25 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

25 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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25 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  17​h 45​min
Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Monteverde
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
Santa Teresa
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Tamarindo
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Playa Hermosa
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h 45​min
End: San Francisco

4
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Rancho Tipico Don Juan and Spas & Wellness. Family-friendly places like Playa Manuel Antonio and Parque Reptilandia will thrill your kids. When in Manuel Antonio, make a side trip to see Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store in Dominical, approximately 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: kick your exploration up a notch at MidWorld Costa Rica and stop by Jaime Peligro Book & CD Shop.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio trip app .

San Francisco, USA to Manuel Antonio is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Manuel Antonio is 2 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from San Francisco in June, with highs in Manuel Antonio at 80°F and lows at 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Theme Parks, #Parks

Side Trips

Quepos, Dominical
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Rancho Tipico Don Juan ©
Rancho Tipico Don Juan
Parque Reptilandia ©
Parque Reptilandia

6
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Butterfly Conservatory and Arenal Eco Zoo. There's still lots to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, take in the exciting artwork at Wood & Art Gallery, and take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall.

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

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trip

El Castillo
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Arenal Eco Zoo ©
Arenal Eco Zoo

4
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Curi Cancha Reserve. Explore hidden gems such as The Bat Jungle and Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena. Spend the 28th (Thu) exploring nature at Up in the Cloud Forest. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Valle Escondido Preserve, stroll through Ecological Sanctuary, and stop by Souvenir Rosewood.

To find reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Monteverde holiday tool .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can drive to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Monteverde

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

3
nights
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 30th (Sat): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers and then kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa. On your second day here, stroll through Playa Santa Teresa and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Carmen.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Santa Teresa online attractions planner .

You can drive from Monteverde to Santa Teresa in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, ferry, and bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Playa Carmen ©
Playa Carmen
Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa

4
nights
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Family-friendly places like Tamarindo Beach and San Juanillo Beach will thrill your kids. Explore hidden gems such as Barrigona Beach and Lydia Beech Art. Venture out of the city with trips to Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal) and Samara Beach (in Playa Samara). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Monkey Park and look for gifts at EK Art Jewelry.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Tamarindo route planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Santa Teresa to Tamarindo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Tamarindo are 91°F, while nighttime lows are 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can drive to Playa Hermosa.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Samara, Playa Conchal, San Juanillo Beach
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Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Barrigona Beach ©
Barrigona Beach
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach

2
nights
Playa Hermosa

Playa Hermosa ©
On the 7th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa, then take in the exciting artwork at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Playa Hermosa trip planner .

Getting from Tamarindo to Playa Hermosa by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July in Playa Hermosa, expect temperatures between 91°F during the day and 74°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Playa Hermosa

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

Side Trip

Playas del Coco
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Shark Diving
Spas & Wellness

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