29 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

29 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
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Uvita
— 4 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive
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Jaco
— 3 nights
Ferry to Malpais, Bus to Santa Teresa
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Santa Teresa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Playa Samara
— 3 nights
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Tamarindo
— 3 nights
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Playas del Coco
— 4 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos — 4 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.
Visiting Bogarin Trail and Paradise Hot Springs will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano) and Butterfly Conservatory. There's much more to do: hike along Arenal 1968 Volcano View & Trails, savor a delicious cup with a coffee and tea tour, take in the natural beauty of Los Lagos Hot Springs, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

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London, UK to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Traveling from London to La Fortuna de San Carlos, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Punta Uva and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature Observatorio. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Playa Cocles and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca vacation planning tool.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Uvita.
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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Uvita Beach. Get in touch with nature at Uvita Waterfall and Horseback Riding Tours. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Parque Reptilandia, get outside with Outdoor Activities, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and ride a horse along Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Uvita road trip app.

Drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Uvita in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.
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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Safari Adventures and Rainmaker Park. Step out of the city life by going to Playa Espadilla Norte and River Rafting & Tubing. The adventure continues: trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Uvita to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Jaco.
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Jaco — 3 nights

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.
Get outdoors at Carara National Park and Off-Road Tours. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Fishing Charters & Tours and Tico Pod Art House & Gifts. There's more to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

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Drive from Manuel Antonio to Jaco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Santa Teresa.
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Santa Teresa — 2 nights

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 20th (Thu), stroll through Playa Santa Teresa and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Hermosa. Here are some ideas for day two: see Surfing, Windsurfing & Kitesurfing and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Teresa trip itinerary planning 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 21st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Playa Samara.
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Playa Samara — 3 nights

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 enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Barrigona Beach and Playa Guiones. Step out of the city life by going to Horseback Riding Tours and Sibu Wildlife Sanctuary. It doesn't end there: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and see Off-Road Tours.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Playa Samara sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Santa Teresa to Playa Samara in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.
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Tamarindo — 3 nights

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Explore hidden gems such as Kayaking & Canoeing and Potrero Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Off-Road Tours and Nature & Wildlife Tours. It doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and look for gifts at Azul Profundo Boutique.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo trip builder tool.

Drive from Playa Samara to Tamarindo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Playas del Coco.
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Playas del Coco — 4 nights

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Playa Hermosa and Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands. Discover out-of-the-way places like Cataratas Llanos de Cortes and Scuba & Snorkeling. Step out of Playas del Coco to go to Liberia and see Tio Leo Coffee Tour,a real cultural experience, which is approximately 34 minutes away. There's more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Playas del Coco trip planner.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Costa Rica travel guide

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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.