6 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

6 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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6 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
+4
Train + Foot + Fly + Taxi + Bus:  15​h
1
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Train:  12​h 30​min
End: Philadelphia

1
night
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca ©
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca offers a wealth of entertainment by the sea, attracting a lively international crowd of revelers while maintaining a bright and breezy coastal charm with a local feel.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, stroll through Playa Chiquita, then kick back and relax at Punta Uva Beach, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Cocles.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip planner .

Philadelphia, USA to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is an approximately 15-hour combination of train, flight, and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Philadelphia to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens
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Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, take in nature's colorful creations at Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal), shop like a local with Wood & Art Gallery, then identify plant and animal life at Butterfly Conservatory, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner .

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trips

Butterfly Conservatory, Arenal Volcano
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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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): push the limits with an extreme tour, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Tamarindo tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tamarindo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. You'll set off for home on the 11th (Thu).

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Playa Flamingo
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Spas
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

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