9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Toronto
+2
Fly + shuttle + bus:  11​h
1
Tamarindo
— 1 day
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), see what you can catch with a fishing tour, then admire all the interesting features of Pura Aventura, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo trip builder app .

Toronto, Canada to Tamarindo is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): get a taste of the local shopping with Onirica Art Gallery, then admire the natural beauty at Arenal Natura Ecological Park, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Los Lagos Hot Springs, and finally take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Butterfly Conservatory, get to know the resident critters at Arenal Eco Zoo, and then get impressive views of Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano).

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to go by car 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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then identify plant and animal life at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, and then stroll through Playa Ventanas. Here are some ideas for day two: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, admire the sheer force of Uvita Waterfall, then view the masterpieces at Magic Ananda, and finally kick back and relax at Uvita Beach.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Dominical trip planner .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Dominical in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can drive 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
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach

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 20th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, kick back and relax at Playa Chiquita, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Cocles. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Uva Beach and then identify plant and animal life at Nature Observatorio.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Dominical to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca by car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: 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 Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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