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Essential Costa Rica - Package With Guanacaste, Self-drive

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  • No booking fees
  • duration 10 days
  • tour type Private
  • age requirement 6+ years old
  • max group size 15
  • guiding method Self-guided
  • Tour Code BM-31053
  • Footprint Carbonneutral CO2 emissions resulting from all trips on Bookmundi will be offset via investments in carbon reduction projects.
  • Starts San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Ends San Jose, Costa Rica
HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • 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.
  • Arenal:Admire one of the most beautiful volcanoes in the country and its mesmerising park, dotted with trails and rich in wildlife.
  • Monteverde:Settled by American Quakers in the 1950s, this primary cloud forest is made out of six unique ‘life zones’, hosting many endangered species, as well as a variety of fascinating plants.
  • Tamarindo:This busy beach resort is great for a night out, surfing, and exploring the bustling restaurant scene.
The tour "Essential Costa Rica - Package With Guanacaste, Self-drive" starts and ends in San Jose. It is an active and outdoor trip that takes 10 days taking you through Tamarindo Beach, San Jose, Guapiles and 5 other destinations in Costa Rica. "Essential Costa Rica - Package With Guanacaste, Self-drive" is a self-guided private tour that includes accommodation, transport and others.

Uncover essential Costa Rica during this 10-day exotic adventure. Beginning and ending in the capital, San Jose, this self-drive tour offers you the chance to discover different aspects of this emblematic destination. Visit the most predominant natural areas of Costa Rica, including Arenal Volcano National Park, and the cloud forest of Monteverde. Enjoy an unforgettable excursion in Tortuguero, in a shared shuttle and boat, and spend precious time in mesmerising Tamarindo, one of Costa Rica’s most famous beaches, indulging in the fun surf town atmosphere and getting closer to the inspiring local culture and adventurous spirit.During the trip, keep an eye out for a variety of animals and don’t forget to mingle with the friendly locals for an all-round experience.
  • Day 1: Arrival San Jose
  • Day 2: San Jose – Tortuguero (135km – 4 Hrs By Road / 2 Hrs By Boat)
  • Day 3: Tortuguero National Park
  • Day 4: Tortuguero – Arenal (210km – 5 Hrs By Road / 2 Hrs By Boat)
  • Day 5: Arenal Volcano National Park
  • Day 6: Arenal – Monteverde (120km – 3 Hrs)
  • Day 7: Monteverde
  • Day 8: Monteverde – Pacific Coast (190km – 4 Hrs)
  • Day 9: Pacific Coast
  • Day 10: Pacific Coast – Depart San Jose (160km – 3 Hrs)
  • 9 nights' accommodation
  • Day 1 San Jose
  • 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*
  • Day 2-3 Tortuguero
  • Standard Hotel Category = Pachira Lodge or similar Lodge 
  • Superior Hotel Category = Evergreen Lodge or similar Lodge 
  • Deluxe Hotel Category = Aninga Lodge or similar Lodge 
  • Day 4-5 Arenal
  • Standard Hotel Category = Arenal Montechiari or similar 3* 
  • Superior Hotel Category = Arenal Springs or similar 4* 
  • Deluxe Hotel Category = Arenal Kioro or similar 5* 
  • Day 6-7 Monteverde
  • Standard Hotel Category =Monteverde Country Lodge or similar 3* 
  • Superior Hotel Category = Poco a Poco or similar 4* 
  • Deluxe Hotel Category = Monteverde Gardens & Lodge or similar 4*
  • Day 8-9 Tamarindo
  • Standard Hotel Category = Pasatiempo or similar 3* 
  • Superior Hotel Category = Wyndham Tamarindo or similar 4* 
  • Deluxe Hotel Category = Tamarindo Diriá or similar 5*
  • Car Group A: Daihatsu Bego or similar
  • Car Group B: Suzuki Grand Vitara or similar
  • Car Group C: Toyota Fortuner or similar
  • Expenditures of a personal nature, drinks and meals if not stated explicitly in the programme
  • Airport taxes 
  • Airport porterage
  • Optional tours 
  • International / domestic flight tickets or visa fees and local taxes
  • Gratuities for drivers and guides 
  • Entrance fees for optional activities mentioned in the itinerary
  • Damage to a third party or to the hire vehicle due to negligence or inappropriate driving
  • Loss or damage to aerials, jack, safety triangles and vests, windscreen, wipers, petrol cap, luggage covers, or any other fixed or mobile component of the vehicle
  • Damage to the engine through negligence
  • Theft of the vehicle with keys left in the ignition
  • Damage caused to the vehicle or to persons through driving under the Influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Fines due to breaking traffic laws and regulations during the hire period are the responsibility of the driver of the vehicle. In the event of fine being received there will be an administration charge
  • Any extra equipment (GPS, baby seat, etc)
  • Petrol deposit 100 USD; refunded when returning full
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Essential Costa Rica - Package With Guanacaste, 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 16 September 2022, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 16 September 2022, a deposit of 25% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 34 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Essential Costa Rica - Package With Guanacaste, 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 Essential Costa Rica - Package With Guanacaste, 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.
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