30 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

30 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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30 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Kansas City
Fly:  14​h
Monteverde
— 7 nights
+2
shuttle + bus + Drive:  6​h 45​min
Drake Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Puerto Jimenez
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Uvita
— 7 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  3​h 15​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 9 nights
+2
shuttle + bus + Fly:  14​h 15​min
Kansas City

6
days
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ecological Sanctuary and Santa Elena Skywalk. Sarah's Gallery and Art House will appeal to museum buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Monteverde: Tilaran (Viento Fresco Waterfall & La Reserva Forest Reserve) and Punta Arenas (Catedral de Puntarenas & Zipline). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, look for gifts at Hummingbird Gallery, admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas), and meet the residents at The Bat Jungle.

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Kansas City, USA to Monteverde is an approximately 14-hour flight. You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Thu) before leaving for Drake Bay.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tilaran, Punta Arenas
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Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Zipline

3
days
Drake Bay

Take a break from the city and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Scuba & Snorkeling. Discover out-of-the-way places like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Minisuper Drake.

For reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Drake Bay holiday planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle, bus, and car from Monteverde to Drake Bay in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to drive to Puerto Jimenez.

Things to do in Drake Bay

#Wildlife, #Tours, #Outdoors
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
days
Puerto Jimenez

Puerto Jimenez ©
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): look for gifts at Jagua Arts and Crafts, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Tue): relax in the rural setting at Rancho Raices de Osa and then identify plant and animal life at Osa Wildlife Sanctuary.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Jimenez trip maker app .

Getting from Drake Bay to Puerto Jimenez by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in November, and nighttime lows around 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Puerto Jimenez

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife
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Rancho Raices de Osa ©
Rancho Raices de Osa
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Osa Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Osa Wildlife Sanctuary

7
days
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Playa Manuel Antonio and Parque Nacional Marino Ballena. Do some cultural sightseeing at El Sitio Museo Finca 6 and Magic Ananda. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Uvita Beach, identify plant and animal life at Oro Verde Biological Reserve, take a memorable tour with Tours, and stop by Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Uvita online vacation maker .

Drive from Puerto Jimenez to Uvita in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Puerto Jimenez to Uvita, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. On the 20th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Uvita

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Dominical, El Sitio Museo Finca 6, Playa Manuel Antonio, Parque Nacional Marino Ballena
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El Sitio Museo Finca 6 ©
El Sitio Museo Finca 6
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach

9
days
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.
Step out of the city life by going to River Rafting & Tubing and Tabacon Hot Springs. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Butterfly Conservatory and Ecocentro Danaus. Take a break from La Fortuna de San Carlos with a short trip to Arenal Eco Zoo in El Castillo, about 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the geological forces at Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano), take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cerro Chato ANC Park & Gardens, and Head underground at Venado Caves.

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Getting from Uvita to La Fortuna de San Carlos by combination of bus and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, El Castillo
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
River Rafting & Tubing

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