Fly & Drive Costa Rica 2024 | 9 Days, 8 Nights | Arenal | Monteverde Cloud Forest | Manuel Antonio National Park

Fly & Drive Costa Rica - 9 Days with Gateways International 

Photo: Fly & Drive Costa Rica, Gateways International

Costa Rica is a great destination to self-drive at your own pace. Begin your adventure in the capital city of San José with your own 4×4 vehicle. Discover the majestic Arenal Volcano and relaxing thermal waters; ascend to the magical cloud forests of Monteverde and conclude your journey on the stunning beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park. If you prefer not to drive, a shuttle option is available upon request.


  • Majestic Arenal area
  • Incredible wildlife at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
  • Magnificent views from Manuel Antonio

Package Includes:

  • Roundtrip international airfare from Toronto
  • Welcome assistance upon arrival, private transfers to/from airport
  • 2 nights in San Jose 
  • 2 nights in Arenal 
  • 2 nights in Monteverde 
  • 2 nights in Manuel Antonio
  • 7-day car rental; Automatic transmission, full insurance, unlimited mileage (Suzuki Grand Vitara or similar)
  • Breakfast daily
  • Hotel taxes and service charges
  • Airport & Departure taxes

Optional Add-On Tours:

  • Hiking to Rio Celeste

Not Included:

  • Tips to guides and drivers and other gratuities
  • Travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Items not mentioned above
  • Visas required for entry into the country as necessary. Please discuss this with your travel agent to determine your requirements prior to departure.

Photo: Monteverde Butterfly 

Day 1: Toronto - San Jose

Depart from Toronto to San José, Costa Rica’s largest city and cultural capital. Meet and greet by our local representatives and take a private transfer to your hotel. Wyndham San Jose Herradura, Standard.

Day 2: San Jose - Arenal 

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel. Pick-up your rental car and self-drive to the Arenal area. Although the volcano is dormant, you will marvel at the Arenal Volcano’s majesty. Your hotel is surrounded by gardens, pastures and animals with panoramic views of the volcano.

Day 3: Arenal

After breakfast, enjoy your day exploring the Arenal area on your own. Suggested activities include spa treatments and relaxing in thermal waters; raft on the Toro River, or perhaps hike to stunning Río Celeste and see the Tenorio Volcano. Optional activities not included. 

Day 4: Arenal - Monteverde

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel. Checkout of your hotel and self-drive to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, one of the most beautiful nature reserves in the world, and among the most exceptional wildlife sanctuaries in the New World Tropics. The area protects birds, butterflies, mammals and thousands of species of plants across an area spanning six distinct ecological zones. Nestled in the misty cloud forest your hotel offers an unforgettable experience.

Day 5: Monteverde

Enjoy your day in Monteverde to explore the area. Suggested activities include canopy tours and incredible hanging bridges. Be sure to take a magical night walk in the cloud forest which begins with a magnificent sunset and an intimate encounter with the biodiversity Monteverde has to offer, not included. 

Day 6: Monteverde - Manuel Antonio

After breakfast at your hotel, self-drive to Manuel Antonio National Park, popular for its expansive white sand beaches often visited by dolphins and migrating whales, backed by a tropical, luscious evergreen rainforest. Your hotel offers an award-winning 360-degree view overlooking the blue Pacific Ocean, the city of Quepos and the National Park. 

Photo: Manuel Antonio 

Day 7: Manuel Antonio

After breakfast at the hotel, take today to relax or continue exploring. Naturalist guides can lead you on an exciting jungle experience, to perhaps spot a variety of monkeys who call Manuel Antonio National Park home, tour not included. 

Day 8: Manuel Antonio - San Jose 

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel. Check-out and drive back to San José for your last night in Costa Rica. Return your rental car at your hotel. 

Day 9: San Jose - Toronto

After breakfast, transfer to the airport to board your homebound flight.

Don't delay, book your adventure today! 

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