23 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

23 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Playa Hermosa
— 8 nights
2
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
3
Monteverde
— 2 nights
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
5
San Jose
— 1 night
6
Carate
— 4 nights
7
San Jose
— 1 night
8
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights

8
nights
Playa Hermosa

Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa, located in the Guanacaste province of Costa Rica, is a popular beach and beach-front resort town.People who visit Playa Hermosa can indulge in swimming, snorkeling or scuba diving, sport fishing or sailing.Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste Province is not to be confused with Playa Hermosa, Puntarenas Province. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Playa Hermosa: Liberia (Immaculate Church of Concepcion de Maria & Costa Rica'n Art Craft) and Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste). There's lots more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Rincon de La Vieja National Park, get interesting insight from Tours, kick back and relax at Playa Nacascolo, and stop by Playa Ocotal.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Playa Hermosa day trip planning tool.

Liberia to Playa Hermosa is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. On the 11th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Hermosa

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Playas del Coco, Province of Guanacaste, Gulf of Papagayo, Liberia, Area de Conservacion Guanacaste
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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 beaches, adventure, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, see Off-Road Tours, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Tamarindo driving holiday planning tool.

Traveling by car from Playa Hermosa to Tamarindo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride 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), stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Frog Pond. Keep things going the next day: experience rural life at El Trapiche Tour, thenadmire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle, and then stop by Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Monteverde travel planning tool.

Drive from Tamarindo to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Shopping
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Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
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): trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park and then indulge in some personalized pampering at Tabacon Hot Springs. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

Plan trip to La Fortuna de San Carlos with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to go by car 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.
On the 18th (Sat), view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu, thentake an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, and then get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica.

Before you visit San Jose, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to San Jose takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. January in San Jose sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. 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 learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Ave Azul de la Osa.

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Getting from San Jose to Carate by car takes about 7 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 ©
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): don't miss a visit to Plaza Juan Mora Fernandez, listen to music at Teatro Nacional Costa Rica, and then examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our San Jose route planner.

You can drive from Carate to San Jose in 7 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can drive 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), kick back and relax at Playa Cocles, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Punta Uva Beach, and then admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Caribeans Coffee & Chocolate.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from San Jose to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

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

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