32 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

32 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Vancouver
Fly + Drive:  12 h 15 min
1
Area de Conservacion Guanacaste
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
3
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
4
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive:  7 h 45 min
5
Drake Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
6
Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
Bus:  3 h
7
San Jose
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
8
Monteverde
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h
9
Playa Samara
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
10
Tamarindo
— 4 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  13 h 15 min
End: Vancouver

2
nights
Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Area de Conservacion Guanacaste ©
On the 1st (Sun), stroll through Junquillal Bay Wildlife Refuge. On the 2nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the geological forces at Parque Nacional Volcan Rincon de la Vieja.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Area de Conservacion Guanacaste sightseeing website.

Vancouver, Canada to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste is an approximately 12.5- hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Junquillal Bay Wildlife Refuge
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Junquillal Bay Wildlife Refuge ©
Junquillal Bay Wildlife Refuge

5
nights
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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: indulge in some personalized pampering at Tabacon Hot Springs, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Arenal, stroll through La Fortuna Waterfall, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

Discover how to plan a La Fortuna de San Carlos trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can drive from Area de Conservacion Guanacaste to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Tortuguero trip builder tool.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in March, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature Parks Adventure
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Kayaking & Canoeing

2
nights
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.
On the 9th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature Observatorio and then get interesting insight from Tours. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cahuita National Park and then admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 4 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can go by car to Drake Bay.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Nature Observatorio, Cahuita National Park
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park
Nature Observatorio ©
Nature Observatorio

2
nights
Drake Bay

Drake Bay ©
Go for a jaunt from Drake Bay to Carate to see Corcovado National Park about 2h 45 min away. Spend a day of island exploring on the 13th (Fri) at Cano Island. categoryPhrases.sentence.Spend_the_day_observing_fascinating_marine_mammals_with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Drake Bay itinerary planner.

Getting from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Drake Bay by car takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Drake Bay

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Corcovado National Park
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Corcovado National Park ©
Corcovado National Park
Cano Island ©
Cano Island
Dolphin & Whale Watching

4
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Manuel Antonio: Jaco (Mirador de Jaco, Zipline, &more). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio, explore the striking landscape of Manuel Antonio National Park, stroll around Parque Nahomi, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Drake Bay to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can catch the bus to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Jaco, Quepos
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Zipline

4
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Jose: Teatro Municipal (in Alajuela), Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca) and Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the geological forces at Irazu Volcano National Park, get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, see the interesting displays at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, and take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu.

Planning San Jose trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

You can take a bus from Manuel Antonio to San Jose in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In March, daily temperatures in San Jose can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Irazu Volcano National Park, Toucan Rescue Ranch, J.LANG Atelier & Showroom, Teatro Municipal, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz
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Toucan Rescue Ranch ©
Toucan Rescue Ranch
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Irazu Volcano National Park ©
Irazu Volcano National Park

4
nights
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.
Monteverde is known for adventure, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery, take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden, and relax in the rural setting at Hidden Valley Permaculture Farm.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Monteverde online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from San Jose to Monteverde takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Adventure
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Zipline
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
El Trapiche Tour ©
El Trapiche Tour

2
nights
Playa Samara

Playa Samara ©
A beach town with just enough development to be comfortable for families accustomed to the trappings of modern life, Playa Samara has the resorts you'd expect to find in such a scenic area, but they don't hinder the relaxing atmosphere.
On the 26th (Thu), try for a hole-in-one at Jungle Mini Golf, Nosara, kick back and relax at Playa Guiones, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nosara Refuge for Wildlife. On the next day, stroll through Samara Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Barrigona Beach, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Belen Waterfall.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Playa Samara journey planner.

Getting from Monteverde to Playa Samara by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Nosara
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Nosara Refuge for Wildlife ©
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife
Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
Playa Guiones ©
Playa Guiones

4
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 find plenty of places to visit near Tamarindo: Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal) and Playa Hermosa (in Playa Hermosa). There's much more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, stop by Organic Products by Coco Beauty Spa, tour the pleasant surroundings at Monkey Park, and get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Playa Samara to Tamarindo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. On the 31st (Tue), you're off to home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Conchal, Playa Hermosa, Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates
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Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach

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