Premium Costa Rica self-drive nature & beach tour
- Sun holiday
- 11 or 12 nights
- per person
- based on 2 persons
Captivating Costa Rica tour of San José, Arenal, Guanacaste, and Tamarindo - includes flights, premium hotels, car hire, and optional excursions
One of the most bio-diverse and voluptuously green nations on the planet, Costa Rica seduces visitors with exotic wildlife, phenomenal scenery, and breathtaking beaches. Covered in a dense broccoli of rainforest and fringed by soft sands, this Central American Eden is heaven for intrepid travellers. Kicking off with one night in the capital of San José, you'll then head to La Fortuna, at the foot of the brooding Arenal Volcano, followed by a visit to luscious Guanacaste, ending with a stay on the tranquil shores of Tamarindo.
One night at Gran Hotel Costa Rica Curio by Hilton (or similar), San Jose
Two nights at Arenal Manoa Hotel (or similar), La Fortuna
Two nights at Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin (or similar), Guanacaste
Four nights at Tamarindo Diria Beach Resort (or similar), Tamarindo
One night at Gran Hotel Costa Rica Curio by Hilton (or similar), San Jose
Return flight from Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, Manchester to San José
4X4 car rental
Optional Costa Rica excursions
Costa Rica is a verdant paradise, flanked with beautiful beaches, veined in wild rivers and blanketed in lush jungle. Add to this the peppering of cloud-skimming volcanoes and moodily misty canopies, and you've got an eco-tourist destination to remember. Lately, it’s also been climbing the ranks as a thrill-seeker’s dream destination with a line-up of action-packed activities sure to appeal to your inner Bear Grylls.
• Day two: Arenal Hanging Bridges •
Nature lovers will revel in the opportunity to discover 15 suspended rain forest bridges, ranging from five to 100 meters long, running along a trail circuit of three kilometres. Guided by a naturalist, you'll walk the bridges and get to learn about the natural history of the tropical setting, all the while soaking up imposing vistas of the Arenal Volcano. Designed by structural engineers with the most demanding safety margins in the world, the bridges are built of aluminum, galvanised steel, and concrete, with paving blocks to prevent slipping and ensure maximum safety for visitors.
• Day two: Pure Trek Canyoning •
This half-day canyoning tour will take you deep inside the Pure Trek canyon to experience a series of waterfall rappels, and activities like rock climbing and the “Monkey Drop” – you'll get wet! Keep your eyes peeled for a chance to see toucans, sloths, monkeys, and other exotic wildlife. After canyoning, you’ll head back to Pure Trek’s headquarters for a delicious, garden-fresh lunch.
• Day seven: Tamarindo Mangrove Boat Tour •
Tamarindo Wildlife Refuge protects a large estuary, mangrove forest, and tropical dry forest in an area covering almost 500 hectares. On this tour, you'll board a small, slight boat that'll take you to the narrow canals, where you can observe on both sides at the same time. You'll also get the chance to observe rare and abundant wildlife, including dozens of bird species, and two species of monkeys, while learning about the unique ecosystem of the mangrove forest.
• Day eight: Catamaran Tour •
Silently glide along Costa Rica’s Gold Coast while passing some of Guanacaste’s exotic bays, white sand beaches ,and tropical jungles. Gaze off the bow with a cold tropical drink prepared and served by the catamaran crew as you scan the seas for dolphins, sea turtles, flying fish, or even a breaching whale. You'll stop in a tranquil bay, drop anchor, and take to the waters of the blue Pacific. Snorkel in the bay, or stroll along the deserted white sand beach - as you do, the ever-helpful crew will prepare a feast of chicken or pasta salad, fruit, chips, pico de gallo, guacamole, and homemade chocolate chip cookies.
Day 1: San Jose
Touch down in San José, a city buzzing with electricity and frenetic energy, where culture comes alive on the streets. Pick up your rental car and and hit the road to Gran Hotel Costa Rica Curio By Hilton - you'll then have an evening to explore this concrete jungle by yourself.
Day 2-3: Arenal
Today, make tracks to La Fortuna, where the dramatic Arenal Volcano is located - one of the most spectacular sights in the country. Arrive at Arenal Manoa Hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure. The next day, you’ll have some time to explore the divine Arenal by yourself for the day. If you…
Day 4-5: Guanacaste
From the tops of trees to the feet of volcanoes, you're next destination is Hotel Hacienda Gauchipelin, nestled in Rincon de la Vieja Volcano National Park. Up the thrill factor with optional excursions, where you can get the chance to zip line, horse trek or river tube within the area's stunning n…
Day 6-9: Tamarindo
Make the drive to Tamarindo today, an area known for its spectacular beaches, super-cool surfing and electric nightlife. You’ll be staying at Tamarindo Diria Beach Resort, which is close to many of these sun-kissed beaches. Here, it’s all about rest and relaxation: take the next few days to recharg…
Day 10: San Jose
Drive back to the capital today, and spend some time familiarising yourself with its vibrant culture: admire the Neoclassical architecture and try some of the quirky cafés that litter its streets. The best way to see the city might be to opt for a guided city tour, where you’ll see The National The…
Day two: Arenal Hanging Bridges (additional charge per person)
Day two: Pure Trek Canyoning (additional charge per person)
Day seven: Tamarindo Mangrove Boat Tour (additional charge per person)
Day eight: Catamaran Tour (additional charge per person)
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