29 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

29 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip planner

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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive
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Uvita
— 4 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive
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Jaco
— 3 nights
Ferry to Malpais, Bus to Santa Teresa
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Santa Teresa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Playa Samara
— 3 nights
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Tamarindo
— 3 nights
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Playas del Coco
— 4 nights
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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.
Visiting Bogarin Trail and Butterfly Conservatory will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano) and Arenal 1968 Volcano View & Trails. There's much more to do: take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs, savor a delicious cup with a coffee and tea tour, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and hike along Natura Eco Park Costa Rica.

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London, UK to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Traveling from London to La Fortuna de San Carlos, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

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 8th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Punta Uva and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature Observatorio. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Playa Cocles and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca vacation planning tool.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Uvita

— 4 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Uvita Waterfall and Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge. Get in touch with nature at Uvita Beach and Horseback Riding Tours. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Parque Reptilandia, soothe aching muscles at Danyasa Eco-Retreat - Bamboo Yoga Play Studio, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Uvita trip planner.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Uvita takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Manuel Antonio

— 3 nights
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 Horseback Riding Tours. Step out of the city life by going to Rainmaker Park and Playa Espadilla Norte. There's still lots to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio online trip planner.

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 16th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Wildlife

Side Trips

Jaco

— 3 nights
A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
Get outdoors at Carara National Park and Off-Road Tours. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Fishing Charters & Tours and Tico Pod Art House & Gifts. There's more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

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Drive from Manuel Antonio to Jaco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Jaco

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

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.
On the 20th (Thu), stroll through Playa Santa Teresa and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Hermosa. Here are some ideas for day two: see Surfing, Windsurfing & Kitesurfing and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Teresa trip itinerary planning tool.

You can do a combination of ferry and bus from Jaco to Santa Teresa in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Playa Samara

— 3 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 enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Barrigona Beach and Playa Guiones. Step out of the city life by going to Horseback Riding Tours and Off-Road Tours. Go for a jaunt from Playa Samara to Nosara to see Sibu Wildlife Sanctuary about 58 minutes away. It doesn't end there: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Playa Samara sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Santa Teresa to Playa Samara in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Tamarindo

— 3 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Explore hidden gems such as Off-Road Tours and Spas. Take a break from the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Kayaking & Canoeing. When in Tamarindo, make a side trip to see Potrero Beach in Playa Potrero, approximately Playa Potrero away. It doesn't end there: look for gifts at Azul Profundo Boutique.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Tamarindo day trip app.

Traveling by car from Playa Samara to Tamarindo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can go by car to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Playas del Coco

— 4 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Cataratas Llanos de Cortes and Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands. Discover out-of-the-way places like Tio Leo Coffee Tour,a real cultural experience and Scuba & Snorkeling. It doesn't end there: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Playas del Coco planner.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

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.