27 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

27 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica sightseeing planner

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Fly
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Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Santa Teresa
— 2 nights
Bus to Malpais, Ferry to Jaco
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Jaco
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Uvita
— 3 nights
Drive
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Drake Bay
— 2 nights
Drive
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 4 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive
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Playas del Coco
— 3 nights
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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.
We've included these beaches for you: Potrero Beach and Playa Conchal. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Azul Profundo Boutique. And it doesn't end there: cast your line with a fishing tour, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and see Off-Road Tours.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Tamarindo trip itinerary planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Tamarindo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to Tamarindo is minus 7 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can drive to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Beaches

Side Trips

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Santa Teresa and then stroll through Playa Hermosa. On your second day here, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers and then surround yourself with nature on Costa Rican Tropical Tours.

To see photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Santa Teresa vacation website.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Santa Teresa takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Jaco.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Spas

Side Trip

Jaco

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Carara National Park.

To find photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Jaco online trip maker.

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Santa Teresa to Jaco in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Jaco

Nature · Parks · Adventure · Tours

Side Trips

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.
Relax by the water at Playa Manuel Antonio and Playa Espadilla Norte. Get outdoors at Safari Adventures and Rainmaker Park. There's more to do: get outside with Outdoor Activities and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Jaco to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Adventure

Side Trips

Uvita

— 3 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Uvita Beach and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Step off the beaten path and head to Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Uvita Waterfall. Step out of Uvita with an excursion to Nature & Wildlife Tours in Ballena--about 1h 20 min away. There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Ventanas and soothe aching muscles at Danyasa Eco-Retreat - Bamboo Yoga Play Studio.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Uvita day trip tool.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Uvita in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Drake Bay.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Drake Bay

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): head off the coast to Cano Island. On the 15th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Drake Bay online travel planner.

Traveling by car from Uvita to Drake Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and ferry. On the 15th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Drake Bay

Wildlife · Nature · Parks · Tours

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

— 4 nights

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.
Visiting Playa Punta Uva and Nature Observatorio will get you outdoors. We've included these beaches for you: Playa Cocles and La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita. Spend the 19th (Fri) exploring nature at Cahuita National Park. The adventure continues: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, admire the natural beauty at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip planner.

Traveling by car from Drake Bay to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

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 Natura Eco Park Costa Rica and Tabacon Hot Springs will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Butterfly Conservatory and La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve. There's still lots to do: get outside with Outdoor Activities, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Bogarin Trail.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

Getting from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Playas del Coco

— 3 nights

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.
On the 24th (Wed), stroll through Playa Hermosa and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Playas del Coco trip itinerary builder.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Playas del Coco by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Costa Rica travel guide

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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.