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Embarking on a road trip through a tropical paradise is a quintessential experience, and Costa Rica, with its picturesque landscapes and vibrant culture, offers an ideal setting for such an adventure. Move beyond conventional tourism by opting to rent a car and immerse yourself in the authentic charm of Costa Rica.

The city of Matera and its Sassi.
Waterfall in Costa Rica

Here are three itineraries to get you started planning your Costa Rican road trip.

San José to La Fortuna:

Beginning your adventure in San José and navigating towards La Fortuna presents a delightful drive, notwithstanding its serpentine roads. Revel in the beauty of national parks where you'll encounter exotic wildlife and view the iconic Arenal Volcano. This active volcano, erupting daily, offers an awe-inspiring spectacle of red-hot lava and towering columns of ash. Following a day of exploration, relax at the Arenal Observatory Lodge or enjoy a meal at the Lava Lounge Bar and Grill.

Monteverde to Playa Grande:

While the passage from Monteverde to Playa Grande may entail a rugged path with pothole-riddled roads, the reward lies in the pristine beaches and the possibility of encountering Leatherback Sea Turtles. Their nesting rituals happen between October and March, and the heartwarming hatching of thousands of baby turtles between April and September. To intimately experience this natural marvel, arrange a tour at Las Balulas National Park and find accommodation at the charming Hotel Las Tortugas with its scenic sunset views.

Tamarindo to Santa Teresa:

Embarking on the Tamarindo to Santa Teresa route may not guarantee the smoothest drive, but the breathtaking landscapes along the way make it a worthwhile journey. Take a break from sightseeing and enjoy authentic Costa Rican cuisine at one of the local sopas, offering delicacies like empanadas and patacones (deep-fried plantains). Santa Teresa, known for its idyllic white-sand beaches, provides the perfect backdrop for relaxation and activities like yoga and surfing. If a spa is more your style, unwind in a full-service spa at the laid-back Hotel Tropico Latino.

If any - or all - of these unique road trips beckon you, reach out to us and let's start mapping out the details.

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