20 days in Province of Guanacaste & El Ostional Itinerary

20 days in Province of Guanacaste & El Ostional Itinerary

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Playas del Coco, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
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El Ostional, Nicaragua
— 1 night
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Tenorio Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
— 1 night
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Bagaces, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
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Playa Samara, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
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Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 5 nights

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Playas del Coco, Costa Rica

Playas del Coco ©

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Playas del Coco: Liberia (Costa Rica'n Art Craft, Tio Leo Coffee Tour, &more), Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste) and Rio Negro Hot Springs (in Rincon de La Vieja). There's much more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, browse the exhibits of Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts, tee off at Four Seasons Golf Club, and stroll through Playa Hermosa.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Playas del Coco travel route planner.

Washington DC, USA to Playas del Coco is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to travel to El Ostional.

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Shark Diving
Shark Diving
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El Ostional, Nicaragua

El Ostional ©
On the 6th (Thu), stroll through Ostional Private WildLife Reserve and then tour the pleasant surroundings at O Parks, WildLife and Recreation.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our El Ostional route planner.

You can drive from Playas del Coco to El Ostional in 3 hours. August in El Ostional sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 77°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Tenorio Volcano National Park.

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Tenorio Volcano National Park ©
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Rio Celeste and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tenorio National Park.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Tenorio Volcano National Park online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from El Ostional to Tenorio Volcano National Park takes 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Bagaces.

Things to do in Tenorio Volcano National Park

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Rio Celeste
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Bagaces, Costa Rica

Bagaces ©
Surfari del Mar - Day Tours has been added to your itinerary. Go for a jaunt from Bagaces to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste to see Miravalles Volcano about 58 minutes away.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Bagaces driving holiday planning website.

Getting from Tenorio Volcano National Park to Bagaces by car takes about 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Bagaces

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Palo Verde National Park
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Playa Samara, Costa Rica

Playa Samara ©
A beach town with just enough development to be comfortable for families accustomed to the trappings of modern life, Playa Samara has the resorts you'd expect to find in such a scenic area, but they don't hinder the relaxing atmosphere.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Playa Samara: Jungle Butterfly Farm (in Nandayure), Nosara (Playa Guiones & Sibu Wildlife Sanctuary) and Playa Islita (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste). Spend the 15th (Sat) exploring nature at Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Samara Beach, stroll through Barrigona Beach, get interesting insight from Tours, and take in the dramatic scenery at Belen Waterfall.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Playa Samara road trip planning site.

You can drive from Bagaces to Playa Samara in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

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Beach
Samara Beach
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Horseback Riding Tour
Horseback Riding Tours
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Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tamarindo: Playa Conchal (Garra de Leon Golf Course & Playa Conchal). There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, stop by Dolores Shop, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and see Off-Road Tours.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Tamarindo day trip site.

You can drive from Playa Samara to Tamarindo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 20th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

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