11 days in Province of Guanacaste Itinerary

11 days in Province of Guanacaste Itinerary

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11 days in Province of Guanacaste Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly + Drive:  11​h
1
Santa Cruz
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Nosara
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Tamarindo
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Playas del Coco
— 3 nights
+3
bus + foot + shuttle + Fly:  10​h
End: Los Angeles

1
day
Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz ©
On the 22nd (Wed), get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Cruz online tour itinerary planner .

Los Angeles, USA to Santa Cruz is an approximately 11-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Nosara.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Theme Parks
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Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates ©
Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates

2
nights
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 23rd (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Buena Vista and then enjoy the sand and surf at Samara Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary and then enjoy the sand and surf at Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones).

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Nosara tour planning tool .

You can drive from Santa Cruz to Nosara in 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Nosara

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Playa Samara
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Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones) ©
Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones)
Playa Buena Vista ©
Playa Buena Vista

4
nights
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Playa Conchal and Dolphin & Whale Watching. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, stop by Organic Products by Coco Beauty Spa, admire all the interesting features of Kingpin Sportfishing, and stroll through Playa Avellana.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Tamarindo trip itinerary website .

You can drive from Nosara to Tamarindo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Playa Conchal
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Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach

3
nights
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.
Kids will enjoy Shark Diving and The Monkey Farm. Change things up with a short trip to Playa Dantita in Las Catalinas (about 38 minutes away). There's still lots to do: stroll through Playa Hermosa and kick back and relax at Playa Ocotal.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Playas del Coco trip planner .

Drive from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Playa Ocotal, Playa Hermosa, The Monkey Farm, Playa Dantita
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Shark Diving
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Playa Ocotal ©
Playa Ocotal