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  • Discovering a country committed to preserving its biodiversity, considered one of the pioneers of environmental protection.
  • Relaxing in the hot springs of the Arenal region and lounging on the soft sandy beaches of Tamarindo.
  • Travelling in complete freedom with your hire car, and returning to your comfortable accommodation to rest and unwind.

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Your itinerary in brief

Discover the must-see places of Costa Rica and see its extraordinary landscapes on this 8, 10 or 12-night road trip. Marvel at natural parks, and volcanoes, and relax on its idyllic seashores where golden sands meet azure waters.

 

Choose the length of your stay:

 

9 days / 8 nights 

  • Day 1: San José
  • Day 2: San José - Tortuguero
  • Day 3 : Tortuguero - Arenal
  • Day 4: Arenal
  • Day 5: Arenal - Rincon de la Vieja
  • Day 6: Rincon de la Vieja
  • Day 7: Rincon de la Vieja - Tamarindo
  • Day 8: Tamarindo 
  • Day 9: Tamarindo - Departure

11 days / 10 nights 

  • Day 1 - 2: Similar to 8-night itinerary
  • Day 3: Tortuguero
  • Days 4 - 8: Similar to days 3 - 7 of the 8-night itinerary
  • Days 9 and 10: Tamarindo 
  • Day 11: Tamarindo - Departure

 

13 days / 12 nights 

  • Days 1 - 4: Similar to 10-night itinerary
  • Days 5 - 6: Arenal
  • Day 7: Arenal - Rincon de la Vieja
  • Day 8: Rincon de la Vieja
  • Day 9 : Rincon de la Vieja - Tamarindo
  • Days 10, 11 and 12: Tamarindo 
  • Day 13: Tamarindo - Departure 

 

Please note: Passport details are required alongside booking information to secure entry to Tortuguero, ensuring a smooth reservation process.

 

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Your itinerary in detail

Offer 1: 8-night tour

Day 1: San José

  • A local representative will meet you at San José airport and accompany you to your shared transfer. 
  • Check-in at your hotel in the city centre 
  • Night in San José

 

Day 2: San José - Tortuguero (4 hrs drive and 1 hr 5 mins by boat)

Meet early in the hotel reception and stop in the town of Guápiles to enjoy a Costa Rican breakfast at a local restaurant, before continuing to the jetty to board a boat to Tortuguero - one of Costa Rica's most popular ecotourism destinations

 

Gaze at the lush, green forest as you glide through the canals, then spend time strolling around the colourful town once you arrive.

  • Full board (excluding drinks)
  • Night in Tortuguero

 

Day 3: Tortuguero - Arenal (1h30 by boat and 2h30 by road)

Cruise Tortuguero National Park by boat at sunrise and discover its network of canals, lagoons and dense rainforests with an expert. Tortuguero has an abundance of wildlife, including 57 species of amphibians, 111 species of reptiles and 60 species of mammals.

  • Return to the lodge for breakfast.
  • Travel by boat and overland from Tortuguero to the restaurant in Guápiles, where you will enjoy a traditional lunch
  • After lunch meet the car hire representative to collect your hire car
  • Head for La Fortuna de San Carlos, home to the impressive Arenal volcano.
  • Upon arrival at your hotel enjoy some free time to relax and enjoy the hotel's facilities.
  • Breakfast and lunch included
  • Night in Arenal


Day 4: Arenal

Spend Day 4 relaxing at the hotel, alternatively, for the more adventurous, set off to explore the wonders of Arenal

 

Hike the lava trails of Arenal Volcano National Park, discover the stunning La Fortuna waterfall, get your adrenaline pumping in the rapids of the Balsa River while admiring the magnificent vegetation or soar over the treetops on a zip-line adventure.

  • Breakfast included
  • Night in Arenal


Day 5: Arenal -Rincón de la Vieja (3h drive)

Drive to your next destination, the Rincón de la Vieja volcano region, one of the most beautiful landscapes in the province of Guanacaste, and home to a rich variety of exotic plants and wildlife including pumas, monkeys, sloths, tapirs and jaguars.

 

Rare emerald toucans and blue-crowned motmots sparkle in the sunlight, and you can admire the vibrant orchids that bloom.

  • Night in the town of Liberia
  • Breakfast included


Day 6: Rincón de la Vieja

  • Day at your leisure to explore the rainforest
  • Optional adventure activities available at the hotel at an additional cost.
  • Night in the town of Liberia
  • Breakfast included

 
Day 7: Rincón de la Vieja -Tamarindo (2h drive)

Continue to Tamarindo beach on the northern Pacific coast. Tamarindo is the most developed beach on the vibrant Nicoya Peninsula and one of Costa Rica's best-known surf spots.

  • Check in to the hotel
  • Night in Tamarindo
  • Breakfast included

 
Day 8: Tamarindo

  • Free day in Tamarindo
  • Night in Tamarindo
  • Breakfast included


Day 9: Tamarindo -San José Airport (4h30 drive)

  • Head to the car rental office near Juan Santamaría International Airport to return your rental vehicle. 
  • A shared shuttle will then take you to the airport for your return flight.
  • Please note: It is advisable to take a flight after 1 pm
  • Breakfast included

Offer 2: 10-night tour

Days 1 - 2: Similar to days 1 - 2 of 8-night tour.

 

Day 3: Tortuguero

Meet your guide for a nature walk along the lodge's private trails and learn about the flora and fauna that live in this magical place.

  • After lunch, take a boat through the canals of Tortuguero National Park
  • Return to the lodge for breakfast
  • Night in Tortuguero,
  • Full board (drinks not included)

 

Days 4 - 8: Similar to days 3 - 7 of the 8-night itinerary

 

Days 9 - 10: Tamarindo

  • Spend two free days however you choose, from seeking out adventure to relaxing on the beach
  • Nights in Tamarindo
  • Breakfast included

 

Day 11: Tamarindo - San José Airport (4.5 hours drive)

  • Go to the car rental office near Juan Santamaría International Airport to return your hire car
  • A shared shuttle bus will take you from the car rental to the airport and your return flight
  • Breakfast included

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Offer 3: 12-night tour

Days 1 - 4: Similar to the 10-night itinerary

 

Days 5 - 6: Arenal

  • Today you will have plenty of time to relax at the hotel, or head out to explore Arenal if you are feeling adventurous
  • Night in Arena
  • Breakfast included

 
Day 7: Arenal - Rincón de la Vieja (3 hours drive)

  • Depart by car to your next destination, the region around the Rincon de la Vieja volcano
  • Night in the town of Liberia
  • Breakfast included

Day 8 : Rincón de la Vieja

  • Day at your leisure to explore the rainforest 
  • Night in the town of Liberia
  • Breakfast included 

 

Day 9: Rincón de la Vieja - Tamarindo (2h drive)

  • Continue your journey to Tamarindo Beach, located on the northern Pacific coast on the vibrant Nicoya Peninsula and one of Costa Rica's best-known surf spots.
  • Check in to your hotel 
  • Night in Tamarindo
  • Breakfast included

 

Days 10, 11 and 12: Tamarindo

  • Make the most of your free days in Tamarindo 
  • Nights in Tamarindo
  • Breakfast included

 

Day 13: Tamarindo - San José Airport (4h30 drive)

  • It's time to head to the car hire office near Juan Santamaría International Airport to return the vehicle.
  • A shared shuttle will then take you to the airport from the car hire office until your return flight.
  • It is advisable to catch a flight after 1 pm
  • Breakfast included

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Important information about your tour and visits

The hotels, which comply with local standards, are indicative and may be changed locally for hotels of a similar category. The itinerary is subject to changes due to compelling reasons such as delayed flights, weather conditions or other cases of force majeure. The order of visits is also subject to change.

 

Please note: Passport details are required alongside booking information to secure entry to Tortuguero, ensuring a smooth reservation process.

 

Your hotels

Hand-picked just for you

Maximum room capacity

Enjoy some R&R at every stage of your adventure in comfortable rooms in carefully selected hotels.

 

  • San José: Radisson
  • Tortuguero: Evergreen Lodge
  • Arenal: Mountain Paradise
  • Rincon de la Vieja: Hacienda Guachipelin
  • Tamarindo: Wyndham Tamarindo

 

If the hotels listed above are unavailable, you will be provided with comfortable accommodation in similar hotels. Local standards apply.

Maximum room capacity: 3 adults OR 2 adults + 1 child.

Single rooms available at extra cost.

 

Your dining choices

Throughout your tour, you enjoy meals as per your itinerary.

Your optional services

Full coverage for rental car

Your optional services

Your journey to Costa Rica

Flights:

You will be able to choose your airline and flight times when you make your booking. This flight may include one or more stopovers. The stopover may be technical (without a change of aircraft) or transit (with a change of aircraft).

Luggage information

Luggage, meals and other services on board may be subject to an additional fee on certain airlines. It is possible to view details of luggage allowances when you choose your flights at the next stage of the booking process. If luggage is not included with your flight, please go to the airline's website before your departure to purchase your luggage for an additional fee.

For domestic flights, airlines do not always offer the option of reserving luggage. In this case, you will need to pay for it at the airport counter.

You will receive all the information you need to check in for your flights after you have made your reservation.

Your destinations

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 white water 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 permitted.
Your stay may be subject to an additional city or tourist tax payable directly to the hotel, which is not included in our nightly rate. Please check with hotel directly for further information.

Rates and times are indicative and are subject to change. Some facilities/services are subject to a surcharge, payable locally.

 

General terms and conditions of sale apply.

This price includes:

  • Superior category accommodation, depending on the offer chosen (see description)
  • Meals as per your itinerary (see description)
  • Free dinner on Day 2
  • Unlimited access to hotel's hot springs
  • Self-guided walk on hotel's nature trails to the waterfalls
  • Collective Transfer San Jose Airport / Hotel
  • Collective Transfer Car Hire / San Jose Airport
  • Rental car from day 3 or 4 until the last day (Standard - Volkswagen T-Cross or similar or Superior - Toyota Rav 4 or similar)

 

 

This price does not include:

  • The services not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Excursions not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses, extras and tips
  • The tourist tax to be paid on site
  • Anything not mentioned in `this price includes`.

Important: Passport details must be sent with booking information to book entry to Tortuguero National Park.

 

 

If booking as a single traveller, room occupancy and configuration are 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.

 

Travel with peace of mind

 

To ensure a peaceful holiday, our partners are committed to respecting the local health and sanitary measures in force to protect your safety and well-being.

 

Please note: health and sanitary measures may be subject to change in line with government recommendations. Consequently, they may affect access to certain amenities and leisure facilities.

Car hire:

Conditions for hiring a car:


Valid driving licences or international permits are accepted in Costa Rica. They must be presented with a passport. It is very important to check that the date of entry into the country appears on the passport.



Cars must be driven on the right-hand side of the road. Speed limits are indicated according to road conditions. Speed limits are different in rural and urban areas.

  • The minimum age for hiring a vehicle is 21, and there is no maximum age.
  • Drivers aged between 21 and 24 must pay a daily supplement.
  • Drivers under 25 pay $10 per day as young drivers.
  • If you are travelling with children, it is important to know that Costa Rican law clearly states that children under the age of twelve must be seated in seats adapted to their age, height and weight. The car rental company provides a child seat or booster for an additional cost of USD 6 per day.


ADDITIONAL DRIVER:

  • All additional drivers must meet all rental requirements.
  • Additional drivers must report to the rental office at the same time as the main hirer.
  • Additional drivers must sign the rental agreement.
  • An additional daily rate may be charged for each additional driver.
  • The additional driver can only be added to the contract at the pick-up location.
  • The number of additional drivers is limited to four per contract.

 

FORMS OF PAYMENT


A passport must be presented in addition to an available credit card in the hirer's name. The signature on the back must match the name printed on the card. In addition, if the hirer is making an online transaction, the number and name printed on the card presented by the hirer must match the name and number registered for the online transaction.


Credit cards accepted : American Express, Mastercard, Visa, Diners Club.


A credit card authorisation in the amount of USD 500 will be required at the time of rental, in addition to the estimated cost of the rental. The amount of the authorisation may be used to cover damage to the vehicle or late payment charges. If the customer refuses the CDW-TP, the amount deducted from the credit card will be USD 2,500 plus the estimated cost of the rental.

 

Debit cards/cheques are only accepted in this centre as a final means of payment. Cards other than American Express, MasterCard, VISA, Diners Club or Discover credit cards are considered to be debit/cheque cards. Any other card that is not a credit card and does not bear one of these logos will not be accepted.


Only cash is accepted as the final method of payment.


Like every other country in the world, Costa Rica faces the challenge of ensuring the safety of its citizens and visitors. To avoid any problems, follow these recommendations:

  • When driving or parking your car, close the doors and keep the windows closed.
  • Whenever possible, try to park in car parks and not on the street.
  • Never leave money, credit cards, bags or valuables in the car.
  • If you have a punctured tyre, if someone tells you there is a problem with your car, if you are stopped from behind or followed, do not stop. Ask the police for help or go to a crowded shopping centre.
  • Avoid stopping when a stranger asks for a lift.
  • If you need to consult a map, do so in a safe, public place or ask a policeman for directions. Don't stop in front of strangers.
  • Police fines should be paid at the bank, never directly to the officers.
  • The car will be returned with a full tank of petrol. We recommend that you return the car with a full tank of petrol, otherwise you will have to pay a higher price than at petrol stations. When filling up, please use premium petrol.
  • If you are travelling to areas away from the hotel, take your passport with you and be careful. If you are staying close to the hotel, keep your documents in a safe and take a copy of your passport with all the relevant information.
  • Check the date and time of your car's return so that they are ready to help you.


NATIONAL PROTECTION PACKAGE (NPP)


The National Protection Package (NPP) is a comprehensive product that includes Damage and Theft Protection (LDW-TP), Third Party Liability Insurance (SLI), Zero Excess and Window and Tyre Insurance (W&T), at a reduced price.


DAMAGE WAIVER (LDW)


Hiring a vehicle from National Car Rental means that you are responsible for returning it in the same condition in which you received it. The LDW is not cover, but releases you from any obligation to pay for theft, vandalism, collision and damage to the exterior of the vehicle, regardless of who is responsible, provided you comply with the terms and conditions set out in the rental agreement.

 

Once the LDW is accepted, the renter will only be responsible for the first $800 to $1,500 of the total cost of the damage (depending on the type of vehicle).

Renters may decline LDW if the credit card they are paying with was issued in the United States or Canada, is covered, and can be verified by a National Car Rental employee in Costa Rica. LDW is mandatory for certain types of vehicles. If the LDW is refused, the hirer will be held responsible for all damage and the SLI policy will be compulsory. This cover does not include the roadside assistance required in the event of negligence on the part of the customer, nor assistance in the event of lost keys, punctures, etc.

 

ADDITIONAL THIRD-PARTY LIABILITY COVER (SLC)


This policy exempts the policyholder from all liability to third parties. If you are involved in an accident while driving a rental car and damage is caused to a third party, SLI will cover up to ¢10,000,000.00 of third party damage.

National Car Rental guarantees that all policyholders or parties insured under this policy will be covered.

 

This policy covers up to ¢40,000,000 per person and up to ¢100,000 per accident involving the rental vehicle. This policy covers "all sums for which the insured, or any other party covered by this policy, is held liable by a final judgment in respect of such accident and any bodily injury or property damage caused thereby". This cover excludes the driver and members of his family, as well as persons residing in the driver's household and members of their families.

Under this insurance policy, the hirer is liable for 20% of all damage, which may under no circumstances be less than USD 250.

This cover becomes compulsory if the LDW is refused.

 

0.00 EXCESS

When you rent a vehicle from National Car Rental and accept any of our coverages, you become responsible for a specific deductible amount for each coverage.


The $0.00 Deductible Option allows you to reduce your payment obligations under any of the coverages previously accepted, provided you agree to the terms of the rental agreement regarding the deductibles of the insurance policies accepted.

 

Damage caused by driving on sand, in water or under the influence of alcohol - as specified in the rental contract - is not covered. If you decline this option, you will have to pay the excesses for the cover accepted, as specified in the rental contract.

 

WINDOWS AND TYRES (W&T)
With this cover, National Car Rental releases you from any obligation to pay for damage to tyres and windscreens caused by accidents, collisions, poor road conditions (does not cover theft).

 

ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE
National Car Rental offers reasonably priced locksmith, breakdown and battery charging services, as well as the delivery of up to 3 litres of fuel for your rental vehicle.

Cover does not apply in the event of negligence.

 

SUPPLIER: NATIONAL / ALAMO / COMPANY


Contact: (+506) 2242-7878 / Office hours, Monday to Sunday

24-hour call centre: 800-NATIONAL (800-6284625)

 

RENT

 

EREDIA:
- San Antonio de Belén - 06:00 to 22:00 hours.


SAN JOSÉ:
- San José international airport 24 hours a day
- Plaza Viquez from 08:00 to 18:00
- Hotel Marriott Costa Rica from 08:00 to 17:00
- Lindora from 08:00 to 18:00
- Plaza Tempo from 09:00 to 17:00
- Paseo Colón from 08:00 to 17:00

 

GUANACASTE:
- Liberia from 06:00 to 21:00
- Liberia International Airport from 06:00 to 21:00
- Nosara from 08:00 to 17:00
- Four Seasons Hotel from 08:00 to 18:00
- Peñas Blancas (Nicaragua border) from 08:00 to 17:00
- Tamarindo (Alamo Office) from 08:00 to 18:00
- Samara Beach from 08:00 to 17:00
- Marina Papagayo from 08:00 to 18:00
- Hotel Dreams Las Mareas (El Jobo) from 08:00 to 17:00
- Mal País from 8am to 5pm
- Flamingo Beach from 8.00 am to 6.00 pm
- Brasilito (Alamo Office) from 08:00 to 18:00

 

PUNTARENAS:
- Marina Los Sueños (Herradura) from 08:00 to 17:00
- Hotel Marriott Los Sueños from 08:00 to 18:00
- Uvita from 08:00 to 17:00
- Quepos (Marina Pez Vela) from 08:00 to 17:00
- Jacó Beach (Alamo Office) from 08:00 to 18:00
- Paso Canoas (Panama border) from 08:00 to 17:00
- Marina de Golfito from 08:00 to 17:00
- Puerto Jiménez (Alamo Office) from 08:00 to 18:00
- Dominical (Alamo Office) from 08:00 to 18:00

 

ALAJUELA:
- Arenal / La Fortuna from 08:00 to 17:00

 

LIMÓN:
- Guápiles - from 08:00 to 18:00
- Limón - from 08:00 to 18:00
- Puerto Viejo / Cahuita (Alamo Office) - from 08:00 to 18:00

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