41 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

41 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 5 nights
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Drake Bay
— 2 nights
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Uvita
— 5 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
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Jaco
— 3 nights
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Santa Teresa
— 3 nights
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Playas del Coco
— 4 nights
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Tamarindo
— 5 nights
10
Monteverde
— 4 nights

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Off-Road Tours and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Step out of the city life by going to Arenal Natura Ecological Park and Bogarin Trail. Get out of town with these interesting La Fortuna de San Carlos side-trips: El Castillo (Butterfly Conservatory & Arenal Eco Zoo). There's lots more to do: stroll through Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge, witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs, ride a horse along Arenal Wilberth Stables, and pick up some new knowledge with ChocoMuseo La Fortuna.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos holiday site.

Bordeaux, France to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 21-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Bordeaux to La Fortuna de San Carlos. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

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Butterfly Conservatory
4.7

5
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

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 La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita. Escape the urban bustle at Playa Cocles 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. There's much more to do: stroll through Nature Observatorio, stop by Caribeans Coffee & Chocolate, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and admire the natural beauty at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip planning website.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to drive to Drake Bay.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

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Punta Uva Beach
4.7
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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.

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Quebrada Cuervo
4.5

5
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 Uvita Beach and Dolphin & Whale Watching will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Kokopelli and Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary. There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Uvita Waterfall, get interesting insight from Hacienda Baru Lodge, stroll through Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge, and skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Uvita trip planner.

Drive from Drake Bay to Uvita in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Safari Adventures and Playa Espadilla Norte. Step off the beaten path and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Spas. Step out of Manuel Antonio to go to Parrita and see Rainmaker Park, which is approximately 46 minutes away. There's still lots to do: trot along with a tour on horseback, walk around Parque Nahomi, and explore and take pictures at Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Uvita to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

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Must see
Safari Adventures
4.6
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Nature / Park
Rainmaker Park
4.5

3
nights
Jaco

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 Pura Vida Gardens and Waterfalls. Step out of the city life by going to Off-Road Tours and Horseback Riding Tours. There's lots more to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, look for gifts at Fruity Monkey Poop, ride a horse along Vista Los Suenos Horseback Riding, and browse the exhibits of Tico Pod Art House & Gifts.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Jaco road trip tool.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Jaco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Jaco

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Must see
Calypso Cruises
4.4
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Nature / Wildlife Tour
Nature & Wildlife Tours
4.9
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Off-Road Tour
Off-Road Tours
4.7

3
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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Playa Hermosa and Zuma Tours. Escape the urban bustle at Tortuga Island 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

Find places to stay Nov 13 — 16:
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Must see
Playa Hermosa
4.3
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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 Rincon de La Vieja National Park. Step out of the city life by going to Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands and Cataratas Llanos de Cortes. Step out of Playas del Coco with an excursion to Vandara Hot Springs & Adventure in Rincon de La Vieja--about 1h 20 min away. 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

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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 Spas. 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 get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates.

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

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Nature & Wildlife Tours and Monteverde Orchid Garden. Get outdoors at RCR Rafting Guanacaste and Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena. Take a break from Monteverde with a short trip to Macaw Sanctuary Natuwa in Puntarenas, about 1h 5 min away. The adventure continues: relax in the rural setting at El Trapiche Tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond, look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery, and take in the exciting artwork at Alas y Raices.

For where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Monteverde day trip app.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

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Find places to stay Nov 25 — 29:
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Nature / Wildlife Tour
Nature & Wildlife Tours
4.9

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