51 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

51 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 5 nights
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Drake Bay
— 3 nights
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Uvita
— 4 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 6 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 8 nights
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Monteverde
— 6 nights
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Playa Samara
— 5 nights
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Tamarindo
— 6 nights
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Playas del Coco
— 6 nights

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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca ©

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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Nature Observatorio and Playa Cocles. Change things up with a short trip to Veragua Rainforest Park in Puerto Limon (about 1h 25 min away). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Punta Uva Beach, admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla, get your game on at Yesland Mini Golf, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip planning app.

Ottawa, Canada to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Ottawa to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Drake Bay.

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Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

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Beach
Playa Cocles
4.5

3
nights
Drake Bay

You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Change things up with a short trip to Osa Wildlife Sanctuary in Puerto Jimenez (about 1h 45 min away). Spend a day of island exploring on the 19th (Sun) at Cano Island.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Drake Bay trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Drake Bay takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Uvita.

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Dolphin / Whale Watching
Dolphin & Whale Watching
4.7
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Nature / Wildlife Tour
Nature & Wildlife Tours
4.8
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Nature / Park
Osa Wildlife Sanctuary
4.1

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge and Uvita Waterfall. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, get interesting insight from Tours, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Uvita vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Drake Bay to Uvita takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

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Parasailing / Paragliding
Parasailing & Paragliding
4.9

6
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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 Parasailing & Paragliding and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Manuel Antonio: Tarcoles Bridge (in Tarcoles), Mirador de Jaco (in Jaco) and Horseback Riding Tours (in Esterillos Este). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio, look for gifts at Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices, walk around Parque Nahomi, and zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Uvita to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

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Parasailing / Paragliding
Parasailing & Paragliding
4.8
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River Rafting / Tubing
River Rafting & Tubing
4.8

8
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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Paradise Hot Springs and Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano). Change things up with these side-trips from La Fortuna de San Carlos: Butterfly Conservatory (in El Castillo) and Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca). There's still lots to do: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, stroll through La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos driving holiday planner.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

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Hot Spring
Tabacon Hot Springs
4.4
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Hot Spring
Paradise Hot Springs
4.3

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena and Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas). You'll find plenty of places to visit near Monteverde: Macaw Sanctuary Natuwa (in Puntarenas) and Viento Fresco Waterfall (in Tilaran). Next up on the itinerary: trot along with a tour on horseback, relax in the rural setting at El Trapiche Tour, take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden, and delve into the lush surroundings at Children's Eternal Rain Forest.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Monteverde road trip planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Playa Samara.

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Playa Samara

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Barrigona Beach and Sibu Wildlife Sanctuary. Explore Playa Samara's surroundings by going to Nosara (MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY & Nosara Refuge for Wildlife) and Macaw Recovery Network - Formerly The Ara Project (in Punta Islita). And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, step aboard Kingfisher Sportfishing, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Playa Samara day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Playa Samara takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Tamarindo.

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Spas
5.0

6
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Tamarindo

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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Pura Aventura and Spas. Step out of Tamarindo with an excursion to Adrenaline & Extreme Tours in Playa Flamingo--about 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, stroll through Tamarindo Beach, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and step aboard Kingpin Sportfishing.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo trip maker app.

Getting from Playa Samara to Tamarindo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Tamarindo

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Must see
Pura Aventura
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Adrenaline / Extreme Tour
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
4.9

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as River Rafting & Tubing and Rincon de La Vieja National Park. Explore Playas del Coco's surroundings by going to Nahua (in Liberia) and Rio Negro Hot Springs (in Rincon de La Vieja). Spend the 29th (Sat) exploring nature at Palo Verde National Park. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco, take in the exciting artwork at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Playas del Coco trip itinerary maker website.

Drive from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. On the 1st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

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River Rafting / Tubing
River Rafting & Tubing
4.9

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