9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

9 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica Trip Planner

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Fly
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Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Santa Teresa
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Playa Samara
— 1 night
Drive to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, Fly to Dubai International Airport

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nights
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 23rd (Sun): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Conchal, and then look for gifts at Azul Profundo Boutique. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Mon): get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura, kick back and relax at Playa Avellana, and then stop by Diamante Boutique.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Tamarindo holiday builder site.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Tamarindo is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 10 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Spas

Side Trip

2
nights
Santa Teresa

A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
On the 25th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Santa Teresa and then look for gifts at Tica Surf Bikinis. Keep things going the next day: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers and then stroll through Playa Hermosa.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Santa Teresa trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Santa Teresa takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can go by car to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Spas

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): kick back and relax at Samara Beach and then take in the exciting artwork at Koss Art Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the exciting artwork at MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Guiones.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Playa Samara trip planner.

Getting from Santa Teresa to Playa Samara by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

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.