32 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

32 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip planner

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San Jose
— 1 night
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 4 nights
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Tortuguero
— 2 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
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Monteverde
— 4 nights
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Tamarindo
— 5 nights
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Jaco
— 4 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 5 nights
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San Jose
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San Jose

— 1 night
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.
On the 10th (Wed), take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the San Jose attractions planning tool.

Krakow, Poland to San Jose is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also fly. Traveling from Krakow to San Jose, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Krakow in November, things will get much hotter in San Jose: highs are around 30°C and lows about 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Nov 10 — 11:

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.
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is known for wildlife, beaches, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Puerto Viejo, and kick back and relax at Playa Punta Uva.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca vacation planning tool.

Traveling by car from San Jose to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 11 — 15:

Tortuguero

— 2 nights

Costa Rica's Amazon

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 15th (Mon): get a new perspective on nature at Sea Turtle Conservancy. On the 16th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

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You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Tortuguero in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. November in Tortuguero sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. You will leave for La Fortuna de San Carlos on the 17th (Wed).

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay Nov 15 — 17:

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 4 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 float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, stroll through La Fortuna Waterfall, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Sun) before leaving for Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Nov 17 — 21:

Monteverde

— 4 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.
Monteverde is known for adventure, parks, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas), and snap pictures at Santa Elena Skywalk.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Monteverde trip planning app.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Nov 21 — 25:

Tamarindo

— 5 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Venture out of the city with trips to Playa Conchal (Garra de Leon Golf Course & Playa Conchal). The adventure continues: stroll through Tamarindo Beach, find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Avellana, and wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Monteverde to Tamarindo by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can go by car to Jaco.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 25 — 30:

Jaco

— 4 nights
A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
Jaco is known for adventure, beaches, and classes. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, trot along with a tour on horseback, stroll through Jaco Beach, and look for gifts at Jimmy T's Provisions.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Jaco road trip planner.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Jaco in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 4:

Manuel Antonio

— 5 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Get out of town with these interesting Manuel Antonio side-trips: Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary (in Dominical) and Uvita (Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge & Parque Nacional Marino Ballena). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Biesanz, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip maker website.

Drive from Jaco to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 4 — 9:

San Jose

Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): relax and rejuvenate at ZENfit 506.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the San Jose trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to San Jose in 3 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 9th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in San Jose

Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 9 — 10:
Highlights from your trip

Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
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.