23 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

23 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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23 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Vienna
Fly:  19​h 15​min
Vara Blanca
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
Mal Pais
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
Golfito
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 4 nights
shuttle:  3​h 15​min
Tortuguero
— 2 nights
shuttle:  2​h
San Jose
— 1 night
Fly:  30​h
Vienna

2
days
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at La Paz Waterfall Gardens. Keep things going the next day: stop by Souvenir Muy Tranquilo and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Vara Blanca custom trip planner.

Vienna, Austria to Vara Blanca is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Vienna to Vara Blanca due to the time zone difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Vienna in January; daily highs in Vara Blanca reach 33°C and lows reach 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

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

2
days
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.
Here are some ideas for day two: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs and then hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip builder.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Vara Blanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

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#Parks, #Outdoors, #Spas
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

2
days
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 25th (Thu): stop by Hummingbird Gallery and then identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. On the 26th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Santa Elena Skywalk and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Monteverde vacation trip planner.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.

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Zipline
Santa Elena Skywalk ©
Santa Elena Skywalk

2
days
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 27th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Conchal and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Avellana. On the 28th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Azul Profundo Boutique, enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, and then stop by Lydia Beech Art.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Tamarindo travel planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in January, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Mal Pais.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

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

1
day
Mal Pais

Mal Pais ©
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, take in the dramatic scenery at Montezuma Falls, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Mal Pais travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Tamarindo to Mal Pais by car takes about 4 hours. You will leave for Manuel Antonio National Park on the 30th (Tue).

Things to do in Mal Pais

#Nature, #Parks, #Spas

Side Trip

Montezuma
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Montezuma Falls ©
Montezuma Falls
Spas & Wellness

2
days
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.
On the 30th (Tue), stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa. Here are some ideas for day two: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour and then explore the stunning scenery at MidWorld Costa Rica.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio National Park itinerary builder.

Getting from Mal Pais to Manuel Antonio National Park by car takes about 6.5 hours. January in Manuel Antonio National Park sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Golfito.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

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MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica
Spas & Wellness

1
day
Golfito

Golfito
This article is about a Costa Rica town. On the 2nd (Fri), explore the striking landscape of Piedras Blancas National Park.

To see reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Golfito itinerary builder.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio National Park to Golfito in 3 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Manuel Antonio National Park to Golfito is 1 hour. In February, Golfito is a bit warmer than Manuel Antonio National Park - with highs of 38°C and lows of 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Golfito

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4
days
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Veragua Rainforest Park (in Puerto Limon) and Cahuita (Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens & Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica). Spend the 4th (Sun) exploring nature at Cahuita National Park. Spend the 5th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Puerto Viejo Beach and take in nature's colorful creations at Finca La Isla.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca travel planner.

You can drive from Golfito to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 9 hours. Traveling from Golfito in February, you will find days in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca are little chillier (32°C), and nights are a bit warmer (32°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors

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

2
days
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 7th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Sea Turtle Conservancy. On the next day, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Tortuguero online itinerary creator.

You can 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; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. 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 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to 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
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

few
hours
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 ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, read San Jose vacation trip planner.

You can fly from Tortuguero to San Jose in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, daytime highs in San Jose are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. You'll set off for home on the 10th (Sat).

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