33 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

33 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Toronto
+2
Fly + Bus + Taxi:  11 h 15 min
1
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive:  5 h
3
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 4 nights
Drive:  6 h
4
Uvita
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Jaco
— 3 nights
Ferry + Bus:  1 h 30 min
7
Santa Teresa
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
8
Playa Samara
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
9
Tamarindo
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
10
Quebrada Grande
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  9 h 45 min
End: Toronto

2
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena and Zipline. Step off the beaten path and head to Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas) and The Bat Jungle. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden, tour the pleasant surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve, take in the views from Santa Elena Skywalk, and stop by Souvenir Rosewood-Info Center.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Monteverde trip planner.

Toronto, Canada to Monteverde is an approximately 10.5- hour combination of flight, bus, and taxi. You can also do a combination of ferry, flight, bus, and taxi; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Monteverde is minus 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Adventure
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Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond ©
Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Paradise Hot Springs and Ecocentro Danaus. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Arenal Natura Ecological Park and Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano). Next up on the itinerary: take in the natural beauty of Los Lagos Hot Springs, explore the striking landscape of Arenal Volcano, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, and get outside with El Salto.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano National Park
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Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Ecocentro Danaus ©
Ecocentro Danaus
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.
Relax by the water at Playa Cocles and La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita. Get some cultural insight at Nature Park Walk and Catedral Sagrado Corazon de Jesus. Step out of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to go to Puerto Limon and see Veragua Rainforest Park, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. It doesn't end there: stroll through La Ceiba and kick back and relax at Puerto Viejo Beach.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca attractions planner.

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Puerto Limon, Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica, Nature Park Walk
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Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles
La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita ©
La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita
Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica ©
Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica

3
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.
Visiting Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Stand-Up Paddleboarding will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Uvita Beach and Hacienda Baru Lodge. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall, stop by Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Oro Verde Biological Reserve.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Uvita trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Uvita takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Dominical
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Uvita Waterfall ©
Uvita Waterfall
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like MidWorld Costa Rica and Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices. Step out of the city life by going to Waterskiing & Jetskiing and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Spend the 12th (Wed) on the water with a fishing tour. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Biesanz, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and look for gifts at Beso Loco Boutique de Playa.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Manuel Antonio trip planner.

Traveling by car from Uvita to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Fishing Charters & Tours
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MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

3
nights
Jaco

A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
Step out of the city life by going to Carara National Park and Horseback Riding Tours. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tico Pod Art House & Gifts and Jaco Beach. When in Jaco, make a side trip to see Dantica Gallery in Herradura, approximately Herradura away. It doesn't end there: whizz through the canopy at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks and skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Jaco online day trip planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Jaco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Dantica Gallery, Carara National Park
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Horseback Riding Tours
Carara National Park ©
Carara National Park
Tico Pod Art House & Gifts ©
Tico Pod Art House & Gifts

3
nights
Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa ©
A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Carmen, then admire the sheer force of Montezuma Falls, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Santa Teresa, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa, then glide peacefully along the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area, and finally stop by Tica Surf Bikinis.

Plan trip to Santa Teresa with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can do a combination of ferry and bus from Jaco to Santa Teresa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Montezuma
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Playa Carmen ©
Playa Carmen

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.
Take a break from the city and head to SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary and Samara Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Barrigona Beach and Nosara Refuge for Wildlife. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Playa Samara: Nosara (MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY & Playa Guiones).

For ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Playa Samara road trip website.

Traveling by car from Santa Teresa to Playa Samara takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 22nd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

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

4
nights
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Tamarindo Church and Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco. Discover out-of-the-way places like Playa Hermosa and Scuba & Snorkeling. Take a break from Tamarindo with a short trip to Playa Conchal in Playa Conchal, about 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Playa Avellana, stop by Azul Profundo Boutique, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Tamarindo trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Playa Samara to Tamarindo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Quebrada Grande.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Playas del Coco, Playa Hermosa, Playa Conchal, Stand-Up Paddleboarding
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Scuba & Snorkeling
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana

4
nights
Quebrada Grande

Quebrada Grande ©
Escape the urban bustle at Rincon de La Vieja National Park and Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands. Explore hidden gems such as Sensoria Land of Senses and Sea Star CR Sport Fishing and Adventure Tours.

For photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Quebrada Grande trip maker website.

Getting from Tamarindo to Quebrada Grande by car takes about 3 hours. You will leave for home on the 30th (Sun).

Things to do in Quebrada Grande

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, Sensoria Land of Senses, Rincon de La Vieja National Park
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Rincon de La Vieja National Park ©
Rincon de La Vieja National Park
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands ©
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands
Sea Star CR Sport Fishing and Adventure Tours ©
Sea Star CR Sport Fishing and Adventure Tours

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