23 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

23 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Fly
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Playas del Coco
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 4 nights
Drive
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Playa Samara
— 2 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive
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Uvita
— 4 nights
Drive
6
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
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Playas del Coco

Coco Beach

A long-established beach community, Playas del Coco has developed a reputation as a favored spot for young travelers and locals to let loose by the sea.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Thu): get interesting insight from Tours, kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa, and then look for gifts at Lis Umana Beachwear.

To see where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Playas del Coco online travel route planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Playas del Coco is an approximately 22-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Tel Aviv to Playas del Coco. When traveling from Tel Aviv in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Playas del Coco, with highs around 32°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

4
nights
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Take a break from the city and head to Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Off-Road Tours. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Pura Aventura and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Go for a jaunt from Tamarindo to Playa Potrero to see Potrero Beach about 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take in the exciting artwork at Lydia Beech Art Boutique, and get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Tamarindo road trip planner.

Getting from Playas del Coco to Tamarindo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Theme Parks

Side Trips

2
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Playa Samara

A beach town with just enough development to be comfortable for families accustomed to the trappings of modern life, Playa Samara has the resorts you'd expect to find in such a scenic area, but they don't hinder the relaxing atmosphere.
On the 16th (Wed), kick back and relax at Barrigona Beach and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback. Here are some ideas for day two: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Playa Samara trip planning app.

Drive from Tamarindo to Playa Samara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

4
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos

Set against the backdrop of the imposing Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna de San Carlos offers visitors a chance to explore diverse natural landscapes and sample some delicious local produce.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bogarin Trail and Butterfly Conservatory. Escape the urban bustle at Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano) and Los Lagos Hot Springs. There's lots more to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, indulge in your favorite hot beverage with a coffee and tea tour, see Off-Road Tours, and get engrossed in the history at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary app.

Drive from Playa Samara to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can go by car to Uvita.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

4
nights
Uvita

Ideal for visitors looking to escape Costa Rica's busy beaches, Uvita offers a serene atmosphere and plenty of uncrowded sand for a leisurely vacation.
You'll get in some beach time at Playa Ventanas and Uvita Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Uvita Waterfall. Get out of town with these interesting Uvita side-trips: Kokopelli (in Sierpe) and Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Ballena). And it doesn't end there: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, stop by Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store, explore by horseback at Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge, and scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Uvita holiday planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Uvita in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

3
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Manuel Antonio

The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Explore hidden gems such as Safari Adventures and Rainmaker Park. We've included these beaches for you: Playa Espadilla Norte and Playa Bejuco. There's lots more to do: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and look for gifts at The Captain's Booty.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio route app.

Traveling by car from Uvita to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

2
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Monteverde

Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): view the masterpieces at Arte Jaguar Gallery, stroll through Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, then relax in the rural setting at El Trapiche Tour, and finally view the masterpieces at Alas y Raices. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Ecological Sanctuary, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Monteverde trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Costa Rica travel guide

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Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.