20 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

20 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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20 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: El Paso
Fly:  16​h 30​min
Playas del Coco
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Nosara
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h
Montezuma
— 2 nights
ferry:  4​h
Uvita
— 5 nights
bus:  30​min
Dominical
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  2​h 45​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: El Paso

3
nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to River Rafting & Tubing and The Monkey Farm. Explore hidden gems such as Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco and Playa Ocotal. Change things up with a short trip to Costa Rica Sailing Center in Playa Potrero (about 1h 05 min away). Next up on the itinerary: view the masterpieces at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts and head outdoors with Crazy Alex CR.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Playas del Coco online tour builder .

El Paso, USA to Playas del Coco is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In August, plan for daily highs up to 91°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Nosara.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Adventure

Side Trips

The Monkey Farm, Costa Rica Sailing Center, River Rafting & Tubing, Playa Ocotal
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River Rafting & Tubing
Costa Rica Sailing Center ©
Costa Rica Sailing Center
Playa Ocotal ©
Playa Ocotal

2
nights
Nosara

Nosara ©
Along with its agricultural and fishing heritage, Nosara stands as one of the oldest expatriate communities in the country.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary, look for all kinds of wild species at Nosara Refuge for Wildlife, and then have fun at Tennis Club Colibri. On your second day here, admire the sheer force of Belen Waterfall, then view the masterpieces at Koss Art Gallery, and then identify plant and animal life at dondeJavitours.

To find out how to plan a trip to Nosara, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Playas del Coco to Nosara in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August in Nosara, expect temperatures between 91°F during the day and 73°F at night. On the 21st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Montezuma.

Things to do in Nosara

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Fun & Games

Side Trip

Playa Samara
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Koss Art Gallery ©
Koss Art Gallery
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary ©
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife ©
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife

2
nights
Montezuma

Montezuma ©
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.
Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Carmen and then kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Montezuma vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Nosara to Montezuma in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. On the 23rd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can ride a ferry to Uvita.

Things to do in Montezuma

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Teresa, Curu National Wildlife Refuge
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Playa Carmen ©
Playa Carmen
Curu National Wildlife Refuge ©
Curu National Wildlife Refuge

5
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.
Get outdoors at Uvita Beach and Kokopelli. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to El Sitio Museo Finca 6 and Santa Lucia Falls. Spend the 26th (Sun) exploring nature at Parque Nacional Marino Ballena. There's much more to do: get outside with Parque Nacional Marino Bahia Ballena, look for gifts at Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars, and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Uvita journey tool .

Traveling by ferry from Montezuma to Uvita takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to catcht the bus to Dominical.

Things to do in Uvita

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Parque Nacional Marino Bahia Ballena, Kokopelli, Parque Nacional Marino Ballena, El Sitio Museo Finca 6
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Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Parque Nacional Marino Ballena ©
Parque Nacional Marino Ballena
Kokopelli ©
Kokopelli

2
nights
Dominical

Dominical ©
The laid back beachfront town of Dominical has been transformed from a sleepy fishing village into a surfer haunt of some repute.
On the 28th (Tue), kick back and relax at Playa Matapalo and then look for all kinds of wild species at Parque Reptilandia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Wed): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, kick back and relax at Playa Espadilla Norte, and then stop by Jaime Peligro Book & CD Shop.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Dominical trip planner.

Dominical is just a short distance from Uvita. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Dominical

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Quepos, Spas & Wellness
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Playa Matapalo ©
Playa Matapalo
Parque Reptilandia ©
Parque Reptilandia
Playa Espadilla Norte ©
Playa Espadilla Norte

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ecological Sanctuary and Venado Caves. Visiting Arenal Natura Ecological Park and Tabacon Hot Springs will get you outdoors. Step out of La Fortuna de San Carlos to go to El Castillo and see Butterfly Conservatory, which is approximately 42 minutes away. There's more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs and get a taste of the local shopping with Onirica Art Gallery.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos online holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Dominical to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Butterfly Conservatory, Venado Caves, Ecological Sanctuary
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

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