10 days in Arenal Volcano National Park & Puntarenas Itinerary

10 days in Arenal Volcano National Park & Puntarenas Itinerary

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10 days in Arenal Volcano National Park & Puntarenas Itinerary

Start: Phoenix
+2
Fly + bus + shuttle:  8​h
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Puntarenas
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  11​h
End: Phoenix

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tabacon Hot Springs as well as Lake Arenal. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Arenal, then take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, and then get impressive views of Arenal Volcano.

For more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos visit planner.

Phoenix, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Puntarenas.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature Parks Spas

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

5
nights
Puntarenas

Puntarenas
A major port city with a busy fish market, for most tourists Puntarenas represents little more than the launching point for ferries heading to the pleasant beaches of the Nicoya Peninsula.
To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Puntarenas trip builder tool .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puntarenas in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. You'll set off for home on the 12th (Sun).

Things to do in Puntarenas

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

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