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Costa Rica, 11 Days · Tailor-made by car

Pura Vida Route II

Departure on 26/10/2024 from Dublin

A once-in-a-lifetime journey to the heart of Costa Rica, where you'll discover tropical forests, waterfalls, volcanoes and heavenly beaches

Let's set off to the lush and ever-cheerful Costa Rica, a fascinating country packed with attractions, and which you can comfortably explore from coast to coast thanks to your rental car. At the wheel, you'll discover a country that is loving and protective of nature, with diverse ecosystems and landscapes that stretch from the Caribbean to the Pacific. Its awe-inspiring countryside, crossed by the mountains of the Cordillera Central, is home to enigmatic cloud forests and majestic volcanoes with thermal waters. A true haven for the spirit. Considered one of the most privileged locations in the world to enjoy ecotourism and adventure, Costa Rica is one of the verdant jewels of the Americas. Its biodiversity is greater than that in the United States and Europe together. Countless animals will greet you as you venture through the forests and tropical jungles, where you'll marvel at the sheer wealth of fauna and diverse habitats. That's why it is the very best destination for outdoor adventures, including - among many others - ziplining, rafting and surfing (the westerly wind is the most stable in the whole world!). Costa Rica is a land of volcanoes, and on our tour we'll visit two of the best-known: Arenal and Rincón de la Vieja. Trek along their trails and photograph their craters and fumaroles! And don’t forget to take a dip in the hot springs, whose waters are said to have healing powers. During our itinerary across Costa Rica, you'll have the chance to discover the seas that lap its shores. We'll hit the Pacific, either from Guanacaste or from Manuel Antonio, to worship the sun on some of its heavenly white-sand beaches bathed by turquoise waters, such as Sámara, Isla Plata or Playa Flamingo. They're also perfect for diving and discovering the marine world that the Costa Rican coast cherishes. And if you're travelling between October and March, you can enjoy the fascinating experience of leatherback turtles laying their eggs in Las Baulas National Park. On the southern Caribbean coast, you can choose to stay in Cahuita or Puerto Viejo. This area is famous for being the heart and soul of the Afro-Caribbean community, the homeland to some of the country's indigenous groups, and the starting point for the cacao routes. Savour the typical Costa Rican cuisine and soak up the leisurely pace of life in perfect harmony with nature. Live the Pura Vida for a while!

Pura Vida Route II

Departure date

Departures from April 2024 till March 2025


Dublin, Shannon, Cork...

NatureAdventureFor CouplesExotic

Travel details

  • Travel details

  • Day 1 City of origin - San José

  • Day 2 San José - Caribbean coast (choose between Cahuita or Puerto Viejo)

  • Day 3 Caribbean coast: Cahuita or Puerto Viejo

  • Day 4 Caribbean coast - Siquirres - Guápiles - Sarapiquí - La Fortuna - Arenal Volcano

  • Day 5 Arenal Volcano - Cañas - Liberia - Rincón de la Vieja

  • Day 6 Rincón de la Vieja

  • Day 7 Rincón de la Vieja - Liberia - Pacific beaches (choose between Guanacaste or Manuel Antonio)

  • Day 8 Pacific beaches: Guanacaste or Manuel Antonio

  • Day 9 Pacific beaches - San José

  • Day 10 San José - City of origin

  • Day 11 City of origin

Your trip includes

  • Return flight.

  • Stay in selected hotel in San José.

  • Selected meal plan in San José.

  • Stay in selected hotel in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

  • Selected meal plan in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

  • Stay in selected hotel in Arenal Volcano.

  • Selected meal plan in Arenal Volcano.

  • Stay in selected hotel in Rincón de la Vieja.

  • Selected meal plan in Rincón de la Vieja.

  • Stay in selected hotel in Playa Flamingo.

  • Selected meal plan in Playa Flamingo.

  • Rent-a-car.

Your trip doesn't include

  • Departure taxes in Costa Rica.

  • Possible toll charges.

  • Insolvency protection.

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Important remarks

- Please check with your international vaccination centre about the recommended healthcare measures in Costa Rica.

- Driving in Costa Rica: 1. Due to the country's orography, and specially in the rainy season, it is recommended to choose an all terrain vehicle for the routes that are carried out, mostly to get to Monteverde and Rincón de la Vieja since these sections are unpaved. 2. Due to the routes being slow, the average speed in open areas should be approximately 50 kph (30mph) and 40 kph ( 25 mph) in the high areas.

- If the return flights call at any points within the United States, consult the documentation necessary to make such a stopover.

- Generally in Costa Rica the accommodation in the triple rooms have two double beds or one double and one single bed and the quadruple accommodation has two double beds.

- A travel insurance with the following coverages is required: $50,000 in medical expenses and $2,000 in quarantine costs.

- The proposed excursions and tours for each day are purely suggestions, as you can tailor the trip to suit your times, tastes and needs.

- A credit card is considered a guarantee, so sometimes you will need one for check-in at hotels.

- Hotels usually have cots available. Otherwise, babies will have to share a bed with an adult.

- To pick up your rental car, you'll need a credit (not debit) card in the name of the person who made the booking, who must also be the named driver of the vehicle.

- A credit card is requested to rent any vehicle and pay any insurance fee or additional service.

- Tickets to the National Parks not included, you can consult this website; https://www.sinac.go.cr/ES/resvlinea/Paginas/default.aspx