8 days in Province of Guanacaste Itinerary

8 days in Province of Guanacaste Itinerary

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8 days in Province of Guanacaste Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly + Drive:  9​h 15​min
1
Playa Hermosa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Playa Samara
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  11​h
End: Newark

2
nights
Playa Hermosa

Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco. Here are some ideas for day two: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then take in the dramatic scenery at Llanos de Cortez Waterfall.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Playa Hermosa trip itinerary planner.

Newark, USA to Playa Hermosa is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Hermosa

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Playas del Coco, Llanos de Cortez Waterfall, River Rafting & Tubing
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Shark Diving
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Playa Hermosa
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Llanos de Cortez Waterfall

3
nights
Tamarindo

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Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Attractions like Playa Conchal and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours make great kid-friendly stops. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, stroll through Playa Avellana, and get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Tamarindo trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Playa Hermosa to Tamarindo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, Playa Conchal
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Playa Conchal
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Playa Avellana
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Tamarindo Beach

2
nights
Playa Samara

Playa Samara ©
A beach town with just enough development to be comfortable for families accustomed to the trappings of modern life, Playa Samara has the resorts you'd expect to find in such a scenic area, but they don't hinder the relaxing atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Samara Beach, then kick back and relax at Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones), and then have some family-friendly fun at Nosara Escape.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Playa Samara itinerary maker app .

Getting from Tamarindo to Playa Samara by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. You'll set off for home on the 13th (Tue).

Things to do in Playa Samara

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Nosara
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Samara Beach
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Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones)
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Nosara Escape