17 days in Province of Guanacaste Itinerary

17 days in Province of Guanacaste Itinerary

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17 days in Province of Guanacaste Itinerary

Start: San Jose
Drive:  2​h 15​min
1
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Playas del Coco
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Area de Conservacion Guanacaste
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Rincon de La Vieja
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Tenorio Volcano National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Santa Cruz
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Nosara
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
End: San Jose

3
nights
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Get out of town with these interesting Tamarindo side-trips: Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal) and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours (in Playa Flamingo). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, have some family-friendly fun at Bolas Locas Mini Golf, explore and take pictures at Pura Aventura, and look for all kinds of wild species at Monkey Park.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Tamarindo trip builder .

San Jose to Tamarindo is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. When traveling from San Jose in March, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tamarindo: temperatures range from 40°C by day to 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Conchal, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
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Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Playas del Coco

Playas del Coco ©
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.
Playas del Coco is known for adventure, spas, outdoors, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and take in the exciting artwork at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Playas del Coco trip planner .

You can drive from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. March in Playas del Coco sees daily highs of 40°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Playa Ocotal, Playa Hermosa
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Shark Diving
Playa Ocotal ©
Playa Ocotal

4
nights
Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Area de Conservacion Guanacaste ©
Spend the 16th (Fri) among the fascinating landscape of Parque Nacional Volcan Rincon de la Vieja.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Area de Conservacion Guanacaste online tour itinerary planner .

Drive from Playas del Coco to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 40°C in March, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Rincon de La Vieja.

Things to do in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Llanos de Cortez Waterfall ©
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands ©
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands

1
night
Rincon de La Vieja

Rincon de La Vieja ©
On the 18th (Sun), witness a stunning natural landmark at Rio Negro Hot Springs and then get impressive views of Rincon de La Vieja National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Rincon de La Vieja online attractions planner .

Drive from Area de Conservacion Guanacaste to Rincon de La Vieja in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 40°C in March, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Tenorio Volcano National Park.

Things to do in Rincon de La Vieja

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Rincon de La Vieja National Park
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Rincon de La Vieja National Park ©
Rincon de La Vieja National Park
Rio Negro Hot Springs ©
Rio Negro Hot Springs

1
night
Tenorio Volcano National Park

Tenorio Volcano National Park ©
On the 20th (Tue), contemplate the waterfront views at Rio Celeste.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Tenorio Volcano National Park trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Rincon de La Vieja to Tenorio Volcano National Park with the Route module. In March in Tenorio Volcano National Park, expect temperatures between 40°C during the day and 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Tenorio Volcano National Park

Nature Parks
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Rio Celeste ©
Rio Celeste

2
nights
Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz ©
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): get your game on at Hacienda El Roble & Adventure Center and then get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Santa Cruz trip app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Tenorio Volcano National Park to Santa Cruz. In March, daytime highs in Santa Cruz are 40°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Nosara.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Theme Parks Adventure Outdoors
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Hacienda El Roble & Adventure Center ©
Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates ©
Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates

2
nights
Nosara

Nosara ©
Along with its agricultural and fishing heritage, Nosara stands as one of the oldest expatriate communities in the country.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nosara: Playa Samara (Horseback Riding Tours, Samara Beach, & more). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones), enjoy some diversion at Tennis Club Colibri, view the masterpieces at MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Nosara trip planner .

Traveling by car from Santa Cruz to Nosara takes 2 hours. In March, daytime highs in Nosara are 40°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nosara

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Playa Samara
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SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary ©
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary
Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones) ©
Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones)
Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
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