29 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

29 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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San Jose
— 1 day
Shuttle
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 6 nights
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Playa Samara
— 14 nights
Drive
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Dominical
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Jose
— 5 nights
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San Jose

— 1 day
A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, then get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, and finally stop by Tienda eNe.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the San Jose online tour itinerary planner.

Seattle, USA to San Jose is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Seattle to San Jose, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In January, San Jose is much warmer than Seattle - with highs of 78°F and lows of 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can catch the shuttle to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Tours · Shopping

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 6 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.
Bring the kids along to Arenal Volcano and River Rafting & Tubing. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around La Fortuna de San Carlos: El Castillo (Arenal Eco Zoo & Butterfly Conservatory). There's lots more to do: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos travel route planner.

You can take a shuttle from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Playa Samara

— 14 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. Change things up with these side-trips from Playa Samara: Nosara (Equisol Retreats CR, SRL, Nosara Riversafari - Tours, &more), Ostional National Wildlife Refuge (in Santa Cruz) and Nicoya (Church of San Blas, Playa Manzanillo, &more). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Barrigona Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at dondeJavitours, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Playa Samara trip planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Playa Samara takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Dominical.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Dominical

— 2 nights
The laid back beachfront town of Dominical has been transformed from a sleepy fishing village into a surfer haunt of some repute.
On the 27th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Dominicalito Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. On the 28th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: soothe aching muscles at Danyasa Eco-Retreat - Bamboo Yoga Play Studio, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then stop by Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store.

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Traveling by car from Playa Samara to Dominical takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Dominical

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

San Jose

— 5 nights
Bring the kids along to Rescate Wildlife Rescue Center and Galeria Namu. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Jose: Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca) and Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles (in Cartago). Explore San Jose further: contemplate the geological forces at Irazu Volcano National Park, stroll around Parque La Sabana, see the interesting displays at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, and stop by J.LANG Atelier & Showroom.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the San Jose trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Dominical to San Jose takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.