16 days in La Fortuna de San Carlos, Playa Samara & Playa Ocotal Itinerary

16 days in La Fortuna de San Carlos, Playa Samara & Playa Ocotal Itinerary

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16 days in La Fortuna de San Carlos, Playa Samara & Playa Ocotal Itinerary

Start: La Fortuna de San Carlos
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Playa Samara
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Playa Ocotal
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h
End: Liberia

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Spas & Wellness, Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge and Waterfall la Piedra del Indio. Visiting La Fortuna Waterfall and Baldi Hot Springs will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano, and get a taste of the local shopping with Galeria Estudio.

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If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major airports are Juan Santamaria International Airport, Tobias Bolanos International Airport and Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can go by car to Playa Samara.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trips

Waterfall la Piedra del Indio, Arenal Volcano
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

7
nights
Playa Samara

Playa Samara ©
A beach town with just enough development to be comfortable for families accustomed to the trappings of modern life, Playa Samara has the resorts you'd expect to find in such a scenic area, but they don't hinder the relaxing atmosphere.
You'll get in some beach time at Samara Beach and Playa Buena Vista. Escape the urban bustle at Barrigona Beach and SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary. Get out of town with these interesting Playa Samara side-trips: Nosara (MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY, Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones), & more), Macaw Recovery Network - Formerly The Ara Project (in Punta Islita) and Curu National Wildlife Refuge (in Nicoya). There's lots more to do: shop like a local with Koss Art Gallery, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

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You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Playa Samara in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can drive to Playa Ocotal.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Nosara, Macaw Recovery Network - Formerly The Ara Project, Curu National Wildlife Refuge
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SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary ©
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary
Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
Barrigona Beach ©
Barrigona Beach

5
nights
Playa Ocotal

You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa Ocotal and Penca Beach. Visiting Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Playa Danta will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Playa Ocotal: Playa Conchal (Garra de Leon Golf Course & Playa Mina), Playa Dantita (in Las Catalinas) and Playa Flamingo (Stand-Up Paddleboarding & Playa Flamingo).

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Playa Ocotal trip planner.

Drive from Playa Samara to Playa Ocotal in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Playa Ocotal

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Playa Flamingo, Playa Conchal, Las Catalinas, Province of Guanacaste, Prieta Beach
Highlights from your plan
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Playa Ocotal ©
Playa Ocotal
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

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