26 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

26 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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26 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: San Jose
1
San Jose
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Cano Negro
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Tenorio Volcano National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Bagaces
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Carara
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
9
Playa Matapalo
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
10
Carate
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
11
Puerto Jimenez
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
End: David

2
nights
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.
On the 19th (Thu), explore the striking landscape of Irazu Volcano National Park and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the San Jose tour itinerary builder tool .

If you are flying in from Japan, the closest major airports are Tobias Bolanos International Airport, Juan Santamaria International Airport and Limon International Airport. In March, daily temperatures in San Jose can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. On the 20th (Fri), you're off toLa Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in San Jose

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Irazu Volcano National Park, Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles
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Irazu Volcano National Park ©
Irazu Volcano National Park

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Tabacon Hot Springs and Proyecto Asis. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Ecotermales Fortuna.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. On the 31st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Katira.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
Highlights from your plan
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano

2
nights
Cano Negro

Cano Negro ©
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Cano Negro travel route builder website .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Cano Negro in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 41°C in March, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Tenorio Volcano National Park.

Things to do in Cano Negro

Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge ©
Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge

1
night
Tenorio Volcano National Park

Tenorio Volcano National Park ©
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Rio Celeste. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tenorio National Park.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Tenorio Volcano National Park trip website .

You can drive from Cano Negro to Tenorio Volcano National Park in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Bagaces.

Things to do in Tenorio Volcano National Park

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Tenorio National Park
Highlights from your plan
Rio Celeste ©
Rio Celeste
Tenorio National Park ©
Tenorio National Park

2
nights
Bagaces

Bagaces ©
Palo Verde National Park has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Llanos de Cortez Waterfall and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Palo Verde National Park.

For reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Bagaces trip builder site .

Drive from Tenorio Volcano National Park to Bagaces in 1.5 hours. On the 28th (Sat), you'll travel to Monteverde.

Things to do in Bagaces

Nature Parks

Side Trips

Palo Verde National Park, Llanos de Cortez Waterfall
Highlights from your plan
Palo Verde National Park ©
Palo Verde National Park
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall ©
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall

2
nights
Monteverde

Monteverde ©
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Monteverde tour itinerary site .

Getting from Katira to Monteverde by car takes about 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan

3
nights
Carara

Carara ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Carara National Park. Step out of the city life by going to Piedra de Fuego and Playa Blanca. Change things up with these side-trips from Carara: Penon de Guacalillo (in Bajamar) and Verde Malakita (in San Pablo). Spend the 2nd (Thu) exploring nature at Reserva Biologica Carara.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Carara tour planner.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Carara takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Carara

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Piedra de Fuego, Reserva Biologica Carara, Verde Malakita, Penon de Guacalillo, Playa Blanca
Highlights from your plan
Carara National Park ©
Carara National Park
Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca
Penon de Guacalillo ©
Penon de Guacalillo

3
nights
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.
You've now added Manuel Antonio National Park to your itinerary. Get outdoors at Fishing Charters & Tours and Parasailing & Paragliding. There's much more to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, stroll around Parque Nahomi, take in the exciting artwork at The Captain's Booty, and identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Manuel Antonio fast, fun, and easy.

Getting from Carara to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Playa Matapalo.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Quepos
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Fishing Charters & Tours
Manuel Antonio National Park ©
Manuel Antonio National Park

3
nights
Playa Matapalo

Playa Matapalo ©
Take a break from Playa Matapalo with a short trip to Playa Pavones in Pavones, about 44 minutes away.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Playa Matapalo trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Playa Matapalo in 4 hours. You will leave for Carate on the 8th (Wed).

Things to do in Playa Matapalo

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Playa Pavones
Highlights from your plan
Playa Pavones ©
Playa Pavones

3
nights
Carate

Carate ©
Get outdoors at Corcovado National Park and Ave Azul de la Osa.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Carate trip planner .

Drive from Playa Matapalo to Carate in 2 hours. On the 11th (Sat), you're off toPuerto Jimenez.

Things to do in Carate

Nature Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Corcovado National Park ©
Corcovado National Park

1
night
Puerto Jimenez

Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): experience rural life at Rancho Raices de Osa and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Puerto Jimenez trip website .

Traveling by car from Carate to Puerto Jimenez takes 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Jimenez

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Rancho Raices de Osa ©
Rancho Raices de Osa

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