24 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

24 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Playa Samara
— 3 nights
2
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
3
Monteverde
— 3 nights
4
Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
5
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
6
Tortuguero
— 1 night
7
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
8
Poas Volcano National Park
— 1 night

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.
Attractions like Samara Beach and Nosara Refuge for Wildlife make great kid-friendly stops. Venture out of the city with trips to Macaw Recovery Network - Formerly The Ara Project (in Punta Islita), Nosara (Playa Guiones & SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary) and Playa Islita (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Barrigona Beach and admire the sheer force of Belen Waterfall.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Playa Samara trip planning website.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Playa Samara is an approximately 25-hour combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from Tel Aviv to Playa Samara, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Nosara, Macaw Recovery Network - Formerly The Ara Project, Playa Islita
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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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Tamarindo Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tamarindo: Playa Hermosa (in Playa Hermosa) and Playa Nacascolo (in Gulf of Papagayo). The adventure continues: glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area and get in on the family fun at Canopy Vista Tamarindo.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Tamarindo itinerary builder app.

Drive from Playa Samara to Tamarindo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Playa Flamingo, Playa Hermosa, Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, Playa Nacascolo
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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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Zipline and El Trapiche Tour. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle, take an in-depth tour of Chorotega Arts & Crafts, and meet the residents at Butterfly Garden at Selvatura Park.

To see more things to do and more tourist information, read our Monteverde online journey builder.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums
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Zipline
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
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. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Manuel Antonio: Jaco (Mirador de Jaco & Zipline). The adventure continues: find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, look for gifts at Altair Souvenir & Gallery Shop, zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can go by car 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.
On the 16th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Puerto Viejo Beach and then get your game on at Yesland Mini Golf. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cahuita National Park and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Cocles.

You can plan Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 7 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

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

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Tortuguero road trip website.

Drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Tortuguero in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can 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) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks · Outdoors
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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.
Kids will enjoy River Rafting & Tubing and La Fortuna Waterfall. And it doesn't end there: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, tour the pleasant surroundings at Proyecto Asis, make a splash at Kalambu Hot Springs, and hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

To find where to stay and other tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip app.

Getting from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can go by car 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
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.
On the 24th (Mon), head outdoors with Parque Recreativo Los Manantiales and then get impressive views of Poas Volcano.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Poas Volcano National Park trip builder website.

You can 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Outdoors · Nature · Parks
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano

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