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Costa Rica Selfdrive Holiday

7 days from £805pp plus international flights.

Be your own boss on this holiday as you drive between 3 contrasting destinations, gaining first-hand insights into Costa Rica's amazing biodiversity. With your own 4x4 vehcile, you'll be free to travel in your own time, pausing to admire views, stopping to visit local villages and sites of interest. This is a personal journey of discovery.

Your first days are spent within sight of the superby symmertical cone of Arenal Volcano. The peak is often shrouded in cloud, adding an air of mystery, and although there have been no eruptions since 2010, the volcano is still active, a remider of the power of nature. While here you have the chance to ascend to an obeservation deck at an elevation of 1250 metres for some fabulous photos, before a pulse-quickening descent via a series of ziplines, leaving you exhilertated and elated. That's hard to follow, but your next destination certainly meaures up. Monteverde Cloudforest is an other-worldly place of mists, mosses, ferns, tall trees, orchids and waterfalls. It's a landscape that might have come straight out of myth or fable. You have a guided walk through this atmospheric cloud forest, observing the many birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and insects that have made this their home. Finally you head to the coast. Tamarindo is on the western edge of the Nicoya Peninsula facing the Pacific Ocean. Here your time is your own, so you can take advantage of the many activities or opt for some relaxed beach time, as you wish. Riound off the holiday with a drink at the bar as you watch the sun sink below the ocean, and maybe make yourself a promise to return to Costa Rica one day!

Itinerary
Pool at Arenal Springs Hotel

DAY 1; ARRIVE AND DRIVE TO ARENAL

After landing in San Jose you'll make your way to car rental desk to collect your 4x4 vehicle which will be yours for the next 7 days. From the airport it's a straightforward drive of about 2½ hours to your first hotel, Arenal Springs, within sight of the well-known volcano. On arrival you'll be shown to your junior suite. The rest of the day is free for you to enjoy the hotel facilities which include a swimming pool and hot thermal springs, and you can have a relaxing soak in the healing waters to help you get into holiday mood. 
The Sky Tram at Arenal

DAY 2: EXPLORING ARENAL

After a generous buffet breakfast you'll set off for your morning adventure. Take the sky tram for a 1,250 metre, 20 minute ride to the start of the Sky Trek. This is where the thrills really begin! The trek consists of a series of ziplines that stretch for 1.7 miles high above the treetops, and with breath-taking views of Arenal volcano and lake. In the afternoon you can stretch your legs with a guided hike at the base of the volcano (extra cost), through forest and past a recent lava flow. The walk will take about 2½ hours, and then you'll be taken back to the hotel. Breakfast   

Watch hummingbirds in the cloudforest

DAY 3: DRIVE TO MONTEVERDE

It's time to continue your journey, with a 3 hour drive to Fonda Vela Hotel at an altitude of 1,400 metres in Monteverde cloudforest. This is an enchanting land of lush forests, exotic flowers and hummingbirds. Your destination is Fonda Vela, a family-owned and run hotel in 35 acres of grounds. You'll have a cosy room with mod cons including TV and minibar. You can have a refreshing swim in the pool, followed by a drink in the Canopy Bar where you can chat to fellow guests. Breakfast
Monterverde Cloudforest has hundreds of orchids

DAY 4: EXPLORING MONTEVERDE CLOUDFOREST

This morning you'll join a guide for a walk along trails in the cloudforest. Your route will take in waterfalls, rivers and viewpoints, and all the time you'll be on the look out for wildlife. If you're lucky you may see a quetzal with its iridescent green plumage. The foliage is lush and you should spot some of the hundreds of species of orchids that thrive here. You'll spend the afternoon at the hotel, maybe enjoying a soak in the hot tub or taking a stroll through the gardens. Later you can ponder which of the 2 restaurants you'll dine at tonight. Breakfast 
Enjoy beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean

DAY 5: DRIVE TO TAMARINDO BEACH

Following breakfast you'll be back on the road, heading towards the Pacific coast. The drive should take around 3½ hours, and you'll have some lovely sea views towards the end of the journey. Hotel Capitan Suizo is at one end of Tamarindo Beach, which extends for some 4 kilometres. Your room, cooled by air conditioning, has a terrace where you can unwind and bask in the warmth of the sun's rays. When you feel the pangs of hunger head down to the open air restaurant by the beach to sample the chef's fine handiwork as you dine by candlelight. Breakfast 

Surfing id one of the options at Playa Tamarindo

DAY 6: AT LEISURE ON THE COAST

The whole day is free for you to do just as you wish. You can have a lazy day on the beach, topping up your tan, going for a walk along the sand, swimming in the warm sea and treating yourself to a massage as you listen to the ocean breeze in the trees. You could take a catamaran cruise or, if feeling more energetic go surfing, kayaking or diving. On land there you can explore by bike or horseback. Tonight you can toast your Costa Rican holiday as you enjoy a cocktail at the ocean-front sunset bar. Breakfast  
Tamarindo Beach

DAY 7: DRIVE TO LIBERIA AIRPORT, DEPART

Having breakfasted and packed your bags it's ime to leave. Liberia International Airport is less than an hour's drive away, and soon you'll be on your way back home. Breakfast 

Price & Dates

Guide price from (pp sharing): £805 (ex. international flights)

Includes: 

6 nights twin share accommodation; 7 days hire of a 4x4 manual 2000cc vehicle with unlimited mileage, loss damage waiver and LI insurance; meals as specified; entrtance to Arenal hot springs; Arenal Sky Trek tour; morning group walk in Monteverde Cloudforest 

Excludes: 

International flights and deaprture taxes; visas; travel insurance; meals not specified; drinks; optional activities and excursionsl personal expenses; tips

Getting there: This holiday starts in San Jose and ends in Liberia. International return flights from the UK will cost from around £600 per person, depending on season, route and availability. We usually book these flights for you.

Departure dates: This is a tailor-made holiday that can begin on the day of your choice, subject to availability. 

places you will see

places you will see

Arenal Volcano
Arenal
The country's most iconic volcano. Lots of adventure activities around here like white-water rafting and horseriding, but also plenty of birdlife and other wildlife.
Monteverde Cloud Forest
Monteverde Cloud Forest
The most popular area of cloud forest with canopy walks and zip-lines, hummingbirds and orchids.
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Time: GMT -6

Flight time: The flying time is about 12 hours from the UK. There are now direct flights from the UK using British Airways. We work with all the major airlines and can offer flights from the UK or via the USA, Panama or a European hub. With the connection times you are looking at around 15 or 16 hours.

Language: Spanish is the official language. English is widely spoken throughout Costa Rica

Visas: Not required for British travellers. Other nationalities should obtain advice from their embassy.

Health: There are no compulsory vaccinations.

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