27 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

27 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip 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 photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the San Jose holiday maker app.

Budapest, Hungary to San Jose is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Budapest to San Jose. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Budapest in January; daily highs in San Jose reach 30°C and lows reach 21°C. On the 4th (Tue), you'll travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks
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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Tabacon Hot Springs and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. Do some cultural sightseeing at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna and Iglesia de La Fortuna de San Carlos. There's still lots to do: contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, take in the natural beauty of Ecotermales Fortuna, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

Traveling by shuttle from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

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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.
Santa Elena Skywalk and Ecological Sanctuary are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get outdoors at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Curi Cancha Reserve. And it doesn't end there: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, experience rural life at El Trapiche Tour, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Monteverde trip tool.

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 12th (Wed) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours
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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.
On the 13th (Thu), kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo holiday planning site.

You can drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Beaches
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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.
On the 14th (Fri), get a new perspective on nature at Sea Turtle Conservancy. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Tortuguero trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Tortuguero in 7 hours. Other options are to 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature · Museums
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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.
Get outdoors at Cahuita National Park and Nature & Wildlife Tours. It doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Playa Puerto Viejo and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Punta Uva.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

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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 19th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Marino Ballena and then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Uvita attractions planning site.

Getting from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Uvita by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can go by car to Quepos.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

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Quepos

— 3 nights
The tourist-oriented town of Quepos marks the entrance for many travelers looking to explore the nearby national park.
Take a break from the city and head to Playa Manuel Antonio and Off-Road Tours. Spend the 20th (Thu) on the water with a fishing tour. There's more to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Quepos route builder.

Traveling by car from Uvita to Quepos takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Quepos

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

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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.
Get outdoors at Zipline and Carara National Park. Next up on the itinerary: get outside with Outdoor Activities, enjoy the sand and surf at Jaco Beach, see Off-Road Tours, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Jaco travel planner.

Traveling by car from Quepos to Jaco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

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San Jose

— 1 night
For photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the San Jose holiday builder.

Getting from Jaco to San Jose by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. On the 28th (Fri), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks
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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.