35 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

35 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Playas del Coco
— 4 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 6 nights
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 3 nights
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Uvita
— 5 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
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Jaco
— 4 nights
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Santa Teresa
— 2 nights
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Tamarindo
— 6 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Rincon de La Vieja National Park and Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands. Bring the kids along to Playa Hermosa and Rio Negro Hot Springs. Change things up with these side-trips from Playas del Coco: Costa Rica'n Art Craft (in Liberia), Brother's Adventures Tours (in Sardinal) and Cataratas Llanos de Cortes (in Bagaces). There's lots more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, look for gifts at Cata Chocolate, and view the masterpieces at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Playas del Coco day trip tool.

San Francisco, USA to Playas del Coco is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Rincon de La Vieja National Park ©
Rincon de La Vieja National Park
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands ©
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa

6
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.
Kids will enjoy River Rafting & Tubing and Off-Road Tours. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna and Onirica Art Gallery. Go for a jaunt from La Fortuna de San Carlos to El Castillo to see Butterfly Conservatory about 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs, get interesting insight from Tours, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, and trek along Arenal 1968 Trail.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

You can drive from Playas del Coco to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

3
nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Punta Uva Beach and Caribe Horse Riding Club. Kids will enjoy Nature Observatorio and La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita. There's more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and look for gifts at Caribeans Coffee & Chocolate.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca vacation planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Shopping

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Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Nature Observatorio ©
Nature Observatorio
Caribe Horse Riding Club ©
Caribe Horse Riding Club

5
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.
Visit Uvita Beach and Playa Ventanas for some beach relaxation. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Kokopelli. The adventure continues: explore by horseback at Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge, take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and glide peacefully along the water with Pineapple Tours.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Uvita planner.

Drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Uvita in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

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Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Pineapple Tours ©
Pineapple Tours
Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge ©
Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge

4
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Safari Adventures and River Rafting & Tubing. Escape the urban bustle at Playa Manuel Antonio and Skydive Costa Rica. Step out of Manuel Antonio with an excursion to Rainmaker Park in Parrita--about 46 minutes away. There's lots more to do: trot along with a tour on horseback, walk around Parque Nahomi, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Manuel Antonio National Park.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio online road trip planner.

You can drive from Uvita to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Adventure

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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Safari Adventures ©
Safari Adventures
River Rafting & Tubing

4
nights
Jaco

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Calypso Cruises and Off-Road Tours. Take a break from the city and head to Horseback Riding Tours and Zipline. Spend the 1st (Thu) exploring nature at Carara National Park. The adventure continues: browse the exhibits of Tico Pod Art House & Gifts, take some stellar pictures from Mirador de Jaco, look for gifts at Fruity Monkey Poop, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Jaco trip maker.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Jaco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Jaco

Tours · Outdoors · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

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Off-Road Tours
Horseback Riding Tours
Calypso Cruises ©
Calypso Cruises

2
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Santa Teresa

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.
On the 3rd (Sat), trot along with a tour on horseback, then kick your exploration up a notch at Canopy del Pacifico Mal Pais, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sun): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then get interesting insight from SunTrails Montezuma Waterfall Canopy Tour, and then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Santa Teresa road trip tool.

You can do a combination of ferry and bus from Jaco to Santa Teresa in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Canopy del Pacifico Mal Pais ©
Canopy del Pacifico Mal Pais
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

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nights
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 enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at San Juanillo Beach and Playa Conchal. Do some cultural sightseeing at Lydia Beech Art Boutique and MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY. Get out of town with these interesting Tamarindo side-trips: Playa Samara (Horseback Riding Tours & Belen Waterfall) and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours (in Playa Flamingo). And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, step aboard Kingpin Sportfishing, and wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura.

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

Getting from Santa Teresa to Tamarindo by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
San Juanillo Beach ©
San Juanillo Beach
Horseback Riding Tours

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