Costa Rica July Blyth Academy International Summers Program

STUDY ABROAD IN COSTA RICA

About This Program

The North Pacific Coast of Costa Rica offers among the best and most easily accessible diving sites in the country, an abundance of marine life, and vast expanses of tropical dry forests that often line the darker sandy beaches that lend Playas del Coco its name.

Playas del Coco seems like a sleepy seaside town at first glance, but once you’ve familiarized yourself, you’ll find that it’s a friendly and lively place where tourists easily mix with locals and other travellers from around the globe. At night, the central plaza fills with people, food, laughter and dancing in the true pura vida spirit.

The beachside town and its private villas give students easy access to a variety of excursions, experiences, natural wonders and quiet study spaces. Students will have the opportunity to hike inland trails, zip line above treetops, climb hanging bridges, relax in the mineral-rich hot springs, boat on the volcanic Lake Arenal, and swim along the idyllic coastline. Because Playas del Coco sits in a natural horseshoe-shaped bay, the waves here are easier to swim and snorkel in than other parts of the country, where the surf pounds the shore.

For those who want to get closer to nature and learn about its inner workings, this area is an ideal spot to get an up-close look at an array of animals, including many species of seabirds and monkeys, and the hundreds of sea turtles who come ashore to lay their eggs each year. The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve provides the opportunity to learn about cloud forest ecology and the thousands of species connected to it. Nighttime hikes offer the chance to uncover nocturnal animals not visible during the day.

No study abroad experience to Costa Rica would be complete without a stop in Arenal Volcano National Park. Arenal is one of the world’s most active volcanoes. At over a mile high, it is studied by seismologists to chart the profound changes in our climate and the environment.

From micro to macro, Costa Rica is an exotic oasis that will enrich both knowledge and perspective.

SPECIAL PROGRAM NOTE: Wifi may be limited at times as we travel through the rainforest and remote areas.

Itinerary

July 3rd – July 26th, 2019

 
Playas Del Coco ▸ 7 days
Monteverde ▸ 3 days
Arenal ▸ 2 days
Playas Del Coco ▸ 11 days
*All dates are subject to change.

INCLUSIONS

Activities included in your program

hike a volcano
hike a volcano
visit the Cloud Forest
visit the Cloud Forest
night hike
night hike
zip lining
zip lining
swim in hot springs
swim in hot springs
Included in your program: Hike a Volcano
Included in your program: Visit the Cloud Forest
Included in your program: Night Hike
Included in your program: Zip Lining
Included in your program: Swim in hot springs

▸ Round-trip group airfare from Toronto
▸ Group airport transfers at location
▸ Transportation between cities
▸ Accommodation
▸ Tuition

▸ Breakfast and dinner daily
▸ Farewell Banquet
▸ Supervision
▸ Pre-departure briefing and materials
▸ Designated outings and activities

▸ City orientation tours
▸ Use of free Internet, where available*
▸ Access to 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.

Hotel Los Lagos resort and Spa

WHERE WE STAY

Accommodations

Playas del Coco: Villas Mapache
Monteverde: Hotel Montaña
Arenal: Hotel Los Lagos

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Dear Future Student

You will have such a good time! The people here are so welcoming and friendly, the friendships you make here will last forever. Do something out of your comfort zone and push yourself! Ask questions if you need help with your school work because the teachers want you to succeed! Have a fantastic time and good luck with your course!

Paige

HOW WE GET THERE

Flight Details

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

Toronto Group

Please Note: Toronto group flights are full. Students may still join the program and make independent flight arrangements.

DateAirline/FlightDepartureArrival
Wednesday, July 3, 2019
American Airlines flight 2589
Depart Toronto 6:10 am

Arrive Miami 9:30 am
Wednesday, July 3, 2019
American Airlines flight 1378
Depart Miami 10:45 am
Arrive Liberia 11:39 am
Friday, July 26, 2019
American Airlines flight 1322

Depart Liberia 12:30 pm
Arrive Miami 5:41 pm
Friday, July 26, 2019
American Airlines flight 1246
Depart Miami 8:31 pm
Arrive Toronto 11:46 pm

Calgary Group

Calgary group flights are full. Students may still join the program and make independent flight arrangements.

DateAirline/FlightDepartureArrival
Wednesday, July 3, 2019
United Airlines flight 1599

Depart Calgary 6:00 am

Arrive Houston 11:01 am
Wednesday, July 3, 2019
United Airlines flight 1737
Depart Houston 6:17 pm
Arrive Liberia 8:40 pm
Friday, July 26, 2019
United Airlines flight 1511
Depart Liberia 6:50 am
Arrive Houston 11:23 am
Friday, July 26, 2019
United Airlines flight 2300
Depart Houston 2:40 pm
Arrive Denver 4:07 pm
Friday, July 26, 2019
United Airlines flight 877
Depart Denver 7:10 pm
Arrive Calgary 9:35 pm
Please note: Flights are subject to change by the airline.

OPTIONALS

Optional Excursions

Registration open until June 7, 2019. Optional excursions are subject to availability. Spaces are limited.

Optional Excursion: Playa Conchal with Banana boating and Horseback riding
Optional Excursion: White Water Rafting
Optional Excursion: Diving for PADI certified divers
Optional Excursion: Community Service opportunity
Optional Excursion: Surfing lesson at Playa Grande
Optional Excursion: Traditional Costa Rican cooking Lesson
Optional Excursion: Discovery Scuba
Optional Excursion: Costa Rian Safari
Optional Excursion: Snorkeling by boat
Optional Excursion: PADI scuba certification course
Optional Excursion: Playa Conchal with Banana boating and Horseback riding
Optional Excursion: Surfing lesson at Playa Grande
Optional Excursion: Costa Rian Safari
Optional Excursion: White Water Rafting
Optional Excursion: Traditional Costa Rican cooking Lesson
Optional Excursion: Snorkeling by boat
Optional Excursion: Diving for PADI certified divers
Optional Excursion: Discovery Scuba diving
Optional Excursion: PADI scuba certification course
Optional Excursion: Community Service opportunity

PROGRAM FEES
Travel Services
(Flights, Accommodation, Meals, etc.)
$2,405
Taxes & Fees$687.50
Tuition & Supervision$1,990
Total:$5,082.50**
Did you know you can redeem Aeroplan, TD Travel, or CIBC Aventura points to the cost of the program? Click here for more details.

**Plus $195 registration fee. Includes group airfare arranged by Blyth Academy and $687.50 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, dates, departure taxes, fees, and surcharges are subject to change.

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

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