39 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

39 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip planner

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San Jose
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Uvita
— 4 nights
Bus
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Puerto Jimenez
— 6 nights
Drive
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Golfito
— 3 nights
Drive
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San Jose
Bus
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Monteverde
— 9 nights
Drive
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 10 nights
Drive
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San Jose
— 5 nights
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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.
For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read San Jose trip itinerary builder app.

Tucson, USA to San Jose is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Tucson in June, you will find days in San Jose are much colder (81°F), and nights are slightly colder (67°F). You'll set off for Uvita on the 18th (Fri).

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Uvita

— 4 nights
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.
Uvita is known for beaches, adventure, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Parque Nacional Marino Ballena, stroll through Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge, surround yourself with nature on Ultralight Tour, and skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Uvita tour planner.

Traveling by car from San Jose to Uvita takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Puerto Jimenez.

Things to do in Uvita

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Puerto Jimenez

— 6 nights
Change things up with these side-trips from Puerto Jimenez: Drake Bay (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Naturaseekers). On the 24th (Thu), hike the day away at Osa Wild.

To find reviews and more tourist information, you can read our Puerto Jimenez trip planning website.

You can drive from Uvita to Puerto Jimenez in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Golfito.

Things to do in Puerto Jimenez

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Golfito

— 3 nights
The port town of Golfito is located in Puntarenas Province on the southern Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, near the border of Panama. Get out of town with these interesting Golfito side-trips: Pavones (Shooting Star Studio & Playa Pavones) and San Vito (Finca Cantaros & Las Cruces Biological Station). Spend the 29th (Tue) exploring nature at Piedras Blancas National Park. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Golfito National Wildlife Refuge.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Golfito trip maker tool.

You can drive from Puerto Jimenez to Golfito in 2 hours. On the 1st (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Golfito

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Spas

Side Trips

San Jose

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the San Jose driving holiday planner.

Getting from Golfito to San Jose by car takes about 5 hours. On the 1st (Thu), you're off to Monteverde.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Monteverde

— 9 nights
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Monteverde is known for adventure, parks, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden, and take a peaceful walk through Curi Cancha Reserve.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Monteverde trip itinerary planner.

Getting from San Jose to Monteverde by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Nature

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

— 10 nights

Walaba

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca: Veragua Rainforest Park (in Puerto Limon) and Alma Verde - Cahuita Healing Garden (in Cahuita). Spend the 12th (Mon) exploring nature at Cahuita National Park. And it doesn't end there: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, stroll through Playa Punta Uva, stop by Caribeans Coffee & Chocolate, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

Plan trip to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Monteverde to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

San Jose

— 5 nights
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Jose: Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca) and ZENfit 506 (in San Rafael de Escazu). Enjoy San Jose some more: capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, see the interesting displays at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, and learn the secrets of beer at Carpe Chepe.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the San Jose vacation planning site.

Drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to San Jose in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. On the 25th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Museums · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
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.