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10 Day Self-Guided Costa Rica Discovery Motorcycle Tour

Studio Hotel, Santa Ana, San José, San José Province, Costa Rica

Self-Guided Motorcycle Tour in Costa Rica

If having a truly Costa Rican experience is important to you, this motorcycle ride is for you! Ride on your BMW from the Caribbean side through to the Pacific, enjoy different changes in climate, vegetation, and wildlife, across actives volcanoes and pristine beaches. You can experience fun full of adrenaline adventures such as the canopy and the relaxing thermal pools. What better way to explore what this small country has to offer than from the back of a motorcycle.

Key information

  • Terrain: asphalt/gravel/mountain ranges
  • Bike: rental bike (BMW F 800 GS and BMW R 1200 GS)
  • Mileage: 1,690 kilometers / 1,050 miles
  • Daily rides: 150 - 370 kilometers / 93 - 230 miles
  • Meals: 10 breakfasts, 1 lunch, and 2 dinners


  • Scenic coastal rides
  • Starts and ends in San Jose
  • Journey to Arenal Volcano area
  • Ride through national parks and rainforests
  • Transportation from and to the airport
  • Motorcycle rental during the tour
  • 9 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate


7 riding days in English
The organizer also speaks: Spanish
Airport transfer included: Juan Santamaría International Airport
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During the tour, you will be staying for two nights at Studio Hotel, one night at Arenal Manoa, one night at Le Cameleon Hotel, one night at Casa Turire Hotel, two nights at El Remanso Lodge, one night at El Parador Hotel, and one night at Moana Hotel.


Day 1: Arrival in San Jose, Costa Rica

Meet at Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) and private A/C transfer to your hotel in San Jose. Overnight at Studio Hotel, Standard Room (breakfast).

Day 2: San Jose - Arenal Volcano, 150 kilometers / 93 miles

Breakfast at the hotel. Private transfer to the office to pick up your motorcycle. From San Jose, you will depart to the Arenal Volcano area. On the way there, you can take a “detour” to the Poas Volcano National Park, where you will not only admire the impressive main crater with its sulfur fumaroles but also learn about the different ecosystems in this beautiful national park. Once in the Arenal Volcano area, you can visit the natural and relaxing hot springs and enjoy the beautiful landscape! Overnight at Arenal Manoa, Junior Suite (breakfast).

Day 3: Arenal Volcano - Puerto Viejo, 304 kilometers / 189 miles

Today’s journey will take you through the Caribbean lowlands until you reach the South Caribbean Coast. On the way, you will pass through Sarapiqui, situated at the banks of the Puerto Viejo River and next to Puerto Viejo area, you will enjoy the natural surroundings lazing in a hammock or relaxing at the beach. The South Caribbean Coast is an exotic region recognized by its flora, fauna, and its relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Overnight at Le Cameleon Hotel, Deluxe Room (breakfast).

Day 4: Puerto Viejo - Turrialba Valley, 190 kilometers / 118 miles

Ride from Puerto Viejo to the Turrialba Valley. In Turrialba, visitors can enjoy an array of natural attractions and exciting tours: hiking up to Turrialba volcano’s crater, visiting the ancient ruins of Guayabo, an adrenaline rafting ride through the turbulent and scenic Pacuare River and much more! Overnight at Casa Turire Hotel, Standard Room (breakfast).

Day 5: Turrialba Valley - Osa Peninsula, 370 kilometers / 230 miles

This morning, you will depart south to Puerto Jimenez, located in the Osa Peninsula. Ride the Pan-American Highway crossing the “hill of death” into Perez Zeledon. From there, you will continue to El Remanso Lodge, located near Puerto Jimenez. Overnight at El Remanso Lodge, Casa Poniente GV (breakfast / dinner)

Day 6: Osa Peninsula

Day at leisure to enjoy the hotel facilities and explore the surroundings. Overnight at El Remanso Lodge, Casa Poniente GV (breakfast / lunch / dinner)

Day 7: Osa Peninsula - Manuel Antonio, 206 kilometers /128 miles

Today, you will take the coastal road to Manuel Antonio. During this ride, you will have some great views of the coastline and surrounding forests. Manuel Antonio is considered to be Costa Rica’s most beautiful park, with enchanting white-sand beaches ideal for swimming and tropical rainforest forest alive with wildlife. Overnight at El Parador Hotel, Garden Plus Room (breakfast).

Day 8: Manuel Antonio - Malpais and Santa Teresa Beaches, 270 kilometers / 168 miles

After breakfast at the hotel, you will ride to the Malpais and Santa Teresa Beaches located on the Nicoya Peninsula. The beaches are spectacular, isolated, and known as top surfing spots. Many surfers come from all over the world to enjoy one of the best beaches in Costa Rica for surfing. If you are looking for just a relaxing holiday, then it is glorious to simply walk on these scenic beaches or read a good book under one of its shady trees. Overnight at Moana Hotel, Standard Room (breakfast).

Day 9: Mal Pais and Santa Teresa Beaches - San Jose 200 km / 124 miles

After enjoying the beach, ride to Puntarenas and from there to San Jose. This afternoon, you will return the bike to Costa Rica BMW Tours' office. Overnight at Studio Hotel, Standard Room (breakfast).

Day 10 - Departure

Private transfer to Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) to take flight home (breakfast).

Skill level required for this tour


  • can ride for 3-4 hours
  • average riding experience
  • little assistance required
  • comfortable with extreme curves and leans
  • average experience with unsurfaced roads
  • steep ascents and descents

Tour and rental requirements

  • Valid motorcycle license
  • Helmet
  • Over 21 years
  • Passport
  • Credit card for a deposit of 2,000 USD in case of damage


This tour will take you to explore Costa Rica. Costa Rica is a fantastic country for motorcycle fans with its scenic routes, mountains, jungles, volcanoes, beaches, and terrific weather. With jaguars, resplendent quetzal birds, and green tree top frogs as its kings and queens, exuberant rainforests as its baroque palaces, and crystalline raging rivers and majestic volcanoes as its power, Costa Rica (the "rich coast") has defined a new meaning for wealthy. The highlights of this tour include Arenal Volcano, Hot springs, Puerto Viejo Limón, Turrialba Valley, Osa Peninsula, Manuel Antonio National Park, Malpais, and Santa Teresa Beaches.

In Costa Rica, visitors will have the privilege to enjoy an assortment of sceneries and ecosystems within a very short drive. Dense rainforests where electric blue, morphos and resplendent quetzals fly over green baby leaves and fresh flower dew, tropical dry forests where century-old trees lit the vistas with pink, yellow, and orange splashes, mystic volcanoes with smoky craters where rare sub-alpine dwarf vegetation breathe, golden coasts where surfers will slide through luscious warm sparkling waves, and deep blue waters where scuba divers will discover an enchanted world of colorful corals, green sea turtles, blue whales, and crowds of mantas.


The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Hiking up to Turrialba volcano’s crater
  • Rafting ride through the turbulent and scenic Pacuare River
  • Visiting the ancient ruins of Guayabo

What's included

  • 8 days of motorcycle rental
  • Loss damage waiver (LDW) insurance and unlimited mileage
  • Ground transfers on an air-conditioned motorcoach
  • Detailed maps of tour and Costa Rica and briefing
  • A top case and 2 side cases
  • 9 nights' accommodation
  • 10 breakfasts, 1 lunch, and 2 dinners
  • Transfer from and to Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO)
  • All taxes and service charges

What's not included

  • International airfare
  • Discretionary gratuities for local representatives, drivers or hotel staff
  • Tolls
  • National park fees
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Meals that are not described
  • Optional insurance

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Costa Rica BMW Tours will pick you up from the airport.

Upon arrival, a representative of Costa Rica BMW Tours will meet you outside the baggage claim area and will provide you with a transfer to your hotel. On your departure date, Costa Rica BMW Tours will pick you up at your hotel three hours before your scheduled departure time and will provide a transfer to the airport.

Airport: Juan Santamaría International Airport Airport transfer included: Juan Santamaría International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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