23 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

23 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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23 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Liberia
Bus:  30​min
1
Playa Hermosa
— 8 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
San Jose
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 30​min
6
Carate
— 4 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
7
San Jose
— 1 night
Bus:  3​h 30​min
8
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Bus:  3​h 30​min
End: San Jose

8
nights
Playa Hermosa

Playa Hermosa ©
Explore Playa Hermosa's surroundings by going to Liberia (Immaculate Church of Concepcion de Maria & Costa Rica'n Art Craft) and Area de Conservacion Guanacaste (Llanos de Cortez Waterfall & Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands).

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Playa Hermosa trip planner .

Liberia to Playa Hermosa is an approximately half hour bus ride. You can also drive. You'll have a few hours on the 11th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Hermosa

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Playas del Coco, Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, Province of Guanacaste, Liberia, Gulf of Papagayo
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Rincon de La Vieja National Park ©
Rincon de La Vieja National Park
Palo Verde National Park ©
Palo Verde National Park

2
nights
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Tamarindo is known for adventure, beaches, wildlife, spas, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, see Off-Road Tours, and find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Tamarindo tour site .

Getting from Playa Hermosa to Tamarindo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. On the 13th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Playa Flamingo
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Off-Road Tours

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.
On the 14th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then stroll through Monteverde Frog Pond. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Wed): relax in the rural setting at El Trapiche Tour, then meet the residents at The Bat Jungle, and then stop by Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Monteverde trip itinerary maker site .

Getting from Tamarindo to Monteverde by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Zoos & Aquariums
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El Trapiche Tour ©
El Trapiche Tour
Monteverde Frog Pond ©
Monteverde Frog Pond

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Arenal Natura Ecological Park and then take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos planner .

Getting from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Spas
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

1
night
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 18th (Sat): view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu, take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, and then get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the San Jose trip itinerary planner .

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to San Jose in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in January, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Carate.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Shopping
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Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica
Jade Museum ©
Jade Museum
Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu

4
nights
Carate

Carate ©
Carate is known for nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape of Corcovado National Park and admire the majestic nature at Ave Azul de la Osa.

Plan my trip to Carate with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from San Jose to Carate takes 7.5 hours. You'll set off for San Jose on the 22nd (Wed).

Things to do in Carate

Nature Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Corcovado National Park ©
Corcovado National Park

1
night
San Jose

San Jose ©
On the 23rd (Thu), don't miss a visit to Plaza Juan Mora Fernandez, then contemplate the long history of Teatro Nacional Costa Rica, and then see the interesting displays at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read San Jose trip builder website .

Getting from Carate to San Jose by car takes about 7.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can take a bus to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Nightlife Historic Sites
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Pre-Columbian Gold Museum ©
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum
Teatro Nacional Costa Rica ©
Teatro Nacional Costa Rica
Plaza Juan Mora Fernandez ©
Plaza Juan Mora Fernandez

2
nights
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.
On the 24th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Cocles, kick back and relax at Punta Uva Beach, and then admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla. On the next day, look for gifts at Caribeans Coffee & Chocolate.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip itinerary planner.

You can take a bus from San Jose to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sat) to allow time for the bus ride back home.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Caribeans Coffee & Chocolate ©
Caribeans Coffee & Chocolate
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles

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