23 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

23 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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23 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Montreal
Fly:  9​h
1
Alajuela
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
2
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Jaco
— 4 nights
ferry + bus:  1​h 30​min
4
Santa Teresa
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
6
Playas del Coco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Nuevo Arenal
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
8
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
9
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
10
Alajuela
— 1 night
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Montreal

1
night
Alajuela

Alajuela ©
On the 8th (Thu), stop by Souvenir Museum.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Alajuela day trip planning website .

Montreal, Canada to Alajuela is an approximately 9-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In June, Alajuela is a bit warmer than Montreal - with highs of 33°C and lows of 22°C. You'll have a few hours on the 9th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Alajuela

#Shopping, #Museums
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Souvenir Museum ©
Souvenir Museum
Goodlight Books ©
Goodlight Books

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.
On the 9th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio. On the 10th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Playa Espadilla Norte, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Biesanz, and then look for gifts at Jaime Peligro Book & CD Shop.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Manuel Antonio fast, fun, and easy.

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Alajuela to Manuel Antonio takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can go by car to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

Quepos
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Playa Espadilla Norte ©
Playa Espadilla Norte

4
nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at Vista Los Suenos Horseback Riding and Playa Bejuco. Explore hidden gems such as Palo Seco Beach and Zipline. Spend the 13th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Neo Fauna, stroll through Jaco Beach, and look for gifts at The Costa Rica Coffee Experience.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Jaco trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Jaco in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Jaco

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours

Side Trips

Vista Los Suenos Horseback Riding, Playa Bejuco, Palo Seco Beach
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Palo Seco Beach ©
Palo Seco Beach
Playa Bejuco ©
Playa Bejuco
Jaco Beach ©
Jaco Beach

3
nights
Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa ©
A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Playa Hermosa and Tortuga Island. We've included these beaches for you: Playa Carmen and Playa Santa Teresa. Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Teresa: Montezuma (Refugio Nacional Mixto de Vida Silvestre Romelia, Montezuma Falls, & more). There's more to do: stop by Tica Surf Bikinis.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Santa Teresa trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Jaco to Santa Teresa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

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

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 19th (Mon): kick back and relax at Playa Avellana and then stroll through Playa Conchal. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Barra Honda National Park.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Tamarindo online tour itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Santa Teresa to Tamarindo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Barra Honda National Park, Playa Conchal
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Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana
Barra Honda National Park ©
Barra Honda National Park

2
nights
Playas del Coco

A long-established beach community, Playas del Coco has developed a reputation as a favored spot for young travelers and locals to let loose by the sea.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): paddle through the water with Costa Rica Sailing Center and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Playa Nacascolo, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa, and then view the masterpieces at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Art & Gallery.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Playas del Coco vacation trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to Nuevo Arenal.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

#Outdoors, #Adventure, #Tours

Side Trips

Playa Hermosa, Playa Nacascolo, Costa Rica Sailing Center
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Costa Rica Sailing Center ©
Costa Rica Sailing Center
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa

2
nights
Nuevo Arenal

Nuevo Arenal ©
Nuevo Arenal is a town and district in Tilarán Canton in the Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): admire the sheer force of Viento Fresco Waterfall and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Middle Earth Thermal Springs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Rio Celeste.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Nuevo Arenal itinerary maker.

Drive from Playas del Coco to Nuevo Arenal in 2.5 hours. June in Nuevo Arenal sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 27°C at night. On the 24th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Nuevo Arenal

#Nature, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Rio Celeste, Middle Earth Thermal Springs, Viento Fresco Waterfall
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Viento Fresco Waterfall ©
Viento Fresco Waterfall
Rio Celeste ©
Rio Celeste

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sun): trek along Ecocentro Danaus and then take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos vacation trip planner.

Drive from Nuevo Arenal to La Fortuna de San Carlos in an hour. On the 26th (Mon), you'll travel to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Spas
Find places to stay Jun 24 — 26:
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Ecocentro Danaus ©
Ecocentro Danaus

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. On the next day, stop by Souvenir Rosewood and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Monteverde itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Alajuela.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Shopping
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Souvenir Rosewood ©
Souvenir Rosewood

1
night
Alajuela

Alajuela ©
On the 28th (Wed), admire the sheer force of Los Chorros Waterfalls and then take in the dramatic scenery at La Paz Waterfall Gardens. On the 29th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Universidad de Costa Rica and then explore the striking landscape of Poas Volcano.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Alajuela trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Alajuela takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Alajuela

#Nature, #Parks

Side Trips

La Paz Waterfall Gardens, Los Chorros Waterfalls, Universidad de Costa Rica, Poas Volcano
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La Paz Waterfall Gardens ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Los Chorros Waterfalls ©
Los Chorros Waterfalls

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