Costa Rica

Costa Rica Relaxed Bike Tour


Seven nights; seven days; four inns, and days off between rides to enjoy the nature of your stops. Wildlife is abundant, and you are likely to feel a part of it!







Itinerary


Start: Liberia airport, day one.


Finish: Liberia airport, noon, day eight.


Day 1

Arrival

Pickup at Daniel Odubar airport in Liberia, for transfer to your first seaside retreat at Playa Junquillal. Test your bike for tomorrow’s ride, go for a dusk horseback ride on the beach, or a hike, then unwind over a simple dinner. D
Hotelito Si Si Si, or

Hotel Guacamaya Lodge; Playa Junquillal

Day 2

Cycling to Nosara ~34km

This is spectacular start, riding on rough roads with very minimal traffic, touching several beaches along the way, including Ostional Beach Wildlife Refuge, where dozens, sometimes thousands of turtles come ashore nightly to lay eggs. This is the only place in the world where a legal harvest of turtle eggs is sometimes allowed for a short period each moon. It helps the local community, prevents poaching, and enhances productivity. It also inspires lively debate between scientists and fishermen. You are very likely to see nesting turtles here, and can revisit the beach at night to see them in abundance. Finish in the cowboy town of Nosara. BLD
Harmony Hotel, Nosara

Day 3

Nosara

Start the day with an optional canopy tour – perhaps the best in Costa Rica, with a waterfall and fantastic views over the Pacific. Explore three beaches by bike, or on foot, do yoga at the Nosara Institute or at your hotel, or simply relax. B
Same lodging

Day 4

Cycling to Sámara ~31km

Morning ride to Samara, with a stop at Playa Garza where a coral reef protects the crescent bay and its broad, white-sand beach. Take a break under the palm trees and have a refreshing plunge before finishing your ride to Sámara. This laid-back town is one of the biggest along this ride, and provides many fine options for dinner. BL
Villas Kalimba, or

Hotel Sámara Beach; Sámara

Day 5

Sámara

Morning hike, or optional horse ride to waterfalls with three cataracts and wonderful swimming. There are many choices for optional activity this afternoon, including canopy tours, sport fishing, scuba, sea kayak, and surf – an easy introduction thanks to the coral reef protecting the beach. There is an authentic feel in this picturesque town as many Ticos spend holidays and run excellent restaurants here. B
Same lodging

Day 6

Cycling to Playa San Miguel ~30km

Today you can savour the tropical delights of Costa Rica’s finest and less visited beaches as you make your way from Sámara to Playa San Miguel. This beach is known for white sand and tranquil waters - a seldom visited coast full of wildlife and perfect for long beach walks and beautiful sunsets. BLD
Hotel Cristal Azul, Playa San Miguel, or

upgrade to Hotel Punta Islita, Playa Islita ($200pp extra per night; ride reduced by 9km)

Day 7

Playa San Miguel

A day at one of the nicest beaches in Costa Rica, with options to surf, ride horses, sea kayak, practice yoga, or relax. If you like long beach bike rides, the route south toward Mal Pais is fantastic, and we can drive you one-way if you like! BD.
Same lodging

Day 8

Departure

Optional early morning ride, with pickup enroute for transfer to Liberia airport, 2.5 hours drive. B





Description




Note about the route:

Short rides on hilly coastal roads, some of which are nicely paved, others with a very rough gravel surface. This relaxed version of the trip allows two nights at each lodge and a beach day between each cycling day, but does not include the mountainous Monteverde section of the challenging Costa Rica ride. Come prepared for hilly rides in hot, dry conditions. We recommend early starts, and afternoons at the beach or the pool. Mountain bikes are essential.






Costa Rica sets the pace and space for a wonderful active holiday. The climate is perfect for cycling and swimming; the people are educated, friendly, and beautiful; and there are heavenly places to rest at night. This adventure is planned to give you ample opportunity to savour your surroundings, while enjoying the best tropical beach ride in Costa Rica. It includes abundant wildlife sightings, beautiful rides on quiet roads, opportunities for surfing and horseback riding, and rests at exquisite lodges. You will visit absolute biological reserves, deserted beaches, and cascading waterfalls, and will fall asleep to a background of tropical surf on the enchanting beaches of the north Pacific coast. The riding includes some short challenges on rough and hilly roads, but the reward is the arrival at places quiet and superbly untrammelled. You can take your time each day, or simply enjoy an early finish by the pool or at the beach. 





Maps & Elevations






Learn more

Rent a car in Liberia and visit Costa Rica’s many National Parks.

Explore Arenal Volcano National Park and hike to the magnificent La Fortuna Waterfall.

Visit Manuel Antonio National Park.


"We loved the incredible variety of birds and wildlife that were so close to us and if not visible, then audible. One of my favourite wildlife moments was watching female howler monkeys traversing a path from tree to telephone lines to another tree, one at a time, many with their babies on their backs, right above our heads." – Janet & Leo L.

“The fruit was fantastic (so fresh), and all the meals were excellent…John was a superlative guide…It was really the best trip ever!” – Janet & Leo L.

"...such a lovely trip has seriously whetted our appetite for more travel." – Janet & Leo L.

“...thank you profusely for really the best trip ever... It was really just a perfect combination of adventure...the tropics...lots of physical exertion, variety of great stuff to do...we really couldn't go wrong! – Rob & Sally S.

“I was extremely pleased with your staff, both in the office with their help in planning and with the guides on the two rides. In all cases, they exceeded my expectations, as did the actual rides. I have made a total of 14 organized rides in Europe and Costa Rica in addition to Canada, and yours are among the very best.” – Carl N.




Costs

US 3395 C 3795

(per person, includes 8 days, 7 nights, 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners, vehicle transfers, luggage handling, van and guide support, maps and route notes, taxes)

US 2865 C 3195

(per person, includes 8 days, 7 nights, 7 breakfasts, necessary vehicle transfers, luggage handling, maps and route notes, taxes)

Single Occupancy

US 695 C 785

Bicycle Rental

Mountain Bike: US 295 C 355

All details and pricing are subject to change without notice.