24 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

24 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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24 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Jerusalem
+3
bus + Fly + bus + shuttle:  22​h 15​min
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Uvita
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h 15​min
4
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
5
Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Playas del Coco
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
San Jose
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  21​h 30​min
End: Jerusalem

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ecocentro Danaus and Paradise Hot Springs. Visiting River Rafting & Tubing and Arenal Natura Ecological Park will get you outdoors. Step out of La Fortuna de San Carlos to go to El Castillo and see Butterfly Conservatory, which is approximately 42 minutes away. There's still lots to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, Head underground at Venado Caves, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, and get a taste of the local shopping with Wood & Art Gallery.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip tool .

Jerusalem, Israel to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Israel Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -8 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Venado Caves, Butterfly Conservatory
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
River Rafting & Tubing

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.
Escape the urban bustle at River Rafting & Tubing and Playa Biesanz. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Spas & Wellness. Go for a jaunt from Manuel Antonio to Parrita to see Rainmaker Park about 44 minutes away. There's more to do: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio road trip planning tool .

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio by combination of taxi and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. In August, daily temperatures in Manuel Antonio can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Rainmaker Park
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Rainmaker Park ©
Rainmaker Park
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz

3
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): kick back and relax at Uvita Beach, then identify plant and animal life at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall, then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and then stop by Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Uvita trip planner .

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Uvita by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Uvita

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Tours

Side Trip

Dominical
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Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Uvita Waterfall ©
Uvita Waterfall

3
nights
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.
Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Cocles.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca itinerary planner.

Getting from Uvita to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca by car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Uvita to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is 1 hour. In September in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 34°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Beaches

Side Trips

Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica, Nature Observatorio
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Playa Chiquita ©
Playa Chiquita
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles
Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica ©
Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at The Bat Jungle and then take in the views from Santa Elena Skywalk. On the next day, shop like a local with Arte Jaguar Gallery and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To see reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Monteverde trip app .

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Monteverde takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can go by car to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Historic Sites
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Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle

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.
Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco and Hidden Garden Art Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get outdoors at Playa Hermosa and Zipline. Take a break from Playas del Coco with a short trip to Llanos de Cortez Waterfall in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, about 1h 05 min away. There's more to do: take in the exciting artwork at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Playas del Coco trip app .

You can drive from Monteverde to Playas del Coco in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in September, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Liberia, Llanos de Cortez Waterfall, Playa Hermosa
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Zipline
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall ©
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa

3
nights
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 12th (Wed): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers and then cast your line with a fishing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire all the interesting features of Pura Aventura, then identify plant and animal life at Monkey Park, and then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Tamarindo attractions planner.

You can drive from Playas del Coco to Tamarindo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Tamarindo are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Tours, #Outdoors, #Spas

Side Trip

Playa Flamingo
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours
Spas & Wellness

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): stop by Chieton Moren, then steep yourself in history at Ruinas de Ujarras, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles). Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Metropolitan Church (Catedral Metropolitana), take an in-depth tour of National Museum (Museo Nacional), and then explore the world behind art at Precolumbian Gold Museum.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read San Jose trip itinerary maker tool .

You can fly from Tamarindo to San Jose in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Tamarindo in September, expect San Jose to be little chillier, temps between 32°C and 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Shopping

Side Trip

Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles)
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