33 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

33 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica holiday planner

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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
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Playas del Coco
— 2 nights
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Tamarindo
— 4 nights
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Playa Samara
— 3 nights
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Monteverde
— 4 nights
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Jaco
— 3 nights
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Uvita
— 4 nights
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Manuel Antonio
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

— 3 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Punta Uva Beach and Nature Observatorio. Relax by the water at Playa Cocles and La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tarantulas Way, stop by Caribeans Coffee & Chocolate, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and admire the natural beauty at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip planner.

San Jose to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is an approximately 4-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 5 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bogarin Trail and Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge. When in La Fortuna de San Carlos, make a side trip to see Butterfly Conservatory in El Castillo, approximately El Castillo away. Spend the 13th (Sat) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Next up on the itinerary: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, stroll through La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve, view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery, and explore the galleries of Wood & Art Gallery.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Playas del Coco

— 2 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.
On the 16th (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, then stroll through Playa Hermosa, and then stop by Cata Chocolate. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of Cataratas Llanos de Cortes and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands.

For traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Playas del Coco trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Playas del Coco takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Tamarindo

— 4 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 Scuba & Snorkeling and Pura Aventura. We've included these beaches for you: Potrero Beach and Tamarindo Beach. Step out of Tamarindo to go to Playa Conchal and see Playa Conchal, which is approximately 38 minutes away. Spend the 19th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. It doesn't end there: take a memorable tour with Tours and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Tamarindo attractions planner.

You can drive from Playas del Coco to Tamarindo in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Barrigona Beach and Sibu Wildlife Sanctuary. You'll get in some beach time at Playa Carrillo and Playa Buena Vista. Change things up with a short trip to Spas & Wellness in Nosara (about 48 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Samara Beach, and take in the dramatic scenery at Belen Waterfall.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Playa Samara road trip planning tool.

Getting from Tamarindo to Playa Samara by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Monteverde

— 4 nights
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena and Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, experience rural life at El Trapiche Tour, stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery, and view the masterpieces at Arte Jaguar Gallery.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Monteverde travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Playa Samara to Monteverde in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can go by car to Jaco.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Adventure

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Horseback Riding Tours and Fishing Charters & Tours. Take a break from Jaco with a short trip to Palo Seco Beach in Parrita, about 1 hour away. The adventure continues: see Off-Road Tours, get interesting insight from Tours, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and take in the views from Tarcoles Bridge.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Jaco trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Monteverde to Jaco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Visit Playa Ventanas and Uvita Beach for some beach relaxation. Step out of Uvita to go to Sierpe and see Kokopelli, which is approximately 52 minutes away. The adventure continues: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, head outdoors with Cascada Pavon - Waterfall in Costa Rica, take in the exciting artwork at Magic Ananda, and explore by horseback at Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Uvita travel route tool.

You can drive from Jaco to Uvita in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Manuel Antonio

— 4 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Step off the beaten path and head to Rainmaker Park and Horseback Riding Tours. We've included these beaches for you: Playa Manuel Antonio and Playa Espadilla Norte. There's still lots to do: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, stroll around Parque Nahomi, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and experience rural life at Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Uvita to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches

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.