We know taking a full week vacation is not always possible. So these are a few fun things to do in Costa Rica on a 3 day itinerary:
Thermal Springs and Beach combo
If you are short on time but still want to fit the hot springs, adrenaline and the beach, plan to arrive at Daniel Oduber International Airport at Liberia.
Day 1. Arrival into Liberia and transfer to Rio Perdido
The drive to Rio Perdido will take about 2 hours. Your lodging at Rio Perdido Hotel will include unlimited access to 100% natural thermal springs river. Rio Perdido (Lost River) is tainted with a light blue color and it is surrounded by Dry Tropical Forest.
Try one of the hotel´s many great cocktails at the pool bar.
Day 2. Adrenaline at the River Canyon and transfer to the beach
At 8 a.m. you will take a combination tour: you will zip line, tarzan swing and rappel over Rio Perdido and Rio Blanco beautiful canyon.
At the end of your tour (about 11 a.m.) we will drive you to Tamarindo beach. Your lodging will be at Capitan Suizo hotel, where you will have plenty of time to enjoy the beach and head out to town for a great bite at night time.
Day 3. Surf and Beach time!!
Tamarindo is great for surfing and today you will learn just why! We will give you a private 3 hour lesson and then, you will be left to enjoy the beach at your leisure.
Day 4. Transfer out back to Daniel Oduber Airport.
The drive back to the airport at Liberia will take about 1 hour and 20 minutes. Try and take a late flight so that you get to enjoy the beach.
San Jose and its whereabouts for the bird watchers, coffee fans and nature lovers
If you prefer to sleep at one location but still experience nature, here are some fun things to do on a 3 day itinerary if you are lodging at San Jose.
Day 1. Arrival into Juan Santamaria International Airport
Lodging at Xandari Resort makes all the sense in the world: the hotel is close by the Juan Santamaria International Airport and the grounds are so stunning that if you arrive early enough that there is still light out, you will be able to hike to the 5 waterfalls that surround the hotel.
Day 2. Bird Watching, Poas volcano, a Coffee Plantation and Peace Waterfalls
Start your day at 5 a.m. for some amazing birdwatching at Xandari property. This is a guided tour throughout the property.
The Poas Volcano is one of the most active volcanoes in Costa Rica and it is only 30 minutes away from Xandari. At 8 a.m. we will pick you up and drive you to Poas to see its huge green crater and walk up to its blue lagoon.
Then, we will visit a Coffee Plantation to both learn about coffee and taste the different types we plan. And at about 11 a.m., we will visit Peace Waterfalls for a taste of the wild. At Peace Waterfalls you will visit an aviary, a hummingbird garden, the butterfly garden, a frog house and you will hike down to the waterfalls in the midst of the rainforest.
Day 3. Wild nature safari nearby San Jose
Only an hour and a half away from Xandari you will find the scenic Guacalillo mangrove where wildlife abounds. Expect to see red macaws overflying your boat, sloths, monkeys, many bird species and reptiles.
This is a great way to add to your ecosystem experience in Costa Rica.
Day 4. Transfer out back to Juan Santamaria International Airport
The drive back to the airport will take about 30 minutes.
So there you have them: 2 great itinearies for a short trip to Costa Rica. Want more ideas? Click below. There are so many you will have a hard time choosing....