23 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

23 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Playa Samara
— 2 nights
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Santa Teresa
— 2 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
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Uvita
— 3 nights
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Drake Bay
— 2 nights
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
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Playas del Coco
— 2 nights

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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.
You'll get in some beach time at Samara Beach and Playa Buena Vista. 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: Playa Garza (in Garza) and Nosara (Nosara Riversafari - Tours, Equisol Retreats CR, SRL, &more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Belen Waterfall.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to 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. Traveling from Milan to Playa Samara, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Santa Teresa.

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Samara Beach
4.4

2
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Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa ©
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.

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Playa Carmen
4.4

4
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Manuel Antonio

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Playa Manuel Antonio and Snorkel Adventure CR. Explore hidden gems such as Skydive Costa Rica and Off-Road Tours. Next up on the itinerary: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, 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.

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Skydiving
Skydive Costa Rica
4.9

3
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Uvita

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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Pineapple Tours and Oro Verde Biological Reserve. Get outdoors at Cascada Pavon - Waterfall in Costa Rica and Parque Nacional Marino Ballena. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Santa Lucia Falls, browse the exhibits of Magic Ananda, look for gifts at Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Uvita tour itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Uvita in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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.

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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Pineapple Tours
5.0
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Waterfall
Santa Lucia Falls
4.7

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Drake Bay

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.

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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca ©

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.

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Punta Uva Beach
4.7

4
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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Venado Caves and Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge. Take a break from the city and head to Tabacon Hot Springs and Flow Trips. 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 La Fortuna Waterfall, ride a horse along Arenal Wilberth Stables, and trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

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.

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Nature / Park
Butterfly Conservatory
4.7

2
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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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): get outside with Crazy Alex CR and then take a memorable tour with Tours. 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 travel back home.

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Beach
Playa Danta
4.5

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