9 days in Monteverde, Playas del Coco & Tamarindo Itinerary

9 days in Monteverde, Playas del Coco & Tamarindo Itinerary

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9 days in Monteverde, Playas del Coco & Tamarindo Itinerary

Start: Toronto
+2
Fly + bus + taxi:  10​h 45​min
1
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Playas del Coco
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h
End: Toronto

2
nights
Monteverde

Monteverde ©
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
On the 12th (Sat), admire all the interesting features of Ecological Sanctuary, identify plant and animal life at Valle Escondido Preserve, and then explore the world behind art at Chorotega Arts & Crafts. On the 13th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Sustainability Demonstration Center, then ride a horse along Finca el Rodeo, and then stop by Foresta.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Monteverde planning website .

Toronto, Canada to Monteverde is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Toronto to Monteverde due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Trails

Side Trip

Sustainability Demonstration Center
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Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary
Valle Escondido Preserve ©
Valle Escondido Preserve
Sustainability Demonstration Center ©

2
nights
Playas del Coco

Playas del Coco ©
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 14th (Mon), meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience and then identify plant and animal life at Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands. On the 15th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Crazy Alex CR, take in the exciting artwork at Hidden Garden Art Gallery, then take in the exciting artwork at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Playas del Coco trip website .

You can drive from Monteverde to Playas del Coco in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands, Hidden Garden Art Gallery
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Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands ©
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands
Shark Diving
Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco ©

2
nights
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Get outdoors at Ostional National Wildlife Refuge and Scuba & Snorkeling. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lydia Beech Art Boutique and Monkey Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Tamarindo: Playa Danta (in Las Catalinas) and Arenas Blancas (in Playa Conchal). There's still lots to do: wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo trip planner.

Getting from Playas del Coco to Tamarindo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Playa Conchal, Ostional National Wildlife Refuge, Playa Danta
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Lydia Beech Art Boutique ©
Lydia Beech Art Boutique
Playa Danta ©
Playa Danta
Ostional National Wildlife Refuge ©
Ostional National Wildlife Refuge

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