24 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

24 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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24 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Mexico City
Fly + Drive:  9​h
Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h 15​min
Playas del Coco
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Punta Arenas
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h 45​min
Quepos
— 2 nights
taxi:  15​min
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
Dominical
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h
San Jose
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 15​min
Mexico City

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Ecological Sanctuary and Art House. For shopping fun, head to Hummingbird Gallery or Souvenir Rosewood. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, admire the sheer force of San Luis Waterfall, and view the masterpieces at Arte Jaguar Gallery.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Monteverde visit planner.

Mexico City, Mexico to Monteverde is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Shopping
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Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve
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Ecological Sanctuary

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.
Get some cultural insight at Onirica Art Gallery and Wood and Art Gallery. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Paradise Hot Springs and Arenal Natura Ecological Park. When in La Fortuna de San Carlos, make a side trip to see Catedral de Ciudad Quesada in Quesada, approximately 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs, and stop by Souvenir Leo.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos online travel planner .

Drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Spas

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Catedral de Ciudad Quesada
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological 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.
On the 27th (Tue), admire the natural beauty at Alma Verde - Cahuita Healing Garden. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Cahuita National Park.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip website .

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. February in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 32°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

#Parks, #Nature, #Beaches

Side Trip

Cahuita
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Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park
Puerto Viejo Beach ©
Puerto Viejo Beach

2
days
Playas del Coco

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 2nd (Fri): head outdoors with Crazy Alex CR. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Ocotal, then take in the exciting artwork at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa.

For maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Playas del Coco trip builder tool .

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Playas del Coco in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Playas del Coco. In March in Playas del Coco, expect temperatures between 40°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks

Side Trips

Playa Hermosa, Playa Ocotal
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Playa Ocotal ©
Playa Ocotal
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2
days
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
On the 4th (Sun), look for gifts at Lydia Beech Art, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tamarindo Beach, then look for gifts at Papaya Con Leche, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with La Galeria Centro de Arte. Keep things going the next day: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then kick back and relax at Playa Conchal.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Tamarindo itinerary builder app .

Getting from Playas del Coco to Tamarindo by combination of taxi and flight takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. In March, daytime highs in Tamarindo are 40°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Punta Arenas.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, Playa Conchal
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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 6th (Tue): kick back and relax at Playa Blanca ( White Beach ). Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Piedra de Fuego and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Puntarenas.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Punta Arenas trip website .

Getting from Tamarindo to Punta Arenas by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. On the 8th (Thu), you'll travel to Quepos.

Things to do in Punta Arenas

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails

Side Trips

Piedra de Fuego, Playa Blanca ( White Beach )
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Playa Blanca ( White Beach ) ©
Playa Blanca ( White Beach )
Catedral de Puntarenas ©
Catedral de Puntarenas

2
days
Quepos

Quepos ©
The tourist-oriented town of Quepos marks the entrance for many travelers looking to explore the nearby national park.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): delve into the lush surroundings at Kids Saving the Rain Forest. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Fri): kick back and relax at La Playita and then identify plant and animal life at Rainmaker Park.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Quepos vacation tool .

You can drive from Punta Arenas to Quepos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Quepos are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Quepos

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Rainmaker Park
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Rainmaker Park ©
Rainmaker Park
La Playita ©
La Playita
Kids Saving the Rain Forest ©
Kids Saving the Rain Forest

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): look for gifts at Beso Loco Boutique de Playa, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz, then look for gifts at Super Joseth, and finally soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. On the 11th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: experience rural life at Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices and then take in breathtaking views at MidWorld Costa Rica.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Manuel Antonio trip itinerary planner .

Manuel Antonio is just a short distance from Quepos. March in Manuel Antonio sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to drive to Dominical.

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Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Hacienda Baru, then admire the sheer force of Uvita Waterfall, and then look for gifts at Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Parque Nacional Marino Bahia Ballena, then enjoy the sand and surf at Uvita Beach, and then stop by Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Dominical trip itinerary website .

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Dominical in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Dominical

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Uvita, Parque Nacional Marino Bahia Ballena, Hacienda Baru
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Uvita Beach
Uvita Waterfall ©
Uvita Waterfall
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2
days
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.
On the 14th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Costa Rica's Craft Brewing Co.. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Precolumbian Gold Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with Galeria Namu, and then take an in-depth tour of National Museum (Museo Nacional).

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our San Jose road trip site .

Do a combination of taxi and bus from Dominical to San Jose in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In March, daytime highs in San Jose are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

#Museums, #Breweries, #Historic Sites

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Cathedral
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Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu
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Precolumbian Gold Museum
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National Museum (Museo Nacional)

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