37 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

37 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica tour itinerary maker

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San Jose
— 4 nights
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Tamarindo
— 5 nights
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Monteverde
— 5 nights
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Jaco
— 4 nights
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Quepos
— 4 nights
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 5 nights
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 8 nights
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San Jose

— 4 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.
Get out of town with these interesting San Jose side-trips: Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca), Rescate Wildlife Rescue Center (in Alajuela) and Jardin Botanico Lankester (in Cartago). And it doesn't end there: get impressive views of Irazu Volcano National Park, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and find something for the whole family at Pueblo Antiguo.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our San Jose day trip planning app.

London, UK to San Jose is an approximately 15-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from London to San Jose. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from London in November, with highs in San Jose at 30°C and lows at 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Tamarindo.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks · Museums · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 29 — Dec 3:

Tamarindo

— 5 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tamarindo: Samara Beach (in Playa Samara), Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste) and Playa Conchal (Garra de Leon Golf Course & Playa Conchal). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Avellana, wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura, and get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo online trip planner.

You can fly from San Jose to Tamarindo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Traveling from San Jose in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Tamarindo, with lows of 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 3 — 8:

Monteverde

— 5 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.
Monteverde is known for adventure, parks, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, snap pictures at Santa Elena Skywalk, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Monteverde road trip app.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. In December, daytime highs in Monteverde are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 13:

Jaco

— 4 nights
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.
When in Jaco, make a side trip to see Fishing Charters & Tours in Los Suenos, approximately Los Suenos away. There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, push the limits with an extreme tour, and skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Jaco road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Jaco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Quepos.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 13 — 17:

Quepos

— 4 nights
The tourist-oriented town of Quepos marks the entrance for many travelers looking to explore the nearby national park.
Change things up with these side-trips from Quepos: Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary (in Dominical) and Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge (in Uvita). Spend the 19th (Sun) on the water with a fishing tour. There's still lots to do: stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio, see Off-Road Tours, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Quepos trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Jaco to Quepos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Quepos

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 17 — 21:

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

— 5 nights

Walaba

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.
Spend the 23rd (Thu) exploring nature at Cahuita National Park. There's much more to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, stroll through Tarantulas Way, take in nature's colorful creations at Finca La Isla, and kick back and relax at Playa Punta Uva.

To find photos and more tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip website.

Drive from Quepos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 21 — 26:

Tortuguero

— 1 night

Costa Rica's Amazon

One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
On the 27th (Mon), explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Tortuguero vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Tortuguero in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. December in Tortuguero sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 27:
Highlights from your trip

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 8 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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, snap pictures at Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park, contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano, and take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos itinerary website.

Getting from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 27 — Jan 4:

Costa Rica travel guide

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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.