24 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

24 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Fly
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San Jose
— 1 night
Drive
2
Jaco
— 1 night
Ferry to Malpais, Bus to Santa Teresa
3
Santa Teresa
— 2 nights
Shuttle
4
Nosara
— 4 nights
Drive
5
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Fly
6
Rincon de La Vieja
— 3 nights
Drive
7
El Castillo
— 5 nights
Drive
8
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive
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San Jose
— 1 night
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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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, and then get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica.

To plan San Jose vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Prague, Czech Republic to San Jose is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. Traveling from Prague to San Jose, you'll gain 7 hours 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in San Jose

Adventure · Tours · Outdoors · Museums

Jaco

— 1 night
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 2nd (Fri): see Off-Road Tours and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Jaco planner.

Drive from San Jose to Jaco in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Jaco

Tours · Outdoors

Santa Teresa

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): stroll through Playa Santa Teresa and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Hermosa and then admire the sheer force of Montezuma Falls.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Santa Teresa trip planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and bus from Jaco to Santa Teresa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Nosara.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

Nosara

— 4 nights
Along with its agricultural and fishing heritage, Nosara stands as one of the oldest expatriate communities in the country.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nosara: Playa Samara (Spas, Dolphin & Whale Watching, &more). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Playa Guiones, trot along with a tour on horseback, and see Off-Road Tours.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Nosara itinerary maker website.

You can take a shuttle from Santa Teresa to Nosara in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Nosara

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Tamarindo

— 2 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): stroll through Tamarindo Beach and then stroll through Playa Conchal. Here are some ideas for day two: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then see Off-Road Tours.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Tamarindo trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Nosara to Tamarindo in 2 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Rincon de La Vieja.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Rincon de La Vieja

— 3 nights
Change things up with these side-trips from Rincon de La Vieja: Miravalles Volcano (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste) and Rio Perdido (in Bagaces).

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Rincon de La Vieja online day trip planner.

Fly from Tamarindo to Rincon de La Vieja in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to El Castillo.

Things to do in Rincon de La Vieja

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

El Castillo

— 5 nights
Explore El Castillo's surroundings by going to Chocolate Sibaeli (in San Rafael de Guatuso), Rio Celeste (in Tenorio Volcano National Park) and Viento Fresco Waterfall (in Tilaran).

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the El Castillo tour builder app.

Drive from Rincon de La Vieja to El Castillo in 3.5 hours. On the 19th (Mon), you'll travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in El Castillo

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums

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.
On the 20th (Tue), kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Outdoor Activities and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from El Castillo to Manuel Antonio takes 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

San Jose

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and then stroll around Parque La Sabana. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum and then explore the galleries of Galeria Namu.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the San Jose route tool.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to San Jose by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Parks · Tours · Shopping

Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
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.

Province of Guanacaste travel guide

4.4
Beaches · Surfing, Windsurfing & Kitesurfing · Scuba & Snorkeling

Arenal Volcano National Park travel guide

4.4
Hot Springs · Waterfalls · River Rafting & Tubing
Plan a tour of Arenal Volcano National Park to get in touch with nature, enjoy scenic views, and admire the majestic volcano up close. The park, established in 1991, protects a variety of ecosystems and wildlife. You can choose from four hiking trails, taking you across the rainforest and lava fields. Enjoy scenic lookout points, see a staggering variety of birds and plants, or climb the dormant Mount Chato on your trip to Arenal Volcano National Park.