35 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

35 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip planner

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Tamarindo
— 21 nights
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Monteverde
— 3 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
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San Jose
— 3 nights
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
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— 3 nights
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Tamarindo

— 21 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Explore Tamarindo's surroundings by going to Playa Samara (Samara Beach & Barrigona Beach), Nosara (MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY, Playa Guiones, &more) and Playas del coco (in Playa Matapalo). Spend the 17th (Mon) exploring nature at Barra Honda National Park. Pack the 22nd (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Ponderosa Adventure Park. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura, stroll through Playa Nacascolo, and get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates.

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Liberia to Tamarindo is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · 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, admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas), get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle, and view the masterpieces at Alas y Raices.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Monteverde trip planner.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Adventure · Tours

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.
Manuel Antonio is known for beaches, adventure, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio, see Off-Road Tours, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Beaches

Side Trip

San Jose

— 3 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.
Explore San Jose's surroundings by going to Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca) and Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park). There's still lots to do: catch a live performance at Teatro Nacional Costa Rica, examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, and stroll around Parque La Sabana.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the San Jose trip maker app.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to San Jose in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in San Jose can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks · Nature · Museums · Nightlife

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 3rd (Tue), explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Tortuguero road trip site.

You can drive from San Jose to Tortuguero in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in March, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can 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

— 3 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: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, pick up some new knowledge with ChocoMuseo La Fortuna, stroll through La Fortuna Waterfall, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip planning website.

Drive from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Costa Rica travel guide

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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.