Jungle and Beach in Costa Rica
Who: Couples, Honeymoons and Road Trippers

10 Days

From £2,185pp

Road Trip in Costa Rica

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Topping the Happy Planet Index (yes that's a thing), Costa Rica knows a thing or two about peaceful lifestyle. This 10-day self-drive itinerary takes you to the verdant Central Valley before heading straight to the Pacific coast for a dose of chic beach living; sun-drenched beaches, jungle-clad mountains and mind-blowing surf.

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All of the holidays we create are completely tailor-made to you

This sample itinerary is intended to give you a flavour of what we can do

Day 1: Fly to San Jose

This morning, board your flight from London to the Costa Rican capital, San Jose. This direct flight takes approximately 11 hours, so make sure you have plenty of reading material to hand.

On arrival in San Jose in the early afternoon, pick up your hire car and drive 25 minutes to the outskirts of the city and into the verdant Central Valley. Surrounded by waterfalls and walking trails right on your doorstep, it's a picture-perfect pit-stop after an international flight.

Day 2: The Pacific Coast

After a leisurely breakfast, you have time for a morning ramble in the scenic forestland inhabited by goldfinches and various hummingbirds.

Stretch your legs for an hour and then set off for the Pacific Coast, a journey of around two-and-a-half hours. We will provide you with detailed directions. Arrive on the fringes of Manuel Antonio National Park, framed by lush cliffs and idyllic beaches, your abode for the next three nights.

Day 3: Waterfalls on Horseback

Today you can ignite your jungle dreams exploring at your own pace. One of the best ways of immersing yourself into the area's instagrammable scenery is by way of a gentle ride into the Tocori Biological Reserve.

En route you'll stop at the Tocori waterfalls, the perfect place for a dip - just don't forget the GoPro. If you're a nature lover, it's worth requesting a dedicated guide who can point out exotic wildlife, flora, fauna and medicinal herbs along the way.

Day 4: Manuel Antonio National Park

Wildlife enthusiasts should make a bee-line for Manuel Antonio National Park. The smallest of Costa Rica's 28 national parks (and one of the most beautiful), it packs a punch in terms of biodiversity. It's also one of the best places to see animals in the wild such as white-nosed coatis and cheeky-looking capuchin monkeys.

Birders will be in seventh heaven with around 200 species to spot. After time exploring independently, why not recuperate on a jungle-fringed beach. Relax here, cocktail in hand until the evening when you enjoy some of the most intense amber sunsets you may ever see.

This itinerary is on a do-as-you-please basis, but we can easily arrange a naturalist expert to accompany you on your adventures should you wish. All born and bred locals, our guides offer unparalleled insight into your surroundings.
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Day 5: The Nicoya Peninsula

After breakfast, drive up the coast to the Nicoya Peninsula. It's a five-and-a-half-hour drive to this pocket of unspoilt wilderness where life revolves around surf, sand and sea.

Spend the rest of the afternoon soaking up the epitome of chic seaside living swinging in a hammock and dozing under the shade of a palm tree.

Day 6-8 : Jurassic Coast

Spend the next three days living out your beach dreams. Renowned for near-perfect surf breaks, why not take a surf lesson with a local guide who'll lead you to the best swells.

Those up for a jungle jaunt can go zip lining over canyons, kayaking in the rivers and birding in the emerald canopy. One day you might like to go riding along the beach or windsurfing in the mountain lakes. Take a day trip to the small beach towns, ideal for a relaxed outing sipping cocktails in beachfront restaurants.

Additional Activities

  • Boat trips
  • Art projects
  • Birding
  • Seasonal sea-turtle watching

Day 9: Homeward Bound

This morning, you will be privately transferred back to the airport before catching your international flight home.

The flight to London takes approximately 10 hours so make sure the iPad is charged.

Day 10: Arrive London

Touchdown into London at around lunchtime.

All of the holidays we create are completely tailor-made to you

This sample itinerary is intended to give you a flavour of what we can do

A Rough Idea of Price

While all of our holidays are completely tailor-made and prices will vary based on things like time of year and level of accommodation, we want to give you as good an idea of how much this itinerary will cost. The below prices are based on two people sharing.

This Itinerary

If you would like to book the itinerary mentioned above, with economy flights, during mid-season and staying in our preferred room category at our preferred hotels.



Bare Necessities

If you would like to pare back the above itinerary by travelling at non-peak times, staying in a standard room and removing some or all of the guided activities.



Bells & Whistles

If you are looking for something extra special, we can discuss with you upgrading your accommodation, flights or activities.



George is our expert for this itinerary and, as a seasoned traveller, has the inside track on the most memorable adventures.