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We’ll be based at private villas in Playas del Coco along the North Pacific coast, so it’s easy to explore the natural wonders, zip line high above the trees, engage in all kinds of ocean activities, and enjoy the coastline between classes.

In our natural diversity tour of Costa Rica, we travel through six distinct ecological zones, learning to appreciate the harmony found in the smallest plants and animals to the largest trees and vegetation.

We will go to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve to learn about cloud forest ecology and the thousands of plant and animal species connected to it. At night, we’ll go on a hike to uncover nocturnal animals we didn’t see during the day. From there, we’ll travel to Arenal Volcano National Park. Arenal is one of the world’s most active volcanoes. At over a mile high, it is studied by seismologists from far corners of the globe to chart the profound changes in our climate and the environment. We can unwind by swimming in the hot springs.

Costa Rica is a place of remarkable contrast, of mountainous heights to deep waters, tiny organisms to giant plants — and study and play! We will have the opportunity for hiking inland trails, swimming along the idyllic coastline, climbing the hanging bridges and relaxing in the mineral-rich hot springs.

We’ll celebrate with a farewell banquet. From micro to macro, Costa Rica will enrich both knowledge and perspective in this exotic oasis.

Included in your Program:

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Hike a volcano

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Visit the Cloud Forest

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Night hike

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Zip lining

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And more!

 

Other Inclusions of this Program:

  • Round-trip group airfare from Toronto, arranged by Blyth Academy
  • Group airport transfers at location
  • Transportation for moves between cities with the group
  • Accommodation
  • Tuition
  • Breakfast and dinner daily
  • Farewell Banquet and Awards Night
  • Supervision
  • Pre-departure briefing and materials
  • Designated outings and activities
  • City orientation tours
  • Use of free Internet, where available**
  • Access to Blyth Travel Journal
  • Access to Vidigami photo sharing
  • And much more!

** Most hotels have Wi-Fi in common areas. Please note Internet access may not be available in bedrooms.

Flight Details

Groups are required to meet at the airport 3 hours prior to departure

Toronto Group 1:

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

American Airlines flight 2449

Depart Toronto 6:00 am

Arrive Miami 9:16 am

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

American Airlines flight 1926

Depart Miami 10:56 am

Arrive Liberia 11:57 am

Thursday, July 27, 2017

American Airlines flight 1937

Depart Liberia 12:47 pm

Arrive Miami 5:50 pm

Thursday, July 27, 2017

American Airlines flight 1359

Depart Miami 9:10 pm

Arrive Toronto 12:27 am, July 28

Please note: Flights are subject to change by the airline.

Toronto Group 2:

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Delta Airlines flight 5481

Depart Toronto 6:15 am

Arrive Atlanta 8:35 am

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Delta Airlines flight 353

Depart Atlanta 10:05 am

Arrive Liberia 12:03 pm

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Delta Airlines flight 356

Depart Liberia 1:10 pm

Arrive Atlanta 7:05 pm

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Delta Airlines flight 5135

Depart Atlanta 10:05 pm

Arrive Toronto 12:16 am, July 28

Please note: Flights are subject to change by the airline.

Calgary Group:

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

United Airlines flight 1599

Depart Calgary 6:00 am

Arrive Houston 11:05 pm

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

United Airlines flight 1737

Depart Houston 5:40 pm

Arrive Liberia 8:15 pm

Thursday, July 27, 2017

United Airlines flight 1511

Depart Liberia 6:50 am

Arrive Houston 11:35 am

Thursday, July 27, 2017

United Airlines flight 1780

Depart Houston 6:25 pm

Arrive Calgary 9:45 pm

Please note: Flights are subject to change by the airline.

Group flights are on a request basis. Please contact Admissions at 1-866-960-3552.

Are you flying into Toronto Pearson International Airport to join the group?

Blyth airport staff will meet students flying into Toronto Pearson International Airport from any city with same-day connections to Blyth group flights at no additional charge. Once your student is registered, please email studentservices@blytheducation.com no later than Thursday, June 1st and request an “Airport Meet-and-Greet in Toronto”.

Are you making your own flight arrangements?

Students who make their own flight arrangements for this program can be met individually by Blyth staff at the destination airport and transferred to our accommodation at no additional charge. Once your student is registered, please email studentservices@blytheducation.com no later than Thursday, June 1st and request an “Airport Meet-and-Greet in destination”.

Costa Rica July and August Optional Excursions

Playa Conchal with Banana Boating & Horseback Riding

Playa Conchal is widely considered to be Costa Rica’s most beautiful beach. Situated on the Northwest Pacific coast in a stunning protected bay, this spectacular kilometre-long beach fronts warm turquoise waters and offers magnificent views of the coastline. Its name, which literally means “Shell Beach,” refers to the millions of softened tiny crushed sea shells that construct the beach. This is a cherished national treasure which has been declared a Natural Reserve by the Costa Rican government, making the shells illegal to remove.

We will leave Playas del Coco in the morning for a brief journey through charming hamlets and coastal towns before arriving at Playa Conchal. Bring your towel and your sunscreen and get ready for some fun on the beach.

Our day will begin with Banana Boating! Climb onto the three-person yellow raft and get pulled at breath-taking speeds over the crystal-clear waters! Hang on!

After a light lunch (included), we will enjoy horseback riding! Atop the Costa Rican caballos, we will get a unique view of our surroundings.

Includes banana-boating, horseback riding, lunch and round-trip transportation.

Price: $190

Beach - Costa Rica Optional Excursion International Summers

Surfing Lesson at Playa Grande

Costa Rica has long been a popular destination for surfers worldwide. Famous Playa Grande on the Pacific Coast is one of the favoured beaches for wave riders of all levels. Located in Las Baulas National Park, Playa Grande is a long white-sand beach offering stunning views of the surrounding natural marine park, which has been carefully preserved as it is a nesting site for huge leatherback turtles. The quiet beach is also an ideal destination to learn surfing as it is rarely crowded and provides consistent, ride-able waves with perfect left and right peaks.

We will leave Playas del Coco early in the morning for a short ride through coastal towns before arriving at Playa Grande. There we will be greeted by our surf instructors, who will provide equipment and go over the basics and safety of surfing this famous beach. Each student will receive individual attention and instructions before having the opportunity to conquer the waves on his/her own. Hang ten, and look out for those swells!

After a fun day of surfing, we will have lunch (included) in a nearby beach café, stroll through the marine park, and return to Playas del Coco in the afternoon.

Price: $175

Surfing - Costa Rica Optional Excursion International Summers

Stand Up Paddling

Whether you know it as SUP surfing, paddle surfing or stand up paddle boarding, this new sport is taking the world by storm. Let’s join the movement and grab a paddle and board and get cruising!

This is the perfect way to enjoy the ocean for surfers and non-surfers alike, and you can tailor it to your comfort zone, from flat water paddling to riding the waves. Its fan base is growing so rapidly because everyone can do it and its great fun!

With our instructor we will learn safety, basic strokes, and turns, both standing and kneeling.

Included: equipment, including a life vest.

Please wear your swimsuit, and bring insect repellent, sunscreen, along with a hat/sunglasses, a towel and a change of clothes.

Price: $100

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Costa Rican Safari

Love wildlife? This excursion will take you down the Tempisque River that borders the Palo Verde National Park. The park has wetlands and is very diverse with 12 different habitats including mangroves, swamps, saltwater and freshwater lagoons and marshes and is home to the “Palo Verde” (horse bean) trees. This excursion really showcases all that Costa Rica has to offer!

While travelling down the Tempisque River, you may see howler and white- faced monkeys, anteaters, crocodiles, giant green iguanas as well as many Costa Rican birds. The Park is internationally renowned by bird watchers as many migratory birds choose Costa Rica as their rest stop.

We will depart Playas del Coco in the morning. A snack will be provided, and we will return by lunch.

Price: $150

Safari - Costa Rica Optional Excursion International Summers

White Water Rafting on Corobici River

Join us for a ride down the Corobici River! The Class III rapids will take our breath away, while the natural beauty of the surroundings engulfs us. With chattering birds overhead, we will learn about another Costa Rican eco-system while having a blast!

Experienced guides will lead us over the rapids, ensuring our safety and enjoyment. When the river is calm, our guides will direct our attention to the diversity of life surrounding the river. Then, look out! Another rapid is just a few meters downstream and the action is unstoppable!

Equipment and lunch is included.

Signed waiver required.

Price: $240

White water rafting - Costa Rica Optional Excursion International Summers

Traditional Costa Rican Cooking Lesson

Try your hand at this delicious cuisine! We will spend the afternoon making casado—the most traditional Costa Rican dish, which incorporates meat or chicken, rice, beans, vegetables and tasty fried plantains. We will start from the very beginning, learning the proper way to soak the beans before cooking, and see the dish to its completion! Once finished, we will enjoy the fruits of our labour. This is certainly a skill to take home!

Price: $35

Cooking Class - Costa Rica Optional Excursion International Summers

Snorkelling by Boat

This half day excursion will introduce students to a wide range of the underwater and reef life, much of which can be seen from the water’s surface. Water clarity often exceeds 75 feet at this time of year. Well preserved corals and vast quantities of fish of every shape, size and colour make this trip both memorable and instructive.

We will depart Playas del Coco by boat, motoring through the pristine waters. Once far from the main beach, our guide will lead us into the water, reviewing basic snorkelling techniques and ushering our attention to the diverse life forms of the water.

Equipment included.

Price: $100

Snorkelling - Costa Rica Optional Excursion International Summers

Discovery SCUBA Diving (no certification required)

This half-day adventure is for the non-certified diver who wants to experience underwater life first hand. A highly trained instructor will teach students the basics of scuba diving in a swimming pool and then take them on a shallow one-tank dive in the ocean.

Equipment included.

Signed waiver required.

Price: $195

Scubda underwater - Costa Rica Optional Excursion International Summers

PADI SCUBA Certification Course

Jacques Cousteau himself chose to film a “diving special” in Costa Rica, leaving little doubt as to the quality of this activity in the region. The same underwater wonders that attracted the great Captain Cousteau to Costa Rica continue to attract divers from all over the world. These qualities include pristine azure waters, hundreds of miles of unexplored coasts and islands, and an abundance of tropical marine life. While beginners may not yet be ready for a large school of hammerhead sharks gliding soundlessly overhead, Costa Rica has snorkel and dive sites for everybody, from the newcomer to the most experienced professional. Join us to complete your full PADI diving certification while on location in Costa Rica.

Course duration: approximately 4 afternoons.

Equipment: Participants may bring their own mask, fins, snorkel and wetsuit or borrow from the dive shop there.

Signed waiver required.

Price: $695

Scuba Course - Costa Rica Optional Excursion International Summers

Diving for PADI Certified Divers, Afternoon Two-Tank Boat Dive

In the Playas del Coco area, there are more than 60 dive sites within a 15 minute boat ride. Among the coral reefs and rocky outcroppings, students can observe and swim with snappers, groupers, angelfish, as well as a startling array of rays and eels.

The best months to dive in the Guanacaste region are between June and November as the water conditions are calm and the water temperature varies from 20-25C in summer. At this time, the coastal visibility is 20 to 80 feet.

The dives include a half-day boat trip in the Playas del Coco area where certified divers will have two dives, each at a different dive site. These dives will plunge students to depths of approximately 60 to 80 feet.

Equipment and snacks are included. Students are welcome to bring their own mask, fins and wet suit if they wish.

Signed waiver required.

Price: $175

Scuba sitting - Costa Rica Optional Excursion International Summers

Community Service, Playas del Coco

Community Service is an important aspect of every Blyth International Summer Program. We try to instill a sense of global responsibility in all of our students as they explore the world.   This optional excursion will allow students to engage in locally based environmental or educational initiatives. Their time with local children, animals, or the natural environment of the area will earn them 4-5 community involvement hours which can go towards his/her high school diploma.

Earn one to two volunteer hours before your trip!

Donations (new and used) will be of benefit to many organizations, schools and community centres in the areas that we visit. Items such as school supplies, table games and puzzles (of various difficulty), paint by numbers, books and art materials are needed. Clothing donations will also be accepted. Students may earn up to a maximum of two hours for their time spent collecting the items from friends and family.

Please note: You are responsible for carrying your donation items in your own suitcase.

Price: $75

Community Service - Costa Rica Optional Excursion International Summers

July 4 – July 27, 2017

Travel Services
(incl. taxes & fees)
$2,980
Tuition & Supervision$2,090
Total:$5,070*
or use your Aeroplan Points

Courses

GRADE 11:
  • English (ENG3U)
  • Biology (SBI3U)
  • Functions (MCR3U)
GRADE 12:
  • English (ENG4U)
  • Biology (SBI4U)
  • Advanced Functions (MHF4U)
  • Mathematics of Data Management (MDM4U)
  • Recreation and Healthy Active Living Leadership (PLF4M)

Itinerary

  • Playas Del Coco: 10 days
  • Monteverde: 4 days
  • Arenal: 1 day
  • Playas Del Coco: 8 days

Accommodations

Testimonials

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*Plus $195 registration fee. Includes group airfare arranged by Blyth Academy and an estimated $575 in airline and departure taxes, local taxes and fees. Please visit www.blythsummers.com/fees for an explanation of our departure taxes, fees, and surcharges, and when these fees will be invoiced. All itineraries, excursions, and dates are subject to change.

**Please visit www.blythpoints.com for more details on funding your program through Aeroplan points.