Costa Rica Self Drive Tours

Arenal, Monteverde, & Jaco Beach Driving Tour - 10 days / 9 nights

 

Accommodations

 

Irazu HotelThe Irazu Hotel is on the west side of San Jose. Located right on the Pan-American highway, you can head for Arenal without having to navigate downown San Jose and it is easy to find when you are returning.
Arenal Springs ResortThe Set in the middle of this amazing country, Volcano Lodge and Gardens has become the entryway to its lush beauty. The lodge itself is set within a tropical garden, watching over the fiery activity of the Arenal volcano and close to the thrills of a canopy adventure and the calm relaxation of some of the most beautiful hot springs in the world.
Hotel BelmarTrapp Family Lodge is the closest hotel to the Monteverde Reserve. Wether you prefer comfort,the feeling of being in the middle of a charming cloudforest, or a genuine family hospitality, you have choosen the right place.
Fuego del SolBackyard is located on a beautiful black sand beach. While popular with surfers this hotel is great for anyone who enjoys the beach and related activities. It offer comfortable rooms, all with great swimming pool views and surrounded with the captivating magic of the tropics.

 


Rates (Standard Package)

 

Dates Until
Apr 30 /13
May 1 -
Dec 15 /13
SPECIAL RATE $738.00 $690.00
Rates per person based on double occupancy
For package price with discount airfare use Package Quote Form.

 

Rates (Superior Package)*

 

Dates Until
Apr 30 /13
May 1 -
Dec 15 /13
SPECIAL RATE $1,465.00 $1,328.00
Rates per person based on double occupancy

* Please ask to your travel advisor about the valid rates
during Christmas & Easter Week.

For package price with discount airfare use Package Quote Form.

 

Itinerary

Day 1: ARRIVE - Arrive San Jose Airport Take hotel shuttle to the Best Western Irazu. Overnight in San Jose.

Day 2 - 3: ARENAL VOLCANO - Your air conditioned Daihatsu Bego 4X4 (or similar) will be delivered to the hotel the following morning, and you're off to Volcan Arenal, one of the most active volcanos in the world. En route you will pass through Zarcero, famous for the sculpted bushes surrounding its picturesque church. Option: Going a few miles out of your way you can also visit Sarchí, home of Costa Rica's traditional brightly painted ox carts and a great stop for buying beautiful items made of Costa Rican hardwoods. Overnight at Arenal.

Day 4 - 5: MONTEVERDE - After taking the scenic drive around Lake Arenal through lush rolling hills you arrive at Monteverde where you will spend two nights at the chalet-style Hotel Belmar. While in Monteverde explore the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve or one of the other private reserves, or take a horseback ride to a 200 ft waterfall. (See Monteverde section for more information.) Overnight at Monteverde.

Day 6 - 8: JACO - After enjoying the cloud forest it's a short but bouncy drive down the mountain to Jaco Beach. As you cross the bridge at the Río Tárcoles take a look for crocodiles. They are usually there. Both the standard and the superior options hotels are right on beautiful beaches just south of Jaco. This gives you easy access to the restaurants and night life of Jaco without being in the bustle of this beach town for three nights. (Your hotel is if you choose the Superior Package) Overnight at Jaco.

Day 9: SAN JOSE - Enjoy your final morning on the beach or leave for San Jose in the morning and have some time to explore the Gold Museum or other San Jose attraction. Your car will be picked up at the hotel.

Day 10: DEPARTURE - Hotel shuttle to the International Airport to check in 3 hours before your scheduled flight home.

Standard package includes:

  • Air conditioned Daihatsu Bego Manual (8 Days, 4X4, manual, unlimited mileage).
  • FREE GPS.
  • First and last night at the Irazu Best Western (Premier Room, B)
  • Two nights at the Volcano Lodge (Superior Room, B).
  • Two nights at Trapp Family Lodge (Superior Room).
  • Three nights at Backyard (Deluxe, B).
  • All hotel taxes.
  • Airport transfers (Airport- BW Irazu -Airport) provided by Best Western Irazu.
    B = includes breakfast
Superior package includes:

  • Air conditioned Suzuki Grand Vitara II (8 Days, 4X4, automatic, unlimited mileage).
  • FREE GPS.
  • First and last night Crowne Plaza Corobici (Deluxe Room, B)
  • Two nights at The Springs (Vista Guest Room).
  • Two nights at Hotel Fonda Vela (Jr Suite).
  • Three nights at Club del Mar (Condo 1 Bedroom).
  • All hotel taxes.
  • Airport transfers (Airport-Crowne Plaza-Airport).
    B = includes breakfast
Not Included: International airfare, airport departure taxes, car rental insurance, meals or optional activities other than
indicated above.