41 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

41 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica journey maker

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San Jose
— 2 nights
Shuttle
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
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Playa Matapalo
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 5 nights
Drive
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Montezuma
— 5 nights
Ferry to Jacó, Bus to Manuel Antonio
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive
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Carate
— 5 nights
Drive
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Cahuita
— 6 nights
Drive
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Puerto Limon
— 6 nights
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San Jose

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): see the top attractions with Top Travel Costa Rica, then find something for the whole family at Parque Diversiones, and then look for gifts at Ximena Esquivel Jewelry. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bosque de la Hoja, tour the pleasant surroundings at Toucan Rescue Ranch, and then explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art and Design.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the San Jose day trip app.

If you are flying in from Germany, the closest major aiports are Tobías Bolaños International Airport, Juan Santamaría International Airport and Limon International Airport. In March, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 21°C. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in San Jose

Wildlife · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.
On the 23rd (Mon), take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Senderos Los Tucanes, tour the pleasant surroundings at Butterfly Conservatory, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Arenal Eco Zoo, and finally stroll through Natura Eco Park Costa Rica.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary planner.

Getting from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos by shuttle takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trip

Monteverde

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Ecological Sanctuary and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Valle Escondido Preserve, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle, and then take in the dramatic scenery at San Luis Waterfall.

To find reviews and other tourist information, read our Monteverde trip planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Playa Matapalo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Playa Matapalo

— 4 nights
Playas del coco has been added to your itinerary. Take a break from the city and head to The Monkey Farm and Four Seasons Golf Club. Attractions like Playa Dantita and Playa Ocotal make great kid-friendly stops.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Playa Matapalo visit app.

Drive from Monteverde to Playa Matapalo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. You will leave for Tamarindo on the 1st (Wed).

Things to do in Playa Matapalo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Tamarindo

— 5 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Step off the beaten path and head to Fishing Charters & Tours and Bolas Locas Mini Golf. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Horseback Riding Tours. There's much more to do: stroll through Tamarindo Beach, stop by Papaya Con Leche, and get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Tamarindo route maker.

Traveling by car from Playa Matapalo to Tamarindo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Montezuma.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Montezuma

— 5 nights
With a scenic position on a sheltered bay, Montezuma remains one of Costa Rica's quieter destinations, attracting mostly backpackers and other explorers averse to making detailed travel plans.
Kids will enjoy Playa Santa Teresa and Tortuga Island. Explore hidden gems such as Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve and Playa Carmen. Get out of town with these interesting Montezuma side-trips: Kayaking & Canoeing (in Mal Pais) and Santa Teresa (Spas & Wellness & Bri'ah Art Gallery). The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Montezuma Falls and stroll through Wild Sun Rescue Center.

To plan Montezuma vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Montezuma takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Montezuma

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Manuel Antonio

— 2 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Take a break from the city and head to Playa Manuel Antonio and Playa Espadilla Norte. Family-friendly places like Parasailing & Paragliding and Parque Nahomi will thrill your kids. There's still lots to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Manuel Antonio trip planner.

Getting from Montezuma to Manuel Antonio by combination of ferry and bus takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Carate.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Adventure

Side Trip

Carate

— 5 nights
Carate is known for nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: immerse yourself in nature at Ave Azul de la Osa.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Carate holiday builder.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Carate takes 6 hours. On the 18th (Sat), you're off to Cahuita.

Things to do in Carate

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Nature

Cahuita

— 6 nights
With its dusty streets and simple (read affordable) lodgings, Cahuita bustles as a hub of backpacker tourism in southeastern Costa Rica.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Punta Uva Beach and Tarantulas Way. Kids will enjoy Nature & Wildlife Tours and Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cahuita: La Ceiba (in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca) and Nature Park Walk (in Manzanillo). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape of Cahuita National Park, head outdoors with Nature Riders, and enjoy the sand and surf at Puerto Viejo Beach.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Cahuita day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Carate to Cahuita takes 12 hours. In April in Cahuita, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Puerto Limon.

Things to do in Cahuita

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Puerto Limon

— 6 nights
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Catedral Sagrado Corazon de Jesus and Explore Limon. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Veragua Rainforest Park and Nature & Wildlife Tours.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Limon road trip app.

You can drive from Cahuita to Puerto Limon in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in April, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Puerto Limon

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

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.

Arenal Volcano National Park travel guide

4.4
Hot Springs · Waterfalls · River Rafting & Tubing
Plan a tour of Arenal Volcano National Park to get in touch with nature, enjoy scenic views, and admire the majestic volcano up close. The park, established in 1991, protects a variety of ecosystems and wildlife. You can choose from four hiking trails, taking you across the rainforest and lava fields. Enjoy scenic lookout points, see a staggering variety of birds and plants, or climb the dormant Mount Chato on your trip to Arenal Volcano National Park.

Corcovado National Park travel guide

4.5
National Parks · State Parks