24 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

24 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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24 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Zurich
Fly + bus + shuttle:  26​h
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly + taxi:  3​h
Santa Teresa
— 3 nights
ferry:  3​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Orosi
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
Cahuita
— 2 nights
shuttle:  2​h 45​min
Tortuguero
— 4 nights
Fly:  33​h
Zurich

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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.
On the 28th (Sat), soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs and then identify plant and animal life at Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos vacation planner.

Zurich, Switzerland to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Zurich to La Fortuna de San Carlos is minus 7 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

2
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.
On the 29th (Sun), soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Souvenir Rosewood, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ecological Sanctuary, and then identify plant and animal life at Macaw Sanctuary Natuwa.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Monteverde online itinerary creator.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

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Side Trip

Macaw Sanctuary Natuwa
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Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary

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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): stop by Azul Profundo Boutique. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Avellana and then kick back and relax at Playa Conchal.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Tamarindo vacation trip planner.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Tamarindo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus. In October in Tamarindo, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Tamarindo

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Side Trips

Playa Conchal, Las Baulas National Marine Park
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Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana
Las Baulas National Marine Park ©
Las Baulas National Marine Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Carmen. On the next day, explore the striking landscape of Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve and then look for gifts at Tica Surf Bikinis.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Santa Teresa trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Tamarindo to Santa Teresa by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Manuel Antonio National Park.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

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Side Trip

Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Playa Carmen ©
Playa Carmen
Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Naturalist Michael Araya Flores.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio National Park custom trip planner.

Getting from Santa Teresa to Manuel Antonio National Park by combination of taxi and ferry takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. In November in Manuel Antonio National Park, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Orosi.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

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Side Trips

Quepos, Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store
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Playa Matapalo ©
Playa Matapalo
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Beso Loco Boutique de Playa ©
Beso Loco Boutique de Playa

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Orosi

Orosi ©
On the 8th (Wed), admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanico Lankester, then explore and take pictures at Finca Sermide Agroturismo, and then look for all kinds of wild species at El Copal Reserve.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Orosi tour planner.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio National Park to Orosi takes 4 hours. November in Orosi sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Orosi

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Side Trips

Jardin Botanico Lankester, El Copal Reserve
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Jardin Botanico Lankester ©
Jardin Botanico Lankester
Finca Sermide Agroturismo ©
Finca Sermide Agroturismo

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 9th (Thu), kick back and relax at Puerto Viejo Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Chiquita and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Cocles.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip generator.

Traveling by car from Orosi to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 4.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Orosi in November since evenings lows in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Cahuita.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

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Playa Chiquita ©
Playa Chiquita
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles
Puerto Viejo Beach ©
Puerto Viejo Beach

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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 11th (Sat), indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

For maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Cahuita trip planner.

Cahuita is very close to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in November, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Tortuguero.

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Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park

5
days
Tortuguero

Tortuguero ©
One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Step out of the city life by going to Tortuguero National Park and Tortuguero Adventures. Discover out-of-the-way places like Sea Turtle Conservancy and Safaris.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Tortuguero holiday planner.

You can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight from Cahuita to Tortuguero in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Cahuita to Tortuguero, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Cahuita in November since evenings lows in Tortuguero dip to 22°C. On the 17th (Fri), you'll travel back home.

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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
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Tortuguero Adventures
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

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