Summer in Costa Rica: A self-drive trip, a group tour and a family holiday

One holiday, three ways

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Each week we approach three companies to ask for their best offer on a specific break. This week, Costa Rica next summer. Prices are per person, based on two travelling together, except the family package, which is based on two adults and two children.

Family: Family Adventure Co, £2,156

The nine-day trip includes Iberia flights from Heathrow to San José via Madrid on 20 July. Plus transfers, B&B, a city tour of San José, crocodile safari on the Tárcoles River, and trips to Rincon de la Vieja National Park, Monteverde Cloud Forest and the Arenal volcano (0808 115 5147;

Group tour: £689, G Adventures

Departing 16 July, the Costa Rica Quest tour includes eight nights' room-only accommodation, one lunch, transport, guides, and visits to: La Fortuna hot springs, Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve, sugar cane and coffee plantations and beaches. BA flights from Gatwick to San José extra (0344 272 2040;

Self-drive: £1,995, Cox & Kings

Includes United Airlines flights from Heathrow to San José via Houston or Newark on 15 July. Plus car hire and 10 nights' B&B in five hotels including Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel, Capitan Suizo in Tamarindo and the Tenorio Lodge, near Tenorio Volcano National Park (020 3642 0861;