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:  4​h 45​min
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
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.
On the 6th (Sat), take in nature's colorful creations at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Chiquita, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Punta Uva Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Cocles.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca online tour itinerary 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. Traveling from Philadelphia to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) 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 7th (Sun): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and then take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal), take in the exciting artwork at Wood & Art Gallery, then look for all kinds of wild species at Butterfly Conservatory, and finally take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip website .

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 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano, Butterfly Conservatory
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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.
On the 9th (Tue), push the limits with an extreme tour, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then explore and take pictures at Pura Aventura, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Tamarindo tour 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. On the 10th (Wed), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Playa Flamingo
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Spas
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

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