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8 Day Costa Rica Fly & Drive with Manuel Antonio


Independent Package Includes

  • Round trip flights Miami-San Jose
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 7 nights accommodations in your choice of hotels
    • 2 nights San Jose
    • 2 nights Arenal
    • 3 nights Manuel Antonio
  • 8 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, Sunday - Depart the USA
Depart the USA 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, Monday - 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, Tuesday - 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, Wednesday - 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: 5-6 hours*
Distance: 150 miles*
Overnight: Manuel Antonio
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Thursday - 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 6, Friday - 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 (PM)
Overnight: Manuel Antonio
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Saturday - 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 8, Sunday - Depart for the USA
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.

    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.

    Manuel Antonio National Park Tour 1:00 PM

    Day #5 01 Dec 2011 - 30 Nov 2014         $43
    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.

    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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    *Not Included:
    Car Rental Fees of up to $160.


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

    Please plan your departure flight out of San Jose on Day 8 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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