44 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

44 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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44 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Chicago
+2
Fly + bus + shuttle:  13​h 30​min
1
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 5 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
2
Monteverde
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Manuel Antonio
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Uvita
— 4 nights
ferry + taxi:  3​h 45​min
6
Santa Teresa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Playa Samara
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Playas del Coco
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Tamarindo
— 6 nights
+2
bus + shuttle + Fly:  9​h
End: Chicago

5
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa Chiquita and Playa Cocles. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens and Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica. Explore Puerto Viejo de Talamanca's surroundings by going to Puerto Limon (Mercado Municipal & Veragua Rainforest Park). There's lots more to do: relax in the rural setting at Chocorart, take in nature's colorful creations at Finca La Isla, and view the masterpieces at Luluberlu Art Gallery.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Puerto Viejo de Talamanca visit planner .

Chicago, USA to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca due to the time zone difference. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Chicago in February; daily highs in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca reach 81°F and lows reach 81°F. On the 21st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Puerto Limon, Cahuita
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Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles
Playa Chiquita ©
Playa Chiquita

6
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Santa Elena Skywalk and Ecological Sanctuary. Take a break from the city and head to Zipline and Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena. Change things up with a short trip to Viento Fresco Waterfall in Tilaran (about 56 minutes away). There's lots more to do: meet the residents at The Bat Jungle, identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Theme Park, look for gifts at Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde, and admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden.

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Getting from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Monteverde by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors

Side Trips

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

6
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 Ecocentro Danaus. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Arenal Natura Ecological Park and Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano). Next up on the itinerary: witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, stroll through Cerro Chato ANC Park & Gardens, and identify plant and animal life at Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos online day trip planner .

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

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

5
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.
Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Playa Biesanz. Discover out-of-the-way places like Rainmaker Park and Zipline. There's lots more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In March in Manuel Antonio, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 66°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Quepos, Rainmaker Park
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Rainmaker Park ©
Rainmaker Park
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Zipline

4
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.
Do your shopping at Magic Ananda and Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars. Get in touch with nature at Hacienda Baru and Uvita Beach. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, look for gifts at Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Uvita using our trip planner.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Uvita by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Uvita

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Parks

Side Trip

Dominical
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Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Hacienda Baru ©
Hacienda Baru

2
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 15th (Thu): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers and then stroll through Playa Hermosa. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Tica Surf Bikinis and then kick back and relax at Playa Carmen.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Santa Teresa driving holiday planner.

Getting from Uvita to Santa Teresa by combination of ferry and taxi takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Playa Carmen ©
Playa Carmen
Spas & Wellness

4
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.
Koss Art Gallery and MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of the city life by going to SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary and The Ara Project. Get out of town with these interesting Playa Samara side-trips: Nosara (Spas & Wellness, Nativa Gallery, & more). It doesn't end there: stroll through Barrigona Beach.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Playa Samara trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Santa Teresa to Playa Samara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Playa Samara are 94°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Playa Samara

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Nosara, The Ara Project
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SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary ©
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary
Barrigona Beach ©
Barrigona Beach
The Ara Project ©
The Ara Project

5
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.
Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco and Hidden Garden Art Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from the city and head to Zipline and Playa Hermosa. Get out of town with these interesting Playas del Coco side-trips: Llanos de Cortez Waterfall (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste) and Souvenirs La gran Nicoya (in Liberia). There's lots more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Rincon de La Vieja National Park, learn and have fun at Playa Hermosa Turismo Rural Comunitario, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and view the masterpieces at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Playas del Coco visit planner.

Traveling by car from Playa Samara to Playas del Coco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Playas del Coco are 94°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours

Side Trips

Liberia, Playa Hermosa, Rincon de La Vieja National Park, Llanos de Cortez Waterfall
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Rincon de La Vieja National Park ©
Rincon de La Vieja National Park
Zipline
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall ©
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall

6
nights
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Do your shopping at Papaya Con Leche and Buena Nena. Escape the urban bustle at Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Playa Avellana. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tamarindo: Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal) and Fishing Charters & Tours (in Playa Flamingo). Next up on the itinerary: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, look for gifts at Lydia Beech Art, admire all the interesting features of Pura Aventura, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Tamarindo trip itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Playas del Coco to Tamarindo in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 94°F in March, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Parks

Side Trips

Playa Flamingo, Playa Conchal
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana
Fishing Charters & Tours

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