16 days in El Arenal, Province of Guanacaste & Manuel Antonio Itinerary

16 days in El Arenal, Province of Guanacaste & Manuel Antonio Itinerary

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16 days in El Arenal, Province of Guanacaste & Manuel Antonio Itinerary

Start: New York City, United States
Fly:  21​h 15​min
1
El Arenal, Spain
— 5 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
2
Playas del Coco, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Playa Samara, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
+2
bus + shuttle + Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: New York City, United States

5
nights
El Arenal, Spain

El Arenal ©
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Cala Millor Beach and Cala Agulla. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Western Water Park and Port de Pollenca Beach. Explore El Arenal's surroundings by going to Capdepera (Castell de Capdepera & Cuevas de Arta) and Santuari de Lluc (in Lluc).

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our El Arenal planner .

New York City, USA to El Arenal is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from New York City to El Arenal. Traveling from New York City in July, expect slightly colder with lows of 67°F in El Arenal. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in El Arenal

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Capdepera, Santuari de Lluc, Cala Agulla, Golf Fantasia, Cala Millor Beach
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Aqualand El Arenal ©
Aqualand El Arenal
Cala Agulla ©
Cala Agulla
Port de Pollenca Beach
Port de Pollenca Beach

1
night
Playas del Coco, Costa Rica

A long-established beach community, Playas del Coco has developed a reputation as a favored spot for young travelers and locals to let loose by the sea.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco, take in the exciting artwork at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

For ratings and other tourist information, refer to the Playas del Coco trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from El Arenal to Playas del Coco. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from El Arenal to Playas del Coco due to the time zone difference. Traveling from El Arenal in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in Playas del Coco, with lows around 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Tours Adventure Outdoors
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Shark Diving
Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco ©
Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts ©
Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts

2
nights
Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
We've included these beaches for you: Playa Avellana and Playa Conchal. Explore hidden gems such as Dolphin & Whale Watching and Azul Profundo Boutique. Next up on the itinerary: explore and take pictures at Pura Aventura and identify plant and animal life at Monkey Park.

To plan Tamarindo vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

You can drive from Playas del Coco to Tamarindo in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 91°F in July, and nighttime lows around 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, Playa Conchal
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Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
nights
Playa Samara, Costa Rica

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.
On the 30th (Mon), kick back and relax at Samara Beach and then identify plant and animal life at Werner Sauter Biological Reserve.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Playa Samara trip planner .

You can drive from Tamarindo to Playa Samara in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 91°F in July, and nighttime lows around 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
Werner Sauter Biological Reserve ©
Werner Sauter Biological Reserve

3
nights
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to MidWorld Costa Rica and Beso Loco Boutique de Playa. Step out of Manuel Antonio with an excursion to Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store in Dominical--about 48 minutes away. It doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz and look for gifts at Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip planner .

Traveling by car from Playa Samara to Manuel Antonio takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus; or take a bus. In July, Manuel Antonio is slightly colder than Playa Samara - with highs of 79°F and lows of 68°F. You will leave for home on the 3rd (Fri).

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store
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MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Beso Loco Boutique de Playa ©
Beso Loco Boutique de Playa

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