7 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

7 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica journey planner

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

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Hermosa, and then look for gifts at Cata Chocolate.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Playas del Coco route planner.

Jacksonville, USA to Playas del Coco is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. While traveling from Jacksonville, expect a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Playas del Coco, ranging from highs of 82°F to lows of 82°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Spas

Side Trip

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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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, then look for gifts at Papaya Con Leche, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Tamarindo online road trip planner.

You can drive from Playas del Coco to Tamarindo in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. In December in Tamarindo, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 82°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 25:

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 3 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.
Take a break from the city and head to La Fortuna Waterfall and Butterfly Conservatory. Shop till you drop at Wood & Art Gallery and Galeria Estudio. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Natura Eco Park Costa Rica, witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery, and get interesting insight from Tours.

Make your La Fortuna de San Carlos itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 25 — 28:

Jaco

— 1 night
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 29th (Tue): stop by Fruity Monkey Poop.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Jaco road trip app.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Jaco by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. On the 29th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Jaco

Shopping
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Highlights from your 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.