Costa Rica Coast to Coast Ride

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4.5 Based on 10 Reviews
  • duration 14 days
  • tour type Group
  • age requirement 16+ yrs
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Ends San Jose, Costa Rica
  • +15
HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Cycle along the stunning coastal highway with incredible Pacific views and beaches 
  • Ride through everchanging tropical scenery, alongside coffee farms, volcanoes, banana plantations and rainforest 
  • Hike in Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Explore the waterways of Tortuguero National Park in search of wildlife
Starting and ending in San Jose, the trip Costa Rica Coast To Coast Ride is a guided bicycle trip that takes 14 days. You will be traveling through Alajuela, Manuel Antonio National Park, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca and 14 other destinations in Panama and Costa Rica. Costa Rica Coast To Coast Ride is a small group trip which includes accommodation, transport, meals and others. Please see the package includes section for further details.

Take in the variety of Costa Rica by bike, pedalling past rainforest, volcanoes and stunning sections of coastline. From San Jose we cycle south with vast Pacific views to the right and dense forest to the left. Crossing the 3400m Cerro de la Muerte pass into the Orosi Valley we ride past coffee plantations and volcanoes to arrive on the fertile Caribbean plains where banana plantations take over the landscape. We take a break from the saddle to explore the wildlife-rich rivers and waterways of Tortuguero before travelling to La Fortuna, a lovely spot located at the foot of Arenal Volcano.
4.5 - Excellent
Based on 10 reviews
Costa Rica Coast to Coast Jan 2017
5 - Excellent
“We had a fabulous time; Costa Rica is a beautiful and fascinating place and the itinerary was varied and interesting. The reason we booked on this is that we went to Vietnam with Exodus a couple of years ago and wanted something similar and this certainly ticked that box. Neither are really out and out cycling trips, more journeys with the opportunity to enjoy some of the country from the vantage point of a bike.”
Costa Rica cycling coast to coast
5 - Excellent
“Costa Rica is an amazingly varied country, with different landscapes and vegetation in relatively close proximity, and with a hugely rich and abundant wildlife. The cycling was mainly on Tarmac roads - the majority of which were great - some days they were undulating, but there were some more challenging hills...& it was hot! Whilst cycling was the focus of the trip, there were other great activities arranged including walks in the national parks & boat trips with informative guides, and visits to coffee and banana plantations, botanical gardens, beaches, hot springs, a museum, church, school etc. Fantastic organisation & leadership (see below) & can't speak highly enough of Roberto who was organised, informative, delightful, funny and just great at his job. Accommodation wasn't luxurious (though the beds were comfortable), hot water a bit patchy, but generally in fabulous locations & in amongst the wildlife...& beautiful in the early mornings in particular. The food was generally good & places we ate at well chosen, but it wasn't gourmet quality - Though the fruit and fruit juices were amazing. We were so well looked after & it is certainly a trip that I would recommend highly to others.”
Costa Rica Coast to Coast Feb 2016
5 - Excellent
“A truly amazing holiday! Hot and very sweaty cycling was a big part of almost every day (the first few days on the Pacific Coast were particularly hot)- but we did so much more besides! Beware if you don't like early mornings! - we were up by 6am most days, breakfast by 6.30 and on the bikes not long after that! We didn't often cycle more than 10 - 12 miles without a break and it was always wonderful to see the bus and Ronald our driver cutting up delicious fruit for us!”
Costa Rica Coast to Coast - Just do it. You have to do it!
5 - Excellent
“Absolutely amazing trip. From start to finish. Sights, accommodation, wildlife. All of it. I wrote more about it in my blog [1]. Excellent bikes and the whole back up team. [1]”
  • Day 1: Start San Jose.
  • Day 2: Ride to Rio Tarcoles.
  • Day 3: Boat tour; cycle to Playa Bejuco.
  • Day 4: Wildlife hike in Manuel Antonio N.P; to Ciudad Cortes.
  • Day 5: To Osa Peninsula; ride to Puerto Jimenez.
  • Day 6: Ferry to Golfito; ride to Rio Claro; transfer to Las Cruces.
  • Day 7: Cycle to Paso Real; transfer to San Gerardo de Rivas.
  • Day 8: Cycle to Perez Zeledon; transfer to the Orosi Valley; cycle to Tapanti Media.
  • Day 9: Ride to Turrialba. 
  • Day 10: Cycle to the Caribbean side of Costa Rica.
  • Day 11: To Tortuguero.
  • Day 12: Boat trip; ride and transfer to La Fortuna near Arenal Volcano.
  • Day 13: Cycle to Bajo Rodriguez; to La Garita de Alajuela.
  • Day 14: End San Jose.
  • 13 nights hotels all en suite , All accommodation
  • All breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners
  • 12 days cycling with full vehicle support
  • All transport and listed activities
  • (if booking incl. flights)
  • 80% tarmac, 20% unpaved tracks
  • Routes mainly follow quiet roads
  • Group normally 4 to 16, plus leader and staff. Min age 16 yrs
  • Tour/Cycling leader and support team throughout
  • Local bike hire
  • Any international flights to/from San Jose are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Costa Rica Coast to Coast Ride tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Costa Rica Coast to Coast Ride tour. You can cancel the tour up to 62 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 61 days of departure.


A deposit of 435 USD is required to confirm this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 61 days before departure. For any departures within 19 December 2020 full payment is required.

Travel Insurance

Costa Rica Coast to Coast Ride 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 Costa Rica Coast to Coast Ride 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 travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

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