17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Start: Sydney
Fly:  25 h
1
San Jose
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
2
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive:  6 h 30 min
3
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Playa Samara
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Playas del Coco
— 2 nights
Fly:  23 h
End: Sydney

2
nights
San Jose

San Jose ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): stop by J.LANG Atelier & Showroom. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: shop like a local with Multiplaza, explore the galleries of Galeria Namu, thenlook for gifts at Tienda eNe, and finally see the interesting displays at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read San Jose road trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to San Jose is an approximately 28-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to San Jose is minus 16 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Escazu, Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles
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Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum ©
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum

2
nights
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca ©
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 22nd (Sat): kick back and relax at Playa Cocles and then stroll through Punta Uva Beach. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica, admire the natural beauty at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Finca La Isla.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from San Jose to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Cahuita
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Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles
Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach

2
nights
Monteverde

Monteverde ©
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Head to Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and Souvenir Rosewood-Info Centerfor some retail therapy. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena and Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, get to know the fascinating history of Santa Elena Skywalk, look for gifts at Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Monteverde road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Monteverde in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Shopping
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Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery ©
Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery

2
nights
Playa Samara

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.
On the 27th (Thu), stop by Nativa Gallery, thentake in the exciting artwork at MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY, thenbrowse the eclectic array of goods at Samara Farmers Market, and finally explore the galleries of Koss Art Gallery. Keep things going the next day: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Garza.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Playa Samara trip planner.

Drive from Monteverde to Playa Samara in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. In December in Playa Samara, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 32°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Outdoors Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Nosara, Playa Garza
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Horseback Riding Tours
Playa Garza ©
Playa Garza
Koss Art Gallery ©
Koss Art Gallery

3
nights
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at EK Art Jewelry and Pura Aventura. Head to Papaya Con Leche and GirlFish Tamarindofor plenty of shopping. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach and stop by Dolores Shop.

Discover how to plan a Tamarindo trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Playa Samara to Tamarindo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can go by car to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Shopping Parks Outdoors
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Papaya Con Leche ©
Papaya Con Leche
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
EK Art Jewelry ©
EK Art Jewelry

2
nights
Playas del Coco

Playas del Coco ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco, thenkick back and relax at Playa Hermosa, and then stop by Cata Chocolate. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then browse the exhibits of Alessandra Cola Art.

To find where to stay and more tourist information, you can read our Playas del Coco trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Playas del Coco are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Playa Hermosa
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Scuba & Snorkeling
Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco ©
Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco

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