Costa Rica: Hidden Highlights

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Stay in memorable places whilst exploring Costa Rica

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Enjoy cacao and coffee tours

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Unwind, relax and watch incredible sunsets from your terrace

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Explore a historic coffee community at Aquiares coffee farm

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Hike and snorkel in Cahuita National Park

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Discover deep rainforests steeped in exotic sounds...

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...with wildlife all around

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Snorkel off a tropical Island, where dolphin and whale sightings are possible

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All the diversity, none of the crowds. Cross Costa Rica on an extraordinary self-drive holiday, from golden beaches via coffee fincas and cacao farms to the incredible wildlife of the Osa Peninsula.

  • Caribbean to Pacific
  • Epic wildlife encounters
  • Unforgettable hikes
  • Coffee & chocolate farms
  • Tropical snorkelling
  • Beaches & relaxation
  • Memorable places to stay
  • Packed with local flavour
  • 100% Travel Positive
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What's Included

Key Inclusions

13 nights small independent hotels

4x4 vehicle

Domestic flight - Drake Bay to San Jose

Private airport transfers

Guided experiences (see activities)

All breakfasts

5 x lunches

4 x dinners

Guided Activities

Cultural highland tour

Gandoca-Manzanillo tour

Jaguar Rescue Center tour

Cacao farm visit

Coffee & community tour

Turrialba Trek

Cloud forest hike


Corcovado National Park tour

5* Service

We have personally experienced & loved every aspect of this trip

Holiday Guide with advice, background information and recommendations

ABTOT / ATOL Financial protection

Local support throughout

24/7 emergency support

Industry-leading 160% carbon capture

Exclusive departure date

Please note: International travel & fuel for vehicle hire not included.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Costa Rica

A warm welcome awaits on arrival, followed by a short transfer up into the hills above San José.

Day 2

Caribbean Bound

Day 3

Get close to exotic wildlife

Day 4

Hike and snorkel in Cahuita National Park

Day 5

Visit a community-based cacao farm

Day 6

Explore a historic coffee community

Day 7

Turrialba hike and family lunch.

Day 8

Travel to the Pacific Coast

Day 9

Time to explore, or to take it easy...

Day 10

Move on to the wildlife rich Osa Peninsula

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Get close to...

All four monkey species

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In peaceful forest lodges

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Exotic fruit smoothies

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Off idyllic wild beaches

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With shoals of tropical fish

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Linger over...

Prize-winning coffee & chocolate

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The Caribbean's colorful culture

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