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On this journey, you will self-drive through the diverse landscapes of Costa Rica and visit the country’s most fascinating places.
From San Jose, you will drive through the province of Alajuela, renowned for its natural beauty and where you can observe the Arenal volcano and enjoy activities like hiking, or white-water rafting before heading to Monteverde. Discover incredible landscapes filled with abundant wildlife in the enigmatic cloud forest!
Much more will be explored as you will be driving through the “Area de Conservación Guanacaste”, a World Heritage Site, and also in some of the prettiest and most popular beaches aroundTamarindo, in the Guanacaste Province.
We have put together several of Costa Rica’s top destinations, and because of your mode of transport, you will have the chance to explore the wonders at your own pace. This sample journey is a 14-day package holiday, but we can tailor make your holiday to suit your exact preferences.
Day: 1 Arrival – San Jose
Day: 2-4 San Jose - Arenal
Day: 5 - 6 Arenal - Monteverde
Day 7 - 8: Rincon de la Vieja
Day 9 - 12: Rincon de la Vieja – Tamarindo, Guanacaste
Day 13: Tamarindo – San Jose
Any element of this holiday can be tailormade to your requirements, including the places you want to see and the things that are important to you. Just contact one of our Travel Specialists today.
You will arrive at Juan Santamaria International Airport. Private transfer to the rental car company will be provided. Drive to the hotel in the San Jose province.
San Jose is the capital of Costa Rica and where the economy is concentrated, with its business centres and luxurious hotels. This is a place where culture and gastronomy converge. We recommend you try the Gallo Pinto, the national dish in the country.
You will then drive to the Arenal area. It is an exceptional place renowned for its natural beauty, the majestic Arenal Volcano towers above the town and nature reserve. It is the only conical shaped volcano in Costa Rica. A wide variety of activities can be arranged whether you want to appreciate the fauna and flora, or prefer to go hiking, or white water rafting, after a long day take the chance to relax in the spa or even one of the natural hot springs.
In term of accommodation, the province has many lodging options depending on what you are looking for, and how you want your adventure to be. Ask our Travel Specialist for further information.
These next days will be the chance to explore at your own pace and admire the wonders of the location.
Get in your rental car and drive to the Monteverde area. It is safe to say that this area is not like any other on the planet. You will find incredible landscapes and an abundant wildlife as it is home to 2500 species of plants and 1200 different animals. Most importantly, you will enter the enigmatic cloud forest! The area is of great importance as many efforts have been undertaken to preserve its nature. Consequently, a natural laboratory studies the fauna and flora of the province. Monteverde offers several activities which can be educational, cultural or adventurous.
Your next destination will be Rincon de la Vieja, in the province of Guanacaste. Rincon de la Vieja Volcano is an active volcano and is part of the “Area de Conservación Guanacaste World Heritage Site”. It is in the dry forest and is also part of the National Park. From there, you could drive West or North and head out to beautiful beaches. Additionally, the area has a plethora of activities to offer. In fact, you can horse riding, traversing with a Zip-line or simply walking and discover the wonders of the area.
You will drive to Tamarindo. In this area, you will find some of the prettiest and most popular beaches such as Avellena or Ventanas beach. It is a dry weather, with a crystalline water and a formidable vegetation. There are multiple sites to visit in the area and quite close to each other. The lodging options are varied, from all-inclusive resorts to charming boutique hotels. Those sites are propitious to relaxation along stunning beaches. Certainly, you can admire the remarkable wildlife and beautiful scenery.
It is time to head back to San Jose International Airport and return the rental car. You will fly back to the UK and arrive the next day.
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