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Self-drive Costa Rica: Coast to coast adventures

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Self-drive Costa Rica: Coast to coast adventures

14 days from £2015pp

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Costa Rica is a peaceful and stable country and its people are among the friendliest in Latin America. The comprehensive network of roads means that the national parks with their extensive trails are always accessible and self-drive is the perfect way for independent-minded, confident drivers and companions to explore.

Driving in Costa Rica is different from most parts of Europe as many “motorways” are single-lane: often, the minor roads are faster. Much of the enjoyment to be had is getting off the beaten track and onto the dirt tracks and rural roads where you can stop to explore at leisure.

In line with its respect for the great outdoors, Costa Rica has been at the vanguard of adventure tourism, with lots of activities on offer from zip-lining to white-water rafting. The tiny country is bursting with an extraordinary diversity of landscapes, flora and fauna. Begin your adventure among the mangrove forests of the wildlife-filled Tortuguero reserve. Later, discover the mysterious bird-filled cloud forest with its misty landscape of ferns and orchids, scramble over hanging bridges suspended over waterfalls and forest in the shadow of Arenal volcano and end your visit on a Pacific beach.

Holiday itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in San José and transfer to your hotel.

Day 2

Drive and boat to Tortuguero on the Caribbean coast.

Day 3

Wildlife spotting excursions from your lodge.

Day 4

Drive to Sarapiqui.

Day 5

Explore Tirimbina Reserve. Drive to Monteverde in the cloud forest.

Day 6

At leisure to discover forest trails and ride on a zip line.

Day 7

Drive from Monteverde to Arenal volcano area.

Day 8

Visit La Fortuna Falls and the hanging bridges.

Day 9

Discover Caño Negro wildlife.

Day 10

Drive to Rincón de la Vieja.

Day 11

At leisure to raft, hike or go horse-riding.

Day 12

Drive to Guanacaste on the Pacific coast.

Day 13

At leisure on the beach.

Day 14

Drop off car at Liberia airport and take international flight home.

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Central San José
Places visited

San Jose, central highlands and central valleys

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