34 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

34 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica journey planner

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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 6 nights
Drive
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
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Cano Negro
— 1 night
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 4 nights
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Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive
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Jaco
— 4 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
Drive
9
San Jose
— 5 nights
Drive
10
Vara Blanca
— 1 night
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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: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, witness a stunning natural landmark at Ecotermales Fortuna, stroll through Proyecto Asis, and take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos travel route tool.

Tel Aviv, Israel to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone changes from Israel Standard Time (IST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -8 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 10 — 16:

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

— 3 nights

Walaba

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 18th (Fri) exploring nature at Cahuita National Park. The adventure continues: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla, and stroll through Nature Observatorio.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca online trip planner.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 16 — 19:

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 20th (Sun), explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Tortuguero trip 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. In June, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cano Negro.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Jun 19 — 20:
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Cano Negro

— 1 night
On the 21st (Mon), stroll through Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Cano Negro itinerary planner.

You can drive from Tortuguero to Cano Negro in 4.5 hours. In June in Cano Negro, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Cano Negro

Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Jun 20 — 21:
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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). Next up on the itinerary: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura, stroll through Monkey Park, and stop by Organic Products by Coco Beauty Spa.

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Getting from Cano Negro to Tamarindo by car takes about 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 21 — 25:

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, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond, look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery, and examine the collection at Chorotega Arts & Crafts.

For reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Monteverde trip planning tool.

Getting from Tamarindo to Monteverde by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can go by car to Jaco.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Adventure
Find places to stay Jun 25 — 28:

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 2nd (Fri) exploring nature at Carara National Park. Next up on the itinerary: get outside with Outdoor Activities, see Off-Road Tours, stop by Fruity Monkey Poop, and take some stellar pictures from Mirador de Jaco.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Jaco attractions planner.

Drive from Monteverde to Jaco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 28 — Jul 2:

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Manuel Antonio: Playa Ventanas (in Ballena), Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store (in Dominical) and Kokopelli (in Sierpe). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio, see Off-Road Tours, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

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

You can drive from Jaco to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 2 — 6:

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to ZENfit 506 (in San Rafael de Escazu), Rescate Wildlife Rescue Center (in Alajuela) and Cartago (Jardin Botanico Lankester & Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles). And it doesn't end there: capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Costarricense, get impressive views of Irazu Volcano National Park, and view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu.

For other places to visit and tourist information, you can read our San Jose vacation planning site.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to San Jose in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in San Jose can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can go by car to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Parks · Museums · Nightlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 6 — 11:

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.
On the 12th (Mon), admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Vara Blanca trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Jose to Vara Blanca takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. On the 12th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Jul 11 — 12:
Highlights from your trip

Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
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.