32 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

32 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica tour planner

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San Jose
— 3 nights
Drive
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tortuguero
— 2 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 6 nights
Drive
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Vara Blanca
— 2 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive
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Jaco
— 3 nights
Drive
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Playa Samara
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive
10
Monteverde
— 5 nights
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San Jose

— 3 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: Else Kientzler Botanical Garden (in Sarchi), Iglesia de San Jose de Orosi and the Museum (in Orosi) and Jardin Botanico Lankester (in Cartago). Next up on the itinerary: hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, cruise along Top Travel Costa Rica, take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, and examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the San Jose tour builder site.

London, UK to San Jose is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to San Jose is minus 6 hours. Traveling from London in March, expect San Jose to be much hotter, temps between 32°C and 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Parks · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

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.
On the 11th (Thu), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cahuita National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature Observatorio and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca online trip maker.

You can drive from San Jose to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Tortuguero

— 2 nights

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 13th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park. Keep things going the next day: see exotic creatures in open habitats at Jungle Tom Safaris Day Tours and then get a new perspective on nature at Sea Turtle Conservancy.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Tortuguero online tour itinerary builder.

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Tortuguero in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Tortuguero are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 6 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 plan includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, explore the activities along Lake Arenal, get interesting insight from Tours, and contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano.

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Getting from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Vara Blanca

— 2 nights
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
On the 21st (Sun), admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour. On the 22nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Poas Volcano and then stroll through Tirimbina Biological Reserve.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Vara Blanca online trip builder.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Vara Blanca in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks · Nature · Tours · Adventure

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Manuel Antonio: Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge (in Uvita) and Dominical (Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary & Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, walk around Parque Nahomi, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio trip planner.

Traveling by car from Vara Blanca to Manuel Antonio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

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 plan includes some of its best attractions: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, see Off-Road Tours, enjoy the sand and surf at Jaco Beach, and take some stellar pictures from Mirador de Jaco.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Jaco holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Jaco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Wildlife

Side Trip

Playa Samara

— 2 nights
A beach town with just enough development to be comfortable for families accustomed to the trappings of modern life, Playa Samara has the resorts you'd expect to find in such a scenic area, but they don't hinder the relaxing atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Belen Waterfall, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Guiones, and then stroll through Sibu Wildlife Sanctuary. On the next day, kick back and relax at Barrigona Beach and then kick back and relax at Samara Beach.

Before you visit Playa Samara, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Jaco to Playa Samara in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Tamarindo

— 3 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Get out of town with these interesting Tamarindo side-trips: Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste) and Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura, stroll through Monkey Park, and look for gifts at Organic Products by Coco Beauty Spa.

Plan a Tamarindo trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Getting from Playa Samara to Tamarindo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Monteverde

— 5 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 plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, take a peaceful walk through Curi Cancha Reserve, explore the world behind art at Chorotega Arts & Crafts, and take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Monteverde trip planning website.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Museums

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.