7 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

7 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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7 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Phoenix
+2
Fly + shuttle + bus:  13​h 15​min
1
Tamarindo
— 1 night
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Jaco
— 1 day
+3
bus + foot + bus + Fly:  11​h
End: Phoenix

1
night
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
On the 13th (Mon), view the masterpieces at Con Mucho Gusto, then get interesting insight from Tours, and then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Tue): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, cast your line with a fishing tour, and then view the masterpieces at Lydia Beech Art Boutique.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Tamarindo day trip planning tool .

Phoenix, USA to Tamarindo is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Phoenix to Tamarindo is 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Tours Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Playa Flamingo
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Fishing Charters & Tours

2
nights
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.
On the 15th (Wed), take in the exciting artwork at Wood & Art Gallery, take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Onirica Art Gallery. On the next day, identify plant and animal life at Butterfly Conservatory, then trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos road 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trip

Butterfly Conservatory
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca ©
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca offers a wealth of entertainment by the sea, attracting a lively international crowd of revelers while maintaining a bright and breezy coastal charm with a local feel.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, kick back and relax at Playa Chiquita, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Cocles.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip itinerary maker tool .

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens
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Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles
La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita ©

1
day
Jaco

A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
For photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Jaco trip builder website .

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Jaco takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 18th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Jaco

Tours Outdoors Shopping

Side Trip

Horseback Riding Tours
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Horseback Riding Tours
Tico Pod Art House & Gifts ©
Tico Pod Art House & Gifts

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