Taking a road trip through Costa Rica gives you the freedom and flexibility to explore where you want. You'll pass through stunning natural scenery — from lush cloud forests to picturesque beaches — in seven days of scenic driving. This tour can be extended or shortened depending on how much time you have.
This itinerary is designed to be flexible so you can take advantage of having your own transportation. SUVs and other vehicles suited for rough terrain can be rented near all major airports (with an additional tax) and from other large companies such as Alamo. It's best to avoid smaller companies running special promotions, as those deals are often too good to be true and will come with hidden "insurance" costs. Given the small size of Costa Rica and how accessible it is by vehicle, you'll be able to visit the jungle, volcanoes, and great beaches in the same 7-day trip.
|Day 1||San José (Arrival)||San José|
|Day 2||San José - La Fortuna/Arenal Volcano||La Fortuna|
|Day 3||Arenal Volcano - Monteverde Cloud Forest||Monteverde|
|Day 4||Monteverde Cloud Forest||Monteverde|
|Day 5||Monteverde Cloud Forest - Tamarindo||Tamarindo|
|Day 6||Tamarindo/Las Baulas National Marine Park||Tamarindo|
|Day 7||Tamarindo - Liberia (Departure)|
If you have a few extra days, think about adding a day or two in Monteverde or Tamarindo. If you have less time, choosing between Monteverde and Arenal is a good idea.
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