Crossing Boundaries

Anthem chamber offers trips to Mexico and Costa Rica

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski

The Anthem Area Chamber of Commerce is expanding the boundaries of business networking to include group domestic and international travel experiences to members and members’ friends and family.

The Chamber Travel Club includes round-trip transportation from Anthem, a T-shirt and a group photo as an added benefit to each trip. Trips offered in 2020: Ensenada, Mexico, cruise in April and Costa Rica adventure in late July.

Members are encouraged to reach out to staff with future trip recommendations and requests by calling 623-322-9127 or emailing

The four-day, three-night Ensenada, Mexico, cruise is $760 for an ocean view or $680 for an interior room from Friday, April 24, to Monday, April 27. Payment in full is due by February 10. Included in this trip is roundtrip motorcoach transportation from Anthem to Long Beach, California.

The price is all-inclusive—cruise fare; taxes; crew gratuities; meals, entertainment and accommodations on the ship; round-trip transportation from the Anthem Area Chamber of Commerce; a continental departure breakfast; and lunch on return trip are included.

Ensenada, one of Mexico’s most successful cities, has grown from a sleepy fishing village to a popular beach location. This oft-visited Baja destination boasts the fashionable shops of Avenida Primera and the winery of Bodega Santo Tomas, founded by the Dominicans in 1888.  La Bufadora, a natural sea geyser located nearby, puts on a highly dramatic show.

Ensenada, the third largest city in Baja California, boasts a protected harbor and modern port facilities, making it the area’s leading seaport. In 1602, Sebastian Vizcaino sailed into the bay and was so taken by its beauty that he named it Ensenada de Todos Los Santos (inlet of all the saints). The scenic setting, beautiful beaches, numerous boutiques and restaurants, and excellent fishing make Ensenada one of the leading tourist and commercial centers on the peninsula.

The Costa Rica trip is $2,749 for the nine-day, eight-night guided tour from July 25 to August 2. Space is limited and there’s a $500 required deposit. The $329 optional trip insurance, including medical insurance, is recommended and due with the deposit.

The trip includes airfare, lodging at top-notch venues, airport transfers, in-country transportation, all breakfasts, six dinners, guided group tours, photos and a T-shirt.

The group will initially stay at the Doubletree Cariari Hotel, just 5 minutes from Downtown San Jose.

On the first day, travelers will explore lush forests and stunning waterfalls, exotic wildlife and endless coastlines.

On day two, the group will tour a local coffee plantation, highlighting the history and cultivation of this driver of the Costa Rican economy. In the afternoon, arrive in breathtaking Guanacaste, known for its fine sandy beaches. Settle in for a relaxing two-night stay at Nammbu Beachfront Bungalows and take in the ocean views.

Spend day three in Guanacaste, exploring nearby beaches or relaxing by the pool. This afternoon, visit the delightful beach town of Samara, one of the top sunset spots in Costa Rica. Soak in the spectacular colors as the sun illuminates the natural landscape.

Guanacaste and Monteverde will be explored during day four. Here, the trees grow to heights of 100 feet. Set off on a nature walk through this spectacular ecosystem, where guests may encounter many species of flora and fauna.

Day five is spent in Monteverde. Guests will have a choice today. Explore one of the world’s largest butterfly gardens and a dazzling gallery containing more than 100 beautiful hummingbirds. Then, join an expert for a leisurely paced “Hanging Bridges” walking tour to gain a different perspective of the cloud forest’s lush ecosystem. Or, take an exhilarating ride on one of the longest canopy zipline tours in Costa Rica. Guests who would like to do the hanging bridges and the zipline tour may purchase the second as an option on the tour. This evening, take part in an expert-led discussion about the migratory birds flocking to Costa Rica.

Day six features a Lake Arenal Cruise. Uncover the importance of conservation in Costa Rica during a visit to a tree nursery. Learn about indigenous trees and Monteverde’s reforestation efforts. Cross beautiful mountainous landscapes to Arenal, where spectacular views of the famous volcano await your discovery. Enjoy a cruise on Lake Arenal, Costa Rica’s largest and most important lake. Later, check in for another two-night stay at a lodge, Mountain Paradise Hotel, overlooking the majestic Arenal Volcano. Get to know the Costa Rican culture this evening. A cooking demonstration will feature local ingredients.

A Cano Negro guided riverboat trip in a covered canoe known as a panga is on the agenda for day seven. These 20,000 acres are home to the largest viewable collection of indigenous wildlife in Costa Rica. Go in search of caimans, river otters, sloths, monkeys, river turtles, exotic birds and rare butterflies. Later, return to Arenal for the chance to relax during an optional spa visit.

Visit the charming town of Zarcero on day eight to explore its topiary garden. Continue to San Jose to see the treasures of the city on a panoramic tour. See the bustling Plaza de Cultura. This evening, bid farewell to paradise over dinner with your fellow guests.

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