28 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

28 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica vacation planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Tamarindo
— 4 nights
Drive
2
Nosara
— 3 nights
Shuttle
3
Santa Teresa
— 2 nights
Bus to Malpais, Ferry to Jaco
4
Jaco
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
Drive
6
Drake Bay
— 2 nights
Drive
7
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 3 nights
Drive
8
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 6 nights
Shuttle to Playa Panamá, Fly to Montreal

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Tamarindo

— 4 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 Pura Aventura and Off-Road Tours. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tamarindo: Hidden Garden Art Gallery (in Liberia), River Rafting & Tubing (in Playas del Coco) and Playa Hermosa (in Playa Hermosa). There's more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and stop by Azul Profundo Boutique.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Tamarindo trip itinerary builder tool.

Montreal, Canada to Tamarindo is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can go by car to Nosara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Beaches · Adventure

Side Trips

Nosara

— 3 nights
Along with its agricultural and fishing heritage, Nosara stands as one of the oldest expatriate communities in the country.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Sibu Wildlife Sanctuary and Spas. Explore Nosara's surroundings by going to Playa Samara (Off-Road Tours, Barrigona Beach, &more). There's more to do: kick back and relax at Playa Guiones.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Nosara sightseeing tool.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Nosara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Nosara

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

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 10th (Mon), stroll through Playa Santa Teresa and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. On your second day here, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Teresa sightseeing planning tool.

You can take a shuttle from Nosara to Santa Teresa in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Jaco.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors · Tours · Beaches · Parks

Side Trip

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Carara National Park and Kayaking & Canoeing. There's still lots to do: explore the galleries of Tico Pod Art House & Gifts, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Jaco road trip planning website.

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Santa Teresa to Jaco in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Manuel Antonio

— 4 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Parasailing & Paragliding and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Manuel Antonio: Uvita Waterfall (in Uvita) and Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary (in Dominical). It doesn't end there: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio trip builder.

Drive from Jaco to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can drive to Drake Bay.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Drake Bay

— 2 nights
On the 19th (Wed), head off the coast to Cano Island. On the 20th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Drake Bay trip planner.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Drake Bay takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Drake Bay

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

— 3 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Playa Punta Uva and Caribeans Coffee & Chocolate. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Cocles, admire the natural beauty at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, look for all kinds of wild species at Punta Uva Dive Center, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Puerto Viejo de Talamanca online sightseeing 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 6 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Paradise Hot Springs and Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano). 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: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, stroll around Bogarin Trail, see Off-Road Tours, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos travel route planning website.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. On the 29th (Sat), you're off to home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
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.