33 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

33 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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33 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  17 h 15 min
1
Playas del Coco
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Tamarindo
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Playa Samara
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
4
Santa Teresa
— 2 nights
Taxi + Ferry:  3 h 45 min
5
Uvita
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
7
Monteverde
— 4 nights
Drive:  6 h 30 min
8
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
9
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Fly:  15 h 30 min
End: Zurich

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.
Explore hidden gems such as River Rafting & Tubing and Tio Leo Coffee Tour. Next up on the itinerary: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, stroll through Playa Hermosa, explore the striking landscape of Rincon de La Vieja National Park, and take in the exciting artwork at Alessandra Cola Art.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Playas del Coco route planning tool .

Zurich, Switzerland to Playas del Coco is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Zurich to Playas del Coco, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Playa Hermosa, Tio Leo Coffee Tour, Rincon de La Vieja National Park
Find places to stay Feb 28 — Mar 2:
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
River Rafting & Tubing
Dolphin & Whale Watching

5
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Pura Aventura and Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates. When in Tamarindo, make a side trip to see Adrenaline & Extreme Tours in Playa Flamingo, approximately 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: take a memorable tour with Tours, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take a tour of Kingpin Sportfishing, and see Surfing, Windsurfing & Kitesurfing.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo trip builder site .

Drive from Playas del Coco to Tamarindo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Playa Flamingo, Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, Kayaking & Canoeing
Find places to stay Mar 2 — 7:
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Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura
Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates ©
Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

4
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Get out of town with these interesting Playa Samara side-trips: Macaw Recovery Network - Formerly The Ara Project (in Punta Islita) and Jungle Mini Golf, Nosara (in Nosara). And it doesn't end there: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and admire the sheer force of Belen Waterfall.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Playa Samara online day trip planner .

Drive from Tamarindo to Playa Samara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can drive to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Nosara, Macaw Recovery Network - Formerly The Ara Project
Find places to stay Mar 7 — 11:
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Horseback Riding Tours
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary ©
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary
Spas

2
nights
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.
On the 12th (Thu), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in the exciting artwork at Bri'ah Art Gallery, and then kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa. On the 13th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Wild Sun Rescue Center, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Santa Teresa online journey builder .

You can drive from Playa Samara to Santa Teresa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Uvita.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Montezuma
Find places to stay Mar 11 — 13:
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Horseback Riding Tours
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Spas & Wellness

3
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 Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. The adventure continues: explore by horseback at Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Uvita driving holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and ferry from Santa Teresa to Uvita takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Dominical
Find places to stay Mar 13 — 16:
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Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach

3
nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Parasailing & Paragliding and Walking tours. Venture out of the city with trips to Rainmaker Park (in Parrita) and Off-Road Tours (in Jaco). There's much more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take a memorable tour with Tours, trot along with a tour on horseback, and look for gifts at Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio online route planner .

Traveling by car from Uvita to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Quepos, Off-Road Tours, Rainmaker Park
Find places to stay Mar 16 — 19:
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Walking tours
Off-Road Tours
Parasailing & Paragliding

4
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas) and Viento Fresco Waterfall. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Monteverde: Guacimal River Bridge 2 (in Puntarenas) and Centro de Rescate Las Pumas (in Canas). The adventure continues: relax in the rural setting at El Trapiche Tour, take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden, admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Monteverde travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Guacimal River Bridge 2, Viento Fresco Waterfall, Centro de Rescate Las Pumas
Find places to stay Mar 19 — 23:
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El Trapiche Tour ©
El Trapiche Tour
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Punta Uva Beach and Caribeans Coffee & Chocolate. Step out of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca with an excursion to Veragua Rainforest Park in Puerto Limon--about 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Cocles, and take in the dramatic scenery at Cataratas Bribri Talamanca.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, Veragua Rainforest Park, Cataratas Bribri Talamanca
Find places to stay Mar 23 — 26:
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Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles

4
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park and Paradise Hot Springs. Go for a jaunt from La Fortuna de San Carlos to El Castillo to see Butterfly Conservatory about 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the fascinating underground world of Venado Caves, get impressive views of Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano), stroll through Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Los Lagos Hot Springs.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip builder website .

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park, Butterfly Conservatory
Find places to stay Mar 26 — 30:
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Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park ©
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs

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