The Best Excursions and Day Trips in Costa Rica

The Best Excursions and Day Trips in Costa Rica

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The Best Excursions and Day Trips in Costa Rica

If you’re visiting the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica, then you may want to consider renting an all-inclusive private villa for your stay.  Villa de la Luna is a large, spacious property, perfect for a family vacation. Boasting great amenities and ocean views, Villa de la Luna is the perfect base for exploring Costa Rica. See some of the best activities and excursions you can take in the Guanacaste region of the country and beyond. 

With pristine natural environments, incredible volcanoes and blissful beaches, there is so much to keep you occupied in Costa Rica

Sunset Boat Cruise

One of Guanacaste province’s finest beaches, Ocotal Beach also makes the perfect embarkation point for a luxury Costa Rican sunset cruise. Located within walking distance of Villa de la Luna, the 65-foot Don Bosco motor sailboat can take groups (minimum 8 passengers) out into the open ocean for a sunset cruise with plenty of wine and snacks. Alternatively, the boat can be hired for a day trip, which includes lunch on a private beach. Prices start at $85 per person for a sunset cruise, great value for a truly memorable evening. If you’re visiting Costa Rica between August and April then you have a decent chance of spotting some of the huge migratory pods of humpback whales, which are present in Costa Rica’s waters during this time of year.

Arenal Volcano

Located in the heart of Arenal Volcano National Park, this patch of Costa Rica is home to some of the best scenery to be found anywhere in the country. The now-dormant volcano dominates the landscape and the surrounding area is littered with volcanic formations including hot springs. Day trips running from Villa de la Luna include all of your transportation and the services of bi-lingual tour guides. You will get two meals included with your day trip and will enjoy a cruise across Arenal Lake and a dip in some of the natural volcanic hot springs, as well as being able to walk around the volcano and explore some of the national parks. With a minimum group size of 4 passengers, prices are estimated at around $185 per person, though these can vary.

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Palo Verde National Park

Costa Rica is a wildlife haven, home to some incredible species. Palo Verde National Park is located within Guanacaste province and is the perfect place to delve into this biodiverse country’s wildlife without straying too far from your villa. A river cruise tour of the national park allows visitors to see the rich mangrove forests, marshes and dry forest habitats which are home to amazing wildlife. Crocodiles laze on the river banks, sloths move clumsily through the trees and toucans swoop overhead in colorful flocks. Your river cruise will include transportation, an English-speaking tour guide and lunch.

Cloud Forest Tour

Another of Costa Rica’s magical natural environments are its mountain forests, suspended in the clouds, hence their name. Costa Rica’s cloud forests are home to 2.5% of all the world’s biodiversity, and much of this can be seen on a trip to the region. There are also some incredible hanging bridges to experience, as long as you don’t mind heights! Our cloud forest tour includes all your transportation and sightseeing, along with breakfast and lunch. You’ll also get access to the hanging bridges and a tropical butterfly garden, as well as time spent watching the tiny hummingbirds which live in the forest. At just $190 per person (4 person minimum) for all of this, there is really no better way to experience the country’s magical environments.

Custom Tours

As well as the range of excursions we have on offer, we can also create custom tours for you, if there’s somewhere you’d like to visit that isn’t currently featured on our list of excursions. We can also combine some of the existing tours to make you a custom tour at a better price. Simply get in touch with us to discuss any custom tour ideas you may have; the team will be happy to help.


Villa de la Luna has plenty to keep guests busy, with its private pool, open bar and catered service, it’s important you also venture out and explore some of the incredible sights that Costa Rica has to offer. With pristine natural environments, incredible volcanoes and blissful beaches, there is so much to keep you occupied in the country. For more information about all of the day trips offered, please click here.

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COVID-19 Property Details

Your Safety Matters

Now more than ever, we are passionate about delivering an exceptional experience and truly memorable moments throughout your stay.

In response to current travel requirements surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, we have put together a reference list of frequently asked questions and top resources for additional information.

We look forward to welcoming you.

What Are the Safety Protocols at the Villa

Villa de la Luna prides itself on exceptional service and pristine conditions.

To ensure the safety of our guests and staff, the staff has increased routine cleaning and sanitation daily throughout the property. They also wear a mask at all times.

Do I Need Travel Insurance?

All vaccinated guests and minors are not required to purchase travel insurance before their trip.

For non-vaccinated guests, proof of insurance must be shown when entering Costa Rica.

For more information about whether or not you’ll need travel insurance, please click here

For pricing and travel insurance packages available, please click here.

Are Masks Required Outside the Property?

Yes, Costa Rica prides itself on following and upholding CDC protocols. 

CDC recommends that everyone wear a mask over their nose and mouth when in public, including on public transportation and in transportation hubs such as airports and stations.

Do I Have to Provide a Negative COVID Test to Enter the Country?

No. But all U.S. tourists do need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test prior to departure from the Villa. The same applies to tourists from other countries with layovers in the United States.

To learn more about the testing requirements and where you can get one, please click here.

Is the Staff Vaccinated?

Yes! All our staff members are fully vaccinated.

For more information regarding travel requirements, please click here to view the U.S. Embassy in Costa Rica’s FAQ.

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