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On this 13-day journey, you will drive through the diverse landscapes of Costa Rica and visit the country’s most fascinating places.
From the capital San Jose, you will drive through the province of Alajuela, renowned for its natural beauty, 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 drive through the “Area de Conservación Guanacaste”, a World Heritage Site. You'll marvel at some of the prettiest and most popular beaches around Tamarindo, in the Guanacaste Province.
We have included some of Costa Rica’s top highlights in this itinerary, and because of your mode of transport, you will have the chance to explore these wonders at your own pace. This journey is a 13-day itinerary, but we can tailor make your holiday to suit your exact preferences.
Day 1 - Arrive in San Jose
Days 2 - 4 - San Jose - Arenal
Days 5 & 6 - Arenal - Monteverde
Days 7 & 8 - Rincon de la Vieja
Days 9 - 12 - Rincon de la Vieja – Tamarindo
Day 13 - Transfer to San Jose for your onward flight
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.
On arrival into San Jose, you will be transferred to the rental car company where your vehicle will be provided. You will then 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.
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 abundant wildlife as it is home to 2500 species of plants and 1200 different animals. Most importantly, you will enter the enigmatic cloud forest. This 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 can drive West or North and head out to beautiful beaches. Additionally, the area has a plethora of activities to offer. You can enjoy horse riding, traversing on a zip-line or simply walking to 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 an area of dry weather, with crystalline water and formidable vegetation. There are multiple sites to visit in the area which are quite close to each other. The lodging options are varied, from all-inclusive resorts to charming boutique hotels.
Head back to San Jose and return the rental car before taking your onward flight
(2020-21 departures, based on 2 people sharing a room)
International flights to Costa Rica from the UK start from £499 per person
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12 nights’ accommodation as detailed
International flights from the UK
Transfers as per itinerary
Tours as per itinerary
12 days of car hire with unlimited mileage (4WD)
Full cover insurance
1 additional driver
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