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Coast to Coast

Coast to Coast

Coast to Coast Overview

One of the best all-round touring holidays of Costa Rica, visiting the Caribbean side and the Pacific, Arenal volcano, the flooded forest of Tortuguero, lowland rainforest at La Selva, and the cloud forests of Monteverde.

Costa Rica, Coast to Coast


San José


Day 1 You are met on arrival at the airport and driven to your hotel in the San José area, which we helped you choose in the price category you preferred.

Southern Caribbean coast (Gandoca-Manzanillo)


Day 2 B In the morning you are driven eastwards to the south Caribbean coast (4hr), passing through the lowland rainforest of the Braulio Carrillo NP, where you stay for 2 nights at a lodge near the Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge.

Day 3 B Today you are free to relax on a pristine local beach or take up one the many optional activities available locally. There are walking trails through the rainforest, you can hire bicycles, go snorkelling on the coral reefs or try an aerial zip-line through the jungle. Visits to local indigenous community projects are possible if booked in advance.

Tortuguero National Park


Day 4 BLD Early this morning you are driven north along the Caribbean shore to a dock where you board a motorboat for the journey to your lodge in the flooded forests of Tortuguero. After lunch you are taken to visit Tortuguero village and the local beach, where your guide will introduce you to the history of the area and habitats of the national park.

Day 5 BLD A full day based at Tortuguero, including an excursion by boat through the narrow channels of the flooded forest for wildlife viewing, shared with others from the lodge. An English-speaking local naturalist guide provided by the lodge will help point out the creatures.

Sarapiquí Lowland Rainforest


Day 6 BL After breakfast at the lodge you are transferred by boat back to the dock, then onwards by road to a local restaurant for lunch. If you have chosen to have a hire car it will have been brought here for you to collect. Travel to Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí (1hr) where you stay for 2 nights.

Day 7 B Today is free to take advantage of one of the local activities. You could take a nature walk at La Selva Biological Station, whitewater raft down the Sarapiquí River or take a more leisurely ‘river float’ to enjoy the forest scenery at the water’s edge. You could choose to end the day with a night hike at La Tirimbina in search of nocturnal species.

Arenal Volcano


Day 8 B Get a reasonable start this morning to travel to the Arenal area, where you stay for 2 nights.

Day 9 B A free day for your pick of the many local attractions. You could do the Hanging Bridges Canopy tour for excellent views across the treetops to the outstretched valley, or visit your choice of hot springs where you can relax in thermal waters.

Monteverde Cloud Forest


Day 10 B Travel along the north shore of Lake Arenal then up the winding country roads to Monteverde cloud forest, your base for the next 2 nights. In the afternoon you could visit the hummingbird gallery or the local cheese farm.

Day 11 B You are free today for your own choice of activities in the Monteverde area. There are guided nature walks through the Santa Elena and Monteverde cloud forests, canopy walks, a zip-wire and horse-riding.

Pacific Coast


Day 12 B Travel westwards this morning to the Pacific coast, where you spend 3 nights relaxing at the beach at Tamarindo (or your choice of beach destination).

Day 13 B Free to relax on the beach.

Day 14 B Free to relax on the beach.

San José


Day 15 B A final free morning at the beach before you travel back to San José for a final night.

San José / Departure


Day 16 B If you are using a hire car drop it off at the international airport before checking in for your chosen flight home. Alternatively you will have a private transfer from your hotel to the airport to co-ordinate with your departure time.
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Reviews of this holiday

Coast to Coast by CSJS, 19 Mar 2019
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Costa Rica Coast-to-coast with Geodyssey. read more

Coast to Coast by Alan Rees., 9 Jan 2019
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Geodyssey organised a wonderful holiday for myself and partner . They really listened to me and judged what I was looking ... read more

Coast to Coast by Piggywondermash , 7 Jan 2019
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I went on a family holiday touring Costa Rica read more

Coast to Coast by KAT, 27 Apr 2018
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Holiday to Costa Rica.visited and saw many environments, plants, insects and animals that previously only seen on TV or ... read more

Coast to Coast by BeckyM, 2 Apr 2018
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Amazing holiday in Costa Rica! 2 weeks travelling around Costa Rica with various excursions including white water rafting, ... read more

Coast to Coast by Viking from Norway, 18 Mar 2018
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Family of four from Norway- kids 12 and 10 yrs old. It was an adventure holiday, where we had great wildlife and nature ... read more

Coast to Coast by Greeniex, 25 Jan 2016
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We've just returned from a 5 week road trip in Costa Rica and what a fantastic time we've had. Travel in our hire car was ... read more

Coast to Coast by Midwitch, 14 Apr 2015
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We spend 16 days in Costa Rica, travelling from San Jose to the cloudforest, Arenal Volcano and the flooded rainforest at ... read more

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Coast to Coast by CSJS, 19 Mar 2019
Traveller rating:

Costa Rica Coast-to-coast with Geodyssey. read more

Coast to Coast by Alan Rees., 9 Jan 2019
Traveller rating:

Geodyssey organised a wonderful holiday for myself and partner . They really listened to me and judged what I was looking ... read more