23 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

23 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Glasgow, Scotland
+2
Fly + Bus + Taxi:  18 h 45 min
1
Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
2
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Bus:  3 h
3
San Jose
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
4
Cahuita
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
5
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
6
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h
7
Area de Conservacion Guanacaste
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
8
Tamarindo
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  18 h 15 min
End: Glasgow, Scotland

3
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.
Monteverde is known for adventure, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, delve into the lush surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve, whizz through the canopy at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, and meet the residents at The Bat Jungle.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Monteverde trip planner.

Glasgow, UK to Monteverde is an approximately 18.5- hour combination of flight, bus, and taxi. You can also do a combination of train, flight, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Glasgow to Monteverde. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Tours
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Zipline
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
El Trapiche Tour ©
El Trapiche Tour

3
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.
Manuel Antonio is known for beaches, adventure, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio, see Off-Road Tours, walk around Parque Nahomi, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Manuel Antonio National Park.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio sightseeing planner.

Drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can take a bus to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Quepos
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
River Rafting & Tubing
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

3
nights
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.
Explore San Jose's surroundings by going to Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park) and Hacienda Alsacia Starbucks Coffee Farm (in Alajuela). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia La Soledad, stop by J.LANG Atelier & Showroom, and explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Costarricense.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our San Jose journey planning app.

Take a bus from Manuel Antonio to San Jose in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. November in San Jose sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Cahuita.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trips

J.LANG Atelier & Showroom, Poas Volcano, Hacienda Alsacia Starbucks Coffee Farm
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Jade Museum ©
Jade Museum
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica

2
nights
Cahuita

Cahuita ©
With its dusty streets and simple (read affordable) lodgings, Cahuita bustles as a hub of backpacker tourism in southeastern Costa Rica.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cahuita National Park and then take in nature's colorful creations at Finca La Isla. Keep things going the next day: stroll through La Ceiba and then stroll through Nature Observatorio.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Cahuita travel route planner.

Traveling by car from San Jose to Cahuita takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from San Jose in November, expect Cahuita to be somewhat warmer, temps between 34°C and 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Cahuita

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Nature Observatorio
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Nature Observatorio ©
Nature Observatorio
Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Tortuguero road trip planning app.

You can drive from Cahuita to Tortuguero in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In November in Tortuguero, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature Parks Tours
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Kayaking & Canoeing

4
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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, head outdoors with El Salto, get impressive views of Arenal Volcano, and explore the activities along Lake Arenal.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
Find places to stay Nov 25 — 29:
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

1
night
Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Area de Conservacion Guanacaste
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): hike along Parque Nacional Volcan Rincon de la Vieja.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Area de Conservacion Guanacaste online vacation planner.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste in 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Outdoors Nature Trails
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4
nights
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Get out of town with these interesting Tamarindo side-trips: Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal) and Playa Hermosa (in Playa Hermosa). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Tamarindo Beach, find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and find your balance on the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area.

For photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Area de Conservacion Guanacaste to Tamarindo takes 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Flamingo, Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, Playa Conchal, Playa Hermosa
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal

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