17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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San Jose
— 2 nights
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
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Playa Samara
— 2 nights
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Tamarindo
— 3 nights
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Playas del Coco
— 2 nights

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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, then look 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 · Historic Sites

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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca ©

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.
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 · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

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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 Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverdefor some retail therapy. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena and Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, look for gifts at Souvenir Rosewood-Info Center, take in the views from Santa Elena Skywalk, and get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Monteverde trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Monteverde takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Shopping · Historic Sites
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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, then take in the exciting artwork at MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY, and then explore the galleries of Koss Art Gallery. Keep things going the next day: take a memorable tour with Tours 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 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 · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Beach
Playa Garza
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Art Gallery
Koss Art Gallery
4.7

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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 Dolores Shopfor plenty of shopping. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach and stop by GirlFish Tamarindo.

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. 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 · Beaches · Outdoors · Parks
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Papaya Con Leche
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Gift & Specialty Shop
EK Art Jewelry
4.9

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Playas del Coco

Playas del Coco ©

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco, then kick 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 · Wildlife · Tours · Beaches

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Scuba / Snorkeling
Scuba & Snorkeling
4.3

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