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Self-Drive in Costa Rica
For the strongly independent traveler or for those in a rather exploring mood, self-drive packages are the ideal trip in Costa Rica. While Costa Rica is not necessarily famous for its paved roads, you don't have to worry about anything. Most of our cars come with a pre-paid cell phone. And for a small fee, you can upgrade your service to include a GPS. Rent a 4X4 and go wild, making your own schedule and exploring the country one mile at a time. Your car will be well-equipped to handle dirt roads, should you choose to get off the beaten asphalt.
Towering over the rest of the countryside at 5,437 feet, its stunning symmetrical shape, fiery eruptions, and wide range of outdoor activities have made Arenal Volcano one of Costa Rica's must see destinations.

Located along Costa Rica's northwestern Pacific coastline, Guanacaste Province boasts 100 miles of exquisite beaches with accommodations ranging from full service resorts with golf, tennis and fitness clubs, to hideaway boutiques where lush gardens and the sound of the surf are the major attractions.

The Monteverde Cloud Forest is one of the most extraordinary and important nature reserves in the world.

The lush rainforest and translucent shoreline have helped to make Manuel Antonio and nearby Quepos immensely popular destinations for sportsmen, outdoor enthusiasts, and animal lovers from the world over.

A popular destination with international surfers, the Jaco Beach Vicinity enjoys a very active nightlife, and a full range of accommodation options.

Nosara-Samara is an ideal destination for independent travelers, and nature enthusiasts, seeking long stretches of stunning and nearly deserted beaches.

The Rio Celeste is one of most spectacular natural wonders of Costa Rica, which is well described in this local saying: When God finished painting the sky blue, He washed his paintbrushes in Rio Celeste.

Playa Dominical (Dominical Beach), located to the South of Quepos, has just a laid back atmosphere where travelers can unwind, enjoy some great wild life, tropical plants, waterfalls, and if they are so inclined, some world class surfing.

Just 55 miles from the capitol city of San Jose, the Central Valley South, is one of Costa Rica's most beautiful regions.

The Central Valley North is the gateway to many of Costa Rica's most exciting destinations.
Most Popular self-drive Itineraries:
Costa Rica on your own!
The classic route to see Costa Rica's most popular highlights: Arenal's active Volcano and its hot springs, unique fauna and adrenaline filled activities in the Monteverde Cloud Forest and relaxation surrounded by vegetation at the Guanacaste Beaches.
This is a flexible package with daily departures from anywhere in the USA or Canada. Choose your length of stay and add/pick your tours. Book your space now!
Included:
· Flight into San Jose City and out of Liberia
· Assistance at the airport
· Car Rental for 9 days - Pick up: San Jose City, Airport and Drop off: Guanacaste - Liberia Airport
· 1 night in San Jose City
· 2 nights in Arenal Volcano
· 2 nights in Monteverde Cloud Forest
· 3 nights in Guanacaste Beaches
· Daily breakfast (most hotels)
· All Hotel Taxes
· Attention Christmas / New Year 2015 Travelers: Select minimum 4 Nights stay in Guanacaste.
Customize it!
Fascinating Costa Rica by Car. Fly to San Jose and drive up to Arenal Volcano for the perfect introduction to countless outdoor activities and possibly a dip in its hot springs and finish your trip at the Guanacaste Beaches for fun in the sun and relaxation surrounded by vegetation.

This is a flexible package with daily departures from anywhere in the USA or Canada. Choose your length of stay and add/pick your tours. Book your space now!
Included:
· Flights into San Jose and out of Liberia
· Car Rental for 7 days - Pick up: San Jose City, Airport and Drop off: Guanacaste - Liberia Airport
· 2 nights in Arenal
· 4 nights in Guanacaste Beaches
· Daily breakfast (most hotels)
· Hotel Taxes
· Attention Christmas / New Year 2015 Travelers: Select minimum 4 Nights stay in Guanacaste.
Customize it!
Experience the Waves and the Nature of Costa Rica! Fly to San Jose for a short stay at Costa Rica's capital and main gateway. Next, drive up to a National Park with Jungle Lined Beaches and lots of wildlife in Manuel Antonio. Continue to Dominical Beach, a surfer's paradise, with cascading cliffs converge with the deep-blue ocean, producing a scenic landscape full of small coves for truly precious views. Finish this trip with a stay at your forest lodge in Central Valley South, 'Home of Quetzal'.

This is a flexible package with daily departures from anywhere in the USA or Canada. Choose your length of stay and add/pick your tours. Book your space now!
Included:
· Flight in and out of San Jose city
· Car Rental for 8 days
· 1 night in San Jose City
· 3 nights in Manuel Antonio/Quepos
· 2 nights in Dominical Beach
· 2 nights at Lodge in Central Valley
· Daily breakfast (most hotels)
· Hotel taxes
· Attention Christmas / New Year 2015 Travelers: Select minimum 4 Nights stay in Quepos-Manuel Antonio.
Customize it!
A Trio of Delights! Three Stunning Locations. Fly to San Jose for a short stay at Costa Rica's capital and main gateway, drive up to your secluded hotel in Jaco Beach, a bustling beach town known for its party-like atmosphere and laid-back attitude. Next, adventure to a National Park with Jungle Lined Beaches and lots of wildlife in Manuel Antonio. Finish this trip at your forest lodge in Central Valley South, 'Home of Quetzal'.
This is a flexible package with daily departures from anywhere in the USA or Canada. Choose your length of stay and add/pick your tours. Book your space now!
Included:
· Flight in and out of San Jose City
· Assistance at the International Arpt
· Car Rental - Pick up and Drop off: San Jose City, Airport
· 1 night in San Jose City
· 3 nights in Jaco Beach / Vecinity
· 3 nights in Quepos - Manuel Antonio
· 2 nights at a Forest Lodge in the Central Valley South
· Daily breakfast (most hotels)
· Hotel Taxes
· Attention Christmas / New Year 2015 Travelers: Select minimum 4 Nights stay in Quepos-Manuel Antonio.
Customize it!
Pure Adventure! Fly to San Jose and drive up to Arenal to enjoy its Volcano and hot springs; continue to Monteverde Cloud Forest for unique fauna and adrenaline filled activities. Next, continue to Dominical Beach, a surfer's paradise, with cascading cliffs converge with the deep-blue ocean, producing a scenic landscape full of small coves for truly precious views and finish with a stop in San Jose City before heading back home.

This is a flexible package with daily departures from anywhere in the USA or Canada. Choose your length of stay and add/pick your tours. Book your space now!
Included:
· Flight in and out of San Jose City
· Car Rental for 8 days - Pick up and Drop off: San Jose City, Airport
· 2 nights in Arenal Volcano
· 2 nights in Monteverde Cloud Forest
· 3 nights in Dominical Beach
· 1 night in San Jose City
· Daily breakfast (most hotels)
· Hotel taxes
Customize it!
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Drive around three great Costa Rica highlights!: A fun route to experience Costa Rica on your own: Fly to San Jose and drive up to Arenal to enjoy its Volcano and hot springs; continue to Monteverde Cloud Forest for unique fauna and adrenaline filled activities. Next, adventure to a National Park with Jungle Lined Beaches and lots of wildlife in Manuel Antonio; and finish with a stop in San Jose City before heading back home.

This is a flexible package with daily departures from anywhere in the USA or Canada. Choose your length of stay and add/pick your tours. Book your space now!
Included:
· Flight in and out of San Jose City
· Car Rental - Pick up and Drop off: San Jose City, Airport
· 2 nights in Arenal Volcano
· 2 nights in Monteverde Cloud Forest
· 3 nights in Quepos/Manuel Antonio National Park
· 1 night in San Jose City
· Breakfast Daily (most hotels)
· Hotel taxes
· Attention Christmas / New Year 2015 Travelers: Select minimum 4 Nights stay in Quepos-Manuel Antonio.
Customize it!
Related packages:
Natural Costa Rica. Fly to San Jose and drive up to Arenal's active Volcano and its hot springs, then, unique fauna and adrenaline filled activities in the Monteverde Cloud Forest continue to your secluded hotel in Jaco Beach, a bustling beach town known for its party-like atmosphere and laid-back attitude and finish with a stop in San Jose City before heading back home.

This is a flexible package with daily departures from anywhere in the USA or Canada. Choose your length of stay and add/pick your tours. Book your space now!
Included:
· Flight in and out of San Jose City
· Car Rental for 9 days Pick up and Drop off: San Jose City, Airport
· 3 nights in Arenal
· 2 nights in Monteverde Cloud Forest
· 3 nights in Jaco Beach/Vicinity
· 1 night in San Jose City
· Breakfast Daily (most hotels)
· Hotel taxes
Customize it!
Related packages:
Self Drive - Costa Rica Nature Escape. A fun route to experience Costa Rica on your own: Fly to San Jose and drive up to Arenal to enjoy its Volcano and hot springs; continue to Monteverde Cloud Forest for unique fauna and adrenaline filled activities and finish with a stop in San Jose City before heading back home.

This is a flexible package with daily departures from anywhere in the USA or Canada. Choose your length of stay and add/pick your tours. Book your space now!
Included:
· Flight in and out of San Jose City
· Car Rental for 6 days - Pick up and Drop off: San Jose City, Airport
· 2 nights in Arenal Volcano
· 2 nights in Monteverde Cloud Forest
· 1 night in San Jose City
· Breakfast Daily (most hotels)
· Hotel taxes
Customize it!
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From Nature Escape to Pristine Beach. Fly to San Jose and drive up to Arenal to enjoy its Volcano and hot springs; continue to Monteverde Cloud Forest for unique fauna and adrenaline filled activities. Next, Visit Nosara/Samara Beaches, In Nosara quaint hotels hide among the stands of trees and beautiful gardens, vibrant flora, and a world-class white sand beach, while Samara is a picturesque resort town, with a traditional fishing and farming community Samara is known as one of the safest beaches in all of Costa Rica.

This is a flexible package with daily departures from anywhere in the USA or Canada. Choose your length of stay and add/pick your tours. Book your space now!
Included:
· Flight into San Jose City and out of Liberia City
· Car Rental for 8 days Pick up: San Jose Airport - Drop off: Liberia Airport
· 2 nights in Arenal Volcano
· 2 nights in Monteverde Cloud Forest
· 3 nights in Nosara/Samara Beaches
· Daily breakfast (most hotels)
· Hotel Taxes
Customize it!
Related packages:
Experience the Nature and Beaches of Costa Rica. Fly to San Jose and drive up to Arenal to enjoy its Volcano and hot springs; continue to Nosara/Samara Beaches, In Nosara quaint hotels hide among the stands of trees and beautiful gardens, vibrant flora, and a world-class white sand beach, while Samara is a picturesque resort town, with a traditional fishing and farming community Samara is known as one of the safest beaches in all of Costa Rica and finish your trip at the Guanacaste Beaches for fun in the sun and relaxation surrounded by vegetation.
This is a flexible package with daily departures from anywhere in the USA or Canada. Choose your length of stay and add/pick your tours. Book your space now!
Included:
· Flight into San Jose City and out of Liberia City
· Car Rental Pick up: San Jose City, Airport and Drop off: Guanacaste - Liberia Airport
· 2 nights in Arenal Volcano
· 3 nights in Nosara-Samara Beaches
· 3 nights in Guanacaste Beaches
· Breakfast Daily (most hotels)
· Hotel taxes
· Attention Christmas / New Year 2015 Travelers: Select minimum 4 Nights stay in Guanacaste.
Customize it!
Related packages:
Volcano and Beach Adventure Fly to San Jose and drive up to Arenal to enjoy its Volcano and hot springs, continue to your secluded hotel in Jaco Beach, a bustling beach town known for its party-like atmosphere and laid-back attitude and finish with a stop in San Jose City before heading back home.

This is a flexible package with daily departures from anywhere in the USA or Canada. Choose your length of stay and add/pick your tours. Book your space now!
Included:
· Flight in and out of San Jose City
· Car Rental for 6 days Pick up and Drop off: San Jose Airport
· 2 nights in Arenal Volcano
· 3 nights in Jaco Beach or Vicinity
· 1 night in San Jose City
· Breakfast Daily (most hotels)
· Hotel taxes
Customize it!
Related packages:
Our #1 Self Drive Itinerary in Costa Rica! A fun route to experience Costa Rica on your own: Fly to San Jose and drive up to Arenal to enjoy its Volcano and hot springs. Next, adventure to a National Park with Jungle Lined Beaches and lots of wildlife in Manuel Antonio; and finish with a stop in San Jose City before heading back home.
This is a flexible package with daily departures from anywhere in the USA or Canada. Choose your length of stay and add/pick your tours. Book your space now!
Included:
· Flight in and out of San Jose City
· Assistance at the airport
· Car Rental for 4 days - Pick up and Drop off: San Jose Airport
· 2 nights in Arenal Volcano
· 2 nights in Manuel Antonio-Quepos
· 1 night in San Jose City
· Daily breakfast (most hotels)
· All Hotel Taxes
· Attention Christmas / New Year 2015 Travelers: Select minimum 4 Nights stay in Quepos-Manuel Antonio.
Customize it!
Related packages:
Beach, Volcano and Jungle. Fly to San Jose and drive up to the National Park of Manuel Antonio with its Jungle Lined Beaches and lots of wildlife. Continue to Visit Arenal to enjoy its Volcano and hot springs. Next, enjoy Nosara/Samara Beaches, In Nosara quaint hotels hide among the stands of trees and beautiful gardens, vibrant flora, and a world-class white sand beach, while Samara is a picturesque resort town, with a traditional fishing and farming community Samara is known as one of the safest beaches in all of Costa Rica.

This is a flexible package with daily departures from anywhere in the USA or Canada. Choose your length of stay and add/pick your tours. Book your space now!
Included:
· Flight into San Jose City and out of Liberia - Guanacaste
· Car Rental - Pick up: San Jose Airport - Drop off: Liberia Airport
· 3 nights in Quepos-Manuel Antonio
· 2 nights in Arenal Volcano
· 3 nights in Nosara Samara
· Daily breakfast (most hotels)
· Hotel taxes
· Attention Christmas / New Year 2015 Travelers: Select minimum 4 Nights stay in Quepos-Manuel Antonio.
Customize it!
Related packages:
Beach and Adventure Package. Fly to San Jose and drive up to Arenal to enjoy its Volcano and hot springs, continue to your secluded hotel in Jaco Beach, a bustling beach town known for its party-like atmosphere and laid-back attitude. Next, adventure to a National Park with Jungle Lined Beaches and lots of wildlife in Manuel Antonio .
This is a flexible package with daily departures from anywhere in the USA or Canada. Choose your length of stay and add/pick your tours. Book your space now!
Included:
· Flight in and out of San Jose City
· Assistance at the airport
· Car Rental for 9 days - Pick up and Drop off: San Jose City, Airport
· 2 nights in Arenal Volcano
· 3 nights in Jaco Beach
· 3 nights in Manuel Antonio/Quepos
· Daily breakfast (most hotels)
· Hotel Taxes
· Attention Christmas / New Year 2015 Travelers: Select minimum 4 Nights stay in Quepos-Manuel Antonio.
Customize it!
Related packages:
From the Costa Rican Pacific to the overland adventures of Arenal Fly to Liberia and drive up to your hotel at the Guanacaste Beaches for fun in the sun and relaxation surrounded by vegetation. Continue to Arenal Volcano for the perfect introduction to countless outdoor activities and possibly a dip in its hot springs.

This is a flexible package with daily departures from anywhere in the USA or Canada. Choose your length of stay and add/pick your tours. Book your space now!
Included:
· Flight in and out of Liberia - Guanacaste
· Assistance at the airport
· Car Rental for 6 days - Pick up and Drop off: Liberia Airport
· 3 nights in Guanacaste
· 2 nights in Arenal
· Daily breakfast (most hotels)
· Hotel Taxes
· Attention Christmas / New Year 2015 Travelers: Select minimum 4 Nights stay in Guanacaste.
Customize it!
Related packages:
Unique Nature Getaway! Fly to Liberia and drive up to your hotel at the Guanacaste Beaches for fun in the sun and relaxation surrounded by vegetation. Continue with unique fauna and adrenaline filled activities in the Monteverde Cloud Forest.

This is a flexible package with daily departures from anywhere in the USA or Canada. Choose your length of stay and add/pick your tours. Book your space now!
Included:
· Flight in and out of Liberia - Guanacaste
· Car Rental for 6 days Pick up and Drop off: Liberia Airport
· 4 nights in Guanacaste - Liberia
· 2 nights in Monteverde Cloud Forest
· Breakfast Daily (most hotels)
· Hotel taxes
· Attention Christmas / New Year 2015 Travelers: Select minimum 4 Nights stay in Guanacaste.
Customize it!
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Heavenly Costa Rica! Fly to Liberia and drive up to Rio Celeste that runs through the lush Tenorio Volcano National Park. The body of water's moniker stems from its striking color, which is caused by the interactions of chemicals and minerals linked to the region's volcanic activity. Continue to Arenal to enjoy its Volcano and hot springs. Next, drive up to Monteverde Cloud Forest for unique fauna and adrenaline filled activities finish with a stop in San Jose City before heading back home.

This is a flexible package with daily departures from anywhere in the USA or Canada. Choose your length of stay and add/pick your tours. Book your space now!
Included:
· Flight into Liberia and out of San Jose
· Assistance at the airport
· Car Rental for 8 days - Pick up: Guanacaste - Liberia Airport and Drop off: San Jose City, Airport
· 2 nights in Rio Celeste
· 3 nights in Arenal Volcano
· 2 nights in Monteverde
· 1 night in San Jose
· Daily breakfast (most hotels)
· Hotel Taxes
Customize it!
Related packages:
Discover Costa Rica's best kept secrets! Fly to Liberia and drive up to Rio Celeste that runs through the lush Tenorio Volcano National Park. The body of water's moniker stems from its striking color, which is caused by the interactions of chemicals and minerals linked to the region's volcanic activity. Continue to Arenal to enjoy its Volcano and hot springs. Next, drive up to a National Park with Jungle Lined Beaches and lots of wildlife in Manuel Antonio; and finish with a stop in San Jose City before heading back home.
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This is a flexible package with daily departures from anywhere in the USA or Canada. Choose your length of stay and add/pick your tours. Book your space now!
Included:
· Flight into Liberia and out of San Jose City
· Assistance at the airport
· Car Rental for 8 days - Pick up: Guanacaste - Liberia Airport and Drop off: San Jose City, Airport
· 2 nights in Rio Celeste
· 3 nights in Arenal Volcano
· 2 nights in Manuel Antonio/Quepos
· 1 night in San Jose City
· Daily breakfast (most hotels)
· Hotel Taxes
· Attention Christmas / New Year 2015 Travelers: Select minimum 4 Nights stay in Quepos-Manuel Antonio.
Customize it!
Related packages:
Explore the green Costa Rica combining nature and beach fun! Fly to San Jose for a short stay at Costa Rica's capital and main gateway. Drive up to Monteverde Cloud Forest for unique fauna and adrenaline filled activities. Next, adventure to a National Park with Jungle Lined Beaches and lots of wildlife in Manuel Antonio; and finish with a stop in San Jose City before heading back home.
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This is a flexible package with daily departures from anywhere in the USA or Canada. Choose your length of stay and add/pick your tours. Book your space now!
Included:
· Flight in and out of San Jose
· Car Rental for 6 days (Pick up and Drop off: San Jose Apto)
· 1 night in San Jose City
· 2 nights in Monteverde Cloud Forest
· 2 nights in Manuel Antonio-Quepos
· 1 night in San Jose City
· Breakfast Daily (most hotels)
· Hotel taxes
· Attention Christmas / New Year 2015 Travelers: Select minimum 4 Nights stay in Quepos-Manuel Antonio.
Customize it!
Related packages:

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