Driving from Arenal Volcano to Tamarindo Beach on NW Pacific, Best Route to Take
This article to is inform you about the best route to drive from Arenal Volcano to the NW Pacific beach of Tamarindo: Best route to drive is go around the north face of Lake Arenal to Tiliran, then to Canas. This is very scenic and takes about 1.5 hours. The road is good in most places with a few areas of pot holes. At Canas you run into highway 1 which is same as Inter American highway. Turn right and head north to Liberia. In Liberia Turn left and go to Filadelfia and then follow the signs to Tamarindo. This road is good. From Canas to Tamarindo is approx 2.5 hours. Looks less on the map but driving distances take longer in Costa Rica.
Ask for a map of Costa Rica when you rent your car.
Don’t drive at night. Fill your tank with gas in the towns. Costa Ricans are very nice and helpful so don’t hesitate to stop and ask directions if you need additional help.