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Pura Vida in Costa Rica: The Perfect 5 Day Itinerary

Updated: Apr 5, 2023

We visited Costa Rica this past February. It was the perfect (warm) destination to celebrate my husband’s 50th birthday. We spent five days enjoying the Pura Vida or “simple life” of Costa Rica.

Below is the five-day travel itinerary from our trip. We filled our days with the perfect balance of adventure and relaxation. Follow our itinerary complete with packing list and links to enjoy your own Pura Vida in Costa Rica.

Day 1: Travel Day and Playa del Coco

Arrive at Liberia Airport

Settle into lodging

Explore Playa del Coco beach and the town of Coco

Private chef dinner at our lodgings

Depart for Rincon de la Vieja National Park

One Day Adventure Pass (includes lunch)

Travel back to Airbnb for drinks around the pool and the sunset

Dinner in Playa del Coco

Breakfast in Coco

Beach at Secrets Papagayo Resort

Sunset Catamaran Cruise and Snorkeling from Playa del Coco

Dinner in Playa Hermosa

Llanos de Cortez Waterfall hike

Rio de Perdido Resort and Spa Day Pass

Dinner at the Airbnb

Day 5: Coco

Coco for breakfast and tourist shops

Playa del Coco

Liberia Airport – time to travel home

If you have one additional day, I recommend staying overnight at the Rio Perdido Resort and Spa. You will not be disappointed.

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When to Go:

In our opinion, Guanacaste is best visited in the dry season, December through mid-May. Tourists during the rainy season can save dollars with discounted lodging but may loose half of their day to heavy rainfall.

Is Guanacaste Safe?

Yes. Guanacaste is considered safe for tourists.

Getting Around:

We recommend using a rental car or car service. While most tourist destinations do not require 4WD vehicles, some Airbnb and vacation rentals have private roads or driveways that do recommend using 4WD. Be sure to check carefully if this type of vehicle is needed for your rental. We found the Waze app to be consistently easier to use to navigate from one destination to another.

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