32 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

32 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Fly to San Jose, Taxi to Monteverde
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Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 6 nights
Drive
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 4 nights
Drive
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Drake Bay
— 3 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive
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Jaco
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Jose
— 4 nights
Drive
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Vara Blanca
— 2 nights
Drive to Juan Santamaría International Airport, Fly to Bordeaux

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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.
Monteverde is known for adventure, parks, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle, experience rural life at Hidden Valley Permaculture Farm, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

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

Bordeaux, France to Monteverde is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Bordeaux to Monteverde. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Adventure

Tamarindo

— 2 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
On the 25th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Tamarindo Beach, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then stop by Organic Products by Coco Beauty Spa. On the 26th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Conchal and then get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Tamarindo online journey builder.

You can drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, see Off-Road Tours, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Proyecto Asis.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos online tour planner.

You can drive from Tamarindo to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Tortuguero day trip planner.

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. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in November, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

— 4 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 4th (Wed) exploring nature at Cahuita National Park. There's much more to do: get outside with Outdoor Activities, tour the pleasant surroundings at Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Punta Uva.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip planning app.

Getting from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Drake Bay.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Drake Bay

— 3 nights
When in Drake Bay, make a side trip to see Corcovado National Park in Carate, approximately Carate away. Spend a day of island exploring on the 7th (Sat) at Cano Island.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Drake Bay road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Drake Bay takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Drake Bay

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

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 Dominical (Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary & Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store) and Uvita Beach (in Uvita). There's lots more to do: stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and stroll around Manuel Antonio National Park.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Manuel Antonio holiday planner.

Getting from Drake Bay to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

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.
On the 13th (Fri), get outside with Outdoor Activities, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then get some thrills on the water with Crocodile Man Tour. On your second day here, get outside with Outdoor Activities, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and then take some stellar pictures from Mirador de Jaco.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Jaco planner.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Jaco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can go by car to San Jose.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Wildlife

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles in Cartago (about 48 minutes away). There's lots more to do: let your taste buds guide you at Carpe Chepe, contemplate the geological forces at Irazu Volcano National Park, walk around Parque La Sabana, and get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our San Jose vacation website.

Getting from Jaco to San Jose by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Museums · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tirimbina Biological Reserve. On the next day, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Poas Volcano and then admire the verdant scenery at Orosi River Valley ( El Valle del Rio Orosi ).

To see reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Vara Blanca travel route planner.

Traveling by car from San Jose to Vara Blanca takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

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.