24 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

24 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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24 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Edmonton
Fly:  20​h 15​min
San Jose
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
Vara Blanca
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
Alajuela
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Santa Teresa
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Playa Negra
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
Cahuita
— Few hours
Drive:  7​h 30​min
Drake Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Fly:  22​h 45​min
Edmonton

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 10th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Parque La Sabana. On the next day, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the San Jose trip planner .

Edmonton, Canada to San Jose is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 1 hour. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Edmonton in April: high temperatures in San Jose hover around 32°C and lows are around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Vara Blanca.

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Parque La Sabana ©
Parque La Sabana
Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu

2
days
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): admire the sheer force of La Paz Waterfall Gardens. On the 13th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Souvenir Muy Tranquilo and then contemplate the geological forces at Poas Volcano.

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Getting from San Jose to Vara Blanca by car takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. April in Vara Blanca sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Alajuela.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

#Parks, #Nature, #Shopping

Side Trips

Souvenir Muy Tranquilo, Poas Volcano
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La Paz Waterfall Gardens ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo ©
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo

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Alajuela

Alajuela ©
On the 14th (Sat), stroll through Parque Juan Santamaria, then get engrossed in the history at Juan Santamaria Historical Cultural Museum, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Zoo Ave.

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You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Santa Teresa to Alajuela in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Alajuela

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Zoo Ave ©
Zoo Ave
Parque Juan Santamaria ©
Parque Juan Santamaria

2
days
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 15th (Sun), stroll through Playa Hermosa, stroll through Playa Santa Teresa, and then stop by Tica Surf Bikinis. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Playa Carmen and then admire the sheer force of Montezuma Falls.

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Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Alajuela to Santa Teresa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Playa Negra.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

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Montezuma Falls
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Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Montezuma Falls ©
Montezuma Falls

2
days
Playa Negra

Playa Negra ©
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at San Juanillo Beach.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Playa Negra day trip website .

Traveling by car from Santa Teresa to Playa Negra takes 4.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Playa Negra are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. On the 19th (Thu), you'll travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Negra

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks

Side Trip

San Juanillo Beach
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San Juanillo Beach ©
San Juanillo Beach

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 19th (Thu), kick back and relax at Playa Avellana and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Conchal. Keep things going the next day: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Tamarindo road trip site .

Drive from Playa Negra to Tamarindo in an hour. In April in Tamarindo, expect temperatures between 41°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks

Side Trip

Playa Conchal
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Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana

2
days
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.
Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Hummingbird Gallery and then identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

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You can drive from Tamarindo to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

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Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

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 24th (Tue): witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs and then take in nature's colorful creations at Arenal Natura Ecological Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Wed): hike along Ecocentro Danaus, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip planner .

Drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Cahuita.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

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Cahuita

Cahuita ©
With its dusty streets and simple (read affordable) lodgings, Cahuita bustles as a hub of backpacker tourism in southeastern Costa Rica.
On the 26th (Thu), stroll through Playa Cocles.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Cahuita holiday builder website .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Cahuita in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Cahuita is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in April, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Drake Bay.

Things to do in Cahuita

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks

Side Trip

Playa Cocles
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Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles

2
days
Drake Bay

Drake Bay ©
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): step off the mainland to explore Cano Island. On the next day, get interesting insight from Tours.

To find photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Drake Bay sightseeing planning website .

You can drive from Cahuita to Drake Bay in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Drake Bay

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Cano Island ©
Cano Island
Dolphin & Whale Watching

3
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.
Get in touch with nature at Playa Manuel Antonio and MidWorld Costa Rica. Take a break from Manuel Antonio with a short trip to Hacienda Baru in Dominical, about 54 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: get interesting insight from Tours, experience rural life at Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Drake Bay to Manuel Antonio in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. In April, daytime highs in Manuel Antonio are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

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Side Trip

Hacienda Baru
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica

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