27 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

27 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip itinerary maker

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Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive
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Jaco
— 2 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive
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Drake Bay
— 3 nights
Drive
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
Drive
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Vara Blanca
— 2 nights
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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Tamarindo side-trips: Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal) and Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tamarindo Beach, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo trip itinerary maker site.

Los Angeles, USA to Tamarindo is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Los Angeles to Tamarindo is 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

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.
Monteverde is known for adventure, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, admire the masterpieces at Chorotega Arts & Crafts, and delve into the lush surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Monteverde day trip planning app.

Getting from Tamarindo to Monteverde by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Adventure

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 12th (Wed): head outdoors with Costa Rica SUP'ers, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. Here are some ideas for day two: see Off-Road Tours, then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and then get great views at Mirador de Jaco.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Jaco tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Monteverde to Jaco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

Manuel Antonio

— 3 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Explore Manuel Antonio's surroundings by going to Parque Nacional Marino Ballena (in Uvita) and Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store (in Dominical). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, stroll around Parque Nahomi, see Off-Road Tours, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio trip planner.

You can drive from Jaco to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Drake Bay.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Drake Bay

— 3 nights
Spend a day of island exploring on the 17th (Mon) at Cano Island.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Drake Bay road trip planning site.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Drake Bay in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or take a bus. On the 19th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Drake Bay

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

— 3 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.
Spend the 21st (Fri) exploring nature at Cahuita National Park. And it doesn't end there: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature Observatorio, and enjoy the sand and surf at Puerto Viejo Beach.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Drake Bay to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

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, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Tortuguero trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Tortuguero by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In August in Tortuguero, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 73°F at night. 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

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, take in the natural beauty of Ecotermales Fortuna, and admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos travel route app.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Vara Blanca

— 2 nights
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape of Poas Volcano.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Vara Blanca trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Vara Blanca takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. On the 30th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

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.