33 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

33 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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33 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: San Jose
Drive:  4​h 30​min
1
Bajos del Toro
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Tortuguero
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Playa Flamingo
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Nosara
— 4 nights
Drive:  6​h
8
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Uvita
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
10
Drake Bay
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
11
San Gerardo de Dota
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
End: San Jose

1
night
Bajos del Toro

Bajos del Toro
For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Bajos del Toro trip itinerary builder.

San Jose to Bajos del Toro is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. February in Bajos del Toro sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 21°C at night. On the 19th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Bajos del Toro

Parks Nature Wildlife

4
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 Punta Uva Beach and Playa Cocles. Get in touch with nature at Cahuita National Park and Redfrogteam Biological Station. There's more to do: take a memorable tour with Tours and add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca road trip planning tool .

Traveling by bus from San Jose to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Redfrogteam Biological Station, Cahuita National Park, Kayaking & Canoeing
Highlights from your plan
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles
Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Tortuguero

Tortuguero ©
One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Get in touch with nature at Tortuguero National Park and Zipline. Discover out-of-the-way places like Kayaking & Canoeing and Caribbean Botanical Garden. There's still lots to do: learn more about the world around you at Sea Turtle Conservancy.

To find topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Tortuguero tour planner.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Tortuguero takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Tortuguero can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks Adventure Tours

Side Trips

Zipline, Caribbean Botanical Garden
Highlights from your plan
Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Kayaking & Canoeing
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

2
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.
On the 26th (Wed), soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Fortuna de San Carlos. Here are some ideas for day two: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge, and then take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Spas
Highlights from your plan
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs

2
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.
Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, look for gifts at Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde, and then meet the residents at The Bat Jungle.

To see maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Monteverde trip maker site .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can go by car to Playa Flamingo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary
Chorotega Arts & Crafts ©
Chorotega Arts & Crafts

4
nights
Playa Flamingo

The white sand beach of Playa Flamingo has become a go-to tourist getaway by the sea.
Take a break from the city and head to Off-Road Tours and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Explore hidden gems such as Kayaking & Canoeing and Playa Flamingo. When in Playa Flamingo, make a side trip to see Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts in Playas del Coco, approximately Playas del Coco away. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Conchal, make a trip to Playa Danta, admire all the interesting features of Playa Dantita, and stroll through Playa Mina.

To see more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Playa Flamingo trip itinerary builder site.

Drive from Monteverde to Playa Flamingo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can drive to Nosara.

Things to do in Playa Flamingo

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Playa Conchal, Las Catalinas, Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts, Kayaking & Canoeing
Highlights from your plan
Off-Road Tours
Kayaking & Canoeing
Dolphin & Whale Watching

4
nights
Nosara

Nosara ©
Along with its agricultural and fishing heritage, Nosara stands as one of the oldest expatriate communities in the country.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Playa Corozalito and Equisol Retreats CR, SRL. Visit Samara Beach and Playa Manzanillo for some beach relaxation. Explore Nosara's surroundings by going to Playa Samara (Belen Waterfall & Playa Buena Vista). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones), take in the exciting artwork at MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY, and stroll through Playa Garza.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Nosara trip planner.

You can drive from Playa Flamingo to Nosara in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. On the 8th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Nosara

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Samara, Playa Corozalito, Playa Manzanillo, Playa Garza
Highlights from your plan
Playa Garza ©
Playa Garza
Playa Corozalito ©
Playa Corozalito
Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Espadilla Norte, kick back and relax at La Playita, then zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and finally look for gifts at Altair Souvenir & Gallery Shop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a memorable tour with Tours and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip planning tool.

You can drive from Nosara to Manuel Antonio in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and ferry; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Quepos
Highlights from your plan
Playa Espadilla Norte ©
Playa Espadilla Norte
Spas
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

4
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Cascada Pavon - Waterfall in Costa Rica. You'll get in some beach time at Parque Nacional Marino Ballena and Playa Matapalo. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Uvita: Kokopelli (in Sierpe), El Sitio Museo Finca 6 (in Palmar Norte) and Osa Santuario de Animales (in Ciudad Cortes). There's lots more to do: get interesting insight from Tours, take in the dramatic scenery at Santa Lucia Falls, browse the exhibits of Magic Ananda, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Uvita online day trip planner.

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 15th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Drake Bay.

Things to do in Uvita

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Dominical, Playa Matapalo, Kokopelli, El Sitio Museo Finca 6, Osa Santuario de Animales
Highlights from your plan
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Parasailing & Paragliding
Parque Nacional Marino Ballena ©
Parque Nacional Marino Ballena

4
nights
Drake Bay

Drake Bay
To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Drake Bay tour builder website .

Traveling by car from Uvita to Drake Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and ferry. You'll set off for San Gerardo de Dota on the 19th (Thu).

Things to do in Drake Bay

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

2
nights
San Gerardo de Dota

San Gerardo de Dota ©
Parque National Los Quetzales has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cerro de la Muerte and then take in the awesome beauty at Parque National Los Quetzales.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our San Gerardo de Dota online trip itinerary builder .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Drake Bay to San Gerardo de Dota. On the 21st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in San Gerardo de Dota

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Cerro de la Muerte
Highlights from your plan
Parque National Los Quetzales ©
Parque National Los Quetzales
Cerro de la Muerte ©
Cerro de la Muerte
Dantica Gallery ©
Dantica Gallery

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