29 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

29 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip planner

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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive
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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
Drive
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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 Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano) will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Butterfly Conservatory and Arenal 1968 Volcano View & Trails. There's still lots to do: take in the natural beauty of Los Lagos Hot Springs, indulge in your favorite hot beverage with a coffee and tea tour, hike along Natura Eco Park Costa Rica, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary planning tool.

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) to allow time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

— 2 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.
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.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

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 Uvita Waterfall and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. Get in touch with nature at Uvita Beach and Parque Reptilandia. Step out of Uvita with an excursion to Horseback Riding Tours in Dominical--about 50 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: get outside with Outdoor Activities, explore by horseback at Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge, soothe aching muscles at Danyasa Eco-Retreat - Bamboo Yoga Play Studio, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Uvita day trip site.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Uvita takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

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 Spas. Step out of the city life by going to Rainmaker Park and Playa Espadilla Norte. There's still lots to do: trot along with a tour on horseback and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio online 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.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure

Side Trips

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 Horseback Riding 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.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Nature · Parks

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.
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.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors · Tours · Beaches · Parks

Side Trip

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 Dolphin & Whale Watching. Go for a jaunt from Playa Samara to Nosara to see Sibu Wildlife Sanctuary about 58 minutes away. It doesn't end there: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

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.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

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 Off-Road Tours and Potrero Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Kayaking & Canoeing. 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.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

Playas del Coco

— 4 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Cataratas Llanos de Cortes and Scuba & Snorkeling. Discover out-of-the-way places like Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands and Spas. 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. It doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Playas del Coco trip planning website.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

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.