34 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

34 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 6 nights
Drive
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 3 nights
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
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Cano Negro
— 1 night
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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
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San Jose
— 5 nights
Drive
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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: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip tool.

Tel Aviv, Israel to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Israel Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 8 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can 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. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla, head outdoors with Nature Riders, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature Observatorio.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Tortuguero itinerary website.

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Tortuguero in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Cano Negro.

Things to do in Tortuguero

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

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): stroll through Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Cano Negro trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to Cano Negro takes 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

Parks · Wildlife
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Tamarindo side-trips: Playa Hermosa (in Playa Hermosa), Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal) and Tio Leo Coffee Tour,a real cultural experience (in Liberia). Next up on the itinerary: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura, and stop by Organic Products by Coco Beauty Spa.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Tamarindo travel planner.

Traveling by car from Cano Negro to Tamarindo takes 4 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to go by car 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: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, delve into the lush surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve, and see the interesting displays at Chorotega Arts & Crafts.

For maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Monteverde travel itinerary 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can drive 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: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, look for gifts at Fruity Monkey Poop, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Jaco tour planning site.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Jaco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Nature · 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around 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: stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio, explore by horseback at Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge, walk around Parque Nahomi, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio trip website.

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 · Beaches

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.
Get out of town with these interesting San Jose side-trips: ZENfit 506 (in San Rafael de Escazu), Rescate Wildlife Rescue Center (in Alajuela) and Cartago (Museo Municipal de Cartago, Jardin Botanico Lankester, &more). There's much more to do: capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, contemplate the geological forces at Irazu Volcano National Park, get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, and let your taste buds guide you at Carpe Chepe.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read San Jose itinerary planner.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to San Jose by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: 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

Museums · Tours · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries

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), take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Vara Blanca trip builder.

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

Nature · Parks
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.