23 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

23 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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San Jose
Drive
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Las Catalinas
— 4 nights
Drive
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Bijagua de Upala
— 6 nights
Drive
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
Drive
5
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 4 nights
Drive
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Cartago
— 2 nights
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San Jose

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.
On the 27th (Wed), take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the San Jose trip planner.

San Antonio, USA to San Jose is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Antonio in March, San Jose is a bit warmer at night with lows of 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Las Catalinas.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Spas

Las Catalinas

— 4 nights
Las Catalinas is a 490ha beach town on the Pacific Ocean in the Guanacaste Province of northwest Costa Rica. Discover out-of-the-way places like Prieta Beach and Playa Danta. There's more to do: kick back and relax at Playa Dantita.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Las Catalinas itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from San Jose to Las Catalinas takes 4.5 hours. You'll set off for Bijagua de Upala on the 31st (Sun).

Things to do in Las Catalinas

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Bijagua de Upala

— 6 nights
Kids will appreciate attractions like Rincon de La Vieja National Park and Miravalles Volcano. Step off the beaten path and head to Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge and Palo Verde National Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Bijagua de Upala: Chocolate Sibaeli (in San Rafael de Guatuso), Liberia (Immaculate Church of Concepcion de Maria, Church of La Ermita La Agonia, &more) and Middle Earth Thermal Springs (in Quebrada Grande).

For maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Bijagua de Upala trip planner.

You can drive from Las Catalinas to Bijagua de Upala in 2.5 hours. On the 6th (Sat), you're off to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Bijagua de Upala

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Tabacon Hot Springs and Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano). Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Paradise Hot Springs and Los Lagos Hot Springs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near La Fortuna de San Carlos: Chorotega Arts & Crafts (in Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve), Butterfly Conservatory (in El Castillo) and Catedral de Ciudad Quesada (in Quesada). There's lots more to do: Head underground at Venado Caves, stroll through Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge, trek along Natura Eco Park Costa Rica, and contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos holiday planning app.

Traveling by car from Bijagua de Upala to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Spas · Wildlife

Side Trips

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

— 4 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Punta Uva Beach and Ara Manzanillo. Step out of the city life by going to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Kekoldi Indigenous Reserve. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, take in the exciting artwork at Luluberlu Art Gallery, explore the striking landscape of Cahuita National Park, and enjoy the sand and surf at Puerto Viejo Beach.

For more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca online road trip planner.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to drive to Cartago.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Cartago

— 2 nights
Cartago is a city in Costa Rica, about 25km east of the capital, San José. Visit Guayabo National Monument and Ruins of the Church of Carthage for their historical value. Explore hidden gems such as Parque National Los Quetzales and Savegre Reserve.

To find traveler tips and other tourist information, use the Cartago road trip website.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Cartago takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. April in Cartago sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 67°F at night. You will leave for home on the 17th (Wed).

Things to do in Cartago

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.