7 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

7 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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7 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

San Antonio
Fly + bus + shuttle:  15​h
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
Tamarindo
— 1 night
Fly:  14​h 45​min
San Antonio

3
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La Fortuna de San Carlos

La Fortuna de San Carlos ©
The small city of La Fortuna de San Carlos is best known for the nearby Arenal volcano that looms in the background and dominates the vista.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano) and Arenal Natura Ecological Park. Get outdoors at River Rafting & Tubing and Paradise Hot Springs.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos tour planner.

San Antonio, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 15-hour flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano)
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs

2
days
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
The lively beach town of Tamarindo remains one of the country's top tourist destinations offering outstanding surfing and proximity to a major airport.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): stop by Cheboards and then kick back and relax at Playa Avellana. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, and then look for gifts at Papaya Con Leche.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo travel itinerary planner.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tamarindo by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. In January, daily temperatures in Tamarindo can reach 91°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana
Cheboards
Cheboards

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