When planning an adventurous trip to Costa Rica or even anywhere in the Americas, it can be difficult to know what to incorporate into such a holiday. The country has so many natural wonders, rainforests, beaches and options for hiking, swimming or wildlife viewing that it can be hard to plan the perfect itinerary. Take it from me when I say that you can have an awe-inspiring trip AND get back to nature with a few easy additions to your holiday, and here I break it down into a couple of reasons why renting a 4×4 is one of the best ways to do so.
This is perhaps the most important aspect of having a jaw-dropping, nature-intensive adventure, especially in a place like Costa Rica. From campsites right near volcanoes, to driving through rainforest laden paths that wind through the countryside, taking a 4×4 is the best option available that allows you to do pretty much everything the country has to offer, without worrying about getting stuck in a muddy patch or having to navigate the sometimes harrowing country lanes. For this reason, check out some of the fantastic 4×4 options that are available in Costa Rica, but remember you must be over 18 and have a driving license to be able to rent a car here.
Back to Nature
It’s the prime reason many people come to Costa Rica – to get back to nature and to have an adventure that is filled with outdoor activities such as hiking or surfing. Renting a 4×4 can help you do just this, allowing you the ability to stop off at fantastic viewpoints on mountain trails, drive down alongside rocky, volcanic beaches or even in some cases drive up volcanoes themselves. The possibilities are endless, and if you don’t believe me, you can check out a few of the places that are high on many travel lists: Arenal Volcano and Corcorvado National Park, both intensely beautiful locations that will leave you breathless as you wind your way through them of your own accord.
Driving yourself means that you can truly get into some of the most unique experiences ever, such as visiting with locals, sampling local delicacies and enjoying solitude and sunsets on the beach. If you’re like me, you will be willing to trade a luxury hotel any day of the week for really getting down in the villages and countryside and seeing what everyday life is like here. There are truly no better experiences than the ones you have on the road, stopping where you please and seeing life first hand. Additionally this can lead to amazing invitations as well if you’re bold enough to befriend locals – some of the best times I’ve ever had have been being invited to random family parties by locals I’d just met hours before!
So there you have it – a few reasons why renting a 4×4 in Costa Rica is an excellent way to really get the most out of your trip and to bring home memories that last a lifetime. I know I have had the best of experiences while enjoying the open road, and I have no doubt that you will as well.