29 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

29 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Fly to San Jose, Taxi to Monteverde
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Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
Drive
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive
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Uvita
— 3 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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Playas del Coco
— 2 nights
Drive
9
Tamarindo
— 5 nights
Fly

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3
nights
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.
Get outdoors at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Zipline. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena and Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery. There's lots more to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, experience rural life at El Trapiche Tour, browse the exhibits of Alas y Raices, and meet the residents at The Bat Jungle.

For photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Monteverde day trip planning site.

Toronto, Canada to Monteverde is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In December, Monteverde is much warmer than Toronto - with highs of 32°C and lows of 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

5
nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at La Fortuna Waterfall and Tabacon Hot Springs. Step off the beaten path and head to Bogarin Trail and Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano, trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, take an in-depth tour of ChocoMuseo La Fortuna, and skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

2
nights
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.
On the 21st (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Tarantulas Way, then admire the natural beauty at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Uva Beach. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Playa Cocles and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca day trip planner.

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 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

3
nights
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.
Relax by the water at Playa Ventanas and Uvita Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Dolphin & Whale Watching. The adventure continues: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, look for gifts at Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store, admire the sheer force of Uvita Waterfall, and explore by horseback at Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Uvita trip planning app.

Drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Uvita in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches

Side Trips

3
nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Playa Manuel Antonio and River Rafting & Tubing. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Safari Adventures and Spas. Go for a jaunt from Manuel Antonio to Parrita to see Rainmaker Park about 46 minutes away. The adventure continues: trot along with a tour on horseback, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Espadilla Norte, walk around Parque Nahomi, and stop by Altair Souvenir & Gallery Shop.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Uvita to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches

Side Trips

3
nights
Jaco

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Carara National Park and Zipline. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Off-Road Tours and Tarcoles Bridge. And it doesn't end there: take a memorable tour with Jungle Crocodile Safari, take some stellar pictures from Mirador de Jaco, stop by Fruity Monkey Poop, and see majestic marine mammals with Costa Rica Dreams Sportfishing.

To see ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Jaco attractions planner.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Jaco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

2
nights
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 1st (Fri): get a dose of the wild on Costa Rican Tropical Tours, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa and then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Santa Teresa trip planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Jaco to Santa Teresa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Adventure

Side Trips

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Cataratas Llanos de Cortes and then stroll through Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Mon): take a memorable tour with Tours, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa, and then look for gifts at Cata Chocolate.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Playas del Coco trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Santa Teresa to Playas del Coco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

5
nights
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Off-Road Tours and Horseback Riding Tours. Attractions like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates make great kid-friendly stops. Take a break from Tamarindo with a short trip to Sibu Wildlife Sanctuary in Nosara, about 1h 45 min away. And it doesn't end there: wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, stroll through Monkey Park, and kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Tamarindo trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Playas del Coco to Tamarindo in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Costa Rica travel guide

4.3
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.