41 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

41 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Fly
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
Drive
2
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 5 nights
Drive
3
Drake Bay
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Uvita
— 5 nights
Drive
5
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive
6
Jaco
— 3 nights
Ferry to Malpais, Bus to Santa Teresa
7
Santa Teresa
— 3 nights
Drive
8
Playas del Coco
— 4 nights
Drive
9
Tamarindo
— 5 nights
Drive
10
Monteverde
— 4 nights
Taxi to Atenas, Fly to Bordeaux

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5
nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Off-Road Tours and Bogarin Trail. Step out of the city life by going to Arenal Natura Ecological Park and Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge. 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: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Costa Rica Dog Rescue & Adoption, witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs, and ride a horse along Arenal Wilberth Stables.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos vacation builder.

Bordeaux, France to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 21-hour flight. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Bordeaux to La Fortuna de San Carlos due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

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Butterfly Conservatory ©
Nature / Park
Butterfly Conservatory
4.7

5
nights
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Punta Uva Beach and Playa Cocles. Escape the urban bustle at Nature Observatorio and La Ceiba. Step out of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca with an excursion to Veragua Rainforest Park in Puerto Limon--about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Caribe Horse Riding Club, stroll through Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, stop by Caribeans Coffee & Chocolate, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca tour 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 taxi and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Drake Bay.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

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Punta Uva Beach ©
Must see
Punta Uva Beach
4.7
Caribe Horse Riding Club ©
Horseback Riding Tour
Caribe Horse Riding Club
4.8

2
nights
Drake Bay

On the 1st (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa San Josecito and then take a memorable tour with Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Quebrada Cuervo and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Drake Bay online journey builder.

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Drake Bay in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Drake Bay

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

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Quebrada Cuervo ©
Nature / Park
Quebrada Cuervo
4.5

5
nights
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 Uvita Beach and Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Dolphin & Whale Watching and Uvita Waterfall. Step out of Uvita with an excursion to Kokopelli in Sierpe--about 52 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, stroll through Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge, deepen your appreciation for local ecosystems through Hacienda Baru Lodge, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Ventanas.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Uvita online trip maker.

You can drive from Drake Bay to Uvita in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

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3
nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Safari Adventures and Rainmaker Park. Step off the beaten path and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Spas. There's still lots to do: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, stroll through Playa Espadilla Norte, stroll around Parque Nahomi, and explore and take pictures at Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio tour itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Uvita to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Safari Adventures ©
Must see
Safari Adventures
4.6
Rainmaker Park ©
Nature / Park
Rainmaker Park
4.5

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Calypso Cruises and Off-Road Tours. Step out of the city life by going to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Vista Los Suenos Horseback Riding. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Pura Vida Gardens and Waterfalls, look for gifts at Fruity Monkey Poop, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and take in the views from Tarcoles Bridge.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Jaco attractions planning app.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Jaco by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 10 — 13:
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Calypso Cruises ©
Must see
Calypso Cruises
4.4
©
Nature / Wildlife Tour
Nature & Wildlife Tours
4.9
©
Off-Road Tour
Off-Road Tours
4.7

3
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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Playa Hermosa and Tortuga Island. Escape the urban bustle at Zuma Tours and Isla de Cabuya. It doesn't end there: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers and take a memorable tour with Canopy del Pacifico Mal Pais.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Teresa trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Jaco to Santa Teresa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

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Playa Hermosa ©
Must see
Playa Hermosa
4.3
Zuma Tours ©
Off-Road Tour
Zuma Tours
4.4

4
nights
Playas del Coco

Coco Beach

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Scuba & Snorkeling and Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands. Step out of the city life by going to Vandara Hot Springs & Adventure and Cataratas Llanos de Cortes. Spend the 19th (Thu) among the fascinating landscape of Rincon de La Vieja National Park. It doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa and take in the exciting artwork at Alessandra Cola Art.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Playas del Coco day trip tool.

Getting from Santa Teresa to Playas del Coco by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

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5
nights
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at San Juanillo Beach and Playa Carrillo. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates. Go for a jaunt from Tamarindo to Playa Flamingo to see Adrenaline & Extreme Tours about 30 minutes away. There's much more to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, stroll through Monkey Park, take a pleasant ride with Casagua Horses Tours, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Playas del Coco to Tamarindo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

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4
nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Nature & Wildlife Tours and RCR Rafting Guanacaste. Get outdoors at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena and Macaw Sanctuary Natuwa. There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden, view the masterpieces at Arte Jaguar Gallery, browse the exhibits of Alas y Raices, and stroll through Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Monteverde trip maker app.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

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Nature / Wildlife Tour
Nature & Wildlife Tours
4.9

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