25 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

25 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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San Jose
— 3 nights
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Tamarindo
— 2 nights
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
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Jaco
— 2 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
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Drake Bay
— 3 nights
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Jose: Teatro Municipal (in Alajuela) and Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca). There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape of Irazu Volcano National Park, look for gifts at J.LANG Atelier & Showroom, view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu, and get engrossed in the history at Museo Dr. Rafael Calderon Guardia.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the San Jose trip planner.

Stockholm, Sweden to San Jose is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 7 hours. Traveling from Stockholm in January, things will get warmer in San Jose: highs are around 30°C and lows about 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Tamarindo.
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Tamarindo — 2 nights

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
On the 4th (Sat), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Playa Conchal and then kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo trip planning website.

Getting from San Jose to Tamarindo by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car to Monteverde.
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Monteverde — 2 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.
On the 6th (Mon), stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then stroll through Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the lush surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then relax and rejuvenate at Monteverde Massage Center.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Monteverde online travel planner.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Jaco.
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Jaco — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then snap pictures at Tarcoles Bridge.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Jaco tour planner.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Jaco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.
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Manuel Antonio — 3 nights

The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Manuel Antonio: Dominical (Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store & Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary) and Parque Nacional Marino Ballena (in Uvita). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, get outside with Outdoor Activities, walk around Parque Nahomi, and glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio trip planning site.

You can drive from Jaco to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Drake Bay.
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Drake Bay — 3 nights

Spend a day of island exploring on the 13th (Mon) at Cano Island.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Drake Bay trip planner.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Drake Bay takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cahuita National Park. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature Observatorio.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca day trip planning website.

Getting from Drake Bay to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca by car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tortuguero.
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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 18th (Sat), explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Tortuguero trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Tortuguero in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in February, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.
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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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, explore the striking landscape of Arenal Volcano, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos online attractions planner.

Getting from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to fly 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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