23 days in Province of Alajuela & Province of Guanacaste Itinerary

23 days in Province of Alajuela & Province of Guanacaste Itinerary

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23 days in Province of Alajuela & Province of Guanacaste Itinerary

Washington DC
Fly:  10​h
Alajuela
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
Tamarindo
— 4 nights
Fly + shuttle:  1​h
Liberia
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
Playas del Coco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Playa Samara
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 9 nights
Fly:  11​h 15​min
Washington DC

2
days
Alajuela

Alajuela ©
Here are some ideas for day two: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Zoo Ave, then view the masterpieces at Souvenir Museum, and then contemplate the geological forces at Poas Volcano.

To see more things to do and tourist information, read our Alajuela vacation maker .

Washington DC, USA to Alajuela is an approximately 10-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Washington DC to Alajuela. Traveling from Washington DC in April, expect Alajuela to be a bit warmer, temps between 86°F and 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Alajuela

#Parks, #Nature, #Museums

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Poas Volcano, La Paz Waterfall Gardens
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La Paz Waterfall Gardens ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Zoo Ave ©
Zoo Ave

4
days
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Tamarindo Beach and Playa Conchal. Get outdoors at Playa Avellana and Scuba & Snorkeling. Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, admire all the interesting features of Pura Aventura, and stop by Azul Profundo Boutique.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Tamarindo trip maker .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Alajuela to Tamarindo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Alajuela in April; daily highs in Tamarindo reach 95°F and lows reach 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Liberia.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, Playa Conchal
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
days
Liberia

Liberia ©
Tourism in Liberia has been growing since the opening of its airport, with more and more international visitors using the city as a starting point for explorations of the country's northwest.
Escape the urban bustle at Llanos de Cortez Waterfall and El Viejo Wetlands. Change things up with a short trip to Centro de Rescate Las Pumas in Canas (about 42 minutes away). Spend the 4th (Fri) exploring nature at Palo Verde National Park. It doesn't end there: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Rincon de La Vieja National Park and stop by Souvenir Ocarina.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Liberia travel planner .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Tamarindo to Liberia in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Liberia are 93°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can go by car to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Liberia

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Province of Guanacaste, Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, Centro de Rescate Las Pumas
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Llanos de Cortez Waterfall ©
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall
Rincon de La Vieja National Park ©
Palo Verde National Park ©
Palo Verde National Park

2
days
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): kick back and relax at Playa Ocotal, then view the masterpieces at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Hermosa. On the 6th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see traveler tips and other tourist information, refer to the Playas del Coco travel website .

Traveling by car from Liberia to Playas del Coco takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May in Playas del Coco, expect temperatures between 93°F during the day and 73°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Wildlife

Side Trips

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

2
days
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 7th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Samara Beach and then stroll through Puerto Carrillo. On the 8th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Barrigona Beach.

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You can drive from Playas del Coco to Playa Samara in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. May in Playa Samara sees daily highs of 93°F and lows of 73°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Playa Samara

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

Puerto Carrillo
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Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
Barrigona Beach ©
Barrigona Beach
Puerto Carrillo ©
Puerto Carrillo

8
days
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.
Escape the urban bustle at River Rafting & Tubing and Tabacon Hot Springs. Change things up with a short trip to Butterfly Conservatory in El Castillo (about 42 minutes away). There's much more to do: get impressive views of Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal), take in the natural beauty of Ecotermales Fortuna, take a memorable tour with Tours, and take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall.

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Drive from Playa Samara to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. You will leave for home on the 17th (Thu).

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, Butterfly Conservatory
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)

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