41 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

41 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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San Jose
— 2 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
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Playa Matapalo
— 4 nights
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Tamarindo
— 5 nights
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Montezuma
— 5 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
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Carate
— 5 nights
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Cahuita
— 6 nights
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Puerto Limon
— 6 nights

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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.
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 Tobias Bolanos International Airport, Juan Santamaria 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

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Bosque de la Hoja
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3
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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.
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 Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

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

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Monteverde

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.
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

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4
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Playa Matapalo

Playa Matapalo ©
Playas del coco has been added to your itinerary. Take a break from the city and head to The Monkey Farm and Playa Dantita. Attractions like Four Seasons Golf Club 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. You will leave for Tamarindo on the 1st (Wed).

Things to do in Playa Matapalo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Golf

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The Monkey Farm
2.9

5
nights
Tamarindo

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 Tamarindo Beach. There's still lots to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, see Off-Road Tours, stop by Papaya Con Leche, and stroll through Monkey Park.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Tamarindo online trip 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) early enough to drive to Montezuma.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks
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Montezuma

Montezuma ©
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 Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve and Playa Carmen. Explore hidden gems such as Tortuga Island and Kayaking & Canoeing. Get out of town with these interesting Montezuma side-trips: Santa Teresa (Spas & Wellness, Playa Santa Teresa, &more). The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Montezuma Falls and stroll through Wild Sun Rescue Center.

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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

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Playa Manuel Antonio and Parasailing & Paragliding. Family-friendly places like Playa Espadilla Norte 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

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5
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Carate

Carate
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 5 hours. On the 18th (Sat), you're off to Cahuita.

Things to do in Carate

Nature · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

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Cahuita

Cahuita ©
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 Puerto Viejo Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cahuita: La Ceiba (in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca) and Nature Park Walk (in Manzanillo). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cahuita National Park, and get outside with Nature Riders.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Cahuita trip tool.

Traveling by car from Carate to Cahuita takes 11 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Puerto Limon.

Things to do in Cahuita

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

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Puerto Limon

Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Explore Limon and Catedral Sagrado Corazon de Jesus. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Veragua Rainforest Park and Costa Rica Wildlife Sanctuary.

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 travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Limon

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours
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Beach
Playa Bonita
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Water Body
Tortuguero Canal
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