My Favorite Round Trip


After living almost 15 years in beautiful Costa Rica and knowing the country from east to west and north to south I just want to share what would be my perfect round trip in Costa Rica. That does not mean it will be yours, but just see if it fits you. Thank you for reading it anyway.

Day 01 – Alajuela – Arrival at SJO: Morning arrival – rent a car and start moving, afternoon or evening arrival – look for a hotel in Alajuela, it is just to take a shower and sleep. Alajuela is right next to the airport, do not go all the way to San Jose, it is too far out and wasting time.

Day 02 – Cahuita – Puerto Viejo de Limón. Pick-up your rental car 4×4 and go – relax.
Day 03 – Cahuita – Puerto Viejo de Limón – Parque Nacional Cahuita – relax.
Day 04 – Tortuguero – Drive to Cariaria and La Pavona – boat ride/swamps/turtles/nature.
Day 05 – San Carlos – First boat back and drive to Catarata Del Toro and Blue Falls of Costa Rica, if it is not a Sunday : ). Do the tours and sleep in the area and drive further to La Marina and book a room in hotel Termales Del Bosque – hots-springs in the jungle.

Day 06 – La Fortuna – check out Ecozoo in El Castillo, you can sleep there too.
Day 07 – Monteverde – Drive around the lake or via the shortcut in El Castillo, if it is possible, to Monteverde.
Day 08 – Rincón de la Vieja – Vía Interamericana to Rincón de la Vieja – active vulcano/mud bahts/blue river/views.
Day 09 – Playa Coco – diving/relax.
Day 10 – Playa Samara – surfing/relax.
Day 11 – Montezuma – Through the Blue Zone – Cabo Blanco.
Day 12 – Uvita – Take ferry, drive via Jaco beach, just take a look in Quepos and move on – wales/relax.
Day 13 – Drake Bay/Corcovado  – Hotel Violin – tours/relax.
Day 14 – Drake Bay/Corcovado  – Hotel Violin – tours/relax.
Day 15 – Pavones – surf/relax.
Day 16 – Pavones – surf/relax.
Day 17 – Perez Zedelon  – Paso Canoas – Neilly – San Vito – border crossing/Indian reservations/nature.
Day 18 – Chirripó – Only for experienced hikers, need to book upfront – www.sinac and
Day 19 – Chirripó – Only for experienced hikers, need to book upfront – www.sinac and
Day 20 – Turrialba – relax.
Day 21 – Alajuela.

Calculate an average of 60 kilometers an hour and do not be afraid to drive in the dark, it is not that difficult. Beside that, with above schedule it will not be needed. And for the most adventures one think about renting a 4×4 camper with Nomad America! That is really cool, highly recommended.

Thank you and enjoy your trip!


Willem Buijze

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