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10 Day Costa Rica Fly & Drive with Manuel Antonio


Independent Package Includes

  • Round trip flights Ft. Lauderdale-San Jose, San Jose-Ft. Lauderdale
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • 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)
  • Upgrades to SUV Compact/ manual transmission, to SUV Intermediate/ automatic transmission or to SUV Standard/ automatic transmission available
  • Unlimited mileage
  • Breakfast daily


Vehicle Options

SUV Mini Manual - Suzuki Jimny or similar

  • 1-2 Passengers
  • 3 Large Suitcases
  • Manual Transmission
  • 4 Wheel Drive

SUV Compact Manual - Daihatsu BeGo or similar

  • 1-4 Passengers
  • 3 Large Suitcases
  • Manual Transmission
  • 4 Wheel Drive

SUV Intermediate Automatic - Hyundai Tucson or similar

  • 1-5 Passengers
  • 4 Large Suitcases
  • Automatic Transmission
  • 4 Wheel Drive

SUV Standard Automatic - Mitsubishi Nativa or similar

  • 1-5 Passengers
  • 5 Large Suitcases
  • Automatic Transmission
  • 4 Wheel Drive

SAMPLE ITINERARY
The following are suggested sites that can be visited en route to your hotel.

DAY 1, Wednesday - Depart for Costa Rica
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, Thursday - 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 Fancisco 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, Friday - 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, enjoying 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, Saturday - 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, Sunday - 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 to visit the Selvatura Adventure Park, where you can experience a canopy or treetop walkway tour. The canopy (zip line) tour allows tour takers 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
Optionals: Selvatura Canopy Tour (AM)
Optionals: Selvatura Canopy & Hanging Bridges Tour (AM)
Optionals: Selvatura Hanging Bridges Tour (AM)
Overnight: Monteverde
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Monday - Drive to Manuel Antonio
Today, you will 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, 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 the 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, enjoy 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
Optional: Manuel Antonio National Park Tour (PM)
Overnight: Manuel Antonio
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Wednesday - 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 Sevegre River where you will enjoy 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
Optional: Manuel Antonio Catamaran Adventure (AM)
Overnight: Manuel Antonio
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Thursday - 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, Friday - Depart Costa Rica
Return your vehicle at the Car Rental Facility at the San Jose International Airport prior to your departure flight home
Meals: Breakfast

*Please consider that the driving times and distances are estimated and that they can vary because of many circumstances, such as, specific route taken, hotel location, traffic, weather, road conditions, etc.

Casa Conde, San Jose

This superior tourist class hotel offers apartments located next to Park La Paz.

Hotel Details

Lomas del Volcán Hotel, Arenal

This tourist class hotel has splendid views nearby Arenal Volcano.

Hotel Details

Tilajari Resort, Arenal

This superior tourist class hotel is spread among 17 acres of impeccable gardens. Tilajari is located in the lush San Carlos Valley in the north central region characterized by mountains, plains, rivers, lakes, rainforest and some outstanding natural wonders such as the Arenal Volcano, Tabacón hot Springs, Fortuna Waterfall, Venado Caves and Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge.

Hotel Details

Hotel Montana Monteverde, Monteverde

This tourist class hotel can be found in the town of Santa Elena, high on the ridge above the coastal plain. It is set beside a farming colony and nearby the Cloud Forest Reserve of Monteverde.

Hotel Details

Byblos Resort & Casino, Manuel Antonio

This tourist class hotel is located near Manuel Antonio National Park.

Hotel Details

Book your Optional Tours before you travel and see more, save time, save money, and protect your investment. Tours purchased while traveling may cost an extra 10% or even more! Tours often sell out - avoid disappointment! Save your cash - many countries do not accept credit cards. Travel insurance only covers services purchased prior to departure.

Selvatura Canopy Tour 10:30 AM

Day #5 01 Nov 2011 - 31 Dec 2015         $40
Join this exciting tour to see the rainforest in a whole new way. Cross through the unique Cloud Forest's canopy while suspended from a high weight capacity zipline cable, maneuvering between the 15 platforms and 12 cables that span over 2 miles in length, making this extreme adventure one of the longest Zipline tours in the country.

It is recommended that you wear hiking boots for this activity as you will be walking some distance through the forest between the Zipline cables. For some, this activity may be considered very strenuous and people with difficulty breathing, heart or other medical conditions, should consider not to choose this optional tour.

Pick-up time will be between 10:00 and 10:30 am from the front desk of the hotel. Approximate tour duration is 2.5-3 hours.

Selvatura Canopy & Hanging Bridges Tour 10:30 AM

Day #5 01 Nov 2011 - 31 Dec 2015         $62
Enjoy a walk among the treetops on this 1.9 mile trail, which boasts 8 different bridges at heights ranging from 36 to 180 feet. The Selvatura Hanging Bridges are the longest and the strongest bridge system in the country. The hanging bridges give you the unique opportunity to see plants and animals not visible from the ground. Then, join an exciting tour through the canopy of the rainforest on a zipline adventure. With 15 platforms and 12 cables that span over 2 miles in length, this extreme adventure is one of the longest Zipline tours in the country.

It is recommended that you wear hiking boots for this activity as you will be walking some distance through the forest between the Zipline cables. For some, this activity may be considered very strenuous and people with difficulty breathing, heart or other medical conditions, should consider not to choose this optional tour.

Pick-up time will be between 10:00 and 10:30 am from the front desk of the hotel. Approximate tour duration is 4-5 hours.

Selvatura Hanging Bridges Tour 10:30 AM

Day #5 01 Nov 2011 - 31 Dec 2015         $28
Enjoy a walk among the treetops on this 1.9 mile trail, which boasts 8 different bridges at heights ranging from 36 to 180 feet. The Selvatura Hanging Bridges are the longest and the strongest bridge system in the country. The hanging bridges give you the unique opportunity to see plants and animals not visible from the ground.

It is recommended that you wear hiking boots for this activity. For some, this activity may be considered strenuous and people with difficulty breathing, heart or other medical conditions, should consider not to choose this optional tour.

Pick-up time will be between 10:00 and 10:30 am from the front desk of the hotel. Approximate tour duration is 2.5 hours.

Manuel Antonio National Park Tour 1:00 PM

Day #7 01 Dec 2014 - 31 Dec 2015         $50
Today, enjoy a tour of Manuel Antonio National Park, one of Costa Rica's most visited conservation areas. Your guide will take you through this tropical paradise where you will have the opportunity to witness the abundance of the biodiversity the park has to offer, including monkeys, lizards, birds, sloths, and other animals on your tour. Midway through the hike enjoy 20 minutes at leisure on one of the beaches located within the national park

Please note the trail you will take is flat and approximately 2 miles long.

Pick-up will be between 12:15 pm and 12:45 pm from the front desk of the hotel. Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Manuel Antonio Catamaran Adventure 8:30 AM

Day #8 01 Nov 2014 - 31 Dec 2015         $80
This morning, transfer to the Quepos dock where you will board your catamaran. Enjoy the beauty of the Costa Rican coast as you sail around the back of Manuel Antonio National Park for a picturesque view of wildlife and vegetation. You will pass by panoramas adorned with islands, cliffs and rock formations. Drop anchor at Bisanz beach where you will have the opportunity to snorkel and enjoy sightings of colorful tropical fish in their natural habitat. A light lunch and drinks are included.

Suggested items to bring: Sandals, sunblock, towel & swimsuit.

Pick-up will be between 8:00 am and 8:30 am from the front desk of the hotel. Approximate tour duration is 4.5 hours.

Book your Optional Tours before you travel and see more, save time, save money, and protect your investment. Tours purchased while traveling may cost an extra 10% or even more! Tours often sell out - avoid disappointment! Save your cash - many countries do not accept credit cards. Travel insurance only covers services purchased prior to departure.

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    Additional Information:
    Please note the minimum age for drivers is 23.

    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.


    Entry Requirements:
    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. For visa information, check our Visas page.


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