36 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

36 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip itinerary planner

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San Jose
— 4 nights
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
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Drake Bay
— 3 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
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Jaco
— 3 nights
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Monteverde
— 3 nights
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Tamarindo
— 4 nights
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Liberia
— 3 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 7 nights
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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.
Explore San Jose's surroundings by going to Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca), Jardin Botanico Lankester (in Cartago) and ZENfit 506 (in San Rafael de Escazu). There's much more to do: join in the after-dark buzz at Carpe Chepe, look for gifts at J.LANG Atelier & Showroom, take a memorable drive along Top Travel Costa Rica, and take some stellar pictures from Mirador de Orosi.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our San Jose route planning site.

Tel Aviv, Israel to San Jose is an approximately 21-hour flight. The time zone changes from Israel Standard Time (IST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -8 hour difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tel Aviv in July: high temperatures in San Jose hover around 31°C and lows are around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Museums · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Tortuguero online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from San Jose to Tortuguero takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from San Jose in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in Tortuguero, with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

— 2 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.
On the 23rd (Fri), stroll through Nature Observatorio and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. On the 24th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Cahuita National Park.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip planning tool.

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 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Drake Bay.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Drake Bay

— 3 nights
Spend a day of island exploring on the 25th (Sun) at Cano Island.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Drake Bay attractions planning site.

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 27th (Tue) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Drake Bay

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Manuel Antonio

— 4 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Change things up with these side-trips from Manuel Antonio: Kokopelli (in Sierpe), Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge (in Uvita) and Dominical (Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store & Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Biesanz, and walk around Parque Nahomi.

To see traveler tips and tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Drake Bay to Manuel Antonio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Jaco

— 3 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.
Jaco is known for adventure, beaches, and classes. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, see majestic marine mammals with Costa Rica Dreams Sportfishing, and stop by Fruity Monkey Poop.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Jaco day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Jaco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure

Side Trip

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: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Monteverde trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Jaco to Monteverde takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Adventure

Tamarindo

— 4 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tamarindo: Samara Beach (in Playa Samara) and Playa Conchal (Garra de Leon Golf Course & Playa Conchal). There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo trip itinerary planning website.

Drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to drive to Liberia.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Liberia

— 3 nights

White City

Tourism in Liberia has been growing since the opening of its airport, with more and more international visitors using the city as a starting point for explorations of the country's northwest.
Change things up with these side-trips from Liberia: Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste) and Shark Diving (in Playas del Coco). Spend the 11th (Wed) among the fascinating landscape of Parque Nacional Rincon de la Vieja. There's lots more to do: relax in the rural setting at Tio Leo Coffee Tour,a real cultural experience, look for gifts at Nahua, view the masterpieces at Costa Rica'n Art Craft, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

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

Getting from Tamarindo to Liberia by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Liberia

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 7 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: indulge in some personalized pampering at Tabacon Hot Springs, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and get outside with Flow Trips.

For photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Liberia to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

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.