24 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

24 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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24 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly + Taxi:  21​h 30​min
1
Playa Samara
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
5
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Poas Volcano National Park
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  20​h 45​min
End: Tel Aviv

3
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.
Kids will enjoy Samara Beach and Playa Islita. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Playa Samara: Nosara (Nosara Refuge for Wildlife, Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones), &more) and Macaw Recovery Network - Formerly The Ara Project (in Punta Islita). There's more to do: stroll through Barrigona Beach and take in the dramatic scenery at Belen Waterfall.

To see other places to visit, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Playa Samara driving holiday planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Playa Samara is an approximately 21.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Israel Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -8 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Nosara, Playa Islita, Macaw Recovery Network - Formerly The Ara Project
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Nosara Refuge for Wildlife ©
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife
Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
Barrigona Beach ©
Barrigona Beach

3
nights
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Bring the kids along to Tamarindo Beach and Playa Nacascolo. Step out of Tamarindo with an excursion to Playa Hermosa in Playa Hermosa--about 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and find your balance on the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Tamarindo online trip maker .

Getting from Playa Samara to Tamarindo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Flamingo, Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, Playa Nacascolo, Playa Hermosa
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

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.
Attractions like Butterfly Garden at Selvatura Park and The Bat Jungle make great kid-friendly stops. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, enjoy some diversion at Curi Cancha Reserve, whizz through the canopy at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, and relax in the rural setting at El Trapiche Tour.

For photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Monteverde trip planning tool .

Drive from Tamarindo to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Adventure
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Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

4
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Playa Manuel Antonio and Parque Nacional Marino Ballena. Venture out of the city with trips to Jaco (Mirador de Jaco & Zipline). And it doesn't end there: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, look for gifts at Altair Souvenir & Gallery Shop, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio day trip planning site .

Getting from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Quepos, Jaco, Parque Nacional Marino Ballena
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Zipline
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Puerto Viejo Beach and then get your game on at Yesland Mini Golf. On the 17th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Cahuita National Park and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Cocles.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip planner.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Cahuita
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Puerto Viejo Beach ©
Puerto Viejo Beach
Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles

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 18th (Tue): paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Tortuguero trip builder.

Getting from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Tortuguero by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in August, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature Parks Adventure
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Kayaking & Canoeing

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, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, cool off at Kalambu Hot Springs, and get outside with Salto.

To see photos, where to stay, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip builder.

Drive from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Poas Volcano National Park.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

1
night
Poas Volcano National Park

Poas Volcano National Park
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): head outdoors with Parque Recreativo Los Manantiales and then contemplate the geological forces at Poas Volcano.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Poas Volcano National Park trip simple and quick.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Poas Volcano National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano

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