38 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

38 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Sydney
Fly + Drive:  9 h 30 min
1
Vara Blanca
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
2
Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 6 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Monteverde
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Quebrada Grande
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
6
Tamarindo
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h
7
Nosara
— 3 nights
Drive:  7 h 15 min
8
Tortuguero
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h
9
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 3 nights
+2
Shuttle + Bus + Fly:  32 h
End: Sydney

3
nights
Vara Blanca

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park), El Toledo Coffee Tour (in Atenas) and Zoo Ave (in Alajuela). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz, explore the galleries of Galeria Namu, explore the striking landscape of Cocos Island National Park, and stroll through Toucan Rescue Ranch.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Vara Blanca trip planning website.

Sydney, Australia to Vara Blanca is an approximately 31- hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 16 hours traveling from Sydney to Vara Blanca due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Galeria Namu, Poas Volcano, El Toledo Coffee Tour, Zoo Ave, Toucan Rescue Ranch
Highlights from your plan
Toucan Rescue Ranch ©
Toucan Rescue Ranch
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Cocos Island National Park ©
Cocos Island National Park

4
nights
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.
Bring the kids along to Playa Biesanz and Uvita Beach. Explore Manuel Antonio's surroundings by going to Farmers Fair (Ferias del Agricultor) (in Quepos), Hacienda Baru Lodge (in Dominical) and Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge (in Uvita). The adventure continues: take a memorable tour with MidWorld Costa Rica and deepen your understanding at Academia de Espanol D'Amore.

To see reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio journey site.

Drive from Vara Blanca to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Adventure

Side Trips

Uvita, Farmers Fair (Ferias del Agricultor), Hacienda Baru Lodge
Highlights from your plan
Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge ©
Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica
Hacienda Baru Lodge ©
Hacienda Baru Lodge

6
nights
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.
Take a break from La Fortuna de San Carlos with a short trip to Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge in Cano Negro, about 2 hours away. And it doesn't end there: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Arenal, browse the exhibits of Onirica Art Gallery, and admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip website.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge, Arenal Volcano
Highlights from your plan
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

4
nights
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.
Take a break from Monteverde with a short trip to Viento Fresco Waterfall in Tilaran, about 1h 30 min away. Spend the 3rd (Tue) exploring nature at La Amistad International Park. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, kick your exploration up a notch at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, take a peaceful walk through Curi Cancha Reserve, and get to know the fascinating history of Santa Elena Skywalk.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Monteverde sightseeing planning app.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. In December, daytime highs in Monteverde are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Quebrada Grande.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Viento Fresco Waterfall, La Amistad International Park
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
La Amistad International Park ©
La Amistad International Park

4
nights
Quebrada Grande

Quebrada Grande ©
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Quebrada Grande: Area de Conservacion Guanacaste (Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands, Parque Nacional Volcan Rincon de la Vieja, &more) and Liberia (Hidden Garden Art Gallery & Souvenirs La gran Nicoya).

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Quebrada Grande attractions planning site.

You can drive from Monteverde to Quebrada Grande in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Quebrada Grande

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, Liberia, Rincon de La Vieja National Park
Highlights from your plan
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands ©
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands
Rincon de La Vieja National Park ©
Rincon de La Vieja National Park
Miravalles Volcano ©
Miravalles Volcano

5
nights
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Playa Conchal and Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates. Explore Tamarindo's surroundings by going to Playa Hermosa (in Playa Hermosa) and Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts (in Playas del Coco). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tamarindo Beach, look for gifts at Azul Profundo Boutique, get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Tamarindo online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Quebrada Grande to Tamarindo takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Nosara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Playa Hermosa, Playa Conchal, Scuba & Snorkeling, Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts, Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates
Highlights from your plan
Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates ©
Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal

3
nights
Nosara

Nosara ©
Along with its agricultural and fishing heritage, Nosara stands as one of the oldest expatriate communities in the country.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Samara Beach and Playa Guiones. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Nosara Refuge for Wildlife, have some family-friendly fun at Eskina Skate Parq, stop by Nativa Gallery, and take in the exciting artwork at MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Nosara trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Nosara in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. On the 16th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Nosara

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Samara Beach
Highlights from your plan
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife ©
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife
Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
Playa Guiones ©
Playa Guiones

3
nights
Tortuguero

Tortuguero ©
One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Spend the 17th (Tue) exploring nature at Tortuguero National Park. Next up on the itinerary: get a new perspective on nature at Sea Turtle Conservancy.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Tortuguero driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Nosara to Tortuguero in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In January in Tortuguero, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

3
nights
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca ©
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.
Bring the kids along to Puerto Viejo Beach and La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita. Spend the 20th (Fri) exploring nature at Cahuita National Park. There's more to do: stroll through Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge and view the masterpieces at Luluberlu Art Gallery.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge, Cahuita National Park
Highlights from your plan
Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park
Puerto Viejo Beach ©
Puerto Viejo Beach
Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge ©
Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge

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