There’s no getting around it: In Costa Rica, you’re going to need some sort of transportation. And don’t let the country’s size fool you: While it may look minuscule on the map, you can easily spend 9+ hours on the road for longer trips. And that’s where private charter flights, luxury vehicles, Costa Rica private drivers, and other luxury transportation options come into play.
The beauty of these options is that you can mix and match for maximum comfort, flexibility, and convenience throughout your trip. Prioritize your enjoyment, not the hours spent commuting from here to there. Hand the reins over to a seasoned driver, so you can enjoy the scenery. Charter a private flight for a day trip, rather than devoting days and driving hours to a single destination. The options and the combinations are as flexible as you need them to be.
Costa Rica Private Transportation: Getting to & from Your Destination
Once you have arrived in Costa Rica – and, in one of our options below, before you arrive – you’ll have a range of luxury transportation options available to travel to your destination (or on to the next destination). From private international jets to in-country helicopters, private planes, and luxury ground transportation headlined by our top Costa Rica private drivers, we’ll help you upgrade your path from Point A to Point B.
Before you even arrive in Costa Rica, you may be looking to luxury international transportation. If that’s the case, we can help you charter a private jet to Costa Rica’s Liberia International Airport (LIR) or one of the country’s smaller national airports, including in Tamarindo.
Don’t fly commercial; fly private and unlock the next echelon in luxury travel: upgraded amenities, fast-track service, multilingual staff, and luxury jets for 6 to 20+ passengers. These state-of-the-art aircraft offer plenty of legroom, adjustable leather seating, and total convenience, plus upgraded amenities in many of the more luxurious jets.
Costa Rica Private Drivers & Luxury Vehicles
Easily our most in-demand transportation upgrade, requesting Costa Rica private drivers to chauffer you to and from the airport adds a luxury touch to your arrival and departure.
A bilingual, private driver is more than someone to take the wheel: They are the comfort of knowing that there’s someone waiting for you on the other side of Customs. They are the convenience of being able to step out of the airport and directly into air-conditioned, comfortable transportation. And they can also be a great impromptu tour guide, pointing out a hanging sloth or soaring toucan as you make your way to or from your destination.
Upgrade your experience even further by hiring Costa Rica private drivers and luxury transportation upgrades. Our sleek, all-black luxury fleet offers everything from luxury automobiles for 2-4 to luxury Mercedes-Benz vans for 8+. Trust us – you’ll really appreciate their smooth ride, ultra-comfortable seating, and cushy suspension on some Costa Rican roads!
When time is tight – or you’re simply not a fan of 2+ hour drives, no matter how scenic – hiring a helicopter can transform your trip from Point A to Point B.
Costa Rica’s charter helicopter fleet extends to luxury helicopters for 3 to 6 passengers. (Traveling with a larger party? See our information on private commuter planes, just below.) These crafts offer a range of features, including spacious luxury cabins and leather seating, and have flight ranges of 300 to 375+ nautical miles, easily ferrying you from almost anywhere to any other where in Costa Rica.
Private Commuter Planes
For larger groups, private commuter planes offer all the convenience of helicopters: easy and ultra-fast transfers from one destination to the next, paired with best-in-class hospitality and service.
For luxury travelers, helicopters and private planes often top the list of favorite means of transportation. In addition to the ease – Costa Rica private drivers will chauffer you to the closest airport, then climb aboard – you’ll enjoy the speed: Though Costa Rica is a fairly small country at just 19,700 square miles (51,100 km2), it can take 8+ hours by land to traverse east-to-west or north-to-south. Aboard a plane, you’re never more than a 1-hour direct flight to anywhere in the country.
Costa Rica Private Transportation: Getting Around Your Destination
Once you’ve arrived, you’ll need transportation to and from beaches, attractions, and activities. You’ll want wheels to ferry you to local restaurants and nightlife. In other words, you’ll need to choose your preferred on-the-ground transportation, whether it’s hiring Costa Rica private drivers at each destination, driving yourself, or combining several options into one.
Luxury Vehicle Rentals
The adventurous of spirit often opt to rent a luxury vehicle. Again, our sleek, all-black luxury fleet offers everything from luxury automobiles for 2-4 to luxury Mercedes-Benz vans for 8+. And as we said, in addition to the modern driver/passenger luxuries, you’ll really appreciate their smooth ride, ultra-comfortable seating, and cushy suspension on some Costa Rican roads!
That said, you should be aware that Costa Rican roads are not for the faint of heart. Often narrow, sometimes non-existent during and after rainstorms – our roads can transition from potholed to gravel to dirt to… let’s just call it almost off-road in the span of just a few miles (or less).
If that sounds like an adventure, then you’re exactly the right type of traveler to rent a luxury vehicle. But if it sounds more like a headache – and yet, you love the freedom a car rental affords – then you may want to consider pairing luxury vehicles with Costa Rica private drivers.
Costa Rica Private Drivers
For the ultimate in luxury-laced freedom to roam, Costa Rica private drivers are available by the day or the trip to chauffeur you everywhere you need to be.
The beauty is that you’ll be able to choose your vehicle type and size, and then request a driver to suit. Our preferred drivers are all bilingual and many take joy in pointing out the sights: From pulling over to enjoy a mirador lookout to pointing out hidden wildlife camouflaged in the trees, Costa Rica private drivers often pull double-duty as impromptu tour guides. They really do make your vacation both more comfortable and more enjoyable!
Private Commuter Planes
As you travel between destinations in Costa Rica, you’ll quickly learn that even a country smaller than West Virginia can have its travel challenges.
For example, the 315-mile (505-km) trip from Tamarindo (Guanacaste) to Drake Bay (Osa Peninsula) takes about 9 hours by land. That’s a long day, even in luxury transportation. Save yourself 8 hours – 8 glorious hours that you could use to take a beach stroll, swim in the tide pools, go whale-watching, or lounge by the pool – and take the ~1-hour private commuter flight between the two destination airports.
Where this really comes in clutch is when you’re short on time but not short on wish list. Instead of carving out a 3-day, 2-night block for a specific destination, you can charter a private flight for a day trip. There and back in a day, with your entire bucket list of adventures checked off.
Luxury Boats & Yachts
Not so much a type of Point A to Point B kind of transportation as an activity unto itself, Costa Rica’s luxury yacht and boat fleet deserves mention on our list.
If you’re spending time at the beach, you’ll soon discover that many of the best activities take to the ocean. And in those cases, you’ll find that you typically have two options: shared boats (yachts and catamarans), typically for snorkeling and sunset sails; and economical, often basic boats for sport fishing, whale watching, and similar activities.
When you want to enjoy the Pacific without the discomfort, Costa Rica’s luxury yachts and boats come into play. Outfitted with elevated amenities, hospitable and bilingual staff, an English-speaking captain, and great food, these boats can be chartered for private use, making for a decidedly luxury touch to your outing.
Luxury Day Transportation
Make a day of it and rent luxury day transportation! From tricked-out golf carts and ATVs to high-octane side-by-sides (ex. Polaris), we can deliver fun, memorable, and elevated personal transportation options right to your vacation home door.
Where to Stay: Luxury Villas in Costa Rica
We offer the country’s decisive list of luxury home rentals around Costa Rica. From helipads and oceanfront infinity pools to rare beachfront and full-service staff, our homes and villas provide exclusive amenities and superior service.
This month, we’re highlighting two homes: one in Tamarindo and the other in Sámara, both on Costa Rica’s north-Pacific coast.
Tamarindo | 7 Beds | 9 Baths | 17 Guests
If you’re looking for something approximating a dream home – or at least, a dream vacation home – then there’s no better direction to look than toward The Luxury Point. Occupying rare and desirable Tamarindo beachfront, this one-of-a-kind villa is a true stunner, seemingly crafted to accommodate the needs of your group, while surrounding you with Costa Rica’s exquisite natural beauty and immersing you into the joys, gastronomy, and entertainment that only downtown Tamarindo can afford.
Pacific views and sandy toes are the promise of your escape to The Luxury Point, which delivers seven oceanfront suites, a state-of-the-art kitchen, an oversize swimming pool, indoor/outdoor living, and even an ocean-view private gym, if you’re so inclined. This and many other amenities – all, literal steps between two of Costa Rica’s most famous white-sand beaches (Playa Tamarindo and Playa Langosta) – are your retreat and respite. Welcome home.
Samara | 5 Beds | 4 Baths | 12 Guests
Majestic. Designer. Boutique. Casa Niri is the kind of home you’d wonder (and hope) exists – only you’d be reticent to believe it, until you find it. Luckily, you’ve found it. This spacious villa overlooks lush rainforest canopy that stretches from cliffs to ocean, pouring into resplendent views of golden beaches and the Pacific Ocean.
Blending the amenities of a private boutique hotel and the luxury of privacy, Casa Niri is indoor and outdoor elegance, soft and subtle design, and extravagant landscapes that beg your eye to wander and your soul to sour. Cozy into a favorite terrace nook or relax into the private infinity pool, spend unforgettable hours relaxing and order à la carte from the home’s full-service staff. And did we mention, breakfast is always included in your stay? So you can spend more time with the group and less time in the kitchen…
Smooth Sailing: Help Planning Your Costa Rica Luxury Vacation
For a country smaller than West Virginia, Costa Rica is vast and our holiday options are many. So really, it begins with you: Are you searching for Costa Rica private drivers or an even more upscale type of transportation? What do you want to see and do while here? Where do you want to go?
At Luxury Villas Costa Rica, we have two specialties: homes at and on the best beaches in Guanacaste, and you. Yes, you. Because a great vacation is rooted in heart – in what you and your group hope to get out of your travels. So please, tell us why you’ve chosen Costa Rica and what you dream for your holiday travel. If you don’t know exactly where you want to go, even if you haven’t whittled down your wish list, we can help. We love to help.