35 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

35 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip itinerary planner

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San Jose
— 1 night
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 6 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 7 nights
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Playa Samara
— 4 nights
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Santa Teresa
— 3 nights
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Jaco
— 7 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
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San Jose
— 2 nights
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San Jose

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find other places to visit and other tourist information, go to the San Jose trip maker tool.

Saskatoon, Canada to San Jose is an approximately 24-hour flight. Traveling from Saskatoon in January, things will get warmer in San Jose: highs are around 30°C and lows about 21°C. On the 17th (Mon), you'll travel to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in San Jose

Spas
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

— 6 nights

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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Playa Puerto Viejo as well as Cahuita National Park. Attractions like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens make great kid-friendly stops. Relax by the water at Playa Punta Uva and Playa Cocles. And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, get outside with Nature Riders, get a new perspective on things with Wahoo Fishing & Tours, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Jose to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 7 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bogarin Trail and Arenal 1968 Volcano View & Trails. Attractions like River Rafting & Tubing and Natura Eco Park Costa Rica make great kid-friendly stops. The adventure continues: take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and stroll through Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos online trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Playa Samara

— 4 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Horseback Riding Tours and Kayaking & Canoeing. Visit Samara Beach and Playa Buena Vista for some beach relaxation. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at dondeJavitours, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and see Off-Road Tours.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Playa Samara online travel planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Playa Samara in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

Santa Teresa

— 3 nights
A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Playa Carmen and Taboo Beach Club. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Costa Rican Tropical Tours and Spas. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Santa Teresa and see what you can catch with Sapoa Adventures.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Teresa trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Playa Samara to Santa Teresa by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Jaco.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Jaco

— 7 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.
Kids will enjoy Vista Los Suenos Horseback Riding and Jaco Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Spas and Playa Mantas. The adventure continues: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, get outside with Outdoor Activities, stroll through Playa Blanca, and see Off-Road Tours.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Jaco online tour itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Santa Teresa to Jaco in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. On the 13th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Manuel Antonio

— 2 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): kick back and relax at Playa Espadilla Norte and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. On your second day here, kick back and relax at La Playita and then head outdoors with Snorkel Adventure CR.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio holiday site.

Traveling by car from Jaco to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Spas

Side Trip

San Jose

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): learn more about the world around you at Museo de Ciencias Naturales La Salle and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On your second day here, relax and rejuvenate at Yoga Massage Therapy and then take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the San Jose route planning site.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to San Jose by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Childrens Museums · Adventure · Outdoors

Side Trip

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.