23 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

23 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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23 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: San Jose
1
San Jose
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Sierpe
— Few hours
ferry:  1​h
3
Drake Bay
— 3 nights
ferry:  1​h
4
Sierpe
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Jaco
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Puntarenas
— Few hours
ferry:  1​h
8
Paquera
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Santa Teresa
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
10
Nosara
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
11
Playas del Coco
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
12
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
13
Tortuguero
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
14
Cahuita
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Paris

1
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.
Take the guesswork out of planning a San Jose vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

If you are flying in from Germany, the closest major airports are Tobias Bolanos International Airport, Juan Santamaria International Airport and Limon International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in December, and nighttime lows around 22°C. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Sun) before leaving for Sierpe.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

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hours
Sierpe

Sierpe
Planning Sierpe trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from San Jose to Sierpe takes 4.5 hours. You will leave for Drake Bay on the 15th (Sun).

Things to do in Sierpe

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

3
nights
Drake Bay

Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Scuba & Snorkeling as well as Sirena Ranger Station. On the next day, get answers to all your questions at Sirena Ranger Station.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Drake Bay online itinerary planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Sierpe to Drake Bay. You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Sierpe.

Things to do in Drake Bay

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Sirena Ranger Station
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Sirena Ranger Station ©
Sirena Ranger Station

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hours
Sierpe

Sierpe
To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Sierpe trip itinerary app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Drake Bay to Sierpe. On the 18th (Wed), you'll travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Sierpe

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

1
night
Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio ©
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 Manuel Antonio National Park.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio online attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Sierpe to Manuel Antonio takes 2 hours. On the 19th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Manuel Antonio National Park ©
Manuel Antonio National Park

2
nights
Jaco

Jaco ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): stop by Fruity Monkey Poop.

To find where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Jaco trip maker .

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Jaco by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Sat) before leaving for Puntarenas.

Things to do in Jaco

Shopping
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Fruity Monkey Poop ©
Fruity Monkey Poop

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hours
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.
To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Puntarenas online route planner .

You can take a bus from Jaco to Puntarenas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. On the 21st (Sat), you're off toPaquera.

Things to do in Puntarenas

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

few
hours
Paquera

Paquera
To find maps and tourist information, go to the Paquera vacation planning tool .

You can drive from Puntarenas to Paquera in 3.5 hours. You will leave for Santa Teresa on the 21st (Sat).

Things to do in Paquera

Parks Nature Outdoors

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nights
Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa
A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
For traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Santa Teresa trip planning tool .

You can drive from Paquera to Santa Teresa in 1.5 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 23rd (Mon) before leaving for Nosara.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors Tours Adventure

1
night
Nosara

Nosara ©
Along with its agricultural and fishing heritage, Nosara stands as one of the oldest expatriate communities in the country.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Ostional National Wildlife Refuge. On the 23rd (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Ostional National Wildlife Refuge.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Nosara travel route builder tool .

You can drive from Santa Teresa to Nosara in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 32°C. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Tue) before leaving for Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Nosara

Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Ostional National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Ostional National Wildlife Refuge ©
Ostional National Wildlife Refuge

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nights
Playas del Coco

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.
The Monkey Farm has been added to your itinerary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Wed): experience rural life at The Monkey Farm and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Ocotal.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Playas del Coco vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Nosara to Playas del Coco by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 32°C. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Beaches Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

The Monkey Farm, Playa Ocotal
Highlights from your plan
Playa Ocotal ©
Playa Ocotal
The Monkey Farm ©
The Monkey Farm

3
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, Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park and Sky Adventures Arenal Park. There's more to do: get outside with Salto and take in the exciting artwork at Wood & Art Gallery.

To find traveler tips and other tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planning website .

Getting from Playas del Coco to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Outdoors Tours Nature

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano National Park
Highlights from your plan
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall
Sky Adventures Arenal Park ©
Sky Adventures Arenal Park
Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park ©

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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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Tortuguero trip app .

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. December in Tortuguero sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 31st (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Cahuita.

Things to do in Tortuguero

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

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nights
Cahuita

Cahuita ©
With its dusty streets and simple (read affordable) lodgings, Cahuita bustles as a hub of backpacker tourism in southeastern Costa Rica.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Puerto Viejo Beach. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Punta Uva Beach and Playa Cocles. Step off the beaten path and head to Manzanillo Beach and Voilo Waterfall.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Cahuita trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Tortuguero to Cahuita in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Cahuita, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cahuita

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Voilo Waterfall, Manzanillo Beach
Highlights from your plan
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles
Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Puerto Viejo Beach ©
Puerto Viejo Beach

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