4 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

4 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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4 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly + Drive:  11​h
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Newark

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then stroll through Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and then relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos tour itinerary planner .

Newark, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Newark to La Fortuna de San Carlos, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Spas Nature
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

2
nights
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 9th (Mon), get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Tamarindo travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tamarindo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. December in Tamarindo sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 82°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Playa Flamingo
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Scuba & Snorkeling
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

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