23 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

23 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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23 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Oslo
+3
Fly + shuttle + foot + bus:  23​h 45​min
1
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Area de Conservacion Guanacaste
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Tortuguero
— 1 night
taxi + bus:  2​h 45​min
7
San Jose
— 3 nights
Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Oslo

3
nights
Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio ©
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Pack the 13th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Rancho Tipico Don Juan. Spend the 12th (Wed) exploring nature at Manuel Antonio National Park. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, take a memorable tour with Tours, stroll around Parque Nahomi, and stroll through Playa Biesanz.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio online road trip planner .

Oslo, Norway to Manuel Antonio is an approximately 24-hour combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Oslo to Manuel Antonio. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Quepos
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
River Rafting & Tubing
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
nights
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.
Monteverde is known for adventure, wildlife, nightlife, parks, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden, explore the world behind art at Monteverde Chorotega Arts & Crafts, and look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Monteverde online trip builder .

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can go by car to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Adventure
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Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

2
nights
Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Area de Conservacion Guanacaste ©
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands and then take in the dramatic scenery at Llanos de Cortez Waterfall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Tue): get impressive views of Parque Nacional Volcan Rincon de la Vieja.

To find out how to plan a trip to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste takes 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Llanos de Cortez Waterfall ©
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands ©
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands

3
nights
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
When in Tamarindo, make a side trip to see Playa Conchal in Playa Conchal, approximately 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, stop by EK Art Jewelry, stroll through Playa Avellana, and find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates.

To see photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Tamarindo trip planner .

Traveling by car from Area de Conservacion Guanacaste to Tamarindo takes 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, Playa Conchal
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Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal

5
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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, wildlife, parks, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, trot along with a tour on horseback, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Tamarindo to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Tortuguero trip builder website .

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in June, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

3
nights
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.
Explore San Jose's surroundings by going to Toucan Rescue Ranch (in San Isidro), Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca) and Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park). Next up on the itinerary: get interesting insight from Tours, examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, and take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the San Jose 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. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tortuguero in June: high temperatures in San Jose hover around 32°C and lows are around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Poas Volcano, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz, Toucan Rescue Ranch
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River Rafting & Tubing
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Toucan Rescue Ranch ©
Toucan Rescue Ranch

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