24 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

24 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip itinerary builder

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Playas del Coco
— 5 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 3 nights
Drive
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San Jose
— 10 nights
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Playas del Coco

— 5 nights

Coco Beach

A long-established beach community, Playas del Coco has developed a reputation as a favored spot for young travelers and locals to let loose by the sea.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Playas del Coco: Cataratas Llanos de Cortes (in Bagaces), Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste) and Hidden Garden Art Gallery (in Liberia). Spend the 16th (Wed) exploring nature at Palo Verde National Park. Spend the 17th (Thu) among the fascinating landscape of Parque Nacional Rincon de la Vieja. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Hermosa, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and get outside with Crazy Alex CR.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Playas del Coco driving holiday planner.

Atlanta, USA to Playas del Coco is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Atlanta to Playas del Coco. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 14 — 19:

Monteverde

— 1 night
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond and then stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Monteverde online vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Playas del Coco to Monteverde takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Feb 19 — 20:

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 3 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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, witness a stunning natural landmark at Ecotermales Fortuna, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for La Fortuna de San Carlos using our trip planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Feb 20 — 23:

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

— 3 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.
Spend the 24th (Thu) exploring nature at Cahuita National Park. It doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Playa Puerto Viejo and stroll through Playa Punta Uva.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to San Jose.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

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San Jose

— 10 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Jose: Else Kientzler Botanical Garden (in Sarchi), Cartago (Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles & Jardin Botanico Lankester) and Rescate Wildlife Rescue Center (in Alajuela). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read San Jose sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to San Jose in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. In February, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks · Tours · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 26 — Mar 8:

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.