33 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

33 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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33 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Cairo
Fly:  20​h 30​min
1
San Jose
— 5 nights
Bus:  3​h 30​min
2
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
3
Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Monteverde
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Playa Samara
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Tamarindo
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Playas del Coco
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
8
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
+2
Shuttle + Bus + Fly:  23​h 30​min
End: Cairo

5
nights
San Jose

San Jose ©
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.
Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles and Iglesia Maria Auxiliadora will appeal to history buffs. Take a break from the city and head to Guayabo National Park and Monument and Poas Volcano. Step out of San Jose with an excursion to Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz in Vara Blanca--about 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu, take a stroll through Multiplaza, and explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Costarricense.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the San Jose road trip planning site .

Cairo, Egypt to San Jose is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -8 hour difference. In June, San Jose is little chillier than Cairo - with highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can catcht the bus to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in San Jose

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Escazu, Cartago, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz, Guayabo National Park and Monument, Poas Volcano
Highlights from your plan
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum ©
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica

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.
On the 5th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Puerto Viejo Beach and then look for gifts at Cho.co. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cahuita National Park.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip tool .

Traveling by bus from San Jose to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Beaches Nature

Side Trip

Cahuita National Park
Highlights from your plan
Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park
Puerto Viejo Beach ©
Puerto Viejo Beach
Choco ©
Choco

4
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.
Visit Playa Manuel Antonio and Parque Nacional Marino Ballena for some beach relaxation. Escape the urban bustle at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Fishing Charters & Tours. And it doesn't end there: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, look for gifts at Jungle Avenue, and kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Manuel Antonio takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Quepos, Parque Nacional Marino Ballena
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours

4
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.
Appreciate the collections at Monteverde Chorotega Arts & Crafts and Arte Jaguar Gallery. Escape the urban bustle at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena. There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Ecological Sanctuary, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take in the views from Santa Elena Skywalk, and take in the exciting artwork at Sarah's Gallery.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Monteverde vacation builder app .

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can go by car to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

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.
MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY and Koss Art Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. You'll get in some beach time at Samara Beach and Barrigona Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Playa Samara: Casa de Arte Curime de Nicoya (in Nicoya) and Nosara (Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones) & SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary). The adventure continues: browse the eclectic array of goods at Samara Farmers Market, admire the sheer force of Belen Waterfall, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Playa Samara online travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Playa Samara takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Nosara, Casa de Arte Curime de Nicoya
Highlights from your plan
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary ©
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary
Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
Barrigona Beach ©
Barrigona Beach

4
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Tamarindo Beach and Playa Conchal. Get a sense of the local culture at Lydia Beech Art Boutique and Tamarindo Church. Explore Tamarindo's surroundings by going to Adrenaline & Extreme Tours (in Playa Flamingo) and Garra de Leon Golf Course (in Playa Conchal). Next up on the itinerary: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura, look for all kinds of wild species at Monkey Park, and kick back and relax at Playa Avellana.

Planning Tamarindo trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Playa Samara to Tamarindo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can go by car to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Conchal, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Highlights from your plan
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Scuba & Snorkeling

4
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.
Church of La Ermita La Agonia and Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco will appeal to history buffs. Shop till you drop at Costa Rica'n Art Craft and Hidden Garden Art Gallery. Change things up with these side-trips from Playas del Coco: Souvenir Ocarina (in Liberia) and Area de Conservacion Guanacaste (Llanos de Cortez Waterfall & Parque Nacional Volcan Rincon de la Vieja). There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape of Rincon de La Vieja National Park, stroll through Playa Hermosa, have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, and view the masterpieces at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Playas del Coco day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Liberia, Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, Playa Hermosa, Rincon de La Vieja National Park
Highlights from your plan
Rincon de La Vieja National Park ©
Rincon de La Vieja National Park
Shark Diving

5
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.
Head to Wood & Art Gallery and Onirica Art Galleryfor plenty of shopping. Get some cultural insight at Iglesia de La Fortuna de San Carlos and Galeria Estudio. Next up on the itinerary: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, look for gifts at Souvenir Leo, witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, and look for all kinds of wild species at Proyecto Asis.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip builder website .

Getting from Playas del Coco to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
Highlights from your plan
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

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