24 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

24 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip planner
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San Jose
— 3 nights
Shuttle
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
Shuttle
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Playas del Coco
— 2 nights
Bus
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Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Playa Samara
— 2 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
Drive
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Uvita
— 4 nights
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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Top Travel Costa Rica and Our Lady of the Pillar Cathedral. Galeria Namu and Souvenir Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from San Jose: Cartago (Ruins of the Church of Carthage & Iglesia Maria Auxiliadora). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Museo de Ciencias Naturales La Salle, buy something for everyone on your list at Avenida Escazu, get outside with Tee Times Costa Rica Golf Tours, and soothe aching muscles at Yoga Massage Therapy.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the San Jose trip maker tool.

If you are flying in from Sweden, the closest major aiports are Tobías Bolaños International Airport, Juan Santamaría International Airport and Limon International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in January, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can catch the shuttle to La Fortuna de San Carlos.
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Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Museums
Side Trips

La Fortuna de San Carlos — 5 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.
Let the collections at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna and Onirica Art Gallery capture your imagination. Get in touch with nature at Bogarin Trail and Paradise Hot Springs. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, hike along Arenal 1968 Volcano View & Trails, and admire the natural beauty at Natura Eco Park Costa Rica.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip builder.

Getting from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos by shuttle takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to Playas del Coco.
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Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Playas del Coco — 2 nights

Coco Beach

A long-established beach community, Playas del Coco has developed a reputation as a favored spot for young travelers and locals to let loose by the sea.
Get outdoors at Four Seasons Golf Club and Matt's Fishing & Tours. Step off the beaten path and head to Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica Golf Course and Hidden Garden Art Gallery. Take a break from Playas del Coco with a short trip to Costa Rica'n Art Craft in Liberia, about 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, view the masterpieces at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts, and browse the exhibits of Alessandra Cola Art.

To find out how to plan a trip to Playas del Coco, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Playas del Coco by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.
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Outdoors · Golf · Shopping · Museums
Side Trips

Tamarindo — 3 nights

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Escape the urban bustle at Off-Road Tours and Brasilito Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Horseback Riding Tours and Playa Danta. Get out of town with these interesting Tamarindo side-trips: Playa Flamingo (Onzen Spa & Ohana Photo Shop) and Arenas Blancas (in Playa Conchal). There's still lots to do: browse the exhibits of Lydia Beech Art Boutique and tour the pleasant surroundings at Monkey Park.

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

You can drive from Playas del Coco to Tamarindo in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to drive to Playa Samara.
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Playa Samara — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): stop by Love Nosara, then take in the exciting artwork at MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY, and then take an exotic tour of Nosara Riversafari - Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Wed): stroll through Werner Sauter Biological Reserve and then view the masterpieces at Koss Art Gallery.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Playa Samara trip planner.

Getting from Tamarindo to Playa Samara by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.
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Wildlife · Shopping · Museums · Parks
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Playa Espadilla Norte and Playas Gemelas. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Manuel Antonio National Park and La Playita. There's still lots to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, see what you can catch with Mar 1 Sport fishing Quepos Day Trips, take in the natural beauty of Manuel Antonio Hot Springs, and take in the dramatic scenery at Tropical Waterfalls Tour.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio attractions planner.

Getting from Playa Samara to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and ferry; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can drive to Uvita.
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Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature
Side Trip

Uvita — 4 nights

Ideal for visitors looking to escape Costa Rica's busy beaches, Uvita offers a serene atmosphere and plenty of uncrowded sand for a leisurely vacation.
For shopping fun, head to Magic Ananda or Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Scuba & Snorkeling and Playa Garza. Step out of Uvita with an excursion to San Buenas Golf Resort and Spa in Ciudad Cortes--about 32 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Cascada El Pavon, tour the pleasant surroundings at Oro Verde Biological Reserve, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and see majestic marine mammals with Aventura Uno.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Uvita attractions planning tool.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Uvita takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can catch the ferry back 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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