51 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

51 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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

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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca ©

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Nature Observatorio and Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens. 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 · Beaches · Outdoors

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Nature Observatorio ©
Nature Observatorio
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles
Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach

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Drake Bay

You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Change things up with a short trip to Osa Wildlife Sanctuary in Puerto Jimenez (about 1h 45 min away). 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 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a 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 · Parks

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

4
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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 · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Parasailing & Paragliding

6
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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 River Rafting & Tubing. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Manuel Antonio: Mirador de Jaco (in Jaco), Horseback Riding Tours (in Esterillos Este) and Tarcoles (Tarcoles Bridge & Nature & Wildlife Tours). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, get interesting insight from Tours, and walk around Parque Nahomi.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Uvita to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or 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 · Parks

Side Trips

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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Parasailing & Paragliding
River Rafting & Tubing

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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 Butterfly Conservatory. Go for a jaunt from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Vara Blanca to see Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz about 2h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall.

To find reviews and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos attractions planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

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

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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 The Bat Jungle. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Monteverde: Viento Fresco Waterfall (in Tilaran) and Macaw Sanctuary Natuwa (in Puntarenas). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas), relax in the rural setting at El Trapiche Tour, delve into the lush surroundings at Children's Eternal Rain Forest, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Ecological Sanctuary.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Monteverde vacation planner.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

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Zipline
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena

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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 Macaw Recovery Network - Formerly The Ara Project. Explore Playa Samara's surroundings by going to Nosara (MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY, Nosara Refuge for Wildlife, &more). And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, step aboard Kingfisher Sportfishing, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Playa Samara day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Playa Samara takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

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Nosara Refuge for Wildlife ©
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife
Barrigona Beach ©
Barrigona Beach
Sibu Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Sibu Wildlife Sanctuary

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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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Theme Parks

Side Trips

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Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates ©
Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates

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Playas del Coco

Playas del Coco ©

Coco Beach

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 Rio Negro Hot Springs. Step out of Playas del Coco to go to Liberia and see Nahua, which is approximately 48 minutes away. 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, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco, and take in the exciting artwork at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts.

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 · Tours

Side Trips

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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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