Consider some of the best days of your life—and include this week in Costa Rica. You'll bike amid scenery so enchanting you're instantly smitten. Soak in hot springs, hike in the jungle, bliss out on a beach and marvel at that majestic volcano. Love those papaya batidos. Be greeted by howler monkeys! Six incredible days that will never be forgotten.
We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.
Terrain & ClimateCosta Rica is known for its volcanoes, rain forests and tropical climate. On this trip we'll flatten some of the hills with strategic shuttles to give you a boost, but you should be comfortable with the occasional short, steep hill or with hopping in the van.
Rain and humidity may be ideal for Costa Rica's cloud forests and wildlife, but they're tough on the roads. Be prepared for unexpected potholes (huecos—pronounced waycos) and sections of rough roads. Also note that these Tico roads were not designed with a shoulder, and if you are traveling over busier holiday periods, there may be more traffic than expected.
On-Your-Own ActivitiesDuring the trip there's time for you to enjoy zip-lining, one of Costa Rica's favorite activities. This activity is often a highlight, but as it's not to everyone's liking it's not included in the cost of the trip and participation is at your own risk.
Day 1 Meet our longtime local friends, who introduce you to the pura vida lifestyle that defines the Tico culture Ride on smooth undulating roads through rain forests, over rivers, past fruit groves and small farming hamlets Clouds willing, the views of Arenal Volcano will be impressive! Mango con leche, anyone? Cool off with a refreshing fruit drink in lively La Fortuna.
Day 2 Take in views of majestic Arenal Volcano on a boat ride across Lake Arenal Pedal part of the Vuelta del Lago bike race route—at your own pace of course Sweet music to your ears? Listen for the call of howler and white-faced monkeys as you venture across a network of hanging bridges high in the rain forest canopy Relax in hot springs amid palms, bromeliads and ferns.
Day 3 Pedal rolling roads flanked by papaya, pineapple and yucca plantations Hop off the saddle to explore a local art gallery The afternoon is yours to do as you choose—more biking, a zip-line adventure through the jungle canopy or a visit to the spa, perhaps?
Days 4-6 A scenic flight whisks us to the Nicoya Peninsula Pedal through tropical dry forest, with spectacular views of the Gulf of Nicoya Enjoy ocean breezes on a private boat ride to Bahia Ballena Ride to Curú Biological Reserve, keeping your eyes open for scarlet macaws and spider monkeys Savor the relaxed pace of "Tico time": bask by the spring-fed swimming pool, visit the spa, do some yoga—or find your very own pura vida on the beach.
- Road bike past thriving rain forests, breathtaking waterfalls and captivating villages
- Commune with nature at the tranquil eco-friendly Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens
- Ride in the shadow of imposing Arenal Volcano
- Soak in hot springs in a jungle oasis
- Watch monkeys play—then hit the beach and show them how humans do it!
Premiere & Casual Inns
Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens (3 nights): Arenal Volcano is on display at this tranquil oasis, whose spacious bungalows each offer a private deck with whirlpool tub and a secluded outdoor shower. A Small Luxury Hotels of the World Member. Travel + Leisure World's Best. (pool, spa)
Tango Mar Beach Resort (2 nights): This serene seaside haven provides the perfect setting for a leisurely stroll on the beach or a siesta in a hammock slung beneath palms. (pool, spa, tennis, golf)
Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of
interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one
day to the next-and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat
from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each
day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.
Routes For All Abilities
|Daily Route Options|
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|Boat Cruise on Lake Arenal (30 Minutes)|
|Hanging Bridges Walk (2 Miles; 300` elevation gain)|
|6||Waterfall Hike (2 Miles; 300` elevation gain)|
|Morning Yoga (1 Hour)|
* Includes a shuttle
2015 Dates & Pricing*
- 12/17-22 Price: $3398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $620 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $300
- 12/22-27 Price: $3498 pp dbl. occ., (+ $620 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $300
- 12/30-1/4 Price: $3398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $620 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $300
*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.
2016 Dates & Pricing*
- 1/5-10 Price: $3198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $560 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $300
- 1/17-22 Price: $3198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $560 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $300
- 1/31-2/5 Price: $3398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $560 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $300
- 2/14-19 Price: $3398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $560 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $300
- 2/28-3/4 Price: $3398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $560 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $300
- 3/13-18 Price: $3198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $560 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $300
- 3/27-4/1 Price: $3198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $560 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $300
- 4/10-15 Price: $3198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $560 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $300
- 4/24-29 Price: $3198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $560 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $300
- 12/18-23 Price: $3398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $560 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $300
- 12/24-29 Price: $3398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $560 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $300
- 12/30-1/4 Price: $3398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $560 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $300
*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.
Private Trips Options & Pricing
Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities.
You can pick any open date for your group of 8 or more except for trips departing during the last two weeks of December, where a 16 guest minimum is required. Call us for date availability.
Pricing for Private Trips (prices may vary based on departure date)
|8 - 9 guests from $3,798 pp dbl. occ.||12 or more guests from $2,998 pp dbl. occ.|
|10 - 11 guests from $3,298 pp dbl. occ.|
|8 - 9 guests from $3,998 pp dbl. occ.||12 or more guests from $3,198 pp dbl. occ.|
|10 - 11 guests from $3,498 pp dbl. occ.|
For groups of 2 to 7 guests, please call for Custom Trip pricing.
Guest Trip Reviews
Another outstanding biking trip! This is the very best way to visit the diverse environments of Costa Rica and relax at the end of the day in outstanding accommodations. Bravo Backroads!- Miami, FL
What can I say but fantastic! Our support drivers were SO crucial to our good time. They kept us hydrated, fed and happy. Since my first travels with Backroads 11½ years ago, I have been constantly talking about the company with other people. I have never had such great vacations as I have had with Backroads.- Fort McMurray, AB
Great bike rides, wonderful people, excellent staff (both leaders and drivers), incomparable food and accommodations - what's not to like? The local drivers were fun, enthusiastic, and clearly part of a successful team with the leaders. Great trip! Good bike routes, wonderful food and accommodations, very friendly people, and incomparable leaders and drivers. The friends we made were icing on the cake.- Ann Arbor, MI
As usual, we had a great time on our Costa Rica trip. The leaders were real cheer leaders for the country and the places we visited. We feel very fortunate that we were able to see and experience places in the country not frequented by the ordinary tourist. The lodging was extraordinary and each place had its own unique quality. We admire your ability to search out the unusual for your guests. Our leaders made us feel like real champs and that's a good way to feel.- Franklin Lakes, NJ
This was the most incredible vacation I have ever taken, and I have been promoting Backroads since returning home. Each day brought wonderful and unique experiences. Never having taken a trip like this, I did not know what to expect and now cannot believe I waited this long to try a group trip like this one. My husband and I plan to take many more trips with Backroads in the future.- Cherry Hill, NJ
This was a great trip from top to bottom. The leaders and van support were just terrific. Thank you for the beautiful birthday party and the gift that our leaders arranged. It was beautiful. Our whole family had the time of our lives.- Los Gatos, CA
We loved the whole experience, it really met all our expectations, we're still dreaming about it!- Ann Arbor, MI
Great trip, wonderful guides far beyond my expectations. I am excited to take my next trip with my grown children so they can have this experience. It was the perfect start to my husband's retirement. Thank you.
Backroads was everything I wanted and more!!! I loved my first Backroads trip.- Clifton Park, NY