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Day 1: UK to Heredia
Fly overnight from the UK to San Jose.
On arrival into San Jose, you’ll be met and transferred to Finca Rosa Blanca where you will spend 1 night. Located just outside of San Jose, this charming eco lodge and coffee estate is the perfect combination of effortless yet excellent service, fantastic Tico cuisine and plenty of scenic views. Welcome to Costa Rica!
Day 2: Heredia to Arenal
Your 4×4 car will be delivered to you this morning. Drive approx. 3 hours through the deep valleys towards Arenal area, heading to the town of La Fortuna to spend 3 nights at the Arenal Springs Resort and Spa. This eco hotel is all about the location – view the impressive Arenal Volcano from any vantage point, you’ll feel as if you can almost touch it. Enjoy the rest of your day at leisure. Call us on 01273 923100 to find out about other recommended self-drive routes.
Day 3: Arenal
Today you’ll start with half day hiking tour around the Arenal volcano. This gentle hike leads you along the base of this mighty volcano through the forest and over the old lava flows while your guide explains all the local fauna and flora. Bring your binoculars! You’ll later visit the volcanic thermal pools, enjoy a healthy and relaxing soak on the end of your exploring day!
Day 4: Arenal
Free day to explore this beautiful part of Costa Rica. You can spend a lazy day by sampling the delicious cuisine and swimming in the hot thermal pools but if you would like something planned, we can help with some great ideas – ziplining and sky tram, rafting, waterfall hikes, guided tour to Cano Negro wildlife refuge and much more
Day 5: Arenal to Monteverde
Take a 4hr drive along a curvy yet scenic road that is surrounded by green jungle, this will lead you to the stunning cloud forest of Monteverde where you will spend 2 nights at Monteverde Lodge and Garden. Elegant and cosy, this hotel is all about comfort, the location and wildlife. Enjoy your first night in the clouds!
Day 6: Monteverde
Today, you’ll join a half day Sky Trek and Sky Tram tour. Hop on one of the gondolas and enjoy the incredible views from 1,400m, observe the local biodiversity as well as some of the highlights such as Arenal, Miravalles and Tenorio Volcanos, Nicoya Gulf and Guanacaste. Later you’ll start your Sky Trek and practically fly across the forest. Build from several zip-lines and platforms, this unique, yet exhilarating, experience is a great way to see what this area is about. Fauna, flora and the views! Rest of the day at leisure.
Day 7: Monteverde to Tamarindo
This morning you’ll wave good bye to Monteverde and drive further north to Tamarindo where you will spend 3 nights at the charming, owner-run Hotel Capitan Suizo. Located on one of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica, you are in the perfect location to relax and recharge after your adventure so far.
Day 8: Tamarindo
Today you will join a half day Tamarindo Mangrove and Estuary Tour on kayaks. Immerse yourself in the calm waters between the Tamarindo beach and Grande beach by heading out on a kayak. Enjoy the rest of your day at leisure.
Day 9: Tamarindo
You have a full day to enjoy this hotel and local area. The hotel can arrange a big array of activities for you including surf lessons, paddle boarding, horse riding tours, scuba diving or you can join one of the day tours such as visit to Rincon de la Vieja NP. The choices here are endless but we won’t hold it against you if you decide to hit the hammock and enjoy the beach life. Pura Vida! Ask us what we would recommend based on what you like.
Day 10: Tamarindo to Santa Teresa
This morning you’ll drive approx. 4 hours to your last destination on your route, the famous Santa Teresa in Nicoya Peninsula. You’ll be staying for 3 nights at the lovely Hotel Moana. Sit down and relax as you absorb the exceptional views of the beautiful Mal Pais coast with a sundowner in your hand. Welcome to paradise!
Days 11&12: Santa Teresa
Two full days to enjoy this stunning location. The hotel can arrange many activities for you and your party. From surfing to birdwatching, zip-lining and quad biking, there is plenty of fun stuff on offer. Make sure you soak up the sunset during your time here! This place will be very hard to leave! Give us call to discuss all your options in Santa Teresa
Day 13: Santa Teresa to San Jose
Today you’ll leave the beautiful Santa Teresa and drive back to San Jose where you’ll spend your last night at Hotel Presidente. This hotel is centrally located allowing you to enjoy the nearby museums, parks, shops, bars and restaurants. A sundowner at a local bar will be a perfect end to your holiday, sit back and absorb the atmosphere while watching the Tico city life going by. Want to extend the beach stay? No problem! Let’s have a chat about tailoring this holiday for you.
Day 14: San Jose to the UK
After a leisurely morning in San Jose you will drive back to San Jose airport where you’ll drop off your hire car and fly back to the UK.
Day 15: Home
Welcome home! If you don’t have 15 days, ask us to re-design this holiday to your requirements – call 01273 923 100.
This Costa Rica Highlights Holiday costs from £2,683pp and includes – international flights (price based on London), all internal flights, all accommodation on a sharing basis, shared and private transfers on land and by boat, English speaking local guides, 4 shared half day tours, all entrance fees (as outlined above)
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