51 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

51 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 5 nights
2
Drake Bay
— 3 nights
3
Uvita
— 4 nights
4
Manuel Antonio
— 6 nights
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 8 nights
6
Monteverde
— 6 nights
7
Playa Samara
— 5 nights
8
Tamarindo
— 6 nights
9
Playas del Coco
— 6 nights

5
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 Nature Observatorio and Punta Uva Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Veragua Rainforest Park in Puerto Limon (about 1h 25 min away). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Cocles, admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla, get your game on at Yesland Mini Golf, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip planning app.

Ottawa, Canada to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Ottawa to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Drake Bay.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Cahuita, Nature Observatorio, Veragua Rainforest Park
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Nature Observatorio ©
Nature Observatorio
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles
Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach

3
nights
Drake Bay

You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Osa Wildlife Sanctuary. Spend a day of island exploring on the 19th (Sun) at Cano Island.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Drake Bay trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Drake Bay takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Drake Bay

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Osa Wildlife Sanctuary
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Osa Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Osa Wildlife Sanctuary

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge and Parasailing & Paragliding. The adventure continues: stroll through Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall, look for gifts at Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store, and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Uvita trip planning site.

Drive from Drake Bay to Uvita in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Dominical, Playa Ventanas
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Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Parasailing & Paragliding

6
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Parasailing & Paragliding and Spas. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Manuel Antonio: Horseback Riding Tours (in Esterillos Este), Tarcoles (Tarcoles Bridge & Nature & Wildlife Tours) and Mirador de Jaco (in Jaco). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio, get interesting insight from Tours, walk around Parque Nahomi, and zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio day trip planning site.

You can drive from Uvita to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

Side Trips

Quepos, Tarcoles, Horseback Riding Tours, Rainmaker Park, Mirador de Jaco
Find places to stay Jan 24 — 30:
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Parasailing & Paragliding
River Rafting & Tubing

8
nights
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 Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano). Change things up with these side-trips from La Fortuna de San Carlos: Butterfly Conservatory (in El Castillo) and Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca). There's still lots to do: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, stroll through La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve, and contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos driving holiday planner.

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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, Butterfly Conservatory, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz
Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 7:
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs

6
nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena and Macaw Sanctuary Natuwa. Step out of Monteverde with an excursion to Viento Fresco Waterfall in Tilaran--about 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas), delve into the lush surroundings at Children's Eternal Rain Forest, experience rural life at El Trapiche Tour, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Monteverde trip itinerary planner.

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 13th (Thu) so you can go by car to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Macaw Sanctuary Natuwa, Viento Fresco Waterfall
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Zipline
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena

5
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Barrigona Beach and Spas. Explore Playa Samara's surroundings by going to Nosara (MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY, Nosara Refuge for Wildlife, &more) and Macaw Recovery Network - Formerly The Ara Project (in Punta Islita). The adventure continues: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, kick back and relax at Samara Beach, trot along with a tour on horseback, and take a tour of Kingfisher Sportfishing.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Playa Samara trip planner.

Drive from Monteverde to Playa Samara in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Nosara, Macaw Recovery Network - Formerly The Ara Project
Find places to stay Feb 13 — 18:
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Nosara Refuge for Wildlife ©
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife
Barrigona Beach ©
Barrigona Beach
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary ©
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary

6
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Pura Aventura and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. There's much more to do: get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, get interesting insight from Tours, tour the pleasant surroundings at Monkey Park, and enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Tamarindo travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Playa Samara to Tamarindo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Playa Flamingo, Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates
Find places to stay Feb 18 — 24:
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Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates ©
Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates

6
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.
Explore hidden gems such as River Rafting & Tubing and Scuba & Snorkeling. Explore Playas del Coco's surroundings by going to Nahua (in Liberia) and Rio Negro Hot Springs (in Rincon de La Vieja). Spend the 29th (Sat) exploring nature at Palo Verde National Park. There's lots more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Rincon de La Vieja National Park, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco, take in the exciting artwork at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Playas del Coco trip itinerary maker website.

Drive from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. On the 1st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Province of Guanacaste, Nahua, Rio Negro Hot Springs, Playa Hermosa
Find places to stay Feb 24 — Mar 1:
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
River Rafting & Tubing
Rincon de La Vieja National Park ©
Rincon de La Vieja National Park

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