27 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

27 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip itinerary maker

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Fly
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San Jose
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Playa Samara
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Tamarindo
— 4 nights
Drive
6
Area de Conservacion Guanacaste
— 2 nights
Drive
7
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
Drive
8
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 4 nights
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San Jose

— 3 nights
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Museo Nacional De Costa Rica and Galeria Namu. Jade Museum and Museo de Arte Costarricense are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Jose: Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca) and Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles (in Cartago). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Riish and Toosh Afro Costa Rican Paintings, explore the striking landscape of Irazu Volcano National Park, and get curious at Museo de Ciencias Naturales La Salle.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read San Jose tour website.

Kralendijk, Bonaire to San Jose is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Atlantic Standard Time (AST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 2 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Kralendijk in February; daily highs in San Jose reach 30°C and lows reach 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 6 — 9:

Manuel Antonio

— 3 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Escape the urban bustle at Playa Manuel Antonio and Parque Nacional Marino Ballena. Spend the 12th (Sat) on the water with a fishing tour. Next up on the itinerary: get interesting insight from Tours and view the masterpieces at The Captain's Booty.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio journey builder tool.

Traveling by car from San Jose to Manuel Antonio takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 9 — 12:

Monteverde

— 3 nights
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Get some cultural insight at Ecological Sanctuary and Arte Jaguar Gallery. Take a break from the city and head to Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond. There's lots more to do: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Elena Skywalk, take a peaceful walk through Curi Cancha Reserve, and get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Monteverde day trip website.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Adventure
Find places to stay Feb 12 — 15:

Playa Samara

— 2 nights
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.
On the 16th (Wed), view the masterpieces at MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Guiones, and then kick back and relax at Playa Garza. On the 17th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Barrigona Beach and then stroll through Samara Beach.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Playa Samara trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Monteverde to Playa Samara in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 15 — 17:

Tamarindo

— 4 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Step out of the city life by going to Tamarindo Beach and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Relax by the water at Playa Conchal and Playas del coco. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tamarindo: Church of La Ermita La Agonia (in Liberia), Playa Nacascolo (in Gulf of Papagayo) and Garra de Leon Golf Course (in Playa Conchal). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo online travel planner.

Getting from Playa Samara to Tamarindo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 17 — 21:

Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): explore and take pictures at Parque Nacional Santa Rosa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed): stroll through Junquillal Bay Wildlife Refuge and then stroll through Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Area de Conservacion Guanacaste day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste in 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 21 — 23:

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 5 nights
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.
Appreciate the collections at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna and Coco Loco Art Studio & Gallery. Get some cultural insight at Wood & Art Gallery and Onirica Art Gallery. The adventure continues: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, witness a stunning natural landmark at Ecotermales Fortuna, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, and get interesting insight from Tours.

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Traveling by car from Area de Conservacion Guanacaste to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 23 — 28:

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

— 4 nights

Walaba

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Cahuita National Park. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Puerto Viejo Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tarantulas Way, and admire the natural beauty at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca tour builder tool.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 28 — Mar 4:

Costa Rica travel guide

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Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.