33 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

33 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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33 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: San Jose
Drive:  1​h
1
Bajos del Toro
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Tortuguero
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Playa Flamingo
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Nosara
— 4 nights
Drive:  6​h
8
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Uvita
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
10
Drake Bay
— 4 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
11
San Jose
— 2 nights
End: San Jose

1
night
Bajos del Toro

Bajos del Toro
For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Bajos del Toro trip itinerary builder.

San Jose to Bajos del Toro is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. February in Bajos del Toro sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 21°C at night. On the 19th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Bajos del Toro

Parks Nature Outdoors
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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 Punta Uva Beach and Playa Cocles. Get in touch with nature at Cahuita National Park and Redfrogteam Biological Station. There's more to do: take a memorable tour with Tours and add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca road trip planning tool .

Traveling by bus from San Jose to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Redfrogteam Biological Station, Kayaking & Canoeing, Cahuita National Park
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Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles
Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park

2
nights
Tortuguero

Tortuguero ©
One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Get in touch with nature at Tortuguero National Park and Zipline. Discover out-of-the-way places like Kayaking & Canoeing and Caribbean Botanical Garden. There's still lots to do: learn more about the world around you at Sea Turtle Conservancy.

To find topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Tortuguero tour planner.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Tortuguero takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Tortuguero can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Zipline, Caribbean Botanical Garden
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Zipline
Kayaking & Canoeing

2
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.
On the 26th (Wed), soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Fortuna de San Carlos. Here are some ideas for day two: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge, and then take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Spas
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs

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.
Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, look for gifts at Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde, and then meet the residents at The Bat Jungle.

To see maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Monteverde trip maker site .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can go by car to Playa Flamingo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Trails
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Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary
Chorotega Arts & Crafts ©
Chorotega Arts & Crafts

4
nights
Playa Flamingo

The white sand beach of Playa Flamingo has become a go-to tourist getaway by the sea.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa Conchal and Playa Danta. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kayaking & Canoeing and Playa Flamingo. Explore Playa Flamingo's surroundings by going to Playas del Coco (Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts & Cata Chocolate). Next up on the itinerary: see Off-Road Tours, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, kick back and relax at Playa Mina, and admire all the interesting features of Playa Dantita.

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You can drive from Monteverde to Playa Flamingo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Nosara.

Things to do in Playa Flamingo

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Playa Conchal, Las Catalinas, Playas del Coco, Kayaking & Canoeing
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Off-Road Tours
Dolphin & Whale Watching

4
nights
Nosara

Nosara ©
Along with its agricultural and fishing heritage, Nosara stands as one of the oldest expatriate communities in the country.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Playa Corozalito and Equisol Retreats CR, SRL. Visit Samara Beach and Playa Manzanillo for some beach relaxation. Explore Nosara's surroundings by going to Playa Samara (Belen Waterfall & Playa Buena Vista). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones), take in the exciting artwork at MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY, and stroll through Playa Garza.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Nosara trip planner.

You can drive from Playa Flamingo to Nosara in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. On the 8th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Nosara

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Samara, Playa Corozalito, Playa Garza, Playa Manzanillo
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Playa Garza ©
Playa Garza
Playa Corozalito ©
Playa Corozalito
Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): kick back and relax at Playa Espadilla Norte, then get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and then get interesting insight from Tours. On the next day, stroll through Playas Gemelas, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then stop by Altair Souvenir & Gallery Shop.

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Getting from Nosara to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and ferry; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Quepos
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Playa Espadilla Norte ©
Playa Espadilla Norte
Spas
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Playa Matapalo. Visit Playa Ventanas and Parque Nacional Marino Ballena for some beach relaxation. Go for a jaunt from Uvita to Palmar Norte to see El Sitio Museo Finca 6 about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, view the masterpieces at Magic Ananda, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Oro Verde Biological Reserve.

To find other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Uvita trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Uvita in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to drive to Drake Bay.

Things to do in Uvita

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Dominical, Playa Ventanas, El Sitio Museo Finca 6, Cascada Pavon - Waterfall in Costa Rica, Playa Matapalo
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Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Parasailing & Paragliding
Parque Nacional Marino Ballena ©
Parque Nacional Marino Ballena

4
nights
Drake Bay

Drake Bay ©
Take a break from the city and head to Corcovado National Park and Playa San Josecito. Spend a day of island exploring on the 17th (Tue) at Cano Island.

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You can drive from Uvita to Drake Bay in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and ferry. You'll set off for San Jose on the 19th (Thu).

Things to do in Drake Bay

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Corcovado National Park
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Corcovado National Park ©
Corcovado National Park
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Cano Island ©
Cano Island

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): cruise along Top Travel Costa Rica and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Maria Auxiliadora and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Junquillal.

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You can drive from Drake Bay to San Jose in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and bus; or take a bus. In March in San Jose, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Outdoors Spas Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Junquillal, Iglesia Maria Auxiliadora
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Top Travel Costa Rica ©
Top Travel Costa Rica
Spas

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