7 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

7 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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7 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Los Angeles
Fly:  9​h 15​min
San Jose
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 15​min
Nosara
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
San Jose

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San Jose

San Jose
A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the San Jose visit planner.

Los Angeles, USA to San Jose is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Los Angeles to San Jose, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Los Angeles in February, expect San Jose to be a bit warmer, temps between 79°F and 65°F. You'll set off for Nosara on the 18th (Sun).

Things to do in San Jose

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Nosara

Nosara ©
Along with its agricultural and fishing heritage, Nosara stands as one of the oldest expatriate communities in the country.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): try for a hole-in-one at Jungle Mini Golf, Nosara, take in the exciting artwork at MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY, then look for all kinds of wild species at SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones).

For where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Nosara trip itinerary maker site .

You can fly from San Jose to Nosara in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. In February, Nosara is a bit warmer than San Jose - with highs of 93°F and lows of 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.

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Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones) ©
Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones)
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary ©
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary
Jungle Mini Golf, Nosara ©
Jungle Mini Golf, Nosara

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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 day-by-day itinerary now includes Iguana Surf. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Tamarindo Beach and Playa Hermosa. Take a break from Tamarindo with a short trip to Playa Conchal in Playa Conchal, about 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: stroll through Playa Avellana, admire all the interesting features of Pura Aventura, look for gifts at Lydia Beech Art, and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Tamarindo trip itinerary maker app .

Getting from Nosara to Tamarindo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Tamarindo are 93°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks

Side Trips

Playa Conchal, Playa Hermosa, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana

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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 22nd (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Baldi Hot Springs.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos online trip builder .

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 23rd (Fri) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Baldi Hot Springs ©
Baldi Hot Springs

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