Explore the relatively small natural paradise of Costa Rica by road and at your own pace on a self-drive itinerary that combines cloud forest, volcanoes, rainforest and beaches.
Fly to San José via the USA with United Airlines for an overnight stay. Alternatively, fly from London to San José direct with British Airways (from May 2016 onwards, on selected days of the week) (N)(N)
Pick up your hire car and drive to the Los Angeles cloud forest for a 2-night stay at Villa Blanca and exploration. Optional visit to La Paz Waterfalls Gardens en route. (B)
Drive to Arenal for a 2-night stay at Mountain Paradise. Time at leisure, take hikes, visit hot springs or the Hanging Bridges. (B)
Drive to the remote Tenorio National Park, perhaps stopping en route at Caño Negro wetlands. Stay at Tenorio Lodge. Birdwatching in Palo Verde National Park and hiking to the azure blue river Celeste are both recommended. (B)
Drive to the Pacific coast of Guanacaste for a 3-night stay at Capitan Suizo. Relax on the beach or go turtle-watching in season. (B)
Drive to Liberia and drop off your hire car, before flying overnight to London via the US.
If flying British Airways, it will be necessary to leave early to drive back to San José (approx. 6 hours drive), in time to catch the late afternooon flight. (B)
Arrive in London (N)
(B) = Breakfast, (L) = Lunch, (D) = Dinner, (N) = No Meals
This is a suggested itinerary, which can be tailored to suit your needs. Prices, based on two people travelling and sharing a twin-room, are intended as a guideline only and will vary according to time of year.
You may choose to extend your time in Costa Rica at any of the above-mentioned destinations or visit additional areas suitable for access by self-drive, such as the tropical lowlands and forests around Sarapiqui, and the Central Pacific coast, including the Manuel Antonio National Park area. It is also possible to add destinations such as Tortuguero and the Corcovado National Park in to your itinerary, however, these areas are either not suitable to access by self-drive or would require long drives, so alternative transportation arrangements would be made for you.
Please refer to our tailor-made section or speak to one of our specialists for further details on vehicle recommendations, hotels and extension options.
The Capitan Suizo is set directly at the end of Tamarindo beach, and has spacious rooms and bungalows surrounded by tropical gardens. The open-air bar and restaurant are perfect for watching the Pacific sunsets. There is a swimming pool and Serenity Spa offering a variety of...
The 4-star Crowne Plaza Corobici Hotel is located 25 minutes from the international airport, next to San Jose's largest metropolitan park and close to downtown. There are 213 comfortable guestrooms equipped with all modern conveniences, two restaurants, lobby bar, gym and an outdoor...
Located a few minutes from the town of La Fortuna, the Mountain Paradise Hotel is perched on a hilltop overlooking the Arenal Volcano. The 40 bungalow rooms are set amongst extensive gardens and offer comfort, modern conveniences, rainforest showers and private porches. The semi-open restaurant serves regional and international cuisine and boasts uninterrupted views of the...
Tenorio Lodge is nestled amid 7 hectares of heliconia gardens, fruit trees and tropical vegetation, close to the Tenorio Volcano National Park. The property offers eight spacious bungalows with panoramic views of the Tenorio volcano. Enjoy the peaceful and tranquil location relaxing on the terrace or in one of the outdoor cedarwood jacuzzis, or look for birds on the trails that criss-cross the...
Hotel Villa Blanca has 34 cottages in a rural setting and provides cosy, comfortable accommodation just minutes from the Los Angeles cloud forest and other natural attractions. Originally home to the former president Rodrigo Carazo Odio, the property now offers a restaurant, spa, nature trails and local tours. Each charming casita is part of an authentic Costa Rican farm village concept overlooking 12 sq km of dairy pastures and pristine tropical cloud forest. On the main hilltop is the Hacienda House, where you can enjoy freshly baked breads and pastries at El Cafe del Bosque or a game of chess or billiards in El Mirador de Los Angeles...
Regional air connections are available from within the UK. Please contact your travel consultant for current prices from your nearest city.
We can also arrange flights from overseas, simply give us a call to find out more.
If you choose to take the tour without flights arranged through Cox & Kings, please contact one of our travel consultants prior to booking the flights to ensure that you are aware of the tour timings and all the implications of not booking through us. We strongly advise you not to book flights independently of Cox & Kings if significant charges would apply in case of cancellation.
Flight details may be subject to change prior to departure.
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