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  • Meredith Peters

Unforgettable Costa Rican Road Trips: From San José to Santa Teresa

Looking for an unforgettable adventure? Look no further than a road trip in tropical Costa Rica. With its stunning scenery, exotic wildlife, and vibrant culture, Costa Rica is a paradise for road trippers. Whether you're interested in visiting national parks, watching sea turtles hatch on the beach, or indulging in authentic Costa Rican cuisine, these road trip suggestions have got you covered.

San José to La Fortuna

Starting in San José, the capital of Costa Rica, take a trip to La Fortuna to see the Arenal Volcano, one of the world's top active volcanoes. Witnessing red-hot lava and columns of ash is an experience like no other. After a long day of taking in the country's beauty, rest at the Arenal Observatory Lodge or grab a bite at the Lava Lounge Bar and Grill. Despite its curvy road, the drive is smooth and easy, and you'll be rewarded with views of the beautiful national parks and stunning exotic wildlife.

Arenal Volcano Costa Rica
Arenal Volcano

Monteverde to Playa Grande

Although the journey from Monteverde to Playa Grande is bumpy and steep, it's worth it to witness the Leatherback Sea Turtles, which lay eggs and build nests between October and March. Between April and September, the eggs hatch, and thousands of baby turtles hobble their way into the ocean. To witness this beautiful scene and get up close and personal with these sea creatures, arrange a tour at Las Balulas National Park. Stay at the charming Hotel Las Tortugas, where you can take in views of the sunset from your room.

Costa Rica Adventure Travel tamarindo Beach

Tamarindo to Santa Teresa

While the drive from Tamarindo to Santa Teresa is not the smoothest, you are rewarded with breathtaking landscapes. Stop at one of the sopas (small restaurants) and indulge in authentic Costa Rican cuisine, from empanadas to patacones. Additionally, Santa Teresa is the perfect destination for both relaxation and leisure. Its idyllic white-sand beaches are great for laying down a mat doing yoga or grabbing a surfboard and catching a wave. Continue your relaxation at the laid-back Hotel Tropico Latino, where you can enjoy a full-service spa.

Costa Rica is a road trip paradise with picturesque scenery, vibrant culture, and authentic cuisine. From San José to La Fortuna, Monteverde to Playa Grande, and Tamarindo to Santa Teresa, there are road trip options for everyone.

If you're ready to experience these unique road trips for yourself, click the link below to get started. Happy traveling!

Costa Rica – A country of Diverse Landscapes and Natural Wonders


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