35 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

35 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
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Jaco
— 4 nights
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Monteverde
— 3 nights
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Tamarindo
— 4 nights
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Rincon de La Vieja
— 1 night
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Cano Negro
— 1 night
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 6 nights
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Vara Blanca
— 1 night
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 4 nights
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San Jose
— 5 nights
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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Manuel Antonio: Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary (in Dominical), Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge (in Uvita) and Kokopelli (in Sierpe). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, see Off-Road Tours, trot along with a tour on horseback, and walk around Parque Nahomi.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio route planner.

Quito, Ecuador to Manuel Antonio is an approximately 10-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Quito to Manuel Antonio. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Jaco.
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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 24th (Thu) exploring nature at Carara National Park. Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, identify plant and animal life at Costa Rica Dreams Sportfishing, look for gifts at Fruity Monkey Poop, and get great views at Mirador de Jaco.

For more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Jaco trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Jaco by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can drive 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.
Monteverde is known for adventure, parks, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take a peaceful walk through Curi Cancha Reserve, admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden, and see the top attractions with El Trapiche Tour.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Monteverde trip planner.

Drive from Jaco to Monteverde in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.
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Tamarindo — 4 nights

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tamarindo: Tio Leo Coffee Tour,a real cultural experience (in Liberia), Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal) and Playa Hermosa (in Playa Hermosa). The adventure continues: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, see Off-Road Tours, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and stroll through Monkey Park.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Tamarindo day trip tool.

You can drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Rincon de La Vieja.
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Rincon de La Vieja — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): get impressive views of Parque Nacional Rincon de la Vieja.

To find ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Rincon de La Vieja trip itinerary maker app.

You can fly from Tamarindo to Rincon de La Vieja in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Cano Negro.
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Cano Negro — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): stroll through Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Cano Negro driving holiday planner.

Getting from Rincon de La Vieja to Cano Negro by car takes about 3 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Cano Negro can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.
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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: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, get impressive views of Arenal Volcano, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary maker app.

Drive from Cano Negro to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to drive to Vara Blanca.
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Vara Blanca — 1 night

A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): admire the sheer force of La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens and then admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Vara Blanca journey planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Vara Blanca takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can go by car to Tortuguero.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Tortuguero trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Vara Blanca to Tortuguero takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. In July in Tortuguero, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca — 4 nights

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.
Spend the 13th (Tue) exploring nature at Cahuita National Park. There's much more to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Puerto Viejo, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature Observatorio, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca day trip planning website.

You can drive from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can go by car to San Jose.
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San Jose — 5 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: Cartago (Jardin Botanico Lankester & Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles) and Rescate Wildlife Rescue Center (in Alajuela). There's lots more to do: hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, join in the after-dark buzz at Carpe Chepe, get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, and examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum.

For where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our San Jose attractions site.

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to San Jose in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in July, and nighttime lows around 22°C. On the 20th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
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Costa Rica travel guide

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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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