35 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

35 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Fly
1
Playas del Coco
— 4 nights
Drive
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 6 nights
Drive
3
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Uvita
— 5 nights
Drive
5
Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
Drive
6
Jaco
— 4 nights
Ferry to Malpais, Bus to Santa Teresa
7
Santa Teresa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 6 nights
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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Rincon de La Vieja National Park and Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands. Bring the kids along to Playa Hermosa and Costa Rica'n Art Craft. Change things up with these side-trips from Playas del Coco: Cataratas Llanos de Cortes (in Bagaces), Brother's Adventures Tours (in Sardinal) and Rio Negro Hot Springs (in Rincon de La Vieja). There's lots more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, look for gifts at Cata Chocolate, and view the masterpieces at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Playas del Coco day trip tool.

San Francisco, USA to Playas del Coco is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 6 — 10:

6
nights
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.
Kids will enjoy River Rafting & Tubing and Natura Eco Park Costa Rica. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna and Onirica Art Gallery. Go for a jaunt from La Fortuna de San Carlos to El Castillo to see Butterfly Conservatory about 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: take a memorable tour with Tours, witness a stunning natural landmark at Los Lagos Hot Springs, explore the striking landscape of Arenal Volcano, and hike along Arenal 1968 Trail.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos online tour builder.

You can drive from Playas del Coco to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 10 — 16:

3
nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Punta Uva Beach and Nature Observatorio. Kids will enjoy Caribe Horse Riding Club and Spas. The adventure continues: pick up some local products at La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita and stop by Caribeans Coffee & Chocolate.

To find photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Outdoors · Shopping · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 16 — 19:

5
nights
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.
Visit Uvita Beach and Playa Ventanas for some beach relaxation. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge. When in Uvita, make a side trip to see Kokopelli in Sierpe, approximately Sierpe away. And it doesn't end there: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, glide peacefully along the water with Pineapple Tours, and stop by Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Uvita visit planning site.

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Uvita in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 19 — 24:

4
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Safari Adventures and River Rafting & Tubing. Escape the urban bustle at Playa Manuel Antonio and Playa Espadilla Norte. Step out of Manuel Antonio with an excursion to Rainmaker Park in Parrita--about 46 minutes away. The adventure continues: trot along with a tour on horseback, stroll around Parque Nahomi, take the plunge with Skydive Costa Rica, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

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You can drive from Uvita to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Adventure

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 24 — 28:

4
nights
Jaco

A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
Step off the beaten path and head to Calypso Cruises and Horseback Riding Tours. Take a break from the city and head to Off-Road Tours and Zipline. Spend the 1st (Thu) exploring nature at Carara National Park. The adventure continues: browse the exhibits of Tico Pod Art House & Gifts, take some stellar pictures from Mirador de Jaco, look for gifts at Fruity Monkey Poop, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Jaco trip maker.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Jaco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 28 — Jul 2:

2
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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 3rd (Sat), trot along with a tour on horseback, then kick your exploration up a notch at Canopy del Pacifico Mal Pais, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sun): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then get interesting insight from SunTrails Montezuma Waterfall Canopy Tour, and then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Santa Teresa road trip tool.

You can do a combination of ferry and bus from Jaco to Santa Teresa in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Beaches

Side Trips

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6
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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 enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at San Juanillo Beach and Playa Conchal. Do some cultural sightseeing at Lydia Beech Art Boutique and MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY. Get out of town with these interesting Tamarindo side-trips: Playa Samara (Horseback Riding Tours & Belen Waterfall) and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours (in Playa Flamingo). And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, step aboard Kingpin Sportfishing, and wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura.

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Getting from Santa Teresa to Tamarindo by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

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Costa Rica travel guide

4.3
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.