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3 Incredible Costa Rica Road Trip Ideas

Updated: Jan 22, 2022

Have you really lived if you haven't experiences at least one road trip in a tropical country? Costa Rica is home to the a vibrant culture and the most picturesque scenery. Go beyond typical tourism by renting a car, or hiring a driver, and hitting the road to explore the many sights of Costa Rica. Below are some Costa Rican road trip suggestions you don't want to miss

Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica
Arenal Volcano © Jessica Sepulveda-Viola

San José to La Fortuna

If you're arriving in San José and taking a trip to La Fortuna, you'll find that the drive is smooth and easy despite the curvy roads. This trip ensures views of the beautiful national parks and stunning exotic wildlife. The Arenal Volcano is a popular tourist attraction. It is one of the world's top active volcanoes and is simply breathtaking to look at. You may get a glimpse of red-hot lava and columns of ash during your stay. After a long day of taking in the country's beauty, relax at your villa at Nayara Gardens or grab a comforting cup of coffee at Down to Earth Coffee.

Monteverde to Playa Grande

Although the journey from Monteverde to Playa Grande is bumpy and steep, with roads being riddled with potholes, you will be rewarded with gorgeous beaches and visits from the majestic sea turtles at your final destination. Playa Grande is home to the Leatherback Sea Turtles, who lay their eggs and build nests between October and March, and between April and September. The eggs hatch and thousands of baby turtles hobble their way into the ocean. To witness this beautiful scene and get up close and personal with these sea creatures, arrange a tour at Las Balulas National Park. Stay at the luxurious Jardin Del Eden Boutique Hotel, where you can take in views of the sunset from your room.

Traditional Costa Rican dish, casado
Try casado at a local sopa. © Jessica Sepulveda-Viola

Tamarindo to Santa Teresa

While the drive from Tamarindo to Santa Teresa is not the smoothest, you are rewarded with breathtaking landscapes. Take a break from sightseeing and stop at one of the sopas (small restaurants) and indulge in authentic Costa Rican cuisine, from casado to empanadas and patacones (deep-fried, flattened plantains). Santa Teresa is the perfect destination for both relaxation and leisure. Its idyllic white-sand beaches are great for laying down a mat doing yoga or grabbing a surfboard and catching a wave. Continue your relaxation in your private villa at the Selva Boutique Resort, where you can enjoy meals cooked by a private chef, surfing and yoga lessons, and a small, private spa.

If you're ready to experience these unique road trips for yourself, contact me today so I can get your travel experience started. If a road trip isn't your idea of a good time, you can easily travel between destinations via private helicopter. The choice is always yours. Pura vida!

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