24 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

24 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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24 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

San Jose
San Jose
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
Sarapiqui
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
Quesada
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 15​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
Monteverde
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
Punta Arenas
— 2 nights
bus + foot + ferry:  3​h 30​min
Montezuma
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
Santa Teresa
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
Mal Pais
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Jaco
— 2 nights
ferry:  5​h
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
Dominical
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h
San Jose

2
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, take an in-depth tour of National Museum (Museo Nacional), and then identify plant and animal life at Toucan Rescue Ranch.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the San Jose custom trip planner.

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major airports are Tobias Bolanos International Airport, Juan Santamaria International Airport and Limon International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in June, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can go by car to Sarapiqui.

Things to do in San Jose

#Museums, #Adventure, #Outdoors

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Toucan Rescue Ranch, Cathedral
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National Museum (Museo Nacional) ©
National Museum (Museo Nacional)
River Rafting & Tubing
Precolumbian Gold Museum ©
Precolumbian Gold Museum

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Sarapiqui

Sarapiqui ©
On the 25th (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Pierella Ecological Garden, look for all kinds of wild species at Dave & Dave's Costa RIca Nature Pavilion Park, and then explore the activities along Sarapiqui River.

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Drive from San Jose to Sarapiqui in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June in Sarapiqui, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel to Quesada.

Things to do in Sarapiqui

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

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Sarapiqui River
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Sarapiqui River ©
Sarapiqui River
Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park ©
Pierella Ecological Garden ©
Pierella Ecological Garden

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Quesada

Quesada ©
On the 26th (Mon), pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Ciudad Quesada.

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You can drive from Sarapiqui to Quesada in 2 hours. In June, daytime highs in Quesada are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Quesada

#Historic Sites
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Catedral de Ciudad Quesada ©
Catedral de Ciudad Quesada

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Tue): trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs.

For where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos travel itinerary creator.

Getting from Quesada to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about an hour. You'll set off for Monteverde on the 29th (Thu).

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Spas
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

3
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Santa Elena Skywalk and Zipline. Take a break from the city and head to Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Ecological Sanctuary.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Monteverde itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Punta Arenas.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Historic Sites
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Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary
Santa Elena Skywalk ©
Santa Elena Skywalk

2
days
Punta Arenas

Punta Arenas ©
A major port city with a busy fish market, for most tourists Puntarenas represents little more than the launching point for ferries heading to the pleasant beaches of the Nicoya Peninsula.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): explore the striking landscape of La Amistad International Park. On the 3rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the engineering at Isla Damas, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Puntarenas, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Reserva Biologica Isla del Cano.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Punta Arenas trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Monteverde to Punta Arenas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can go by car to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Punta Arenas

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Reserva Biologica Isla del Cano, La Amistad International Park
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La Amistad International Park ©
La Amistad International Park
Catedral de Puntarenas ©
Catedral de Puntarenas

2
days
Montezuma

Montezuma ©
With a scenic position on a sheltered bay, Montezuma remains one of Costa Rica's quieter destinations, attracting mostly backpackers and other explorers averse to making detailed travel plans.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): step off the mainland to explore Tortuga Island and then look for all kinds of wild species at Costa Rica Color. On the 5th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, identify plant and animal life at Refugio Nacional Mixto de Vida Silvestre Romelia, and then admire the sheer force of Montezuma Falls.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Montezuma travel planner.

Getting from Punta Arenas to Montezuma by car takes about 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to drive to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Montezuma

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Tortuga Island
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Tortuga Island ©
Tortuga Island
Montezuma Falls ©
Montezuma Falls
Spas & Wellness

1
day
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.
On the 6th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Santa Teresa, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Carmen, and then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Santa Teresa sightseeing planner.

Santa Teresa is just a short distance from Montezuma. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Mal Pais.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches
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Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa
Playa Carmen ©
Playa Carmen

2
days
Mal Pais

Mal Pais ©
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Mal Pais trip itinerary maker.

Mal Pais is just a stone's throw from Santa Teresa. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Jaco.

Things to do in Mal Pais

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

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Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve
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Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve ©

2
days
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.
On the 9th (Sun), ride a horse along Vista Los Suenos Horseback Riding, then identify plant and animal life at Neo Fauna, and then take in the exciting artwork at Tico Pod Art House & Gifts. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Palo Seco Beach and then stroll through Playa Bejuco.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Jaco vacation builder.

Traveling by ferry from Montezuma to Jaco takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio National Park.

Things to do in Jaco

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Palo Seco Beach, Playa Bejuco, Vista Los Suenos Horseback Riding
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Palo Seco Beach ©
Palo Seco Beach
Neo Fauna ©
Neo Fauna
Tico Pod Art House & Gifts ©
Tico Pod Art House & Gifts

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 11th (Tue), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. On the 12th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience and then tour the pleasant surroundings at MidWorld Costa Rica.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio National Park vacation trip planner.

Getting from Jaco to Manuel Antonio National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or take a bus. July in Manuel Antonio National Park sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 23°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Dominical.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Adventure, #Outdoors, #Parks
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MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica
Spas & Wellness

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.
On the 13th (Thu), stop by Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store, admire the sheer force of Santa Lucia Falls, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Hacienda Baru. On the 14th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Uvita Beach, view the masterpieces at Magic Ananda, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally look for gifts at Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Dominical trip generator.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio National Park to Dominical takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Dominical

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

Uvita
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Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Hacienda Baru ©
Hacienda Baru
Santa Lucia Falls ©
Santa Lucia Falls

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