33 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

33 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Bajos del Toro
— 1 night
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 4 nights
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Tortuguero
— 2 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
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Playa Flamingo
— 4 nights
Drive
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Nosara
— 4 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
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Uvita
— 4 nights
Drive
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Drake Bay
— 4 nights
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San Gerardo de Dota
— 2 nights
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Bajos del Toro

— 1 night
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 30°C, while at night they dip to 21°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

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

— 4 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Playa Cocles. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Punta Uva Beach and Redfrogteam Biological Station. Next up on the itinerary: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cahuita National Park.

To see where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip itinerary builder tool.

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 · Beaches

Side Trips

Tortuguero

— 2 nights

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Sea Turtle Conservancy and Caribbean Botanical Garden. Step out of the city life by going to Tortuguero National Park and Zipline.

To see more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Tortuguero travel route site.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Tortuguero takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Tortuguero are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 24°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 · Nature · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trips

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 2 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.
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 · Outdoors

Monteverde

— 2 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.
Keep things going the next day: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, then stop 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 bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to drive to Playa Flamingo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Trails · Outdoors

Playa Flamingo

— 4 nights

White Beach

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 Kayaking & Canoeing. Explore hidden gems such as Playa Mina and Playa Dantita. 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, add some fun to your beach time Playa Flamingo, 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 · Tours

Side Trips

Nosara

— 4 nights
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 Buena Vista. Take a break from the city and head to Playa Corozalito and Playa Garza. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nosara: Playa Manzanillo (in Nicoya) and Belen Waterfall (in Playa Samara). 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 · Shopping

Side Trips

Manuel Antonio

— 3 nights
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, then zoom 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 · Tours

Side Trip

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Playa Matapalo. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at El Sitio Museo Finca 6 and Magic Ananda. When in Uvita, make a side trip to see Kokopelli in Sierpe, approximately Sierpe away. Next up on the itinerary: get interesting insight from Tours, take in the dramatic scenery at Santa Lucia Falls, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and get outside with Cascada Pavon - Waterfall in Costa Rica.

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. Other options are to take a bus; or 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 · Nature

Side Trips

Drake Bay

— 4 nights
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 · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

San Gerardo de Dota

— 2 nights
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.

Traveling by car from Drake Bay to San Gerardo de Dota takes 5.5 hours. 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

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Wildlife

Side Trip

Costa Rica travel guide

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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.