32 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

32 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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32 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Curitiba
Fly + Drive:  23​h 30​min
1
Manzanillo
— 1 day
Drive:  6​h 30​min
2
Tortuguero
— 1 day
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Cano Negro
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Monteverde
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Tamarindo
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Nosara
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
San Jose
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
8
Manuel Antonio
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 8 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: Curitiba

1
day
Manzanillo

Manzanillo ©
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge and then identify plant and animal life at Nature Observatorio.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Manzanillo driving holiday planner.

Curitiba, Brazil to Manzanillo is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Curitiba to Manzanillo due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Manzanillo

Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Nature Observatorio ©
Nature Observatorio
Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge ©

1
day
Tortuguero

Tortuguero ©
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 2nd (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

Discover how to plan a Tortuguero trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Do a combination of bus and shuttle from Manzanillo to Tortuguero in 6.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Tortuguero are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cano Negro.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

1
day
Cano Negro

Cano Negro ©
On the 3rd (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Cano Negro online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to Cano Negro takes 5 hours. While traveling from Tortuguero, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Cano Negro, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Monteverde.

Things to do in Cano Negro

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

4
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.
Monteverde is known for adventure, wildlife, nightlife, parks, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, stroll through The Bat Jungle, take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Monteverde sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Cano Negro to Monteverde takes 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife Parks Tours
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Monteverde Wild Hikes ©
Monteverde Wild Hikes
Monteverde Frog Pond ©
Monteverde Frog Pond

4
nights
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tamarindo: Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal), Playa Dantita (in Las Catalinas) and El Viejo Wetlands (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste). The adventure continues: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, stop by Azul Profundo Boutique, have some family-friendly fun at Bolas Locas Mini Golf, and explore and take pictures at Pura Aventura.

For other places to visit and more tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo road trip app .

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 up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to Nosara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Conchal, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Playa Dantita, Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands ©
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach

2
nights
Nosara

Nosara ©
Along with its agricultural and fishing heritage, Nosara stands as one of the oldest expatriate communities in the country.
On the 12th (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Nosara Refuge for Wildlife, identify plant and animal life at SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary, then take in the exciting artwork at MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY, and finally putt your heart out at Jungle Mini Golf, Nosara. On your second day here, stroll through Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones) and then kick back and relax at Samara Beach.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Nosara online travel route planner .

Drive from Tamarindo to Nosara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Nosara

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Samara Beach
Highlights from your plan
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary ©
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife ©
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife
Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach

4
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Jose: Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles) (in Cartago), Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park) and La Paz Waterfall Gardens (in Vara Blanca). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Toucan Rescue Ranch, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and get engrossed in the history at National Museum (Museo Nacional).

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the San Jose day trip planner .

Fly from Nosara to San Jose in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. July in San Jose sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz, Poas Volcano, Toucan Rescue Ranch
Highlights from your plan
Toucan Rescue Ranch ©
Toucan Rescue Ranch
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum ©
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum

5
nights
Manuel Antonio

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.
Step out of Manuel Antonio with an excursion to Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary in Dominical--about 1h 05 min away. Pack the 20th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Rancho Tipico Don Juan. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio, enjoy the sand and surf at Playas Gemelas, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Manuel Antonio day trip planning website .

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi from San Jose to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary

8
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.
Step out of La Fortuna de San Carlos to go to El Castillo and see Butterfly Conservatory, which is approximately 42 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and explore the striking landscape of Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal).

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary planner .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, Butterfly Conservatory
Highlights from your plan
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

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