9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Vernal
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Tamarindo
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Santa Teresa
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Playa Hermosa
— 1 night
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Vernal

1
night
Tamarindo

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 18th (Fri), explore and take pictures at Pura Aventura, then enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sat): push the limits with an extreme tour.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Tamarindo trip planning app .

Vernal, USA to Tamarindo is an approximately 16-hour flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Vernal to Tamarindo due to the time zone difference. In May, Tamarindo is much hotter than Vernal - with highs of 93°F and lows of 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Parks

Side Trip

Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
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Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach

1
night
Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa ©
A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Santa Teresa trip simple and quick.

Getting from Tamarindo to Santa Teresa by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa

3
nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano) and Onirica Art Gallery. And it doesn't end there: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and hike along Ecocentro Danaus.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip website .

Traveling by car from Santa Teresa to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Playa Hermosa.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano)
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

1
night
Playa Hermosa

Playa Hermosa ©
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience and then kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Playa Hermosa route builder .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Playa Hermosa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Playa Hermosa can reach 93°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Playa Hermosa

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Shark Diving
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Shark Diving

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