29 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

29 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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29 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
+2
Fly + bus + shuttle:  16​h
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 4 nights
Drive:  7​h 15​min
3
Nosara
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Playas del Coco
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Monteverde
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Uvita
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
+3
bus + foot + shuttle + Fly:  17​h
End: Amsterdam

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.
Get outdoors at Butterfly Conservatory and Arenal Natura Ecological Park. Step off the beaten path and head to Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano) and Ecocentro Danaus. When in La Fortuna de San Carlos, make a side trip to see Arenal Eco Zoo in El Castillo, approximately 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs, Head underground at Venado Caves, shop like a local with Onirica Art Gallery, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Cerro Chato ANC Park & Gardens.

To find maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip site .

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to La Fortuna de San Carlos is minus 7 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

El Castillo, Arenal Volcano National Park
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Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Ecocentro Danaus ©
Ecocentro Danaus
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

4
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.
Relax by the water at Playa Chiquita and Playa Cocles. Discover out-of-the-way places like Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens and Veragua Rainforest Park. Take a break from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca with a short trip to Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica in Cahuita, about 40 minutes away. There's more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Observatorio.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca tour planner .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Nosara.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Cahuita, Veragua Rainforest Park, Nature Observatorio
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Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles
Playa Chiquita ©
Playa Chiquita

3
nights
Nosara

Nosara ©
Along with its agricultural and fishing heritage, Nosara stands as one of the oldest expatriate communities in the country.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Barrigona Beach, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and then putt your heart out at Jungle Mini Golf, Nosara.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Nosara vacation planning app .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Nosara in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi. Traveling from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Nosara, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. March in Nosara sees daily highs of 40°C and lows of 25°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Nosara

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Barrigona Beach
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Barrigona Beach ©
Barrigona Beach
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary ©
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife ©
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife

4
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.
Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco and Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visiting Zipline and Potrero Beach will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Playas del Coco side-trips: Spas & Wellness (in Tamarindo) and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours (in Playa Flamingo). There's more to do: meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience and stroll through Playa Hermosa.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Playas del Coco trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Nosara to Playas del Coco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 40°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Zipline, Playa Hermosa, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, Potrero Beach, Spas & Wellness
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Zipline
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Santa Elena Skywalk and Ecological Sanctuary. Visiting Zipline and The Bat Jungle will get you outdoors. Go for a jaunt from Monteverde to Tilaran to see Viento Fresco Waterfall about 56 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas), stop by Hummingbird Gallery, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Monteverde journey builder website .

Drive from Playas del Coco to Monteverde in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Uvita.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Viento Fresco Waterfall, Zipline
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Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
Zipline
Viento Fresco Waterfall ©
Viento Fresco Waterfall

4
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Hacienda Baru and Parque Nacional Marino Ballena. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Uvita Beach, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and admire the sheer force of Uvita Waterfall.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Uvita road trip planning site .

You can do a combination of shuttle and bus from Monteverde to Uvita in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car, flight, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Dominical
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Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Hacienda Baru ©
Hacienda Baru

4
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Zipline. You'll get in some beach time at Playa Biesanz and Playa Espadilla Norte. When in Manuel Antonio, make a side trip to see Rainmaker Park in Parrita, approximately 44 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, look for gifts at Beso Loco Boutique de Playa, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and relax in the rural setting at Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio trip planner .

Traveling by car from Uvita to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Manuel Antonio can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Quepos, Rainmaker Park
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Rainmaker Park ©
Rainmaker Park
Zipline
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz

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