32 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

32 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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32 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Chicago
+3
Fly + shuttle + foot + bus:  9​h 45​min
1
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Uvita
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 4 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
5
Monteverde
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Playas del Coco
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Nosara
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Tamarindo
— 5 nights
+2
bus + shuttle + Fly:  9​h
End: Chicago

3
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa Biesanz and Playa Espadilla Norte. Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Rainmaker Park. There's more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Manuel Antonio online vacation planner .

Chicago, USA to Manuel Antonio is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Chicago in May, with highs in Manuel Antonio at 81°F and lows at 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours

Side Trips

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

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 Hacienda Baru and Uvita Waterfall. Head to Magic Ananda and Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Storefor some retail therapy. Spend the 13th (Sun) exploring nature at Parque Nacional Marino Ballena. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and stop by Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Uvita trip planner .

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Uvita in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Uvita

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Dominical, Parque Nacional Marino Ballena
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Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Hacienda Baru ©
Hacienda Baru

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Butterfly Conservatory and Arenal Natura Ecological Park. Step off the beaten path and head to Ecocentro Danaus and Venado Caves. Step out of La Fortuna de San Carlos with an excursion 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), shop like a local with Onirica Art Gallery, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Los Lagos Hot Springs.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip site .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Uvita to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, El Castillo
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Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs

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.
Visiting Playa Chiquita and Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Playa Cocles and Nature Observatorio. Take a break from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca with a short trip to Veragua Rainforest Park in Puerto Limon, about 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca day trip app .

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In May, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 82°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Beaches

Side Trips

Cahuita, Nature Observatorio, Veragua Rainforest Park
Find places to stay May 17 — 21:
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Playa Chiquita ©
Playa Chiquita
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles

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.
Head to Hummingbird Gallery and Souvenir Rosewoodfor plenty of shopping. Discover out-of-the-way places like Santa Elena Skywalk and Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena. Change things up with these side-trips from Monteverde: Viento Fresco Waterfall (in Tilaran) and Zipline (in Punta Arenas). There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Ecological Sanctuary, admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas), trot along with a tour on horseback, and tour the pleasant surroundings at The Bat Jungle.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Monteverde itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Monteverde takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Monteverde due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Zipline and Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco. Step out of the city life by going to Shark Diving and Llanos de Cortez Waterfall. When in Playas del Coco, make a side trip to see Souvenirs La gran Nicoya in Liberia, approximately 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: stroll through Playa Hermosa, take in the exciting artwork at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Rincon de La Vieja National Park.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Playas del Coco trip planner.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Playas del Coco takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 93°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Nosara.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

#Outdoors, #Adventure, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Liberia, Llanos de Cortez Waterfall, Playa Hermosa, Rincon de La Vieja National Park
Find places to stay May 25 — 29:
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Zipline
Rincon de La Vieja National Park ©
Rincon de La Vieja National Park
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall ©
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall

3
nights
Nosara

Nosara ©
Along with its agricultural and fishing heritage, Nosara stands as one of the oldest expatriate communities in the country.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Koss Art Gallery and Nativa Gallery. Discover out-of-the-way places like SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary and Nosara Refuge for Wildlife. Go for a jaunt from Nosara to Playa Samara to see Barrigona Beach about 40 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: view the masterpieces at MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY, putt your heart out at Jungle Mini Golf, Nosara, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Nosara travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Playas del Coco to Nosara takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Nosara can reach 93°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Nosara

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trip

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

5
nights
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Explore hidden gems such as Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Pura Aventura. For shopping fun, head to Lydia Beech Art or Papaya Con Leche. Explore Tamarindo's surroundings by going to Fishing Charters & Tours (in Playa Flamingo) and Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal). There's much more to do: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Avellana, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and look for gifts at Buena Nena.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Tamarindo online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Nosara to Tamarindo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in June, and nighttime lows around 74°F. On the 6th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Shopping

Side Trips

Playa Flamingo, Playa Conchal
Find places to stay Jun 1 — 6:
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana

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