Incredible Costa Rica Self-Drive Tour - San Jose - Up to -70% | Voyage Privé

Irresistible offers on inspirational holidays, exclusively for our members.

Every day, irresistible holiday offers, for members only

We Love

  • Experience a once-in-a-lifetime self-drive tour of Costa Rica on either the 8, 10 or 12 night itinerary of your choice.
  • Explore the picturesque landscapes, beaches and forests of San José, Tortuguero, Puerto Viejo, Turrialba, Dota and Manuel Antonio all in your own time with your included car hire!
  • Stay comfortably in hand-selected hotels, villas and lodges during your tour with an upgrade to a 4* hotel in San José.

New Voyage Privé

Carefully selected by our experts especially for you

Your Itinerary In Brief

Take a journey to the Caribbean for a self-drive tour (from day 3 to 9)  through magnificent landscapes, rainforest and beaches.

 

Visit one of Costa Rica's most popular ecotourism destinations and possibly catch a glimpse of the protected nesting sea turtles that inhabit it.

 

 

This adventure will lead you through a network of canals which you will explore by boat, lush jungles and paradisical beaches.

 

Observe the various wildlife that live here including sloths, monkeys, armadillos, raccoons, birds and more! Are you ready for your next adventure?

 

Choose your ideal itinerary:

8 nights / 9 days

Day 1: San José

Day 2: San José - Tortuguero

Day 3: Tortuguero - Puerto Viejo

Day 4: Puerto Viejo

Day 5: Puerto Viejo - Turrialba

Day 6: Turrialba - Dota

Day 7: Dota - Manuel Antonio

Day 8: Manuel Antonio

Day 9: Departure

 

10 nights / 11 days

Day 1: San José

Day 2: San José - Tortuguero

Day 3: Tortuguero

Day 4: Tortuguero - Puerto Viejo

Day 5: Puerto Viejo

Day 6: Puerto Viejo

Day 7: Puerto Viejo - Turrialba

Day 8: Turrialba - Dota

Day 9: Dota - Manuel Antonio

Day 10: Manuel Antonio

Day 11: Departure

 

12 nights / 13 days

Day 1: San José

Day 2: San José - Tortuguero

Day 3: Tortuguero

Day 4: Tortuguero - Puerto Viejo

Day 5: Puerto Viejo

Day 6: Puerto Viejo

Day 7: Puerto Viejo - Turrialba

Day 8: Turrialba - Dota

Day 9: Dota

Day 10: Dota - Manuel Antonio

Day 11: Manuel Antonio

Day 12: Manuel Antonio

Day 13: Departure

Read more

Your Itinerary In Detail

8-night Tour

DAY 1 | San José (30 min)

Welcome to Costa Rica! Our local representative will receive and assist you at the airport. Take a private transfer from Juan Santamaría International Airport to your hotel in San José. Check in and get comfortable in your hotel room and relax.

                    

Overnight stay in San José.

 

DAY 2 | San José - Tortuguero (4 hrs on route & 1.5 hrs boat) (breakfast, lunch & dinner included on this day)

Early check-out. At the agreed time, meet in the hotel reception for a semi-shared transfer to the wonderful area of Tortuguero in the North Caribbean.

 

Tortuguero is one of Costa Rica's most popular ecotourism destinations: it was created in 1970 to protect endangered nesting sea turtles.  The canals, rivers and lagoons of Tortuguero National Park provide rainforest, freshwater and marine habitats. Tortuguero National Park is a place unlike any other, a paradise for research and ecotourism.

 

En route, stop in the city of Guápiles to have a Costa Rican breakfast in a local restaurant, and then continue to the pier where you will board the boat to Tortuguero. This boat transfer will be a wonderful introduction to the heart of the rainforest. While travelling on the canals, admire the natural landscapes with different shades of green.

 

Arrive at the Lodge, check in, get comfortable in your room and enjoy a tasty lunch. In the afternoon, meet your guide, who will take you on a visit of the enchanting Tortuguero Village. This town has a small population of around 500, no cars, and is located on a relatively narrow piece of land between the beach and a canal. Take a closer encounter with the Caribbean culture: meet the locals and learn more about day-to-day life here as you walk through this colourful town.

 

The order of the activities in Tortuguero may vary according to hotel operations.

 

Overnight stay in Tortuguero.

 

DAY 3 | Tortuguero - Puerto Viejo (1.5 hrs boat & 3 hrs on route) (breakfast & lunch included)

Wake up early. Join your guide and enjoy nature in all its splendour by touring the Canals of Tortuguero National Park, by boat at sunrise. You'll have the opportunity to take your best photos in the jungle.

 

Discover the network of canals, lagoons and dense rainforests through an early 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 to enjoy breakfast.

 

After breakfast, check out and be ready to continue your trip. Take a shared transfer by boat, and from Tortuguero, you'll arrive at the restaurant located in Guápiles, where you'll enjoy a traditional lunch. Afterwards, meet the Car Rental Representative to collect your rented vehicle and all the necessary information for your road trip. Continue your journey to your next destination: Puerto Viejo, in the South Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica.

 

The beautiful beaches of this region are some of the most relaxing and exotic in the country. Boasting warm, calm waters, this tropical paradise is ideal for laid-back travellers seeking a getaway in a quaint beach community.

 

Overnight stay in Puerto Viejo.

DAY 4 | Puerto Viejo (breakfast included)

Breakfast included at the hotel. Leisure day to relax and enjoy the beautiful beaches of Puerto Viejo and surroundings. During your stay, you can visit the charming Cahuita National Park (a 30-minute drive from your hotel - entrance fee included).

 

Enjoy a self-guided walk of approximately 7 km along the path of the national park. This will be a journey of beautiful beaches where you can swim in the calm waters of the Caribbean Sea, observe various types of wildlife such as sloths, monkeys, howlers, anteaters, armadillos, raccoons, blue morpho butterflies and birds.

 

Overnight stay in Puerto Viejo.

 

DAY 5 | Puerto Viejo - Turrialba (4 hrs en route) (breakfast included)

Breakfast included at the hotel before check-out. Afterwards, continue to a new destination: Turrialba. This is a charming little town in the lush Central Valley in Cartago province, with some stunning views of Costa Rica’s rural countryside. Famous for its Turrialba Volcano, this region provides an experience for those looking to enjoy local life, nature and adventure. If you love visiting places off the beaten track when you travel, Turrialba should be on your list of places to go in Costa Rica.

 

Overnight stay in Turrialba.

 

DAY 6 | Turrialba - Dota (2.5 hrs on route) (breakfast included)

Breakfast included at the hotel. When you are ready, check out and continue your road trip. Your next destination is Dota. Sitting along the foothills of the Talamanca Mountain Range, the small town of Dota may be lacking in size, but it makes up for it in natural beauty.

 

Travellers come here to hike through the pristine wilderness and view some of the region's most predominant flora and fauna. Upon arrival, get comfortable in your hotel room and enjoy leisure time to relax at the hotel facilities. Take advantage of the private trails at the hotel to experience a self-guided walk surrounded by relaxing nature, while admiring the mystical nature of the area.

 

Overnight stay in Dota.

 

DAY 7 | Dota - Manuel Antonio (3.5 hrs on route) (breakfast included)

Breakfast included at the hotel. At the convenient time, check out and depart to your next destination: the gorgeous beach of Manuel Antonio, located in the Central Pacific Coast. Manuel Antonio is a small coastal village with plenty of great places to stay, tucked into nature. Famous for its national park, the region is a treasure for biodiversity, attracting nature buffs, eco-travellers and adventure-seekers alike.

 

Overnight stay in Manuel Antonio.

 

DAY 8 | Manuel Antonio (breakfast included)

Breakfast included at the hotel. Leisure day to enjoy the beach, the sun and explore the area on your own. You can take an optional guided excursion to learn more about the treasures of Manuel Antonio, or simply enjoy your free time at your own pace.

 

Overnight stay in Manuel Antonio.

 

DAY 9 | Departure (3 hrs on route) (breakfast included)

Breakfast included at the hotel before check-out. It is time to drive to the car rental office near the Juan Santamaría International Airport to return the vehicle. Then, a shared shuttle will take you to the airport from the car rental office to your flight back home.

 

End of the services.

Read more

10-night Tour

Day 1 - 2 are the same as the 8-night tour package.

 

DAY 3 | Tortuguero (breakfast, lunch & dinner included)

Breakfast included at the Lodge. At the agreed time, join your guide who will take you on a walk along the private trails at the Lodge. Discover the flora and fauna that live in this magical place. In the afternoon, after lunch, enjoy nature in all its splendour by touring the Canals of Tortuguero National Park by boat. You'll have the opportunity to take your best photos in the jungle.

 

Discover the network of canals, lagoons and dense rainforests through an early 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 to enjoy breakfast.

DAY 4 | Tortuguero - Puerto Viejo (1.5 hrs boat & 3 hrs on route) (breakfast & lunch included)

Wake up early. Join your guide and enjoy nature in all its glory, by touring the Canals of Tortuguero National Park, by boat at sunrise. Take your best photos in the jungle.

 

After breakfast, check out and be ready to continue your trip. Take a shared transfer by boat, and from Tortuguero, you'll arrive at the restaurant located in Guápiles, where you'll enjoy a traditional lunch. Afterwards, meet the Car Rental Representative to collect your rented vehicle and all the necessary information for your road trip. Continue your journey to your next destination: Puerto Viejo, in the South Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica.

 

The beautiful beaches of this region are some of the most relaxing and exotic in the country. Boasting warm, calm waters, this tropical paradise is ideal for laid-back travellers seeking a getaway in a quaint beach community. Upon arrival, get comfortable in your hotel room and enjoy the rest of your day to relax at the hotel facilities.

 

Overnight stay in Puerto Viejo.

 

Day 5 & 6 are the same as day 4 of the 8-night Tour Package.

 

DAY 7 | Puerto Viejo - Turrialba (4 hrs en route) (breakfast included)

Breakfast included at the hotel before check-out. Afterwards, continue to a new destination: Turrialba. This is a charming little town in the lush Central Valley in Cartago province, with some stunning views of Costa Rica’s rural countryside. Famous for its Turrialba Volcano, this region provides an experience for those looking to enjoy local life, nature and adventure. If you love visiting destinations off the beaten track when you travel, Turrialba should be on your list of places to go in Costa Rica.

 

Overnight stay in Turrialba.

 

DAY 8 | Turrialba - Dota (2.5 hrs on route) (breakfast included)

Breakfast included at the hotel. When you are ready, check out and continue your road trip. Your next destination is Dota. Sitting along the foothills of the Talamanca Mountain Range, the small town of Dota may be lacking in size, but it makes up for it in natural beauty.

 

Travellers come here to hike through the pristine wilderness and view some of the region's most predominant flora and fauna. Upon arrival, get comfortable in your hotel room and enjoy leisure time to relax at the hotel facilities. Tke advantage of the private trails of the hotel to experience a self-guided walk surrounded by relaxing nature, while admiring the mystical nature of the area.

 

Overnight stay in Dota.

 

DAY 9 | Dota - Manuel Antonio (3.5 hrs on route) (breakfast included)

Breakfast included at the hotel. At the convenient time, check out and depart to your next destination: the gorgeous beach of Manuel Antonio, located in the Central Pacific Coast. Manuel Antonio is a small coastal village with plenty of great places to stay, tucked into nature. Famous for its national park, the region is a treasure for biodiversity, attracting nature buffs, eco-travellers and adventure-seekers alike.

 

Overnight stay in Manuel Antonio.

 

DAY 10 | Manuel Antonio (breakfast included)

Breakfast included at the hotel. Leisure day to enjoy the beach, the sun and explore the area on your own. You can take an optional guided excursion to learn more about the treasures of Manuel Antonio, or simply enjoy your free time at your own pace.

 

Overnight stay in Manuel Antonio.

 

DAY 11 | Departure (3 hrs on route) (breakfast included)

Breakfast included at the hotel before check-out. It is time to drive to the car rental office near the Juan Santamaría International Airport to return the vehicle. Then, a shared shuttle will take you to the airport from the car rental office to your flight back home.

 

End of the services.

Read more

12-night Tour Package

The  itinerary for the 12-night Tour Package is the same as the 10-night Tour Package with an extra day in Dota and an extra day in Manuel Antonio.

 

For your extra day in Dota: 

Breakfast included at the hotel. Leisure day to continue admiring and exploring the magic of Dota. If you're a nature enthusiast, you'll love the dense cloud forests, moss-covered oak trees, tropical plants and extensive network of trails through the region. Due to the diverse ecosystems of the area, travellers will find plenty of beautiful spots to snap photos. Take an optional guided tour from the hotel to learn more deeply about this unique region. Go on a birdwatching tour, Quetzal tour or embark on a hike. 

 

Overnight stay in Dota.

 

For your extra day in Manuel Antonio:

Breakfast included at the hotel. Leisure days to enjoy the beach, the sun and explore the area on your own. You can take an optional guided excursion to learn more about the treasures of Manuel Antonio or simply enjoy your free time at your own pace.   

 

Overnight stay in Manuel Antonio.

Your Hotels

HAND-PICKED JUST FOR YOU

Maximum room capacity

Your hotels have been carefully picked by our experts to ensure you have the most comfort stay as you travel through the lush rainforest, beautiful beaches and charming towns.

 

Your hotels along the tour:

 

San José: Sleep Inn (complimentary upgrade to the centrally located Hotel Presidente 4*)

Tortuguero: Evergreen Lodge

Puerto Viejo: Villas del Caribe

Turrialba: Guayabo Lodge

Dota: Savegre Lodge 

Manuel Antonio: Plaza Yara

Your Dining Choices

The meals on your tour are as mentioned in the itinerary and may include breakfast, lunch and dinner (depends on day).

Your Journey to Costa Rica

Flights:

You may choose from Economy, Premium or Business 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.

Transfers:

Return private transfers are included for flight-inclusive offers.
 
For inbound transfer arrangements please confirm with your transfer provider when you arrive. Alternatively, please check with the reception of your accommodation. If you still require assistance, please call the transfer provider directly.

Car Hire:

For the freedom to explore your destination at your own pace, make the most of included car hire with your booking.

 

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.

 

Important information about offers without a flight:
To ensure that your rental car is available upon arrival, please notify us of your flight schedules within 48 hours of making your reservation by filling out the relevant form in your member account. Without this information, your car may not be available on time.

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 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!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!

Tortuguero

Tortuguero can be found in the Northern Caribbean of Costa Rica about 95 kilometres north-east of the capital and is today, a national park. Locals and visitors come to Tortuguero to see the diverse flora and fauna which inhabit the area. Most famously, the sea turtles make their way to the village every year to lay their eggs. The thousands of eggs hatch and tiny sea turtles make their way to the sea, which you can witness between mid-July to mid-October. 

 

Other activities visitors can do when visiting Tortuguero is kayak through the canals, walk along the beach or visit the town where shops and restaurants wait to be discovered.

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 will be payable locally.

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.

 

Laws in Costa Rica clearly state that children below the age of twelve must be secure, in appropriate seating for their age, or height and weight. The Car Rental Company provides a child’s car seat or booster for an extra cost of 6 USD daily.

Price includes:

  • Welcome and assistance at SJO Airport
  • Shared Transfer In & Out
  • Shared Transfers San José – Tortuguero – Guápiles
  • Mentioned hotels or of a similar category according to availability:
  • 1 night lodging in San José
  • 1 night lodging in Tortuguero
  • 2 nights lodging in Puerto Viejo
  • 1 night lodging in Turrialba
  • 1 night lodging in Dota
  • 2 nights lodging in Manuel Antonio
  • Meals mentioned in the itinerary (B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner)
  • Shared excursions in Tortuguero
  • Entrance fee to:
  • Tortuguero National Park (guided)
  • Cahuita National Park (Self-guided)
  • A rented car with GPS & basic insurance from day 3 to day 9:
  • Suzuki Vitara for 3/4 people
  • 1 rechargeable phone card

 

Price does not include:

  • Services not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Excursions not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Meals and Alcoholic drinks not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses, extras and tips 

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: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus

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.

The Voyage Privé Promise

  • A unique selection of high-end accommodation
  • Exclusive perks and discounts of up to -70%
  • For all inquiries, refer to the help rubric available 24/7
Show moreShow less

Carefully selected travel offers

Our offers are distinguished by their quality and the level of their services.

- Curated offers carefully selected by our travel experts.

- We are world recognised in the tourism industry.

- We are constantly improving the quality of our offers, thanks to on-going feedback from our members.


Exclusive prices and discounts of up to -70%

Our flash sales guarantee our members the best rates on the market.

- The 7-day flash sales can be extended or restocked in exceptional circumstances, when we have the opportunity to offer more available dates.

- We negotiate the best rates thanks to our highly regarded reputation and our evergrowing database of members.

- An exclusive discount based on the reference price provided by our partners and suppliers (maximum price advertised for a room and board basis, on a specific time period), guaranteed by means of contract for each sale.

- We offer reliable, responsive, high-quality service.


Quality service: informative, reliable & responsive

Our goal: to provide members with a unique and unforgettable travel experience.

- A simple, inspiring and innovative service, both on your computer and your mobile.

- On-site professional support for your queries.

- Our Customer Service team are available to support you before, during and after your trip.

  1. Voyage Privé
  2. Luxury holidays
  3. Incredible Costa Rica Self-Drive Tour