5 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

5 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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5 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  10​h 45​min
1
Tamarindo
— 1 night
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Vara Blanca
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Newark

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Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
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Newark, USA to Tamarindo is an approximately 11-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Newark to Tamarindo. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Beaches Outdoors Parks

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Playa Conchal
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal

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La Fortuna de San Carlos

La Fortuna de San Carlos ©
Set against the backdrop of the imposing Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna de San Carlos offers visitors a chance to explore diverse natural landscapes and sample some delicious local produce.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Arenal Natura Ecological Park and then take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner .

You can drive from Tamarindo to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Spas Nature
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

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Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio ©
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
On the 12th (Sun), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip maker .

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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Vara Blanca

Vara Blanca
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Vara Blanca trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Vara Blanca takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Nature Parks
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