23 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

23 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip planner

Make it your trip
Train to Haymarket, Fly to Liberia
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Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Playa Samara
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
7
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
Drive
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Vara Blanca
— 2 nights
Drive to Juan Santamaria International Airport, Fly to Aberdeen Dyce Airport

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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tamarindo: Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste) and Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura, and look for gifts at Azul Profundo Boutique.

To find more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Tamarindo holiday planner.

Aberdeen, UK to Tamarindo is an approximately 24-hour combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Aberdeen to Tamarindo is minus 6 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can go by car to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Playa Samara

— 2 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 12th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Barrigona Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Guiones. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Samara Beach, take a memorable tour with Tours, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Playa Samara trip planner.

Getting from Tamarindo to Playa Samara by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Spas

Side Trip

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 plan 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, get to know the fascinating history of Santa Elena Skywalk, and take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden.

For other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Monteverde road trip planning website.

Drive from Playa Samara to Monteverde in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Adventure · Tours

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.
When in Manuel Antonio, make a side trip to see Canyoning & Rappelling Tours in Jaco, approximately Jaco away. Spend the 19th (Tue) on the water with a fishing tour. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Manuel Antonio National Park.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Manuel Antonio fast, fun, and easy.

Getting from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Cahuita National Park. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Nature Observatorio and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca road trip planning site.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Tortuguero trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Tortuguero takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In January in Tortuguero, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 5 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 plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, get impressive views of Arenal Volcano, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to drive to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Vara Blanca

— 2 nights
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 28th (Thu): admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the geological forces at Poas Volcano and then stroll through Tirimbina Biological Reserve.

For traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Vara Blanca trip planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Vara Blanca in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks · Nature · Adventure · Tours

Side Trips

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.