27 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

27 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica travel planner

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San Jose
— 1 night
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
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Monteverde
— 3 nights
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Tamarindo
— 2 nights
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Tortuguero
— 2 nights
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
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Uvita
— 1 night
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Quepos
— 3 nights
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Jaco
— 5 nights
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San Jose
— 1 night
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San Jose

— 1 night
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.
To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our San Jose online holiday planner.

Budapest, Hungary to San Jose is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -7 hour difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Budapest in January, with highs in San Jose at 30°C and lows at 21°C. On the 9th (Sun), you'll travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 9:

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Tabacon Hot Springs and River Rafting & Tubing. ChocoMuseo La Fortuna and Iglesia de La Fortuna de San Carlos are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve, witness a stunning natural landmark at Ecotermales Fortuna, and admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary builder.

You can take a shuttle from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 9 — 14:

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.
Get outdoors at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond. Get a sense of the local culture at Santa Elena Skywalk and Ecological Sanctuary. There's much more to do: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, stroll through Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, delve into the lush surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve, and catch some excitement at El Trapiche Tour.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Monteverde road trip app.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 17:

Tamarindo

— 2 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Tamarindo journey planning app.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Tamarindo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 19:

Tortuguero

— 2 nights

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 19th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Sea Turtle Conservancy. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Tortuguero trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Tortuguero in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. In January, daytime highs in Tortuguero are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 21:

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Cahuita National Park and Nature & Wildlife Tours. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Puerto Viejo and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Punta Uva.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca road trip app.

Drive from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 21 — 23:

Uvita

— 1 night
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 24th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Parque Nacional Marino Ballena and then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Uvita tour itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Uvita in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can drive to Quepos.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 23 — 24:

Quepos

— 3 nights
The tourist-oriented town of Quepos marks the entrance for many travelers looking to explore the nearby national park.
Visiting Playa Manuel Antonio and Nature & Wildlife Tours will get you outdoors. Spend the 25th (Tue) on the water with a fishing tour. There's still lots to do: see Off-Road Tours and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Quepos fast, fun, and easy.

Traveling by car from Uvita to Quepos takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can go by car to Jaco.

Things to do in Quepos

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 24 — 27:

Jaco

— 5 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.
Visiting Zipline and Horseback Riding Tours will get you outdoors. Spend the 28th (Fri) exploring nature at Carara National Park. There's lots more to do: skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, see Off-Road Tours, stroll through Jaco Beach, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Jaco itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Quepos to Jaco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to go by car to San Jose.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 27 — Feb 1:

San Jose

— 1 night
To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the San Jose trip planner.

You can drive from Jaco to San Jose in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll set off for home on the 2nd (Wed).

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Feb 1 — 2:

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.

Arenal Volcano National Park travel guide

4.4
Hot Springs · Waterfalls · River Rafting & Tubing
Plan a tour of Arenal Volcano National Park to get in touch with nature, enjoy scenic views, and admire the majestic volcano up close. The park, established in 1991, protects a variety of ecosystems and wildlife. You can choose from four hiking trails, taking you across the rainforest and lava fields. Enjoy scenic lookout points, see a staggering variety of birds and plants, or climb the dormant Mount Chato on your trip to Arenal Volcano National Park.