23 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

23 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica tour itinerary planner

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Fly to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, Drive to Playa Samara
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Playa Samara
— 2 nights
Drive
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Santa Teresa
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
Drive
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Uvita
— 3 nights
Drive
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Drake Bay
— 2 nights
Drive
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive
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Playas del Coco
— 2 nights
Drive to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, Fly to Milan

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Playa Samara

— 2 nights
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Samara Beach and Playa Garza. Discover out-of-the-way places like Horseback Riding Tours and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Get out of town with these interesting Playa Samara side-trips: Nosara (Nosara Riversafari - Tours, Equisol Retreats CR, SRL, &more). There's more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Belen Waterfall and kick back and relax at Playa Buena Vista.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Playa Samara trip planning site.

Milan, Italy to Playa Samara is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 7 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to drive to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Santa Teresa

— 2 nights
A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): get outside with Taboo Beach Club, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Carmen, and then browse the exhibits of Bri'ah Art Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Playa Santa Teresa, then get around town with Zuma Tours, and then surround yourself with nature on Costa Rican Tropical Tours.

To see photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Santa Teresa visit planning site.

Traveling by car from Playa Samara to Santa Teresa takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to ride a ferry to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches

Side Trip

Manuel Antonio

— 4 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Take a break from the city and head to Playa Manuel Antonio and Off-Road Tours. Explore hidden gems such as Snorkel Adventure CR and Playa Espadilla Norte. Next up on the itinerary: cross one thing off your bucket list with Skydive Costa Rica, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, kick back and relax at Playas Gemelas, and walk around Parque Nahomi.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio journey builder site.

Traveling by ferry from Santa Teresa to Manuel Antonio takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

Uvita

— 3 nights
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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Pineapple Tours and Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store. Get outdoors at Parque Nacional Marino Ballena and Santa Lucia Falls. There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Cascada Pavon - Waterfall in Costa Rica, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, take in the exciting artwork at Magic Ananda, and stroll through Oro Verde Biological Reserve.

Plan my day in Uvita using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Uvita by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Drake Bay.

Things to do in Uvita

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Drake Bay

— 2 nights
On the 15th (Sun), kick back and relax at Playa San Josecito and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. On the 16th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Drake Bay vacation builder tool.

Drive from Uvita to Drake Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Drake Bay

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

— 2 nights

Walaba

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca offers a wealth of entertainment by the sea, attracting a lively international crowd of revelers while maintaining a bright and breezy coastal charm with a local feel.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Wed): stroll through Kekoldi Indigenous Reserve, then get outside with Nature Riders, and then stroll through Punta Uva Beach.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Puerto Viejo de Talamanca travel route planner.

You can drive from Drake Bay to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 4 nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Venado Caves and Paradise Hot Springs. Take a break from the city and head to Tabacon Hot Springs and Bogarin Trail. Step out of La Fortuna de San Carlos to go to El Castillo and see Butterfly Conservatory, which is approximately 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, stroll through Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge, trot along with Arenal Wilberth Stables, and look for all kinds of wild species at Natura Eco Park Costa Rica.

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

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Playas del Coco

— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): get outside with Crazy Alex CR and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. Here are some ideas for day two: whizz through the canopy at Witch's Rock Canopy Tour, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Danta, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Dantita.

To see reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Playas del Coco trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Playas del Coco in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
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.