17 days in Aruba & Costa Rica Itinerary

17 days in Aruba & Costa Rica Itinerary

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17 days in Aruba & Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Portland, United States
Fly:  12​h
1
Palm - Eagle Beach, Aruba
— 5 nights
Fly + bus:  14​h 30​min
2
Playas del Coco, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Quepos, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
+2
shuttle + bus + Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Portland, United States


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5
nights
Palm - Eagle Beach, Aruba

Palm - Eagle Beach ©
A long stretch of powdery white sand and aquamarine waters, Palm - Eagle Beach remains one of Aruba's most visited vacation spots.
Get a sense of the local culture at Antilla Shipwreck and California Lighthouse. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Manchebo Beach and Boca Catalina. Go for a jaunt from Palm - Eagle Beach to San Nicolas to see Baby Beach about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: stroll through Eagle Beach, identify plant and animal life at Donkey Sanctuary Aruba, kick back and relax at Surfside Beach, and look for gifts at Time Square Aruba.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Palm - Eagle Beach trip itinerary builder site .

Portland, USA to Palm - Eagle Beach is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Atlantic Standard Time (AST) is 4 hours. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Portland in November, with highs in Palm - Eagle Beach at 89°F and lows at 79°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Palm - Eagle Beach

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Noord, Donkey Sanctuary Aruba, Surfside Beach, Ayo and Casibari Rock Formations, Baby Beach
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Palm Beach ©
Palm Beach
Eagle Beach ©
Eagle Beach
Baby Beach ©
Baby Beach

1
night
Playas del Coco, Costa Rica

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.
On the 1st (Sun), let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then look for all kinds of wild species at Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands. On the 2nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Cata Chocolate, take in the exciting artwork at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts, then meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco.

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

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Palm - Eagle Beach to Playas del Coco. The time zone changes from Atlantic Standard Time (AST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. While traveling from Palm - Eagle Beach, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Playas del Coco, ranging from highs of 82°F to lows of 82°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands
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Shark Diving
River Rafting & Tubing
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands ©
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands

2
nights
Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): kick back and relax at Playa Danta and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. On the 4th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Monkey Park, then get interesting insight from Tours, and then view the masterpieces at Lydia Beech Art Boutique.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Tamarindo road trip planner.

You can drive from Playas del Coco to Tamarindo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 82°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can drive to Quepos.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Shark Diving, Playa Danta
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Shark Diving
Zipline
Playa Danta ©
Playa Danta

2
nights
Quepos, Costa Rica

The tourist-oriented town of Quepos marks the entrance for many travelers looking to explore the nearby national park.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): get interesting insight from Tours and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour. Keep things going the next day: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and then stroll around La Selvita.

For photos, maps, and tourist information, read Quepos trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Tamarindo to Quepos by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Quepos

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Parasailing & Paragliding
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Fishing Charters & Tours
River Rafting & Tubing
Parasailing & Paragliding

3
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park and Arenal Natura Ecological Park. Get a sense of the local culture at Catedral de Ciudad Quesada and Onirica Art Gallery. There's lots more to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner .

Traveling by car from Quepos to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park, Catedral de Ciudad Quesada
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River Rafting & Tubing
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs

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