25 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

25 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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25 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Vienna
+2
Fly + bus + taxi:  20​h 45​min
1
Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Playas del Coco
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Playa Samara
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Santa Teresa
— 2 nights
taxi + ferry:  3​h 45​min
5
Uvita
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h 15​min
6
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
7
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 7 nights
Fly:  19​h 45​min
End: Vienna

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden, and then stroll through The Bat Jungle. Keep things going the next day: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas), and then identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Frog Pond.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Monteverde tour itinerary planner.

Vienna, Austria to Monteverde is an approximately 21-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -7 hour difference. Traveling from Vienna in December, things will get much warmer in Monteverde: highs are around 32°C and lows about 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can go by car to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
Monteverde Orchid Garden ©
Monteverde Orchid Garden
Monteverde Frog Pond ©
Monteverde Frog Pond

3
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Playa Hermosa and Playa Dantita. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Scuba & Snorkeling and Cata Chocolate. When in Playas del Coco, make a side trip to see Pura Aventura in El Guapote, approximately 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Playas del Coco vacation tool .

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Playas del Coco takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Playas del Coco can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Hermosa, Playa Dantita, Pura Aventura
Highlights from your plan
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Playa Dantita ©
Playa Dantita
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa Garza and Barrigona Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Spas & Wellness and Kingfisher Sportfishing. Change things up with these side-trips from Playa Samara: Nosara (MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY, SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary, & more). The adventure continues: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Playa Samara driving holiday planner.

Getting from Playas del Coco to Playa Samara by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, daytime highs in Playa Samara are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Nosara, Playa Garza
Highlights from your plan
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary ©
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary
Barrigona Beach ©
Barrigona Beach
Horseback Riding Tours

2
nights
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.
On the 23rd (Sun), soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Hermosa. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Carmen and then admire the sheer force of Rio Lajas.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Santa Teresa trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Playa Samara to Santa Teresa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Uvita.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Rio Lajas
Highlights from your plan
Spas & Wellness
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Playa Carmen ©
Playa Carmen

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Uvita Beach and Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary. We've included these beaches for you: Parque Nacional Marino Ballena and Playa Ventanas. Next up on the itinerary: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers and stop by Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Uvita trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and ferry from Santa Teresa to Uvita takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Uvita

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Dominical, Playa Ventanas
Highlights from your plan
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Parque Nacional Marino Ballena ©
Parque Nacional Marino Ballena

2
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 Playa Cocles and Punta Uva Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Playa Chiquita and Nature & Wildlife Tours. When in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, make a side trip to see Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica in Cahuita, approximately 40 minutes away.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca driving holiday planning website .

Getting from Uvita to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca by car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica
Highlights from your plan
Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles
La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita ©

7
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Butterfly Conservatory and Ecocentro Danaus. Step out of La Fortuna de San Carlos with an excursion to Arenal Eco Zoo in El Castillo--about 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs, stroll through Cerro Chato ANC Park & Gardens, get interesting insight from Tours, and indulge in your favorite hot beverage with a coffee and tea tour.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos online trip maker .

Getting from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, El Castillo
Highlights from your plan
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Ecocentro Danaus ©
Ecocentro Danaus
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

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