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11-Day Independent Budget Costa Rica: Grand Explorer

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If you are an independent-minded traveler, who enjoys being spontaneous on a vacation, this Costa Rica trip is designed for you! This Costa Rica package features numerous free days while staying in comfortable 3-star hotels and getting around in reliable, scheduled A/C shuttle vans with hotel door to hotel door service. This is a flexible trip: you pick when you want to go, where you want to go, and how many nights you'd like. Importantly, it offers an economical way to tour Costa Rica while allowing you to pick your own daily activities as you please. It also allows you to avoid the potential hassles and dangers of renting a car in Costa Rica yet allows you to see the country at your own pace.

We are happy to provide ideas and suggestions for activities such as rafting, zip lines, and more. In most cases, we can pre-book these options (at extra cost) for you.

Destinations you may want to visit as part of your program include:

  • Samara Beach on the north Pacific Coast, just south of Tamarindo (the best swimming on the coast)
  • Jaco Beach, the closest beach to San Jose
  • Rincon de La Vieja in the Pacific Northwest
  • Puerto Viejo Beach on the Caribbean Coast
  • Cahuita Beach on the Caribbean Coast
  • Turrialba (to raft the Pacuare River)

While the suggested itinerary is 11 days, we can easily add or remove nights and re-quote as you like, with options ranging from as few as 8 days to as many as 15 days.

Please note you can start this package any day of the year except during the "black out" periods of December 15 January 5 and Easter Week (for example, in 2016, March 20-27). However, we can help you during those periods with a similar but higher priced trip.

Itinerary in Brief

  • DAY 1: Arrive San Jose, Transfer, and Overnight
  • DAY 2: Shuttle Transfer to Sarapiqui
  • DAY 3: Explore the Sarapiqui Region
  • DAY 4: Shuttle Transfer to Arenal Volcano
  • DAY 5: Day to Discover Arenal Volcano
  • DAY 6: Shuttle Transfer to Monteverde
  • DAY 7: Free Day in the Cloud Forest
  • DAY 8: Shuttle to Manuel Antonio or Playa Samara or Playa Tamarindo
  • DAY 9: Beach R&R
  • DAY 10: Shuttle to San Jose
  • DAY 11: Transfer to San Jose Airport and Depart


  • You can start the program almost any day of the year
  • Visit Costa Rica's true highlights including cloud forests, beaches, and volcanoes
  • You select your own hotels from our hand-picked list of comfortable, mid-range choices
  • Every day is free for you to choose what you want to do

LOCATIONS: San Jose, Arenal, Monteverde, Beach

ACTIVITIES: Nature/Wildlife


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