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Get behind the wheel of a rented car from Juan Santamaría International Airport, San Jose’s airport, and Costa Rica’s horizons open up. You’re free to explore the country’s riches from coast to shining coast, from cloud forests teeming with colourful wildlife, to white-sanded beaches visited by turtles and fringed by coral reefs, to all those towns and villages off the tourist map but offering a warm welcome to the intrepid explorer. Costa Rica’s roads can fairly be described as challenging, and you will need to hire a 4x4 – but if you have the heart for a grand road trip, Costa Rica will reward you like few other destinations.
Head from the capital San Jose to Sarapiqui to experience its eco-tourism lodges, enjoy an expertly guided tour of the local wildlife, and at nightfall have an unforgettable encounter with the local bats. Then set your course for Arenal, one of the world’s most active volcanoes, to enjoy the spectacular sound and light show that it puts on most days and nights. Give yourself time to enjoy the hiking trails to get up close to Arenal’s crater edge, and maybe try a spot of canyoning and rapelling.
Now let’s hit some beaches. Take the car ferry to the Nicoya Peninsula, and negotiate the interesting roads to the sweeping sands of Puerto Carillo and Playa Manzanillo. Or, if you’re up for a challenge, spin the wheels south to the rugged roads of the Osa Peninsula to view its magnificent Drake Bay and its unspoiled beaches and forest wilderness.