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Costa Rica Adventure (Self Drive)

Private Travel | Family adventures | Self-drive 12 Days & 10 Nights Lead-in price: £1895 Current prices from: £1895

Full of natural wonders, Costa Rica is an ideal destination for families to enjoy plenty of outdoor adventures. Explore the country at your own pace on a self-drive itinerary, travelling along scenic routes on safe and relatively quiet roads. One of the most bio-diverse countries in the world with thousands of species of flora and fauna, there are endless opportunities to spot wildlife such as monkeys, sloths and vibrant tropical birds. Follow walkways through rainforest canopies, discover pristine beaches and soak in natural hot springs.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Direct Flights with British Airways
  • View volcanoes & crater lakes
  • Soak in hot springs
  • Zip-line and glide above the rainforest in a gondola
  • Look for monkeys, quetzals, bromelias and orchids
  • Added flexibility with self-drive itinerary
  • Stay in 3- & 4-star accommodation
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Standard Private Tour in brief

Day 1: Fly to San José

Fly from London to San José with British Airways. Stay at San José Park Inn for 2 nights. (N)

Day 2: San José

Visit the impressive Poas volcano. The massive active crater often has sulphuric smoke rising out of the boiling muddy lake, while the other beautiful crater lake is surrounded by dwarf vegetation and lush cloud forest. (B)

Days 3-4: Arenal

Drive to Arenal for a 2-night stay at Arenal Paraiso Resort & Spa. For a bird’s-eye view of the rainforest, Arenal volcano and lake, visit the Sky Adventure Park. Relax in soothing waters at Tabacon’s natural hot springs and pools. (B)

Days 5-6: Monteverde

Drive to Monteverde for 2 nights. Explore the cloud forest reserve; spot wildlife from hanging canopy walkways and visit butterfly and hummingbird gardens. Stay at the Trapp Family Hotel. (B)

Days 7-10: Manuel Antonio

Continue to Manuel Antonio for a 4-night stay at Parador Resort & Spa. Relax on the Pacific coast, visit the national park or take an optional boat tour in search of dolphins. (B)

Days 11-12: San José • Fly home

Transfer by road to San José for an overnight direct flight to London with British Airways. (B) (N)

Meal basis:

As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals

Important information Standard tour:

This tour is based in 3- and 4-star accommodation.


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.

Tailor-made travel

For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.

Standard private tour accommodation

  • The Trapp Hotel Monteverde
    The Trapp Hotel Monteverde

    The Trapp Family Hotel is a small family-run hotel located close to the entrance of the Monteverde Reserve. The alpine-style lodge features spacious rooms and suites offering views of the cloud forest. The property has a non-smoking policy throughout and there is a strong eco-friendly emphasis. Some rooms are located in a newer block behind the main building and access might be difficult for those with walking difficulties. Features: 26 rooms, restaurant, lobby bar, fitness room, Wi-Fi. Room amenities: Television, safe, hairdryer.

  • Park Inn by Radisson San Jose
    Park Inn by Radisson San Jose

    San Jose Park Inn is located in the heart of San Jose and a 15 minute drive from the airport. Guestrooms are contemporary with a colourful decor and equipped with all modern conveniences. The restaurant offers a wide variety of international and local cuisine and there is also an outdoor pool with hot tub.

  • Parador Resort & Spa Manuel Antonio
    Parador Resort & Spa Manuel Antonio

    Situated a 10 minute drive from the beaches and National Park of Manuel Antonio, Parador Resort & Spa is set amongst 12 acres of landscaped gardens and lush rainforest. It has an enviable hillside location on a peninsula with unbeatable panoramic views of both the jungle and Pacific coastline. The colourfully decorated rooms and suites are scattered across the resort, and offer views overlooking the gardens, rainforest or ocean. There is a selection of restaurants offering seafood, Mediterranean and international cuisine, with live piano music in the fine dining restaurant. The hotel operates a complimentary shuttle service to Manuel Antonio beach. Features: 129 rooms, 4 restaurants, 2 bars, 3 pools, spa, fitness centre, Wi-Fi. Room amenities: Television, hair dryer, iPod dock, safe.

  • Arenal Paraiso Resort & Spa
    Arenal Paraiso Resort & Spa

    The Arenal Paraiso Resort & Spa offers 118 comfortable bungalow-style rooms with spectacular views of the majestic Arenal volcano, as well as air conditioning, refrigerator, cable television and either a balcony or terrace. Facilities include two restaurants, a swimming pool and 13 pools of natural thermal spring waters, as well as a laundry service, gift shop, and nature trails.

Standard private tour extensions

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Dates & prices


Guideline Prices

Low season from £1895 per person

High season from £1995 per person


Flexible Prices & Itineraries
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7873 5000 or send an email enquiry

Additional Information

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.

  • • International flights (and domestic flights if applicable)
    • UK departure and overseas airport taxes
    • Accommodation, itinerary & meal basis as described
    • Local Transfers in a private chauffeur-driven vehicle
    • The support (if required) of an English speaking local representative
    • Local guides and entrance fees where applicable

Destinations on this tour

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