27 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

27 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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27 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly:  10​h
1
Area de Conservacion Guanacaste
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Nicoya
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Jose
— 2 nights
bus:  4​h
5
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
6
Tortuguero
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Cano Negro
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
10
Uvita
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
11
Jaco
— 2 nights
shuttle:  1​h
12
Monteverde
— 2 nights
13
Monteverde
— 2 nights
+2
shuttle + Fly + bus:  11​h 30​min
End: Boston

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Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Area de Conservacion Guanacaste
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Witch's Rock Canopy Tour. On the 16th (Wed), surround yourself with nature on Witch's Rock Canopy Tour.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Area de Conservacion Guanacaste online day trip planner .

Boston, USA to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste is an approximately 10-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Boston in May; daily highs in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste reach 93°F and lows reach 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Nicoya.

Things to do in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

#Tours, #Wildlife, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Witch's Rock Canopy Tour
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nights
Nicoya

Nicoya ©
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. River Rafting & Tubing has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Playa Manzanillo, identify plant and animal life at Curu National Wildlife Refuge, and then look for gifts at Casa de Arte, Curime.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Nicoya online trip planner .

You can drive from Area de Conservacion Guanacaste to Nicoya in 2 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 93°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Nicoya

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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Playa Manzanillo ©
Playa Manzanillo
River Rafting & Tubing
Curu National Wildlife Refuge ©
Curu National Wildlife Refuge

3
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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Pura Aventura and Papaya Con Leche. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, get your game on at Bolas Locas Mini Golf, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and look for gifts at Diamante Boutique.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo trip planner .

You can drive from Nicoya to Tamarindo in 1.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Tamarindo can reach 93°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours
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Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Kingpin Sportfishing ©
Kingpin Sportfishing

2
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.
On your second day here, admire the masterpieces at Precolumbian Gold Museum and then take in the dramatic scenery at La Paz Waterfall Gardens.

Plan my day in San Jose using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Tamarindo to San Jose by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Tamarindo in May, expect San Jose to be little chillier, temps between 82°F and 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in San Jose

#Museums, #Nature, #Parks

Side Trip

La Paz Waterfall Gardens
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National Museum (Museo Nacional) ©
National Museum (Museo Nacional)
La Paz Waterfall Gardens ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens
River Rafting & Tubing

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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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): kick back and relax at Puerto Viejo Beach and then view the masterpieces at Luluberlu Art Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Finca La Isla and then relax in the rural setting at Chocorart.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Puerto Viejo de Talamanca using our trip planner.

You can drive from San Jose to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Jose to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from San Jose in May since evenings lows in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca dip to 82°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Fri) to allow time for the shuttle ride to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches
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Puerto Viejo Beach ©
Puerto Viejo Beach
Chocorart ©
Chocorart

2
nights
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 26th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the water at your own pace with Tortuguero Adventures and then see the interesting displays at Sea Turtle Conservancy.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Tortuguero using our trip planner.

Traveling by shuttle from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Tortuguero takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Tortuguero is minus 1 hour. Expect slightly colder evenings in Tortuguero when traveling from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in May, with lows around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cano Negro.

Things to do in Tortuguero

#Wildlife, #Nature, #Parks
Find places to stay May 25 — 27:
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy
Tortuguero Adventures ©
Tortuguero Adventures

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nights
Cano Negro

Cano Negro ©
On the 28th (Mon), witness a stunning natural landmark at Bio Thermales Hot Springs, then have fun at Termales Agua hermosa, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Ciudad Quesada. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at Tirimbina Biological Reserve and then look for all kinds of wild species at Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Cano Negro trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Tortuguero to Cano Negro with the Route module. May in Cano Negro sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Cano Negro

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trips

La Virgen, Bio Thermales Hot Springs, Termales Agua hermosa, Catedral de Ciudad Quesada
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Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park ©
Tirimbina Biological Reserve ©
Tirimbina Biological Reserve
Bio Thermales Hot Springs ©
Bio Thermales Hot Springs

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano) and Arenal Natura Ecological Park. Step out of La Fortuna de San Carlos to go to El Castillo and see Butterfly Conservatory, which is approximately 42 minutes away. There's lots more to do: soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs, get a taste of the local shopping with Onirica Art Gallery, take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip maker app .

You can drive from Cano Negro to La Fortuna de San Carlos in an hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Spas

Side Trips

Butterfly Conservatory, Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano)
Find places to stay May 29 — Jun 1:
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs

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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.
On the 2nd (Sat), explore the stunning scenery at MidWorld Costa Rica and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. On the 3rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get in on the family fun at Rancho Tipico Don Juan.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip builder site .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. In June, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Theme Parks, #Tours, #Outdoors
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Rancho Tipico Don Juan ©
Rancho Tipico Don Juan
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica
Spas & Wellness

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night
Uvita

Uvita ©
Ideal for visitors looking to escape Costa Rica's busy beaches, Uvita offers a serene atmosphere and plenty of uncrowded sand for a leisurely vacation.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): stop by Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars, then look for gifts at Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store, and then admire the sheer force of Uvita Waterfall.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Uvita holiday tool .

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Uvita by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Jaco.

Things to do in Uvita

#Nature, #Parks, #Shopping

Side Trip

Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store
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Uvita Waterfall ©
Uvita Waterfall
Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars ©
Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars

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Jaco

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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Jaco Beach, and then look for gifts at The Costa Rica Coffee Experience.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Jaco holiday planner.

You can take a bus from Uvita to Jaco in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to catch the shuttle to Monteverde.

Things to do in Jaco

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours

Side Trip

Herradura
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Tico Pod Art House & Gifts ©
Tico Pod Art House & Gifts
Jimmy T's Provisions ©
Jimmy T's Provisions

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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.
On the 7th (Thu), explore the striking landscape of Up in the Cloud Forest. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Ecological Sanctuary, take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden, and then identify plant and animal life at Curi Cancha Reserve.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Monteverde day trip site .

Getting from Jaco to Monteverde by shuttle takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Monteverde.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature
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Monteverde Orchid Garden ©
Monteverde Orchid Garden
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve
Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary

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Monteverde

Monteverde ©
On the 9th (Sat), stop by Souvenir Rosewood and then identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Up in the Cloud Forest.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Monteverde online route maker .

Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature
Find places to stay Jun 8 — 10:
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Souvenir Rosewood ©
Souvenir Rosewood

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