33 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

33 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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San Jose
— 1 night
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Poas Volcano National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 8 nights
Drive
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Playa Hermosa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 8 nights
Drive
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Nosara
— 2 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
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Uvita
— 2 nights
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Drake Bay
— 3 nights
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San Jose
— Few hours
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San Jose

A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Multiplaza.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read San Jose trip planner.

Miami, USA to San Jose is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Miami to San Jose due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in December, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Poas Volcano National Park.

Things to do in San Jose

Neighborhoods · Tours · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

2
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Poas Volcano National Park

A trip to Poas Volcano National Park allows you to see one of the world's largest craters, trek through a lush rainforest, and visit a coffee plantation all on the same day.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Refugio de Vida Silvestre Bosque Alegre. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the geological forces at Poas Volcano and then admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Poas Volcano National Park day trip app.

You can drive from San Jose to Poas Volcano National Park in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

8
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 Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. Step out of La Fortuna de San Carlos with an excursion to Butterfly Conservatory in El Castillo--about 38 minutes away. There's much more to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bogarin Trail, trot along with a tour on horseback, and take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip app.

You can drive from Poas Volcano National Park to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can go by car to Playa Hermosa.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

2
nights
Playa Hermosa

Playa Hermosa, located in the Guanacaste province of Costa Rica, is a popular beach and beach-front resort town.People who visit Playa Hermosa can indulge in swimming, snorkeling or scuba diving, sport fishing or sailing.Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste Province is not to be confused with Playa Hermosa, Puntarenas Province. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): take a memorable tour with Tours, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playas del coco, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands, then look for gifts at Cata Chocolate, and then kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Playa Hermosa road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Playa Hermosa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Hermosa

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

8
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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.
You'll get in some beach time at Tamarindo Beach and Playa Danta. Take a break from the city and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Playa Conchal. Get out of town with these interesting Tamarindo side-trips: Prieta Beach (in Playa Prieta), Garra de Leon Golf Course (in Playa Conchal) and Potrero Beach (in Playa Potrero). Spend the 8th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Avellana, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura, and get interesting insight from Tours.

Find out how to plan Tamarindo trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Getting from Playa Hermosa to Tamarindo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Nosara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

2
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Nosara

Along with its agricultural and fishing heritage, Nosara stands as one of the oldest expatriate communities in the country.
On the next day, take in the dramatic scenery at Belen Waterfall, tour the pleasant surroundings at Samara Beach, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Nosara online route maker.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Nosara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Nosara

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

4
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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.
Visit Playa Manuel Antonio and Playa Biesanz for some beach relaxation. Step out of the city life by going to Zipline and Manuel Antonio National Park. When in Manuel Antonio, make a side trip to see Jaco Beach in Jaco, approximately Jaco away. Spend the 15th (Fri) on the water with a fishing tour. There's lots more to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, get interesting insight from Tours, and view the masterpieces at The Captain's Booty.

For more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip planner.

You can drive from Nosara to Manuel Antonio in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

2
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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.
On the 18th (Mon), admire the sheer force of Uvita Waterfall, then get a dose of the wild on Ultralight Tour, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. On the 19th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore by horseback at Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge, stroll through Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Ventanas, and finally stop by Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Uvita online day trip planner.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Uvita by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to drive to Drake Bay.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

3
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Drake Bay

On the 20th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Naturaseekers and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. On the 21st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa San Josecito and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Drake Bay trip site.

You can drive from Uvita to Drake Bay in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Drake Bay

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

few
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San Jose

For reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the San Jose trip planner.

Traveling by car from Drake Bay to San Jose takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or take a bus. On the 22nd (Fri), you're off to home.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

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.