33 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

33 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip planner

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Fly to Juan Santamaria International Airport, Drive to Poas Volcano National Park
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Poas Volcano National Park
— 1 night
Fly
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Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
Drive
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Jaco
— 4 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nosara
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 4 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 6 nights
Drive
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 3 nights
Drive
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San Jose
— 3 nights
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Poas Volcano National Park

— 1 night
A trip to Poas Volcano National Park allows you to see one of the world's largest craters, trek through a lush rainforest, and visit a coffee plantation all on the same day.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the geological forces at Poas Volcano and then admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Poas Volcano National Park trip builder website.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Poas Volcano National Park is an approximately 22-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Israel Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 8 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to fly to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Manuel Antonio

— 4 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kokopelli (in Sierpe), Dominical (Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary & Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store) and Parque Nacional Marino Ballena (in Uvita). There's much more to do: stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio, see Off-Road Tours, relax and rejuvenate at Yoga con Cyn, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio road trip app.

Traveling by flight from Poas Volcano National Park to Manuel Antonio takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Jaco

— 4 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.
Spend the 9th (Wed) exploring nature at Carara National Park. Next up on the itinerary: skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, get great views at Mirador de Jaco, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and see Off-Road Tours.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Jaco visit planning website.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Jaco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Jaco

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Monteverde

— 3 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: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, admire the natural beauty at Jardin de Orquideas San Bosco, stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Monteverde journey builder.

Traveling by car from Jaco to Monteverde takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can go by car to Nosara.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Adventure

Nosara

— 2 nights
Along with its agricultural and fishing heritage, Nosara stands as one of the oldest expatriate communities in the country.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Belen Waterfall, then kick back and relax at Samara Beach, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Playa Guiones and then kick back and relax at Barrigona Beach.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Nosara route builder.

You can drive from Monteverde to Nosara in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Nosara

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Tamarindo

— 4 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tamarindo: Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal), Tio Leo Coffee Tour (in Liberia) and Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste). The adventure continues: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Avellana, get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, and enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo trip planning website.

Getting from Nosara to Tamarindo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

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: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, stroll through Proyecto Asis, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Baldi Hot Springs.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Tamarindo to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (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.
On the 26th (Sat), explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To find out how to plan a trip to Tortuguero, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. June in Tortuguero sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

— 3 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.
Spend the 28th (Mon) exploring nature at Cahuita National Park. There's much more to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, stroll through Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge, and admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca travel website.

You can drive from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

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.
Get out of town with these interesting San Jose side-trips: Jardin Botanico Lankester (in Cartago) and Rescate Wildlife Rescue Center (in Alajuela). There's still lots to do: hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, explore the galleries of Galeria Namu, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Costarricense, and take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a San Jose trip simple and quick.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to San Jose takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in June, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Parks · Tours · Nature

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.