33 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

33 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Bajos del Toro
— 1 night
2
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 4 nights
3
Tortuguero
— 2 nights
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
5
Monteverde
— 2 nights
6
Playa Flamingo
— 4 nights
7
Nosara
— 4 nights
8
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
9
Uvita
— 4 nights
10
Drake Bay
— 4 nights
11
San Gerardo de Dota
— 2 nights

1
night
Bajos del Toro

Bajos del Toro
To find other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Bajos del Toro vacation planning tool.

San Jose to Bajos del Toro is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. In February, daily temperatures in Bajos del Toro can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Bajos del Toro

Nature Parks Outdoors

4
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Punta Uva Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Playa Cocles and Redfrogteam Biological Station. There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cahuita National Park and paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Puerto Viejo de Talamanca travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Bajos del Toro to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 5 hours. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Cahuita National Park, Kayaking & Canoeing, Redfrogteam Biological Station
Highlights from your plan
Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park
Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Tortuguero National Park and Kayaking & Canoeing. Explore hidden gems such as Sea Turtle Conservancy and Caribbean Botanical Garden. Take a break from Tortuguero with a short trip to Zipline in Puerto Limon, about 1h 20 min away.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Tortuguero online journey planner.

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Tortuguero in 4 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Tortuguero can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Zipline, Caribbean Botanical Garden
Highlights from your plan
Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Kayaking & Canoeing
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

2
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.
On the 26th (Wed), take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs and then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Fortuna de San Carlos. On the next day, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip site.

Getting from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Spas
Highlights from your plan
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs

2
nights
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.
Keep things going the next day: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, thenstop by Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde, and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Monteverde trip planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to drive to Playa Flamingo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Trails
Highlights from your plan
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary
Chorotega Arts & Crafts ©
Chorotega Arts & Crafts

4
nights
Playa Flamingo

The white sand beach of Playa Flamingo has become a go-to tourist getaway by the sea.
Take a break from the city and head to Off-Road Tours and Playa Mina. Explore hidden gems such as Kayaking & Canoeing and Playa Flamingo. When in Playa Flamingo, make a side trip to see Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts in Playas del Coco, approximately Playas del Coco away. Next up on the itinerary: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Danta, don't miss a visit to Playa Dantita, and stroll through Playa Conchal.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Playa Flamingo trip itinerary builder site.

Drive from Monteverde to Playa Flamingo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can drive to Nosara.

Things to do in Playa Flamingo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Conchal, Las Catalinas, Kayaking & Canoeing, Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts
Highlights from your plan
Off-Road Tours
Kayaking & Canoeing
Dolphin & Whale Watching

4
nights
Nosara

Nosara ©
Along with its agricultural and fishing heritage, Nosara stands as one of the oldest expatriate communities in the country.
Relax by the water at Samara Beach and Playa Garza. Take a break from the city and head to Playa Corozalito and Playa Buena Vista. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nosara: Belen Waterfall (in Playa Samara) and Playa Manzanillo (in Nicoya). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Guiones, head outdoors with Equisol Retreats CR, SRL, and take in the exciting artwork at MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY.

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Traveling by car from Playa Flamingo to Nosara takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Nosara

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

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

3
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 9th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Espadilla Norte, kick back and relax at La Playita, thenzoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and finally look for gifts at Altair Souvenir & Gallery Shop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a memorable tour with Tours and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip planning tool.

You can drive from Nosara to Manuel Antonio in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and ferry; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Quepos
Highlights from your plan
Playa Espadilla Norte ©
Playa Espadilla Norte
Spas
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

4
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 discover tucked-away gems like Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Kokopelli. You'll get in some beach time at Parque Nacional Marino Ballena and Playa Matapalo. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Uvita: El Sitio Museo Finca 6 (in Palmar Norte) and Osa Santuario de Animales (in Ciudad Cortes). Next up on the itinerary: get interesting insight from Tours, stroll through Oro Verde Biological Reserve, take in the dramatic scenery at Santa Lucia Falls, and take in the exciting artwork at Magic Ananda.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Uvita tour itinerary maker.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Uvita in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Drake Bay.

Things to do in Uvita

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Dominical, El Sitio Museo Finca 6, Cascada Pavon - Waterfall in Costa Rica, Playa Matapalo, Osa Santuario de Animales
Highlights from your plan
Kokopelli ©
Kokopelli
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Parasailing & Paragliding

4
nights
Drake Bay

Drake Bay
To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Drake Bay trip planning site.

Drive from Uvita to Drake Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and ferry. On the 19th (Thu), you're off to San Gerardo de Dota.

Things to do in Drake Bay

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

2
nights
San Gerardo de Dota

San Gerardo de Dota ©
Parque National Los Quetzales has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): take in the awesome beauty at Cerro de la Muerte and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Parque National Los Quetzales.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the San Gerardo de Dota trip planning tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Drake Bay to San Gerardo de Dota. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in San Gerardo de Dota

Nature Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Cerro de la Muerte
Highlights from your plan
Parque National Los Quetzales ©
Parque National Los Quetzales
Cerro de la Muerte ©
Cerro de la Muerte
Dantica Gallery ©
Dantica Gallery

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