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Costa Rica in a week (Tamarindo & Arenal)

14 Aug 2009  
4.0 of 5 bubbles based on 3 votes

We spent a week in Costa Rica, and here is our itinerary/favorites.

  • 1. Tamarindo
    Tamarindo, Province of Guanacaste

    We spent half of our trip exploring the beaches, restaraunts, and bars of Tamarindo. Unfortunateley it rained for most of our time here, but we still enjoyed exploring.
    We didn't choose this destination, as we were here for a wedding. But we enjoyed. There was a lot of construction going on. But is great for surfing, socializing, and enjoying the beach. If you are looking for a quiet getaway thou, you might want to try one of the nearby towns.

  • 2. La Fortuna
    Bagaces, Province of Guanacaste

    I highly recomend taking a trip up to La Fortuna/Arenal. We debated how to spend our week, and are glad we chose to spend half the time by the volcano. It was the highlight of our trip, as there is a lot of things to do. We hired a transfer to drive us from Tamarindo to Arenal, and think this was the best way to do it as the roads were a bit treacherous. Also our driver pointed out animals, a magnetic field, and great picture spots.

  • 3. Volcano Lodge
    Volcano Lodge & Springs, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park

    Great value hotel. Was very nice, and perfect for exploring. Also the front desk was able to set up all of our excursions.

  • 4. Tabacon Hot Springs
    Tabacon Hot Springs, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park

    We went to the hot springs the night we arrived in La Fortuna. Was a good time to go since it wasn't too crowded and was very relaxing. Also, we really only needed a couple hours here, and left the rest of our days for activities.

  • 5. Desafio Adventure Company
    Desafio Adventure Company, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park

    Went repelling with the tour company, and was a highlight of our trip.

  • 6. Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
    Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal), Arenal Volcano National Park, Province of Alajuela

    We hired a taxi to take us over the volcano at night. It was a great experience to see the lava. It happened to be a lightening storm at the same time, and was unbelievable. Worth taking a trip up