32 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

32 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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32 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Montevideo
Fly:  16​h 30​min
Playas del Coco
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Tamarindo
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Playa Samara
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Monteverde
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
Manuel Antonio
— 5 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 8 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
San Jose
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h 45​min
Montevideo

1
day
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 2nd (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Ocotal and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Playas del Coco road trip site .

Montevideo, Uruguay to Playas del Coco is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Montevideo to Playas del Coco is minus 3 hours. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Montevideo in May; daily highs in Playas del Coco reach 39°C and lows reach 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

#Beaches, #Outdoors, #Parks

Side Trips

Playa Hermosa, Playa Ocotal
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Playa Hermosa
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Playa Ocotal

4
days
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Tamarindo Beach and Playa Avellana. Escape the urban bustle at Playa Conchal and Scuba & Snorkeling. Next up on the itinerary: tee off at Hacienda Pinilla Golf Club, get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, stop by Azul Profundo Boutique, and identify plant and animal life at Monkey Park.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo day trip app .

You can drive from Playas del Coco to Tamarindo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Tamarindo can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, Playa Conchal
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana

2
days
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): stroll through Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones) and then enjoy the sand and surf at Samara Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Belen Waterfall and then kick back and relax at Barrigona Beach.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Playa Samara planner .

You can drive from Tamarindo to Playa Samara in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in May, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Playa Samara

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones)
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Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones) ©
Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones)
Barrigona Beach ©
Barrigona Beach

4
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.
Get in touch with nature at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Curi Cancha Reserve. Step out of Monteverde to go to Tilaran and see Viento Fresco Waterfall, which is approximately 56 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, identify plant and animal life at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, look for gifts at Souvenir Rosewood, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle.

For reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Monteverde trip maker .

Traveling by car from Playa Samara to Monteverde takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Adventure

Side Trip

Viento Fresco Waterfall
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Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

5
days
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 Manuel Antonio and Playa Matapalo. Step out of the city life by going to MidWorld Costa Rica and Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary. Make the 16th (Wed) an awe-inspiring day at Naturalist Michael Araya Flores. The adventure continues: stroll through Playa Biesanz, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, stop by Super Joseth, and shop like a local with Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices.

For reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio holiday planner .

You can drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Manuel Antonio can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Quepos, Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica

7
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.
Get outdoors at River Rafting & Tubing and Tabacon Hot Springs. Get out of town with these interesting La Fortuna de San Carlos side-trips: El Castillo (Butterfly Conservatory & Arenal Eco Zoo). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape of Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Arenal, witness a stunning natural landmark at Eco Termales Hot Springs, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip website .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. On the 25th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

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
River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)

3
days
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Cahuita National Park and Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Puerto Viejo Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge, and admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla.

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Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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. In May, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Beaches

Side Trips

Cahuita, Nature Observatorio, Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge
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Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park
Puerto Viejo Beach ©
Puerto Viejo Beach
Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge ©

3
days
San Jose

San Jose ©
A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
Take a break from the city and head to La Paz Waterfall Gardens and River Rafting & Tubing. Change things up with these side-trips from San Jose: Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park) and Toucan Rescue Ranch (in San Isidro). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Precolumbian Gold Museum.

To see other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the San Jose trip itinerary maker site .

Drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to San Jose in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to San Jose. Traveling from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in May, San Jose is slightly colder at night with lows of 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

#Parks, #Nature, #Adventure

Side Trips

La Paz Waterfall Gardens, Poas Volcano, Toucan Rescue Ranch
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Toucan Rescue Ranch ©
Toucan Rescue Ranch
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
La Paz Waterfall Gardens ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens

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