10 Day Costa Rica Fly & Drive with Manuel Antonio

2 San Jose, 2 Arenal, 2 Monteverde & 3 Manuel Antonio
Round trip flights Miami-San Jose, 9 day car rental: SUV Mini, All transfers, Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
Price Includes
  • Round trip flights Miami-San Jose, San Jose-Miami
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  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 9 nights accommodations in your choice of hotels
    • 2 nights San Jose
    • 2 nights Arenal
    • 2 nights Monteverde
    • 3 nights Manuel Antonio
  • 10 day car rental: SUV Mini (Suzuki Jimny or similar). Upgrade to other categories available
  • Unlimited mileage
  • Breakfast daily
Day By Day Itinerary

DAY 1, Tuesday - Depart for Costa Rica
Arrive in San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica, which is surrounded by lush green mountains and valleys. After clearing customs, a representative will direct you to the car rental center. The remainder of the day is at leisure
Overnight: San Jose

DAY 2, Wednesday - Drive to Arenal
Today, depart San Jose driving north. Stop for a photo opportunity in the charming village of Zarcero where you can see the Parque Francisco Alvarado and the Iglesia de San Rafael. The park sits in front of the pink and blue Church at the town center, which is noted for its topiary garden and shrubs that have been trimmed into the shapes of various animals. Continue to the Arenal area, famous for its volcano, lake and hot springs. You may choose to visit one of the many hot springs facilities that offer visitors an ideal way to relax. Stay for dinner as well, as many of these facilities offer several restaurants
Drive Time: 3-4 hours*
Distance: 80 miles*
Overnight: Arenal
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 3, Thursday - Full Day in Arenal
Spend a full day at leisure in Arenal in the midst of an unspoiled setting. You may choose to spend half the day hiking to Arenal National Park, relaxing at one of the natural hot springs throughout the area, or spend the morning or afternoon enjoying a horseback ride through both pastures and rainforest to La Fortuna Waterfall. For extraordinary views of the Arenal Volcano and Lake Arenal, the Sky Tram gondolas soar smoothly through the rainforest to an observation deck. You can ride the tram down the same route that you ascended or take a fast-paced Sky Trek zip line tour to the bottom
Overnight: Arenal
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Friday - Drive to Monteverde
Depart for Monteverde Cloud Forest area. The road system in Costa Rica has improved over recent years, but be aware that those in and out of Monteverde can be bumpy and unpaved. Visit the charming small town of St. Elena, founded by Quaker settlers in the fifties and filled with tasty restaurants and folksy artisan shops. Then, explore the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, which is dedicated to the conservation of many species of flora and fauna, and has over 8 miles of trails available to explore on your own or with a guide. Set atop the spine of Costa Rica's continental divide, Monteverde is a world above the coastal towns that dot the country's famous shoreline. You can explore the internationally recognized environment along trails, trams, canopy tours or inside museums
Drive Time: 3-4 hours*
Distance: 70 miles*
Overnight: Monteverde
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Saturday - Full Day in Monteverde
Enjoy a full day to explore the Monteverde Cloud Forest on your own. Boasting 120 reptile and amphibian species, 130 mammal species, and 500 bird species, the Reserve represents an outstanding example of biodiversity. You may choose couple optional tours. Visit the Selvatura Adventure Park, where you can experience a canopy or treetop walkway tour. The canopy (zip line) tour allows participants to feel truly immersed within the forested environment. There are 15 cables and 18 viewing platforms that stretch over 2 miles – the longest cable length of any canopy tour in Costa Rica. The Treetop Walkway guides visitors both through and above the rainforest with a birds-eye view of the rainforest canopy on a series of suspension bridges connected by trails. Alternatively, you may choose to trot out into the trails around Monteverde on horseback or learn about coffee production and Costa Rican folklore at the Don Juan coffee plantation
Optional: Selvatura Canopy Tour (AM)
Optional: Selvatura Canopy & Hanging Bridges Tour (AM)
Optional: Selvatura Hanging Bridges Tour (AM)
Overnight: Monteverde
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Sunday - Drive to Manuel Antonio
Today, drive to Manuel Antonio, one of the most popular destinations in Costa Rica due to its beautiful beaches, rich wildlife, and endless list of activities. Use the balance of the day to enjoy the exotic national park and beaches. Or, take a boat trip through the complex and beautiful estuaries and mangroves surrounding Damas Island. For something different, visit the local sustainable organic Villa Vanilla Spice Plantation which grows a variety of spices and essential oil plants, including vanilla, cocoa, pepper and cinnamon
Drive Time: 4-5 hours*
Distance: 120 miles*
Overnight: Manuel Antonio
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Monday - Full Day in Manuel Antonio
Enjoy a full day at leisure in Manuel Antonio to take advantage of your surroundings. You could take an adventurous whitewater rafting trip down the Savegre River where you will experience class II and III rapids and an abundant variety of wildlife. Stop at locally known swimming spots and breathtaking waterfalls along the way. Or, take a trip to Jaco to visit Jaco Beach, which is the most visited vacation destination in all of Costa Rica and is only about an hour away from Manuel Antonio. Perhaps in the morning join the optional Manuel Antonio Catamaran Adventure. Enjoy the beauty of the Costa Rican coast as you sail in a catamaran around the Manuel Antonio National Park for a picturesque view of wildlife and vegetation. Drop anchor at Biesanz beach where you will have the opportunity to snorkel and enjoy encounter sightings of colorful tropical fish. A light lunch and drinks are included
Optional: Manuel Antonio Catamaran Adventure (AM)
Overnight: Manuel Antonio
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Tuesday - Full Day in Manuel Antonio
Spend a full day at leisure in Manuel Antonio. You may choose to enjoy a zip-lining canopy tour or horseback riding tour which are both available in the area. Or, explore Manuel Antonio National Park with its abundant wildlife. Common activities in the park include hiking, wildlife watching, fishing, and swimming at the beautiful beaches. As an alternative, take a naturalist tour on a catamaran with amazing views of the National Park and marine life, a snorkeling adventure, and a breathtaking sunset over the Pacific Ocean. In the afternoon join the optional Manuel Antonio National Park tour. Enjoy this tropical paradise with a hike, where you will have the opportunity to witness the abundance of the biodiversity the park has to offer. Midway through the hike spend 20 minutes at leisure on one of the beaches located within the national park
Optional: Manuel Antonio National Park Tour (PM)
Overnight: Manuel Antonio
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Wednesday - Drive back to San Jose
Drive back to San Jose. Consider a stop at Poas Volcano National Park, one of the most visited sites in Costa Rica, which features short easy trails for hiking. A short trip from San Jose, the Poas Volcano contains one of the world's largest volcanic lakes, Lake Botos, which fills an inactive crater and is surrounded by a cloud forest. Or, head to Costa Rica's highest active volcano, Irazu, and on the way back visit the colonial Orosi Valley which is famous for having the oldest church in Costa Rica. If you are not interested in visiting volcanoes, there is plenty to do in San Jose. Visit one of the museums or head to Mercado Central, a very old and unique bustling food market
Drive Time: 3-4 hours*
Distance: 110 miles*
Overnight: San Jose
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10, Thursday - Depart Costa Rica
Return your vehicle at the car rental facility at the San Jose International Airport prior to your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Notes :
  • Costa Rica Car Rental Fees of up to $200 not included
  • Drivers must be between 21 and 74 years old to rent a vehicle. A valid drivers license issued a minimum of 24 months prior to rental is required.
  • The lead passenger will be the listed as the driver of the vehicle. Additional drivers may be added for an additional cost at the time of vehicle pickup.
  • Please plan your departure flight out of San Jose on Day 10 for no earlier than 8:00 am to allow time to drop off your rental car in the morning.
  • A GPS system for your vehicle is highly recommended. Reserve in advance for an additional cost of $9 per day. Reservations may be made via Vacation Builder.
  • Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates.
  • All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary.
  • Entry Fees/Departure taxes are required as follows: Costa Rica taxes of up to $29
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