28 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

28 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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28 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Toronto
Fly:  8​h 15​min
San Jose
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Monteverde
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Nosara
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Playas del Coco
— 8 nights
+3
bus + foot + shuttle + Fly:  9​h 45​min
Toronto

3
days
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Universidad de Costa Rica and Costa Rica's Craft Brewing Co.. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Jose: La Paz Waterfall Gardens (in Vara Blanca) and Toucan Rescue Ranch (in San Isidro). There's still lots to do: take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu, ponder the world of politics at Correos de Costa Rica, and take a memorable drive along Top Travel Costa Rica.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the San Jose trip planner .

Toronto, Canada to San Jose is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Toronto to San Jose due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Toronto in June, San Jose is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in San Jose

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Breweries

Side Trips

Toucan Rescue Ranch, La Paz Waterfall Gardens
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Toucan Rescue Ranch ©
Toucan Rescue Ranch
Costa Rica's Craft Brewing Co. ©
Costa Rica's Craft Brewing Co.
La Paz Waterfall Gardens ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens

3
days
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 Paradise Hot Springs. And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, witness a stunning natural landmark at Los Lagos Hot Springs, Head underground at Venado Caves, and head outdoors with Salto.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Spas

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano National Park
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano) ©
Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano)
Venado Caves ©
Venado Caves

4
days
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Up in the Cloud Forest and Sky Mountain Canopy. Step out of Monteverde with an excursion to Catedral de Puntarenas in Punta Arenas--about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, stop by Souvenir Rosewood, view the masterpieces at Arte Jaguar Gallery, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Ecological Sanctuary.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Monteverde trip builder site .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to drive to Nosara.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trip

Punta Arenas
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Souvenir Rosewood ©
Souvenir Rosewood
Catedral de Puntarenas ©
Catedral de Puntarenas

6
days
Nosara

Nosara ©
Along with its agricultural and fishing heritage, Nosara stands as one of the oldest expatriate communities in the country.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Spas & Wellness and SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary. Get out of town with these interesting Nosara side-trips: Playa Manzanillo (in Nicoya), Playa Samara (Barrigona Beach, Koss Art Gallery, & more) and San Juanillo Beach (in San Juanillo). There's much more to do: trot along with a tour on horseback, kick back and relax at Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones), view the masterpieces at MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY, and head outdoors with Equisol Retreats CR, SRL.

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You can drive from Monteverde to Nosara in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Nosara can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Nosara

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Samara, Playa Manzanillo, San Juanillo Beach
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Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones) ©
Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones)
Spas & Wellness
San Juanillo Beach ©
San Juanillo Beach

3
days
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Explore hidden gems such as Playa Avellana and Bolas Locas Mini Golf. Go for a jaunt from Tamarindo to Playa Conchal to see Playa Conchal about 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, look for gifts at Lydia Beech Art, tee off at Hacienda Pinilla Golf Club, and explore and take pictures at Kingpin Sportfishing.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Tamarindo journey planning site .

Drive from Nosara to Tamarindo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. July in Tamarindo sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 27°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks

Side Trip

Playa Conchal
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Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach

8
days
Playas del Coco

Playas del Coco ©
A long-established beach community, Playas del Coco has developed a reputation as a favored spot for young travelers and locals to let loose by the sea.
Explore hidden gems such as Playa Hermosa and Zipline. Explore Playas del Coco's surroundings by going to Playa Rajada (in La Cruz), Area de Conservacion Guanacaste (Llanos de Cortez Waterfall & El Viejo Wetlands) and Souvenirs La gran Nicoya (in Liberia). Saddle up on the 24th (Tue) and explore with a tour on horseback. The adventure continues: meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, take in the exciting artwork at Hidden Garden Art Gallery, play a few rounds at Four Seasons Golf Club, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Playas del Coco route planner.

Drive from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours

Side Trips

Liberia, Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, Playa Hermosa, Gulf of Papagayo, Horseback Riding Tours
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Playa Nacascolo ©
Playa Nacascolo
Shark Diving

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