23 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

23 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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23 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Ljubljana
Fly:  29​h
San Jose
— Few hours
bus:  3​h
Dominical
— 1 night
Dominical
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Uvita
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 45​min
Jaco
— Few hours
shuttle:  1​h
Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
Vara Blanca
— Few hours
Drive:  30​min
Poas Volcano National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
Tortuguero
— 2 nights
shuttle:  3​h
Cahuita
— 3 nights
Drive:  30​min
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Fly:  28​h
Ljubljana

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.
For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the San Jose trip maker app .

Ljubljana, Slovenia to San Jose is an approximately 29-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -7 hour difference. Traveling from Ljubljana in June, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 22°C in San Jose. On the 17th (Sun), you'll travel to Dominical.

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2
days
Dominical

Dominical ©
The laid back beachfront town of Dominical has been transformed from a sleepy fishing village into a surfer haunt of some repute.
You've now added Hacienda Baru to your itinerary.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Dominical travel planner .

You can take a bus from San Jose to Dominical in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Dominical.

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Hacienda Baru ©
Hacienda Baru

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Dominical

Dominical
For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Dominical trip itinerary planning site .

You will leave for Manuel Antonio on the 19th (Tue).

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1
day
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Playa Biesanz as well as MidWorld Costa Rica. Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz, look for gifts at Jungle Avenue, and then take in breathtaking views at MidWorld Costa Rica.

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Traveling by car from Dominical to Manuel Antonio takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Manuel Antonio can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can drive to Uvita.

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Jungle Avenue
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Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica
Jungle Avenue ©
Jungle Avenue

1
day
Uvita

Uvita ©
Ideal for visitors looking to escape Costa Rica's busy beaches, Uvita offers a serene atmosphere and plenty of uncrowded sand for a leisurely vacation.
Uvita Waterfall has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall and then explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Marino Ballena.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Uvita vacation app .

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Uvita in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Jaco.

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Parque Nacional Marino Ballena
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Parque Nacional Marino Ballena ©
Parque Nacional Marino Ballena
Uvita Waterfall ©
Uvita Waterfall

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Jaco

Jaco ©
A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Jungle Crocodile Safari. On the 21st (Thu), stroll through Bridge Over Rio Tarcoles and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at Jungle Crocodile Safari.

For where to stay and more tourist information, you can read our Jaco visit planning app .

Getting from Uvita to Jaco by bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can catch the shuttle to Monteverde.

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Side Trip

Tarcoles
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Jungle Crocodile Safari ©
Jungle Crocodile Safari

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Viento Fresco Waterfall. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Monteverde sightseeing planner .

Traveling by shuttle from Jaco to Monteverde takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

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Viento Fresco Waterfall
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Zipline
Viento Fresco Waterfall ©
Viento Fresco Waterfall

3
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.
You've added Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal), Tabacon Hot Springs, Ecocentro Danaus, and other attractions to your itinerary. Escape the urban bustle at Arenal Natura Ecological Park and La Fortuna Waterfall.

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Traveling by car from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Spas

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal), Rio Celeste
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Ecocentro Danaus ©
Ecocentro Danaus
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

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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.
To find reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Vara Blanca trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Vara Blanca in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. In June, daytime highs in Vara Blanca are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Poas Volcano National Park.

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La Paz Waterfall Gardens ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens

2
days
Poas Volcano National Park

Poas Volcano National Park
Keep things going the next day: contemplate the geological forces at Poas Volcano.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Poas Volcano National Park day trip planning website .

Poas Volcano National Park is very close to Vara Blanca. In June in Poas Volcano National Park, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 22°C at night. On the 29th (Fri), you'll travel to Tortuguero.

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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano

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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Tortuguero National Park and then see the interesting displays at Sea Turtle Conservancy.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Tortuguero road trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and shuttle from Poas Volcano National Park to Tortuguero takes 6.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Tortuguero are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Cahuita.

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Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy
Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

4
days
Cahuita

Cahuita ©
With its dusty streets and simple (read affordable) lodgings, Cahuita bustles as a hub of backpacker tourism in southeastern Costa Rica.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Costa Rica Wildlife Sanctuary as well as Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica. Spend the 2nd (Mon) exploring nature at Cahuita National Park.

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You can take a shuttle from Tortuguero to Cahuita in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Tortuguero in July, Cahuita is a bit warmer at night with lows of 30°C. On the 4th (Wed), you'll travel to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Cahuita

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Side Trip

Costa Rica Wildlife Sanctuary
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Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica ©
Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica
Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Puerto Viejo Beach as well as Foundation Jaguar Rescue Center. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): get in touch with nature with Foundation Jaguar Rescue Center, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Chiquita, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Puerto Viejo Beach.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca vacation maker site .

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is just a short distance from Cahuita. In July, daily temperatures in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. You will leave for home on the 6th (Fri).

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Playa Chiquita ©
Playa Chiquita
Jaguar Rescue Center ©
Jaguar Rescue Center
Puerto Viejo Beach ©
Puerto Viejo Beach

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