32 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

32 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica holiday planner
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Fly to San Jose, Taxi to Monteverde
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Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive
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Jaco
— 4 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive
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Drake Bay
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cahuita
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 6 nights
Shuttle
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San Jose
— 3 nights
Fly
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Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Playa Samara
— 3 nights
Drive to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, Fly to Newark

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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.
Monteverde is known for adventure, parks, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden, and relax and rejuvenate at Monteverde Massage Center.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Monteverde trip planning website.

Newark, USA to Monteverde is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Newark to Monteverde due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can drive to Jaco.
Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Nature

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.
Spend the 13th (Sun) exploring nature at Carara National Park. The adventure continues: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Jaco Beach, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and see Off-Road Tours.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Jaco road trip site.

Getting from Monteverde to Jaco by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.
Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature
Side Trip

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.
Explore Manuel Antonio's surroundings by going to Parque Nacional Marino Ballena (in Uvita) and Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary (in Dominical). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, get outside with Outdoor Activities, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio trip planner.

Drive from Jaco to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Drake Bay.
Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife
Side Trips

Drake Bay — 3 nights

Spend a day of island exploring on the 18th (Fri) at Cano Island.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Drake Bay trip tool.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Drake Bay in 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 20th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Cahuita.
Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

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 21st (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Cahuita National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Tarantulas Way and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

Start your trip to Cahuita by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Drake Bay to Cahuita takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In February, daytime highs in Cahuita are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Tortuguero.
Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours
Side Trip

Tortuguero — 1 night

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 23rd (Wed), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Tortuguero day trip planner.

You can drive from Cahuita to Tortuguero in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. February in Tortuguero sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 69°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.
Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, explore the activities along Lake Arenal, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos online trip builder.

You can drive from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to San Jose.
Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors
Side Trip

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 find plenty of places to visit near San Jose: Jardin Botanico Lankester (in Cartago), Souvenir Museum (in Alajuela) and Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the geological forces at Irazu Volcano National Park, get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, and take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the San Jose trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by shuttle from La Fortuna de San Carlos to San Jose takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March in San Jose, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 65°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Tamarindo.
Parks · Nature · Museums · Tours
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tamarindo: Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal) and Playa Hermosa (in Playa Hermosa). There's lots more to do: stroll through Tamarindo Beach, wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Tamarindo trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from San Jose to Tamarindo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Playa Samara.
Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours
Side Trips

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): kick back and relax at Samara Beach and then trot along with a tour on horseback. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Barrigona Beach and then stroll through Playa Guiones.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Playa Samara holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Playa Samara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 10th (Thu), you'll travel back home.
Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours
Side Trip

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.