27 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

27 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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27 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Rome
Fly:  18​h 45​min
1
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Uvita
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h 15​min
3
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Nosara
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Playas del Coco
— 3 nights
Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: Rome

2
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Horseback Riding Tours. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, stop by Jungle Avenue, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and take a leisurely stroll along Marina Pez Vela.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Manuel Antonio trip itinerary planning site .

Rome, Italy to Manuel Antonio is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Rome to Manuel Antonio, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Quepos, Horseback Riding Tours
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Parasailing & Paragliding
Horseback Riding Tours

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Uvita Waterfall. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Nauyaca Waterfalls, explore by horseback at Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge, take a memorable tour with Tours, and enjoy the sand and surf at Uvita Beach.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Uvita travel planning app .

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Uvita in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Uvita

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Dominical, Playa Ventanas
Highlights from your plan
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Nauyaca Waterfalls ©
Nauyaca Waterfalls

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Punta Uva Beach and Playa Chiquita. Step out of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca with an excursion to Veragua Rainforest Park in Puerto Limon--about 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Cocles, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Observatorio, and take in nature's colorful creations at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca vacation planner.

You can drive from Uvita to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

Nature Observatorio, Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, Veragua Rainforest Park
Highlights from your plan
Nature Observatorio ©
Nature Observatorio
Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles

4
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Paradise Hot Springs and Arenal Natura Ecological Park. There's lots more to do: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, get impressive views of Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery.

Before you visit La Fortuna de San Carlos, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas) and Horseback Riding Tours. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, explore and take pictures at Hidden Valley Permaculture Farm, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Monteverde trip planner .

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Nosara.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan

3
nights
Nosara

Nosara ©
Along with its agricultural and fishing heritage, Nosara stands as one of the oldest expatriate communities in the country.
Step off the beaten path and head to Horseback Riding Tours and Spas. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nosara: Playa Samara (Samara Beach & Barrigona Beach). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary, shop like a local with MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY, and look for gifts at Nativa Gallery.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Nosara online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Nosara takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Nosara

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Playa Samara
Highlights from your plan
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife ©
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary ©
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary
Barrigona Beach ©
Barrigona Beach

3
nights
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Pura Aventura. Step out of Tamarindo to go to Playa Flamingo and see Stand-Up Paddleboarding, which is approximately 30 minutes away. Saddle up on the 9th (Thu) and explore with a tour on horseback. The adventure continues: cast your line with a fishing tour, look for gifts at Azul Profundo Boutique, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Nosara to Tamarindo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Playa Flamingo
Highlights from your plan
Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Horseback Riding Tours

3
nights
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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Scuba & Snorkeling and River Rafting & Tubing. Explore Playas del Coco's surroundings by going to Llanos de Cortez Waterfall (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste) and Rio Negro Hot Springs (in Rincon de La Vieja). There's lots more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Rincon de La Vieja National Park, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Playas del Coco tour planning app .

You can drive from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Rio Negro Hot Springs, Rincon de La Vieja National Park, Llanos de Cortez Waterfall
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
River Rafting & Tubing
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall ©
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall

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