29 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

29 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip planner

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Fly to San Jose, Bus to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
Drive
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Vara Blanca
— 1 night
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 4 nights
Drive
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Playa Samara
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 5 nights
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

— 4 nights

Walaba

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.
Bring the kids along to Cahuita National Park and Tarantulas Way. Visit Playa Puerto Viejo and Playa Punta Uva for some beach relaxation. There's still lots to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla, tour the pleasant surroundings at Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Cocles.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca sightseeing planner.

Ottawa, Canada to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

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Tortuguero

— 1 night

Costa Rica's Amazon

One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Tortuguero day trip tool.

Getting from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Tortuguero by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Tortuguero can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature
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La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 5 nights
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like River Rafting & Tubing and Ecotermales Fortuna. There's much more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano, get outside with El Salto, witness a stunning natural landmark at Baldi Hot Springs, and admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos travel website.

You can drive from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can go by car to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

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Vara Blanca

— 1 night
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
On the 9th (Tue), stroll through La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens and then admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

To see ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Vara Blanca trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Vara Blanca by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
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Manuel Antonio

— 4 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Bring the kids along to Playa Manuel Antonio and Fishing Charters & Tours. Relax by the water at Parque Nacional Marino Ballena and Playa Biesanz. Change things up with a short trip to Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store in Dominical (about 48 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, stroll around Parque Nahomi, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and see Off-Road Tours.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio trip planner.

You can drive from Vara Blanca to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 9 — 13:

Monteverde

— 4 nights
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Zipline and El Trapiche Tour. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, explore the galleries of Arte Jaguar Gallery, get to know the fascinating history of Santa Elena Skywalk, and admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Monteverde day trip planning website.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Mar 13 — 17:

Playa Samara

— 4 nights
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Samara Beach and Sibu Wildlife Sanctuary. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Barrigona Beach and Playa Carrillo. Explore Playa Samara's surroundings by going to Playa Guiones (in Nosara) and Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve (in Nicoya). There's more to do: get outside with Outdoor Activities and admire the sheer force of Belen Waterfall.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Playa Samara trip maker site.

You can drive from Monteverde to Playa Samara in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 17 — 21:

Tamarindo

— 5 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Bring the kids along to Tamarindo Beach and Playa Conchal. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa Hermosa and Playas del coco. Spend the 24th (Wed) exploring nature at Palo Verde National Park. Next up on the itinerary: get outside with Outdoor Activities, get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, look for gifts at Organic Products by Coco Beauty Spa, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Monkey Park.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Tamarindo itinerary builder app.

Getting from Playa Samara to Tamarindo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. You will leave for home on the 26th (Fri).

Things to do in Tamarindo

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 21 — 26:

Costa Rica travel guide

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Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.