29 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

29 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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29 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: San Jose
1
San Jose
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Cahuita
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
El Castillo
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Monteverde
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Dominical
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Golfito
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Drake Bay
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  23​h 15​min
End: San Jose

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.
On the 3rd (Mon), get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, see the interesting displays at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, then contemplate the long history of Teatro Nacional Costa Rica, then don't miss a visit to Plaza Juan Mora Fernandez, and finally stop by J.LANG Atelier & Showroom.

To see more things to do and tourist information, go to the San Jose online trip builder .

If you are flying in from Switzerland, the closest major airports are Tobias Bolanos International Airport, Juan Santamaria International Airport and Limon International Airport. In February, daily temperatures in San Jose can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Cahuita.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Historic Sites Nightlife

Side Trip

J.LANG Atelier & Showroom
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Pre-Columbian Gold Museum ©
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum
Teatro Nacional Costa Rica ©
Teatro Nacional Costa Rica
Jade Museum ©
Jade Museum

5
nights
Cahuita

Cahuita ©
With its dusty streets and simple (read affordable) lodgings, Cahuita bustles as a hub of backpacker tourism in southeastern Costa Rica.
You've now added Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens to your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cahuita: Veragua Rainforest Park (in Puerto Limon) and Punta Uva Beach (in Punta Uva). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of Cahuita National Park, stroll through Tarantulas Way, get your game on at Yesland Mini Golf, and stop by Caribeans Coffee & Chocolate.

For photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Cahuita route builder website .

Traveling by car from San Jose to Cahuita takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February in Cahuita, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to El Castillo.

Things to do in Cahuita

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Veragua Rainforest Park, Cataratas Bribri Talamanca
Highlights from your plan
Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park
Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach

5
nights
El Castillo

El Castillo
Explore El Castillo's surroundings by going to Rio Perdido (in Bagaces) and Viento Fresco Waterfall (in Tilaran).

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the El Castillo road trip planner.

You can drive from Cahuita to El Castillo in 5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in El Castillo

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, Rio Perdido, Viento Fresco Waterfall
Highlights from your plan
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano
Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park ©
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory

5
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.
When in Monteverde, make a side trip to see Guacimal River Bridge 2 in Puntarenas, approximately 42 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, relax in the rural setting at El Trapiche Tour, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery.

Plan my trip to Monteverde with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from El Castillo to Monteverde in 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Dominical.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Guacimal River Bridge 2
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
El Trapiche Tour ©
El Trapiche Tour

3
nights
Dominical

Dominical ©
The laid back beachfront town of Dominical has been transformed from a sleepy fishing village into a surfer haunt of some repute.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hacienda Baru Lodge. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Dominical: Quepos (River Rafting & Tubing & Fishing Charters & Tours) and Manuel Antonio (Playa Manuel Antonio & Manuel Antonio National Park). There's lots more to do: stroll through Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, get interesting insight from Tours, and look for gifts at Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Dominical day trip website .

You can drive from Monteverde to Dominical in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can go by car to Golfito.

Things to do in Dominical

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Manuel Antonio, Quepos
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Manuel Antonio National Park ©
Manuel Antonio National Park
River Rafting & Tubing

4
nights
Golfito

Golfito ©
The port town of Golfito is located in Puntarenas Province on the southern Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, near the border of Panama. Piedras Blancas National Park has been added to your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Osa Wildlife Sanctuary (in Puerto Jimenez), Playa Pavones (in Pavones) and San Vito (Finca Cantaros & Las Cruces Biological Station). There's more to do: go for a stroll along the water at Golfito Marina Village & Resort and tour the pleasant surroundings at Golfito National Wildlife Refuge.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Golfito travel website .

You can drive from Dominical to Golfito in 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Drake Bay.

Things to do in Golfito

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

San Vito, Playa Pavones, Osa Wildlife Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Piedras Blancas National Park ©
Piedras Blancas National Park
Las Cruces Biological Station ©
Las Cruces Biological Station
Playa Pavones ©
Playa Pavones

4
nights
Drake Bay

Drake Bay ©
Go for a jaunt from Drake Bay to Carate to see Corcovado National Park about 1h 10 min away. Spend a day of island exploring on the 27th (Thu) at Cano Island.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Drake Bay trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Golfito to Drake Bay. You will leave for home on the 29th (Sat).

Things to do in Drake Bay

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Corcovado National Park
Highlights from your plan
Corcovado National Park ©
Corcovado National Park
Cano Island ©
Cano Island
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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