7 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

7 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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7 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Washington DC
train + bus + Fly:  11​h 30​min
Tamarindo
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
Playa Potrero
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
Playas del Coco
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— Few hours
+3
taxi + Fly + bus + train:  8​h 30​min
Washington DC

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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 4th (Sun), explore and take pictures at Pura Aventura, then admire all the interesting features of Kingpin Sportfishing, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Tamarindo day trip planning tool .

Washington DC, USA to Tamarindo is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Tamarindo is minus 1 hour. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Washington DC in March: high temperatures in Tamarindo hover around 94°F and lows are around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel to Playa Potrero.

Things to do in Tamarindo

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Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura

1
day
Playa Potrero

Playa Potrero ©
On the 5th (Mon), kick back and relax at Playa Conchal and then get outside with Rent a Golf Cart Costa Rica.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Playa Potrero sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Tamarindo to Playa Potrero in an hour. In March in Playa Potrero, expect temperatures between 94°F during the day and 71°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Playa Potrero

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Playa Conchal
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Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal

1
day
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.
On the 6th (Tue), pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco and then stroll through Playa Hermosa.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Playas del Coco trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Playa Potrero to Playas del Coco takes an hour. In March, daily temperatures in Playas del Coco can reach 94°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Playa Hermosa
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs and then trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park. Keep things going the next day: hike along Ecocentro Danaus, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Playas del Coco to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

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hours
Manuel Antonio

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.
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Do a combination of taxi and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in March, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Shopping
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