28 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

28 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Fly
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San Jose
— 3 nights
Drive
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Carate
— 1 night
Drive
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Uvita
— 2 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive
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Jaco
— 2 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tenorio Volcano National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
Drive
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
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Barva
— 3 nights
Drive
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Poas Volcano National Park
— 1 night
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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.
Change things up with a short trip to Jardin Botanico Lankester in Cartago (about 52 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape of Irazu Volcano National Park, browse the exhibits of Galeria Namu, get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, and explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Costarricense.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the San Jose trip builder tool.

Chicago, USA to San Jose is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Chicago in December, things will get much hotter in San Jose: highs are around 79°F and lows about 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Carate.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks

Side Trips

1
night
Carate

On the 28th (Mon), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Corcovado National Park.

For other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Carate trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from San Jose to Carate takes 7 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Carate

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

2
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Uvita

Ideal for visitors looking to escape Costa Rica's busy beaches, Uvita offers a serene atmosphere and plenty of uncrowded sand for a leisurely vacation.
On the 29th (Tue), stroll through Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, then explore by horseback at Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge, and then get a dose of the wild on Ultralight Tour. On the next day, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Marino Ballena, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then look for gifts at Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Uvita online vacation maker.

Traveling by car from Carate to Uvita takes 4.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

3
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.
Manuel Antonio is known for beaches, adventure, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio holiday planner.

Getting from Uvita to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

2
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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.
On the 3rd (Sun), take a memorable tour with Tours, then push the limits with an extreme tour, then get great views at Mirador de Jaco, and finally snap pictures at Tarcoles Bridge. On the next day, see Off-Road Tours, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and then look for gifts at Fruity Monkey Poop.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Jaco trip app.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Jaco by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Shopping

Side Trip

3
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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.
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, take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden, experience rural life at El Trapiche Tour, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Monteverde itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Jaco to Monteverde takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Tenorio Volcano National Park.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Adventure · Tours

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Tenorio Volcano National Park

Get out of town with these interesting Tenorio Volcano National Park side-trips: Chocolate Sibaeli (in San Rafael de Guatuso), Katira (Jardin Botanico L'etoile Celeste & Laberinto de Katira) and Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge (in Cano Negro).

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Tenorio Volcano National Park travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Tenorio Volcano National Park takes 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tenorio Volcano National Park

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

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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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs, witness a stunning natural landmark at Baldi Hot Springs, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip maker site.

You can drive from Tenorio Volcano National Park to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

1
night
Tortuguero

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Tortuguero trip planning site.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In January, daily temperatures in Tortuguero can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Barva.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

3
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Barva

Barva is a small city in the Canton of Barva, in Heredia Province, Costa Rica.GeographyIt is located 3 km north of Heredia. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Barva: La Danta Salvaje (in Guapiles) and Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Parque Angostura, relax in the rural setting at The Ark Herb Farm, and get a dose of the wild on Canopy Adventure Barva Volcano.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Barva trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Tortuguero to Barva in 3 hours. In January, Barva is little chillier than Tortuguero - with highs of 78°F and lows of 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Poas Volcano National Park.

Things to do in Barva

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

1
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Poas Volcano National Park

A trip to Poas Volcano National Park allows you to see one of the world's largest craters, trek through a lush rainforest, and visit a coffee plantation all on the same day.
On the 20th (Wed), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Poas Volcano.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Poas Volcano National Park online attractions planner.

Drive from Barva to Poas Volcano National Park in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Costa Rica travel guide

4.3
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.

Corcovado National Park travel guide

4.5
National Parks · State Parks

Arenal Volcano National Park travel guide

4.3
Hot Springs · Waterfalls · River Rafting & Tubing
Plan a tour of Arenal Volcano National Park to get in touch with nature, enjoy scenic views, and admire the majestic volcano up close. The park, established in 1991, protects a variety of ecosystems and wildlife. You can choose from four hiking trails, taking you across the rainforest and lava fields. Enjoy scenic lookout points, see a staggering variety of birds and plants, or climb the dormant Mount Chato on your trip to Arenal Volcano National Park.