23 days in Costa Rica & Bocas Town Itinerary

23 days in Costa Rica & Bocas Town Itinerary

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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 1 night
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Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
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Montezuma, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
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Puntarenas, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
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Bocas Town, Panama
— 3 nights
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

— 3 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Tabacon Hot Springs, Ecoterra Costa Rica and Desafio Adventure Company. Step off the beaten path and head to Los Lagos Hot Springs and La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve. Next up on the itinerary: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip site.

San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a shuttle; or drive; or take a bus. On the 20th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Monteverde, Costa Rica

— 1 night
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Monteverde online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. On the 21st (Tue), you're off to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Tamarindo, Costa Rica

— 2 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Potrero Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Monkey Park, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed): choose your vessel at Costa Rica Sailing Center and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Conchal.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo trip website.

You can drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Montezuma.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Montezuma, Costa Rica

— 3 nights
With a scenic position on a sheltered bay, Montezuma remains one of Costa Rica's quieter destinations, attracting mostly backpackers and other explorers averse to making detailed travel plans.
Step off the beaten path and head to Playa Montezuma and Playa Quesera. Take a break from the city and head to Refugio Nacional Mixto de Vida Silvestre Romelia and Montezuma Falls. Take a break from Montezuma with a short trip to Jungle Butterfly Farm in Nandayure, about 1h 55 min away. There's more to do: stroll through Costa Rica Color and trot along with Tokpela.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Montezuma trip maker app.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Montezuma in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to drive to Puntarenas.

Things to do in Montezuma

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Puntarenas, Costa Rica

— 2 nights

Pacific Pearl

A major port city with a busy fish market, for most tourists Puntarenas represents little more than the launching point for ferries heading to the pleasant beaches of the Nicoya Peninsula.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): step off the mainland to explore Reserva Biologica Isla del Cano. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Tue): trek along Sky Mountain Canopy and then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Puntarenas.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Puntarenas journey planning site.

Getting from Montezuma to Puntarenas by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Puntarenas

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

— 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.
Get in touch with nature at Playa Manuel Antonio and Waterskiing & Jetskiing. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mike’s Nature Tours and Mulguri Adventure. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz, take in the exciting artwork at The Captain's Booty, and walk around Parque Nahomi.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Manuel Antonio sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Puntarenas to Manuel Antonio takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica

— 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Punta Uva Beach and Kekoldi Indigenous Reserve. Get a sense of the local culture at Nature Park Walk and Luluberlu Art Gallery. Step out of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca with an excursion to Costa Rica Wildlife Sanctuary in Puerto Limon--about 32 minutes away. It doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tarantulas Way and enjoy the sand and surf at Puerto Viejo Beach.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca online trip planner.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Bocas Town.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Wildlife · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Bocas Town, Panama

— 3 nights
The colorful and relaxed Bocas Town has a welcoming atmosphere, with the modestly sized urban area showcasing typical Caribbean clapboard houses and home to a mixed community from across the world.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Wizard Beach and Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Starfish Beach.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Bocas Town day trip tool.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Bocas Town in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. September in Bocas Town sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 34°C at night. You will leave for San Jose on the 7th (Fri).

Things to do in Bocas Town

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

San Jose, Costa Rica

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read San Jose online visit planner.

Fly from Bocas Town to San Jose in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, and bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and car. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Bocas Town to San Jose due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Bocas Town in September, San Jose is a bit cooler at night with lows of 21°C. On the 8th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Shopping · Museums
Highlights from your 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.