43 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

43 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica vacation planner
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 1 night
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 5 nights
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Uvita
— 5 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 5 nights
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Jaco
— 5 nights
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Playa Samara
— 5 nights
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Tamarindo
— 5 nights
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Playas del Coco
— 5 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): take in the exciting artwork at Souvenir Herrera, tour the pleasant surroundings at Arenal Sanctuary Reserve, and then take an in-depth tour of ChocoMuseo La Fortuna. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bogarin Trail, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then stroll through Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip website.

Mexican Hat, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 63.5-hour car ride. You can also drive. Traveling from Mexican Hat to La Fortuna de San Carlos, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca — 5 nights

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.
Visit Playa Punta Uva and Playa Manzanillo for some beach relaxation. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nature Observatorio and Nature Park Walk. There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, stroll through Redfrogteam Biological Station, head outdoors with Nature Riders, and kick back and relax at Playa Puerto Viejo.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip website.

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Uvita.
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Uvita — 5 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 Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Scuba & Snorkeling. You'll get in some beach time at Uvita Beach and Parque Nacional Marino Ballena. Step out of Uvita with an excursion to San Buenas Golf Resort and Spa in Ciudad Cortes--about 32 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada El Pavon, tour the pleasant surroundings at Oro Verde Biological Reserve, soothe aching muscles at Danyasa Eco-Retreat - Bamboo Yoga Play Studio, and hike along Locos por el Bosque.

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

You can 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 17th (Sun) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.
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Manuel Antonio — 5 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 enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa Manuel Antonio and Playa Espadilla Norte. Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and La Playita. Step out of Manuel Antonio to go to Playa Matapalo and see Playa Linda, which is approximately 56 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, kick back and relax at Playas Gemelas, get a new perspective on things with Tranquilo Charters, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio route planner.

You can drive from Uvita to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Jaco.
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Jaco — 5 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 discover tucked-away gems like Carara National Park and Royal Butterflies. Take a break from the city and head to Playa Bejuco and Zipline. Step out of Jaco to go to Parrita and see Palo Seco Beach, which is approximately 1 hour away. There's lots more to do: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, take in the dramatic scenery at Catarata Bijagual, ride a horse along Vista Los Suenos Horseback Riding, and scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Jaco tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Jaco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Playa Samara.
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Playa Samara — 5 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 get in some beach time at Samara Beach and Playa Buena Vista. Get in touch with nature at Horseback Riding Tours and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Change things up with these side-trips from Playa Samara: Room Escape Games (in Nosara), Jungle Butterfly Farm (in Nandayure) and Playa Corozalito (in Bejuco). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Puerto Carrillo, view the masterpieces at Koss Art Gallery, and soothe aching muscles at Chillasana Yoga & Surf School.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Playa Samara visit planner.

Getting from Jaco to Playa Samara by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and taxi; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.
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Tamarindo — 5 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 San Juanillo Beach and Playa Avellana. Step off the beaten path and head to Lydia Beech Art Boutique and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tamarindo: Playa Danta (in Las Catalinas) and Playa Conchal (Arenas Blancas, Playa Conchal, &more). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Tamarindo trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Playa Samara to Tamarindo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Playas del Coco.
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Playas del Coco — 5 nights

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Safaris. Take a break from the city and head to Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Playa Dantita. Venture out of the city with trips to Leona Waterfall (in Liberia) and Penca Beach (in Playa Potrero). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and get outside with Crazy Alex CR.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to 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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