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  • Experience a once-in-a-lifetime self-drive tour of Costa Rica on a wonderful 14 night itinerary.
  • Choose between Standard and Superior hotels throughout your tour, as you indulge with a tasty, daily breakfast each day and potential room and hotel upgrades as well as included car hire.
  • Explore the sights of San José, Tortuguero, Arenal, Monteverde and Manuel Antonio all in your own time!
  • This offer also includes some days in Puerto Viejo allowing guests to discover the best of the South Caribbean.

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Best of Costa Rica Self Drive 14-Night Tour Including the Caribbean Coast


14 Nights 


Day 1: UK - San Jose

Day 2: San Jose - Tortuguero

Day 3: Tortuguero 

Day 4: Tortuguero - Puerto Viejo, South Caribbean

Day 5: Puerto Viejo, South Caribbean

Day 6: Puerto Viejo, South Caribbean

Day 7: Puerto Viejo - Arenal 

Day 8: Arenal 

Day 9: Arenal 

Day 10: Arenal - Monteverde 

Day 11: Monteverde

Day 12: Monteverde - Manuel Antonio 

Day 13: Manuel Antonio

Day 14: Manuel Antonio 

Day 15: Manuel Antonio - San Jose - UK

Your Itinerary

Day 1-3: San Jose - Tortuguero

Day 1: San José (30 min)

Welcome to Costa Rica! The local Representative will receive and assist you at the Airport where you will then transfer from Juan Santamaria International Airport to your hotel in San José.


Overnight in San José


Day 2: San José - Tortuguero (4 hrs on route & 1.5 hrs boat) (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Early Check-out before, at the agreed time, meet at the hotel reception for a semi-collective transfer to the wonderful area of Tortuguero in the North Caribbean. Take advantage of this transfer to enjoy the landscape. You will drive around a national park just after San José et then field of Banana while arriving towards Tortuguero.


Please note that this transfer will be shared with other tourists. Arrival to Guápiles city and breakfast in a local restaurant; continue to the pier where you will board the boat to Tortuguero, travelling on the canals, in the heart of the rainforest. You can enjoy the nature and spot some animals during this boat transfer. Open your eyes and get your camera ready, turtle and crocodiles are often seen here.


Once at the Lodge, check in, get comfortable and enjoy a tasteful lunch. In the afternoon, meet your guide for a tour through the Tortuguero Lagoon. Your will have the chance to feel immerse with nature while admire the profound vegetation and spot some wildlife. The rest of the day is at leisure to relax and enjoy the Lodge facilities.


Overnight in Tortuguero


Day 3: Tortuguero (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Breakfast is included at the Hotel. After breakfast, be ready to explore the Tortuguero National Park, a must activity while you are in Costa Rica. Discover its network of canals, lagoons and dense rainforests through a boat tour guided by an expert naturalist guide. Abundant wildlife inhabits Tortuguero, including 57 species of amphibians, 111 species of reptiles, and 60 species of mammals. Return to the Lodge.


During the afternoon, join to a guided nature walk through the private tropical trails of the lodge. Your guide will search for local species such reptiles, birds and some mammals; monkeys are abundant in this region. Learn more about the dense vegetation while you fall in love of the wild environment. *The order of the activities in Tortuguero may vary depends on the operation of the hotel.


Overnight in Tortuguero

Day 4-7: Tortuguero - Puerto Viejo, South Caribbean

Day 4: Tortuguero - Puerto Viejo, South Caribbean (1.5 hrs boat & 3 hrs on route) (Breakfast, Lunch)

Breakfast included at the lodge & check-out. Afterwards, be ready to continue your trip. Take a shared transfer by boat and land from Tortuguero to the Restaurant located in Guápiles, where you will enjoy the lunch. At the restaurant, meet the Car Rental Representative to get your car and all the necessary information. Self-Drive to Puerto Viejo beach, located in the pristine South Caribbean coast. Arrival to the hotel, enjoy the relaxing atmosphere and the Caribbean vibes.


Overnight in Puerto Viejo


Day 5 & Day 6: Puerto Viejo, South Caribbean (Breakfast)

Breakfast is included at the hotel. Enjoy leisure days to discover by your own, the beautiful beaches of Puerto Viejo and Cahuita, some of the most relaxing and exotic in Costa Rica.


During your stay in the Caribbean, you can breathe an Afro-Caribbean heritage is reflected in the architecture, gastronomy, music and the feeling of a people. 30 minutes away from Puerto Viejo, you can drive to Cahuita National Park, home of abundance vegetation, rich biodiversity and wildlife.


Overnight in Puerto Viejo


Day 7: Puerto Viejo - Arenal (5 hrs on route) (Breakfast)

Breakfast is included at the Hotel & check-out. Afterwards, be ready to continue your self-drive trip to La Fortuna de San Carlos, home of the majestic Arenal Volcano. Enjoy leisure time to relax and enjoy the hotel facilities. The drive is long but its also a great way to discover the country and its different landscape. Don’t forget to stop in a local restaurant for lunch and enjoy the traditional plate of riz, beans & chicken. A lot of restaurant propose “ bird watching”, you can just choose a table, seat and look for birds.


Overnight in Arenal

Day 8-10: Arenal - Monteverde

Day 8 & Day 9: Arenal (Breakfast)

Breakfast is included at the Hotel. Enjoy leisure days to relax and explore the wonders of Arenal by your own. For nature and adventure lovers, the Arenal region also offers numerous hiking and trekking trails where one can see some stunning waterfalls, gushing rivers, beautiful vegetation and wildlife. Costa Rica is famous as a top adventure destination and La Fortuna area is famous for the best outdoor adventures. There are so many fun activities for all ages and travelers.


During your stay, you will enjoy included visits to the top attractions in Arenal:


Guided visit to the Hanging Bridges of Mistico Park:

This is a great combination of suspension bridges and platforms built in the forest that offers you an opportunity to explore the forest canopy in a safe and easy manner. An expert guide will teach you through the natural history and open for you the doors of a fascinating and colorful tropical rainforest world. You cannot forget the imposing vistas of the Arenal Volcano from the hanging bridges.


Self-guided visit to Arenal Volcano National Park:

Enjoy the most extraordinary view of the Arenal Volcano on a self-guided hike along the base and flanks of this giant. Astonishing views and the chance to meet the local wildlife will remain as your favorite memories of Costa Rica after this experience.


Overnight in Arenal


Day 10: Arenal - Monteverde (3 hrs on route) (Breakfast)

Breakfast is included at the Hotel & check-out. At the agreed time, self-drive to your next destination, the mystical cloudforest of Monteverde. Monteverde cloudforest is a truly nature lovers paradise with a marvelous biodiversity. This region is a unique blend of natural beauty and tranquility combined with adventure activities, culture and culinary experiences. Rest of the day at leisure to relax and explore Monteverde surroundings by your own.


Overnight in Monteverde

Day 11-12: Monteverde - Manuel Antonio

Day 11: Monteverde (Breakfast)

Breakfast is included at the Hotel. Today enjoy an included visit to the beautiful natural gardens of Selvatura Park. While you are there, you should try the Zip line! One of the longest in Costa Rica is there, if you feel like it, you can do the last line the “Superman” way.


Butterflies & Hummingbirds Garden:

Visit the largest exhibitions of live butterflies in the world and a hummingbird garden where over 100 beautiful hummingbirds will be flying cheerfully around you. You can also see sloth in the park, and view of them are them and using it as a rescue home.


Overnight in Monteverde


Day 12: Monteverde - Manuel Antonio (3.5 hrs on route) (Breakfast)

Breakfast is included at the Hotel & check-out. Self-drive to Manuel Antonio beach, located in the Central Pacific Coast. Manuel Antonio is a small Oceanside village with plenty of great places to stay tucked into nature. Famous for its national park, this tiny yet bustling town is located off Costa Rica's central Pacific coast. The region is a treasure for biodiversity, attracting nature buffs, eco-travelers and adventure-seekers alike.


The day of the Covid test depends of the flight departure time. We recommend that clients call the lab and schedule the appointment the firsts days in our country. Clients must call to make an appointment with the laboratory at least 2 days before the day of the test, please provide to the laboratory the departure flight information to check correct time to the results. 


Hospital Metropolitano | SJO - GTE – Quepos (Marina Pez Vela)
Monday – Friday: 09:00 - 16:00
Saturday 09:00 - 11:00
Results from 24 to 48 hours Calendar days | $110 with appointment, could be same day
Phone Quepos (near to Manuel Antonio): +506 |25199733
Results from 24 to 48 hours Calendar days per-mail | $110 with appointment


Overnight in Manuel Antonio

Day 13-15: Manuel Antonio - San Jose - UK

Day 13 & Day 14: Manuel Antonio (Breakfast)

Breakfast is included at the Hotel. Enjoy leisure days to relax and enjoy the beach to the fullest! During your stay, you will enjoy a included visit to the beautiful Manuel Antonio National Park.


Self-guided visit to Manuel Antonio National Park:

Experience and discover by your own the amazing flora and fauna of the Central Pacific Coast. Take a self-guided hike to the famous national park of Manuel Antonio. Explore the trails that go from flat to very steep, relax at the beach and admire the abundant wildlife: sloths, birds and reptiles as well as admire orchids, butterflies and tropical trees.


Overnight in Manuel Antonio


Day 15: Departure (3 hrs on route) (Breakfast)

Breakfast is included at the Hotel & check-out. At the agreed time, self-drive to San Jose, to return the vehicle at the car rental office near the Juan Santamaria International Airport. Then, a shared shuttle will take you to the airport from the car rental office to your flight back home.

Your Tour Hotels

Standard Hotels and Superior Hotels

Maximum room capacity

Standard Category Hotels


San Jose: Sleep Inn 4* or similar

Tortuguero: Laguna Lodge 3* or similar

Puerto Viejo: Villas del Caribe or similar

Arenal: Villas Eco Arenal or similar

Monteverde: Monteverde Country Lodge or similar

Manuel Antonio: Villa Bosque or similar



Superior Category Hotels


San Jose: Park Inn 4* or similar

Tortuguero: Laguna Lodge or similar 

Puerto Viejo: Cariblue or similar

Arenal: Arenal Paraíso Hotel 4* or similar

Monteverde: Poco a Poco or similar

Manuel Antonio: San Bada or similar


These rooms sleep up to 3 adults or 2 adults + 2 children.

Your Board Basis

During their tour, our members will enjoy meals as per itinerary. This is broken down as all breakfasts and full board (excluding drinks) in Tortuguero.

Your Included Extras

One rechargeable phone card

Your Included Extras

Our members can enjoy one rechargeable phone card included during their trip.

Your Journey


You may choose from Economy or Premium class flights on sectors that they operate, at the next stage of the booking process.


The flights included are with either a scheduled or no-frills airline and are subject to live availability and prices can change. You can choose your preferred departure times during the booking process. Please select your flight options carefully as departure and arrival airports may differ. 

Car Hire:

For the freedom to explore your destination at your own pace, make the most of included car hire with your booking (flight-inclusive offers only).


Please note you cannot be guaranteed a specific make of car within a certain group. The lead name on the booking will be confirmed as the named driver. The named driver must present a credit card in their name when collecting the car (credit cards in other names will not be accepted). The named driver must also present a full valid driving licence on the collection of the vehicle and in some cases, a credit card or cash deposit will be required. Please ensure that you check your car hire documents carefully once received as this will advise if there are any taxes/charges to be paid locally as well as potential mileage restrictions. Other fees may be applicable in addition to the cost of your car rental for any additional products added to your car rental.

Welcome to Costa Rica

Costa Rica

As the eco-and adventure-tourism capital of Central America, Costa Rica is a magnet for nature enthusiasts, thrill seekers and those who want to step off the beaten track. La Pura Vida (the pure life) is the unofficial motto of the country, and it's easy to see why - emerald rainforests, pastel-coloured hummingbirds, smouldering volcanic peaks, tumbling rivers...this verdant chunk is one of the most bio-diverse spots on the planet!


The country's national parks are its greatest glory, with one-third of the country set aside as protected natural areas. As well as being a world leader in eco-tourism, Costa Rica superbly caters for visitors looking for an adrenalin kick, with options including whitewater rafting, zip line tours through the rainforest canopy, surfing and quad biking. It is quickly becoming more popular, so grab this chance to visit now, while landscapes are still exceptionally unspoiled!

In More Detail

Please find practical information about your trip
This tour is not accessible to people with reduced mobility.

Pets are not allowed.
Our price doesn't include any additional taxes which may be payable locally.


Please Note:

Check-in outside the hotel's standard times may incur additional fees. Check out times are subject to change, please check these with the hotel upon arrival.

Schedules and prices are subject to change.

If the property is accessible to people with reduced mobility, this is subject to availability. To book a room for reduced mobility, please contact our Customer Services Team.

Room Information: the bed for the 3rd/4th guest sharing is likely to be a sofa bed or camp style bed.

Restaurant Information: some dining outlets/menu items and premium, branded and international drinks may not be included and may incur a surcharge payable locally. Meals, snacks and drinks may be available at selected times only.


What's Included:

  • Standard Room in Standard or Superior Hotels as per itinerary (depending on the chosen offer)
  • Meals according to program - All breakfasts and full board (excluding drinks) in Tortuguero
  • Welcome by representative at SJO airport and transfer to hotel located in the capital city, San José (with supplement)
  • Shared transfer from San José city hotel to SJO Airport
  • Shared excursions in Tortuguero with local tour guide
  • Entrance fee to:
  • Tortuguero National Park
  • Arenal Volcano National Park (self-guided visit)
  • Manuel Antonio National Park (self-guided visit)
  • Selvatura butterflies & Hummingbirds Gardens
  • Entrance fee and guide tour to Hanging Bridges of Mistico Park
  • A rented car type - complimentary upgrade to Suzuki Grand Vitara (for standard accommodation) or Toyota Fortuner (for superior accommodation) for 2/3 people from day 4 to day 15
  • GPS & basic insurance of the rented car
  • One rechargeable phone card
  • Upgrade to Arenal Paraiso Resort & Spa (subject to availability)
  • 15% discount on meals at Hotels Restaurants in Monteverde
  • Early Check In & Late Check Out subject to availability onsite in Monteverde
  • Arrival transfer included
  • Upgrade to Montaña de Fuego (subject to availability) for Superior option only


Recommendations: Comfortable and light clothing is the most suitable for travelling in Costa Rica. Sun protection, sunglasses, bathing suit, hat, raincoat, hiking or tennis shoes, sandals and mosquito repellent can be very useful during your stay.

Not Included:

  • Drinks and other meals not clearly mentioned
  • Surcharge for special requests on food, and meals.
  • Entrance fees, permits and guide service during free time.
  • Insurance, gratuities and personal expenses
  • Surcharge for public holidays

If booking as a single traveller, room occupancy is not guaranteed. You may be placed in either a single, double or twin room, based on the availability of the property at the time. 

The location shown on our map is to be used as a guide only and the actual location of the property may differ.

Your contact details may be passed on to the hotel so that they can make contact with you to discuss your booking in advance of your arrival.

You may be asked to provide a credit/debit card deposit on arrival to cover any purchases made in the hotel.

Although we endeavour to provide up to date information we cannot guarantee that all hotel facilities and services will be available during your stay, especially when travelling out of the main holiday periods.

Star rating standards may differ to that of the UK, depending on the country of travel.


Please note that due to the current situation, any information mentioned is subject to change or adaptation.

We strongly recommend that you contact the hotel three days before your departure to keep you informed of the latest changes and information.

You can also refer to our FAQ section to find more information on the development of the situation.

We suggest that you keep informed of the latest regulations in force:

 In the UK via the corresponding link:

Car Hire:

Upgrade to Suzuki Grand Vitara (or similar)

Guests choosing the Standard option will enjoy an Upgrade to Suzuki Grand Vitara (or similar).

Upgrade to Toyota Fortuner (or similar)

Guests choosing the Superior option will enjoy an Upgrade to Toyota Fortuner (or similar).

Your Contract

If you book a package which includes flights, your contract will be with Voyage Privé. The air holiday package(s) shown are ATOL protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is 10170.

If you book a package which does not include flights, then ATOL protection does not apply. Your contract will be with the provider of the accommodation and not Voyage Privé. Voyage Privé acts only as agent for the accommodation provider.

Please read our booking conditions before confirming your holiday.

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