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Fly into the Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose, Costa Rica's capital. Rent a car and drive two hours west to the region of Puntarenas.

Stay at Hotel Villa Caletas. While Calypso Cruises to the Nicoya islands leave from Puntarenas, try this hotel in a hilltop rainforest. Calypso Cruises can pick you up from here for the 45-minute drive to the Puntarenas port, stopping along the way for breakfast.

Cruise the islands of the Gulf of Nicoya with Calypso Cruises, which offers a very scenic route to Isla Tortuga by passing alongside seven islands in the gulf on the two-hour, 13-mile sail.

Snorkel off the Isla Tortuga or just wade through the clear waters. Enjoy a lunch of white-fish ceviche and coconut chicken with Calypso Cruises and then finish the day with a nap on the warm sand.

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