The Best Of Costa Rica, Self-drive

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  • duration 10 days
  • tour type Private
  • minimum participants 2
  • age requirement 10+ years old
  • guiding method Self guided/Independent
  • Starts San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Ends San Jose, Costa Rica
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The tour The Best Of Costa Rica, Self-drive starts from and ends in San Jose. It is an active and outdoor trip that takes 10 days taking you through Tortuga Island, Tortuguero and Arenal Volcano National Park in Costa Rica. The Best Of Costa Rica, Self-drive is a self-guided private tour that includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

Enjoy the highlights of Costa Rica on this ten-day itinerary, including wonderful rainforests, volcano, cloud forests, tropical jungles and a secluded Island. This is a country of great natural beauty and every destination has something unique to offer. Whether you are watching the Arenal volcano whilst bathing in hot springs, walking in the canopy of Monteverde’s cloud forest or relaxing on the pristine jungle of Tortuguero, Costa Rica really is a nature lover's paradise.
  • Day 1: Arrival San Jose (18km – 30min)
  • Day 2: San JosÉ – Tortuguero (117km – 3.5hrs By Land / 1.5hr By Boat)
  • Day 3: Tortuguero
  • Day 4: Tortuguero – Arenal (174km – 3.5hrs / 1.5hr By Boat) / Car Hire Delivery
  • Day 5: Arenal
  • Day 6: Arenal – Monteverde (80km – 1.5 By Land / 1.5hr By Boat)
  • Day 7: Monteverde
  • Day 8: Monteverde – San Jose (145km – 3.5hrs) / Car Hire Hotel Return
  • Day 9: San Jose – Tortuga Island – San Jose (98km – 2hrs / 2 Hours – 1.5hr By Catamaran)
  • Day 10: Departure San Jose (18km – 30min)
  • 9 nights’ accommodation 
  • 9 Breakfasts 
  • 4 Lunches (Day 2-4, 9)
  • 2 Dinners (Day 2-3) 
  • Arrival and departure shared transfers from/ to Juan Santamaria Airport 
  • Shared transfers between areas throughout the itinerary (land and boat) (except during self-drive part)
  • Additional driver 
  • Operated with English and Spanish-speaking guides only during included activities (Day 2, 3, 9)*
  • *Please note you will be accompanied by local guides for the activities only. There is no guarantee that you will be part of a group, or part of the same group during the tour.
  • All entrance fees and activities mentioned in the itinerary: guided visit to Tortuguero National Park (Day 2); guided Morning Walk in Tortuguero and guided visit to Tortuguero Village (Day 3); One Day Tour to Tortuga Island in Catamaran (Day 9)
  • Meet & Greet
  • Hotel Taxes 
  • 4x4 Car rental from Day 4-8 
  • Car delivery (Day 4)
  • Car return at the hotel (Day 8)
  • GPS
  • Daily Basic Insurance
  • Services not mentioned in the itinerary
  • International and Domestic flights
  • Departure taxes
  • Visa fees 
  • Expenditures of a personal nature, drinks and meals or items not stated explicitly in the programme
  • Any alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, mineral water, camera/video camera fee (if any)
  • Optional tours and activities
  • Porterage and gratuities  
  • Travel Insurance or any loss or extra cost arising due to unforeseen circumstances such as flight delays, accidents, etc.
  • Car Rental Full Insurance 
  • Deductible deposit: A deposit will be requested on the customer's credit card, as a guarantee of the corresponding deductible payment and of the charges not contemplated in the voucher of the agency
  • Gasoline (the car must be returned with a full tank) 
  • 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 a fine being received, there will be an administration charge
  • Any extra equipment not mentioned as included 
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this The Best Of 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 September 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 02 September 2021, a deposit of 25% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 34 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

The Best Of 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 The Best Of 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 travelling 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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