25 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

25 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica holiday maker

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San Jose
— 3 nights
Bus
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Quepos
— 4 nights
Drive
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Jaco
— 4 nights
Drive
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Nicoya
— 2 nights
Drive
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Liberia
— 2 nights
Shuttle
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Monteverde
— 3 nights
Shuttle
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
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San Jose

— 3 nights
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Ruins of Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Limpia Concepcion and Ruins of the Church of Carthage. Escape the urban bustle at Toucan Rescue Ranch and Parque Nacional Braulio Carrillo. Explore San Jose's surroundings by going to Playa Junquillal (in Paraiso) and Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles (in Cartago). The adventure continues: enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Universidad de Costa Rica, view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu, and explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art and Design.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our San Jose trip planner.

Roanoke, USA to San Jose is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Roanoke in November: high temperatures in San Jose hover around 79°F and lows are around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Quepos.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

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Quepos

— 4 nights
The tourist-oriented town of Quepos marks the entrance for many travelers looking to explore the nearby national park.
Step off the beaten path and head to Skydive Costa Rica and Playa Matapalo. Relax by the water at Playa Manuel Antonio and Playa Biesanz. Take a break from Quepos with a short trip to Parque Reptilandia in Dominical, about 44 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: surround yourself with nature on Mulguri Adventure, stop by The Captain's Booty, head outdoors with Kids Saving the Rain Forest, and make a trip to Marina Pez Vela.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Quepos day trip app.

Getting from San Jose to Quepos by bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Quepos

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 6 — 10:

Jaco

— 4 nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Playa Bejuco and Vista Los Suenos Horseback Riding. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tico Pod Art House & Gifts and Jaco Beach. Step out of Jaco with an excursion to Catedral de Puntarenas in Puntarenas--about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: snap pictures at Tarcoles Bridge, don't miss a visit to Mirador de Jaco, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Neo Fauna CR, and stop by Fruity Monkey Poop.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Jaco road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Quepos to Jaco in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can drive to Nicoya.

Things to do in Jaco

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 10 — 14:

Nicoya

— 2 nights
Nicoya, a city on the Nicoya Peninsula of the Guanacaste province, Costa Rica, is one of the country's most important tourist zones; it serves as a transport hub to Guanacaste's beaches and national parks. Escape the urban bustle at Playa Conchal and Playa Manzanillo. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Puerto Carrillo and Curu National Wildlife Refuge.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Nicoya day trip app.

Getting from Jaco to Nicoya by car takes about 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Liberia.

Things to do in Nicoya

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Liberia

— 2 nights

White City

Tourism in Liberia has been growing since the opening of its airport, with more and more international visitors using the city as a starting point for explorations of the country's northwest.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): look for gifts at Souvenir Ocarina.

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Traveling by car from Nicoya to Liberia takes 1.5 hours. On the 18th (Thu), you'll travel to Monteverde.

Things to do in Liberia

Shopping
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Monteverde

— 3 nights
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Valle Escondido Preserve and Ecological Sanctuary. Get outdoors at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Monteverde trip maker tool.

You can take a shuttle from Liberia to Monteverde in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites
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La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 4 nights
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Catedral de Ciudad Quesada and Onirica Art Gallery. Visiting Tabacon Hot Springs and Los Lagos Hot Springs will get you outdoors. Change things up with a short trip to Butterfly Conservatory in El Castillo (about 38 minutes away). There's lots more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs, contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano, view the masterpieces at Galeria Estudio, and admire the natural beauty at Natura Eco Park Costa Rica.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos planner.

Getting from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos by shuttle takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. On the 25th (Thu), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 21 — 25:

Costa Rica travel guide

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Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.