23 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

23 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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San Jose
— 1 night
Shuttle
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rincon de La Vieja
— 2 nights
Fly
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Montezuma
— 4 nights
Ferry to Jacó, Bus to Manuel Antonio
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Manuel Antonio
— 5 nights
Drive
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San Jose
— 3 nights
Fly

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San Jose

— 1 night
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.
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Montreal, Canada to San Jose is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. In May, San Jose is a bit warmer than Montreal - with highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C. You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Wed) before leaving for La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 3 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.
You've added Arenal Volcano, Pure Trek Canyoning, Natura Eco Park Costa Rica, and other attractions to your itinerary. It doesn't end there: take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by shuttle from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. On the 11th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Monteverde

— 3 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.
You've added 100% Aventura, Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, and other attractions to your itinerary.

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Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Rincon de La Vieja.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Adventure

Rincon de La Vieja

— 2 nights
Your day by day itinerary now includes Parque Nacional Rincon de la Vieja, Rio Negro Hot Springs and Adventure Tours Hacienda Guachipelin.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Rincon de La Vieja visit planner.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Rincon de La Vieja takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Montezuma.

Things to do in Rincon de La Vieja

Adventure · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Montezuma

— 4 nights
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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Young Vision Surf School, Mariposario Butterfly Garden, Montezuma Falls, and other attractions you added.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Montezuma day trip site.

Getting from Rincon de La Vieja to Montezuma by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Montezuma

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Adventure

Side Trip

Manuel Antonio

— 5 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Playa Espadilla Sur, Parque Nacional Marino Ballena, Playa Espadilla Norte, and other attractions you added. Change things up with a short trip to La Iguana Chocolate in Santiago de Puriscal (about 1h 35 min away).

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio trip planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Montezuma to Manuel Antonio takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or drive. On the 25th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

San Jose

— 3 nights
Your day by day itinerary now includes Teatro Nacional Costa Rica, Central Market (Mercado Central) and Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the San Jose day trip app.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to San Jose takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. On the 28th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Shopping · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side 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.