25 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

25 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica route planner

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Train to Frankfurt, Fly to San Jose
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San Jose
— 2 nights
Drive
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 1 night
Drive
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 6 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
Drive
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Jaco
— 2 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
8
Nosara
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Fly to Amsterdam Schiphol, Train to Dusseldorf

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San Jose

— 2 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.
Bring the kids along to Museo de Arte Costarricense and Galeria Namu. Venture out of the city with trips to ZENfit 506 (in San Rafael de Escazu), Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca) and Teatro Municipal (in Alajuela). Next up on the itinerary: capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, look for gifts at Va de nuevo, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia La Soledad.

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

Dusseldorf, Germany to San Jose is an approximately 16-hour combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Dusseldorf to San Jose. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Dusseldorf in May, with highs in San Jose at 32°C and lows at 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

— 1 night

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 22nd (Sat): stroll through Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge, then admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Puerto Viejo de Talamanca vacation builder.

Drive from San Jose to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

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 23rd (Sun), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Tortuguero day trip planner.

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 May, daytime highs in Tortuguero are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature
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La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 6 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.
Kids will enjoy River Rafting & Tubing and Arenal Volcano. And it doesn't end there: soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, walk around Bogarin Trail, and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

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.
Kids will enjoy Playa Manuel Antonio and Manuel Antonio National Park. Explore Manuel Antonio's surroundings by going to Dominical (Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary & Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store) and Parque Nacional Marino Ballena (in Uvita). And it doesn't end there: take a memorable tour with Tours, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Biesanz, see Off-Road Tours, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Manuel Antonio online trip builder.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and then look for gifts at Fruity Monkey Poop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: push the limits with an extreme tour, then get great views at Mirador de Jaco, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and finally snap pictures at Tarcoles Bridge.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Jaco travel route planner.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Jaco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Spas

Side Trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. On the 6th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin de Orquideas San Bosco, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then experience rural life at El Trapiche Tour, and finally get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Monteverde online itinerary planner.

Drive from Jaco to Monteverde in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can go by car to Nosara.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Adventure

Nosara

— 2 nights
Along with its agricultural and fishing heritage, Nosara stands as one of the oldest expatriate communities in the country.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): stroll through Playa Guiones and then enjoy the sand and surf at Barrigona Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Belen Waterfall, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Samara Beach, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

Plan my day in Nosara using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Drive from Monteverde to Nosara in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Nosara

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Spas

Side Trip

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.
Family-friendly places like Playa Avellana and Boat Tours & Water Sports will thrill your kids. Change things up with these side-trips from Tamarindo: Playa Conchal (Garra de Leon Golf Course & Playa Conchal). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tamarindo Beach, get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, and look for gifts at Papaya Con Leche.

To find photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Tamarindo trip itinerary app.

Drive from Nosara to Tamarindo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · 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.