23 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

23 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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23 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Vienna
Fly:  19​h 30​min
1
Vara Blanca
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Mal Pais
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
7
Golfito
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
8
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
9
Tortuguero
— 2 nights
taxi + bus:  2​h
10
San Jose
— 1 night
Fly:  30​h
End: Vienna

2
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.
On the 21st (Sun), take in the dramatic scenery at La Paz Waterfall Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Souvenir Muy Tranquilo.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Vara Blanca road trip app .

Vienna, Austria to Vara Blanca is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 7 hours. In January, Vara Blanca is much hotter than Vienna - with highs of 33°C and lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Nature Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Souvenir Muy Tranquilo, Poas Volcano
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La Paz Waterfall Gardens ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo ©
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo

2
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.
On the 24th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs and then trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos vacation planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Vara Blanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Outdoors Parks Nature
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): look for gifts at Hummingbird Gallery and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. On your second day here, appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Elena Skywalk and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Monteverde trip itinerary website .

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife Parks Adventure
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Zipline
Santa Elena Skywalk ©
Santa Elena Skywalk

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): kick back and relax at Playa Conchal and then kick back and relax at Playa Avellana. On the 29th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Azul Profundo Boutique, kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, and then look for gifts at Lydia Beech Art.

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Traveling by car from Monteverde to Tamarindo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus. In January, daily temperatures in Tamarindo can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel to Mal Pais.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Playa Conchal
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Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana

2
nights
Mal Pais

Mal Pais ©
On the 30th (Tue), relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers and then take in the dramatic scenery at Montezuma Falls.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Mal Pais trip planning app .

Explore your travel options from Tamarindo to Mal Pais with the Route module. You'll set off for Manuel Antonio on the 31st (Wed).

Things to do in Mal Pais

Nature Parks Spas

Side Trip

Montezuma
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Montezuma Falls ©
Montezuma Falls
Spas & Wellness

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Thu): explore the stunning scenery at MidWorld Costa Rica.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Manuel Antonio vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Explore your travel options from Mal Pais to Manuel Antonio with the Route module. In January, daily temperatures in Manuel Antonio can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Golfito.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica
Beso Loco Boutique de Playa ©
Beso Loco Boutique de Playa
Spas & Wellness

2
nights
Golfito

Golfito ©
The port town of Golfito is located in Puntarenas Province on the southern Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, near the border of Panama. On the 3rd (Sat), explore the striking landscape of Piedras Blancas National Park.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Golfito online trip maker .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Manuel Antonio to Golfito. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Manuel Antonio in February, expect Golfito to be a bit warmer, temps between 38°C and 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Golfito

Nature Parks
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Piedras Blancas National Park ©
Piedras Blancas National Park

4
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Puerto Viejo de Talamanca: Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica (in Cahuita) and Veragua Rainforest Park (in Puerto Limon). Spend the 5th (Mon) exploring nature at Cahuita National Park. Spend the 6th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Puerto Viejo Beach, admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla, and look for all kinds of wild species at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca journey planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Golfito to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. When traveling from Golfito in February, plan for little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 32°C at night. On the 8th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Cahuita, Veragua Rainforest Park
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Puerto Viejo Beach ©
Puerto Viejo Beach
Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park

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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.
On the 8th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Sea Turtle Conservancy. On the next day, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Tortuguero trip itinerary planner .

Do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Tortuguero is minus 1 hour. Expect little chillier evenings in Tortuguero when traveling from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in February, with lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Tortuguero Canal
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Tortuguero Canal ©
Tortuguero Canal

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.
To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the San Jose online tour itinerary maker .

Getting from Tortuguero to San Jose by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. February in San Jose sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 21°C at night. You'll set off for home on the 11th (Sun).

Things to do in San Jose

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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