26 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

26 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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26 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Boston
+2
Fly + shuttle + bus:  11​h 15​min
1
Tamarindo
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Playas del Coco
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 15​min
5
Uvita
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
7
Monteverde
— 5 nights
shuttle + Fly:  11​h 45​min
End: Boston

4
nights
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Step out of the city life by going to Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Horseback Riding Tours. Explore hidden gems such as Fishing Charters & Tours and Pura Aventura. Change things up with a short trip to Stand-Up Paddleboarding in Playa Flamingo (about 32 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, and stop by Organic Products by Coco Beauty Spa.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Tamarindo itinerary planner.

Boston, USA to Tamarindo is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time 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 May 21 — 25:
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Fishing Charters & Tours

3
nights
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.
Get outdoors at River Rafting & Tubing and Rincon de La Vieja National Park. Explore hidden gems such as Scuba & Snorkeling and Llanos de Cortez Waterfall. Take a break from Playas del Coco with a short trip to Rio Negro Hot Springs in Rincon de La Vieja, about 1h 20 min away. It doesn't end there: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and view the masterpieces at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Playas del Coco travel planner.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors Tours Nature

Side Trips

Rio Negro Hot Springs, Llanos de Cortez Waterfall, Rincon de La Vieja National Park, River Rafting & Tubing
Find places to stay May 25 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
River Rafting & Tubing
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall ©
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall

4
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.
Get in touch with nature at Butterfly Conservatory and Tabacon Hot Springs. Explore hidden gems such as Arenal Natura Ecological Park and Senderos Los Tucanes. There's lots more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Estudio, contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal), and skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos planning website .

Traveling by car from Playas del Coco to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Butterfly Conservatory, Arenal Volcano
Find places to stay May 28 — Jun 1:
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Cocles, then look for all kinds of wild species at Tarantulas Way, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens. On the 3rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Uva Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Chiquita, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca online tour planner .

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Uvita.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Cahuita
Find places to stay Jun 1 — 3:
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Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles
Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach

2
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary. Discover out-of-the-way places like Uvita Beach and Playa Ventanas. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Nauyaca Waterfalls, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and stop by Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Uvita online trip maker .

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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Dominical, Ballena
Find places to stay Jun 3 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Nauyaca Waterfalls ©
Nauyaca Waterfalls
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Parasailing & Paragliding and Zipline. Visiting Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Horseback Riding Tours will get you outdoors. Go for a jaunt from Manuel Antonio to Parrita to see Rainmaker Park about 46 minutes away. There's lots more to do: stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and look for gifts at Beso Loco Boutique de Playa.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Manuel Antonio tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Uvita to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Quepos, Rainmaker Park, Horseback Riding Tours
Find places to stay Jun 6 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Parasailing & Paragliding

5
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Zipline and Horseback Riding Tours. Take a break from the city and head to Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena and The Bat Jungle. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Monteverde: Macaw Sanctuary Natuwa (in Puntarenas) and Viento Fresco Waterfall (in Tilaran). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Monteverde travel route builder .

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Puntarenas, Viento Fresco Waterfall
Find places to stay Jun 9 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Viento Fresco Waterfall ©
Viento Fresco Waterfall

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