29 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

29 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Playas del Coco
— 3 nights
2
Tamarindo
— 4 nights
3
Playa Samara
— 2 nights
4
Santa Teresa
— 3 nights
5
San Jose
— 2 nights
6
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 3 nights
7
Tortuguero
— 2 nights
8
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
9
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
10
Uvita
— 2 nights

3
nights
Playas del Coco

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.
Shop till you drop at Cata Chocolate and Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Horseback Riding Tours. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Playas del Coco: Playa Dantita (in Las Catalinas), Hidden Garden Art Gallery (in Liberia) and Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste). It doesn't end there: meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Playas del Coco tour itinerary planning website.

La Cruz to Playas del Coco is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Liberia, Playa Dantita, Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands ©
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands
Horseback Riding Tours

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Off-Road Tours and Kayaking & Canoeing. Explore hidden gems such as Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Penca Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tamarindo: Playa Danta (in Las Catalinas) and Playa Conchal (Arenas Blancas & Playa Mina). Next up on the itinerary: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and look for gifts at Buena Nena.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Tamarindo online trip planner.

You can drive from Playas del Coco to Tamarindo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Tours Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Conchal, Playa Danta, Kayaking & Canoeing, Penca Beach
Highlights from your plan
Kayaking & Canoeing
Off-Road Tours
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

2
nights
Playa Samara

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): kick back and relax at Playa Guiones, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Garza, and then admire the sheer force of Belen Waterfall. On the 13th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Samara Beach, thenkick back and relax at Playa Buena Vista, and then kick back and relax at Playa Manzanillo.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Playa Samara road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Playa Samara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to drive to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Garza, Playa Manzanillo, Playa Guiones
Highlights from your plan
Playa Guiones ©
Playa Guiones
Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
Playa Garza ©
Playa Garza

3
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): kick back and relax at Playa Santa Teresa, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Playa Carmen, and finally view the masterpieces at Bri'ah Art Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: cast your line with a fishing tour and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Refugio Nacional Mixto de Vida Silvestre Romelia.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Santa Teresa day trip tool.

Getting from Playa Samara to Santa Teresa by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Kayaking & Canoeing, Refugio Nacional Mixto de Vida Silvestre Romelia
Highlights from your plan
Playa Carmen ©
Playa Carmen
Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa
Kayaking & Canoeing

2
nights
San Jose

San Jose ©
A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): tour in harmony with nature at Top Travel Costa Rica and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Costa Rica's Craft Brewing Co.. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Chocolatería Sibú and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find maps and tourist information, you can read our San Jose trip planning website.

Fly from Santa Teresa to San Jose in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. May in San Jose sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in San Jose

Spas Breweries & Distilleries Wildlife

Side Trip

Chocolatería Sibú
Highlights from your plan
Top Travel Costa Rica ©
Top Travel Costa Rica
Chocolatería Sibú ©
Chocolatería Sibú
Spas

3
nights
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca ©
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Nature Park Walk and Luluberlu Art Gallery. Escape the urban bustle at Punta Uva Beach and Puerto Viejo Beach. And it doesn't end there: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, have some family-friendly fun at Yesland Mini Golf, take in nature's colorful creations at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, and paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca holiday planner.

Drive from San Jose to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. On the 21st (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Cahuita, Manzanillo
Highlights from your plan
Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Tortuguero

Tortuguero ©
One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): get a new perspective on nature at Sea Turtle Conservancy.

To see maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Tortuguero trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Tortuguero in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in May, and nighttime lows around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Kayaking & Canoeing
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

5
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos

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.
For shopping fun, head to Onirica Art Gallery or Galeria Estudio. Catedral de Ciudad Quesada and Iglesia de La Fortuna de San Carlos are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from La Fortuna de San Carlos: Butterfly Conservatory (in El Castillo) and Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park (in La Virgen). Next up on the itinerary: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, tour the pleasant surroundings at Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Butterfly Conservatory, Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park, Catedral de Ciudad Quesada
Highlights from your plan
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Safaris
Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park ©
Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, thenadd some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then walk around Parque Nahomi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Espadilla Norte and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Manuel Antonio National Park.

To see more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip app.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can go by car to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Quepos
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Espadilla Norte ©
Playa Espadilla Norte
Manuel Antonio National Park ©
Manuel Antonio National Park

2
nights
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 get in some beach time at Playa Ventanas and Parque Nacional Marino Ballena. Visiting Oro Verde Biological Reserve and Santa Lucia Falls will get you outdoors. There's more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers and stop by Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Uvita road trip site.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Uvita in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Uvita

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Playa Ventanas, Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional Marino Ballena ©
Parque Nacional Marino Ballena
Santa Lucia Falls ©
Santa Lucia Falls
Spas & Wellness

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