26 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

26 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Fly to San Jose, Taxi to Monteverde
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Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 4 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
Drive
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Drake Bay
— 4 nights
Drive
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San Jose
— 4 nights
Shuttle
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
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Monteverde

— 3 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 Ecological Sanctuary. Get some cultural insight at Santa Elena Skywalk and Chorotega Arts & Crafts. There's lots more to do: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond, explore the galleries of Arte Jaguar Gallery, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Monteverde trip planner.

Milan, Italy to Monteverde is an approximately 20-hour combination of flight and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Milan to Monteverde is minus 7 hours. Traveling from Milan in December, expect Monteverde to be warmer, temps between 32°C and 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Historic Sites

Tamarindo

— 4 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 Conchal. Step out of the city life by going to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Playa Dantita. Venture out of the city with trips to Samara Beach (in Playa Samara) and MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY (in Nosara). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Playa Avellana, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Tamarindo trip itinerary planning app.

Drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa Manuel Antonio and Playa Biesanz. Take a break from the city and head to Zipline and Nature & Wildlife Tours. There's much more to do: cast your line with a fishing tour, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, walk around Parque Nahomi, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip planner.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Manuel Antonio in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Drake Bay.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Wildlife

Side Trips

Drake Bay

— 4 nights
Take a break from the city and head to Cano Island and Playa San Josecito. Step out of Drake Bay to go to Carate and see Corcovado National Park, which is approximately 1h 10 min away.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Drake Bay trip planner.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Drake Bay takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Drake Bay

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

San Jose

— 4 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz and Poas Volcano. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Teatro Nacional Costa Rica and Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, browse the exhibits of Galeria Namu, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Irazu Volcano National Park, and see the interesting displays at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the San Jose trip planner.

Traveling by car from Drake Bay to San Jose takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in December, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to catch the shuttle to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in San Jose

Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

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.
Escape the urban bustle at La Fortuna Waterfall and Arenal Volcano. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna and Galeria Estudio. There's lots more to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs, take a memorable tour with Tours, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Arenal.

Plan trip to La Fortuna de San Carlos with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by shuttle from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

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.