33 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

33 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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

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Playas del Coco

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Playa Hermosa and River Rafting & Tubing. Change things up with a short trip to Tio Leo Coffee Tour in Liberia (about 34 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, stop by Lis Umana Beachwear, contemplate the geological forces at Rincon de La Vieja National Park, and explore the galleries of Alessandra Cola Art.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Playas del Coco trip maker website.

Zurich, Switzerland to Playas del Coco is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Zurich to Playas del Coco is minus 7 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.

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Dolphin / Whale Watching
Dolphin & Whale Watching
4.8

5
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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 Pura Aventura. When in Tamarindo, make a side trip to see Adrenaline & Extreme Tours in Playa Flamingo, approximately Playa Flamingo away. The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, stop by Papaya Con Leche, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and stroll through Monkey Park.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo trip itinerary maker tool.

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 7th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Playa Samara.

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Off-Road Tours
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Pura Aventura
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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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Sibu Wildlife Sanctuary and Off-Road Tours. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Playa Samara: Macaw Recovery Network - Formerly The Ara Project (in Punta Islita) and Stand-Up Paddleboarding (in Nosara). The adventure continues: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, admire the sheer force of Belen Waterfall, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Playa Samara vacation planner.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Playa Samara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to Santa Teresa.

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Horseback Riding Tour
Horseback Riding Tours
4.8
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Sibu Wildlife Sanctuary
4.6
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Dolphin / Whale Watching
Dolphin & Whale Watching
4.7

2
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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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, view the masterpieces at Bri'ah Art Gallery, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Hermosa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Wild Sun Rescue Center, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Teresa trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Playa Samara to Santa Teresa takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Uvita.

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Horseback Riding Tour
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Spas & Wellness
4.9

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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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Uvita Beach. When in Uvita, make a side trip to see Horseback Riding Tours in Dominical, approximately Dominical away. Next up on the itinerary: get interesting insight from Tours, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall, and stroll through Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge.

To find photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Uvita online vacation builder.

Getting from Santa Teresa to Uvita by ferry takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

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Canyoning / Rapelling Tour
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
4.8

3
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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Parasailing & Paragliding and Walking tours. Venture out of the city with trips to Rainmaker Park (in Parrita) and Off-Road Tours (in Jaco). There's much more to do: trot along with a tour on horseback, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take a memorable tour with Tours, and stop by Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio online journey planner.

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 19th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

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Walking tour
Walking tours
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Parasailing / Paragliding
Parasailing & Paragliding
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Rainmaker Park
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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at El Trapiche Tour and Monteverde Orchid Garden. Change things up with these side-trips from Monteverde: Viento Fresco Waterfall (in Tilaran) and Centro de Rescate Las Pumas (in Canas). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas), look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and meet the residents at The Bat Jungle.

Start your trip to Monteverde by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Punta Uva Beach and Playa Cocles. Take a break from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca with a short trip to Veragua Rainforest Park in Puerto Limon, about 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, stop by Caribeans Coffee & Chocolate, and take in the dramatic scenery at Cataratas Bribri Talamanca.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano) and Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park. When in La Fortuna de San Carlos, make a side trip to see Butterfly Conservatory in El Castillo, approximately El Castillo away. There's lots more to do: Head underground at Venado Caves, witness a stunning natural landmark at Los Lagos Hot Springs, hike along Arenal 1968 Trail, and stroll through Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

To see maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planning site.

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

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