5 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

5 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Playas del Coco
— 1 day
Drive
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Puntarenas
— 1 night
Drive
4
Tamarindo
— 1 night
Fly

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Playas del Coco

— 1 day

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.
On the 24th (Tue), kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Playas del Coco vacation planning tool.

New York City, USA to Playas del Coco is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from New York City to Playas del Coco due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

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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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, hike along Natura Eco Park Costa Rica, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then explore the galleries of Onirica Art Gallery, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bogarin Trail.

To see where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

You can drive from Playas del Coco to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Puntarenas.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Puntarenas

— 1 night

Pacific Pearl

A major port city with a busy fish market, for most tourists Puntarenas represents little more than the launching point for ferries heading to the pleasant beaches of the Nicoya Peninsula.
Arenas Travel has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): deepen your understanding of the past and present with Arenas Travel and then discover the deep blue sea with Calypso Cruises.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Puntarenas trip itinerary app.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puntarenas in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Puntarenas

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure

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 28th (Sat): take a memorable tour with Tours.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Tamarindo road trip planning site.

Drive from Puntarenas to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours
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Costa Rica travel guide

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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.