24 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

24 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica Trip Planner

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Fly
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Tamarindo
— 6 nights
Fly
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San Jose
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Jaco
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Monteverde
— 4 nights
Drive
7
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Shuttle to Liberia, Fly to Austin

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Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Lydia Beech Art Boutique and MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY. You'll get in some beach time at Playa Hermosa and Playa Conchal. Venture out of the city with trips to Playa Guiones (in Nosara), Hidden Garden Art Gallery (in Liberia) and Playas del Coco (Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts & Scuba & Snorkeling). And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Avellana, and look for gifts at Azul Profundo Boutique.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Tamarindo online trip itinerary maker.

Austin, USA to Tamarindo is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Our Lady of the Pillar Cathedral and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Costa Rica's Craft Brewing Co.. Here are some ideas for day two: view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu, then stroll through Toucan Rescue Ranch, and then see the interesting displays at INBioparque.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the San Jose tour itinerary builder site.

Traveling by flight from Tamarindo to San Jose takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In January, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

Breweries & Distilleries · Museums · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

2
nights
Manuel Antonio

The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): take in the local highlights with Mike’s Nature Tours.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio journey planner.

You can drive from San Jose to Manuel Antonio in 3 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Thu) before leaving for Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Shopping

Side Trip

3
nights
Manuel Antonio

You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mike’s Nature Tours and Jaime Peligro Book & CD Shop. Explore Manuel Antonio further: admire all the interesting features of Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices and do sightseeing your way with Mulguri Adventure.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary planner.

On the 14th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Shopping

Side Trip

2
nights
Jaco

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 15th (Mon): kick back and relax at Jaco Beach, then explore the galleries of Tico Pod Art House & Gifts, and then stop by Fruity Monkey Poop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Tue): stop by Carton the Surf Shop and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

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You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Jaco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

4
nights
Monteverde

Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Ecological Sanctuary and Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery. Head to Arte Jaguar Gallery and Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverdefor some retail therapy. There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and look for gifts at Souvenir Rosewood-Info Center.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Monteverde trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Jaco to Monteverde in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites

3
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos

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.
Get outdoors at Tabacon Hot Springs and River Rafting & Tubing. Get some cultural insight at Catedral de Ciudad Quesada and Onirica Art Gallery. There's lots more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Los Lagos Hot Springs, look for gifts at Souvenir Leo, and hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos holiday maker website.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Spas · Outdoors

Side 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.