6 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

6 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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6 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: San Jose
Bus:  2 h 45 min
1
Dominical
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Jaco
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 15 min
3
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Playas del Coco
— 1 night
Bus:  4 h
End: San Jose

1
night
Dominical

Dominical ©
The laid back beachfront town of Dominical has been transformed from a sleepy fishing village into a surfer haunt of some repute.
On the 6th (Mon), relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. On your second day here, take in the dramatic scenery at Nauyaca Waterfalls, tour the pleasant surroundings at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, and then stop by Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Dominical trip itinerary planner.

San Jose to Dominical is an approximately 3-hour bus ride. You can also drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Dominical

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Nauyaca Waterfalls ©
Nauyaca Waterfalls
River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
Jaco

A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, then see Off-Road Tours, and then take in the exciting artwork at Tico Pod Art House & Gifts.

To see maps and tourist information, go to the Jaco trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Dominical to Jaco by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Jaco

Tours Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Nature & Wildlife Tours
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Off-Road Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Tico Pod Art House & Gifts ©
Tico Pod Art House & Gifts

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, see Off-Road Tours, and then stop by Souvenir Guanacaste. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura, get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Tamarindo tour planner.

Getting from Jaco to Tamarindo by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can go by car to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Tours Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trips

Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
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Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates ©
Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates
Spas
Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa, and then look for gifts at Lis Umana Beachwear.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Playas del Coco day trip planning website.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can catch the bus back home.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Playa Hermosa
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Scuba & Snorkeling
Lis Umana Beachwear ©
Lis Umana Beachwear

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