Ultimate Escape Costa Rica, Self-drive

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  • No booking fees
  • duration 11 days
  • tour type Private
  • age requirement 6-99 yrs
  • max group size 15
  • guiding method Self-guided
  • Tour Code BM-31060
  • Footprint Carbonneutral CO2 emissions resulting from all trips on Bookmundi will be offset via investments in carbon reduction projects.
  • Operated in English
  • Starts Liberia City, Costa Rica
  • Ends Liberia City, Costa Rica
HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Rincon de la Vieja: Enjoy the volcanic views this spectacular national park has to offer. But watch your step as you wander around the fascinating steaming mud pots and boiling water.
  • Arenal: Admire one of the most beautiful volcanoes in the country and its mesmerising park, dotted with trails and rich in wildlife.
  • Sarapiqui: Neighbouring the Braulio Carrillo National Park, a great area for animal spotting, this magnificent region is known for its kayaking and white-water rafting.
  • Tortuguero: This park is home to the nesting grounds of the green sea turtles, offering spectacular beaches and fantastic opportunities to spot wild animals and birds.
  • Vara Blanca: This hilly, verdant area is located just north of San Jose, next to the hypnotizing active Poas Volcano.
  • Jaco: Set on the spellbinding Pacific coast, the area of Jaco boasts beautiful beaches and calm surroundings.
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The trip "Ultimate Escape Costa Rica, Self-drive" starts and ends in Liberia City. It is an active and outdoor trip that takes 11 days taking you through Playa Herradura, Tortuguero, Rincon de la Vieja Volcano National Park and 9 other destinations in Costa Rica. "Ultimate Escape Costa Rica, Self-drive" is a self-guided private trip that includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

Uncover the natural beauty of Costa Rica during this 11-day self-drive tour around the country. From coast to coast, discover the complexity of the different regions, including the bustling capital city of San Jose and both the Pacific and Caribbean coasts. Enjoy an unforgettable excursion in Tortuguero, in a shared shuttle and boat, give yourself the opportunity to see a variety of active and dormant volcanoes and rainforests, as well as admire a plethora of animals and plant life. Enjoy all of Costa Rica wrapped up into one trip!
  • Day 1: Arrival Liberia – Rincon De La Vieja (35km – 1 Hr)
  • Day 2: Rincon De La Vieja – Arenal (150km – 3.5 Hrs)
  • Day 3: Arenal
  • Day 4: Arenal – Sarapiqui (130km – 2.5 Hrs)
  • Day 5: Sarapiqui – Tortuguero (85km – 3 Hrs By Road / 2 Hrs By Boat)
  • Day 6: Tortuguero National Park
  • Day 7: Tortuguero – San Jose (135km – 4 Hrs By Road / 2 Hrs By Boat)
  • Day 8: San Jose – La Paz Waterfall – Vara Blanca (55km – 1.5 Hrs)
  • Day 9: Vara Blanca – Herradura Beach (120km – 2.5 Hrs)
  • Day 10: Herradura Beach
  • Day 11: Herradura Beach – Depart Liberia (200km – 3.5 Hrs)
  • Standard Hotel Category = Canon de la Vieja or similar 3*
  • Superior Hotel Category = Hacienda Guachipelin or similar 5*
  • Deluxe Hotel Category = Hacienda Guachipelin or similar 5*
  • Standard Hotel Category = Arenal Montechiari or similar 3*
  • Superior Hotel Category = Arenal Springs or similar 4*
  • Deluxe Hotel Category = Arenal Kioro Hotel or similar 5*
  • Standard Hotel Category = El Bambu or similar 3*
  • Superior Hotel Category = La Quinta Lodge or similar ( Lodge Standard)
  • Deluxe Hotel Category = Sarapiquis Rainforest Lodge or similar ( Lodge Standard)
  • Standard Hotel Category = Pachira Lodge or similar (Lodge Standard)
  • Superior Hotel Category = Evergreen Lodge or similar (Lodge Standard)
  • Deluxe Hotel Category = Aninga Lodge or similar (Lodge Standard)
  • Standard Hotel Category = Holiday Inn Express Forum or similar 3*
  • Superior Hotel Category = Holiday Inn Escazu or similar 4*
  • Deluxe Hotel Category = Real Intercontinental or similar 5*
  • Standard Hotel Category = Buena Vista Lodge or similar 3*
  • Superior Hotel Category = Poas Volcano Lodge or similar 4*
  • Deluxe Hotel Category = Peace Lodge or similar 5*
  • Standard Hotel Category = Balcon del Mar or similar 3*
  • Superior Hotel Category = Amapola or similar 4*
  • Deluxe Hotel Category = Crocs Resort or similar 5*
  • 10 nights' accommodation
  • Hotel taxes
  • 10 breakfasts,
  • 3 lunches on days 5, 6, 7
  • 2 dinners on days 5, 6
  • Air-conditioned transportation for the arrival transfer on a shared basis, from Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport in Liberia to the car rental office
  • Shared land and boat transfers from day to/from Tortuguero
  • Air-conditioned transportation for the departure transfer on a shared basis, from the car rental company offices to the Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport in Liberia
  • Day 1 Rincon de la Vieja
  • Daihatsu Bego A
  • Suzuki Grand Vitara B
  • Toyota Fortuner C
  • From day 1 to day 11 with unlimited mileage
  • Applicable local taxes (VAT)
  • No excess
  • Loss Damage Waiver (LDW)
  • Supplemental Liability Coverage (SLC)
  • Unlimited mileage
  • Coverage up to 70.000 USD per person or 175.000 USD per accident.
  • All activties in Tortuguero except the entrance fee to Tortuguero National Park and optional activities
  • Meet and greet on Day 1
  • Expenditures of a personal nature, drinks and meals if not stated explicitly in the programme
  • Airport taxes of
  • Airport porterage
  • GPS, refundable deposit: 100$, gasoline/petrol costs
  • Optional tours
  • International / domestic flight tickets or visa fees and local taxes
  • Gratuities for drivers and guides
  • Tortuguero National Park entrance fee
  • Any extras at the hotels
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Ultimate Escape Costa Rica, Self-drive tour. You can cancel the tour up to 35 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 34 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 02 July 2023, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 02 July 2023, a deposit of 25% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 34 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Ultimate Escape Costa Rica, Self-drive tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this Ultimate Escape Costa Rica, Self-drive tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are traveling to, as part of this itinerary.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • This tour has implemented smaller group sizes than normal, allowing for more personal space on the vehicles, sights visited, hotels and restaurants.
  • Hygiene protocols have been adopted on this trip. Wearing a mask, hand washing and general sanitizing has been implemented on this tour. Frequently touched surfaces are furthermore regularly disinfected.
  • Distancing measures have been implemented to safeguard against COVID-19.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about this tour.
  • How many days should I spend in Costa Rica?

    A three- to five-day Costa Rica itinerary is more than enough to cover all the major highlights of the country. Anywhere between 10 days and two weeks in Costa Rica will give you enough time to explore and experience everything the country has to offer. 

  • Are credit cards accepted in Costa Rica?

    American Express, Visa, and MasterCard have commonly accepted forms of payment in Costa Rica, especially when paying for tours, shuttle services, hotels, attractions, and other services. However, it is always a good idea to carry some cash to pay for taxi rides,  meals, and other minor transactions. You will also need cash when visiting remote locations.   

  • Do I need to visa to travel to Costa Rica?

    Not everyone wishing to visit Costa Rica requires a visa. Depending on your place of residency, nationality, and length of stay, the criteria may vary. Americans, for instance, can enter Costa Rica without a visa and are allowed to stay for up to 90 days. To confirm any entrance requirements, inquire with the relevant embassy ahead of time.

  • Do people in Costa Rica speak English?

    English is common only in tourist-friendly places in Costa Rica. Otherwise, Spanish is the official and most widely spoken language in the country. Learning a few common Spanish words and phrases might be helpful while speaking with locals. The locals also speak Creole and a few Indian languages.

  • What is the best month to visit Costa Rica?

    The best time to visit Costa Rica is between December and April. The weather during the dry season is amazing enough to relax on the beach and trek through the forests. Those enthusiastic about exploring the lush rain forests and participating in water sports, May to November is the best time to visit Costa Rica.

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