23 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

23 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica route planner

Make it your trip
Fly to San Jose, Taxi to Monteverde
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Jaco
— 2 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
Drive
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
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San Jose
— 6 nights
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Monteverde

— 2 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Zipline. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ecological Sanctuary and Santa Elena Skywalk. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Chorotega Arts & Crafts, surround yourself with nature on Monteverde Wild Hikes, stroll through Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond, and browse the exhibits of Arte Jaguar Gallery.

Before you visit Monteverde, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Monteverde is an approximately 22-hour combination of flight and taxi. Traveling from Tel Aviv to Monteverde, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Tamarindo

— 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 10th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Tamarindo Beach and then stroll through Playa Conchal. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Monkey Park, then view the masterpieces at Lydia Beech Art Boutique, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Con Mucho Gusto.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Tamarindo online road trip planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Jaco

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour and then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour. Keep things going the next day: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

Make your Jaco itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Getting from Tamarindo to Jaco by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Wildlife

Manuel Antonio

— 2 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz, then explore the galleries of The Captain's Booty, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally walk around Parque Nahomi.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio driving holiday site.

Drive from Jaco to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side 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.
Visiting River Rafting & Tubing and Tabacon Hot Springs will get you outdoors. Do some cultural sightseeing at Onirica Art Gallery and Coco Loco Art Studio & Gallery. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at La Fortuna Waterfall, take in the exciting artwork at Wood & Art Gallery, witness a stunning natural landmark at Ecotermales Fortuna, and get impressive views of Arenal Volcano.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

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 21st (Sat), explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Tortuguero trip website.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in September, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

San Jose

— 6 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.
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum and Guayabo National Monument are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from the city and head to Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz and Top Travel Costa Rica. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Jose: Cartago (Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles & Iglesia Maria Auxiliadora), Toucan Rescue Ranch (in San Isidro) and Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Metropolitan Church (Catedral Metropolitana), view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu, and engage your brain at Museo de Ciencias Naturales La Salle.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the San Jose trip planner.

You can drive from Tortuguero to San Jose in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Tortuguero in September, with highs in San Jose at 32°C and lows at 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

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.