28 days in Costa Rica & Guadalajara Itinerary

28 days in Costa Rica & Guadalajara Itinerary

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28 days in Costa Rica & Guadalajara Itinerary

Los Angeles, United States
Fly:  11​h
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 7 nights
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly + bus:  1​h 15​min
San Jose, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
shuttle:  3​h 30​min
Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
Nosara, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  12​h 30​min
Guadalajara, Mexico
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h
Los Angeles, United States

6
days
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

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.
Family-friendly places like Butterfly Conservatory and Nature & Wildlife Tours will thrill your kids. Take a break from La Fortuna de San Carlos with a short trip to Arenal Eco Zoo in El Castillo, about 38 minutes away. Spend the 20th (Tue) among the fascinating landscape of Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal). Next up on the itinerary: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, stroll through Ecocentro Danaus, hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip builder site .

Los Angeles, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

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Arenal Volcano National Park, El Castillo
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)

4
days
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like MidWorld Costa Rica and Playa Biesanz. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Manuel Antonio: Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store (in Dominical) and Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge (in Uvita). Spend the 26th (Mon) on the water with a fishing tour. There's lots more to do: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, stop by Super Joseth, and relax in the rural setting at Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio day trip planning tool .

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. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in February, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Parks

Side Trips

Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge, Fishing Charters & Tours, Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store
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MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica
River Rafting & Tubing
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz

3
days
San Jose, Costa Rica

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Jose: La Paz Waterfall Gardens (in Vara Blanca) and Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park). The adventure continues: take a memorable tour with Tours, take an in-depth tour of National Museum (Museo Nacional), explore the world behind art at Precolumbian Gold Museum, and view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read San Jose online route planner .

Getting from Manuel Antonio to San Jose by combination of taxi, flight, and bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in February, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to catch the shuttle to Tortuguero.

Things to do in San Jose

#Parks, #Nature, #Museums

Side Trips

La Paz Waterfall Gardens, Poas Volcano
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La Paz Waterfall Gardens ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
River Rafting & Tubing

1
day
Tortuguero, Costa Rica

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 3rd (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

For ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Tortuguero road trip planning tool .

Traveling by shuttle from San Jose to Tortuguero takes 3.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Tortuguero can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Nosara.

Things to do in Tortuguero

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Nature
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

1
day
Nosara, Costa Rica

Nosara ©
Along with its agricultural and fishing heritage, Nosara stands as one of the oldest expatriate communities in the country.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): putt your heart out at Jungle Mini Golf, Nosara, take in the exciting artwork at MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY, then look for all kinds of wild species at SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones).

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Nosara online route planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Tortuguero to Nosara takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. When traveling from Tortuguero in March, plan for somewhat warmer days in Nosara, with highs around 94°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Nosara

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary ©
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary
Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones) ©
Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones)
Jungle Mini Golf, Nosara ©
Jungle Mini Golf, Nosara

3
days
Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Kids will enjoy Tamarindo Beach and Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates. When in Tamarindo, make a side trip to see Playa Conchal in Playa Conchal, approximately 38 minutes away. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Avellana, stop by Lydia Beech Art, and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Tamarindo online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Nosara to Tamarindo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Tamarindo can reach 94°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Playa Conchal
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Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates ©
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal

2
days
Monteverde, Costa Rica

Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): stop by Hummingbird Gallery and then identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at Curi Cancha Reserve, meet the residents at The Bat Jungle, and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Monteverde trip tool .

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. You'll set off for Guadalajara on the 11th (Sun).

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Adventure
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Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

4
days
Guadalajara, Mexico

Guadalajara ©
One of Mexico's cultural hubs, Guadalajara represents the home of mariachi music and hosts numerous large-scale events, ranging from international film festivals to celebrated book fairs.
Step out of Guadalajara to go to Ajijic and see Ajijic Malecon, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Instituto Cultural Cabanas, admire the masterpieces at Museo Pantaleon Panduro, meet the residents at Zoologico Guadalajara, and admire the natural beauty at Bosque Colomos.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Guadalajara travel site .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Monteverde to Guadalajara in 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. In March, daytime highs in Guadalajara are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Guadalajara

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Parks

Side Trips

Tlaquepaque, Ajijic Malecon
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Expiatory Temple ©
Expiatory Temple
Zoologico Guadalajara ©
Zoologico Guadalajara
Instituto Cultural Cabanas ©
Instituto Cultural Cabanas

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