29 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

29 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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29 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: La Cruz
Drive:  1 h 30 min
1
Playas del Coco
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Tamarindo
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Playa Samara
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
4
Santa Teresa
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2 h 45 min
5
San Jose
— 2 nights
Bus:  3 h 30 min
6
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h
7
Tortuguero
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
8
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
9
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
10
Uvita
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
End: David

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Playa Dantita. Do your shopping at Hidden Garden Art Gallery and Cata Chocolate. Explore Playas del Coco's surroundings by going to Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste) and Horseback Riding Tours (in Liberia). There's more to do: meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience and view the masterpieces at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Playas del Coco road trip app .

La Cruz to Playas del Coco is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Liberia, Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands, Playa Dantita
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Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands ©
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Horseback Riding Tours

4
nights
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Take a break from the city and head to Off-Road Tours and Scuba & Snorkeling. Relax by the water at Playa Mina and Penca Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Tamarindo side-trips: Arenas Blancas (in Playa Conchal) and Playa Danta (in Las Catalinas). Next up on the itinerary: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, glide peacefully along the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area, and stop by Buena Nena.

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You can drive from Playas del Coco to Tamarindo in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Tours Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Conchal, Playa Danta, Kayaking & Canoeing, Penca Beach
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Off-Road Tours
Kayaking & Canoeing
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

2
nights
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.
On the 12th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones), then stroll through Playa Garza, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Belen Waterfall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Samara Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Buena Vista, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manzanillo.

To see photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Playa Samara tour itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Tamarindo to Playa Samara in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Playa Garza, Playa Manzanillo, Playa Guiones
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Playa Guiones ©
Playa Guiones
Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
Playa Garza ©
Playa Garza

3
nights
Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Santa Teresa, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then stroll through Playa Carmen, and finally view the masterpieces at Bri'ah Art Gallery. On your second day here, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Refugio Nacional Mixto de Vida Silvestre Romelia.

For photos, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Santa Teresa trip app .

Drive from Playa Samara to Santa Teresa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Refugio Nacional Mixto de Vida Silvestre Romelia, Kayaking & Canoeing
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Playa Carmen ©
Playa Carmen
Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa
Kayaking & Canoeing

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 16th (Sat): cruise along Top Travel Costa Rica and then sample the tasty concoctions at Costa Rica's Craft Brewing Co.. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Chocolatería Sibú and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read San Jose journey planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Santa Teresa to San Jose in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in May, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in San Jose

Spas Breweries & Distilleries Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Chocolatería Sibú
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Top Travel Costa Rica ©
Top Travel Costa Rica
Chocolatería Sibú ©
Chocolatería Sibú
Spas

3
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Punta Uva Beach and Puerto Viejo Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Luluberlu Art Gallery and Nature Park Walk. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and have some family-friendly fun at Yesland Mini Golf.

To see more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip itinerary planner.

You can take a bus from San Jose to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. On the 21st (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Manzanillo, Cahuita
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Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Tortuguero

Tortuguero ©
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 21st (Thu), examine the collection at Sea Turtle Conservancy.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Tortuguero online travel planner .

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Tortuguero takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In May in Tortuguero, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks Nature Adventure
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Kayaking & Canoeing
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

5
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos

La Fortuna de San Carlos ©
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.
Visit Catedral de Ciudad Quesada and Iglesia de La Fortuna de San Carlos for their historical value. Do your shopping at Onirica Art Gallery and Galeria Estudio. Get out of town with these interesting La Fortuna de San Carlos side-trips: Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park (in La Virgen) and Butterfly Conservatory (in El Castillo). And it doesn't end there: take a memorable tour with Tours, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve, and take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Catedral de Ciudad Quesada, Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park, Butterfly Conservatory
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Safaris
Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park ©
Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park

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nights
Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio ©
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
On the 28th (Thu), stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then walk around Parque Nahomi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Playa Espadilla Norte and then explore the striking landscape of Manuel Antonio National Park.

For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio journey maker.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Quepos
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Espadilla Norte ©
Playa Espadilla Norte
Manuel Antonio National Park ©
Manuel Antonio National Park

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nights
Uvita

Uvita ©
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Playa Ventanas and Santa Lucia Falls. Step out of the city life by going to Parque Nacional Marino Ballena and Marino Ballena National Park. The adventure continues: stroll through Oro Verde Biological Reserve, look for gifts at Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Uvita trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Uvita takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Uvita

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store, Playa Ventanas
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Parque Nacional Marino Ballena ©
Parque Nacional Marino Ballena
Santa Lucia Falls ©
Santa Lucia Falls
Spas & Wellness

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