46 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

46 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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46 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
+2
Fly + bus + shuttle:  13​h 30​min
1
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h 15​min
2
Uvita
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Manuel Antonio
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Monteverde
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Playa Samara
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Santa Teresa
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
8
Tamarindo
— 7 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  10​h
End: Washington DC

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Playa Cocles and Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens. Relax by the water at Punta Uva Beach and Playa Chiquita. And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, admire all the interesting features of Chocorart, take in the exciting artwork at Luluberlu Art Gallery, and look for gifts at Talamanca Family Art.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca sightseeing planning app .

Washington DC, USA to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive. Traveling from Washington DC to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Shopping Outdoors

Side Trips

Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, Talamanca Family Art, Nature Observatorio
Highlights from your plan
Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles

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 Uvita Beach and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Uvita: San Buenas Golf Course and Condos (in Ciudad Cortes) and Kokopelli (in Sierpe). The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Nauyaca Waterfalls, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, stroll through Playa Ventanas, and stop by Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars.

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You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Uvita in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Dominical, Kokopelli, Playa Ventanas, San Buenas Golf Course and Condos
Highlights from your plan
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Nauyaca Waterfalls ©
Nauyaca Waterfalls

6
nights
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Playas Gemelas and Playa Espadilla Norte. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Spas & Wellness and Zipline. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Manuel Antonio: Parrita (Palo Seco Beach & Rainmaker Park) and Horseback Riding Tours (in Esterillos Este). There's lots more to do: skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, view the masterpieces at The Captain's Booty, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz, and fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio online visit planner .

Traveling by car from Uvita to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Quepos, Parrita, Horseback Riding Tours
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Palo Seco Beach ©
Palo Seco Beach
Playa Espadilla Norte ©
Playa Espadilla Norte

7
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Paradise Hot Springs and Arenal Natura Ecological Park. Go for a jaunt from La Fortuna de San Carlos to El Castillo to see Butterfly Conservatory about 42 minutes away. Pamper yourself for a day on the 9th (Sun) at some of the top local wellness centers. And it doesn't end there: get impressive views of Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano), take in the natural beauty of Eco Termales Hot Springs, Head underground at Venado Caves, and view the masterpieces at Wood & Art Gallery.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planning tool .

Getting from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, Butterfly Conservatory
Highlights from your plan
Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs
Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano) ©
Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano)
Cerro Chato ANC Park & Gardens ©
Cerro Chato ANC Park & Gardens

7
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena and Horseback Riding Tours. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Monteverde: Puntarenas (Zipline & Macaw Sanctuary Natuwa), Middle Earth Thermal Springs (in Quebrada Grande) and Viento Fresco Waterfall (in Tilaran). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas), tour the pleasant surroundings at The Bat Jungle, look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Wild Hikes, and kick back and relax at Playa Blanca ( White Beach ).

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Monteverde trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Playa Blanca ( White Beach ), Pura Veda Archery, Macaw Sanctuary Natuwa, Middle Earth Thermal Springs, Viento Fresco Waterfall
Highlights from your plan
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
Monteverde Orchid Garden ©
Monteverde Orchid Garden
Playa Blanca ( White Beach ) ©
Playa Blanca ( White Beach )

6
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Barrigona Beach and Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones). Relax by the water at Playa Garza and Puerto Carrillo. Get out of town with these interesting Playa Samara side-trips: Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve (in Nicoya) and Nosara (Nativa Gallery, Nosara Refuge for Wildlife, & more). The adventure continues: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, kick back and relax at Playa Buena Vista, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and stroll through Playa Carrillo.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Playa Samara itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Monteverde to Playa Samara in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can drive to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Nosara, Nicoya, Playa Garza, Playa Carrillo
Highlights from your plan
Barrigona Beach ©
Barrigona Beach
Playa Carrillo ©
Playa Carrillo
Playa Garza ©
Playa Garza

3
nights
Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa ©
A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
We've included these beaches for you: Playa Hermosa and Playa Santa Teresa. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Spas & Wellness and Horseback Riding Tours. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Playa Carmen and look for gifts at Tica Surf Bikinis.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Teresa online tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Playa Samara to Santa Teresa in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Horseback Riding Tours
Highlights from your plan
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Playa Carmen ©
Playa Carmen
Spas & Wellness

7
nights
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Relax by the water at Playa Avellana and Playa Dantita. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Pura Aventura. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tamarindo: Stand-Up Paddleboarding (in Playa Flamingo), Spas & Wellness (in Playas del Coco) and Zipline (in Liberia). Saddle up on the 1st (Mon) and explore with a tour on horseback. There's still lots to do: cast your line with a fishing tour, find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, look for gifts at Cheboards, and identify plant and animal life at Monkey Park.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Santa Teresa to Tamarindo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Playa Flamingo, Spas & Wellness, Playa Dantita, Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana
Playa Dantita ©
Playa Dantita

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