23 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

23 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
San Jose
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
Drive
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive
4
Nosara
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Tamarindo
— 5 nights
Drive
6
Quebrada Grande
— 3 nights
Drive to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, Fly to Barcelona

S M T W T F S
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
1

San Jose

— 3 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 some historical perspective at Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles and Iglesia Maria Auxiliadora. Step off the beaten path and head to Galeria Namu and Souvenir Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from San Jose: Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca) and Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense, look for gifts at La Bodega de Chema, get into the urban bustle at El Sotano, and get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica.

For maps and more tourist information, you can read our San Jose journey maker website.

Barcelona, Spain to San Jose is an approximately 17-hour flight. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Barcelona to San Jose due to the time zone difference. In April, San Jose is somewhat warmer than Barcelona - with highs of 33°C and lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

Nature · Parks · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

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.
Get in touch with nature at River Rafting & Tubing and MidWorld Costa Rica. For shopping fun, head to Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices or House of Cigars. Step out of Manuel Antonio to go to Dominical and see Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store, which is approximately 48 minutes away. There's more to do: stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary app.

You can drive from San Jose to Manuel Antonio in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Adventure · Outdoors · Tours · Shopping

Side Trips

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 4 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Tabacon Hot Springs and River Rafting & Tubing. When in La Fortuna de San Carlos, make a side trip to see Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge in Cano Negro, approximately Cano Negro away. The adventure continues: contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano, browse the exhibits of Onirica Art Gallery, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos itinerary maker website.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to drive to Nosara.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Spas · Outdoors

Side Trips

Nosara

— 2 nights
Along with its agricultural and fishing heritage, Nosara stands as one of the oldest expatriate communities in the country.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): kick back and relax at Playa Guiones. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Koss Art Gallery, enjoy the sand and surf at Samara Beach, then look for gifts at Nativa Gallery, and finally view the masterpieces at MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY.

For ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Nosara journey planner.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Nosara by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Nosara

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Tamarindo

— 5 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Relax by the water at Tamarindo Beach and Playa Avellana. Head to Papaya Con Leche and Dolores Shopfor some retail therapy. When in Tamarindo, make a side trip to see Playa Conchal in Playa Conchal, approximately Playa Conchal away. And it doesn't end there: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, look for gifts at Urban Eclectic Jewelry, view the masterpieces at Lydia Beech Art Boutique, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Tamarindo vacation planner.

You can drive from Nosara to Tamarindo in 2 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Quebrada Grande.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Shopping · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Quebrada Grande

— 3 nights
Escape the urban bustle at Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands and Sea Star CR Sport Fishing and Adventure Tours. For shopping fun, head to Hidden Garden Art Gallery or Souvenir Ocarina. Go for a jaunt from Quebrada Grande to Liberia to see Souvenirs La gran Nicoya about 1h 40 min away.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Quebrada Grande online tour itinerary builder.

Drive from Tamarindo to Quebrada Grande in 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Quebrada Grande

Wildlife · Adventure · Outdoors · 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.