29 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

29 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Tamarindo
— 4 nights
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Playa Samara
— 3 nights
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Monteverde
— 3 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
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Carate
— 3 nights
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Cahuita
— 2 nights
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 6 nights
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Vara Blanca
— 3 nights

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Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Tamarindo Beach and Boat Tours & Water Sports. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tamarindo: Playas del coco (in Playa Matapalo), Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal) and Playa Hermosa (in Playa Hermosa). Spend the 1st (Mon) exploring nature at Palo Verde National Park. Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, tour the pleasant surroundings at Monkey Park, and stop by Organic Products by Coco Beauty Spa.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Tamarindo trip itinerary planning app.

Ottawa, Canada to Tamarindo is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can drive to Playa Samara.

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Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

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3
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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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Samara Beach and Playa Guiones. When in Playa Samara, make a side trip to see Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve in Nicoya, approximately Nicoya away. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Barrigona Beach and get interesting insight from Tours.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Playa Samara online travel route builder.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Playa Samara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

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Beach
Samara Beach
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3
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Monteverde

Monteverde ©
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Zipline and Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, get to know the fascinating history of Ecological Sanctuary, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle, and take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin de Orquideas San Bosco.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Monteverde trip planner.

You can drive from Playa Samara to Monteverde in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Adventure
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3
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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.
Kids will enjoy Playa Manuel Antonio and Nature & Wildlife Tours. The adventure continues: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, look for gifts at Altair Souvenir & Gallery Shop, and stroll around Parque Nahomi.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Carate.

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Fishing Charter / Tour
Fishing Charters & Tours
4.6

3
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Carate

Carate ©
On the 12th (Fri), explore the striking landscape of Corcovado National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the majestic nature at Ave Azul de la Osa.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Carate route builder tool.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Carate in 5 hours. On the 14th (Sun), you'll travel to Cahuita.

Things to do in Carate

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums
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National Park
Corcovado National Park
4.4

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Cahuita

With its dusty streets and simple (read affordable) lodgings, Cahuita bustles as a hub of backpacker tourism in southeastern Costa Rica.
On the 15th (Mon), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cahuita National Park and then take in nature's colorful creations at Alma Verde - Cahuita Healing Garden. On the 16th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tarantulas Way, get interesting insight from Tours, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Cahuita holiday maker tool.

Drive from Carate to Cahuita in 11 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Cahuita

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1
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Tortuguero

Tortuguero ©

Costa Rica's Amazon

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 17th (Wed): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Tortuguero trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Cahuita to Tortuguero takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In March, daytime highs in Tortuguero are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

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Kayaking / Canoeing
Kayaking & Canoeing
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6
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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.
Bring the kids along to Arenal Volcano and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. There's much more to do: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, get outside with Canopy San Luis, and explore the activities along Lake Arenal.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos itinerary planning app.

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Vara Blanca.

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Must see
Tabacon Hot Springs
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Vara Blanca

Vara Blanca
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): admire the sheer force of La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens and then take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get impressive views of Poas Volcano and then stroll through Tirimbina Biological Reserve.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Vara Blanca online travel route planner.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Vara Blanca by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

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Volcano
Poas Volcano
4.1

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