32 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

32 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Start: Charlotte
Fly:  8 h
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
2
Cahuita
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Turrialba
— 1 day
Drive:  2 h
4
San Jose
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
5
Uvita
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h
6
Quepos
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
7
Jaco
— 1 night
Shuttle:  1 h
8
Monteverde
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
9
Liberia
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
10
Playas del Coco
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h
11
Playa Flamingo
— 1 night
Fly:  11 h 30 min
End: New York City

4
nights
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna and Galeria Estudio. Let the collections at Wood & Art Gallery and Onirica Art Gallery capture your imagination. Venture out of the city with trips to Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park (in La Virgen) and Butterfly Conservatory (in El Castillo). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, stroll through Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge, relax in the rural setting at Finca Loma Verde, and take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs.

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Charlotte, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Cahuita.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park, Venado Caves, Butterfly Conservatory
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Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park ©
Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

4
nights
Cahuita

Cahuita ©
With its dusty streets and simple (read affordable) lodgings, Cahuita bustles as a hub of backpacker tourism in southeastern Costa Rica.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Punta Uva Beach and Luluberlu Art Gallery. Visiting Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens and Cahuita National Park will get you outdoors. There's more to do: stroll through Costa Rica Wildlife Sanctuary.

For more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Cahuita driving holiday planning tool.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Cahuita by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 70°F. On the 9th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Turrialba.

Things to do in Cahuita

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica Wildlife Sanctuary
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Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park

1
day
Turrialba

Turrialba ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Guayabo National Monument. Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Guayabo National Monument.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Turrialba trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Cahuita to Turrialba in 3 hours. Traveling from Cahuita in March, expect slightly colder with lows of 65°F in Turrialba. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to go by car to San Jose.

Things to do in Turrialba

Nature Historic Sites Parks
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Guayabo National Monument ©
Guayabo National Monument

5
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Jade Museum, Metropolitan Church (Catedral Metropolitana) and Cementerio General de San Jose. Escape the urban bustle at Poas Volcano and La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens. Do some cultural sightseeing at Galeria Namu and Ruins of the Church of Carthage. Change things up with these side-trips from San Jose: Metal Church (in Grecia) and Souvenir Museum (in Alajuela). Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable drive along Top Travel Costa Rica, get curious at Museo de Ciencias Naturales La Salle, and take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the San Jose trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Turrialba to San Jose takes 2 hours. In March in San Jose, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 65°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can drive to Uvita.

Things to do in San Jose

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Ruins of the Church of Carthage, Metal Church, Poas Volcano, La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens, Souvenir Museum
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Top Travel Costa Rica ©
Top Travel Costa Rica
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Metropolitan Church (Catedral Metropolitana) ©

4
nights
Uvita

Uvita ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Uvita Waterfall as well as Parque Reptilandia. Kids will enjoy Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Get outdoors at Playa Ventanas and Santa Lucia Falls. There's still lots to do: get outside with Cascada Pavon - Waterfall in Costa Rica, tour the pleasant surroundings at Oro Verde Biological Reserve, and look for gifts at Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Uvita trip builder site.

Drive from San Jose to Uvita in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Quepos.

Things to do in Uvita

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Dominical, Playa Ventanas, Cascada Pavon - Waterfall in Costa Rica
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Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Uvita Waterfall ©
Uvita Waterfall

1
night
Quepos

Quepos ©
The tourist-oriented town of Quepos marks the entrance for many travelers looking to explore the nearby national park.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Playa Manuel Antonio as well as Monkey Mangrove Tour. On the 18th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Quepos road trip website.

Drive from Uvita to Quepos in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can go by car to Jaco.

Things to do in Quepos

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Playa Manuel Antonio
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Monkey Mangrove Tour ©
Monkey Mangrove Tour

1
night
Jaco

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tico Pod Art House & Gifts as well as Catarata Bijagual.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Jaco tour itinerary app.

Getting from Quepos to Jaco by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to catch the shuttle to Monteverde.

Things to do in Jaco

Nature Parks Shopping
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Catarata Bijagual ©
Catarata Bijagual
Tico Pod Art House & Gifts ©
Tico Pod Art House & Gifts

4
nights
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes San Luis Waterfall, Nasua Tours, Forest Alive, and other attractions. Ecological Sanctuary and Sarah's Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Head to Arte Jaguar Gallery and Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverdefor some retail therapy. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Monteverde: Guacimal River Bridge 2 (in Puntarenas) and Middle Earth Thermal Springs (in Quebrada Grande). Next up on the itinerary: admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Monteverde trip itinerary maker site.

You can take a shuttle from Jaco to Monteverde in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. On the 24th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Liberia.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trips

Guacimal River Bridge 2, Middle Earth Thermal Springs, San Luis Waterfall
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Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary
Nasua Tours ©
Nasua Tours
Forest Alive ©
Forest Alive

1
night
Liberia

Liberia ©
Tourism in Liberia has been growing since the opening of its airport, with more and more international visitors using the city as a starting point for explorations of the country's northwest.
Tenorio National Park has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Tenorio National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: find something for the whole family at Ponderosa Adventure Park and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of La Ermita La Agonia.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Liberia travel route builder app.

You can drive from Monteverde to Liberia in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Liberia

Nature Parks Theme Parks

Side Trip

Tenorio National Park
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Ponderosa Adventure Park ©
Ponderosa Adventure Park
Church of La Ermita La Agonia ©
Church of La Ermita La Agonia

5
nights
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Dream On Sport Fishing, Cata Chocolate and Sunquest Heli Tours. We've included these beaches for you: Playa Hermosa and Playa Conchal. Attractions like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Playa Danta make great kid-friendly stops. When in Playas del Coco, make a side trip to see Shark Diving in Playa Flamingo, approximately Playa Flamingo away. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco and view the masterpieces at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts.

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You can drive from Liberia to Playas del Coco in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Playa Flamingo.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Playa Hermosa, Shark Diving, Playa Conchal, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Playa Danta
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Dream On Sport Fishing ©
Dream On Sport Fishing
Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
night
Playa Flamingo

Playa Flamingo
The white sand beach of Playa Flamingo has become a go-to tourist getaway by the sea.
Before you visit Playa Flamingo, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Drive from Playas del Coco to Playa Flamingo in an hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Playa Flamingo

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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