17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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

2
days
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): look for gifts at J.LANG Atelier & Showroom. On the 20th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: shop like a local with Multiplaza, then take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu, then stop by Tienda eNe, and finally admire the masterpieces at Precolumbian Gold Museum.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the San Jose vacation planning website .

Sydney, Australia to San Jose is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to San Jose is minus 16 hours. In December, daily temperatures in San Jose can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in San Jose

#Museums, #Shopping, #Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Escazu, Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles)
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2
days
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. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica, then identify plant and animal life at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, and then admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Puerto Viejo de Talamanca sightseeing planner .

Drive from San Jose to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to drive 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

3
days
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.
Do your shopping at Hummingbird Gallery and Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena and Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, take in the views from Santa Elena Skywalk, stroll through The Bat Jungle, and stop by Souvenir Rosewood.

For ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Monteverde online travel planner .

Getting from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Monteverde by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. December in Monteverde sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 32°C at night. 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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Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
Hummingbird Gallery ©
Hummingbird Gallery

2
days
Playa Samara

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): look for gifts at Nativa Gallery, take in the exciting artwork at MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Samara Farmers Market, and finally shop like a local with Koss Art Gallery. Keep things going the next day: trot along with a tour on horseback and then kick back and relax at Playa Garza.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Playa Samara driving holiday website .

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Playa Samara takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

#Outdoors, #Shopping, #Wildlife

Side Trips

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

3
days
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Do your shopping at Papaya Con Leche and EK Art Jewelry. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at GirlFish Tamarindo and Urban Eclectic Jewelry. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tamarindo Beach, look for gifts at Dolores Shop, and explore and take pictures at Pura Aventura.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Tamarindo online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Playa Samara to Tamarindo in 2.5 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 your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Shopping, #Parks, #Outdoors
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
EK Art Jewelry ©
EK Art Jewelry
Urban Eclectic Jewelry ©
Urban Eclectic Jewelry

2
days
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Hermosa, and then look for gifts at Cata Chocolate. Here are some ideas for day two: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then take in the exciting artwork at Alessandra Cola Art.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Playas del Coco holiday maker app .

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

Side Trip

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

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