33 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

33 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
Drive
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Uvita
— 3 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive
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Santa Teresa
— 3 nights
Drive
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Playa Samara
— 4 nights
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Tamarindo
— 4 nights
Drive
8
Playas del Coco
— 3 nights
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 3 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos — 3 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.
Get in touch with nature at River Rafting & Tubing and Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge. There's much more to do: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, browse the exhibits of Onirica Art Gallery, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Arenal Volcano.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary maker website.

Lisbon, Portugal to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Western European Standard Time (WET) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -6 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.
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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.
Get in touch with nature at Playa Biesanz and Playa Espadilla Norte. Step off the beaten path and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Meli Melo Boutique. There's more to do: see MidWorld Costa Rica and look for gifts at House of Cigars.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio trip planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge and Kokopelli. Get in touch with nature at Parasailing & Paragliding and Oro Verde Biological Reserve. The adventure continues: stroll through Uvita Beach, soothe aching muscles at Danyasa Eco-Retreat - Bamboo Yoga Play Studio, and head outdoors with Hacienda Baru Lodge.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Uvita vacation planner.

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 25th (Sun) so you can drive to Monteverde.
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Monteverde — 3 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.
Visiting Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Zipline will get you outdoors. It doesn't end there: get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle and delve into the lush surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Monteverde trip website.

Getting from Uvita to Monteverde by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Monteverde are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can go by car to Santa Teresa.
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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Playa Santa Teresa and Believe Surf and Yoga. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Playa Hermosa and Playa Carmen. Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Teresa: Montezuma (Montezuma Falls & Costa Rica Color). It doesn't end there: look for gifts at Tica Surf Bikinis.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Teresa trip planning site.

You can drive from Monteverde to Santa Teresa in 5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can go by car to Playa Samara.
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Playa Samara — 4 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.
Get in touch with nature at Playa Guiones and Barrigona Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Puerto Carrillo and Belen Waterfall. Change things up with a short trip to MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY in Nosara (about 58 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Samara Beach.

To see maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Playa Samara online travel route builder.

You can drive from Santa Teresa to Playa Samara in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Playa Samara sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 32°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.
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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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa Avellana and Tamarindo Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Diamante Boutique. Get out of town with these interesting Tamarindo side-trips: Playa Conchal (Playa Conchal & Garra de Leon Golf Course). The adventure continues: soothe aching muscles at Nick Holt Fitness and look for gifts at Buena Nena.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Tamarindo route builder.

You can drive from Playa Samara to Tamarindo in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Playas del Coco.
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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Scuba & Snorkeling and Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco. Escape the urban bustle at Playa Hermosa and Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands. The adventure continues: take in the exciting artwork at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Playas del Coco trip planner.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Tortuguero.
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Tortuguero — 1 night

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.
On the 12th (Thu), explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Tortuguero online trip maker.

You can drive from Playas del Coco to Tortuguero in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In January, daily temperatures in Tortuguero can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.
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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.
We've included these beaches for you: Playa Puerto Viejo and La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita. Explore hidden gems such as Playa Cocles and Luluberlu Art Gallery. Spend the 13th (Fri) exploring nature at Cahuita National Park.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca journey builder website.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel back home.
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Costa Rica travel guide

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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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