29 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

29 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: La Cruz
Drive:  1 h 30 min
1
Playas del Coco
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Tamarindo
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Playa Samara
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
4
Santa Teresa
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2 h 45 min
5
San Jose
— 2 nights
Bus:  3 h 30 min
6
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h
7
Tortuguero
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
8
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
9
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
10
Uvita
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
End: David

3
nights
Playas del Coco

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 Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts and Hidden Garden Art Gallery. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands and Cata Chocolate. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Playas del Coco: Playa Dantita (in Las Catalinas) and Horseback Riding Tours (in Liberia). The adventure continues: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience.

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La Cruz to Playas del Coco is an approximately 1.5- hour car ride. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Liberia, Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands, Playa Dantita
Highlights from your plan
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands ©
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands
Dolphin & Whale Watching
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 Scuba & Snorkeling and Playa Danta. Explore hidden gems such as Playa Mina and Buena Nena. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tamarindo: Arenas Blancas (in Playa Conchal) and Penca Beach (in Playa Potrero). Next up on the itinerary: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, get interesting insight from Tours, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Tamarindo 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Playa Conchal, Playa Danta, Kayaking & Canoeing, Penca Beach
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Off-Road Tours
Kayaking & Canoeing

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, then tour 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, then kick back and relax at Playa Buena Vista, and then kick back and relax at Playa Manzanillo.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, 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 Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Playa Garza, Playa Guiones, Playa Manzanillo
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, then enjoy 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 find more things to do, where to stay, 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 traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our San Jose trip planning website.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Santa Teresa to San Jose in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or drive. May in San Jose sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can take a bus to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in San Jose

Spas Breweries & Distilleries Scenic Drive

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 Kayaking & Canoeing. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Puerto Viejo Beach, and get your game on at Yesland Mini Golf.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca holiday planner.

Take a bus from San Jose to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; 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

Manzanillo, Cahuita
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 traveler tips, maps, photos, 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 35°C in May, and nighttime lows around 26°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

Parks Nature Adventure
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). There's much more to do: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, stroll through Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge, take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, and take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 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, Catedral de Ciudad Quesada, Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park
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, then add 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 reviews, ratings, other places to visit, 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
Kayaking & Canoeing

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: stop by Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see ratings, where to stay, 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 Wildlife Nature

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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