35 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

35 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Fly to San Jose, Bus to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 7 nights
Drive
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Puerto Limon
— 1 day
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San Jose
— 1 night
Drive
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Golfito
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Vito
— 1 night
Drive
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Drake Bay
— 3 nights
Drive
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Uvita
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Santa Teresa
— 3 nights
Drive
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Playa Samara
— 3 nights
Drive
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Playa Flamingo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Playas del Coco
— 3 nights
Shuttle
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Gulf of Papagayo
— 3 nights
Drive to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, Fly to Ottawa

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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

— 7 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Playa Cocles and Zipline. Visiting Nature Observatorio and Tarantulas Way will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Puerto Viejo de Talamanca: Sixaola Bridge (in Sixaola), Puerto Limon (Catedral Sagrado Corazon de Jesus, Vargas Park, &more) and Alma Verde - Cahuita Healing Garden (in Cahuita). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla, take in the dramatic scenery at Voilo Waterfall, and kick back and relax at Playa Negra.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip itinerary maker tool.

Ottawa, Canada to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Ottawa to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can drive to Puerto Limon.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Puerto Limon

— 1 day
To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Limon trip planner.

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Puerto Limon in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Puerto Limon can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Puerto Limon

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

San Jose

— 1 night
A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
For more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the San Jose online route planner.

Traveling by car from Puerto Limon to San Jose takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Puerto Limon in November, with highs in San Jose at 30°C and lows at 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Golfito.

Things to do in San Jose

Wildlife · Parks · Fun & Games · Golf

Side Trips

Golfito

— 2 nights
The port town of Golfito is located in Puntarenas Province on the southern Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, near the border of Panama. On the 15th (Mon), take a tour by water with Costa rica peche Passion, tour the pleasant surroundings at Golfito National Wildlife Refuge, then go for a stroll along the water at Golfito Marina Village & Resort, and finally stroll through Zamia Wildlife Refuge. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Paradise Tropical Gardens and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Piedras Blancas National Park.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Golfito travel route planning website.

Traveling by car from San Jose to Golfito takes 5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to drive to San Vito.

Things to do in Golfito

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

San Vito

— 1 night
San Vito, Santu Idu or Santu Bidu in the Sardinian language, is a comune in the Province of South Sardinia in the Italian region Sardinia, located about 45km northeast of Cagliari.San Vito borders the following municipalities: Burcei, Castiadas, Muravera, Sinnai, Villaputzu, Villasalto.It is the birthplace of launeddas player Luigi Lai. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Las Cruces Biological Station and then delve into the lush surroundings at Finca Cantaros.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the San Vito day trip planning site.

Getting from Golfito to San Vito by car takes about 1.5 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 17th (Wed) before leaving for Drake Bay.

Things to do in San Vito

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Drake Bay

— 3 nights
Step off the beaten path and head to The Divine Dolphin and Reserva Biologica Isla del Cano. Visiting Playa San Josecito and Quebrada Cuervo will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Puerto Jimenez (Rancho Raices de Osa & Playa Preciosa). Spend a day of island exploring on the 20th (Sat) at Cano Island.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Drake Bay trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from San Vito to Drake Bay in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Drake Bay

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

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.
Visit Playa Espadilla Norte and Playa Ventanas for some beach relaxation. Explore hidden gems such as Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge and Cascada Pavon - Waterfall in Costa Rica. Venture out of the city with trips to Playa Linda (in Playa Matapalo), Kokopelli (in Sierpe) and Quepos (La Playita & Birding Spots Manuel Antonio). There's still lots to do: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Uvita online holiday planner.

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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to catch the ferry to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Uvita

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Teresa

— 3 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Costa Rican Tropical Tours and Isla de Cabuya. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa Carmen and Playa Montezuma. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Teresa: Montezuma (Refugio Nacional Mixto de Vida Silvestre Romelia & Mariposario Butterfly Garden), Rio Lajas (in Cabuya) and Paquera (Playa Quesera & Playa Organos). Next up on the itinerary: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and stop by Tica Surf Bikinis.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Santa Teresa trip builder app.

You can ride a ferry from Uvita to Santa Teresa in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. You'll set off for Playa Samara on the 27th (Sat).

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

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 discover tucked-away gems like Puerto Carrillo and Kingfisher Sportfishing. Escape the urban bustle at Werner Sauter Biological Reserve and Playa Buena Vista. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Playa Samara: Playa Manzanillo (in Nicoya), Wild By Nature Adventures (in Playa San Miguel) and Garza (Playa Garza & Nosara Sea Saw Tours). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Corozalito, relax and rejuvenate at Casa Spa, tour the pleasant surroundings at Jungle Butterfly Farm, and browse the exhibits of MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Playa Samara day trip planning website.

You can drive from Santa Teresa to Playa Samara in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can drive to Playa Flamingo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Playa Flamingo

— 3 nights

White Beach

The white sand beach of Playa Flamingo has become a go-to tourist getaway by the sea.
On the 1st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Penca Beach, then get outside with Los Piratas de Flamingo, then kick back and relax at Playa Flamingo, and finally relax and rejuvenate at Onzen Spa.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Playa Flamingo travel route tool.

Traveling by car from Playa Samara to Playa Flamingo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Playa Flamingo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Adventure

Side Trips

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.
Get in touch with nature at Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands and The Monkey Farm. Discover out-of-the-way places like Crazy Alex CR and Playas del coco. There's still lots to do: stop by Playa Ocotal, take in the exciting artwork at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts, explore the galleries of Alessandra Cola Art, and try your luck at Hotel La Flor de Itabo Resort & Casino.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Playas del Coco day trip app.

You can drive from Playa Flamingo to Playas del Coco in an hour. In December in Playas del Coco, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 32°C at night. You will leave for Gulf of Papagayo on the 6th (Mon).

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Gulf of Papagayo

— 3 nights
A concerted development project by the government given Gulf of Papagayo a growing number of luxury and all inclusive resort complexes and turned it into one of the country's leading holiday destinations.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa Iguanita and Playa Nacascolo. Visiting Horseback Riding Tours and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Gulf of Papagayo: Liberia (Hidden Garden Art Gallery, Church of La Ermita La Agonia, &more). There's lots more to do: relax in the rural setting at Tio Leo Coffee Tour,a real cultural experience, play a few rounds at Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica Golf Course, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Beach's Massage.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Gulf of Papagayo attractions planner.

Gulf of Papagayo is just a stone's throw from Playas del Coco. In December, daytime highs in Gulf of Papagayo are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Gulf of Papagayo

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Wildlife

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.