23 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

23 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Central America vacation planner
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Sierpe
— 1 night
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Drake Bay
— 4 nights
Ferry to Sierpe, Bus to Manuel Antonio
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
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Monteverde
— 3 nights
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Tamarindo
— 1 night
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Tenorio Volcano National Park
— 1 night
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
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Tortuguero
— 4 nights
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Cahuita
— 2 nights
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Turrialba
— 1 night
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Sierpe — 1 night

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Sierpe travel planner.

San Jose to Sierpe is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also drive. On the 24th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Drake Bay.
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Drake Bay — 4 nights

Escape the urban bustle at Submarine Tours and Reserva Biologica Isla del Cano.

For ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Drake Bay trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Sierpe to Drake Bay in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Manuel Antonio.
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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Manuel Antonio National Park. Step out of the city life by going to Parque Nacional Marino Ballena and Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Manuel Antonio trip itinerary builder site.

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 up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can go by car to Monteverde.
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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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Monteverde journey planner.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 32°C. You will have some time to spend on the 3rd (Tue) before leaving for Tamarindo.
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Tamarindo — 1 night

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): get outside with Outdoor Activities, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Avellana, and then see Off-Road Tours.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Tamarindo trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to drive to Tenorio Volcano National Park.
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Tenorio Volcano National Park — 1 night

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Tenorio Volcano National Park online day trip planner.

Getting from Tamarindo to Tenorio Volcano National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.
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La Fortuna de San Carlos — 2 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've now added Arenal Volcano to your itinerary. On the 6th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Arenal Volcano, tour the pleasant surroundings at Arenal Sanctuary Reserve, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Ecotermales Fortuna.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

You can drive from Tenorio Volcano National Park to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Tortuguero.
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Tortuguero — 4 nights

One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Tortuguero Adventures as well as Tortuguero Tours - Adventures close to Nature. Step out of Tortuguero to go to Guacimo and see Caribbean Botanical Garden, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. Spend the 8th (Sun) exploring nature at Tortuguero National Park. There's more to do: see the interesting displays at Sea Turtle Conservancy.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Tortuguero trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in January, and nighttime lows around 24°C. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Wed) before leaving for Cahuita.
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Cahuita — 2 nights

With its dusty streets and simple (read affordable) lodgings, Cahuita bustles as a hub of backpacker tourism in southeastern Costa Rica.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): stroll through Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica, then admire the natural beauty at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tarantulas Way.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Cahuita online route planner.

You can drive from Tortuguero to Cahuita in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In January, daily temperatures in Cahuita can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to drive to Turrialba.
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Turrialba — 1 night

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Turrialba trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cahuita to Turrialba takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Cahuita in January, things will get little chillier in Turrialba: highs are around 30°C and lows about 21°C. You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Sat) before leaving for home.
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Costa Rica travel guide

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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.
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Arenal Volcano National Park travel guide

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Hot Springs · Waterfalls · River Rafting & Tubing
Plan a tour of Arenal Volcano National Park to get in touch with nature, enjoy scenic views, and admire the majestic volcano up close. The park, established in 1991, protects a variety of ecosystems and wildlife. You can choose from four hiking trails, taking you across the rainforest and lava fields. Enjoy scenic lookout points, see a staggering variety of birds and plants, or climb the dormant Mount Chato on your trip to Arenal Volcano National Park.
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