26 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

26 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip itinerary maker

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Fly to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, Drive to Tamarindo
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Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive
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Jaco
— 3 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive
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San Jose
— 2 nights
Drive
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
Drive
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Vara Blanca
— 2 nights
Drive to Juan Santamaria International Airport, Fly to Bandaranaike International Colombo Airport

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Tamarindo

— 3 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Get out of town with these interesting Tamarindo side-trips: Playa Conchal (Garra de Leon Golf Course & Playa Conchal). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Tamarindo vacation planner.

Colombo, Sri Lanka to Tamarindo is an approximately 30-hour combination of flight and car. You can also fly. You'll gain 11.5 hours traveling from Colombo to Tamarindo due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 22 — 25:

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.
Monteverde is known for adventure, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery, admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden, and meet the residents at The Bat Jungle.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Monteverde trip maker website.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Jaco.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Adventure
Find places to stay Apr 25 — 28:

Jaco

— 3 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.
Jaco is known for adventure, beaches, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, trot along with a tour on horseback, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and look for gifts at Fruity Monkey Poop.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Jaco trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Monteverde to Jaco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Jaco

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 28 — May 1:

Manuel Antonio

— 3 nights
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 find plenty of places to visit near Manuel Antonio: Playa Ventanas (in Ballena) and Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary (in Dominical). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, take a memorable tour with Tours, walk around Parque Nahomi, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Biesanz.

To see traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip planner.

Traveling by car from Jaco to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 1 — 4:

San Jose

— 2 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.
On the 5th (Wed), sample some tasty brews at Carpe Chepe, get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, and then take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica. On your second day here, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense, see the top attractions with Top Travel Costa Rica, and then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read San Jose trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to San Jose in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in May, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Museums · Nightlife · Breweries & Distilleries
Find places to stay May 4 — 6:

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

— 2 nights

Walaba

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): stroll through Tarantulas Way, take in nature's colorful creations at Finca La Isla, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape of Cahuita National Park.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca vacation builder site.

Drive from San Jose to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 6 — 8:

Tortuguero

— 1 night

Costa Rica's Amazon

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 9th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

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Getting from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Tortuguero by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Tortuguero can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay May 8 — 9:
Highlights from your trip

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 5 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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Fortuna Waterfall, and take in the awesome beauty at Cabalgata Don Tobias.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos online travel route planner.

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 14th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 9 — 14:

Vara Blanca

— 2 nights
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens and then take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

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You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Vara Blanca in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Nature · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay May 14 — 16:
Highlights from your trip

Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
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.