7 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

7 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive
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Dominical
— 1 night
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 1 night
Drive
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Playas del Coco
— 2 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 2 nights
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.
On the 4th (Sun), take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Estudio, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and then explore the galleries of Onirica Art Gallery. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Butterfly Conservatory, then see Off-Road Tours, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary planner.

San Francisco, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can go by car to Dominical.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

Side Trip

Dominical

— 1 night
The laid back beachfront town of Dominical has been transformed from a sleepy fishing village into a surfer haunt of some repute.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then stroll through Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, and then kick back and relax at Playa Ventanas.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Dominical day trip planner.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Dominical by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Dominical

Outdoors · Parks · Adventure · Tours

Side Trip

Tamarindo

— 1 night
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): see Off-Road Tours, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo trip builder tool.

Getting from Dominical to Tamarindo by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Spas

Playas del Coco

— 2 nights

Coco Beach

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Hope Fellowship, then kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Playas del Coco journey planning website.

Getting from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. On the 9th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.