Start in San Jose and then head to La Fortuna where you can soak in hot springs on the slopes of Arenal volcano. Take a guided walk in Monteverde Cloud forest Reserve, and chill out on the golden beaches of Guanacaste.
The tour route is good if you have a limited amount of time to spend and want to see the main attractions of Costa Rica. It takes in a volcano, cloud forest biological reserve and finishes at a quiet Pacific beach before you head home.
If you are flying from Europe connecting through the US most flights arrive in the evening and depart early morning requiring an overnight stay at the beginning and end of your trip.
Day 1: Arrive at San José airport. Stay overnight at the Hampton Inn hotel in San José.
Day 2: Transfer to Arenal. Check in to the Magic Mountain Hotel. Spend the afternoon at Baldi Hot Springs.
Day 3: Spend a second night in Arenal. Take a walk around Arenal Observatory Lodge.
Day 4: Drive around Lake Arenal and head for Monteverde Cloud Forest. Stay at the Belmar Hotel.
Day 5: Take an early morning guided forest walk, do a canopy tour, visit the Hummingbird Gallery. Second night in Monteverde.
Day 6: Transfer to Casa Conde del Mar Hotel and Beach Resort on Playa Panama. Stop at Llanos de Cortes waterfall on the way.
Day 7: Enjoy a day on the beach, go snorkeling. Second night at Playa Panama.
Day 8: Drive back to San José and spend the night before your return flight.
Day 9: Depart from San José airport.