• Flight included
  • Accommodation included
  • Transfer included

Costa Rica's tropical highlights

  • Round trip
  • 9 or 11 nights
  • Costa Rica
price from £ 1,309.00
  • per person
  • based on 2 persons

Tour Costa Rica's natural beauty, with hotels, breakfast, car rental or transfers, and flights

Experience the stunning natural wonders of tropical Costa Rica with this unforgettable round trip. Travel along scenic routes through postcard-perfect vistas: green jungles, wildlife-filled rainforest, majestic volcanoes, natural hot springs and some seriously serene beaches. You have the choice between two modes of travel - car hire or transfers - so you can either pick independence and drive yourself between destinations, or sit back and enjoy the rolling views with as you're driven. No matter how you choose to explore, this exotic escape will give you a true taste of captivating Costa Rica.

Included
  • Tour of Costa Rica: 8 or 10 nights
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch and dinner on Days 2-3 (only for 10 nights)
  • Boat trip, visit to Tortuguero city and boat trip in Tortuguero's canals (only for 10 nights)
  • Private transport between the airport and the hotel in San José
  • Rental car or all transfers
  • Return flight from Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, Manchester to San José
  • Please note that there may be an additional night(s) in transit due to flight schedules.

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Day 1: San José

Welcome to Costa Rica! You will land in the capital of San José, where will be picked up at the airport and driven by private driver to your hotel. If you have time and would like to get out to glimpse your first impressions of Costa Rica, why not start by passing the city's largest market... Read more

Wyndham Garden San Jose Escazu  or similar

Day 2-3: Tortuguero National Park

At 6am, you will be picked up at the hotel and taken to the fantastic Tortuguero National Park, where you will spend the next few days. Along the way you will pass through the beautiful National Park Braulio Carillo, which offers high mountains, green forests and wild rivers. You continue your... Read more

Mawamba Lodge  or similar

Day 4-6: Arenal

On Day 4, you can spend the morning strolling on the beach and enjoying your hotel's facilities, before being picked up and transferred to Guacimo in the afternoon. Here, you will be met by our partner who will hand over the rental car to you. Drive yourself approx. 150 kilometres to the A... Read more

Arenal Lodge Hotel  or similar

Day 7-9: Monteverde, the Pacific Coast and Manuel Antonio National Park

Today's final destination is Manuel Antonio National Park, located approx. 250 kilometres south of Arenal. Start driving west and past the Laguna de Arenal, continue south of Costa Rica's largest lake as you journey towards Monteverde. Monteverde is one of Latin America's most beau... Read more

Hotel Playa Espadilla  or similar

Day 10: San José and departure on Day 11

Today it is time to head back to San José - the final stop of your round trip. On the approx. 200 kilometre drive you can take a detour north to the high-lying, cool air of the Central Valley and the town of Naranjo, where you will find many of Costa Rica's famous coffee plantations. Take ... Read more

Wyndham Garden San Jose Escazu  or similar

Day 1: San José

Welcome to Costa Rica! You will land in the capital of San José, where will be picked up at the airport and driven by private driver to your hotel. If you have time and would like to get out to glimpse your first impressions of Costa Rica, why not start by passing the city's largest market... Read more

Wyndham Garden San Jose Escazu  or similar

Day 2-4: Arenal

On Day 2, it's time to start your road trip! You will be met by our partner at your hotel, who will drive you to the nearest car rental office so you can pick up your rental car. You'll have the rest of the day to drive yourself approx. 200 kilometres to the Arenal Volcano area. The Ar... Read more

Arenal Lodge Hotel  or similar

Day 5-7: Monteverde, the Pacific Coast and Manuel Antonio National Park

Today's final destination is Manuel Antonio National Park, located approx. 250 kilometres south of Arenal. Start driving west and past the Laguna de Arenal, continue south of Costa Rica's largest lake as you journey towards Monteverde. Monteverde is one of Latin America's most beau... Read more

Hotel Playa Espadilla  or similar

Day 8: San José and departure on Day 9

Today it is time to head back to San José - the final stop of your round trip. On the approx. 200 kilometre drive you can take a detour north to the high-lying, cool air of the Central Valley and the town of Naranjo, where you will find many of Costa Rica's famous coffee plantations. Take ... Read more

Wyndham Garden San Jose Escazu  or similar

Day 1: San José

Welcome to Costa Rica! You will land in the capital of San José, where will be picked up at the airport and driven by private driver to your hotel. If you have time and would like to get out to glimpse your first impressions of Costa Rica, why not start by passing the city's largest market... Read more

Wyndham Garden San Jose Escazu  or similar

Day 2-3: Tortuguero National Park

At 6am, you will be picked up at the hotel and taken to the fantastic Tortuguero National Park, where you will spend the next few days. Along the way you will pass through the beautiful National Park Braulio Carillo, which offers high mountains, green forests and wild rivers. You continue your... Read more

Mawamba Lodge  or similar

Day 4-6: Arenal

On Day 2, it's time to start your road trip! In the afternoon, you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred approx. 200 kilometres to the Arenal Volcano area. The Arenal volcano has been active since 1968, and then fell dormant in 2010. The volcano itself is a hugely impressive si... Read more

Arenal Lodge Hotel  or similar

Day 7-9: Pacific Coast and Manuel Antonio National Park

Today's destination is Manuel Antonio National Park, located approx. 250 kilometres south of Arenal. As you journey further south, you come to the wide sandy beaches and rushing waves of the Pacific Coast. Upon arrival at your hotel, cool down with a fresh fruit smoothie (or 'refresco&... Read more

Hotel Playa Espadilla  or similar

Day 10: San José and departure on Day 11

Today it is time to head back to San José - the final stop of your round trip. On the approx. 200 kilometre drive you can take a detour north to the high-lying, cool air of the Central Valley and the town of Naranjo, where you will find many of Costa Rica's famous coffee plantations. Take ... Read more

Wyndham Garden San Jose Escazu  or similar

Day 1: San José

Welcome to Costa Rica! You will land in the capital of San José, where will be picked up at the airport and driven by private driver to your hotel. If you have time and would like to get out to glimpse your first impressions of Costa Rica, why not start by passing the city's largest market... Read more

Wyndham Garden San Jose Escazu  or similar

Day 2-4: Arenal

On Day 2, it's time to start your road trip! In the afternoon, you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred approx. 200 kilometres to the Arenal Volcano area. The Arenal volcano has been active since 1968, and then fell dormant in 2010. The volcano itself is a hugely impressive si... Read more

Arenal Lodge Hotel  or similar

Day 5-7: Pacific Coast and Manuel Antonio National Park

Today's destination is Manuel Antonio National Park, located approx. 250 kilometres south of Arenal. As you drive further south, you come to the wide sandy beaches and rushing waves of the Pacific Coast. Upon arrival at your hotel, cool down with a fresh fruit smoothie (or 'refresco... Read more

Hotel Playa Espadilla  or similar

Day 8: San José and departure on Day 9

Today it is time to head back to San José - the final stop of your round trip. On the approx. 200 kilometre drive you can take a detour north to the high-lying, cool air of the Central Valley and the town of Naranjo, where you will find many of Costa Rica's famous coffee plantations. Take ... Read more

Wyndham Garden San Jose Escazu  or similar
Optional excursions

If you want to make your trip even more memorable, you have the opportunity to purchase the following optional excursions. All excursions can be booked and paid for in the booking process.

• Arenal suspension bridges (Day 3 or 5) •
Experience the amazing flora and fauna of this 3-kilometre-long hike through jungle trails and along the area's 15 dizzying suspension bridges. You will be accompanied by an English-speaking guide who will tell you about the tropical rainforest and show you beautiful viewpoints over the Arenal volcano. The tour starts approx. 7.30am and lasts approx. 5 hours (minimum age: 5 years).

• Pedalboarding in Arenal (Day 4 or 6) •
Are you into adventure, nature and not watersports? Then pedalboarding is for you! On a pedal board (not to be confused with a SUP board) you can get the feeling of walking on the water across the Laguna de Arenal. A pedal board is a kind of surfboard where you use pedals and a guide to propel you across the water. Along the way, your guide will tell you about the nature and wildlife of the area. The tour starts approx. 7am and lasts approx. 5 hours (minimum age: 8 years).

• Guided hike in Manuel Antonio National Park (Day 6 or 8) •
Discover Manuel Antonio National Park at its best during a picturesque hike with a guide. You will pass the beach and go further into the coastal rainforest - while the guide tells you about the enchanting and diverse flora and fauna. The tour takes place either from the morning or early afternoon and lasts approx. 4 hours. Please note that the park is closed on Mondays.

• Catamaran Adventure at Manuel Antonio National Park (Day 7 or 9) •
Step aboard a catamaran and sail past the marvellous nature of the Manuel Antonio National Park. Along the way, the guide will tell you about the remarkable wildlife and plant life and you can enjoy the wild panoramas across islands and cliffs. After lunch, the catamaran throws anchor at Biesanz Beach, where snorkelling is possible. Drinks, lunch and snacks are included. The tour starts at 7am and lasts approx. 4 hours.

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Excluded
  • Entrance fees to national parks (approximately USD 10-15 per park)
  • ESTA (entry permit) in case of stopover in the USA
  • Only applicable to the round trip with rental car:
  • Rental car credit card deposit (USD 150, payable at destination)
  • Fuel, parking and toll fees
  • One-way fee (when pick up and drop off are at two different locations, approximately USD 30-55)
  • Optional rental of GPS (USD 15 per day, payable at the destination, but must be booked in the booking process)
Payment

If you book this deal before 42 days of your departure, you can choose to pay in parts. The deposit will be 50% of the deal’s price plus the booking fee and travel and/or cancellation insurance (when applicable). You will find the payment amounts and deadlines to pay every installment at the last step of the booking process.

Additional Information
Conditions

Your booking is a direct contract between you and Secret Escapes Ltd. for the provision of your package. Secret Escapes acts as a tour operator responsible, and is therefore liable for the proper execution of the agreement. The Secret Escapes Terms and Conditions (A) apply to this booking. The Secret Escapes Cancellation Terms and Conditions apply to this booking.

Secret Escapes Limited is a company registered in England & Wales under number 07026107, registered office 120 Holborn, London, EC1N 2TD, United Kingdom.© Secret Escapes 2020

Price changes

Please note that the flights included in this offer are subject to live availability and price, and can change during your booking process. When this is the case, we will always notify during the booking process.

Car hire

General conditions for the rental car:

IMPORTANT: The primary driver must hold a CREDIT CARD in their own name with an amount available to cover a maximum deposit of USD 2500. The size of the deposit can vary and depends on the type of car. Please note that a MasterCard Debit can NOT be used. Bring a credit card instead. If you have any doubts about whether your card is a credit card or not, we recommend that you contact your bank.

Your car will be a Suzuki Jimmy or similar model.

When travelling for 8 nights, you will receive the rental car at the nearest car rental office in San José on Day 2 (transport to the car rental office is included). When travelling for 10 nights, you will be handed over the rental car in Guacimo on Day 4. At both durations you will deliver the rental car at the airport in San José on your day of departure.

Please note that if your departure time for your return flight falls outside the rental office's official opening hours, we recommend that you drop off the rental car the day before your departure day and find other transportation to the airport on your departure day.

The rental car will have a full tank of fuel at pick up and must be returned with a full tank.

Unlimited mileage is included.

The primary driver must hold a valid driver's license and have been in possession of the driver's license for more than 2 years.

The minimum age for the primary driver is 21 years.

If you are a young driver between the ages of 21 and 24, a USD 15 charge per day will incur during the rental period (payable locally).

If you wish to add an extra driver, this can be done at the rental office for a fee of USD 10 per driver.

Insurance: full insurance, non-life insurance, third party liability insurance, theft insurance, glass cover, tyres, undercarriage and roof.

Always read the rental agreement carefully when picking up the rental car. We further refer to the Payless Car Rentals (Costa Rica) Terms and Conditions (tel. +506 25289898).

Occupancy

Maximum 3 adults and 1 baby (0-1 years old) per room.

Single supplement

The single supplement is based on travel dates and duration of travel. You will see the final price in the booking process.

Third person discount

The third-person discount is based on the departure date and duration of the trip. You will see the final price in the booking process.

Children's discount

The discount applies to 2 full paying adults per room:
Children 0-1 years old: Stay free at the hotels
Children aged 2-8 years: The discount is based on the departure date and the duration of the trip. Please continue with the booking process to see the final price.
Children from the age of 9 count as adults and pay the full price.

Babies from 0 to 1 years old get a discount on the air ticket, but are not assigned their own seat on the plane or allowed checked luggage.

If you have children under 12 on this journey, it is required that you rent a child seat for the rental car. A child seat costs approx. USD 8 per day and must be reserved in advance.

Infant bed

Unfortunately, cots are not available throughout this trip.

Pets

Pets are not permitted on this trip due to international plane travel.

Flight times

Please note that flights may be subject to change, delay or postponement by the provider and that flight times are provisional. Don't forget to check the actual flight times before departure on the website of the airline or the airport to avoid inconvenient surprises.

Travel documents

You will receive all documents relevant to your trip, 5 days prior to departure at the latest.

Transit through USA

In the booking process you can see if you have a stopover in the USA. If this is the case, an entry permit (ESTA) must be applied for. ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) charges an administration fee and the entry permit must be sought in good time. Read about the requirements and rules for entering the US on the official gov.uk website or the relevant embassy.

Passport

Your passport must be valid for six months upon arrival in Costa Rica. For up-to-date information, visit the official gov.uk website or the relevant embassy.

Visa

British Citizens do not need a visa to travel in Costa Rica for up to 30 days. For up to date information, visit the official gov.uk website or the relevant embassy.

Vaccinations

All travellers should be up to date with primary courses and boosters. Vaccinations usually recommended for travel to Indonesia include Diphtheria; Hepatitis A; Tetanus. Consult your doctor or the NHS travel advice website for more information.

Currency

The national currency of Costa Rica is the Costa Rican colón (CRC).

Group travel

This is an individual trip and you will not be travelling with a group. Transport and excursions may be in groups of international travellers.

Travel schedule

The specified itinerary is subject to change in the event of unforeseen circumstances.

Quality standards

Please note that the quality standards of hotels, facilities, transportation and roads may differ from Europe.