40 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

40 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip itinerary planner

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Fly to San Jose, Taxi to Monteverde
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Monteverde
— 4 nights
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Playa Samara
— 3 nights
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Tamarindo
— 4 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 6 nights
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 3 nights
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Drake Bay
— 3 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
Drive
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Jaco
— 4 nights
Drive
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San Jose
— 4 nights
Drive
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Vara Blanca
— 2 nights
Drive to Juan Santamaría International Airport, Fly to Tel Aviv

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Monteverde

— 4 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.
Ecological Sanctuary and Alas y Raices are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Monteverde Nature Guided Tours and Aguti Monteverde - Wildlife Reserve. When in Monteverde, make a side trip to see Sustainability Demonstration Center in Guacimal, approximately Guacimal away. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Finca el Rodeo, experience rural life at Hidden Valley Permaculture Farm, see the interesting displays at Chorotega Arts & Crafts, and stop by Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Monteverde trip itinerary planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Monteverde is an approximately 22-hour combination of flight and taxi. Traveling from Tel Aviv to Monteverde, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Playa Samara

— 3 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Fishing Charters & Tours and Playa Garza. Koss Art Gallery and MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Playa Samara: Nosara (Equisol Retreats CR, SRL & Nosara Riversafari - Tours). It doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Buena Vista and take in the dramatic scenery at Belen Waterfall.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Playa Samara holiday app.

Drive from Monteverde to Playa Samara in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Lydia Beech Art Boutique and Immaculate Church of Concepcion de Maria. You'll get in some beach time at Playa Avellana and Playa Danta. Venture out of the city with trips to Costa Rica'n Art Craft (in Liberia), Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste) and Playas del Coco (Spas & Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts). The adventure continues: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, tour the pleasant surroundings at Monkey Park, and step aboard Kingpin Sportfishing.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Tamarindo road trip app.

Drive from Playa Samara to Tamarindo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

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.
Get in touch with nature at Bogarin Trail and Butterfly Conservatory. Explore hidden gems such as Natura Eco Park Costa Rica and Los Lagos Hot Springs. When in La Fortuna de San Carlos, make a side trip to see Catedral de Ciudad Quesada in Quesada, approximately Quesada away. There's much more to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs, get impressive views of Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano), and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip planner.

You can drive from Tamarindo to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): take an exotic tour of Jungle Tom Safaris Day Tours and then get a new perspective on nature at Sea Turtle Conservancy.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Tortuguero road trip tool.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in May, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Museums
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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.
Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Nature Riders. Explore hidden gems such as Nature Park Walk and Cataratas Bribri Talamanca. There's more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at Indulgence Spa and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manzanillo.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Drake Bay.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Drake Bay

— 3 nights
Step out of the city life by going to Playa San Josecito and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Step off the beaten path and head to Rancho Raices de Osa and Quebrada Cuervo.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Drake Bay trip site.

Drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Drake Bay in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Drake Bay

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Safari Adventures and Playas Gemelas. Visiting Snorkel Adventure CR and Barraba's Surf will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, view the masterpieces at The Captain's Booty, stroll through La Playita, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Manuel Antonio Hot Springs.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Manuel Antonio journey planner.

Traveling by car from Drake Bay to Manuel Antonio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa Bejuco and Palo Seco Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Vista Los Suenos Horseback Riding and Catarata Bijagual. There's lots more to do: glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, tee off at La Iguana Golf Course, explore the galleries of Tico Pod Art House & Gifts, and stop by Fruity Monkey Poop.

Planning Jaco trip won't be overwhelming when you use Inspirock's itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Jaco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Shopping

Side Trips

San Jose

— 4 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Top Travel Costa Rica and Butterfly Kingdom Costa Rica. Ruins of the Church of Carthage and Museo Municipal de Cartago are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with a short trip to Iglesia Maria Auxiliadora in Cartago (about 48 minutes away). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, head outdoors with Tee Times Costa Rica Golf Tours, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Costa Rica's Craft Brewing Co., and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia La Soledad.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our San Jose attractions planning site.

Traveling by car from Jaco to San Jose takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June in San Jose, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in San Jose

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Los Chorros Waterfalls and then take in the dramatic scenery at La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Metal Church and then appreciate the views at Orosi River Valley ( El Valle del Rio Orosi ).

To see maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Vara Blanca online vacation maker.

Traveling by car from San Jose to Vara Blanca takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

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.