26 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

26 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Porto
Fly + Shuttle:  17 h
1
Tamarindo
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
2
Monteverde
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
3
Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
Bus:  3 h
4
San Jose
— 4 nights
Bus:  3 h 30 min
5
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h
6
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
7
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
+3
Shuttle + Foot + Shuttle + Fly:  16 h 45 min
End: Porto

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tamarindo: Playa Conchal (Garra de Leon Golf Course & Playa Conchal) and Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste). There's lots more to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Avellana, tour the pleasant surroundings at Monkey Park, and stop by Organic Products by Coco Beauty Spa.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Tamarindo tour planner.

Porto, Portugal to Tamarindo is an approximately 17- hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also fly; or do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from Porto to Tamarindo, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Conchal, Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands
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Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates ©
Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach

4
nights
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.
Monteverde is known for adventure, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, relax in the rural setting at El Trapiche Tour, appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Elena Skywalk, and take a peaceful walk through Curi Cancha Reserve.

For traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Monteverde vacation planner.

Drive from Tamarindo to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Zipline
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
El Trapiche Tour ©
El Trapiche Tour

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Jaco (Costa Rica SUP'ers, Zipline, &more). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, view the masterpieces at The Captain's Booty, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Manuel Antonio National Park.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio online vacation maker.

Getting from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to catch the bus to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Jaco, Quepos
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

4
nights
San Jose

San Jose ©
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.
Get out of town with these interesting San Jose side-trips: Alajuela (Hacienda Alsacia Starbucks Coffee Farm & Teatro Municipal), Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park) and Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca). There's much more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Irazu Volcano National Park, view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu, examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read San Jose visit planning website.

Traveling by bus from Manuel Antonio to San Jose takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In May in San Jose, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can take a bus to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Alajuela, Irazu Volcano National Park, Poas Volcano, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz
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Top Travel Costa Rica ©
Top Travel Costa Rica
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Irazu Volcano National Park ©
Irazu Volcano National Park

3
nights
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.
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is known for wildlife, beaches, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape of Cahuita National Park, have some family-friendly fun at Yesland Mini Golf, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tarantulas Way, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca tour planner.

Getting from San Jose to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Cahuita, Nature Observatorio, Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge
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Nature Observatorio ©
Nature Observatorio
Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park
Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge ©
Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge

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.
On the 25th (Mon), paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Tortuguero planning app.

Getting from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Tortuguero by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Tortuguero are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Kayaking & Canoeing

4
nights
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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, take an in-depth tour of ChocoMuseo La Fortuna, head outdoors with El Salto, and take in the natural beauty of Baldi Hot Springs.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos vacation app.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

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