most visitors. Yet it offers stunning natural treasures—including seven national parks and three wildlife reserves that make this region a magical place to enjoy the wildlife and scenery of the Tenorio.

Lunch is provided at the end of our tour before we continue to Tamarindo.

Guanacaste’s sun-kissed coastline is home of Tamarindo, the most developed beach on the Nicoya Peninsula and one of Costa Rica’s best-known surf spots. The surfer Mecca in the bay of Tamarindo has a funky bohemian vibe and offers one of the best nightlife scenes and international quality restaurants; Located only 1-hour drive away from the international airport of Liberia, Tamarindo is also easily accessible from North American and European cities. With an assortment of excellent beaches extending to both sides of Tamarindo, the bustling beach town is a strategic location. Called by Forbes magazine, Costa Rica’s most popular beach, the town has a mixture of high-end shopping, dining, and nightlife opportunities combined with Costa Rican flavor.

 

NOTE: Our estimated driving time is 4 hours (not including the tour time).

Dinner this evening is on our own. Now that we’ve become well acquainted, let’s hit he town for dinner and perhaps a bit of salsa! Our Singles Travel International Concierge will coordinate the evening’s activities.

Overnight at the Tamarindo Diria Hotel & Beach Resort

Day 7 – Friday – January 21
Catamaran Tour and Lunch plus free time to enjoy the beach and surroundings Tamarindo (B,L)

Today we’ll gaze off the bow of our private catamaran with a cold tropical drink as we scan the seas for dolphins, sea turtles, flying fish or even a breaching whale. Stop in a tranquil bay, drop anchor and frolic in the blue Pacific. Snorkel in the bay or run down the deserted white sand beach while the crew prepares a feast (BBQ chicken, pasta salad, fruit, chips, pico de gallo, guacamole, homemade chocolate chip cookies, local beers, tequila, whiskey, smoothies, juice, Pepsi). Listen to the waves slide along the giant catamaran as the sun sets, illuminating the clouds left in the sky. Bring your camera and capture the moment with your new friends.

Return to the hotel for a relaxing afternoon and then dinner with friends (at our own expense). Maybe just a pizza at Nari or gourmet fare at Matapalo, dining as the sun sets over the west. Whatever your desire, Tamarindo awaits us.

Overnight at the Tamarindo Diria Hotel & Beach Resort

Day 8 – Saturday – January 22

Tamarindo – Kayak Tour (B,L,D)

Fresh and varied choices are endless at the multi-station buffet in the Diria Restaurant at our hotel.

Our kayak tour is a 2-hour excursion in the Las Baulas National Estuary with a naturalist and bilingual guide. We enter the estuary one hour before high tide and return about one hour after it for the most comfortable ride. Silently gliding through the shade of the mangrove trees in your kayak is the best way to experience the mangrove forest and the abundant wildlife that awaits you. Dinner tonight is at our hotel.

The sun sets early in Guanacaste, let’s make the most of our last night in Costa Rica!

Overnight at the Tamarindo Diria Hotel & Beach Resort

Day 9 – Sunday – March 26
Tamarindo – Liberia International Airport Transfer, Trip Conclusion (B)

This morning after breakfast, we will provide a local transfer to the Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport for your flight back to the US. Say “hasta luego”, until we meet again on another incredible Singles Travel International Adventure!

Note: Make your return flight departure after 1:30 p.m. to take advantage of our group transfer.

Itinerary and hotels are subject to change at the discretion of our local operators without compensation. Singles Travel International is not responsible for the consequences of any changes made for operational improvements or local infrastructure, events requiring reroutes.

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PASSPORT MANDATORY A passport is required for US citizens. Be sure to confirm that your passport is current and will be valid at least six months after your return date. If you do not have one or need a new one, contact the State Department Passport Office in your area immediately or visit their website.

Non US Citizens are responsible for verifying their own required documentation for this tour.

FLIGHT & PASSPORT INFO Two months prior to your vacation, you’ll receive an email with a link to upload your flight and passport information. This is important for us to be able to schedule your included arrival and departure transfers. 

INSURANCE Travel Insurance is not mandatory, but, based on our experience, we highly recommend it. In addition to direct access immediately upon completing your purchase, you will receive a quote from Travel Guard regarding travel insurance after reserving your vacation.

When selecting a travel insurance policy, we recommend that at a minimum you are covered for medical expenses including emergency evacuation and repatriation. We also strongly recommend that the policy cover personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.

If you have any questions, Travel Guard professional, expert agents are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call us, if you have not received your quote within 3 days, or CLICK HERE to go directly to Travel Guard and request a policy quote. It only takes a few minutes.

Questions and comments after you have reserved your vacation are addressed promptly when you send a message to us at service@singlestravelintl.com.

 

A deposit is due at time of reservation, and final payment is due on November 1, 2021.

We’ve made paying your balance online as easy as 1-2-3! You’ll be able to see your balance directly within your Singles Travel International profile. Under the shopping cart icon, choose “Reservations and Payments” from the drop down to view your dashboard. To see how to use this NEW reservation and payment feature, watch this quick VIDEO. You may also call us at 877-765-6874 ext. 4 and provide us with your preferred payment information.

If you make a reservation after November 1, 2021, full payment will be automatically charged at time of reservation and penalties will apply.

Yes. All cancellations must be made in writing to Singles Travel International (submit to service@singlestravelintl.com) and are subject to the following terms:

*NO RISK DEPOSIT! A full refund will be given for any cancellations made prior to November 1, 2021, less a $75 future trip credit with Singles Travel International. 

*After November 1 and until December 15, 2021 – any cancellations are subject to a 50% cancellation fee.

*After December 15, 2021 – any cancellations or no shows – 100% trip penalty.

Note that if you elect to take a roommate and he/she cancels after our cut off date, we will do everything to find a new match. However, if no match is found, the difference in cost for a single cabin/room is the responsibility of the guest who cancels. No refund will be given to the guest who cancels, regardless of cruise or tour company policy as stated above. Singles Travel International is not responsible for costs related to cancellations after our cut-off date.

 

 

Our itinerary is designed to accommodate different skill levels, but members should already be in relatively good physical condition. If you exercise, walk, hike, do yoga or other organized activity regularly, then you should be just fine to participate in any of the activities we have planned (hike, rafting, zip lining, kayaking). Please tell us if you have any physical limitations BEFORE you make a reservation.

Our Concierge is on site to make the experience unique for all participants, and her duties to the group limit her ability to provide one-on-one help for extended periods of time.

 

 

 

The tour begins in San Jose (SJO), Costa Rica at 1:00 p.m. on January 15, 2022, and ends on the morning of January 23, 2022, in Tamarindo (LIR), Costa Rica. Therefore the trip is 8 nights/9 days.

Add our 1 Night Pre Tour Package to start the fun early! Click on the “Price My Trip” tab on the left hand navigation bar.

Premium Members get a FREE 1 Night PRE TOUR STAY * in San Jose! Click here today to find out more and start saving!!

Of course! We offer a 1 Night Pre-Tour Package in San Jose (January 14-15, 2022): Click ‘Price my Trip’ or ‘Book now’ to make your reservation.

Premium Members get a FREE 1 Night Pre-Tour Package * in San Jose! Click here today to find out more and start saving!!

Transportation to the hotel is not included for the pre-tour stay.

Although we make every effort, Singles Travel International does not guarantee roommate shares for Pre-tour stays. If no roommate is found, single occupancy rates prevail and are payable 30 days prior to departure.

Fast Facts & Information:
Population: 4.6 million
Area: 19,730 sq. miles (51,100 km)
Capital: San Jose
Language: Spanish
Religion: Roman Catholic (80% of the population)
Currency: 1 colon = 100 centimos
Electrical Current: 110 volts
Government: Constitutional, Democratic Republic, 4 yr. Elections
Highest Point: Mt. Chirripo, 12,529 ft. (3,819 m)
Seasons: Rainy (May – November), Dry (December-April)
Exports: Coffee, bananas, beef, sugar, cocoa, textiles, timber

Although Singles Travel International is committed to keep our members informed regarding the current status of our partner-vendor policies, you are ultimately responsible for your health and well-being when making travel decisions. We  strongly encourage all our members to check the latest travel recommendations by the US State Department, CDC, World Health Organization (WHO) and air carriers to review the latest information for travel risks so they make informed decision about their travel safety.

For those who make the personal decision to travel and in order to assure a mutually respectful environment surrounding Covid-19 safety, each member will need to sign a Fit & Willing to Travel Commitment. Please familiarize yourself with our other new protocols by CLICKING HERE.

You will be picked up at Juan Santamaria International Airport upon your arrival. You must arrive by 1:00 p.m. on January 15, 2022, in order to participate in the City Tour at 3:00 p.m. Note that you will be responsible for lunch or snacks to hold you over until dinner.

Singles Travel International is a vacation event company that plans singles events and markets our events at our expense to create a “singles only” experience. We do not allow guests to join the group unless the reservation has been made by Singles Travel International. Our policy is firm for tours and cruises, as well as pre and post trip hotel stays. Members and friends that “show up” will not be allowed to participate without paying an equivalent fee to the rest of the group that made the reservation with Singles Travel International. Your credit card on file will automatically be charged.

Yes! Singles Travel International is the only singles vacation company that features a travel community where members may send messages to one another at any time. Once you make a reservation, you are invited to post messages on the trip chat, which is great for finding out more about your fellow travel companions, coordinating taxi shares, setting up tours and more. Your trip chat is accessible from the trip page. Ask your Singles Travel International Reservation Guide for assistance.

Our program includes live online connections with your travel companions before you depart and RSVP for each event is available on our sister community www.SingleLife.Today.  Be sure to register today so that you don’t miss out on anything!

In order to accommodate singles from all over the world, our tours and cruises are priced as land/cruise only. Therefore, airfare is additional. Singles Travel International is a licensed ticketing agency and oftentimes has low negotiated fares.

Be sure to arrive at Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) no later than 1:00 p.m. on January 15 and depart from Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR) after 1:30 p.m. on January 23, 2022.

Be sure to arrive at Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) no later than 1:00 p.m. on January 15 and depart from Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR) after 1:30 p.m. on January 23, 2022.

Airport transfers on the first and last days of the tour ARE INCLUDED in your trip costs. At 2 months prior to your trip departure, you will receive an important email from Singles Travel International requesting your flight and passport information. Please respond in a timely manner so that we may arrange your transfers and provide all the necessary information to our local tour operator.

If you decide to come in early to Costa Rica, including for the 1 Night Pre Tour Package, or to stay late in Costa Rica, transfers are NOT included.

Independent transfers in San Jose are approximately $25-$30 USD from the airport to city center and our hotel. US dollars are accepted and taxis are available outside the terminal.

Independent transfers from Tamarindo to the Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR) are approximately $180 USD once way.

Our tour does not include international airfare, air tax, departure tax (approximately $29 US per person), transfers for arrivals before Day 1 and departures after Day 8 and extra hotel nights before and after the tour.

You are responsible for alcoholic beverages (except when included in Singles Travel International events), incidentals such as laundry and phone calls, plus gratuities to the guide ($8-10 per day), driver ($5-7 per day) and gratuities to your Singles Travel International Concierge ($10-$15 per day). Expect to tip $1 per bag in and out at each hotel. Gratuities are at your discretion and a gesture for a job well-done. Above are recommendations only and not a mandatory fee.

The currency used in Costa Rica is the US Dollar.

Credit Cards: Your credit card will be accepted to settle your incidentals bill at all hotels and in major shops and restaurants, but we highly recommend small bills for markets and souvenir shopping. You may also use a credit card to pay for any optional tours that you add to our tour once in Costa Rica. Most of our hotels do not have a safe in the room, but the front desk will safeguard your personal items.

Absolutely. Our site is so popular that we guarantee to find a roommate for you or the single room is on us! In order to take advantage of our offer, you must be paid in full by November 1, 2021. We may still be able to match you after this date, call us for options. Of course, single accommodations are available at an additional rate.

Roommate matches are based on the same sex, general age range and smoking preference whenever possible, but not guaranteed. Singles Travel International reserves the right to make any match up until the day of tour start.

We highly recommend that our guests contact their roommates in advance. Booked members have access to our private online chat. Meet your roommate as well as the other members on your vacation. Singles Travel International makes every effort to accommodate requests, but does not guarantee the satisfaction or success of a roommate match. It’s the responsibility of the guest to contact his/her roommate and ask the appropriate questions.

Optional pre and post cruise/tour stays are not eligible for the roommate match guarantee. Chances are excellent that we’ll find you a match, but if no match is found by 30 days prior to departure, member pays the single supplement.

Please contact your preferred carrier directly to make your reservation. If Singles Travel International issues a promotional economy fare, granting of frequent flyer credit is entirely at the airline’s discretion. If the flights are eligible, to ensure you earn frequent flyer credit from the airline, give your frequent flyer account number when you check in for your flights. In addition, save your boarding passes and the passenger receipt from your airline ticket. You may need to submit these to the airline (not to Singles Travel International) to claim any credit allowed.

We use the best possible accommodations for the area and have chosen hotels that offer comfort, variety and that are in ideal locations. See the itinerary tab for links to each property. All our hotels are 4-5 star according to international standards.

• 1 night at hotel Aurola Holiday Inn – standard room
• 2 nights at hotel Lost Iguana – standard deluxe
• 2 nights at hotel El Establo – deluxe room
• 3 nights at hotel Tamarindo Diria – sunset ocean view room

Of course not. You will be pleased to find out that nearly 90% of our guests on every cruise sign up and have never met anyone before joining the group. In 28 years, we have perfected the singles cruise experience. It is paramount that our guests meet each other right away and have opportunities to mingle every day. From the moment you arrive at our San Jose hotel, our Singles Travel International Concierge is waiting to meet you at our Welcome Happy Hour/Mixer.

Our “Baby Boomer” vacations cater to singles in their 50s and 60s but you will often meet singles ranging anywhere from 45-75. We generally have a ratio of 60/40, women to men. As a travel club, matchmaking is not our focus. Ages listed on our page are not restricted. They are simply used as a guideline. We offer an opportunity for single travelers to see the world in the company of other singles and do not guarantee ratios or ages.

We recommend that you meet the members of the Singles Travel International Community online where you may view and interact with members via “Who’s Going” on every trip page. This is the best way to find out exactly who will be on your vacation.

We also invite you to join our 50+ singles community when you are not on the road, before and after your vacation @ www.SingleLife.Today.  Membership is free and when you upgrade to Premium, you’ll save $1000s of dollars on Your Own Space™.

Be prepared for sunshine and dry weather! January begins the dry season in the western part of the country. However, being that you will be in a cloud forest at one point, it’s always best to be prepared for rain at any time of the year. In rain forests and cloud forests, it rains almost every day, sometimes several times per day.

In the San Jose area, weather averages in January range from the mid-60s (average low) to mid-70s (average high). In the Monteverde area, average highs are in the low-80s, with average lows being in the low-60s. And in Tamarindo, on the Pacific side, average highs are in the high-80s, with average lows being in the low-70s.

Remember you are only 8 degrees from the equator, so use plenty of sunscreen and a hat. Expect windy weather and temperatures in the 50s and 60s (10-15 C) at Costa Rica’s highest altitudes.

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) recommends updating all routine booster shots for travel almost anywhere.

It is recommended that all travelers to Costa Rica are vaccinated against Hepatitis A and B, Typhoid and Malaria. Before traveling, it’s recommended that you talk with your physician. 

 

Currently, most airlines will allow you to check one bag, weighing 50 pounds each, for a fee. In addition you may carry-on one bag plus a personal item such as a purse or briefcase. Please check with your air carrier for up-to-the minute regulations and fees for checked baggage. As we are traveling in vans and much of the time is on the road, we kindly request that you limit your luggage to one large duffel bag in addition to any hand-carry items.

The following checklist has been prepared in order to assure you of having the proper equipment and clothing needed to make your trip an enjoyable and comfortable backcountry experience. Please check your equipment carefully to make sure that it provides a comfortable fit and is in good working condition before arriving for your trip. If you have any questions about any of the items on this list, please don’t hesitate to call us at (877) SOLO-TRIP (765-6874)

**How To Pack**
All of your clothing and belongings should preferably be packed into one durable piece of soft-sided luggage such as a duffel bag or backpack. Each morning put everything that you will need during the day in a separate daypack. Your Trip Leader will advise you well in advance of each day’s activities and particular needs. It is a good idea to bring stuff sacks or plastic bags (ziplocks) to keep dirty clothes, wet swimsuits, camera, tickets, etc. compartmentalized. Make sure all your gear is labeled.

Clothing and Footwear:
*Raingear: Lightweight rain jacket and pants
*Changes of clothes for the evening (casual dress is the norm)
*Thermal insulating shirt (great for cool evening temperatures and water activities, optional)
*Shirts: a combination of mostly short and one or two long sleeve shirts is preferred
*Lightweight sweater, jacket or polar fleece top (optional)
*Hiking shorts (pants may be preferred due to insects)
*Lightweight trousers: cotton or nylon hiking pants for bug protection (jeans are not recommended as they take a long time to dry if they get wet)
*Hiking socks – quick drying, non cotton
*Swimsuit
*Hat with visor for rain & sun protection
*Lightweight hiking boots and/ or cross-training shoes that can also be used for biking
*Sandals (Closed toe – Keen, Tevas or Chacos – to be worn on the river)
*Dry shoes for evenings

Equipment, etc:
*Sunglasses with UV protection
*Sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher (biodegradable)
*Camera and cellphone
*Alarm clock
*Insect repellent (with Deet, buy in the US)
*Lip balm/moisturizer with UV protection
*Toiletries kit (toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo, brush, etc…)
*Hand lotion/skin moisturizer
*Personal first aid kit (aspirin, Band-Aids, personal medications, eye drops, tampons, etc…)
*Foot care kit: moleskin, molefoam, or spenco second skin, athletic tape, and a pair of small scissors
*Binoculars (very helpful for viewing wildlife)
*Guidebooks, novels, journal…
*Water bottles or CamelBack hydration system
*Flashlight and batteries
*Extra prescription glasses (if applicable)
*A strap (such as Croakies) to secure glasses to your head
*Earplugs for light sleepers
*Money belt

On almost any trip to Costa Rica, you will visit mountains, the beach, and the temperate Central Valley. You need to be prepared for temperatures from the low 50s to the low 90s, and everything in between. Your comfort is of utmost importance to us, and we offer the following suggestions to help ensure your maximum enjoyment during the tour. Our clothing list recommendations are designed to cover the wide range of possible weather conditions.

Rapid and numerous changes in temperature and the probability of rain mean you should come prepared with appropriate clothing. Dress in layers, and try to bring lightweight, fast-drying clothing. Wearing layers of clothing is one of the best ways to regulate body temperature and conserve energy. Polypropylene, capilene, or similar synthetic fabrics work best to wick moisture away from your skin and keep you dry. Moisture causes you to feel colder if it is cold outside, and hotter if it is hot. Trapped moisture also causes friction, chafing and blisters.

For our hiking trips, shoes with good ankle support and a gripping sole are necessary. Soft-soled, smooth bottom tennis shoes are uncomfortable and are not recommended.

Please consult the above “Equipment And Clothing List” for a complete checklist of necessary items to bring for the trip. Please call us if you have any questions regarding personal equipment needs, purchasing recommendations, or rental equipment.

Evening Attire: Casual dress is the standard in all of our destinations.

As we will be on our feet each day, it is extremely important that you take the necessary precautions in caring for your feet.

To prevent injury and discomfort, here are some guidelines:

-Wear comfortable, well-fitting shoes.
-Always wear socks. We recommend two pair: a thin polypropylene under layer and wool over layer. This should prevent blisters.
-Keep your feet clean and dry.
-If you start to notice irritation or start to feel pain or a “hot spot” forming on your feet, this is usually an indication that a blister is forming. It is best to treat a problem area before blisters form and increased pain develops. Depending on the severity and type of irritation, you can:
-Cover the entire irritated area with moleskin; make sure the moleskin lies flat on your foot.
-Cut a doughnut out of the moleskin and place it around a blister that is forming.
-Use a piece of second skin to cover the problem area.

Other things to consider before leaving:

-Contact lenses: If you wear them, you may want to bring prescription glasses as they may become more convenient to wear.
-Prescription glasses: If you wear them, bring an extra pair.
-Prescription medicines: Bring an adequate supply in the original container.

Costa Rica, Lonely Planet, by Rob Rachowiecki: Travel guidebook

The Quetzal and the Macaw by David Rains Wallace: Wallace gives an historical perspective of the formation and development of the national park system.

The Costa Ricans by Richard Biesanz: Reviews the history and politics of this tropical country.

Costa Rica -A Traveler’s Literary Companion edited by Barbara Ras: This is a collection of short stories by Costa Rican writers.

There Never Was a Once Upon a Time, by Carmen Naranjo: This book contains short stories by a major Costa Rican writer.

Tropical Nature, by Adrian Forsyth and Ken Miyata: A lively picture of American rain forests — as seen by two observant and thoughtful field biologists. Written for the curious traveler, its 17 essays introduce the lowland forests of Central and South America. If you read one book before the trip, this is the one.
Inside Costa Rica, by Sylvia Lara: This book is a succinct overview of the history, culture and economics of Costa Rica. Published by a non-profit organization with a left-leaning perspective, it is a well-researched and up-to-date portrait of the country and U.S. policy for those who prefer facts and figures to glossy photographs.

Costa Rica: A Traveler’s Literary Companion, by Barbara Ras: This well-chosen anthology brings together 26 modern stories by Costa Rican writers. It’s a wonderful introduction to the character of the people, culture and land.

Costa Rica: The Ecotravellers’ Wildlife Guide: A field guide to the most commonly encountered and spectacular birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles of Costa Rica with 80 color plates. Out- standing introductory chapters cover habitats, conservation efforts and attractions of the country.

Costa Rica Map, by International Travel Maps: This attractive map of Costa Rica, designed for the traveler, features topographic detail at a scale of 1:500,000.

Travel Insurance is not mandatory, but, based on our experience, we highly recommend it. In addition to direct access immediately upon completing your purchase, you will receive a quote from Travel Guard regarding travel insurance after reserving your vacation.

When selecting a travel insurance policy, we recommend that at a minimum you are covered for medical expenses including emergency evacuation and repatriation. We also strongly recommend that the policy cover personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.

If you have any questions, Travel Guard professional, expert agents are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call us, if you have not received your quote within 3 days, or CLICK HERE to go directly to Travel Guard and request a policy quote. It only takes a few minutes.

Questions and comments after you have reserved your vacation are addressed promptly when you send a message to us at service@singlestravelintl.com.

Your Final Vacation Details & Meetup Information document, posted to the FAQ tab 21 days prior to departure, will include phone contact numbers for our hotels. We suggest you leave a copy of this with your family.

Questions and comments after you have reserved your vacation are addressed promptly when you send a message to us at service@singlestravelintl.com.

Our office is open Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. In an emergency after hours, please contact Tammy Weiler at 815-715-6998.

All countries you will visit have laws against the purchase and export of certain items, including antiquities, national cultural property and certain animal products, especially endangered species (ivory, rhino horn, tortoise shell, coral, feathers, etc.). Additionally, the United States has laws prohibiting the import of certain items, which include many of the same things. You face having your purchase confiscated and/or heavy fines for exporting or importing prohibited items.

On return to the U.S., your baggage is subject to search by U.S. Customs. Currently, you are permitted to bring back $800 of goods duty free. Persons aged 21 or over may also bring in one liter of liquor and one carton of cigarettes. If you plan to purchase a lot of souvenirs or expensive items, it is important to retain all purchase receipts. However, please note that U.S. Customs may not accept a receipt as true cost if it seems unusually low for the estimated value of the item. You may access the regulations and restrictions governing US Customs on their official website, click here to learn more.

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Hello, My name is Sylvia and I have the good fortune to be a part of the STI Concierge team. I am native to The Netherlands but moved to the U.S. as a teenager and went on to attend the California College of the Arts in the SF Bay Area. After I graduated I decided to travel extensively to experience for myself the great masterpieces and architecture of the world. Thus started my love affair with travel and the amazing people I have met along the way. I took a hiatus to raise my children and then got right back to it once they went off to College. I have been leading trips for the past 18 years in Europe, Northern India, SE Asia and Cuba. I look forward to meeting you to share in some fun and adventure!

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