I have been asked for this itinerary so many times in the past year that I felt the need to share it!
Costa Rica was an AMAZING trip. I planned this for 7 of us friends, rented two cars, and it couldn’t have gone better! Highly recommend renting vehicles here as you can see so much of the country this way. Roads were well kept other than on the peninsula, and it was fairly easy to navigate. Go for a 4×4 because if you do end up going a little off-road, which is very likely, you’ll be happy you did!
Day 1 – YYZ to LIR & Tamarindo
5 out of the 7 of us landed in Liberia and grabbed both of our 4×4 SUVs. We drove 1 hour to Tamarindo and stayed at Hotel Pasatiempo. Great beach town to start the trip off. Get a taste of the ocean, culture and laid back Pura Vida lifestyle.
Day 2 – Llanos de Cortes Waterfall
We had to drive back to the Liberia airport to grab our other two friends. The plan was to drive to La Fortuna from here, a good 3 hours from Tamarindo. On the way we stopped at Llanos de Cortes Waterfall. The road to the waterfall was extremely bumpy that it was pretty much off-roading. Thank goodness for our SUVs! This stop was absolutely worth the detour. Secluded with only a handful of locals, it was a great place for an afternoon dip.