10 Day Costa Rica Fly & Drive with Manuel Antonio

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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


Featured Hotels

Plan A
Studio Hotel
Tryp Sabana Hotel by Wyndham
Lomas del Volcán Hotel
El Establo Hotel
Shana Hotel & Spa

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2019 Dates & Prices
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Jan 29  (Sold Out) $1049* $689
Feb 05  (Sold Out) $1159* $689
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Feb 19  (Sold Out) $1139* $689
Feb 26  (Sold Out) $1129* $689
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Jan 29  (Sold Out) $1099* $739
Feb 05  (Sold Out) $1209* $739
Feb 12  (Sold Out) $1199* $739
Feb 19  (Sold Out) $1189* $739
Feb 26  (Sold Out) $1179* $739
Mar 05  (Sold Out) $1189* $739
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2019 Dates & Prices
Dates Air & Land Land Only
Jan 29  (Sold Out) $1209* $849
Feb 05  (Sold Out) $1319* $849
Feb 12  (Sold Out) $1309* $849
Feb 19  (Sold Out) $1299* $849
Feb 26  (Sold Out) $1289* $849
Mar 05  (Sold Out) $1299* $849
$1309* $849
Mar 19  (Sold Out) $1299* $849
$1239* $849
$1389* $849
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*Not Included:
Car Rental Fees of up to $200.


Additional Information:
Drivers must be between 21 and 74 years old to rent a vehicle. A valid drivers license issued a minimum of 24 months prior to rental is required.

The lead passenger will be the listed as the driver of the vehicle. Additional drivers may be added for an additional cost at the time of vehicle pickup.

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.



Is This Trip Right for You?

This independent program allows for flexibility to explore on your own. We offer a selection of hotels to accommodate a variety of tastes and budgets. Drive times between the cities can vary between 1 - 4 hours in length and are dependent upon local conditions. Keep in mind that this tour is not escorted and therefore you will not have the services of a tour manager to assist with hotel check-in formalities and luggage handling. Hotel locations, services and amenities differ according to the Plan. Read the descriptions in full and locate the hotels on our provided map to ensure the hotel/plan you select meets your desired criteria. This is an independent program. For more information, click here.

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Itinerary

DAY 1, Tuesday - 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, Wednesday - 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 Francisco 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, Thursday - 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, relaxing at one of 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, Friday - 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, Saturday - 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 couple optional tours. Visit the Selvatura Adventure Park, where you can experience a canopy or treetop walkway tour. The canopy (zip line) tour allows participants 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
Optional: Selvatura Canopy Tour (AM)
Optional: Selvatura Canopy & Hanging Bridges Tour (AM)
Optional: Selvatura Hanging Bridges Tour (AM)
Overnight: Monteverde
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Sunday - Drive to Manuel Antonio
Today, 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, Monday - 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 Savegre River where you will experience 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. Perhaps in the morning join the optional Manuel Antonio Catamaran Adventure. Enjoy the beauty of the Costa Rican coast as you sail in a catamaran around the Manuel Antonio National Park for a picturesque view of wildlife and vegetation. Drop anchor at Biesanz beach where you will have the opportunity to snorkel and enjoy encounter sightings of colorful tropical fish. A light lunch and drinks are included
Optional: Manuel Antonio Catamaran Adventure (AM)
Overnight: Manuel Antonio
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, 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 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, take 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. In the afternoon join the optional Manuel Antonio National Park tour. Enjoy this tropical paradise with a hike, where you will have the opportunity to witness the abundance of the biodiversity the park has to offer. Midway through the hike spend 20 minutes at leisure on one of the beaches located within the national park
Optional: Manuel Antonio National Park Tour (PM)
Overnight: Manuel Antonio
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Wednesday - 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, Thursday - Depart Costa Rica
Return your vehicle at the car rental facility at the San Jose International Airport prior to your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

Virgin Vacations itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently.

Featured Hotels

Park Inn by Radisson San Jose Image
Tilajari Resort Image
Monteverde Country Lodge Image
Hotel Villas Lirio Image
Hotel Holiday Inn AUROLA Downtown San Jose Image
Arenal Paraiso Image
Hotel Ficus Lodge Image
Hotel Villas Lirio Image
Studio Hotel Image
Lomas del Volcán Hotel Image
El Establo Hotel Image
Shana Hotel & Spa Image

Optional Tours

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.

Day #5 01 Jan 2019 - 31 Jan 2020 $44.00
Selvatura Canopy Tour 10:30 AM Thumbnail

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.

Day #5 01 Jan 2019 - 31 Jan 2020 $60.00
Selvatura Canopy & Hanging Bridges Tour 10:30 AM Thumbnail

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.

Day #5 01 Jan 2019 - 31 Jan 2020 $27.00
Selvatura Hanging Bridges Tour 10:30 AM Thumbnail

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 Biesanz 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.

Day #7 01 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019 $75.00
Manuel Antonio Catamaran Adventure 9:00 AM Thumbnail

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.

Day #8 01 Jan 2019 - 31 Jan 2020 $53.00
Manuel Antonio National Park Tour 1:00 PM Thumbnail