For families traveling with older children and teens, Costa Rica makes a magnificent destination. Travelers love the beauty of the small Central American country, and animal lovers are in heaven here. While visiting, you must go on a Costa Rica road trip. This is one of the best ways to see many sights in one day! And it allows you to plan your day around kids who may not want to get up at 7 a.m. to hop on a tour.
Trust me; you haven’t lived unless you’ve experienced a road trip in a country like Costa Rica. This tropical destination is home to the most photographic scenery and lively culture. Step out of your comfort zone by renting a car and hitting the road to explore the many sights of Costa Rica. Here are some great suggestions for your road trip:
San José to La Fortuna
If you’re arriving in San José and taking a trip to La Fortuna, you’ll find that the journey is smooth and comfortable despite all of the curves. This drive ensures views of the gorgeous national parks and amazing wildlife. The Arenal Volcano is a popular tourist attraction. It is one of the world’s most active volcanoes and erupts once every day. Seeing red-hot lava and columns of ash is an astonishing experience. After a long day of seeing all of the sights, relax at the Arenal Observatory Lodge or partake in a small bite at the Lava Lounge Bar & Grill.
Monteverde to Playa Grande
Although Monteverde’s journey to Playa Grande is bumpy and steep, with roads riddled with potholes, pristine beaches, and the sight of majestic sea turtles are a sweet treat to many. Playa Grande is home to the Leatherback Sea Turtles. Between October and March, they lay their eggs. Then, between April and September, the eggs hatch, and scores of baby turtles make their way to the ocean. To witness this miracle of life, and get up close and personal with the sea turtles, book a tour at Las Balulas National Park. Spend the night at the quaint Hotel Las Tortugas, where you can enjoy the sun setting from your room.
Tamarindo to Santa Teresa
While the drive from Tamarindo to Santa Teresa is a little rough, you will experience breathtaking landscapes. Take a break from driving and check out one of the sopas (small restaurants) where you can enjoy authentic Costa Rican cuisine, from empanadas to patacones (deep-fried, flattened plantains).
Santa Teresa is an ideal destination for both relaxation and recreation. Try laying down a mat doing yoga, or grabbing a surfboard and catching a wave from the white sand beaches. Continue your bliss at the laid-back Hotel Tropico Latino, where you can enjoy a full-service spa.
If you’re ready to experience any of these unique road trips, contact us to get your travel experience started. Happy road tripping!