Top 3 Road Trips in Costa Rica for Great Adventure!

What is driving like in Costa Rica? The roads in Costa Rica are far from being good, so not a lot of people take the trouble of renting a car while visiting the country. Plus, it can be expensive. However, they are missing out on a lot of fun. Renting a car will allow you to explore off the beaten path destinations of Costa Rica without the set schedules or having to finish your food fast because the bus is leaving. You can always head to Manuel Antonio for the best family road trip, but in this blog post, you will be able to learn my Top 3 Reasons to Explore Costa Rican Roads.

3 Of the Best Roads Trips in Costa Rica:

1. The Monkey Trail

This is a narrow, curvy mountain pass that takes you along river crossings. It will take you all the way to Playa Flamingo. However, this exciting yet complicated road should be done only with a 4WD.

Adventurers will love going through the jungle and streams towards the Pacific coast with some very scenic parts.

monkey trail costa rica


2. Drake Bay

If you have done your research, you already know that there are flights that can take you to Drake Bay in almost no time. However, the long, less traveled road through the rainforest can be a lot of fun. During your drive, you might be able to spot monkeys and macaws. You will also drive through small farming villages. As you get close to the bay you will be able to find stunning views of the ocean.

This is another road that is not recommended during the rainy season or without a 4WD.

sunset on drake bay costa rica

3. Rio Celeste

There is nothing better if you are heading to Arenal Volcano region than renting a car and stopping by Rio Celeste. This turquoise river in the middle of the rainforest will take your breath away.

To get here you can drive northwest from La Fortuna on paved roads to Guatuso, and from there turn off on to an often steep, rocky affair only navigable with a 4×4. But there is also a less complicated route through the town of Cañas, up to the village of Bijagua. But to reach the entrance to the national park, you will have to go through some rough terrain.

These are only a few of the many options for those adventure, nature lovers who want to explore hidden roads in Costa Rica.

arenal volcano in costa rica

* This post was done in partnership with Alamo, but all opinions are my own.

Last Updated on February 22, 2022

One thought on “Top 3 Road Trips in Costa Rica for Great Adventure!”

  1. Ah, Drake Bay! One of my favourite spots in the world! I can imagine getting there by car would be a lot of fun. When I was there back in 2011, I took a boat out onto the Pacific and along the coast. I love how remote it is. The wildlife is spectacular too!

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