35 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

35 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip planner

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San Jose
— 3 nights
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Vara Blanca
— 2 nights
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Tortuguero
— 2 nights
Drive
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive
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Drake Bay
— 3 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
Drive
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Jaco
— 4 nights
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Monteverde
— 4 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 6 nights
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Tamarindo
— 4 nights
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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.
Step out of San Jose with an excursion to Jardin Botanico Lankester in Cartago--about 52 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: get impressive views of Irazu Volcano National Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia La Soledad, buy something for everyone on your list at Avenida Escazu, and learn the secrets of beer at Carpe Chepe.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the San Jose road trip site.

Norfolk, USA to San Jose is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Norfolk to San Jose. Traveling from Norfolk in December, things will get much warmer in San Jose: highs are around 79°F and lows about 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can drive to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Museums · Nightlife · Parks

Side Trips

2
nights
Vara Blanca

A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
On the 24th (Thu), take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz and then stroll through Tirimbina Biological Reserve. On the 25th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get impressive views of Poas Volcano and then take in the dramatic scenery at Los Chorros Waterfalls.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Vara Blanca route planning tool.

Drive from San Jose to Vara Blanca in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sun): get a new perspective on nature at Sea Turtle Conservancy and then take an exotic tour of Jungle Tom Safaris Day Tours.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Tortuguero journey planner.

You can drive from Vara Blanca to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. December in Tortuguero sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 71°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

2
nights
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

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.
On the 28th (Mon), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cahuita National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tarantulas Way and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can drive to Drake Bay.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

3
nights
Drake Bay

Go for a jaunt from Drake Bay to Carate to see Corcovado National Park about 1h 10 min away. Spend a day of island exploring on the 30th (Wed) at Cano Island.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Drake Bay tour app.

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Drake Bay in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Drake Bay

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

4
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Manuel Antonio: Uvita (Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge & Parque Nacional Marino Ballena) and Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store (in Dominical). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and walk around Parque Nahomi.

Make your Manuel Antonio itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Drive from Drake Bay to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

4
nights
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.
Spend the 8th (Fri) exploring nature at Carara National Park. The adventure continues: take a memorable tour with Tours, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, trot along with a tour on horseback, and don't miss a visit to Mirador de Jaco.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Jaco driving holiday planning tool.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Jaco in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Jaco

Tours · Outdoors · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

4
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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: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take a peaceful walk through Curi Cancha Reserve, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Monteverde trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Jaco to Monteverde takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Spas · Tours

6
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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: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, take a memorable tour with Tours, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To find other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

4
nights
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Venture out of the city with trips to Playa Conchal (Playa Conchal & Garra de Leon Golf Course). And it doesn't end there: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, look for gifts at Organic Products by Coco Beauty Spa, and wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Tamarindo online journey planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tamarindo in 4 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 23rd (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.