32 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

32 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Fly to Liberia, Shuttle to La Fortuna de San Carlos
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive
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Cahuita
— 4 nights
Drive
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Turrialba
— 1 day
Drive
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San Jose
— 5 nights
Drive
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Uvita
— 4 nights
Drive
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Quepos
— 1 night
Drive
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Jaco
— 1 night
Drive
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Monteverde
— 4 nights
Drive
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Liberia
— 1 night
Drive
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Playas del Coco
— 5 nights
Drive
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Playa Flamingo
— 1 night
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La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 4 nights
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 Onirica Art Gallery. Let the collections at Wood & Art Gallery and Galeria Estudio capture your imagination. Venture out of the city with trips to Butterfly Conservatory (in El Castillo) and Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park (in La Virgen). And it doesn't end there: Head underground at Venado Caves, witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs, tour the pleasant surroundings at Natura Eco Park Costa Rica, and admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos journey planning tool.

Charlotte, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. On the 5th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Cahuita.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 1 — 5:

Cahuita

— 4 nights
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 Costa Rica Wildlife Sanctuary will get you outdoors. There's more to do: explore the striking landscape of Cahuita National Park.

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 taxi 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 · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 5 — 9:

Turrialba

— 1 day
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
Find places to stay Mar 9 — 10:
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San Jose

— 5 nights
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 Top Travel Costa Rica. Do some cultural sightseeing at Galeria Namu and Museo de Ciencias Naturales La Salle. Change things up with these side-trips from San Jose: Souvenir Museum (in Alajuela), Metal Church (in Grecia) and Ruins of the Church of Carthage (in Cartago). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens and take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the San Jose itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Turrialba to San Jose takes 2 hours. In March, daily temperatures in San Jose can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can go by car to Uvita.

Things to do in San Jose

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 9 — 14:

Uvita

— 4 nights
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 Playa Ventanas. Get outdoors at Cascada Pavon - Waterfall in Costa Rica and Oro Verde Biological Reserve. There's much more to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, look for gifts at Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store, and take in the dramatic scenery at Santa Lucia Falls.

To see reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Uvita online route planner.

You can drive from San Jose to Uvita in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 18th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Quepos.

Things to do in Uvita

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 14 — 18:

Quepos

— 1 night
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 · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 18 — 19:

Jaco

— 1 night
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 go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Jaco

Nature · Museums · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Mar 19 — 20:

Monteverde

— 4 nights
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 Arte Jaguar Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Head to Sarah's Gallery and Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverdefor some retail therapy. Step out of Monteverde with an excursion to Middle Earth Thermal Springs in Quebrada Grande--about 1h 30 min away. 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 drive from Jaco to Monteverde in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; 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 · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 20 — 24:

Liberia

— 1 night

White City

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. 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 · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 24 — 25:

Playas del Coco

— 5 nights

Coco Beach

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 Danta. Attractions like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco make great kid-friendly stops. Get out of town with these interesting Playas del Coco side-trips: Shark Diving (in Playa Flamingo) and Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal). Next up on the itinerary: view the masterpieces at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Playas del Coco day trip planning tool.

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) so you can drive to Playa Flamingo.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 25 — 30:

Playa Flamingo

— 1 night

White Beach

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

Find places to stay Mar 30 — 31:

Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.