37 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

37 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Fly
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San Jose
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
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Drake Bay
— 3 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 4 nights
Drive
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Playa Samara
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 4 nights
Drive
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Liberia
— 4 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 7 nights
Shuttle to Playa Panamá, Fly to Baltimore

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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Jose: Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park), Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca) and Jardin Botanico Lankester (in Cartago). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape of Irazu Volcano National Park, get engrossed in the history at Museo Dr. Rafael Calderon Guardia, examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, and get interesting insight from Tours.

Discover how to plan a San Jose trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Washington DC, USA to San Jose is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Washington DC in November, plan for a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in San Jose: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 66°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

1
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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 13th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Sea Turtle Conservancy and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Tortuguero itinerary planner.

Drive from San Jose to Tortuguero in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from San Jose in November, things will get a bit warmer in Tortuguero: highs are around 85°F and lows about 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Drake Bay.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature · Museums

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Drake Bay

Step out of Drake Bay to go to Carate and see Corcovado National Park, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. Spend a day of island exploring on the 16th (Sat) at Cano Island.

To find out how to plan a trip to Drake Bay, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Tortuguero to Drake Bay in 9 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Drake Bay

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Jaco (Costa Rica SUP'ers & Zipline) and Parasailing & Paragliding (in Dominical). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Biesanz, get interesting insight from Tours, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary planning app.

Drive from Drake Bay to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or take a bus. On the 21st (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · 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.
Go for a jaunt from Monteverde to Los Tornos to see Finca El Paraiso about 40 minutes away. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, meet the residents at The Bat Jungle, admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden, and look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Monteverde road trip app.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can go by car to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trip

4
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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Playa Samara: Nosara (Nosara Refuge for Wildlife, Sibu Wildlife Sanctuary, &more), Jungle Butterfly Farm (in Nandayure) and Playa Islita (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Samara Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Barrigona Beach, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and admire the sheer force of Belen Waterfall.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Playa Samara day trip planner.

Getting from Monteverde to Playa Samara by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Tamarindo side-trips: Adrenaline & Extreme Tours (in Playa Flamingo) and Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Avellana.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Tamarindo online trip builder.

Getting from Playa Samara to Tamarindo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can drive to Liberia.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

4
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Liberia

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: Playa Nacascolo (in Gulf of Papagayo) and Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste). Spend the 4th (Wed) among the fascinating landscape of Rincon de La Vieja National Park. And it doesn't end there: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Palo Verde National Park, stop by Nahua, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of La Ermita La Agonia.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Liberia journey site.

Drive from Tamarindo to Liberia in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 82°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Liberia

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

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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: skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, Head underground at Venado Caves, trot along with a tour on horseback, and relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip builder tool.

You can drive from Liberia to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. You'll set off for home on the 14th (Sat).

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.