At a Glance

This Costa Rica Trip by Rental Car offers an almost complete overview of Costa Rica, as only a few regions (like Tortuguero and the Nicoya Peninsula) are left out. You will visit both coasts with Puerto Viejo on the Caribbean coast and Uvita and Drake Bay on the Pacific. You will also get to know the forests of the Central Cordillera and if everything goes “normally”, you can observe the magnificent Quetzal during a morning tour with a guide. Also the Caribbean lowlands (close to Boca Tapada) near the border to Nicaragua are impressive with their biodiversity. The fact that the region is (still) hardly visited by tourists is worth the somewhat strenuous journey.

The hotels in this schedule are only suggestions, of course (almost) all hotels can be changed on request, as well as the duration of the trip or the number of nights at individual locations.

itinerary as PDF (in German) and request a quote – the trip in pictures

Itinerary of Costa Rica Trip by Rental Car
Day Transport to the next destination and number of nights Hotel
1 Arrival in San José, Shuttle to Hotel in Alajuela (1 N, B&B) La Rosa de America
2 Pick up of the rental car (at the hotel) and drive to Uvita (2 N, B&B) Cacatua Lodge
4 Drive to Sierpe and boat transfer to the Drake Bay (3 N, BB&D) Las Caletas Lodge
7 Boat transfer to Sierpe and drive to the Mirador Quetzales (2 N, BB&D) Paraíso Quetzal Lodge
9 Drive to Fortuna (3 N, B&B) Rancho Cerro Azul
12 Drive to Rio Celeste/ Vulkan Tenorio (3 N, BB&D) Celeste Mountain Lodge
15 Drive to Boca Tapada (3 N, B&B) Maquenque Lodge
18 Drive to Puerto Viejo (4 N, B&B) La Paz del Caribe
22 Drive to Alajuela (1 N, B&B) La Rosa de America
23 Drive to the airport, drop off rental car and return flight

Sample Itineraries

Duration: 21 days/ 20 nights
Services included: 20 nights accommodation as described, 14 days rental car (compact) including insurance without deductible, flight San Pedro Sula - Roatán - San Pedro Sula, hotel transfer on Roatán, our fee.
Price: from around 2050 € per person with 2 travelers in high season (2021)
Duration: 19 days/ 18 nights
Services included: 18 nights accommodation as described, all shuttles, boat transfers, bus ride, domestic flight, day tour to Caracol and our fee.
Price: from 2000 € per person for two travelers in double room (2021)
Duration: 15 days/ 14 nights
Services included: 14 nights accommodation as described, 2 days rental car (compact) including insurance without deductible (for Gamboa), all domestic flights, hotel transfer on arrival and transfer from David airport to the lodge at Mount Totumas and back, our fee.
Price: from about 2200 € per person for 2 travelers in high season (2021)