Costa Rica Self-Drive Tours & Itineraries

Explore 19 trips designed by local kimkim specialists to get ideas for your trip to Costa Rica.

Costa Rica is full of opportunities for adventure—and one of the best ways to explore is on a self-drive road trip. Renting your own car means you have the freedom to take spontaneous detours and side trips. Your specialist will give you information on current conditions before you go, but here are some tips to get you started.

  • Do I need a 4WD vehicle? The short answer: yes. If you're visiting Monteverde or the South Pacific region, 4WD is needed—the roads aren't always paved, and 4WD is especially essential in the wet months.
  • What about GPS? Using GPS is essential. Costa Rica has no formal addresses, so having the exact coordinates is vital.
Costa Rica is a beautiful country to explore by car, and adventurous travelers who know what to expect will have an amazing time behind the wheel. Check out examples of our great self-drive itineraries below. 

To learn more about what to expect on a Costa Rican Road trip, check out our driving in Costa Rica FAQ.

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