32 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

32 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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32 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Liberia
Drive:  1​h
1
Playas del Coco
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Nicoya
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Nosara
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Playa Samara
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Playa Conchal
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
6
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
7
Liberia
— 22 nights
End: Liberia

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Ocotal, view the masterpieces at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts, and then kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco, then head outdoors with Crazy Alex CR, and then look for gifts at Sea Hag Clothing.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Playas del Coco driving holiday planner .

Liberia to Playas del Coco is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in May, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Nicoya.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Playa Hermosa, Playa Ocotal
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Playa Ocotal ©
Playa Ocotal
Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco ©

1
day
Nicoya

Nicoya ©
Nicoya, a city on the Nicoya Peninsula of the Guanacaste province, Costa Rica, is one of the country's most important tourist zones; it serves as a transport hub to Guanacaste's beaches and national parks. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manzanillo, enjoy the sand and surf at Puerto Carrillo, and then look for gifts at Casa de Arte, Curime.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Nicoya trip planning app .

You can drive from Playas del Coco to Nicoya in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in May, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Nosara.

Things to do in Nicoya

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Puerto Carrillo ©
Puerto Carrillo
Playa Manzanillo ©
Playa Manzanillo
Casa de Arte, Curime ©
Casa de Arte, Curime

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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 24th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones), soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and then stroll through SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary. On the 25th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Equisol Retreats CR, SRL, then take in the exciting artwork at MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY, and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Nosara online journey planner .

Traveling by car from Nicoya to Nosara takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in May, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Nosara

Outdoors Parks Tours
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SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary ©
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary
Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones) ©
Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones)
Spas & Wellness

2
nights
Playa Samara

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): kick back and relax at Samara Beach, then admire the sheer force of Belen Waterfall, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at dondeJavitours. On your second day here, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then get a taste of the local shopping with Koss Art Gallery, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Werner Sauter Biological Reserve.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Playa Samara tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Nosara to Playa Samara in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. May in Playa Samara sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Playa Conchal.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks Wildlife Beaches
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Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
dondeJavitours ©
dondeJavitours
Spas & Wellness

1
night
Playa Conchal

Playa Conchal
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cesar Adventure.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Playa Conchal trip planning site .

Drive from Playa Samara to Playa Conchal in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in May, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Conchal

Nature Tours Beaches

Side Trip

Cesar Adventure
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2
nights
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): play a few rounds at Hacienda Pinilla Golf Club and then stroll through Playa Avellana. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Tamarindo Beach and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Tamarindo holiday planner .

Tamarindo is very close to Playa Conchal. In May, daily temperatures in Tamarindo can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel to Liberia.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana

22
nights
Liberia

Liberia ©
Tourism in Liberia has been growing since the opening of its airport, with more and more international visitors using the city as a starting point for explorations of the country's northwest.
Visiting Viento Fresco Waterfall and Rio Perdido will get you outdoors. Hidden Garden Art Gallery and Church of La Ermita La Agonia are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Liberia: Area de Conservacion Guanacaste (Miravalles Volcano & Parque Nacional Volcan Rincon de la Vieja), Middle Earth Thermal Springs (in Quebrada Grande) and Las Hornillas Volcano Hot Springs (in Bagaces). On the 31st (Thu), enjoy an adventurous day among the treetops at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Spend the 12th (Tue) exploring nature at Tenorio National Park. The adventure continues: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, admire the sheer force of Llanos de Cortez Waterfall, and head outdoors with Costa Rica Fantastic Adventures.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Liberia driving holiday planner.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Tamarindo to Liberia in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In May in Liberia, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 26°C at night. You will leave for home on the 21st (Thu).

Things to do in Liberia

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Tilaran, Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, Bagaces, Tenorio National Park, Middle Earth Thermal Springs
Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 21:
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Viento Fresco Waterfall ©
Viento Fresco Waterfall
Rio Perdido ©
Rio Perdido
Centro de Rescate Las Pumas ©
Centro de Rescate Las Pumas
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