26 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

26 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Start: San Jose
1
San Jose
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Cano Negro
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Tenorio Volcano National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Bagaces
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
6
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
7
Carara
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
8
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h 30 min
9
Playa Matapalo
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
10
Carate
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
11
Puerto Jimenez
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
End: David

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): contemplate the geological forces at Irazu Volcano National Park and then pause for some serene contemplation at Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the San Jose day trip site.

If you are flying in from Japan, the closest major aiports are Tobias Bolanos International Airport, Juan Santamaria International Airport and Limon International Airport. In March, daily temperatures in San Jose can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. On the 20th (Fri), you're off to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in San Jose

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles, Irazu Volcano National Park
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Irazu Volcano National Park ©
Irazu Volcano National Park

3
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.
Get outdoors at La Fortuna Waterfall and Arenal Volcano. The adventure continues: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs and tour the pleasant surroundings at Proyecto Asis.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip planning site.

You can drive from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Cano Negro.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
Find places to stay Mar 20 — 23:
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La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano

2
nights
Cano Negro

Cano Negro ©
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Cano Negro tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Cano Negro in 2.5 hours. In March, daytime highs in Cano Negro are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Tenorio Volcano National Park.

Things to do in Cano Negro

Wildlife Parks
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Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge ©
Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge

1
night
Tenorio Volcano National Park

Tenorio Volcano National Park ©
On the 25th (Wed), explore the activities along Rio Celeste. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Tenorio National Park.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Tenorio Volcano National Park road trip website.

You can drive from Cano Negro to Tenorio Volcano National Park in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Bagaces.

Things to do in Tenorio Volcano National Park

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Tenorio National Park
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Rio Celeste ©
Rio Celeste

2
nights
Bagaces

Bagaces ©
You've now added Palo Verde National Park to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Palo Verde National Park.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Bagaces trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Tenorio Volcano National Park to Bagaces in 1.5 hours. You will leave for Monteverde on the 28th (Sat).

Things to do in Bagaces

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Palo Verde National Park
Find places to stay Mar 26 — 28:
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Palo Verde National Park ©
Palo Verde National Park

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.
Monteverde is known for adventure, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Monteverde trip tool.

Traveling by car from Bagaces to Monteverde takes 2 hours. You will leave for Carara on the 30th (Mon).

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife Parks
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Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©

3
nights
Carara

Carara ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Carara National Park. Get outdoors at Piedra de Fuego and Playa Blanca. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carara: Penon de Guacalillo (in Bajamar) and Verde Malakita (in San Pablo).

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Carara road trip tool.

You can drive from Monteverde to Carara in 2.5 hours. You'll set off for Manuel Antonio on the 2nd (Thu).

Things to do in Carara

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Penon de Guacalillo, Playa Blanca, Piedra de Fuego, Verde Malakita
Find places to stay Mar 30 — Apr 2:
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Carara National Park ©
Carara National Park
Penon de Guacalillo ©
Penon de Guacalillo
Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca

3
nights
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.
Manuel Antonio National Park has been added to your itinerary. Get in touch with nature at Fishing Charters & Tours and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. The adventure continues: take a memorable tour with Tours, get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, stroll around Parque Nahomi, and view the masterpieces at The Captain's Booty.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio travel planning tool.

Traveling by car from Carara to Manuel Antonio takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Playa Matapalo.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Quepos
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River Rafting & Tubing
Fishing Charters & Tours
Manuel Antonio National Park ©
Manuel Antonio National Park

3
nights
Playa Matapalo

Playa Matapalo ©
Step out of Playa Matapalo to go to Pavones and see Playa Pavones, which is approximately 3h 45 min away.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Playa Matapalo trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Playa Matapalo in 4 hours. You'll set off for Carate on the 8th (Wed).

Things to do in Playa Matapalo

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Playa Pavones
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Playa Pavones ©
Playa Pavones

3
nights
Carate

Carate ©
Visiting Corcovado National Park and Ave Azul de la Osa will get you outdoors.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Carate online route planner.

Getting from Playa Matapalo to Carate by car takes about 2 hours. You will leave for Puerto Jimenez on the 11th (Sat).

Things to do in Carate

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

1
night
Puerto Jimenez

Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): relax in the rural setting at Rancho Raices de Osa and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Jimenez trip planner.

Drive from Carate to Puerto Jimenez in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Jimenez

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Rancho Raices de Osa ©
Rancho Raices de Osa

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