35 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

35 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Tamarindo
— 5 nights
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Playa Samara
— 4 nights
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Monteverde
— 4 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 6 nights
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
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Drake Bay
— 3 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 5 nights
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San Jose
— 5 nights

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Tamarindo

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 Hermosa (in Playa Hermosa), Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal) and Area de Conservacion Guanacaste (Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands & Four Seasons Golf Club). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Nacascolo, get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Tamarindo trip maker tool.

Houston, USA to Tamarindo is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

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Playa Samara

Playa Samara ©
A beach town with just enough development to be comfortable for families accustomed to the trappings of modern life, Playa Samara has the resorts you'd expect to find in such a scenic area, but they don't hinder the relaxing atmosphere.
Get out of town with these interesting Playa Samara side-trips: Barra Honda National Park (in Nicoya), Nosara (Playa Guiones, Nosara Refuge for Wildlife, &more) and Playa Islita (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Samara Beach, admire the sheer force of Belen Waterfall, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Barrigona Beach.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Playa Samara day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Playa Samara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

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Beach
Samara Beach
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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, delve into the lush surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve, stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery, and admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Monteverde sightseeing tool.

You can drive from Playa Samara to Monteverde in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Adventure
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Must see
Zipline
4.2

6
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La Fortuna de San Carlos

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: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos itinerary planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

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Must see
Tabacon Hot Springs
4.4

1
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Tortuguero

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 24th (Tue): add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Tortuguero itinerary planner.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In March, daily temperatures in Tortuguero can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to drive to Drake Bay.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature · Tours · Adventure
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National Park
Tortuguero National Park
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Kayaking / Canoeing
Kayaking & Canoeing
4.5

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Drake Bay

Drake Bay ©
Take a break from Drake Bay with a short trip to Corcovado National Park in Carate, about 1h 10 min away. Spend a day of island exploring on the 27th (Fri) at Cano Island.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Drake Bay travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to Drake Bay takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Drake Bay

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Tours

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Island
Cano Island
4.0
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National Park
Corcovado National Park
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Dolphin / Whale Watching
Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Manuel Antonio

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Manuel Antonio side-trips: Jaco (Mirador de Jaco, Zipline, &more). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, stop by Altair Souvenir & Gallery Shop, and walk around Parque Nahomi.

Find out how to plan Manuel Antonio trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

You can 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 by early afternoon on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
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Zipline
Zipline
4.7

5
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San Jose

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Alajuela (Teatro Municipal & Rescate Wildlife Rescue Center), Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park) and Cartago (Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles & Jardin Botanico Lankester). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of Irazu Volcano National Park, take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, explore the galleries of Galeria Namu, and stop by J.LANG Atelier & Showroom.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the San Jose trip planner.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to San Jose by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
Volcano
Poas Volcano
4.1

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