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
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Puerto Jimenez
— 6 nights
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Golfito
— 3 nights
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San Jose
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Monteverde
— 9 nights
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 10 nights
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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.
To find reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the San Jose online trip maker.

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 difference when traveling from Tucson to San Jose is 1 hour. Traveling from Tucson in June, you will find days in San Jose are much colder (81°F), and nights are little chillier (67°F). You'll set off for Uvita on the 27th (Sun).

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: stroll through Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, stop by Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and get outside with Ultralight Tour.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Uvita sightseeing app.

Getting from San Jose to Uvita by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can drive to Puerto Jimenez.

Things to do in Uvita

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

Puerto Jimenez

— 6 nights
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Puerto Jimenez: Drake Bay (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Naturaseekers). On the 3rd (Sat), hike the day away at Osa Wild.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Puerto Jimenez vacation planner.

You can drive from Uvita to Puerto Jimenez in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can go by car 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. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Golfito: San Vito (Finca Cantaros & Las Cruces Biological Station) and Pavones (Shooting Star Studio & Playa Pavones). Spend the 8th (Thu) exploring nature at Piedras Blancas National Park. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Golfito National Wildlife Refuge.

To find where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Golfito vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Puerto Jimenez to Golfito takes 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sat) to allow time for travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Golfito

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Spas

Side Trips

San Jose

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the San Jose day trip app.

You can drive from Golfito to San Jose in 5 hours. You will leave for Monteverde on the 10th (Sat).

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, admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas), get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

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Traveling by car from San Jose to Monteverde takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to drive 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.
Explore Puerto Viejo de Talamanca's surroundings by going to Veragua Rainforest Park (in Puerto Limon) and Alma Verde - Cahuita Healing Garden (in Cahuita). Spend the 21st (Wed) exploring nature at Cahuita National Park. There's lots more to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, look for gifts at Caribeans Coffee & Chocolate, stroll through Playa Punta Uva, and kick back and relax at Playa Puerto Viejo.

For where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Monteverde to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to go by car to San Jose.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

San Jose

— 5 nights
Change things up with these side-trips from 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, learn the secrets of beer at Carpe Chepe, and take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica.

To find reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our San Jose trip planner.

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to San Jose in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Museums · Parks · Nature

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.