25 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

25 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica visit planner

Make it your trip
Shuttle
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive
2
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
3
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Drake Bay
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive
6
Jaco
— 3 nights
Drive
7
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
8
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Fly
9
San Jose
— 4 nights

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La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 4 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: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, stroll through La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve, and take in the natural beauty of Ecotermales Fortuna.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos online trip planner.

San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 2.5-hour shuttle ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Tortuguero trip planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In August in Tortuguero, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

— 2 nights

Walaba

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca offers a wealth of entertainment by the sea, attracting a lively international crowd of revelers while maintaining a bright and breezy coastal charm with a local feel.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature Observatorio and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cahuita National Park.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Drake Bay.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Drake Bay

— 3 nights
Change things up with a short trip to Rancho Raices de Osa in Puerto Jimenez (about 1h 15 min away). Spend a day of island exploring on the 17th (Tue) at Cano Island.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Drake Bay road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Drake Bay takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Drake Bay

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

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.
Step out of Manuel Antonio to go to Uvita and see Parque Nacional Marino Ballena, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip planning app.

Drive from Drake Bay to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

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: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, get outside with Outdoor Activities, push the limits with an extreme tour, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Jaco trip planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Jaco in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure

Monteverde

— 2 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.
On the 26th (Thu), stroll through Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Fri): stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Monteverde trip planner.

Getting from Jaco to Monteverde by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Shopping

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 28th (Sat): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Conchal. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tamarindo Beach and then get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Tamarindo driving holiday planner.

Getting from Monteverde to Tamarindo by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can fly to San Jose.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca), Souvenir Museum (in Alajuela) and Cartago (Jardin Botanico Lankester & Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles). And it doesn't end there: sample some tasty brews at Carpe Chepe, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense, take a memorable drive along Top Travel Costa Rica, and hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the San Jose day trip site.

Traveling by flight from Tamarindo to San Jose takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In August, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Parks · Museums · Nightlife

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.