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 Atenas/ Alajuela (1 N, B&B) The Orchid Tree
2 Pick up of the rental car (at the hotel) and drive to Uvita (2 N, B&B) Phidji Lodge or 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) Korrigan Lodge
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: 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: 20 days/ 19 nights
Services included: 19 nights as described, rental car for 14 days incl. comprehensive insurance with deductible between 1000 and 1250 USD depending on the vehicle, ferry Belize City - Ambergris Caye - Belize City, day tour to Lamanai as combined land-boat tour, day tour to Caracol, Río Frío Cave and Río On Pools, our fee. Note: The trip is also possible without a rental car and if you are interested you can also do the side trip to Tikal as an organized tour.
Price: from 2350 € per person for 2 travelers (2021)
Duration: 23 days/ 22 nights
Services included: Rental car for the whole time (compact 4x4 including insurance without excess), 22 nights as described, airport transfer, boat transfer Drake Bay, day trip Corcovado NP, Quetzal Tour, our fee.
Price: from about 2950 € per person in a double room with two travellers (2021)