23 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

23 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip builder

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San Jose
— 2 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
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Jaco
— 3 nights
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
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Tamarindo
— 3 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 1 night
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Vara Blanca
— 1 night
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San Jose

— 2 nights
A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
Get out of town with these interesting San Jose side-trips: Jardin Botanico Lankester (in Cartago) and Rescate Wildlife Rescue Center (in Alajuela). Next up on the itinerary: hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense, view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu, and get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the San Jose online travel route builder.

Prague, Czech Republic to San Jose is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Prague to San Jose due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Prague in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in San Jose, with lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Manuel Antonio

— 3 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Manuel Antonio is known for beaches, adventure, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, see Off-Road Tours, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from San Jose to Manuel Antonio in 3 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Jaco

— 3 nights
A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
Jaco is known for adventure, beaches, and classes. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, get outside with Outdoor Activities, see Off-Road Tours, and play a few rounds at Tee Times Costa Rica.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Jaco road trip tool.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Jaco in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Wildlife

Side Trip

Monteverde

— 2 nights
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then stroll through Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sun): relax in the rural setting at Finca El Paraiso, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then relax and rejuvenate at Monteverde Massage Center.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Monteverde trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Jaco to Monteverde in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks · Adventure · Tours

Side Trip

Tamarindo

— 3 nights
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 Tamarindo with an excursion to Playa Conchal in Playa Conchal--about 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, and stroll through Tamarindo Beach.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Tamarindo attractions planning tool.

You can drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 5 nights
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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve, trot along with a tour on horseback, and explore the striking landscape of Arenal Volcano.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

You can drive from Tamarindo to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Tortuguero

— 1 night

Costa Rica's Amazon

One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
On the 20th (Tue), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Tortuguero trip planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In July in Tortuguero, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature Observatorio and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca road trip app.

Drive from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can go by car to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Vara Blanca

— 1 night
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz and then admire the sheer force of La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Vara Blanca trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Vara Blanca takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Highlights from your trip

Costa Rica travel guide

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Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.