23 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

23 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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23 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
San Jose
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Playa Conchal
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Playa Samara
— 6 nights
Drive + bus:  3​h 45​min
6
San Jose
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h 45​min
End: New York City

4
nights
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Museo de los Ninos and Museo de Arte Costarricense. Step off the beaten path and head to Ruinas de Ujarras and Toucan Rescue Ranch. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Jose: Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles (in Cartago), Playa Junquillal (in Paraiso) and Iglesia de San Jose de Orosi and the Museum (in Orosi). There's still lots to do: cruise along Top Travel Costa Rica, admire the sheer force of Rio savegre Waterfall, take in the spiritual surroundings of Our Lady of the Pillar Cathedral, and hike along Parque Nacional Braulio Carrillo.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the San Jose trip itinerary planner.

New York City, USA to San Jose is an approximately 9-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from New York City in August, San Jose is slightly colder at night with lows of 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in San Jose

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Ruins of Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Limpia Concepcion, Playa Junquillal, Rio savegre Waterfall, Toucan Rescue Ranch, Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles
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2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then hike along Bogarin Trail, and then shop like a local with Galeria Estudio.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for La Fortuna de San Carlos using our trip planner.

Drive from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Nature & Wildlife Tours

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Ecological Sanctuary and Chorotega Arts & Crafts. Step out of the city life by going to Finca el Rodeo and Middle Earth Thermal Springs. Take a break from Monteverde with a short trip to Parque Marino del Pacifico in Puntarenas, about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Wild Hikes, look for gifts at Souvenir Rosewood-Info Center, and get a taste of the local shopping with Sarah's Gallery.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Monteverde holiday builder site .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Playa Conchal.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Middle Earth Thermal Springs, Parque Marino del Pacifico
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Monteverde Wild Hikes ©
Monteverde Wild Hikes
Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary
Chorotega Arts & Crafts ©
Chorotega Arts & Crafts

3
nights
Playa Conchal

Playa Conchal ©
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): view the masterpieces at Hidden Garden Art Gallery, then kick back and relax at Playa Danta, and then get interesting insight from Tours. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Playa Flamingo, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Dantita, and then get outside with Arenas Blancas.

Discover how to plan a Playa Conchal trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Playa Conchal takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. On the 1st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Playa Conchal

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Las Catalinas, Playas del Coco, Hidden Garden Art Gallery, Playa Flamingo
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Playa Danta ©
Playa Danta
Playa Dantita ©
Playa Dantita
Hidden Garden Art Gallery ©
Hidden Garden Art Gallery

6
nights
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Koss Art Gallery and Church of San Blas. Museum-lovers will get to explore Bri'ah Art Gallery and MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY. Venture out of the city with trips to Playa Garza (in Garza), Playa Manzanillo (in Nicoya) and Nosara (Equisol Retreats CR, SRL, Stand-Up Paddleboarding, & more). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Corozalito, get outside with Wild By Nature Adventures, kick back and relax at Playa Buena Vista, and look for all kinds of wild species at Jungle Butterfly Farm.

To find photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Playa Samara tour planning app .

You can drive from Playa Conchal to Playa Samara in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Nosara, Nicoya, Playa Corozalito, Bri'ah Art Gallery, Jungle Butterfly Farm
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Playa Garza ©
Playa Garza
Playa Buena Vista ©
Playa Buena Vista

4
nights
San Jose

Kids will enjoy Bosque de la Hoja and Frogs Heaven. Get outdoors at River Rafting & Tubing and Guayabo National Park and Monument. Go for a jaunt from San Jose to Grecia to see Metal Church about 52 minutes away. Enjoy San Jose some more: take an in-depth tour of Juan Santamaria Historical Cultural Museum and admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art and Design.

For traveler tips and more tourist information, use the San Jose trip builder tool .

Do a combination of car and bus from Playa Samara to San Jose in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Historic Sites Adventure

Side Trips

Turrialba, Frogs Heaven, Bosque de la Hoja, Metal Church, Juan Santamaria Historical Cultural Museum
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River Rafting & Tubing
Guayabo National Park and Monument ©

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