24 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

24 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Jaco
— 3 nights
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Quepos
— 2 nights
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
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Monteverde
— 3 nights
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Tamarindo
— 4 nights
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San Jose
— 4 nights
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Jaco

— 3 nights
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.
Jaco is known for adventure, beaches, and classes. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get outside with Outdoor Activities, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and enjoy the sand and surf at Jaco Beach.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Jaco trip itinerary maker.

Prague, Czech Republic to Jaco is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Prague to Jaco due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Quepos.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure

Quepos

— 2 nights
The tourist-oriented town of Quepos marks the entrance for many travelers looking to explore the nearby national park.
On the 23rd (Fri), kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Here are some ideas for day two: see Off-Road Tours and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Quepos trip itinerary website.

Getting from Jaco to Quepos by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Quepos

Outdoors · Tours · Beaches · Parks

Side Trip

Tortuguero

— 1 night

Costa Rica's Amazon

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 25th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

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You can drive from Quepos to Tortuguero in 5.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks
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La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 5 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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, get outside with Flow Trips, explore the fascinating underground world of Venado Caves, and scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos sightseeing planning app.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

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.
Monteverde is known for adventure, parks, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, snap pictures at Santa Elena Skywalk, experience rural life at El Trapiche Tour, and delve into the lush surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Monteverde trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Tours

Tamarindo

— 4 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tamarindo: Playa Conchal (Garra de Leon Golf Course & Playa Conchal), Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste) and Tio Leo Coffee Tour,a real cultural experience (in Liberia). The adventure continues: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura, look for gifts at Azul Profundo Boutique, and find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo day trip planning app.

Drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to San Jose.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

San Jose

— 4 nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Jose: Rescate Wildlife Rescue Center (in Alajuela), Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca) and ZENfit 506 (in San Rafael de Escazu). The adventure continues: hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, sample some tasty brews at Carpe Chepe, and admire all the interesting features of Top Travel Costa Rica.

To find where to stay and more tourist information, go to the San Jose day trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Tamarindo to San Jose takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In August, daytime highs in San Jose are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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.