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Three week road trip in Costa Rica with my best friend

In February 2021 I did a three week roadtrip in Costa Rica with my best friend. We rented a car in San José the capital of Costa Rica and went to few places during three weeks.

by manonrachelAbout Me:Hi! My name is Manon and I live in Geneva, in the French part of Switzerland. I really enjoy travelling and every time that I have the opportunity I do so. I am used to travel mostly in Europe but I also travelled a little bit in Latina Am... read more

North AmericaCosta Rica11 days / February 2021

Highs & Lows

Enjoy the beautiful sunsets from Tamarindo and Santa Teresa beaches. Enjoy the natural hot springs in la Fortuna.

Costa Rica is a small country but there aren't many main roads so it takes a lot of time to do few kilometers.

Itinerary Overview

We started in San José and went by car to Tamarindo. We spent one week there enjoying the beaches and surfing. Then, we went to the national park of Rincón de la Vieja and spent only the day there. We spent the night in Tiliran just to rest and left the day after to go to LA Fortuna. We spent around four days enjoying the beautiful nature of this place. We decided then to drive to the Manuel Antonio national park to enjoy the wildlife. Our last stop was in Jacó where we spent only two nights. 

  • 7 Nights: Tamarindo
    The beautiful sunsets and the nice sufr spot
  • 4 Nights: La Fortuna
    Outdoor activities and the beautiful view on the Arenal Volcano.

Q & A

  • What would you have changed?

    I would have stay more to visit the carribean side as Puerto Viejo!

  • Anything go wrong during the trip?

    The car overheated and would not start again during one day trip. We had to wait that the company to arrive and exchange the car. It was annoying but nothing serious.

  • How was the food?

    The typical food is really basic but tasty. Rice, beans, salads and meat or fish. You also find international food so don't worry.

  • What tips would you give a friend?

    Book in advance you accommodation in Tamarindo. It's busy during the high season!

  • Packing tips?

    Mosquito spray, at night in la Fortuna it can be cold. Take some warm clothes.

  • Transportation Tips?

    If you have the money rent a car. The buses work well too but often you have to go back to say José to go in another place ans you lose a lot of time doing this.

  • Any surprises?

    The day we left Tamarindo the monkeys had decorated our car with their poop.

  • Booking details?

    If you are under 21 and want to rent a car. You can rent it with Europcar. However you have to pay more as a young driver.


  • Me and my friends slept in three different hostels in Tamarindo. You have a lot of choices to sleep in Tamarindo. Many hostels and also hotels. If you're on a budget and want to meet new people I can highly recommend the hostels. But be aware that Tamarindo during the high season is a busy place so try to book in advance or you would have no choice to change hostels many times during your stay. You can check the hostels on Hostelworld or on Booking. They are all well situated.

  • Palacios Arenal hostel. It's a cheap and really nice hostel. The owner will explain you all you can do in La Fortuna and is really friendly.