24 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

24 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Start: Montreal, Quebec
Fly:  8 h 45 min
1
San Jose
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
2
Cahuita
— 2 nights
Drive:  30 min
3
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h
4
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Taxi + Bus:  2 h 45 min
5
San Jose
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Poas Volcano National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  1 h 30 min
7
San Jose
— 1 night
Bus:  3 h 15 min
8
Uvita
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
9
Quepos
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
10
Monteverde
— 2 nights
+2
Shuttle + Foot + Ferry:  3 h 15 min
11
Montezuma
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
12
Mal Pais
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
13
Playa Samara
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
14
Nosara
— 1 day
Drive + Fly:  11 h 15 min
End: Montreal, Quebec

2
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.
On the 1st (Tue), get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense, take in the views from Tarcoles Bridge, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the San Jose route planning app.

Montreal, Canada to San Jose is an approximately 9- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Montreal to San Jose. In August, daily temperatures in San Jose can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Cahuita.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Tarcoles, Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica

2
nights
Cahuita

Cahuita ©
With its dusty streets and simple (read affordable) lodgings, Cahuita bustles as a hub of backpacker tourism in southeastern Costa Rica.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica, then admire the natural beauty at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, and then stroll through Tarantulas Way.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Cahuita trip maker tool.

Getting from San Jose to Cahuita by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from San Jose in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Cahuita, with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Cahuita

Wildlife Parks
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Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica ©
Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica

3
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Nature Observatorio. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Puerto Viejo Beach and Playa Cocles. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Uva Beach, admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla, and experience rural life at Finca Tierra.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca online driving holiday planner.

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is very close to Cahuita. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Nature Observatorio
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Puerto Viejo Beach ©
Puerto Viejo Beach
Nature Observatorio ©
Nature Observatorio

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.
On the 7th (Mon), learn more about the world around you at Sea Turtle Conservancy, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Tortuguero road trip website.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Tortuguero takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Tortuguero can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. You'll set off for San Jose on the 8th (Tue).

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature Parks Adventure
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Kayaking & Canoeing
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

2
nights
San Jose

San Jose ©
For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the San Jose travel route planner.

Getting from Tortuguero to San Jose by combination of taxi and bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. In September, San Jose is slightly colder than Tortuguero - with highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can go by car to Poas Volcano National Park.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trip

Irazu Volcano National Park
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Pre-Columbian Gold Museum ©
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum
Irazu Volcano National Park ©
Irazu Volcano National Park
Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu

1
day
Poas Volcano National Park

Poas Volcano National Park
A trip to Poas Volcano National Park allows you to see one of the world's largest craters, trek through a lush rainforest, and visit a coffee plantation all on the same day.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): stop by Souvenir Muy Tranquilo and then explore the striking landscape of Poas Volcano.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Poas Volcano National Park visit planner.

Drive from San Jose to Poas Volcano National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to San Jose.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Nature Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Souvenir Muy Tranquilo
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo ©
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo

1
night
San Jose

San Jose ©
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art and Design.

To find ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the San Jose trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Poas Volcano National Park to San Jose takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to catch the bus to Uvita.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums
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Museum of Contemporary Art and Design ©
Museum of Contemporary Art and Design

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): stroll through Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and then explore by horseback at Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Uvita Beach and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Marino Ballena.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Uvita trip planner.

You can take a bus from San Jose to Uvita in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. On the 13th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Quepos.

Things to do in Uvita

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, Playa Ventanas
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Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge ©
Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge
Parque Nacional Marino Ballena ©
Parque Nacional Marino Ballena
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary

2
nights
Quepos

Quepos ©
The tourist-oriented town of Quepos marks the entrance for many travelers looking to explore the nearby national park.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): take in the exciting artwork at The Captain's Booty and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Keep things going the next day: walk around Parque Nahomi, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Manuel Antonio National Park, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio.

To find ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Quepos trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Uvita to Quepos by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Quepos

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Manuel Antonio
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours
The Captain's Booty ©
The Captain's Booty

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle, and then take in the exciting artwork at Arte Jaguar Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Wed): stroll through Monteverde Frog Pond, appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Elena Skywalk, and then take a peaceful walk through Curi Cancha Reserve.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Monteverde road trip tool.

Drive from Quepos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Montezuma.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve
Monteverde Frog Pond ©
Monteverde Frog Pond

2
nights
Montezuma

Montezuma ©
With a scenic position on a sheltered bay, Montezuma remains one of Costa Rica's quieter destinations, attracting mostly backpackers and other explorers averse to making detailed travel plans.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): admire the sheer force of Montezuma Falls and then step off the mainland to explore Tortuga Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Montezuma online itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle and ferry from Monteverde to Montezuma in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can go by car to Mal Pais.

Things to do in Montezuma

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Tortuga Island, Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve
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Montezuma Falls ©
Montezuma Falls
Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve ©
Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve
Tortuga Island ©
Tortuga Island

1
night
Mal Pais

Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): get a taste of life in the country at Sunrise Ranch. Keep things going the next day: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Mal Pais day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Montezuma to Mal Pais takes an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Mal Pais

Adventure Tours Wildlife
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Sunrise Ranch ©
Sunrise Ranch

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Samara Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Barrigona Beach, and then admire the sheer force of Belen Waterfall.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Playa Samara journey tool.

Getting from Mal Pais to Playa Samara by car takes about 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Nosara.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
Barrigona Beach ©
Barrigona Beach
Belen Waterfall ©
Belen Waterfall

1
day
Nosara

Nosara ©
Along with its agricultural and fishing heritage, Nosara stands as one of the oldest expatriate communities in the country.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): try for a hole-in-one at Jungle Mini Golf, Nosara, kick back and relax at Playa Guiones, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nosara Refuge for Wildlife, and finally view the masterpieces at MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY.

For other places to visit and tourist information, refer to the Nosara online tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Playa Samara to Nosara in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nosara

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Nosara Refuge for Wildlife ©
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife
Playa Guiones ©
Playa Guiones
Jungle Mini Golf, Nosara ©
Jungle Mini Golf, Nosara

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