32 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

32 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Fly to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, Drive to Playas del Coco
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Playas del Coco
— 4 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tortuguero
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cahuita
— 2 nights
Drive
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 4 nights
Drive
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Uvita
— 3 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Santa Teresa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 5 nights
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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.
Visit Playa Danta and Playa Dantita for some beach relaxation. Take a break from the city and head to Shark Diving and Safaris. Take a break from Playas del Coco with a short trip to Arenas Blancas in Playa Conchal, about 1h 10 min away. There's more to do: look for gifts at Cata Chocolate.

To find maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Playas del Coco day trip website.

Newark, USA to Playas del Coco is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Newark to Playas del Coco. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.
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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Natura Eco Park Costa Rica. Escape the urban bustle at River Rafting & Tubing and Butterfly Conservatory - Arenal. Next up on the itinerary: walk around Bogarin Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Fortuna Waterfall, view the masterpieces at Galeria Estudio, and ride a horse along Arenal Wilberth Stables.

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You can drive from Playas del Coco to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can drive to Tortuguero.
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Tortuguero — 2 nights

Costa Rica's Amazon

One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park. On your second day here, examine the collection at Sea Turtle Conservancy, then stroll through Sendero Cerro Tortuguero, and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

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Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In May, daily temperatures in Tortuguero can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can go by car to Cahuita.
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Cahuita — 2 nights

With its dusty streets and simple (read affordable) lodgings, Cahuita bustles as a hub of backpacker tourism in southeastern Costa Rica.
On the 31st (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Negra and then surround yourself with nature on The Biologist from Cahuita. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Costa Rica Wildlife Sanctuary and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Bonita.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Cahuita tour builder tool.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to Cahuita takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.
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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.
Get in touch with nature at Playa Punta Uva and Wahoo Fishing & Tours. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa Puerto Viejo and Playa Manzanillo. The adventure continues: stroll through Nature Observatorio, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and get outside with Nature Riders.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip itinerary planning site.

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is just a stone's throw from Cahuita. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can go by car to Uvita.
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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Cascada El Pavon. You'll get in some beach time at Uvita Beach and Playa Garza. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Oro Verde Biological Reserve, admire the sheer force of Santa Lucia Falls, look for gifts at Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars, and browse the exhibits of Magic Ananda.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Uvita vacation builder.

Drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Uvita in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can drive 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Spas and La Playita. Get outdoors at Playa Manuel Antonio and Playas Gemelas. It doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

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Drive from Uvita to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to catch the ferry 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 13th (Tue), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Wed): stroll through Playa Santa Teresa and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Santa Teresa driving holiday planner.

You can ride a ferry from Manuel Antonio to Santa Teresa in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can drive to Monteverde.
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Monteverde — 5 nights

Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Valle Escondido Nature Reserve and Monteverde Nature Guided Tours. Escape the urban bustle at Natuwa Wildlife Santuary and Monteverde Tours. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Monteverde: Playa Dona Ana (in Barranca), Sustainability Demonstration Center (in Guacimal) and Superman De Osa (in Puntarenas). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Aguti Monteverde - Wildlife Reserve, admire the sheer force of San Luis Waterfall, view the masterpieces at Arte Jaguar Gallery, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Monteverde holiday planning site.

Traveling by car from Santa Teresa to Monteverde takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.
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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.
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