31 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

31 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Fly to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, Drive to Playa Samara
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Playa Samara
— 3 nights
Drive
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Santa Teresa
— 3 nights
Drive
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Montezuma
— 3 nights
Drive
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Playa Samara
— 4 nights
Bus to San Jose, Bus to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tortuguero
— 2 nights
Drive
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Playa Samara
— 6 nights
Drive
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San Jose
— 1 night
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Playa Samara

— 3 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.
Playa Samara is known for beaches, adventure, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Samara Beach.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Playa Samara road trip website.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Playa Samara is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Playa Samara due to the time zone difference. You'll set off for Santa Teresa on the 9th (Sun).

Things to do in Playa Samara

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay May 5 — 9:
Highlights from your trip

Santa Teresa

— 3 nights
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.
Santa Teresa is known for beaches, adventure, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Santa Teresa.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Santa Teresa trip app.

You can drive from Playa Samara to Santa Teresa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Montezuma.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay May 9 — 12:
Highlights from your trip

Montezuma

— 3 nights
With a scenic position on a sheltered bay, Montezuma remains one of Costa Rica's quieter destinations, attracting mostly backpackers and other explorers averse to making detailed travel plans.
Explore Montezuma's surroundings by going to Curu National Wildlife Refuge (in Nicoya) and Tortuga Island (in Puntarenas). There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Montezuma Falls, tour the pleasant surroundings at Refugio Nacional Mixto de Vida Silvestre Romelia, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve.

Before you visit Montezuma, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Santa Teresa to Montezuma in an hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Montezuma

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 12 — 15:

Playa Samara

— 4 nights
See some other sides of Playa Samara: kick back and relax at Samara Beach, take in the dramatic scenery at Belen Waterfall, stroll through Playa Buena Vista, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Playa Samara trip itinerary site.

Getting from Montezuma to Playa Samara by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay May 15 — 19:

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

— 4 nights

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.
Spend the 20th (Thu) exploring nature at Cahuita National Park. There's much more to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, admire the natural beauty at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, look for gifts at Caribeans Coffee & Chocolate, and enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Uva Beach.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca sightseeing site.

Getting from Playa Samara to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca by car takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 19 — 24:

Tortuguero

— 2 nights

Costa Rica's Amazon

One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park. On the 26th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a dose of the wild on Jungle Tom Safaris Day Tours and then examine the collection at Sea Turtle Conservancy.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Tortuguero travel planner.

Drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Tortuguero in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay May 24 — 26:

Playa Samara

— 6 nights
Step out of Playa Samara with an excursion to Playa Islita in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste--about 38 minutes away. Explore Playa Samara further: enjoy the sand and surf at Samara Beach, take in the exciting artwork at Koss Art Gallery, stroll through dondeJavitours, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Playa Samara online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to Playa Samara takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can go by car to San Jose.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 27 — Jun 2:

San Jose

— 1 night
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.
On the 2nd (Wed), stroll around Parque La Sabana, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, and then get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica. On the 3rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by J.LANG Atelier & Showroom, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Rescate Wildlife Rescue Center, and then admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the San Jose trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Playa Samara to San Jose takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in San Jose can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks · Museums · Tours · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 1 — 3:

Costa Rica travel guide

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Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
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.