20 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

20 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Playas del Coco
— 2 nights
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Tamarindo
— 2 nights
3
Uvita
— 2 nights
4
Drake Bay
— 2 nights
5
Quepos
— 2 nights
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Carara
— 2 nights
7
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
8
Monteverde
— 2 nights
9
Nosara
— 2 nights

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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.
On the 16th (Sat), relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then get outside with Crazy Alex CR, and then stop by Playa Ocotal.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Playas del Coco trip itinerary tool.

Winnipeg, Canada to Playas del Coco is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors · Spas

Side Trip

Playa Ocotal
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Playa Ocotal ©
Playa Ocotal

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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.
On the 17th (Sun), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tamarindo Church, stop by EK Art Jewelry, look for gifts at Papaya Con Leche, explore the galleries of Lydia Beech Art Boutique, then take a tour of Kingpin Sportfishing, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Bolas Locas Mini Golf. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Barra Honda National Park.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo online trip planner.

Drive from Playas del Coco to Tamarindo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Nature · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Barra Honda National Park
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Barra Honda National Park ©
Barra Honda National Park
Lydia Beech Art Boutique ©
Lydia Beech Art Boutique
Papaya Con Leche ©
Papaya Con Leche

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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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Kokopelli. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Wed): head outdoors with Cascada Pavon - Waterfall in Costa Rica, look for gifts at Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars, then stop by Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store, and finally admire the sheer force of Santa Lucia Falls.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Uvita tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Tamarindo to Uvita in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can drive to Drake Bay.

Things to do in Uvita

Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store, Cascada Pavon - Waterfall in Costa Rica, Kokopelli
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Kokopelli ©
Kokopelli
Santa Lucia Falls ©
Santa Lucia Falls
Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars ©
Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars

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Drake Bay

Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. On your second day here, step off the mainland to explore Cano Island.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Drake Bay holiday planner.

You can drive from Uvita to Drake Bay in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Quepos.

Things to do in Drake Bay

Wildlife · Nature · Parks
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Cano Island ©
Cano Island

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Quepos

Quepos ©
The tourist-oriented town of Quepos marks the entrance for many travelers looking to explore the nearby national park.
On the 23rd (Sat), identify plant and animal life at Mike’s Nature Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sun): stroll around La Selvita and then get a dose of the wild on Kids Saving the Rain Forest.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Quepos trip maker.

Traveling by car from Drake Bay to Quepos takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to drive to Carara.

Things to do in Quepos

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours
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Kids Saving the Rain Forest ©
Kids Saving the Rain Forest

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Carara

Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): get lost in a book at Jaco Library and Learning Center, stop by Fruity Monkey Poop, then see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and finally take in the views from Tarcoles Bridge.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Carara online trip builder.

You can drive from Quepos to Carara in 2 hours. You will leave for La Fortuna de San Carlos on the 27th (Wed).

Things to do in Carara

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Jaco, Tarcoles Bridge, Fishing Charters & Tours
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Fruity Monkey Poop ©
Fruity Monkey Poop

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): Head underground at Venado Caves and then take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the geological forces at Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano), then tour the pleasant surroundings at Butterfly Conservatory, and then hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Carara to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, Butterfly Conservatory
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Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Venado Caves ©
Venado Caves
Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): look for gifts at Souvenir Rosewood-Info Center, then get to know the fascinating history of Ecological Sanctuary, and then take in the dramatic scenery at San Luis Waterfall. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Up in the Cloud Forest.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Monteverde trip itinerary maker tool.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Nosara.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

San Luis Waterfall
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San Luis Waterfall ©
San Luis Waterfall
Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary
Souvenir Rosewood-Info Center ©
Souvenir Rosewood-Info Center

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Nosara

Nosara ©
Along with its agricultural and fishing heritage, Nosara stands as one of the oldest expatriate communities in the country.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sun): have some family-friendly fun at Eskina Skate Parq and then view the masterpieces at Koss Art Gallery. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Nosara Refuge for Wildlife, have fun at Tennis Club Colibri, then browse the exhibits of MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY, and finally head outdoors with Equisol Retreats CR, SRL.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Nosara online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to Nosara in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nosara

Parks · Outdoors · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Playa Samara, Playa Manzanillo
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Nosara Refuge for Wildlife ©
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife
Playa Manzanillo ©
Playa Manzanillo
Tennis Club Colibri ©
Tennis Club Colibri

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