23 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

23 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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23 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Milan
Fly:  25​h
San Jose
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
Puerto Limon
— 1 night
bus:  4​h 30​min
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
Nuevo Arenal
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
Liberia
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  1​h
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Playa Samara
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 45​min
Montezuma
— 3 nights
+2
ferry + foot + shuttle:  3​h
Monteverde
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  22​h 15​min
End: Milan

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles).

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read San Jose journey website .

Milan, Italy to San Jose is an approximately 26-hour flight. Traveling from Milan to San Jose, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. August in San Jose sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in San Jose

#Museums, #Outdoors, #Adventure

Side Trip

Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles)
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Jade Museum ©
Jade Museum
River Rafting & Tubing

2
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.
On the 7th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Punta Uva Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Puerto Viejo Beach, and then admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla.

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Traveling by car from San Jose to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Puerto Limon.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors
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Puerto Viejo Beach ©
Puerto Viejo Beach
Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach

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night
Puerto Limon

Puerto Limon ©
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Tortuguero Canal, then identify plant and animal life at Veragua Rainforest Park, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Sagrado Corazon de Jesus. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then stroll through Vargas Park.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Puerto Limon vacation maker tool .

Traveling by bus from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Puerto Limon takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in August, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can catcht the bus to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Puerto Limon

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica
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Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica ©
Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica
Tortuguero Canal ©
Tortuguero Canal
Catedral Sagrado Corazon de Jesus ©

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

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You can take a bus from Puerto Limon to Tortuguero in 4 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Nuevo Arenal.

Things to do in Tortuguero

#Wildlife, #Nature, #Parks
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

3
nights
Nuevo Arenal

Nuevo Arenal ©
Nuevo Arenal is a town and district in Tilarán Canton in the Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica. Change things up with these side-trips from Nuevo Arenal: Santa Elena (Souvenir Rosewood, Monteverde Frog Pond, & more), El Castillo (Butterfly Conservatory & Arenal Eco Zoo) and Tilaran (Waterfall la Piedra del Indio & Viento Fresco Waterfall). And it doesn't end there: Head underground at Venado Caves, view the masterpieces at Art House, and explore the activities along Rio Celeste.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Nuevo Arenal trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Tortuguero to Nuevo Arenal in 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Liberia.

Things to do in Nuevo Arenal

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Santa Elena, El Castillo, Tilaran, Art House, Venado Caves
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Venado Caves ©
Venado Caves
Rio Celeste ©
Rio Celeste
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory

1
night
Liberia

Liberia ©
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.
To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Liberia online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Nuevo Arenal to Liberia takes 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Liberia

#Shopping, #Historic Sites
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Nahua ©
Nahua

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Conchal, and then stop by Diamante Boutique. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore and take pictures at Kingpin Sportfishing, enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, then admire all the interesting features of Pura Aventura, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Avellana.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Tamarindo online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Liberia to Tamarindo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can go by car to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks

Side Trip

Playa Conchal
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura

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nights
Playa Samara

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Samara Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and finally view the masterpieces at MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Nosara Refuge for Wildlife, enjoy the sand and surf at Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones), and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Playa Samara trip website .

Getting from Tamarindo to Playa Samara by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. On the 19th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Montezuma.

Things to do in Playa Samara

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Nosara, Curu National Wildlife Refuge
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Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones) ©
Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones)
Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary ©
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary

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nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Montezuma: Santa Teresa (Playa Hermosa & Playa Santa Teresa) and Tortuga Island (in Punta Arenas). There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Montezuma Falls, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Carmen, step off the mainland to explore Isla de Cabuya, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Montezuma online trip planner .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Playa Samara to Montezuma in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. On the 22nd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Montezuma

#Parks, #Nature, #Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Teresa, Tortuga Island
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Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa
Montezuma Falls ©
Montezuma Falls
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa

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nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, meet the residents at The Bat Jungle, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Monteverde online travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Montezuma to Monteverde takes 5 hours. On the 25th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Adventure
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Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

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