Add Costa Rica to your dive travel story! Costa Rica is widely recognized as one of the world’s most biodiverse nations. The small country is sandwiched between two oceans and is home to a number of ecosystems above and below the water. Costa Rica is fast becoming a hot spot scuba diving destination, particularly along its Pacific shores.

Margaritaville Beach Resort, Costa Rica

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This Jimmy Buffet chain Margaritaville Beach Resort in Flamingo Beach on Costa Rica’s northwest coast is sure to provide plenty of Parrothead ambiances combined and “Pura Vida” vibe. The relatively small resort has 120 beautifully appointed guest rooms across from a white-sand beach and has a view of the Catalina Islands. Just a little more than an hour from Liberia Intl Airport, guests are close to world-class scuba diving just a short 15-minute boat ride from Flamingo.

Overview

Margaritaville

Enjoy the waves breaking on the beach or the ever-popular sunset sailboat cruise that includes a stop for snorkeling and a crew that will help you cast a line if you like to fish. All of the best activities are easily accessible from the Margaritaville Beach Resort at Flamingo Beach including Zipline tours, ATV, mangrove kayaking, surfing tours & lessons, scuba diving lessons, wildlife boat tours, and golf.

The signature oversized main pool with a swim-up bar is the highlight of the resort. An oceanfront restaurant and lounge, a family center, watersports, a spa, a tennis court, a fitness center, and covered children’s pool & playground are also available.

Watch one of the breathtaking sunsets over the Pacific Ocean that can be seen from the observation deck at the resort’s main bar and lounge or grab a bite to eat at a variety of restaurants and bars at Margaritaville Beach Resort. You can stroll over to the town center and get ice cream after lunch or dinner.

All-inclusive packages are available for purchase if you want to relax and know your costs in advance. And if you want just breakfast, there are several restaurants within walking distance from the resort and in the nearby town of Brausalito you will find many more restaurants, bars, and nightlife.

A choice of room types include:

  • Standard Room – two double beds
  • Studio family suite
  • Family bunk bed junior suite
  • Garden poolside Room – one king bed
  • Garden pool room – two double beds
  • Pool view room – one king bed
  • Pool view room – two double beds
  • Honeymoon suite

7 nights Dive and Stay

Costa Rica is fast becoming a hot spot scuba diving destination, particularly along its Pacific shores. From enticing shark encounters to run-ins with giant Manta Rays, Costa Rica’s volcanic pinnacles are filled with pelagic life. Divers frequently encounter sea turtles, stingrays, manta rays, moray eels, barracuda, tuna, and snapper. Schooling fish can be found on every dive site, as well as small critters like sea horses, frogfish, and harlequin clown shrimp. Sharks and dolphins are seen regularly, and humpback and pilot whales migrate twice seasonally. This package is designed to fly in and out of Liberia (LIR) International airport.

Highlights

Dive Guanacaste reef sharks, turtles, sea horses, eels, octopus and massive schools of tropical fish.
Easy to add additional dive days or tanks, upgraded dives or night dives.
Your holiday: Your Choice! – Choose your adventure

– Zip among treetops, rappel, tube and relax in thermal pools
– Monkey, Bird & Croc Safari along the Palo Verde River.

Other Hotels Available on request

Casa Conde del Mar

Playa Panama in northwestern Guanacaste is one of Costa Rica’s pristine “Blue-Flag” certified beaches and where you will find Case Conde Beach Front Hotel. This All-Inclusive Boutique property. Located just 20 minutes from Daniel Oduber International Airport (LIR), you will soon be enjoying a dip in the pool or listening to the gently lapping waves as you relax in lounge chairs on the beach. Iguanas roam freely and Howler monkeys can be heard and seen in the trees throughout the grounds.

From Casa Conde there is plenty to keep you busy. You can enjoy a day of fishing or scuba diving in the Gulf of Papagayo. Or if you want to go offshore or are a more experienced, advanced diver, head out to the Bat Islands. Snorkeling, paddle boarding and kayaking can be arranged, as well as a plethora of day tours like Zip-Lines, Waterfalls, Sloth & Monkey Tours, River Safaris, Dive or Surfing Lessons, Mangrove Kayaking, Horseback Riding or ATV Tours.

This beach front location with its low-key, relaxing atmosphere make it the perfect spot for couples, families and groups. The well-manicured lawn stretching to the beach make this one of the best hotels for relaxing by the beach in the Guanacaste area. The restaurants and swim up bars keep guests happy, and Casa Conde is a popular venue for weddings, receptions and other events.
Hotel amenities: Free Parking (Self-Parking), Swimming Pool, Free Wi-Fi, Gift Shop, Laundry & Dry Cleaning Services, Two Restaurants, Coffee Shop, One Dry Bar and Two Wet Bars. Destination Weddings can be arranged, please ask our agents to coordinate.

Grand Papagayo

Barcelo’s Occidental Papagayo is an Adults-Only, all-inclusive resort ideal for rest and relaxation mixed with adventure in superb natural setting. The pool is the focal point in the center of the property with rooms, lobby, restaurants, massage cabanas and beach all within a short distance. Set in an idyllic location surrounded by the wild, natural beauty characteristic of Costa Rica’s northern Pacific coast, guests will feel swept away to a tropical haven, enjoying all the amenities one could imagine.

Three restaurants and four bars are on the property, offering you exceptional Costa Rican cuisine and original international offerings combined with meticulous service. The Japanese restaurant offers table seating, private tatami rooms and a teppanyaki table. Dinners for à la carte restaurants at Occidental Papagayo can be booked after the second day of your stay, and you can enjoy one à la carte dinner for every 3 nights of your stay.

The U-Spa at Occidental Papagayo offers a tranquil atmosphere where every detail has been considered to provide guests with well-being, health, beauty and comfort while you enjoy treatments. Subtle aromas greet you before you enjoy the hot tub, sauna, Vichy shower or Turkish bath. Private rooms for relaxing and therapeutic massages and facials, plus a full range of beauty services are offered. The gym has equipment for cardio training and machines for resistance training.

Occidental Papagayo features spacious and bright rooms that have been designed for the enjoyment of their guests. Premium Level options give guests a VIP experience with preferential restaurant reservations, a Premium Level Lounge and other amenities for a perfect romantic vacation in tropical paradise setting.

Enjoy more of Costa Rica. The Guanacaste Province and the Culebra Bay offer great off-property opportunities too so you can enjoy Costa Rica and stay active. Some of the favorite activities enjoyed by guests include scuba diving, snorkeling cycling, kayaking, paddle-boarding, zip-lines, ATV tours, horseback riding, rappelling and much more.

Experience an incredible vacation in Costa Rica, surrounded by the white sands of Flamingo Beach and the Pacific Ocean. Our alluring oceanfront resort will immerse you in tropical splendor. Enjoy authentic local dining, a fitness center, tennis court, and exciting outdoor activities, from boogie boards to paddleboarding. Relax by the sparkling resort pool with a swim-up bar, or lounge on the soft sands of our blue-flag ecological beach. Pamper yourself with a massage at OnZen Spa or stroll through lush gardens under swaying palm trees and with exotic wildlife that creates an atmosphere that invites adventure and fun. Share romantic moments, reconnect with family, go scuba diving or surfing in the deep-blue ocean or enjoy a Costa Rica fishing vacation. Pura Vida is calling.

Services and Amenities

  • OnZen Spa
  • Oceanfront Restaurant & Lounge
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Huge Outdoor Pool & Swim-Up Bar
  • Covered Children’s Pool & Playground
  • Family Center With Movies & Games
  • Lit Tennis Court
  • Tour & Fishing Charter Concierge
  • Scuba Diving
  • Kayaks & Paddleboards
  • Fitness Center
  • Event & Meeting Space
  • Daily Activities & Fitness Classes
  • Privileges At Local Golf Courses
  • Margaritaville Souvenir Shop
  • Photography Studio
  • Car Rental
  • Babysitting Services ($)


Itinerary and Dive Sites

From enticing shark encounters to run-ins with giant Manta Rays, Costa Rica’s volcanic pinnacles are filled with pelagic life. Divers frequently encounter sea turtles, stingrays, manta rays, moray eels, barracuda, tuna, and snapper. Schooling fish can be found on every dive site, as well as small critters like sea horses, frogfish, and harlequin clown shrimp. Sharks and dolphins are seen regularly, and humpback and pilot whales migrate twice seasonally.

Day 1 Welcome to Costa Rica – Guanacaste

Overnight Beach Hotel

Welcome to Pura Vida! Touch down at the Liberia International Airport (LIR). You will be met by one of our representatives as you exit the airport and then make your way to the Pacific Coast. Check into your hotel, grab a tropical drink and relax before your next morning dive adventure. In the evening meet up with your dive center for a dive briefing to check-in and confirm any last-minute questions about diving. conditions.

Day 2 – 6 Guanacaste – Scuba Diving

Overnight Beach Hotel

Breakfast at Hotel. Scuba divers begin their diving on Day 2. Enjoy 2-Tank (Local) Dives where you will have a great variety and abundance of marine life. Return to the hotel for the afternoon by the pool or ask us to arrange an adventure tour.

Day 7 Guanacaste – Topside Adventure – YOUR VACATION, YOUR CHOICE!

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. Spend the day exploring all of the topside attractions that Costa Rica is known for from tropical riverboat wildlife cruises or heart-pumping river and canopy adventure. Choose between 2 great adventures:

Max Adventure # 1: Zipline among treetops, canyon rappel, whitewater tube and relax in thermal pools and volcanic mud bath.

Wildlife River Cruise Adventure # 2: Monkeys, bird & crocodile wildlife river cruise along the Palo Verde Rive.

Day 8 Departure

Pura Vida!

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. Depending on the flight schedule, transfer to Liberia International Airport for your departure flight.

Other Packages Available

12 Day Costa Rica Underwater, Landscape & Wildlife Photo Adventure

Program Highlights

Macro: Costa Rica offers a huge variety of macro life underwater. Learn how to find and photograph marine life.
Wide Angle: Dive spots at Catalinas and Bat Islands are teaming with big fish life and will provide us good wide-angle opportunities. Learn how to optimize strobe position and light integration. You will learn manual settings, strobe position slave strobes, additional lights and models
Whales and dolphins: Costa Rican waters are home to dozens of marine mammal species and spotted, or bottle nose dolphins common. Humpback whales migrate to the warmer waters of Costa Rica to mate, give birth, and raise their young from July to October.
Drone and Land Photography: Costa Rica has so much to offer both below and above the water.
Editing: To press the shutter is only half of the work – editing brings the images to life. How do you use software like Lightroom to master your images.
Daily Photo Workshops: Workshops will be given daily on topics such as wide-angle underwater photography, ambient light shots, diving with large animals, strobe exposure, and positions, avoiding backscatter and composition.

7 Nights Dive Costa Rica – Beach & Volcano Loop

Get to know the beauty and biodiversity of Costa Rica by land and sea on this great combo package.

Highlights

  • Dive Guanacaste sharks, turtles, sea horses, eels, octopus and massive schools of tropical fish.
  • Easy to add additional dive days or tanks, upgraded dives or night dives.
  • Zip-line Tree Top Canopy Tour.
  • Experience the volcano and rainforest and relax in the famous naturally heated Tabacón Volcanic hot springs.
  • Your Choice of Adventure! – Pick between White Water Rafting, Canyon-Rappelling or Wildlife River Safari – with Lunch included.

Cost includes

  • 7 Nights Beach Hotel Accommodations.
  • 6 Dives (3 Dive Days – 2 Tank AM Boat Dives with Tanks, Weight Belts & Weights).
  • Meal plan according to hotel choice (All-Inclusive and Breakfast only options available).
  • Roundtrip airport transfers from Liberia (LIR) (1 per group).
  • Choice of ONE of the following adventure tours:
  • – Option # 1 ADVENTURE COMBO: Zip-line, Rappel, Tubing, Mud bath, Thermal Pools (L)
  • – Option # 2 SAFARI FLOAT AT PALO VERDE RIVER: Monkey, Crocodile and Bird Watching (L)
  • All Taxes
  • Want more diving? No Problem! It’s easy to add additional dive days to this package. Additional dive days, Night Dives or additional tanks are available for most packages.
  • Flights are extra
  • Extended stays available on request
Best time to Dive in Costa Rica

Costa Rica diving is available year round so when asked when is the best time to dive in Costa Rica, Bill Beard always answers “Any time you can make it!”

Diving seasons are divided between the rainy “green” season (May to November) and dry season (December to April) If we had to pick, our favorite time is Costa Rica’s rainy season between May to November. Don’t be scared off as the rainy season, the mornings are usually sunny with some rain in the afternoons. Nutrient surges off the Pacific coast attract bull sharks to Bat Island from May to November and huge schools of fish and rays.

Water temperatures

Ocean temps with warm waters from 23C/73F to 29C/84F on average. Costa Rica experiences an influx of cooler water Dec to April, with averages from 20 C / 68F to 25C/76F. Seasonal air temperature along the coasts ranges from 27°C/82°F in green season and up to 35°C/95°F in the hot dry summer months from Dec to April.

Visibility

On average tends to be better during the warmer water months from June to November however even during those months divers can experience a wide range of visibility even from dive to dive ranging from 30 m/100ft to 5m/15ft. Even with low visibility the water is nutrient rich with plankton which attracts tons of marine life and huge schools (universities!) of fish. The reefs are volcanic rock pinnacles so don’t expect beautiful corals, but the abundance and multitude of colorful fish and marine life makes for exciting and fun diving.

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Margaritaville Beach Resort, Costa Rica