You haven’t lived unless you’ve had at least one road trip in a tropical country. Costa Rica is home to the most picturesque scenery and vibrant culture (not to mention exotic animals). Go beyond typical tourism by renting a car and hitting the road to explore the many sights of Costa Rica. Below we give you some Costa Rican road trip suggestions.
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 its curvy road. 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 erupts once a day. Getting a glimpse of red-hot lava and columns of ash is an invaluable experience. After a long day of taking in the country’s beauty, rest at the Arenal Observatory Lodge or grab a bite at the Lava Lounge Bar and Grill.
Monteverde to Playa Grande
Be warned: the journey from Monteverde to Playa Grande is bumpy and steep, with roads being riddled with potholes.But, gorgeous beaches and visits from the majestic sea turtles are your reward! Playa Grande is home to the Leatherback Sea Turtles. They lay 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 charming Hotel Las Tortugas, where you can take in views of the sunset from your room.
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 empanadas to patacones (deep-fried, flattened plantains). Additionally, Santa Teresa is the perfect destination for both relaxation and leisure. Its idyllic white-sand beaches are perfect for laying down a mat to do yoga or grabbing a surfboard and catching a wave. Continue your relaxation at the laid-back Hotel Tropico Latino, where you can enjoy a full-service spa.
If you’re ready to experience these unique road trips for yourself, contact Premiere Luxury Travel here so we can get your Costa Rican adventure started. Happy traveling!
Our bespoke itineraries are uniquely designed to completely immerse you in your destination, with delightfully unexpected surprises along the way.
We have a special passion for all things culinary—and we would love to introduce you to your destination’s distinct (and delicious!) food and wine traditions through one-of-a-kind culinary experiences. The best part? You won’t have to do a thing except relax, recharge, and create memories that last a lifetime!
Premiere Luxury Travel LLC is an independent affiliate of Montecito Village Travel - a Virtuoso member. Montecito Village Travel is registered with the following state licenses: CA Seller of Travel Registration No. 2019108-10, FL Seller of Travel Registration No. ST38624