25 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

25 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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25 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Medellin
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8​h 45​min
1
Vara Blanca
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Cartago
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Turrialba
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 6 nights
7
Tamarindo
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
8
Monteverde
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  11​h
End: Medellin

1
night
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.
To find reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Vara Blanca trip itinerary planner .

Medellin, Colombia to Vara Blanca is an approximately 9-hour flight. The time zone changes from Colombia Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Tirimbina Biological Reserve
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Tirimbina Biological Reserve ©
Tirimbina Biological Reserve

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Playa Manuel Antonio and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Attractions like Parque Nacional Marino Ballena and Playa Biesanz make great kid-friendly stops. Spend the 24th (Mon) on the water with a fishing tour. There's still lots to do: take a memorable tour with Tours and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Vara Blanca to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can drive to Cartago.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Quepos, Parque Nacional Marino Ballena
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours

1
night
Cartago

Cartago ©
Cartago is a city in Costa Rica, about 25km east of the capital, San José. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Maria Auxiliadora, hunt for treasures at Cartago Central Market, admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanico Lankester, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ruins of the Church of Carthage, then pause for some serene contemplation at Santiago Apostol Parish Ruins, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Cartago trip planner .

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Cartago by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Cartago are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can catcht the bus to Turrialba.

Things to do in Cartago

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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Santiago Apostol Parish Ruins ©
Santiago Apostol Parish Ruins
Ruins of the Church of Carthage ©
Ruins of the Church of Carthage

2
nights
Turrialba

On the 26th (Wed), appreciate the history behind Guayabo National Park and Monument. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Costa Rica Experience and then get interesting insight from Tours.

For maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Turrialba trip planning app .

Take a bus from Cartago to Turrialba in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In June, daily temperatures in Turrialba can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Turrialba

Outdoors Nature Parks
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River Rafting & Tubing
Guayabo National Park and Monument ©
Guayabo National Park and Monument
Costa Rica Experience ©
Costa Rica Experience

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Tortuguero trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Turrialba to Tortuguero takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Turrialba in June, Tortuguero is a bit warmer at night with lows of 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature Wildlife Parks
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

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 enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at River Rafting & Tubing and La Fortuna Waterfall. Your inner history buff will appreciate Tabacon Hot Springs and Proyecto Asis. Next up on the itinerary: get impressive views of Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal), look for all kinds of wild species at La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos tour itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)

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.
Tamarindo Beach and Barrigona Beach will appeal to history buffs. Family-friendly places like Playa Conchal and Samara Beach will thrill your kids. There's much more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, identify plant and animal life at Monkey Park, explore and take pictures at Pura Aventura, and kick back and relax at Playa Avellana.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Tamarindo trip itinerary builder .

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tamarindo by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Samara, Playa Conchal
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Ecological Sanctuary. Get some historical perspective at Zipline and Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena. There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Santa Elena Skywalk, get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle, look for all kinds of wild species at Curi Cancha Reserve, and take in the exciting artwork at Arte Jaguar Gallery.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Monteverde trip itinerary planning site .

Drive from Tamarindo to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

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