32 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

32 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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32 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Liberia
Drive:  45​min
Rincon de La Vieja
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Playas del Coco
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Playa Negra
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Nicoya
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Nuevo Arenal
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Jaco
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
Manzanillo
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
Cahuita
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
Puerto Limon
— 1 night
bus:  4​h 15​min
Tortuguero
— 2 nights
shuttle:  3​h 30​min
San Jose
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h
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2
days
Rincon de La Vieja

Rincon de La Vieja ©
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): contemplate the geological forces at Miravalles Volcano and then contemplate the geological forces at Rincon de La Vieja National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Sensoria Land of Senses and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Rio Negro Hot Springs.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Rincon de La Vieja journey planner.

Liberia to Rincon de La Vieja is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Playas del Coco.

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#Nature, #Parks, #Wildlife

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Miravalles Volcano, Rincon de La Vieja National Park
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Rincon de La Vieja National Park ©
Sensoria Land of Senses ©
Sensoria Land of Senses
Miravalles Volcano ©
Miravalles Volcano

2
days
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience and then stroll through Playa Hermosa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Playas del Coco online tour itinerary maker .

You can drive from Rincon de La Vieja to Playas del Coco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Playa Negra.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

#Outdoors, #Adventure, #Tours

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Playa Hermosa, Zipline
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Shark Diving
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Zipline

2
days
Playa Negra

Playa Negra ©
On the 9th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at San Juanillo Beach.

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Getting from Playas del Coco to Playa Negra by car takes about 2 hours. You will leave for Tamarindo on the 10th (Tue).

Things to do in Playa Negra

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors

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San Juanillo Beach
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San Juanillo Beach ©
San Juanillo Beach

1
day
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then stroll through Tamarindo Beach.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Tamarindo online travel planner .

Traveling by car from Playa Negra to Tamarindo takes an hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Nicoya.

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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
day
Nicoya

Nicoya ©
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Barra Honda National Park.

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Drive from Tamarindo to Nicoya in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Nuevo Arenal.

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#Nature, #Parks
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Barra Honda National Park ©
Barra Honda National Park

2
days
Nuevo Arenal

Nuevo Arenal ©
Nuevo Arenal is a town and district in Tilarán Canton in the Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica. On the 13th (Fri), explore the fascinating underground world of Venado Caves and then contemplate the waterfront views at Rio Celeste. On the 14th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the natural beauty of Middle Earth Thermal Springs and then take in the dramatic scenery at Viento Fresco Waterfall.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Nuevo Arenal travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Nicoya to Nuevo Arenal takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Monteverde.

Things to do in Nuevo Arenal

#Nature, #Parks, #Wildlife

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Middle Earth Thermal Springs, Venado Caves, Viento Fresco Waterfall, Rio Celeste
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Rio Celeste ©
Rio Celeste
Venado Caves ©
Venado Caves
Viento Fresco Waterfall ©
Viento Fresco Waterfall

3
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.
Visiting Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Curi Cancha Reserve will get you outdoors. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Santa Elena Skywalk and Art House. Next up on the itinerary: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden, look for gifts at Hummingbird Gallery, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Monteverde trip planner .

Getting from Nuevo Arenal to Monteverde by car takes about 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Historic Sites
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Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

3
days
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Playa Manuel Antonio and Playa Biesanz. There's much more to do: see MidWorld Costa Rica, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, relax in the rural setting at Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices, and stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio trip planner .

You can drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Jaco.

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#Outdoors, #Adventure, #Tours
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
River Rafting & Tubing

2
days
Jaco

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.
On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Jaco Beach.

To find maps and other tourist information, you can read our Jaco attractions planning tool .

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Jaco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

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#Outdoors, #Tours, #Beaches
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Jaco Beach ©
Jaco Beach
Horseback Riding Tours

2
days
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Finca La Isla and then kick back and relax at Puerto Viejo Beach. Keep things going the next day: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Jaco to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Manzanillo.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife
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Puerto Viejo Beach ©
Puerto Viejo Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
day
Manzanillo

Manzanillo ©
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge and then get to know the fascinating history of Nature Park Walk.

For maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Manzanillo trip planner .

Manzanillo is just a stone's throw from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Cahuita.

Things to do in Manzanillo

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Historic Sites

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Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge
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Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge ©

2
days
Cahuita

Cahuita ©
With its dusty streets and simple (read affordable) lodgings, Cahuita bustles as a hub of backpacker tourism in southeastern Costa Rica.
On the 27th (Fri), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cahuita National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica, look for all kinds of wild species at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, and then have some family-friendly fun at Yesland Mini Golf.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Cahuita trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Manzanillo to Cahuita takes an hour. In April in Cahuita, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 72°F at night. On the 29th (Sun), you're off toPuerto Limon.

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Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park
Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica ©
Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica

2
days
Puerto Limon

Puerto Limon ©
On the 29th (Sun), kick back and relax at Playa Bonita. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Veragua Rainforest Park and then explore the activities along Tortuguero Canal.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Puerto Limon trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from Cahuita to Puerto Limon by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. April in Puerto Limon sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 72°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can take a bus to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Puerto Limon

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Tortuguero Canal ©
Tortuguero Canal
Playa Bonita ©
Playa Bonita

2
days
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 1st (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Tortuguero National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: choose your vessel at Tortuguero Adventures and then see the interesting displays at Sea Turtle Conservancy.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Tortuguero trip builder tool .

Traveling by bus from Puerto Limon to Tortuguero takes 4 hours. April in Tortuguero sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 72°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can take a shuttle to San Jose.

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

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): get engrossed in the history at National Museum (Museo Nacional), contemplate the long history of Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles), and then take a stroll through Multiplaza. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Precolumbian Gold Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the San Jose travel route planner .

Traveling by shuttle from Tortuguero to San Jose takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Tortuguero in May, San Jose is little chillier at night with lows of 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

#Museums, #Shopping, #Adventure

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Multiplaza, Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles)
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