9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Toronto
Fly + Shuttle:  11 h
1
Tamarindo
— 1 day
Drive:  3 h 45 min
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
3
Dominical
— 2 nights
Drive:  7 h 15 min
4
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 1 night
+3
Bus + Foot + Bus + Fly:  12 h 45 min
End: Toronto

1
day
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 15th (Sat), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Tamarindo road trip planning tool.

Toronto, Canada to Tamarindo is an approximately 9.5- hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of ferry, flight, and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Tamarindo is minus 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Spas
Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery, hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, then take in the natural beauty of Los Lagos Hot Springs, and finally take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Butterfly Conservatory, then meet the residents at Arenal Eco Zoo, and then contemplate the geological forces at Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano).

To plan La Fortuna de San Carlos vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

You can drive from Tamarindo to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can drive to Dominical.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

El Castillo, Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano)
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Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs

2
nights
Dominical

The laid back beachfront town of Dominical has been transformed from a sleepy fishing village into a surfer haunt of some repute.
On the 18th (Tue), trot along with a tour on horseback, then stroll through Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Ventanas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Wed): glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall, then take in the exciting artwork at Magic Ananda, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Uvita Beach.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Dominical travel route builder.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Dominical by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Dominical

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Uvita, Playa Ventanas
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Horseback Riding Tours
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, pick up some local products at La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita, and then kick back and relax at Playa Cocles. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Punta Uva Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature Observatorio.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip planner.

You can drive from Dominical to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, Nature Observatorio
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Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles

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