Theresa and Carolyn's Afro-Caribbean Costa Rica

Limón Province, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica

Aug 11 - 18, 2023
Group size: 30 - 40
Theresa and Carolyn's Afro-Caribbean Costa Rica
Limón Province, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica

Aug 11 - 18, 2023
Group size: 30 - 40

About this trip

The charming and welcoming town of La Fortuna is a perfect getaway for families, couples, and friends. The only requisite is that you love outdoor adventure and relaxation!   

African heritage is alive and well in Costa Rica. Gain a deeper awareness of the country’s Afro-Caribbean diaspora on this culturally immersive tour based out of the coastal Afro-Latin town of Puerto Viejo. The area’s pristine beaches and lush rainforests form the perfect backdrop for R&R and exciting activities alike that highlight the area’s unique multiculturalism.  

Sample Hotels

When you choose your accommodation in Costa Rica, we can suggest a variety of places to stay that range from luxury properties to family-run guesthouses and hotels in restored historic buildings. They all come recommended by our specialists from their own experience of staying there.  

San Jose  - Authentico Hotel 

Auténtico Hotel is located in Costa Rica’s capital city San José. The proximity to various historic monuments makes it an ideal location to begin and end your vacation to Costa Rica. The Auténtico’s main goal is to preserve the style and family hospitality while committing to create a unique concept. You will quickly notice all the details differentiating the hotel from other big chains. They are catering to all different kind of travelers – families, business, or pleasure. Experience a service which will enable you to learn more about Costa Rican culture and traditions. The simple rooms offer you everything you need. You will find air conditioning, cable TV, a coffee maker, a hairdryer, and a safe box. Furthermore, you will find a garden, a bar, and laundry facilities onsite.

Arenal  - Hotel Magic Mountain

The Hotel Magic Mountain received its name from the magical and majestic Arenal Volcano that towers over northern Costa Rica. Nearby La Fortuna, a pleasant rural town of shops and restaurants, sits right at the foot of the looming volcano. Dark volcanic soils have made this land fertile for verdant farms and thick jungles, hence the name Fortuna. On clear days the Arenal Volcano sends columns of smoke and ash in thick clouds up into the sky. After sunset, the volcano lights up the night with sparks and red-hot lava eruptions.

Come and relax in the beautiful Magic Mountain Hotel. One of the newest hotels in the area, with a neatly polished finish, rooms that spur envy from the competition. Also, a restaurant that can compete with the best and fast and well-mannered service, this hotel is one to have in mind for your upcoming trips to Arenal.

Puerto Viejo -  Le Caméléon Boutique Hotel 

Le Caméléon Boutique Hotel is located in Puerto Viejo, Limon, on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. With its laid back attitude and Caribbean lifestyle, Puerto Viejo has it all: long walks on the pristine beaches, exotic flora and fauna in a wildlife refuge, snorkeling or diving among the many reefs in crystal clear waters, world-class surfing, mountain biking, kayaking and cultural visits to indigenous communities. Cocles Beach with its beautiful golden sand is walking distance from the hotel. At Le Caméléon every day is a new day.  


  • To book we ask for a non- refundable $500 deposit, per person on our secure business PayPal account.
  • Full payment is then made 60 days before departure.



What airport do I fly into?

Juan Santamaría International Airport  in San Juan, Costa Rica  (Airport Code SJO)

Do I need to be vaccinated to travel to Costa Rica?

No, in terms of COVID - 19,  you don't need to be vaccinated to enter Costa Rica.

If you decide to get a vaccination as a precaution, please talk to your doctor. Usually, he or she will recommend you get the vaccination 2-3 weeks before you travel to Costa Rica.  Some travelers have asked whether they need malaria pills for exploring Costa Rica’s jungles.  Again, it is best to ask your doctor. You can also check out the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or the World Health Organization (WHO)

Costa Rica Visa / Entry Requirements? Passports

A passport is required for entry in Costa Rica. For US and Canadian citizens, only a valid passport is necessary.  No prior Visa approval is required.  For non-US citizens, a Visa is sometimes required depending on where your citizenship is based. It is always a good idea to find out the current visa and entry requirements from your local Costa Rican Consulate. Once you enter Costa Rica, most visitors are given a 90-day tourist visa that is stamped in their passport. Make sure your passport is valid for the entire length of your stay.  Some foreign nationals of certain countries may be given a shorter visa, 30 or 60 days. Be sure not to overstay your welcome!   

How does payment work?

To book we ask for a non- refundable $500 deposit, per person on our secure business PayPal account. This payment will be deducted from the full balance of your tour. We will provide you with a receipt for this initial payment.

Full payment is then made 60 days prior to  departure.

Do you need a COVID test to leave the country?


Is Costa Rica dangerous for tourists? 

Despite the perception of Latin American countries being dangerous, Costa Rica remains a very safe, stable country. The most common crimes against tourists are pickpocketing and breaking into rental cars. You can certainly avoid being the victim of such crimes by not putting yourself in high-risk situations. The Caribbean side of Costa Rica has had the unfair reputation of being dangerous. This is steeped in racism and stereotypical ideas placed on areas with a large population of Afro - Indigenous people. Just like any place be smart and be responsible. 

I'm traveling solo, what's the sleeping arrangement?

As solo travelers you have the option to sleep in a spacious room by yourself, provided you pay the single supplement fee. If you'd like to share a room with a friend you will both sleep in separate twin beds. Each room is equipped with a private bathroom and patio.  

How should I pack?

Keep it flowy and light, both in material and in your suitcases! You will be in the jungle so you want clothes with breathable material and that can dry easily. You do not need a lot of things. Closer to departure Soul Life Travel will provide you with a packing list.

Is the sun really intense in Costa Rica?

Being in a tropical climate, it can be easy to get sunburned or dehydrated. Don’t let that ruin your trip to Costa Rica! Make sure you use plenty of sunscreen (remember, we’re just 9 degrees above the equator!) and drink plenty of liquids so you stay healthy during your Costa Rica stay.

Do I have to participate in all the activities?

Some of the activities are included in your Tour Price and some are "Optional Activities"  which you have the choice to participate in or not. 

Want to Explore More of Costa Rica? 

We can  certainly help you plan to spend more time in Costa Rica if you'd like!  For more ideas visit our Website.

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Once you book we will email you with updates and information about Costa Rica Travel. 


Carol Mason ( September 2021) 

"The most memorable moment was when Sadie left me a beautiful note when I arrived at my first hotel. I literally almost cancels my trip due to the frustration of JetBlue canceling and delaying my flight. I appreciated that during that frustration time Sadie was there to listen and calm me down. Even though it was a small jester it made me feel seen and understood and I will be dry forget that moment. Chile I cried. That  moment will always stick with me."

Renee Jones ( October 2021) 

We enjoyed a very personally and culturally memorable experience in Costa Rica overall- the Family Farm-to-Table Cooking Class, Bri Bri Community Tour, Waterfall, Cauhita, Birthday and Spa experiences were all fondly memorable.  Traveling during the rainy season has its blessings - and sometimes more heavily so!  Weather was sunny, warm most of the days we were there; however, on the night before we left Puerto Viejo to fly home, the heaviest of rains came pouring down for most of the night.  We were stranded downtown for more than an hour, as most of the tuk-tuks, ubers and taxi's were not running as a result of the rain.  While she could have left us to find our own way home and return to her friends and plans that evening, Sadie walked throughout downtown in the heavy pouring rain and slushy puddled streets to find us a taxi- and she did!  To me, this was really an above and beyond effort to ensure our comfort and timely return to our hotel.  She was quite selfless in this gesture and we were quite relieved when she arrived!  

Karene Brodie (October 2021) 

" Sadie- although you were not our guide, I really want to express how thoughtful you were throughout the trip!  You really made every day feel planned and supported; and your ability to pivot into alternative plans and options whenever necessary (especially the night it rained so heavy and we could not find our way to hotel!) was most appreciated.

Thank you Soul Life Travel- this was a great homecoming of sorts and I am grateful for the experiences, adventures, and celebrations!  All the best!  ."


Toccara and Keith Justice (Dec 2021)

" Every hotel was amazing.  Hotel Presidente in San Jose was the best surprise because we weren't expecting much when we first arrived.  We were just tired from the long travel day at immigration.  Loved the tub there and Hotel Magic Mountain and the AMAZING view of the volcano!  Having the volcano as our backdrop was indescribable really. All activities ended up being better than we expected. Overall a great experience! Would love to do it again!"

Janet King ( Dec 2021) 

"Exceeded Expectations!"

Cecile Edwards ( May 2022)  

Overall it was amazing. I love that we were cared for and the staff was so attentive. I felt at home because of this. 

Gabrielle Davis  ( June 2022)   

Sadie went above and beyond in meeting my expectations for my 40th birthday celebration. Even when our flight was canceled in San Jose due to weather, Sadie was available to steer us in the right direction to make sure we made it to a hotel for an overnight stay. 

Jade Foster ( Sept 2022)   

 I loved every minute. I felt safe and well taken care of. My first solo trip and birthday were amazing because of this well structured and balanced trip. Been while I was there Sadie met up with me to go to a vision board manifesting event. Perfect and in alignment with what I need to do to make my next couple of moves. 

Rasheed Bellamey( Sept 2022)   

 We automatically felt a connect with Sadie and knew she would designed the best experience to match our personalities    


Jaquan Starling ( Oct 2022)   

My overall experience was great! The cooking class was outstanding, it felt very authentic cooking at the families home and the chef who was helping me cook was very kind. That experience exposed me to more of what it is like for the locals in Puerto Viejo.  


What’s included

  • Airport transfers
  • Ground transportation
    Private transfers in an air - conditioned shuttle
  • Hotel accommodations
  • Breakfast daily
  • Guided experiences
    Authentic immersive activities and sightseeing, as per itinerary, led by English-speaking local guides
  • Tour Director
    Full-time services of a professional tour director
  • Airfare
  • Meals not listed on Itin
  • Activities not listed
  • All personal items
    (room service, laundry, telephone charges, etc.)
  • Tips: Gratuities
  • Travel insurance
    (required by Soul Life Travel)
  • Passport or visa fees
  • Optional Activities
  • COVID test

Available options


Day 1 - August 11
Pura Vida San Jose

Arrival to Costa Rica, Juan Santamaria Airport. 

You will be met and transferred from the Airport to hotel in San Jose. 

Check in at San Jose Hotel 

Afternoon and evening at leisure to enjoy the local surroundings

Optional San Jose By Night Wines and Gourmet Dinner (+$68 Per Person)

Get up close and personal with the nightlife in San Jose, starting with the Central Market, which, in our opinion, is the only way to learn about the city’s food. Stroll the market with your guide and get to know the secrets and uses of the roots, herbs, and fruit common in local cuisines, including ingredients that will play a role in your authentic dinner later. 

After the market, you’ll make your way down Central Avenue, from there, your appreciation for San Jose’s historical architecture continues, with a walk through Morazan Park to enjoy the Metallic Building, the Spain Park for a fantastic view of the Yellow House. You’ll continue to charming Barrio Amon, one the oldest neighborhoods in San Jose. 

You’ll be spending the rest of the evening at a favorite local restaurant that specializes in wine and gourmet food. This cozy establishment offers the best in Costa Rican cuisine, a unique space that offers art, culture and history as well as fine dining. Between your tasty three course meal, and wines that go down a treat, you’ll be ending the evening in fine fashion, feeling every bit the San Jose local.

All meals on your own

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Soul Life Travel
Soul Life Travel arranges customized travel experiences for individual and group tours that emphasize Afro-Caribbean heritage and culture in Costa Rica.