23 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

23 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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23 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Munich
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
San Jose
— 1 night
bus + taxi:  2​h 45​min
2
Tortuguero
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
4
Cahuita
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Poas Volcano National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Tenorio Volcano National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Rincon de La Vieja
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Area de Conservacion Guanacaste
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
10
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
11
Puntarenas
— 1 night
ferry + bus:  4​h 15​min
12
Montezuma
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
13
Playa Samara
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
14
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
15
Liberia
— Few hours
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Munich

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night
San Jose

San Jose
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.
For ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our San Jose journey planner.

Munich, Germany to San Jose is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 7 hours. Traveling from Munich in October, expect San Jose to be much warmer, temps between 31°C and 21°C. On the 12th (Sat), you'll travel to Tortuguero.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

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nights
Tortuguero

Tortuguero ©
One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Tortuguero trip planner .

Do a combination of bus and taxi from San Jose to Tortuguero in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Traveling from San Jose in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Tortuguero: highs are around 36°C and lows about 26°C. You'll set off for Puerto Viejo de Talamanca on the 14th (Mon).

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Puerto Viejo Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Puerto Viejo Beach.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca travel route planner.

You can drive from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Bocas Town.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Puerto Viejo Beach ©
Puerto Viejo Beach
Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Spas

1
night
Cahuita

Cahuita
With its dusty streets and simple (read affordable) lodgings, Cahuita bustles as a hub of backpacker tourism in southeastern Costa Rica.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): have some family-friendly fun at Yesland Mini Golf.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Cahuita day trip planning app .

Cahuita is just a stone's throw from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. In October, daily temperatures in Cahuita can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Poas Volcano National Park.

Things to do in Cahuita

Fun & Games

1
night
Poas Volcano National Park

Poas Volcano National Park
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Poas Volcano. On the 20th (Sun), identify plant and animal life at La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens and then contemplate the geological forces at Poas Volcano.

For photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Poas Volcano National Park day trip website .

You can drive from Cahuita to Poas Volcano National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes La Fortuna Waterfall, Arenal Volcano and Tabacon Hot Springs. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at La Fortuna Waterfall and then explore the striking landscape of Arenal Volcano. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Arenal Natura Ecological Park and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs.

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

Traveling by car from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Tenorio Volcano National Park.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
Highlights from your plan
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

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night
Tenorio Volcano National Park

Tenorio Volcano National Park ©
You've now added Rio Celeste to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): explore the activities along Rio Celeste.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Tenorio Volcano National Park trip app .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tenorio Volcano National Park takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tenorio Volcano National Park

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Rio Celeste ©
Rio Celeste

1
night
Rincon de La Vieja

Rincon de La Vieja
To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Rincon de La Vieja road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Tenorio Volcano National Park to Rincon de La Vieja takes 2.5 hours. You'll set off for Area de Conservacion Guanacaste on the 22nd (Tue).

Things to do in Rincon de La Vieja

Tours Outdoors Parks

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nights
Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Area de Conservacion Guanacaste ©
On the 22nd (Tue), take in the dramatic scenery at Llanos de Cortez Waterfall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Area de Conservacion Guanacaste trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Rincon de La Vieja to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste in 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall ©
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands ©
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes The Original Canopy Tour as well as Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. On your second day here, whizz through the canopy at The Original Canopy Tour.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Monteverde travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Poas Volcano National Park to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
The Original Canopy Tour ©
The Original Canopy Tour

1
night
Puntarenas

Puntarenas ©
A major port city with a busy fish market, for most tourists Puntarenas represents little more than the launching point for ferries heading to the pleasant beaches of the Nicoya Peninsula.
On the 26th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Macaw Sanctuary Natuwa, then snap pictures at Guacimal River Bridge 2, and then get outside with Superman De Osa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Penon de Guacalillo and then look for all kinds of wild species at Piedra de Fuego.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Puntarenas tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Puntarenas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Montezuma.

Things to do in Puntarenas

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Penon de Guacalillo, Piedra de Fuego
Highlights from your plan
Macaw Sanctuary Natuwa ©
Macaw Sanctuary Natuwa
Guacimal River Bridge 2 ©
Guacimal River Bridge 2
Penon de Guacalillo ©
Penon de Guacalillo

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night
Montezuma

With a scenic position on a sheltered bay, Montezuma remains one of Costa Rica's quieter destinations, attracting mostly backpackers and other explorers averse to making detailed travel plans.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Montezuma Falls, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then take in the exciting artwork at Bri'ah Art Gallery.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Montezuma online travel route planner .

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Puntarenas to Montezuma takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Montezuma

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Bri'ah Art Gallery
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
Montezuma Falls ©
Montezuma Falls

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Samara Beach, then see Off-Road Tours, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Playa Samara trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Montezuma to Playa Samara in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. On the 30th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Outdoors Parks Spas
Highlights from your plan
Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
Spas
Belen Waterfall ©
Belen Waterfall

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach. On the 30th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Tamarindo trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Area de Conservacion Guanacaste to Tamarindo takes 2.5 hours. You will leave for Liberia on the 31st (Thu).

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

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hours
Liberia

Liberia
Tourism in Liberia has been growing since the opening of its airport, with more and more international visitors using the city as a starting point for explorations of the country's northwest.
For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Liberia road trip planning site .

Take a bus from Tamarindo to Liberia in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll set off for home on the 31st (Thu).

Things to do in Liberia

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

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