Self-drive through the stunning landscapes of Costa Rica

On this journey, you will self-drive through the diverse landscapes of Costa Rica in a rental car. You will have the chance to visit the country’s most fascinating places. 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.


  • Travel in Costa Rica on a rental car
  • Visit the most amazing sites in Costa Rica such as the cloud forest
  • Admire wonderful and untouched wildlife
  • Observe the Arenal Volcano and Rincon de la Vieja Volcano

Quick Itinerary

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

Truly individual

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.

Day: 1 Arrival – San Jose

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.

Day: 2-4 San Jose - Arenal

You will then drive to the Arenal area. It is an exceptional place renowned for its natural beauty, the majestic Arena 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.

Day: 5 - 6 Arenal - Monteverde

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.

Day 7 - 8: Monteverde - Rincon de la Vieja

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.

Day 9 - 12: Rincon de la Vieja – Tamarindo, Guanacaste

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.

Day 13: Tamarindo – San Jose

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.

Price Guide

Price from £2,399 per person

The price is based on twin / double share and based on the lowest season of travel. Please contact a Latin Routes Travel Specialist or submit an enquiry to have this holiday accurately costed for you.


  • International Flights from London
  • Transfers as per itinerary
  • Tours as per itinerary
  • 1 night accommodation in San Jose
  • 3 nights accommodation in Arenal
  • 2 nights accommodation in Monteverde
  • 2 Nights accommodation in Rincon de la Vieja
  • 4 nights accommodation in Tamarindo


  • Meals not indicated in your itinerary,
  • Local departure taxes payable locally,
  • Where applicable locally payable car hire related charges,
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry and drinks etc,
  • Tips for guides and drivers (discretionary),
  • Camera or video fees at any sites,
  • Travel insurance
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